Category: Retro

Atari 1200XL badging

In Defense of the Atari 1200XL

It is an “Edsel“, an “Avanti“, or something in-between? The Atari 1200XL has always had a sullied reputation with the Atari community as a crippled machine that was too expensive and which nearly killed...

The Atari 1030 Modem, Atari Inc., 1983

My First Modem – The Atari 1030

Released in 1983, and designed to match the newly launched Atari 1200XL, the Atari 1030 modem was an interesting piece of hardware.  The modem’s device-driver was burned into ROM, enabling it work with any Atari...

Amiga Boing Ball Demo

The Amiga “Boing Ball” Demo animated GIF

As an old Amiga-geek, this little GIF here makes me smile.  The “Boing Ball” demo was, for its time, an amazing thing, as is the lore behind it.  Consensus seems to be that RJ...

Happy Birthday, Doom!

Happy Doomsday!

20 years ago today, id Software unleashed Doom, and video gaming has never been the same since. Polygon has a good article on the significance of Doom, while Wired has a great interview with...

Balance of Power - 1985, Chris Crawford & Mindscape

Gamechanger – Balance Of Power

Late 1983 through 1984 were a pivotal time for the computer and video game industry.  The Great Video Game Crash seemed to have no end in sight. Atari, careening towards bankruptcy, was drastically slashing...

Bill Budge, circa 1983.

Gamechanger – Bill Budge

December 31st, 1995, the last of Bill Watterson‘s Calvin & Hobbes cartoon strips ran, ending a 10-year run of brilliance and influence over a new-generation of cartoonists.  Watterson left the industry he didn’t really...