When consoles and computers became somewhat mainstream in the '70/'80, I didn't care much. Occasional Pong game with a buddy, but nothing serious. My first machine was an Schneider (Amstrad) CPC 128, but I don't recall playing games on it. This changed somewhat with the Atari ST and went downhill from there
Sounds familiar, when I was in a very disciplined group home in 83 or so we were not allowed to have TVs in our rooms - but get this we were all teens and were allowed to smoke in our rooms, later in life that sounded fairly illegal - there was this nerdy guy in another dorm and at the time I was into sports and things not good for you, he had a C64 and it was hooked up to a TV and I asked how he got his TV in, and he said it was because the C64 was educational, and I told him how stupid it was to look at a flashing square on his TV screen. The cool kids were the ones in the day room with the Atari 2600.
Never really appreciated computers until 1988 using a drawing program on a 386.
I gots the usual story: C64, then Amiga500, then 486 PC. Many of the boys around the neighbourhood did not have computers, but early game consoles like Nintendo and Sega, so I got to mess around with them as well.
Men of a certain age, and we all pretty much had the same experience, but the real reason for the topic was to let a small few of many that may not be familiar with emulators and abandonnedware ROMS that these games are free and the emulators are great to use. Imagine having 20,000 C64, 4,000 Amiga and 20,000 MS-DOS games at your disposal back then.
I only found out about this in 2007 when I did I was more exited than I had ever been in a long while, I was printing manuals and making lists and collecting and configuring these games - that back then I could afford 1 or maybe 2 a month.
As far as the legality - I bought legal Amiga kickstarts. I use DosBox without a frontend so no screens of the massive amount of games there.
You can find some retro gaming content here http://www.pleasuredome.org.uk/
Emulators, frontends and other things for these games are just a google away.
By the 90's I had an IBM-AT twice the speed, and ran a BBS called Flightline (Flight Simulator based). Then I created a
network across Australia, New Zealand and America, which was also flight sim based. That turned into a business,
called Modem Media
The business side was selling Advertising on the BBS's in the Network which they got a good cut of the ad revenue. Worked out well,
I was also making scenery for Flight sim at the time as well. Cost me $25 to make and sell the ad, and I got $600 from it,
of which the BBS"s got $200. It's funny how quickly ppl found space for advertisements on their BBS's
Early computers were just so much fun, however I would take todays computers over them any day of the week.
Back when I had this network and business (Modem Media) I also was trying to get some software written that would allow
you to play full screen games like F1 racing online. It was doable, but it was going to cost $30,000 to pay someone to write the
software, so it never did get up which was a bugger. lol
I would imagine you are aware of the American TV show on the AMC channel called Halt and Catch Fire. Your post of your BBS business seems like the heart of the show.
Also I have watched this "BBS Documentary - Atari - Apple - Commodore - IBM" I forgot where I got it but YouTube should have it and it is interesting.
Edited by bobrpggamer, 05 August 2017 - 06:53 PM.