I am collector of historical videogames and homecomputers. Especially I enjoy very old games like Atari VCS2600, Vectrex, Atari XL etc., and I am interested in "zoner" games, i.e. certain monotonous high speed skill games those are capable to create alterated states of mind.
last updated: 2007-04-12
(a brief & incomplete overview)
The things I grew up with are marked in yellow.
Especially I am fascinated by the musics, sound effects and the graphical
style of Atari VCS2600 and 8 bit homecomputers, as generally by squarewave
and similar electronic musics. Below are some texts etc. by me about historical
Is downloading historical videogames PIRACY???
Read here about virtual brutality and the sweet secrets of zoners...
(These are mostly old newsgroup articles.)
These are MAME screenshots extracted from the ROMs of a broken "Phoenix" arcade game PCBRead here and here (newsgroup articles) about the game hardware and how I discovered it.
Here are the WAV samples from the melody module of the game PCB:
PhxRsam1.zip (melody samples
triggered by the game hardware)
PhxRsam2.zip (rest of the melodies/ chimes from the IC)
This is the ROM set from the game; I renamed the files to run on the MAME arcade emulator. The game is not officially supported by MAME yet, though the samples are not played by the actual versions. The best you can get is to download an old MAME version (MAME 36rc1 or older) and rename 2 of the samples from set PhxRsam1.zip to play them within the game (instructions are within the ZIP file).
Do you remember? Read here about the likely world first 3D car racing arcade machines and their manufacturer. [updated 2007-04-12]
everything you need to get happy with the MAME arcade emulator... - and much other emulator related stuff. (Note: this site works only when in the browser "all cookies" and "autoload images" are turned on.)
Here you can find links for MAME arcade emulator ROMs and related files.
Here you can download various specially hacked old MAME emulator versions, including MAME-EX2 which supports modified historical arcade games. (Perhaps also the "Phoenix" version from German Democratic Republic will be fully supported in future.)
PONG: The official site devoted to
the Pong story...
I am a cyberage-child - born in the year of Pong! Read here everything about Pong and how it came into being...
ASMA - Atari SAP Music Archive
Here you can find a fantastic archive of over 2000 pieces of Atari 8bit POKEY music and players, as well as converter programs for creating own POKEY tunes on Atari XL and emulators. When you use the WinAmp SAP plugin (recommended), please adjust your WinAmp equalizer like this and save it as a preset for authentic Atari performance. (With neutral EQ settings the timbre is way too thin and hissy and has little resemblance with the sonorous bassy drone of the real thing.)
Here you can download the best PD Amiga emulator for Windoze. E.g. on my AMD K6 300MHz PC I can even use music programs from Amiga 500. (Forget WinUAE; its sound stutters terrible.)
ALE - Amiga Legal Emulation
Here you could completely legally download many historical Amiga games and other stuff. Unfortunately this site was closed by the operator by lack of time, but there is a message that it may reopen later.
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