[Coco] Slightly OT: Midwest Gaming Classic
operator at coco3.com
Tue Mar 29 11:37:06 EDT 2011
At 12:50 AM 3/29/2011, you wrote:
>Just got back today from this weekend's Midwest Gaming Classic in
>Milwaukee. Again I had my trusty CoCo display in the 'museum' area,
>which featured computers and consoles from the 70's and 80's. And yet
>again, Sock Master's Donkey Kong was a huge hit, there was almost
>always someone playing it.
>This year I was finally able to get Nick Marentes' Space Intruders to
>load successfully, and it impressed a lot of the 8-bit guys that were
>not familiar with the CoCo. I heard a lot of "What's this port? Who
>did that? Those graphics are great!"
>My ~22 year old CoCo ran 10 hours straight Saturday, and another 7
>hours Sunday flawlessly. That makes three years in a row for this
>event. What a workhorse, considering how much mileage it has on it
>from the first 10+ years of it's life!
>A big hat tip to the Hawksoft S-Video adapter, which provided video to
>the 23" LCD TV. I had the only HD display in the room, all the other
>guys just bring their old monitors or tube TV's. I'm willing to ignore
>a little authenticity in exchange for weight and ease of fitting in
>the car. Plus, the CoCo looks great on that display!
>Near closing time on Sunday I did a demo of using both Roger's
>wireless and SD card paks in tandem in an MPI, copying a disk image
>from a Windows 7 netbook to the SD card drive over the wireless. One
>of the Commodore fan in the room said "WHY?.................Don't we
>have that kind of cool stuff?" Followed by much laughter.
I can't help but wonder.... what were they laughing at? :)
By the way, thanks for demoing my stuff and showing those guys at
least that we're still around and kicking! I always knew the CoCo
would outlive the Commies. :)
~ Roger Taylor
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