July 13th, 2015 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, APF, Imagination Machine, APF-M1000, console expansions, advertisement, BYTE, 1980
I'm not sure I'm ready to take such a big step, APF.
I once did a slideshow of game console-to-computer upgrades, and the APF Imagination Machine figured prominently in the list. That's because it was a combination of the APF-M1000 home video game system and the "IM-1," which was a large keyboard/speaker dock with a built-in cassette tape player (for program storage and retrieval).
What an odd machine. To my knowledge, the M1000 was the only video game system based on the Motorola 6800 CPU, which is one of the grand-daddies in the microprocessor world (first released in 1974).
While neither the console nor the computer fared well commercially, this distinctive advertisement leaves a positive impression. It was brilliantly playful and colorful for a computer ad of the time (1979; this particular scan of the ad comes from 1980).
[ From BYTE Magazine, July 1980, p.43]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Best console add-on of all time?
September 23rd, 2014 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Non-Consensual Dad Syndrome, dad, fathers, advertisement, 1980s, humor, NES, computers
During the 1980s, a debilitating disease broke out among white middle-class nuclear families across the United States. Fathers everywhere were seen awkwardly encouraging their children during regular activities — often while playing video games or using personal computers.
Thirty years later, doctors have finally identified this malady as Computer Dad Syndrome (or "CDS" for short), which manifests itself in spontaneous episodes of uncomfortably becoming someone's dad for the duration of a photography shoot.
Diagnosis of this condition is contingent upon the appearance of three or more of the following symptoms.
Clutching of the upper arm
[ Continue reading The Warning Signs of Computer Dad Syndrome » ]
June 3rd, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Apple, Apple IIc, hand-drawn, game notes, game maps, golf, Chris, 1980s
If there were only 40 degrees in a circle, this is what it would look like.
There is a certain rustic beauty in hand-drawn video game notes that I will never cease to enjoy. Case in point: this map/reference key created by family friend Chris when he was a kid in the 1980s. I'm not quite sure what game it was for (other than "Golf"),
but it was likely a game for the Apple IIc, as I found it among related Apple IIc ephemera when I acquired his collection some years ago.
For more hand-drawn video game goodness, check out this VC&G post about my friend's Deadly Towers maps from 2006.
[ Update: 06/03/2013 - I was just talking to my brother, and he thinks that either he drew this alone or I wrote the letters and he drew the numbers. It was either a reference to a Golf game he programmed in C in 1991, or an old Atari 800 golf game that I haven't found yet. I still think it's possible that Chris wrote the letters. ]
[ From Chris' Apple IIc papers, circa mid-late 1980s ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Do you ever hand-draw maps for modern video games?
October 1st, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, TRS-80, Radio Shack, Tandy, Coco, instruction manual, Dino Wars, dinosaurs, 1980
Dino Wars cast a long shadow in the world of manual covers.
[ From Dinowars manual Cat. No. 26-3057, September 1980, cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Off the top of your head, name the first video game you can think of that involves dinosaurs.
November 24th, 2009 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Freelance Work, Thanksgiving, Technologizer, 1980s, advertisement
If you liked the NES Action Set Family, then you'll probably enjoy my latest Technologizer slideshow. It examines ten early-1980s computer magazine advertisements, all of which focus on a happy family gathered around the 'ole family PC.