December 21st, 2015 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, art, computer art, KoalaPad, KoalaPainter, tablet, Atari, Atari 800, Christmas, dad, Polaroid, 1984, 1985
A Christmas Tree in the Window
Back in the day, my dad bought a KoalaPad drawing tablet for our Atari 800. Perhaps that very December — in 1984 or 1985, he drew this scene of the front of our house at Christmas time, complete with a view of our Christmas tree through our living room window. So proud was he of his creation that he snapped a photo of it with a Polaroid camera, and that's the print I am showing to you now.
Merry Christmas from Vintage Computing and Gaming!
[ From Personal Polaroid SX-70 print, ca.1985, front ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Did you draw any Christmas art on your computer when you were a kid? Tell us about it.
October 26th, 2015 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Halloween, Broderbund, Print Shop, Apple, Apple IIc, dad, printer, homemade, card, 1984, 1985
Happy Halloween from 1984
My family has this way of saving everything. Not through conscious, organized preservation, but by virtue of never throwing anything away.
In that vein, I was digging through some old papers at my mom's house after my father passed away in 2013, and I came across this homemade Halloween greeting card.
From the looks of it, my dad made the card for me and my brother using Broderbund's Print Shop on the family's Apple IIc. It is printed on a single sheet of 8.5″ x 11″ paper; one is supposed to fold it in half twice to achieve a gatefold design with a front, inside, and back. Click the image above to see the whole thing unfolded — the other side is blank.
As for who colored it with crayons, I'm guessing I did (perhaps my dad or brother did it neatly, then I gave it a once-over with a brown squiggly line). What a great momento from the home PC era. Happy Halloween!
[ From Personal scan of homemade Halloween card, ca.1984-85]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Have you ever made a personalized greeting card using your computer? Tell us about it.
February 9th, 2015 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Radio Shack, Tandy, TRS-80, Model 4, advertisement, Byte, 1984
Philodendron not included.
[ From BYTE - October 1984, rear cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Did you use a TRS-80 or Tandy computer of any kind back in the day? Tell us about it.
November 18th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Choose Your Own Adventure, books, Infocom, Zork, Steve Meretzky, Jason Scott, MC Frontalot, TOR Books, interactive fiction, brother, Zork Nemesis, 1984
"Don't eat me, ghostly tiger-snake!"
During the Choose Your Own Adventure (RSOTW, 2008) book craze in the early 1980s, interactive fiction meisters Infocom decided to get in on the act by publishing a series of Zork-themed "What-Do-I-Do-Now" titles through TOR Books.
Here is one of them, formally titled Zork #4: Conquest at Quendor. It was written by none other than Infocom legend Steve Meretzky, whom I met briefly in person back in 2008. He is a very personable fellow. (FYI: Back in 2007, Meretzky made a cameo in Jason Scott's video for the Zork-themed "It Is Pitch Dark" by MC Frontalot, which I love.)
As for the book, I haven't read it in ages, so I am not equipped at present to tell you if it's any good. I just recently found it in a box of my brother's old computer game boxes at my parents' house (which seems to be how a lot of these scans originate these days). My brother is and was a huge Zork fan, which reminds me that we need to play Zork Nemesis together again sometime.
I will add that the cover art featuring a translucent, floating fuzzy tiger-snake with squidlike suction cups on its body always freaked me out a bit as a kid.
[ From Zork #4: Conquest at Quendor (TOR Books, October 1984) ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What's your favorite entry in the Zork game series?
September 16th, 2013 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, TRS-80, Radio Shack, Color Computer, CoCo, Slay the Nereis, Centipede, knock-off, clone, manual, 1984
A TRS-80 Color Computer Centipede clone; this artwork should be a t-shirt.
See Also: TRS-80 Dino Wars (RSOTW, 2012)
[ From Radio Shack "Slay the Nereis" Manual, rev. April 1984 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: What's the silliest knock-off of a famous video game you can think of? (e.g. Donkey King)
November 22nd, 2010 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Thanksgiving, family, manual, Apple II, Apple, Logo, 1984
"And you say this is some sort of football simulator?"
[ From Apple Logo II Reference Manual, circa 1984, cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Does your family play video or computer games around the holidays as part of a tradition? Please discuss.
January 21st, 2008 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, piracy, Popular Computing, SPA, M.U.L.E., 1984
"…and that's why every time you copy M.U.L.E., a baby dies."
"Oh God, Bill. You're making me cry."
[ Scanned from Popular Computing, 1984 ]
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