December 24th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, BRE Software, Atari, Atari ST, Christmas, flier, catalog, 1988
BRE Software's Atari ST Public Domain Software Christmas '88 Update
I found this neat holiday-themed BRE Software Atari ST catalog in a pile of documents that I received from my wife's uncle when he gave me his Atari ST collection a few years ago. It features both public domain and commercial software for Atari's 16-bit computer series.
(I wish I could get my hands on the Christmas demo disks mentioned on this page. Only $4.00 each or $9.95 for all four.)
The entire document is four pages long, and I've scanned the whole thing so you can download it in PDF format, complete with searchable text.
Merry Christmas from VC&G.
[ From BRE Software's Atari ST Christmas '88 Update, 1988, p.1 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Have you ever given a vintage computer or video game-related present to someone for Christmas (not when it was new, but when it was vintage/retro)?
September 24th, 2012 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, NES, Nintendo, Capcom, Gunsmoke, Nintendo Fun Club News, 1988
Guns don't kill people. My grimy hands do.
[ From Nintendo Fun Club News, April-May 1988, p.13 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Have you ever fired a gun in real life? Do any video games successfully replicate that experience?
December 19th, 2011 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Christmas, stocking, Atari, Atari ST, DungeonLords, Analog Computing, 1988
Santa has little respect for floppy disks, shoving them in there without sleeves.
[ From ANALOG Computing, December 1988, front cover ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: When's the last time you used an Atari ST series computer? What did you run on it?
January 10th, 2011 by Benj Edwards
Tags: Retro Scan, Atari, Atari ST, ICD, ICD FA-ST, FA20ST, FA52ST, advertisement, STart, 1988
"Refresh Your Memory. And Keep Your Cool."
I recently ran across this ad for the ICD FA-ST Atari ST hard drive system in a 1988 issue of STart magazine that my wife's uncle gave me. He was quite an ST fan himself back in the day, and I was the lucky recipient of his ST collection last year.
According to an ICD catalog I have, the 20 megabyte model of this HD system (the FA20ST, seen here) retailed for US $699.95 in 1988 ($1,294.60 in 2010 dollars). The highest end model( FA52ST), which included two 50 megabyte drives, sold for $1649.95 (or $3,051.68 in 2010 dollars).
Those steep prices (common for all hard disks at the time), along with the small market size of Atari 16-bit owners in the US, made drives such as these quite rare. I've never seen one in the wild.
[ From STart, Summer 1988, p.9 ]
Discussion Topic of the Week: Do you own hard drive systems for any of your vintage, non-IBM PC compatible computers? Tell us about them.