Orphaned Computers & Game Systems

Vol. II, Issue 4    June 1998

The OC&GS Forum
Letters and Maybe Some Replies

by Adam Trionfo


I wanted you to know that I got the issues I asked for.

Hey, I have to say that I'm one of those "wanna write a game" procrastinators. I've subscribed to the Stella 2600 Programming mailing list, I have some tools on the Stella CD, I have a bunch of books on 6502 programming and I even have some 2600-related programming notes. Saying "I don't have the time" may very well be an excuse, but I'm sticking to it for now.

Russ Perry, Jr., Arlington Hts., IL (Co-compiler of the Stella Gets a New Brain CD-ROM, a collection of Starpath games for the 2600 Supercharger)

Hope you find the time someday! It'd be interesting to see what sorts of games a die-hard collector and committed Supercharger gourmet such as yourself would come up with for that dear old machine.

Dear Adam,

As to what the classic gaming scene is like in England, I don't think we have one as such! Here in the UK, you have those people who have hung onto their "old" systems such as the Atari 8-bit and Commodore, and who play the classic games all the time; but those owning the "superior" PCs/Amigas seem not to bother with "classic" stuff... Nobody I know at school collects or plays them as a hobby, or knows anybody who does. Obviously, it's not as big a thing in the United Kingdom as it seems to be across the Atlantic.

James Austin, Kent, England

Maybe there's not as much difference between our two countries as one would think. There are a lot of people here like that, too; they don't want to know about anything that came out prior to their precious Myst or Wing Commander. Man, what they're missing out on! Hey, by the way, thanks for the copy of the UK Atari magazine with the mention of our newsletter in it!


I'm sick of old fuddies droning on about their pristine labels and boxes. They never talk about how much fun a game is. That's why I've labeled myself an enthusiast, not a collector.

I believe you've said that you have some [rare] Commodore equipment. Have you heard of Playbin 2.5? It's a coding program for the 64 that works with a SuperCharger to write [2600] games. I have both, but I haven't messed with the program much. I'll be happy to do an article on it if you want.

Anthony Memmer, Indianapolis, IN

That would be VERY COOL. We know that Playbin 2.5 exists, but not how it works or what sort of coding environment it offers. If you ever feel like hauling that thing out and learning about it, we'd love to receive an article! By the way, thanks for going to the trouble of drawing those nifty Pac-Man decorations on your letter! You know how to have fun, fellow ENTHUSIAST! (We don't care about labels either.)