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Bringing Old Arcade Machines Into the Internet Age

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the what's-old-is-new dept.

Classic Games (Games) 95

An anonymous reader writes "To celebrate the opening of their hackerspace, Sprite_tm of SpritesMods hacked an old 1943 arcade machine to record its high scores, as well as post them on Twitter, via a newly added TCP/IP stack. The bus-tapping module he added to the machine lets him read the full contents of the Z80 logic board's memory, allowing him to store high scores for posterity as well as add an Ethernet interface. The device should work on any Z80-based machine, which makes it easy to add these same capabilities to any old arcade cabinet."

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Please (5, Interesting)

ArchieBunker (132337) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299030)

Post more stories like this. This is what I read slashdot for.

Re:Please (1)

Syncerus (213609) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299066)

/agree

Re:Please (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36303256)

Gamers still compete for a high score [goo.gl] in 1943 to this day. Earlier this year, a man named PAC completed several loops on one credit in a version of MAME.

Re:Please (2)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299244)

Stuff like this only matters for geeks and nerds.
If there was only a site that had the slogan "News for nerds stuff that matters." That would cover things like interesting hacks and new improvements to technology, and also showing ways to reuse old technology in new ways.

Re:Please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299380)

Problem being, geeks and nerds are pretty well-known for (and, in fact, very, very, very vocal about) not paying for news and going well out of their way to avoid even seeing ads, let alone clicking them or buying anything from the vendor. So, if Slashdot continued ONLY posting stories ONLY for geeks and nerds, they'd run out of revenue really quickly.

Re:Please (2)

david_thornley (598059) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299832)

I've got no problems with seeing ads. I do have a problem with executing ads, and that's why I use NoScript.

Re:Please (2)

OttoErotic (934909) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299330)

This is what I read Hackaday [hackaday.com] for. I read Slashdot for...something to do while I'm on the toilet, I guess?

Re:Please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36302446)

yes this was on hackaday yesterday :) complete with pics demonstrating it, i read slashdot for the flamebait, as does everyone nowadays

we talk about things that were news for nerds yesterday

Re:Please (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 3 years ago | (#36304728)

Aren't you, you know, already DOING something while on the toilet? Or do you just like the feeling of numbness you get after sitting on it for awhile?

Re:Please (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36304752)

Well, Sir Poopalot, you seem to come back here fairly regularly.

Re:Please (1)

Ihmhi (1206036) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300032)

If you have subscription, you'll see the upcoming story about how the classic Apple (TM) game Marathon was legally modded using an Apple (TM) iMac so it can run on an Apple (TM) iPhone (TM) (R) (C) 4G, with patented Apple (TM) (R) (C) (CCCP) technologies that let it run the game multiplayer at near broadband speeds - the Apple (TM) way.

Please... Please... Please! (4, Interesting)

c0nner (123107) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300728)

I have to agree with this. Back in the day this was the kind of thing that I came to /. for along with pointing out the cool techy news from the edge of the mainstream. But now all I am left with are the same stories that broke on CNN earlier in the day. It is CNN for goodness sake. They shouldn't be scooping a specialty news site on their own topic.

Anyway screw news as it is going to be bad anyway and the summary will be wrong and just go with cool stuff. Dude Hacked his toaster to talk with the coffee pot so that the toast and coffee is ready at the right time every morning... great. Another story about how Apple may or may not be releaseing another widget some day but no one at Apple has announced it we only have rumor from someone who thought it would be cool and blogged about it... bad story idea...

Thanks and bring on the Karma. Last time I got wasted down because someone didn't understand the instances of rabies in opossum.

Re:Please (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | more than 2 years ago | (#36301926)

^
|
What he said

Evidence of time travel? (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299056)

A Z80 in a machine from 1943?

Re:Evidence of time travel? (3, Informative)

John Bresnahan (638668) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299148)

Apparently, the game is called "1943". It isn't from 1943.

I made the same assumption when I first read the summary.

Re:Evidence of time travel? (1)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299216)

In the summary's defense, "1943" is italicized.

I agree with the first post (for once): This kind of article is what brought me to Slashdot.

Re:Evidence of time travel? (3, Interesting)

Comboman (895500) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300092)

What's weird is that the Z-80 was first released in 1976 which actually puts it closer to 1943 (33 years) than to the present (35 years).

Re:Evidence of time travel? (1)

DanTheStone (1212500) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300352)

It's too bad the italics don't make it into Google Reader.

Re:Evidence of time travel? (2)

CarlosM7 (642308) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299350)

1943 [arcade-museum.com]

Re:Evidence of time travel? (2)

overlordofmu (1422163) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299402)

I loved playing "1943" in the arcade as a kid (in the 1980's not the 1940's) and instantly knew what it was.

I also know who Steve Wozniak is, why he is more important that Steve Jobs and I can do binary-octal-decimal-hexdecimal conversion in my head.

My lawn, everyone get off it.

heh (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299680)

my 8 year old can count to 1023 on his fingers SO FAST it ain't funny

he also loves 260
00100000100

er uh-- 132 (1)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299686)

(I knew that didn't sound right)
0010000100

Re:heh (1)

tukang (1209392) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299864)

Ahem, that's 511. The left pinky finger is reserved for the sign

Re:heh (1)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 2 years ago | (#36301488)

I didn't realize negative numbers were involved in counting...

Re:heh (1)

smitty97 (995791) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300654)

neat, he's got 11 fingers?

Re:Evidence of time travel? (1)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299180)

Well, dogs flew spaceships. Whatever preceded the CIA obviously had access to alien technology, so when they came here from Orion on Z-80 powered ships, well, we naturally embedded these in videogames to find gifted teenagers to pilot our planetary defense fighters.

And that's where Howard Stark came from. All clear now? Good. Enjoy the rest of the movie.

Re:Evidence of time travel? (1)

Minwee (522556) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299260)

No, but "1943 [wikipedia.org] " is from 1987.

MAME (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299122)

You can't even do this in MAME anymore. They dropped high score support because it was an ugly hack. This is still an ugly hack, but still a lot cooler than doing it in software.

Re:MAME (2)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299568)

This is still an ugly hack, but still a lot cooler than doing it in software.

What they did wasn't a hack, it was an elegant way to utlize the exisiting bus based infrastructure. Plug in the new bus master and read your data off without changing the game. Plus the technique is probably adaptable to any number of games from the same era.

Re:MAME (1)

kmoser (1469707) | more than 3 years ago | (#36305048)

It was an elegant hack, but a hack nonetheless. What it was not, it seems, is a kludge [wikipedia.org] .

Re:MAME (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300856)

MAME still does high scores. Just make sure you have an NVRAM folder set up and add -autosave to the command line options (or in an options dialog).

A Z80 from 1943? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299146)

Damn, I knew that the Z80 was old, but that is redoculoos...

1943 wouldn't that be pinball? (-1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299152)

A 1943 pinball game to recored score must have been some hack. I don't think that era had electric lights in the system, or a way of keeping score.

Re:1943 wouldn't that be pinball? (3, Informative)

Hydian (904114) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299204)

I'm sure that they mean this game:

http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=6769 [arcade-museum.com]

The Pinballs games with 1943 in the title were Victorious 1943 and World Series 1943 and I don't think either would be referred to as simply 1943.

Re:1943 wouldn't that be pinball? (1)

Eponymous Hero (2090636) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299206)

have you seriously never heard of the video game called 1943? it's from the late 80s. lmao

Re:1943 wouldn't that be pinball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299214)

Somebody must not be familiar with a certain flying shooter.

Or you may be making a subtle joke.

Re:1943 wouldn't that be pinball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299266)

Yup. Probably meant to say 1973. FYI, Pong was the first electronic arcade game which was first marketed by Atari in 1972. The only thing is that the Zilog Z80 microprocessor didn't hit the market until 1976 and wasn't used in arcade games until the '80s. Perhaps the intended date in the article was 1983.

Re:1943 wouldn't that be pinball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299534)

Yup. Probably meant to say 1973. FYI, Pong was the first electronic arcade game which was first marketed by Atari in 1972. The only thing is that the Zilog Z80 microprocessor didn't hit the market until 1976 and wasn't used in arcade games until the '80s. Perhaps the intended date in the article was 1983.

Please tell me this comment was a joke. Unless you're under 25, you should know that "1943" is the name of the game itself, not a date of manufacturing.

Re:1943 wouldn't that be pinball? (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300222)

Yes it was. The way the story was written it looked like it was an arcade game from 1943. That said I actually never remember that game, and I am over 20 but I never spent much time in the arcade.

Re:1943 wouldn't that be pinball? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36300628)

How do you feel that your joke has failed and you had to completely explain it and yourself to a bunch of irate posters? Will you think about posting drivel before you post it? My money is on "no", but one can always hope.

WMS ones had a dial up modem in a pinball testing (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299170)

WMS ones had a dial up modem in a pinball game for testing / reporting it uploaded to a hidden ftp directory.

Re:WMS ones had a dial up modem in a pinball testi (1)

SonnyJimATC (939056) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299814)

Pin2k took this one step further, allowing online tournaments, see here for more details: http://www.lovepinball.co.uk/tournament/ [lovepinball.co.uk]

Re:WMS ones had a dial up modem in a pinball testi (1)

bedouin (248624) | more than 2 years ago | (#36302922)

No new scores since 2010. Sucks to see cool projects like that slowly die.

Something wrong here (-1, Redundant)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299182)

hacked an old 1943 arcade machine..... lets him read the full contents of the Z80 logic board's memory

Us original Z80 era guys are old, but not 1943 old. There's got to be an intermediate step between 1943 and now, like it was rebuilt in the 80s.

Maybe 1943 is a brand name?

Re:Something wrong here (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299246)

yea its a game made by capcom

Re:Something wrong here (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299250)

Sigh, 1943 is the name of an arcade game from the late 80s. 1943: The Battle of Midway [wikipedia.org] compared to most of the stuff on this site, it's not really that obscure.

Re:Something wrong here (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299270)

See how "1943" is in italics?

English has rules, you know. Titles get italics.

From a five-digit ID, at that. Maybe it's just been too long since fourth grade for you.

Re:Something wrong here (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36301734)

English has rules, you know. Titles get italics.

That would be a typesetting rule, not an English rule.

Fail.

Re:Something wrong here (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36306716)

See how "1943" is in italics?

English has rules, you know. Titles get italics.

From a five-digit ID, at that. Maybe it's just been too long since fourth grade for you.

I thought it was a young whipper-snapper using the more modern rule of "italics means emphasis" as in 1943 is really F-ing old if you were born post 2000. Now you kids get off my lawn....

Re:Something wrong here (1)

catmistake (814204) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299272)

Close... z80's were first sold in July 1976 [wikipedia.org] . However, the evidence for the possibility of a z80 in 1943 is compelling. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Something wrong here (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300972)

I thought the Z80 was reverse engineered from the Roswell crash?!?

Re:Something wrong here (1)

Progman3K (515744) | more than 3 years ago | (#36303718)

I thought the Z80 was reverse engineered from the Roswell crash?!?

You came here in that thing? You're braver than I thought!

Re:Something wrong here (1)

Minwee (522556) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299292)

Maybe 1943 is a brand name?

Or maybe it's the name of the game. "1943" was quite a popular game long before you were born, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and video games were played in strange darkened rooms called "Arcades".

Re:Something wrong here (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 3 years ago | (#36306748)

Maybe 1943 is a brand name?

Or maybe it's the name of the game. "1943" was quite a popular game long before you were born, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and video games were played in strange darkened rooms called "Arcades".

LOL I expect that stuff I did in the 80s such as computers would be considered "old" now, but I expected Old Arcade Machines as in "Bringing Old Arcade Machines Into the Internet Age" to mean something like an ancient (to me) electromechanical pinball machine. Other than being in somewhat higher res and having somewhat better sound, most modern arcade games have not changed much since the 80s, so I didn't think of them as meeting the "old" criteria.

Your nerd card (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299294)

You will turn it in now.

Re:Something wrong here (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299344)

1943 is the title of somewhat popular arcade game in the 80's

Re:Something wrong here (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299382)

it's the name of the arcade game...video here [youtube.com]

Re:Something wrong here (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300026)

Seriously, you click through and actually post a comment on an article about arcade games but "1943" doesn't instantly define a game for you in the same way as "pac-man" and "space invaders" and "steet fighter" do?

I must be getting old. Excuse me while I shoo some kids off the lawn.

Remote? (1)

kitsunewarlock (971818) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299232)

A remote-controlled pinball machine would be quite a feat--especially if you could play it online. Just give the online user access to the flaps and ball release. Maybe use air-pressure to release the ball instead of a spring (seems less likely to break over-time). Give the machine a web-cam and ask for donations to keep the project running...

Re:Remote? (1)

icebraining (1313345) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300196)

It would actually be pretty easy - there are regular commercial pinball machines which use a simply button with an automatically pulled spring to launch the ball.

Re:Remote? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36300330)

But the lag would be a bitch.

Re:Remote? (1)

grahamwest (30174) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300526)

You could do that, but there'd be too much latency for really good players. Flipper buttons are digital but modern games (anything newer than 'Funhouse') scan them every 2ms and react. You can flip them 'lightly' as a result. Also remember that the flipper itself takes a small but non-zero amount of time to rise and fall and that matters (eg. when flipper-passing the ball).

One of my first jobs on pinball was writing life-testing code for a test fixture. Springs and solenoids last for a really long time. I'm skeptical that anything using air pressure would hold up as well.

It would be an interesting curiosity, certainly.

AKA "1943: The Battle of Midway" (2)

Noren (605012) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299240)

The arcade game referred to came out in 1987, it's also known as 1943: The Battle of Midway [wikipedia.org] .

Re:AKA "1943: The Battle of Midway" (1)

dmomo (256005) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299296)

Midway? So wouldn't that make it a pinball machine?

Re:AKA "1943: The Battle of Midway" (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299638)

Nope, they mean Midway as in Midway Island. In which you fly your P-38 (a plane that actually never operated from carriers and didn't participate in the Battle of Midway) off a carrier to sink the Japanese air and naval forces single-handed. Of course, the Battle of Midway actually took place in June of 194*2*... Still, a really great arcade game. I own several ports of it for various home consoles. It was originally released in Japan by Capcom, and was very popular there too. Rather odd considering the subject matter, but there you are.

Re:AKA "1943: The Battle of Midway" (1)

idontgno (624372) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300154)

I bet if you switched the engines off, a P-38 would make a nice "WHOOSH" sound as it glided over your head. On its way to a dead-stick landing at Midway Airport in Chicago.

Re:AKA "1943: The Battle of Midway" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36300800)

WHOOOSH

I just heard the sound of somebody commenting without knowing what this game is about.

Congratulations on your knowledge of chicago.

Re:AKA "1943: The Battle of Midway" (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 2 years ago | (#36301040)

Just so long as they don't make a bally landing...

Re:AKA "1943: The Battle of Midway" (1)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300838)

1943 was probably my favorite NES game. I wasted many an hour and shirked many a homework assignment for that game. But even in elementary school I could pick out the glaring historical inaccuracies. Still a fantastic game, better than 1942. I saw some copies of 1944 floating around, but never got a chance to load em up.

Re:AKA "1943: The Battle of Midway" (1)

Master Moose (1243274) | more than 2 years ago | (#36301214)

Of course, the Battle of Midway actually took place in June of 194*2*... .

from memory "1943" was the 2 Player sequel to the successful "1942" which kind of explains the change in year for the Battle of Midway

I would look it up, but I will leave that for someone who cares about this more than me.

For those of you not in the know of 1943... (1, Informative)

slew (2918) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299264)

Re:For those of you not in the know of 1943... (1)

JaneTheIgnorantSlut (1265300) | more than 2 years ago | (#36301240)

I can understand how one could see "1943" and think it means "1943" instead of "1943". Common mistake. Happens all the time.

Costanza (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299328)

Constanza would have loved this.

The Frogger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299546)

Finally a solution to the Frogger Problem.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Frogger

Great Idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299620)

Wow, talk about small world, I've had an old 1943 arcade machine for the last 6 years or so and I've always wanted to do something with it. This sounds like an awesome project!

The rare story that beats its own headline (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299626)

When I read the headline I was expecting this would be a hack for PacMan, Donkey Kong, or some other classic game that I don't give a rip about.

Then I saw it was 1943. That game devoured so many of my quarters back in the 80s ... This is a story I'm actually happy to see on the slashdot front page. My only question is why the hell is it showing up as just a headline; this should be voted up at least well enough to see the full summary so you know that the hacker at least chose a worthwhile game.

Open source Operating System for Pinball tables (2)

SonnyJimATC (939056) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299732)

I've been working on a project with Brian Dominy that allows us to produce ground up rewrites of software for 90's pinball tables, the main website is here: http://www.oddchange.com/freewpc/ [oddchange.com] This is BY FAR the coolest project I've worked on, if anyone is interesting in helping out/testing then drop me a line.

Re:Open source Operating System for Pinball tables (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 3 years ago | (#36307610)

How is this different from PinMAME and Viusal Pinball?

Re:Open source Operating System for Pinball tables (1)

SonnyJimATC (939056) | more than 3 years ago | (#36308464)

Visual Pinball and PinMAME are both emulators, which come in very handy when developing FreeWPC (as you don't need a table to develop), but if you wanted to use this to develop your own custom software, you would require a PC in the cabinet + some kind of interface board to hook up to your table. FreeWPC is a Pinball operating system for tables based on Williams WPC hardware and as such is a drop in replacement ROM, no extra hardware is necessary. In effect it's almost the same process the original game designers used, GCC has been patched to support the 6809 CPU and there's a pinball library available for common things like scores, display effects etc. The excellent manual here explains better than I can: http://www.oddchange.com/freewpc/manual/ [oddchange.com] There's a few other projects along these lines, but afaik this is the only one not to require additional hardware, P-ROC is coming along quite nicely: http://www.pinballcontrollers.com/ [pinballcontrollers.com] http://www.dutchpinball.com/ [dutchpinball.com]

Re:Open source Operating System for Pinball tables (1)

SonnyJimATC (939056) | more than 3 years ago | (#36308502)

I actually explained the difference really badly, it's essentially this: Visual Pinball + PinMAME are emulators and need software to run, which are normally the official pinball ROM releases FreeWPC allows you to write software that WPC/PinMAME can run. It's important to point out that this is a groundup rewrite, not a ROM hack.

Re:Open source Operating System for Pinball tables (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 3 years ago | (#36308580)

Thank you for the explaination. :)

Re:Open source Operating System for Pinball tables (1)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 3 years ago | (#36354108)

I don't know what in the hell you guys are doing and I lost my coding skills years ago, but that, my friend, is a bookmark I'll be following for as long as you guys work on it. Thanks.

Sweet!!! (2)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 2 years ago | (#36299772)

The bus-tapping module he added to the machine lets him read the full contents of the Z80 logic board's memory, allowing him to store high scores for posterity as well as add an Ethernet interface. The device should work on any Z80-based machine...

You mean I can get my old Sinclair ZX81 (which used a Z80 logic board, IIRC) on-line?!?! Sweet!

Re:Sweet!!! (1)

ChrisGoodwin (24375) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300314)

That was my immediate thought. It's a lot faster to save off programs using that than reading them out into a cassette player!

Re:Sweet!!! (1)

adolf (21054) | more than 2 years ago | (#36302524)

You mean I can get my old Sinclair ZX81 (which used a Z80 logic board, IIRC) on-line?!?! Sweet!

You mean like a ZX81 webserver, perhaps?

Oh, look. There's one! [endoftheinternet.org]

(Warning: The aforelinked page is allegedly actually hosted on a ZX81, which allegedly can grok HTTP all by itself. It will probably halt and catch fire soon.)

Re:Sweet!!! (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 3 years ago | (#36303816)

that's awesome :)

Re:Sweet!!! (1)

Alioth (221270) | more than 3 years ago | (#36306400)

You can certainly get a Sinclair Spectrum online (but not with this board), with the Spectranet, which is an ethernet board designed for it. You'll even be able to buy a Spectranet soon.

The Spectranet provides the Speccy with a BSD-like socket library, and a host of ROM-based modules (it has 128K of NOR flash that gets mapped into the lower 16K), such as filesystem modules, modules that snapshot memory over the network etc. (as well as the more mundane stuff like the DHCP client).

A couple of quick demos:
Streaming video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooi9rpx6ECM [youtube.com]
Twitter client - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ECnN7jdgA4&feature=related [youtube.com]

Some (incomplete) technical information: http://spectrum.alioth.net/doc [alioth.net]

Well done (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36299948)

True story: We used to have an old PC dedicated to the game "PC-man" in our student house. It too lacked a high score mechanism. Even if it had had one, it wouldn't have served a 20-person student house very well. I hacked the existing game to include a hi-score list which listed each player exactly once. To set a new high score, you needed to at least break your own personal record. This was *the same* student house Sprite lived in a few years later. I don't know if Jeroen got inspired by that old PC-man hack - or if that game PC even survived there long enough for him to see it. One thing's certain- this student house was a great breeding ground for all kinds of interesting projects.

Re:Well done (4, Interesting)

Sprite_tm (1094071) | more than 2 years ago | (#36300124)

Sixpack for the win :) Nope, I didn't see the pacman machine, though I have heard about it. When I obtained an Atari from somewhere, I was inspired by the story and put it in the hallway with a copy of Xenon 2 permanently plugged in. Good times were had, until the machine broke. A bit later we got a PC next to the living room TV to watch all the creative-commons-licensed movies shared around the campus on (*cough*) and we played Puzzle Bobble completely to death. So yeah, the game , if anything, was an inspiration for more gaming :)

The PC connected to the TV still runs a menu on top of X that's written by me. I also automated the beer-list to a LCD+touchscreen thing, and while it's made out of bad soldering joints and gaffer tape, somehow that contraption still manages to survive.

Oh my GOSH! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36300252)

FINALLY! A /. story in the context of what /. was created for!!!

What about online multiplayer? (1)

antdude (79039) | more than 2 years ago | (#36301360)

I wished legal Kaillera [kaillera.com] would update again so I can game online with these old 1980/80s arcade games. There is a new one, but very new [blogspot.com] and has support to multiple platforms (Linux too!).

I just want someone to emulate them on the web (1)

argStyopa (232550) | more than 2 years ago | (#36301410)

Sure, I have mame, but I'd love it if there were a website that had all these great games up for playing as flash/whatever.

Oh where did they go? (1)

hitmark (640295) | more than 2 years ago | (#36301752)

I so miss those arcade machines. Seems the only place they really still have a life is in Japan (go fig).

Re:Oh where did they go? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36302496)

I so miss those arcade machines. Seems the only place they really still have a life is in Japan (go fig).

They went into peoples' basements. I have 28 of them in mine, all coin-ops from 1980 to 1986 primarily. Awesome hobby.

Time to check out (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36303146)

All of you morons who didn't know what 1943 was, please hand in your slashdot uid and NEVER COME BACK.

I don't care if you weren't "born yet" or whatever other excuse you may have..

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