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2-13-2012 @ 12:12PM
Both my bosses at work are old-school gamer guys. One of them remembers playing the Warcraft game in high school. Trying to explain to HIM the difference was a trip, and I'm still not sure he got it.What is really fun is explaining to the old ladies that work in the Customer Service Center what my Nook Color is and what it can do.
2-13-2012 @ 11:55PM
You just made me feel VERY old. "Old school' was playing the original Warcraft games? I played Zork on my Commodore 64 - and I don't even dare call that 'old school' because I'm sure others on here were playing tons of other stuff on BBS's - back when you had to lift the handset of a rotary phone and set it in acoustic couplers! You blasted whippersnappers!
2-13-2012 @ 3:01PM
You kids and your Commodore 64's--I started on a VIC-20, which did have some cartridges and a few games on the tape drive, but most of the good stuff you had to code in by hand from magazine articles.
2-13-2012 @ 4:50PM
Ever copy programs out of Family Computing to make a Thanksgiving Turkey show up on your screen? And that was before we had a tape or 5.25 inch floppy drive...luckily my parents let me keep the computer on overnight so we could enjoy the picture (Made out of all close-parentheses, I believe).I used a TRS-80 Model III in grade school even before my C64....the school bought it or was given it and no one knew how to use it; I had some extra free time so they let me play with it.Nothing beat going to K-mart and typing:10 Print "Hello ";20 GOTO 10
2-13-2012 @ 5:08PM
I still have my first floppy (an actual floppy, 5 and a quarter) somewhere, formatted for the Apple ][. Learned to program in BASIC on it.
2-13-2012 @ 5:47PM
One thing I've always wondered about - never saw except in the movie Wargames - was the 8" floppy disks. Have looked them up and they did exist!My mom had a bunch of punch cards in our basement in the cabinet where she kept all the stuff for arts and crafts (patterns courtesy of Pack O' Fun Magazine)....THAT'S what we did on rainy days before Atari!
2-13-2012 @ 6:49PM
@SamLowry: Holy crap, I totally did that. I was pretty young (born in 79) but my dad had a Vic20 and a C64 and when I got a little older, I'd code games out of his RUN magazines to play them on the machines.Good times....good times. I was horrible at debugging, which is probably why I'm not working with computers right now =p
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