The Retro Computer Museum will host it’s very first retro gaming event in it’s new premises in the next few weeks (17th Sept) and work has been going on for many weeks to get everything ready for the big day.
Sadly, one of the popular consoles the MB Vectrex had suffered a fault at the last event therefore I’ve offered to loan mine and as i’d not been down to RCM HQ for a few weeks, thought i’d meet up with some of the chaps to have a looksee and see how things are progressing.
Loading my car before heading down with all manner of old ‘puter gear. My Vectrex in the footwell, a couple of boxes of BBC Micreo & C64 5 1/4″ floppy disks, my poorly Commodore 128 motherboard which i’m hoping one of the chaps can have a look at, Classic Magic Carpet for MS -DOS for one of the RCM members (the 3d glasses were giving me a headache!) and a few other bits n pieces….guarded by my Angry Bird 🙂
It’s great to see that RCM have increased their stock of arcade and MAME machines. This Jamma cabinet in Galaga artwork is looking a bit rough but it shouldn’t take us long to get it looking nice again.
It was connected to a Jamma board containing sixty classic games, so we fired her up for a quick blast of Pheonix. It’s a little hard to tell from the photo, but the original arcade monitor is in superb condition. If any one needs to find me at the gaming event, I’ll probably be playing on this 🙂
Speaking of Phoenix, RCM have another dedicated cab. Again, in need of a little TLC but shouldn’t take long to struce her up again. It’s usually not my thing, but I love the look of that 70’s fake wood grain.
My Vectrex in it’s new home for the next few weeks. It would be nice to see other gamers try out this wonderfully quirky console and althought the vector based games are very simplistic, most are very addictive.
Andy took the time out to show me something really special. His ZXpander unit for his vintage Sinclair ZX81. With this new homebrew device attached, files to can be stored and load directly from modern SD memory cards. No more loading from tape and waiting, a game loads in the blink of an eye. As well as the ZXpander (housed in the memory pack), the monitor is showing a rescently coded version of Boulderdash. I doesn’t look much but concidering that it’s a 30 year old machine with only a meager 1K of ram and the whole screen is scolling, flicker free and contains animated characters…..pretty damn impressive stuff!
Sadly, we’d run out of time to have a good look at my C128. We did however narrow it down to the offending chip thanks to a doner C128 so I’ll take another look at it next week.
There’s still a lot to be done at HQ but we’re confident that one more all hands on push next weekend will see everything is place for our grand opening.
If you wish to learn more, head over to http://www.retrocomputermuseum.co.uk
Oh…and btw, brought home my newly purchased Commodore plus/4. More on this later on!