CoCoTALK! episode 129 - Glenside election results
The top story this week was the results of the Glenside Color Computer Club election results, we also heard project updates from the panel, and reviewed a lot of Coco, MC-10 and Dragon news from around the globe.
Some news stories for October 12, 2019 show:
0) Glenside election results
- President - Eric Canales
- Secretary - Rich Bair
- Treasurer - Brian Goers
- VicePresident - John Mark Mobley
1) Jim Gerrie has been fixing more bugs, and slightly speeding up his Akalabeth port to the MC-10 (he even took a suggestion from Curtis Boyle!):
Unfortunately, his blog has a later update from Thursday, October 10th, that he is running out of BASIC memory, even on the MCX-128, to be able to fit the whole game on the MC-10 - and the Coco will have a lot of the same issues. So it may have to wait until we get time to work on the a (Nitr)OS9 Level 2 BASIC09 version, where we can get >32K for a BASIC program.
2) Roger Taylor is sending out feelers on Facebook about a "computer on a channel" for Roku, where you will be able to use a Coco 3 emulator through the Roku:
3) Amigos Retro Gaming did a live stream of some classic computer game playing, including a sizable chunk on the Coco 1/2/3 (starting about 59 minutes in for the Coco). Paul Fiscarelli and myself helped supply tips & some game suggestions, and even Rick Adams popped by for a little bit.
4) Amigos Retro Gaming have also released the video of episode 1 of their Coco game podcast (the Coco Show) which features Poltergeist and Sailor Man
And the audio version is up as well:
5) Aaron from Amigos Retro gaming also did a video of him playing Sailor Man live, showing a lot of the features, all 3 levels, the inviso screen, etc.
6) Ed Snider has some preliminary designs for his new Coco 3+ - but this time for the case. It will have an external keyboard, but a built in MPI, and be in a compact, cube shape.
And an actual prototype, showing the 2 slots built in:
7) ShareSquid on YouTube did video play of Downland showing some tips and tricks - running on real hardware with a deluxe joystick.
He also did a companion piece - "Dumb Ways to Die" in Downland:
8) Our own Brian Wieseler has pictures of (and demo video from) the Dazzle video capture device, capturing composite from a Coco 3. It seems to be an excellent job:
9) Petsasjim1 on YouTube did more Dragon game play videos, including (This is not all of them by far):
Cave Fighter (a Scramble type game - but with some cool wall barriers added):
Caverns of Doom (BASIC adventure game with RPG elements):
Capture the Flag:
Buzzin Bertie (never seen this one before, not sure what the goal is):
Bust-Out! (A higher semi-graphics version of Bustout with a fair number of game options - including some multi-voice music in the background at times & win you complete a screen):
Bug Diver (reminds me of Shark Treasure):
Bubble Buster (Popcorn style game):
Boulder Crash2 - which is a revised version of Boulder Dash that actually contains a level editor:
Bonka (Space Panic type game):