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GAMING . . . / Pokemon Go Gym
« on: July 15, 2016, 06:16:25 PM »
I would like propose that the Retro Computer Museum should apply to become a Pokemon Gym on the new game Pokemon Go. We could offer the unique selling point that you could then play any of the original Pokemon games on the original Nintendo consoles.

What does any one think of the idea?


ARCADE / Mortal Kombat secret that was hidden for over 20 years
« on: February 26, 2016, 12:43:17 PM »
Just found out about an Easter egg hidden in Mortal Kombat for the last 20 years.

That's got to be worth a try the next time I get to the museum and play with the MAME cabinet there.


RCM ANNOUNCEMENTS / Recursion 2015, Stratford-upon-Avon
« on: June 29, 2015, 02:42:12 AM »
We are taking 20 systems to Recursion Computer Science Fair 2015 at King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon on Saturday 4th of July.

The Levi Fox Hall
 King Edward VI School
 Church Street
 CV37 6HB


My name is David and I found out about the RCM via the article in April 2015 issue of PC Pro magazine.  I could not believe my luck when I found out they were only 15 minutes away from my home.  The first Sunday I was free I wanted to go and visit, I found out they were closed due an event – ARRRRGH!  Where was this event? Oh, it’s only 20 minutes from home at the Abbey Pumping station here in Leicester – YEAAY!

My poor wife then spend hours by herself wandering around Abbey Pumping station while I sat gleefully trying to remember the code for a 1K game of Dodge the Asteroid on the ZX81 that I wrote when I was about eleven. I was in geek heaven!

I remember saying the words ‘Oh wow! I will never run out of memory again’ when I got the 16K RAM pack for the Sinclair ZX81, many, many years ago.  Since then I been lucky enough to own a 48K Sinclair ZX Spectrum, a 32K Acorn BBC model B, a 2MB Acorn A3000 and an Acorn Pocket Book which saw me through my Computer Science degree.  Since then I’ve had series of hand build PCs while I worked as a computer field service engineer, but never done any serious programming since writing Tetris on the Acorn Pocket Book (before discovering that Nintendo owns the rights to the game on any hand-held format).

Obviously I’m not all that bright because as soon as I buy myself a loyalty discount card for the RCM, I then go and become a volunteer.  Yes that’s right, I’ve paid for the privilege of working for free for the RCM.  Who am I kidding? This is great! They are now talking about putting me up in hotels so I can go to the sort of events I used to pay to get into, just so I can talk to people about how much fun these old computers were to program and play games on.

Are there support groups for people like me where we can go and say ‘Hello, my name is David, and I am a Geek!’?  Well I think I have found one, it’s call the Retro Computer Museum.

David ‘The Juggler’ Cooper

P.S. In case you’re wondering what my wonderful wife thinks of all this? To quote her ‘… at least he’s going out occasionally to be with his own kind …’ because let's face it if I wasn't at work or the RCM I'd probably be at home trying to build up my rank on Elite Dangerous just like I did 30 years ago the original BBC B version.

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