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!):

http://jimgerrie.blogspot.com/2019/10/retrochallenge-201910-akalabeth-another.html

https://youtu.be/n9lCJjo-MJc

 

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.

http://jimgerrie.blogspot.com/2019/10/retrochallenge-201910-coco-version.html

 

 

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:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157540291702641/

 

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.

https://youtu.be/ofiWbjGcKPQ?t=3540

 

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

https://youtu.be/uxxvmehrA_o

And the audio version is up as well:

https://anchor.fm/thecocoshow

 

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.

https://youtu.be/mOBgt-GE9Z0

 

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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157542665227641/

And an actual prototype, showing the 2 slots built in:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157552612097641/

 

7) ShareSquid on YouTube did video play of Downland showing some tips and tricks - running on real hardware with a deluxe joystick.

https://youtu.be/PyoVOjIP1ig

He also did a companion piece - "Dumb Ways to Die" in Downland:

https://youtu.be/DoY_FSrqPgw

 

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:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/2359462640/permalink/10157550440267641/

 

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):

https://youtu.be/cMT1pstBFcc?t=14

Caverns of Doom (BASIC adventure game with RPG elements):

https://youtu.be/eGJX-xRlK1I

Capture the Flag:

https://youtu.be/9QfoDR87zbk

Buzzin Bertie (never seen this one before, not sure what the goal is):

https://youtu.be/LPf-KCdYKqQ?t=18

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):

https://youtu.be/231Qys-6AUg?t=157

Bug Diver (reminds me of Shark Treasure):

https://youtu.be/iahDeU1SODc?t=9

Bubble Buster (Popcorn style game):

https://youtu.be/6XQcH1kVDIE?t=15

Brock's Kingdom:

https://youtu.be/RpFeT4GtWoQ?t=25

Boulder Crash2 - which is a revised version of Boulder Dash that actually contains a level editor:

https://youtu.be/85CLAWyYtns?t=5

Bonka (Space Panic type game):

https://youtu.be/ZgV63G5CYNs

 

 

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