2013 Archive

Merry Christmas Or How Everything Began

December 24th, 2013 by Dieter in Christmas, Videopac

I wanted to post that already one year ago, but somehow never had the time.

Well, it was exactly 31 years ago (30 years ago if I would have posted this at Christmas 2012) when I got my very first video game console, the Philips Videopac G7000, for Christmas on 24th December 1982. It was my biggest wish that year, and the most expensive Christmas present I ever begged for. And I was more than happy when I really saw that big parcel under the Christmas tree. The G7000 came with Videopac 2, containing the three games Pairs, Space Rendezvous and Logic.

We had only two TV channels back then, and they were not HD like today, they were blurry, they were grainy, at least that’s how I remember them. Now imagine that crystal clear picture from the G7000 on our TV screen. And it didn’t come over the air from some television transmitter, it came from my G7000 in our living room. And we couldn’t just watch the programme, we could interact, we could move the space ships on the screen, we could type in the letters in Memory to turn over the tiles and the numbers in Logic to find the right code. My cousin and I played Videopac until midnight that Christmas eve. It was a magic time that just had begun. The Videopac opened a gate to a new world. A world of exploration and fight in space, a world of monsters in deep and dark dungeons, a world of thousand other dangers, wonders and excitements.

Christmas 1982 started everything for me. I got addicted and still I am. Not to video games in general, but to retro games as we call them today. Anytime I would prefer a video game from the early or mid 1980s to a modern video game.

Merry Christmas to you all!


Fifth Retrobörse In Vienna: 8th December 2013

December 1st, 2013 by Dieter in Events

Following the success of the Retrobörse in Vienna from 2009 to 2012, Austria’s capital will see its fifth Börse on Sunday, 8th December 2013. Due to space reasons (the old location at the TU was already too small), this year’s Börse will be held in the Längenfeldgasse 13 – 15, 1120 Vienna. Doors will open at 10 am and close at 4 pm. Entrance fee is only 4 Euros.

On more than 130(!) sales tables you will find items from the very first Pong systems up to the Playstation 3 era, both computer and video games, hardware and accessories.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enlarge your collection and chat with other enthusiasts about the whole video and computer games history.

Please visit www.retroboerse.at for more details.


Terrahawks: The Second Assault Released On Cart As Videopac 70

November 20th, 2013 by Dieter in Videopac

Terrahawks 2 artworkEarly in 2011, Robbert Jansen, administrator of the famous Videopac and Odyssey2 forum, was contacted by a developer of games for Videopac in the days of 1982/1983. The programmer told Robbert that he liked his website and offered him his material from his programming days at Philips. He was going to get rid of them but he wanted his materials to get a good home.

He had many known games like Morse, RobotCity, Turtles, Killer Bees, Q*bert, Terrahawks, Black Hole (Neutron Star), (Play) Tag, SuperCobra, Spider-Man, Popeye and Frogger, but there was more. During testing Robbert discovered 5 unknown titles: A sound tool and the four games Himalaya, Bastion, Cat Burglar and … Terrahawks!

Terrahawks? Not the Terrahawks that we know, but a completely different game!

Robbert asked me if I would like to release the game, and of course I wanted. As always, I made 100 carts with original style label, original style manual and original style inlay for Videopac+ boxes.

Read more and find all the info on my Videopac page!


First Retrobörse In Linz: 14th September 2013

September 7th, 2013 by Dieter in Events

Following the success of the four Retrobörse in Vienna, Linz will see its first Börse on Saturday, 14th September 2013. Location will be the Tabakfabrik, Peter-Behrens-Platz 11/Ludlgasse 19, 4020 Linz. Doors will open at 10 am and close at 4 pm, the supporting programme goes until 10 pm. Entrance fee is only 3 Euros.

On more than 100 meters of sales tables you will find items from the very first Pong systems up to the Playstation 2 era, both computer and video games, hardware and accessories. Many sellers are in Austria for the first time so you can expect a lot of new items that were not available in Vienna.

For the first time in Austria there will be a big supporting programme, including a big retro games exhibition which was set up for the Ars Electronica Festival, free new games for the Commodore Amiga by Retroguru and Punktart, free issues of the retro magazine Load, games made by students of the technical college Hagenberg, playing Starcraft games with a cinema beamer on a big screen, the Austrian debut of the board game Whacky Wit, and a live concert by chiptune musician Markus Schrott after the Börse.

Don’t miss this opportunity to enlarge your collection and chat with other enthusiasts about the whole video and computer games history.

Please visit www.retroboerse.at for more details.