First Retrobörse In Linz: 14th September 2013

Saturday 7 September 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.


Fourth Retrobörse In Vienna: 8th December 2012

Friday 26 October 2012 by Dieter in Events

Following the success of the Retrobörse in Vienna in 2009, 2010 and 2011, Austria’s capital will see its fourth Börse on Saturday, 8th December 2012. Location will be again the Technical University Freihaus, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8, 1040 Vienna. Doors will open at 10 am and close at 4 pm. Entrance fee is only 3 Euros.

On more than 50 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.

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.


Very First Video Of My Games Collection

Monday 21 May 2012 by Dieter in CCC

Well I was relaxing at my parents’ house today and suddenly had the idea of making a video of my games collection. That’s an easy job with today’s smart phones and soon I had uploaded the video to YouTube.

I had always stored my collection in banana boxes in the cellar of our appartment since I started collecting in the early 1990s. To enjoy my collection I had to go down in the cellar, open the boxes and put the games out. Non-satisfying. Three years ago my grandma, who lives only a few minutes away, told me that she had a room which she doesn’t use anymore. That was a great opportunity to use it as a video games room. Finally I could put my games in shelves. Very satisfying!

Now this is the very first video of (a big part of) my collection in twenty years of collecting!


My Philips G7400 – Back Home!

Sunday 8 January 2012 by Dieter in Videopac

"DIK" G7400"DIK" G7400: Closeup of the stickers"DIK" G7400: Serial number comparison between warranty card and console - match!Some time ago I noticed a Philips G7400 on eBay Austria, entitled as “Philips- DIK, Videopac + G7400”. That was strange, because DIK were my initials before CCC, I used them for example on arcade highscore lists in the 1980s. I clicked on the auction picture and suddenly I knew it – this must be MY Videopac console!

My dad once had a Samsonite briefcase with those stickers to put initials on the case. He gave me the stickers and I put them on my G7400 more than 25 years ago. I had completely forgotten about that, but when I saw the photo in the auction, the memories came back immediately.

I sold my G7400 in my hometown in 1985 to raise money for my new home computer, an Atari 130 XE. In the early 1990s my girlfriend wanted to buy the console back for me, but we noticed that it was the wrong one. The kid I had sold my G7400 to had apparently two of them. Later the traces disappeared. Now, two and a half decades later, the console resurfaced, 130 kilometers from my hometown.

Fortunately I could win the auction, however not very cheap because the seller mentioned the DIK in the auction title, so people thought it could be something special. I was excited when I opened the parcel. I still had the warranty card from 1983, so I just had to compare the serial numbers on the card and on the console. Match! It was really MY G7400!

The seller had bought the console only a few weeks earlier with other flea market stuff in the town where I live now. So he picked the console up here, drove 130 kilometers home, put it on ebay and, as I won it, shipped it back to the town where he picked it up. Anyway: my G7400 is back home and this time I will not sell it to raise money for my next home computer …


Videopac Gunfighter Demo Cartridge

Wednesday 4 January 2012 by Dieter in Videopac

Videopac Gunfighter demo cart: Photo of boxVideopac Gunfighter demo cart: Closeup of demo sticker on boxVideopac Gunfighter demo cart: Photo of cartridgeVideopac Gunfighter demo cart: Closeup of demo sticker on cartridgeVideopac collector Alex Lehman from Switzerland saw a Philips G7000 with four games for sale in an advertisement some time ago. One of the games attracted his attention, as it was titled as “demo cartridge No. 14”. So he bought the lot and indeed there was an official demonstration cartridge of the Videopac game Gunfighter included. Alex was so kind to send us some photos.

The cartridge was probably used at Videopac demo stations in stores. The text on the demo label is in German, French, Italian and English, so those carts could have been used in other countries as well. Would be interesting if someone else also found similar demo carts. Maybe this demo label style was used for other Videopac games as well?


No Kangaroos In Austria!

Tuesday 3 January 2012 by Dieter in General

Missent to Melbourne, AustraliaIt’s not always easy to live in a small country like Austria, especially when you await a parcel from a big country like the United States of America. There is small Austria and there is big Australia, which sounds and spells very similar, except for those two small letters that make the difference.

So if you live in Austria and your parcel from the USA is much overdue, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it got completely lost somewhere over the Atlantic. It might also be that, even if the sender wrote the correct address on it (Austria, without “al”!), to some unknown reason your parcel makes its way over the wrong ocean (Pacific instead of Atlantic) to Melbourne, Australia (with “al”!).

It might also be that some unknown but conscientious and well-educated post clerk in Australia knows the difference between the continent he lives on and the small country in the heart of Europe, and forwards the parcel to the correct addressee. So even if you live in small Austria, you might face a happy end with your overdue parcel.


Third Retrobörse In Vienna: 3rd December 2011

Monday 28 November 2011 by Dieter in Events

Following the success of the first and second Retrobörse in Vienna in 2009 and 2010, Austria’s capital will see its third Börse on Saturday, 3rd December 2011. Location will be again the Technical University Freihaus, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8, 1040 Vienna. Doors will open at 10 am and close at 4 pm. Entrance fee is only 3 Euros.

On more than 50 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.

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.


Videopac+ Version Of Baseball Released On Cart

Thursday 9 December 2010 by Dieter in Videopac

Route 66 artworkWith the development of the Odyssey3, Magnavox also developed some games to show the power of the new console at fairs like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Most of the games were titles we know from the Odyssey2 or Videopac G7000, but with additional background graphics. Those have been released for the European Philips G7400 later, like Stone Sling, Freedom Fighters, Attack Of The Timelord (Terrahawks) or Killer Bees. There was also Flash Point which was never released by Philips for the G7400, so I made a limited edition of 100 copies available on cart in 2004.

But there was another Odyssey3 prototype game: Baseball! Magnavox showed the well known Odyssey2 game with additional background graphics for the Odyssey3 – which made sense, because America was, and still is, crazy about Baseball. However, Philips did not take over the prototype for the European G7400, simply because that sport was never really popular in the old world.

So I decided to make a run of 100 carts of Baseball+. René van den Enden patched the game so it will run also on PAL consoles – including the nice background graphics for the G7400 and compatibles of course.

Find all info on my Videopac page!


Second Retrobörse In Vienna: 4th December 2010

Thursday 7 October 2010 by Dieter in Events

Following the success of the first Retrobörse in Vienna in the course of Eurocon 2009, Austria’s capital will see its second Börse on Saturday, 4th December 2010. Location will be again the Technical University Freihaus, Wiedner Hauptstrasse 8, 1040 Vienna. Doors will open at 10 am and close at 4 pm. Entrance fee is only 3 Euros.

On more than 40 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.

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. You can also discuss about the Retrobörse in our forums, there is a German and English thread.


Videopac+ Version Of Route 66 Released On Cart

Sunday 8 November 2009 by Dieter in Videopac

Route 66 artworkIn 2007 Richard Page of videopac.org released the first version of Route 66, a homebrew racing game by Rafael A. Cardoso da Silva and René van den Enden, as Videopac 66. Unfortunately Richard disappeared from the scene shortly after, so only very few copies of the game were really shipped.

In the following two years, Rafael and René improved the game and added high resolution background graphics for the Videopac Plus machines. Now the new version of the game is again available on cart, and this time 100 copies have been made, so that every Videopac/Odyssey2 collector can get one. It was the wish of the authors to make the game available in both Videopac and Odyssey2 styles, so every copy of the game will be shipped with label, manual and inlay/index card in both styles.

The Plus version of Route 66 was released at Eurocon/Retrobörse on 24th October 2009 in Vienna and is available via mail order since 8th November 2009. I hope you all like this improved version by Rafael A. Cardoso da Silva and René van den Enden. More info on my Videopac page.