r/gaming Sep 20 '21 Silver 25 Gold 1 Helpful 7 Wholesome 14 Hugz 29

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u/antinazicanada Sep 20 '21

90's Gamers had to figure out how to get the darn audio drivers working in MS-DOS; which was often no easy task! As a young child, I had to figure out by trial and error that... Holy Heck this adverture game actually has real voice overs rather than just MIDI beeps and boops.

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u/kimchifart Sep 20 '21

80s gamer here. Lol. Just lol. We literally had to load a cassette tape and listening to screeching shit for fifteen minutes. Then the load would fail.

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u/kirkum2020 Sep 20 '21

I thought a little blob of tippex on the right spot of the volume dial was ubiquitous but maybe that's because I told everyone I knew. Cassettes were quite reliable if you got the levels right. And durable too. My old stash from the 80s still worked when I pulled them out of the attic a few years ago, which is something I can't say about my early CDs. There's a reason businesses were still backing up on magnetic tape until a few years back.

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u/LXicon Sep 20 '21

I don't remember hearing the cassette tape making any sound on the school's Commodore PET computers. I mostly remember the 10 PRINT HELLO / 20 GOTO 10 type programs we'd write and see the different patterns when you changed HELLO to HELLOO

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u/ArbitraryThingy Sep 20 '21

Acorn machines and spectrum were the ones that played the digital junk out loud . Kinchifart is BBC micro gang at a guess.

Acorn machines also came with multiple books with hundreds of pages of BASIC in them as it's free programs to get you started, like a calculator basic typewriter and a handful of games. Literal hours of work to get OS features running and then forget to write them to tape before testing.

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u/kimchifart Sep 20 '21

Do you remember Chuckie Egg? Used to go round my friends who had a commodore.

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u/LXicon Sep 20 '21

No, the Commodore PET at school was a green monochrome screen (no fancy graphics like that). Eventually we had an Apple IIe at home for games but my Dad had the IBM compatible with a good monitor with DOS and WordPerfect because the Apple used a TV screen that was hard on the eyes for text.

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u/Rubberman2054 Sep 20 '21

i had mixtapes of games for my ZX Spectrum. i could find games easily by fast forwarding and listening to the BASIC load screeching.

Twiddling with the volume control to get it to load like fine tuning a radio.

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u/kimchifart Sep 20 '21

LMAO. Heady days. Did you see that Clive Sinclair passed away recently? My best mate had a speccy, and I have an Atari ST 520