Aug 22, 2017

Episode 26: Modern solutions for vintage machines (Part 2)

In this second half of our look into modern media solutions for our favourite vintage micros, the PPOT crew are once more joined by Retro Domination's Daz. Have a listen as we talk about our experiences with the multitude of options available to help bypass reliance on aging media formats!

  

Devices discussed include (but not limited to!):

"GoTeK" USB 3.5" Floppy emulator: The drives themselves? eBay or Aliexpress!

Amiga "Cortex" firmware: https://cortexamigafloppydrive.wordpress.com/

HxC Floppy Emulator firmware for GoTeK: http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator/ 

VIC-20 Penultimate Cart & ZX Speccy DivMMC: The Future was 8-Bit http://www.tfw8b.com

MSX MegaflashROM SCC+ SD: http://www.msxcartridgeshop.com/

Atarimax MyIDE: https://www.atarimax.com/myide/documentation/

Sega SC-3000 "Survivors Multicart": http://www.sc3000-multicart.com/

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Brisbane C64 & Retrogaming night information: https://www.facebook.com/Brisbane-C64-Night-AKA-Midnight-Resurgence-1746806352202680/

 

Thanks for listening!

 

 Where can you find us?

 

 Intro theme "Exolon Remix" by Ash Read and Nicholas Jones used with permission

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Aug 1, 2017

Episode 25: Modern solutions for vintage machines (Part 1)

Magnetic media wiping you out? Are your floppies getting bent out of shape? Or is the cost of chasing old software burning your wallet? In this 2-part episode, the PPOT crew are joined by Retro Domination's Daz to look at the various modern solutions for our favourite 8- & 16-bit micros. Have a listen as we talk about our experiences with the multitude of options available to help bypass reliance on aging media formats!

 

 

 

Devices discussed include:

1541 Ultimate-II+: http://1541ultimate.net 

Various C64 uIEC-based solutions - Read more here: https://www.c64-wiki.com/wiki/%C2%B5IEC 

C64 SD2IEC, VIC-20 Penultimate Cart & ZX Speccy DivMMC: The Future was 8-Bit http://www.tfw8b.com

MSX MegaflashROM SCC+ SD: http://www.msxcartridgeshop.com/

C64 Easyflash: http://skoe.de/easyflash/doku.php

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Brisbane C64 & Retrogaming night information: https://www.facebook.com/Brisbane-C64-Night-AKA-Midnight-Resurgence-1746806352202680/

 

Thanks for listening!

 

 Where can you find us?

 

 Intro theme "Exolon Remix" by Ash Read and Nicholas Jones used with permission

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Jun 19, 2017

Developer Diaries: Galencia, with Jay Aldred

Welcome to the first (of hopefully many) Press Play on Tape Developer Diaries! 

 

For this episode, we're talking to Jay - aka PC Baker - who is behind the upcoming Commodore 64 arcade shooter Galencia! We talk to Jay about his background with assembly language programming on the Commodore 64, the influences behind Galencia, and get a bit of an inside look into his work so far. 

 

Jay's ongoing development thread for Galencia (including a link to grab the most recent beta!) can be found here: http://www.lemon64.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=64421

The Highway Guy (who did Galencia's music) can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4lsmJcOviEiuuI7vmroLYg

 

Thanks for listening!

 

 Where can you find us?

 

 Intro theme "Exolon Remix" by Ash Read and Nicholas Jones used with permission

 

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Jun 8, 2017

Episode 24: Arcade Conversion Capers

Arcade conversions have always been a curious beast. Back in the day, the closest we'd get to playing the latest game for free would be the home ports by Publishers like US Gold or Ocean. Sometimes they fantastic, sometimes they were a bit meh, and sometimes you got Chase HQ. 

 

This month JCVD finally gets his chance to talk arcade games, as the PPOT team takes a look at some of their personal favourite home conversions, and a couple that were memorable for the wrong reasons...

 

Thanks for listening, and as always hope you enjoy the chat as much as we did!

 

 

Where can you find us?

 

 

Intro theme "Exolon Remix" used with permission by Ash Read and Nicholas Jones

 

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Apr 12, 2017

Press Play on Tape episode 23: Commodore 64: For the Love of a Machine, with Andreas Wallström

This month we're joined by c64.com's own Andreas Wallström to talk about his upcoming book Commodore 64: For the Love of a Machine!  Andreas chats to us about the book, and why he feels so strongly about giving back to the C64 community and ensuring that stories from the likes of Al Charpentier and Bob Yannes, or cracking legend Zoltan Kelemen a.k.a. Mr.Z/Triad are not lost the sands of time. 

 

We hope you enjoy the interview as much as we did recording it!

 

You can find the Kickstarter page for Commodore 64: For the Love of a Machine here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wallstrom/commodore-64-for-the-love-of-a-machine

 

Andreas can be found over at http://www.c64.com, on Twitter @C64_com, and some of his musical efforts on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/AndreasWallstrom.

 

And don't forget that there's still time to win a copy of Graham Axten's The Bear Essentials with thanks to Pond Software! Competition closes 11:59pm AEST April 30, check out our Facebook page or Twitter feed for more. Also make sure to head over to http://pondsoft.uk and take a look at The Bear Essentials, as well as a number of the other Pond games currently available!

 

 Outro track: 6581 covering Last Ninja II at Back in Time Live Stockholm 2008

 

 

Where can you find us?

 

 

Intro theme "Exolon Remix" used with permission by Ash Read and Nicholas Jones

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Mar 30, 2017

Press Play on Tape episode 22: Aaron White, Amiga MOD making, and Hi-Tec Software!

The British return to Press Play on Tape once more, with Amiga MOD maker extraordinaire, member of the RGDS Podcast, and all-round awesome guy Aaron White jumping on the show for a chat. Damian, along with special guest host Daz have a chat with Aaron about his Amiga music making, to the games he grew up with & much more! 

 

For our publisher of choice, Aaron W chose British Hannah Barbara fans HI-Tec Software for this month, and helps set the record straight around some of their unknown gems - including the only recently re-discovered & released Daffy Duck game! 

 

And as an added bonus, listen to how you can win a copy of Graham Axten's The Bear Essentials with thanks to Pond Software! Competition closes 11:59pm AEST April 30, so get to it. Head over to http://pondsoft.uk to take a look at The Bear Essentials, as well as a number of the other Pond games currently available!

 

Aaron White's YouTube channel can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGOu0lFyWfonLIC7Mdu3i-Q/videos

You can also find his mix disks for Amiga here: http://www.indieretronews.com/search/label/Aaron%20White?m=0

or here: http://www.vintageisthenewold.com/tag/aaron-white/ 

 

Outro track this month is the title theme from The Bear Essentials.

 

 

Where can you find us?

This episode along with all previous ones can always be found at http://pressplayontape.podbean.com. You can find us on iTunes by searching for Press Play on Tape Podcast – we’d love it if you gave us a review while you’re there. It all helps!

 

We can be found on Facebook by searching for Press Play on Tape podcast, and on Twitter @PPOT_Podcast

 

Tony has his game reviews, pickups and more over on the Electric Adventures YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/electricadventures

 

You can read up on some of Damian's restoration projects on his site at http://www.tehkella.net/retro/

 

Intro theme "Exolon Remix" used with permission by Ash Read and Nicholas Jones

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Feb 22, 2017

Press Play on Tape episode 21: Repairs, restorations, and (it is dark, you might be eaten by) Grues

Got some computers needing a bit of love? Then this month’s episode of Press Play on Tape is for you!  On the back of a few recent repairs and restorations of their own, the team decided this month to talk through some of their favourite hints & tips. Where to start with a non-working system? Cap kits or not? Is Retrobrite for you? All this, and a lot more...

 

For our Publisher this month we’ve gathered our lamp and ventured into the dark to discuss the text adventure legends: Infocom! Tony and Aaron go over some of their favourite games, along with Damian dropping a shock bombshell!

 

Even if you’re not handy with a soldering iron or screwdriver, there’s still something for everyone this month. Kick back, have a listen and enjoy!

 

Where can you find us?

This episode along with all previous ones can always be found at http://pressplayontape.podbean.com. You can find us on iTunes by searching for Press Play on Tape Podcast – we’d love it if you gave us a review while you’re there. It all helps!

 

We can be found on Facebook by searching for Press Play on Tape podcast, and on Twitter @PPOT_Podcast

 

Tony has his game reviews, pickups and more over on the Electric Adventures YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/electricadventures

 

You can read up on some of Damian's restoration projects on his site at http://www.tehkella.net/retro/

 

Press Play on Tape is a part of the Console Domaination Gaming Network.

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Dec 20, 2016

Press Play on Tape episode 20: Enter JCVD.

Here comes a new Challenger! You might have seen him on our Facebook page (if not, come have a look), so now it's time to meet Mr. JCVD - aka. Damian - as he joins the Press Play on Tape team as our third co-host.

 

This month we're taking a look at the year that was 2016, and what some of our favourite Vintage Computer pick ups were. Not only that, we dive into what our "Holy Grail" wish list for 2017 looks like!

 

Wishing all our listeners and supporters a fantastic Christmas, and we'll be back bigger and better in 2017!

 

 

Outro track is Magical Sound Shower from Outrun (C64).

 

Where can you find us?

This episode along with all previous ones can always be found at http://pressplayontape.podbean.com. You can find us on iTunes by searching for Press Play on Tape Podcast – we’d love it if you gave us a review while you’re there. It all helps!

 

We can be found on Facebook by searching for Press Play on Tape podcast, and on Twitter @PPOT_Podcast

 

Tony has his game reviews, pickups and more over on the Electric Adventures YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/electricadventures

 

You can read up on some of Damian's restoration projects on his site at http://www.tehkella.net/retro/

 

Press Play on Tape is a part of the Console Domaination Gaming Network.

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Nov 15, 2016

Press Play on Tape episode 19: The Tasmanian Epoch

(Heads up - due to some problems in recording, the audio quality isn't fantastic. Sorry!)

 

After a short hiatus and some technical fun, Press Play on Tape flips sides and loads in a new adventure!

 

Aaron welcomes one of the podcast's new hosts, none other than fellow Tasmanian: Tony Cruise! You might remember him from his MSX masterclass back in episode 5, and he's on-board to help share the hosting duties and bring some vintage computing programming expertise to the crew (not to mention pour some MSX-flavoured water on the C64 love!). We also talk through some of the highlights from the Classic Gaming Area at PAX Australia 2016 - Just how long did the River Raid comp go for you ask? Listen and find out...

 

Publisher of choice this month was Newsfield's own in-house studio: Thalamus! Known for kick-ass music, developer journals in Crash & Zzap64!, Thalamus has quite the legacy to look back over.

Kick back, tune in and join us as we Press Play on Episode 19!

 

Outro track is an Atari 8-bit version of the Sanxion theme.

 

Where can you find us?

This episode along with all previous ones can always be found at http://pressplayontape.podbean.com. You can find us on iTunes by searching for Press Play on Tape Podcast – we’d love it if you gave us a review while you’re there. It all helps!

We're found on Facebook by searching for Press Play on Tape podcast, and on Twitter @PPOT_Podcast

Tony has his game reviews, pickups and more over on the Electric Adventures YouTube page at https://www.youtube.com/user/electricadventures 

As always, thanks to http://www.ausretrogamer.com and http://www.retrodomination.com for their ongoing support!

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Sep 11, 2016

Press Play on Tape episode 18: Atari’s 8-bit legacy

The tape is rewound, the counter set to zero, and that means only one thing: it’s time to Press Play on Tape! This month, Alex, Daz and Aaron are joined by Serby from Weird and Retro to take a look back at Atari’s 8-bit computer range. Alex runs us through Atari’s lineup, spanning from the Atari 400 to the ST-inspired 130XE, before handing over the Serby to discuss his beloved XE Games System!


After picking Llamasoft as Publisher of Choice for this month, the crew discuss the many weird and wonderful games they’ve given us over the years. The group also discovers that Jeff Minter’s games were responsible for them getting the Atari Jaguar, Nuon and the PS Vita!


On a more subdued note, it’s with great sadness that this episode sees us saying goodbye to Alex and Darren from the show. Both have made the difficult decision to step down from regular hosting duties in order to focus on other projects. The show will go on, but they both will be missed.


Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy this month’s episode!



This episode along with all previous ones can be found at http://pressplayontape.podbean.com. You can also find us on iTunes by searching for Press Play on Tape Podcast – we’d love it if you gave us a review while you’re there. It all helps!


You can also find us on Facebook by searching for Press Play on Tape podcast, and on Twitter @PPOT_Podcast


As always, thanks to http://www.ausretrogamer.com and http://www.retrodomination.com for their ongoing support!


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