First things first, Happy Drunken Irish-Wannabe Day! I don’t partake in this “holiday” but whatever, if you do more power to ya.
Seconds things second, I’ve found another Maxis rarity on eBay – from the same guy who sold me the original version of the SimCity Terrain Editor! This time, it’s the MCGA Special Edition of SimCity for MS-DOS.
What makes this special is that fact that it’s bloody awesome. Well, that and the fact that the original SimCity for DOS only went up through EGA as far as graphical capability. MCGA/VGA didn’t come until later, and even then only through a special disk. A rare disk, nowadays. As far as I know, this version of MCGA is the high-res monochrome mode. SimCity Classic for DOS came with MCGA graphics (possibly also color) and I think certain later editions of the vanilla SimCity for DOS did as well, but finding this original disk is quite special as it was a mail-order-online disk. At least, to a Maxis geek such as this guy. That would be me, in case you were confused.
Next up is my recent purchase of Apogee’s Monster Bash, which I made through Amazon. It arrived today. Take a look at the disks here and ponder their labels.
It was described as being three 3.5″ floppies containing all three episodes. The price was too good to pass up so I bought them, as the game is really hard to come by (stupidly inflated prices) especially in original floppy form. I thought it was strange that it came on three disks since the registered came on two to my knowledge, but whatever. So it arrived and I was shocked to see what appeared to be a shareware distributor label on the disks – “Software Labs” out of Culver City, California. Perhaps it was registered though, even if the labels seemed fishy. After all, it lists Episode 1 – 3 on the disks, precisely the number of episodes in the full, registered game. But then I noticed the disks… they had no hole to specify high density. Uh-oh. Monster Bash is a big game, too small to fit on 720K floppies.
Popped ’em in, installed and of course! Shareware version, episode 1 only.
What. The. Crap.
The disks say episodes one through three! What the frick does that mean to anyone with half a brain? That it contains three episodes. But no, what they really mean is DISKS one through three for episode one only. The disks are actually not even 720K disks, but daggone 360K 3.5″ disks! I’ve seen very few of these and I have no idea what the purpose was. 720K disks were practically where 3.5″ floppies started, and yet, many years later, you saw these 360K 3.5″ disks show up – the same capacity as double-density 5.25″ floppies. Were they really that much cheaper? I mean, I just don’t get it. You’d think THREE disks instead of just one high-density would be more costly, not to mention a higher rate to mail out to your customers. Such a rip-off, such deception. Software Labs, I hope you died a cruel death as a company.
Lastly, we have a totally AWESOME video here that I stumbled across. It’s a video from AT&T from 1976 with none other than William Freakin’ Shatner. Yes, Freakin’ is his middle name (to me). It’s 15 minutes of him going on about the coming micro revolution and the friggin’ future. Yes, it is amazing. Did you really have to ask? Just click the Shat’s sexy mug above and bask in the retro wonder.