Homebrew Spotlight#1- Dragon’s Lair For The TI-99/4A!

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Hey Arcaders!

Raygunn here with a new series I know your gonna get a kick out of- HOMEBREW SPOTLIGHT!

I know what most of you are asking- Raygunn- whats a homebrew? That’s easy to explain. Homebrew is a term frequently applied to video games or other software produced by consumers to target proprietary hardware platforms (usually with hardware restrictions) that are not typically user-programmable or that use proprietary storage methods Wikipedia. Homebrewing has been popular for almost two decades now due to the resurgence in the classic game consoles of the first through third generations especially.

So, now that we got that out of the way, why don’t we take a look at our first home brew to spotlight- Dragon’s Lair for the TI-99/4A! First- let’s go over the machine specs!

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A
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Type Home computer
Release date June 1981
Introductory price US$525 (equivalent to $1,447 in 2018)
Discontinued March 1984
Media
  • ROM cartridge
  • cassette
  • floppy disk
Operating system TI BASIC
CPU TMS9900 @ 3 MHz
Memory 16 KB RAM
256 bytes scratchpad RAM
Graphics TMS9918A
Predecessor TI-99/4

-Wikipedia.

Now- to create a home port (that’s the term used to describe a game created for the console during its original life cycle) of Dragon’s Lair back in 1983 would have been impossible. The were no means to create the video files in a way that would have worked without a laserdisc player.

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Even the amazing Coleco Adam port had to be altered because of the hardware limitations.

But… Fast forward about 35 YEARS- and behold- this little jem appears on the YouTubes and I have to share- thus the nexus of a new article series!

Now- THIS GAME truly defines a homebrew! An actual, playable version of an arcade classic on a system that it wasn’t truly meant to be played on! But, given the time we live in- with advancements in software and hardware technology, and the talented people who want to bring their favorite (and ours!) childhood arcade games home- or even… IMPROVE THEM! Yes, we will even see that in this series!

So- keep an eye out for more Homebrew Spotlight articles- where I’ll even try these amazing games- and give em’ a review- to see if they are worth a purchase for your classic console!

Hang on- this is going to be a fun ride! And if you know of any homebrew games you would like to review- leave me a comment below!

Thanks gang!

and-
Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

Raygunn

A Special Thanksgiving Starcade Memories!

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Hey Arcaders! Happy Thanksgiving to one and all! as a special treat, I thought we would present The two part Hawaii episode Of Starcade! This was a 2 day event with 8 previous winners of Starcade competing to win a all expense paid trip for two to HAWAII!!!! Some of these guys you will remember from season one- a few we haven’t seen yet. The best part- this was world premier of a little known game… maybe you’ve heard of it-

DRAGON’S LAIR!!!

Well, sit back with that fully loaded turkey sandwich, a tall glass of milk to wash it down, and enjoy!!!!!

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The Arcade Archives Podcast- Episode #1- Space Ace!

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Hey, Arcaders!

                       Welcome to the first of what I wanted to do on the site since I started. The Arcade Archives Podcast is a fun trip down memory lane for me. As most of you know, I have been in the arcade industry since 1981. And I wanted a place to tell the story of these machines- from my perspective. And that’s where the idea for The Arcade Archives came from. So, for me, a podcast is the next logical step. So, without further adieu, here’s the first episode of the first game I ever had in my collection- Space Ace! enjoy!