Introducing myself brand as a brand new member :)

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Van Meits

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22-12-2012, 13:06

That T-shirt sounds like something I would wear. It should be produced Smile

Van enribar

Paragon (1136)

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22-12-2012, 15:07

Retro computing, or vintage computing, in the U.S. is interesting me.
I Googled a bit, but I didn't find so much...
Seems that vingate computing hobby in the U.S. is not as common as in Europe, South America or Asia.
Maybe I am wrong, but it is focused on Apple, IBM, MS-DOS, CP-M and some others like TRS-80, Commodore (more PET than C64), etc.
Some collectors are here: http://www.midatlanticretro.org/
Also, I think the main vingage computer event is: http://www.vintage.org/
Hope to see MSX there, too, in the future :)

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22-12-2012, 15:34

Hey wait a minute, Yamaha MSX was alive in the U.S.! Even in schools as a music computer, it has been very appreciated till today. I'm finding many evidences on Google.
http://www.sega-16.com/forum/showthread.php?14617-Yamaha-CX5...
http://www.retrothing.com/2005/10/the_yamaha_cx5m.html

Van Colemu

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22-12-2012, 15:37

Welcome to the community,

I felt a little lonely at first, being from the UK, MSX never really caught on here. Don't know if there are other members from my part of the world, but everyone on here is really friendly, which made me feel at home very quickly Big smile
8 Bit scene dominated by Commodore, Sinclair & Amstrad here Sad

I was one of the few who owned a Toshiba MSX1 back in the day, I've now moved onto MSX2, TurboR.

BTW: my brother works in Texas Tongue

Van Maggoo

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24-12-2012, 01:53

SkyeWelse wrote:

Hello Maggoo,

That's awesome. What are the odds of that. : ) Whereabouts in Georgia do you live? I live in the Alpharetta area and work in Norcross.

Anyhow, always nice to meet a fellow local MSX fan as I can't say I've ever met another MSX fan that lives even remotely close to where I live. I'm lucky enough to know of one or two Ys/Falcom fans in my area and I thought that was pretty rare as well!

-Thomas

I'm live in Marietta and work smyrna. I think there is another member of this forum in Alpharetta. Where do you find ally our retro gaming gears? Online? There does not seem to be any retro video game store around here....

Van SkyeWelse

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24-12-2012, 15:43

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'm live in Marietta and work smyrna. I think there is another member of this forum in Alpharetta. Where do you find ally our retro gaming gears? Online? There does not seem to be any retro video game store around here....

Wow, what are the odds of that. That's not all that far away, and there might be another member as well that may live in Alpharetta? Crazy! Haha.

There really are not a lot of Retro gaming stores left in Georgia, but there are at least 3 or 4 Play N' Trades left (Woodstock, Gainesville, Athens and one other near 285) with the Woodstock and Gainesville locations having the most inventory. However, when I go to these places with a game collector friend of mine we've been finding that in order for the stores to stay in business, they mostly have the rarest items go straight to eBay since that makes the most money for them. There is one other store that had some unique items, even though they were not the cheapest though I'm not sure about the name. I think it was GA Game Shop located in Carrollton.

Online, I usually stick with eBay for the most part.

-Thomas

Van SkyeWelse

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24-12-2012, 17:36

Actually, I think it was a place called "CC Games" located in Kennesaw. I found some older stuff there such as Odyssey II games.

Mostly the oldest games you'll find at these places are from Atari / Intellivision to NES/Master System and above generations.

-Thomas

Van Maggoo

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25-12-2012, 06:43

I remember visiting cc games a few years ago, it was a nice store but their B&M location is closed now and they only carry online business, at ridiculous prices. Its mostly console tho, no computers.

I have heard that a few of the local flea markets actually have a good selection of classic games and computers, did you check any of of those?

For computers, there is a small group, the Atlanta Historical Computers Society, they have a mailing list and regular meetings, I have not had a chance to attend any but they seem pretty active and discuss many vintage platforms. I think a larger meeting is coming sometime next year.

Van SkyeWelse

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26-12-2012, 13:30

Yeah that seems to be the overall trend now, to be online. Not that I can really blame them for needing to adapt to stay afloat in business. There isn't as much of a market anymore unless you happen to have a great location and your place become internet famous. : ) Last time I was visiting Chicago, I looked up to see if there was a Retro gaming store there and immediately I found a famous retro store that was almost like an icon for Chicago called 'People Play Games'. Atlanta has nothing like that now. At one time they had Waba games and a large facility called Computer Gaming Arena (and Bar) over in my neck of the woods on Alpharetta Highway, but it all closed down because there weren't enough people coming there on a regular basis to sustain a business model like that. My friend and I were members there, but now that we're both married to our wives, we found it challenging to find time to go to a place like that to hang out and drink. It was the number one spot for Atlanta Bemani Style games too, which is something we're big fans of.

I have not checked out too many local flea markets. When my friend and I go out and make a day of Retro game hunting, we tend to go "thrifting" at thrift stores and pawn shops on the way to Play n Trade stores. But as you stated, they will mostly support consoles only, not much in the way of PC. I'm more of a Console gamer these days, so that tends to suit my retro tastes for the most part.

Interesting group. I didn't know they existed right here in Atlanta. I might be interested in heading over to one of their larger meetings sometime. Santa

-Thomas

Van Maggoo

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22-01-2013, 18:23

Would be cool to have a "MSX booth" at the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0 ( http://vintage.org/2013/southeast/).

Unfortunately I only have one working MSX with me (had to left the rest of my collection in Europe) and a very poorly working LCD monitor with a scart connection so I'm not sure it would be prime material.

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