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Old 19th September 2010, 1:08 PM   #1
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Post IBM (Microsoft) Adventure version 1.0

Hi All,

With all the fabulous retro threads going on here I thought you all might be interested in seeing the very first 'game' program that I ever purchased.

This was bought from the IBM Personal Computer Centre in Gawler Place, Adelaide in 1982. It went with my very first 'real' PC whic was an original IBM PC, also purchased in that year.

Sadly I no longer have the IBM PC 1, but this is my original copy of 'Adventure', which still runs, although I have not attempted to fire this up for a long, long time.

Enjoy!

The packaging:

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Sample pages from the manual:

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(Carefully note the hardware requirements!)

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The running program:

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Old 19th September 2010, 1:13 PM   #2
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Can you remember how much you paid for it back then? I'm interested to know how much a text based 1.4mb game costs lol.
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Old 19th September 2010, 1:24 PM   #3
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Can you remember how much you paid for it back then? I'm interested to know how much a text based 1.4mb game costs lol.
Yep, I've still got the receipt!

$71.91 after a 15% staff discount

Oh, by the way, the diskette is a 160K single sided type. No 1.4Mb here

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Old 19th September 2010, 1:37 PM   #4
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wholy wow! that's Mint.

you should grab some video of the gameplay

I remmeber a text based Cave game of some sort.. whilst it was 100% Text based, it used the characters to act like a 2D scroller type game. The player was one of the Smiley face characters
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Old 20th September 2010, 11:15 AM   #5
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Wow. It looks incredible. Thank you for sharing!
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I remmeber a text based Cave game of some sort.. whilst it was 100% Text based, it used the characters to act like a 2D scroller type game. The player was one of the Smiley face characters
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Old 20th September 2010, 12:34 PM   #7
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I love the requirements page - "written in assembler and contains its own disk operating system".

What OS does it require? Ahh none!
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Old 20th September 2010, 1:04 PM   #8
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I love the requirements page - "written in assembler and contains its own disk operating system".

What OS does it require? Ahh none!
Damn straight. That's how shit happened back in the day .

Whether that was good or not.. that's another question I remember programs that would only work with certain printers because the developers CBF'd coding support for other brands heh.

How times have changed.
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Old 20th September 2010, 1:20 PM   #9
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Stuff was so much easier to code for when you only had CGA and EGA

Nice dude, hang onto it!!
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Damn straight. That's how shit happened back in the day .

Whether that was good or not.. that's another question I remember programs that would only work with certain printers because the developers CBF'd coding support for other brands heh.

How times have changed.
Definitely... You only needed a few KB to play games back then....

Nowadays, you'd be boned if you don't have at least 4GB of RAM!
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Stuff was so much easier to code for when you only had CGA and EGA

Nice dude, hang onto it!!
Have to feel sorry for the artists, though. 16 colours to work with.. and they weren't great colours, were they?

With that said, I remember some AWESOME games that only had 16 colours.

EDIT: Whoa, I just learned something interesting... why those colours were chosen!

The colours were
#000000
#0000AA
#00AA00
#00AAAA
#AA0000
#AA00AA
#AA5500
#AAAAAA
#555555
#5555FF
#55FF55
#55FFFF
#FF5555
#FF55FF
#FFFF55
#FFFFFF

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Old 27th September 2010, 7:26 AM   #12
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Wow blast from the past!

Awesome post JustRight, thanks for sharing.
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