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Restoring a 1997 Gateway PC! Windows 95 Pentium 2 Desktop (LGR)

I got this nifty Gateway 2000 desktop from the 90s and don’t know much about it! Except that it cost $2,649 when it was new. So let’s dive into the G6-233M with its Pentium II MMX 233MHz and see what else is inside, what’s broken or missing, and what needs repair and cleaning and such.

Gateway, Inc., formerly known as Gateway 2000, was a prominent American computer hardware company that emerged in 1985 in Sioux City, Iowa. Founded by Ted Waitt and Mike Hammond, Gateway initially started as a small operation in Waitt’s family barn but quickly grew into a major player in the PC market. Gateway gained recognition for its direct sales model, allowing customers to purchase computers directly from the company through catalogs and later online. This approach, coupled with their distinctive cow-spotted packaging, helped Gateway carve out a niche in the fiercely competitive personal computer industry.

Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Gateway experienced significant growth and became one of the top PC manufacturers in the United States. The company expanded its product lineup beyond desktops to include laptops, servers, monitors, and computer accessories. Gateway’s consumer-friendly branding and emphasis on customer service further endeared it to consumers. However, as the PC market evolved and competition intensified, Gateway faced challenges, including declining sales and financial difficulties. In 2007, the company was acquired by Acer Inc., marking the end of an era for one of the iconic brands of the PC industry.

Bringing Alpha Protocol back from the dead (GOG Behind the Scenes Documentary)

Alpha Protocol is an action role-playing game developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Sega. Released in 2010, the game follows the story of Michael Thorton, a highly skilled secret agent working for a clandestine organization known as Alpha Protocol. Set in a contemporary world of espionage, conspiracy, and political intrigue, the game offers players a dynamic narrative experience driven by choices and consequences.

Players assume the role of Thorton as he navigates through various missions across the globe, from bustling cities to remote locations, to uncover a global conspiracy threatening world stability. The game features a robust dialogue system that allows players to shape Thorton’s personality and relationships with other characters through their choices and actions. These choices have significant repercussions, influencing the game’s narrative direction, alliances, and outcomes.

In terms of gameplay, Alpha Protocol combines elements of stealth, combat, and role-playing. Players can approach missions using stealthy tactics, utilizing gadgets and espionage skills to evade enemies and accomplish objectives covertly, or engage in intense gunfights and hand-to-hand combat when stealth fails. The game features a deep progression system, allowing players to customize Thorton’s skills, abilities, and equipment to suit their preferred playstyle.

Despite receiving mixed reviews upon release, Alpha Protocol has garnered a cult following for its ambitious narrative design, branching storyline, and player agency. Its emphasis on player choice and consequence, along with its dynamic dialogue system, set it apart as a unique and memorable entry in the action RPG genre, offering players a captivating journey through the shadowy world of international espionage.

Metal Jesus here and I’m back again.

In the bizarrely brilliant film titled Metal Jesus: The Movie, we’re thrust into a world where the line between reality and absurdity is as blurry as a melted Rubik’s Cube. Metal Jesus, sporting a shiny metallic mullet, plays the titular character, a renegade time-traveling rockstar from the future who zips through dimensions in a spaceship shaped like a giant Gibson Les Paul.

Metal Jesus, armed with an Ace Frehley signature electric guitar that shoots laser beams and a wardrobe straight out of a 1970s Rush concert, embarks on a quest to save the universe from a malevolent army of sentient disco balls led by the nefarious EDM Emperor.

But things take a turn when Metal Jesus crash-lands on a planet inhabited by sentient Nintendo Amiibos and must confront his greatest challenge yet: convincing them to join his intergalactic battle against the EDM Empire. To make matters worse the population is divided between the Amiibos and the Disney Infinity characters. They are at war. And as Hellboy once said “War never changes”.

Along the way, Metal Jesus forms an unlikely alliance with a group of rebellious talking llamas, learns the secrets of time travel from a wise old toaster oven, and engages in epic guitar battles with the EDM Emperor’s minions, who groove so hard they threaten to tear a hole in the fabric of spacetime itself. Daft Punk and Joe Satriani provide the epic movie soundtrack.

Filled with psychedelic visuals, absurd humor, and enough neon to make a cyberpunk rave blush, Metal Jesus: The Movie is a mind-bending journey through the weirdest corners of the cosmos that will leave you questioning reality, existence, and whether or not cheeseburgers can really talk.

“día de los Inocentes” – Zardoz

The ATARI 400 mini review – Is it worth $120?!

The 400 Mini is a small version of the classic Atari 8bit computer and includes support for 400/800, XL and XE computer series, and the 5200 home console. It comes pre-installed with 25+ classic Atari games, the ability to play your own games and a new THECXSTICK joystick. Check out my review! More info: https://retrogames.biz/products/the400-mini/

The Atari line of 8-bit computers, introduced in the late 1970s and early 1980s, played a crucial role in shaping the personal computing landscape. The series began with the Atari 400 and Atari 800 in 1979, featuring a custom-made 6502-based chipset designed by Jay Miner. These machines boasted impressive graphics and sound capabilities for their time, making them popular for both gaming and productivity tasks. The computers were renowned for their distinctive industrial design, featuring a sleek, wedge-shaped casing with a membrane keyboard. Additionally, the Atari 400 and 800 were among the first home computers to include custom hardware for graphics and sound, which allowed for more advanced gaming experiences compared to other contemporary systems.

The Atari 8-bit line continued to evolve with subsequent models such as the Atari 600XL, 800XL, and 130XE, offering improvements in memory capacity, peripheral support, and compatibility with software and hardware expansions. These machines gained a dedicated following among hobbyists, educators, and gamers, with a wide range of software titles available, including popular games like “Pac-Man,” “Donkey Kong,” and “Star Raiders.” Despite facing stiff competition from other home computer manufacturers such as Commodore and Apple, the Atari 8-bit line remained relevant well into the mid-1980s, leaving a lasting legacy in the history of personal computing.

My Response To MetalJesusRocks Video…

RGT85 gives a video response to the question about physical vs digital only games. I’m pretty sure he was half asleep and whacked out  on Scooby snacks when he made it.

RGT85 is a legendary farmer from the distant plains of Wookinia, where he tends to his prized herd of space llamas. Born with an uncanny ability to communicate with flora and fauna, RGT85 became known for his peculiar talent of persuading asteroids to move out of the way of his makeshift starship, the Rusty Radish. Despite his humble beginnings, RGT85’s reputation as a space-faring entrepreneur soared when he accidentally stumbled upon a cache of ancient space cabbages rumored to possess mystical powers. With his trusty sidekick, a sentient turnip named Turny, RGT85 set off on a quest to become the galaxy’s premier cabbage tycoon, all while evading the nefarious schemes of the villainous Darth Rutabaga and his legion of broccoli bandits.

Asphalt Legends Unite – Official Teaser Trailer

The Asphalt Legends Unite trailer for the upcoming Asphalt 9: Legends expansion, coming to iOS, Android, PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PS4 (PlayStation 4), PS5 (PlayStation 5), and Nintendo Switch on July 17, 2024.

The celebrate this release, I decided to compile the Top 5 Exotic Sports car brands in the world. Did I get it right?

1. Ferrari: Synonymous with high-performance and luxury, Ferrari has a storied history in motorsport and produces some of the most sought-after exotic sports cars in the world, known for their breathtaking speed, precision handling, and iconic styling.

2. Lamborghini: Renowned for its bold and flamboyant designs, Lamborghini cars are celebrated for their aggressive styling, thunderous engines, and lightning-fast acceleration. The brand’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering has made it a favorite among enthusiasts.

3. Bugatti: With a focus on combining opulence with extreme performance, Bugatti produces some of the fastest and most exclusive cars on the planet. Models like the Veyron and Chiron are revered for their jaw-dropping speed, luxurious interiors, and meticulous attention to detail.

4. McLaren: Known for its Formula 1 heritage and cutting-edge technology, McLaren manufactures some of the most advanced and exhilarating sports cars on the market. From track-focused supercars to luxurious grand tourers, McLaren offers a diverse lineup that caters to enthusiasts seeking uncompromising performance.

5. Pagani: Exclusivity and craftsmanship define Pagani, a boutique Italian automaker renowned for its limited-production hypercars. Each Pagani model is a work of art, meticulously handcrafted with lightweight materials and powered by potent engines, resulting in a driving experience that is as exhilarating as it is exclusive.

The First Dune Game 32 Years Later: An LGR Retrospective

The reviews must flow! And the spicy subject here is the first computer game adaptation of Dune, made by Cryo Interactive and Virgin Games in 1992. Take control of Arrakis as Paul Muad’Dib Atreides, reclaiming spice mines from the evil Harkonnens and forming a Fremen army to dominate the planet! Early 90s MS-DOS game goodness.

The appeal of the Dune series lies in its richly imagined universe, complex characters, and thought-provoking themes. Set in a distant future where humanity has spread across the galaxy, the series explores intricate political intrigues, religious movements, and ecological concerns. Frank Herbert, the author, created a world where power struggles between noble houses, religious factions, and a mysterious order of navigators known as the Bene Gesserit drive the narrative forward. At the heart of the series is the desert planet of Arrakis, the only source of the valuable spice melange, which grants extended life and heightened awareness. The harsh desert landscape of Arrakis and its native Fremen inhabitants add layers of depth to the story, reflecting on themes of environmentalism, colonialism, and the human condition.

Moreover, the Dune series captivates readers with its exploration of complex characters and their moral dilemmas. From the conflicted protagonist Paul Atreides, who grapples with his destiny as a messianic figure, to the manipulative schemes of the power-hungry Baron Harkonnen, each character is multi-dimensional and morally ambiguous. The series delves into questions of power, religion, and the consequences of unchecked ambition. Herbert’s intricate world-building, philosophical musings, and intricate plot twists have made the Dune series a timeless classic, captivating generations of readers with its blend of epic storytelling and profound insights into the human psyche.

What we really think about Physical vs Digital Games.

If new games stop being printed physically and publishers go all digital, will you stop buying and playing new games, or continue to buy them even though you can’t get a physical copy?

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I’ve got a pile of broken C64s, let’s fix a couple!

Who doesn’t love a good C64 repair session? These machines are both easy to fix and also can be tricky sometimes. So let’s break out the schematics and oscilloscope and fix a couple of these machines!

The Commodore 64, introduced in 1982, stands as one of the most iconic and beloved home computers of its era. Featuring an impressive array of hardware specifications for its time, the C64 boasted a MOS Technology 6510 microprocessor running at 1 MHz, 64 kilobytes of RAM, and advanced graphics and sound capabilities. Its graphical capabilities, including sprites and a wide color palette, allowed for visually impressive games and applications. Additionally, the SID (Sound Interface Device) chip provided the Commodore 64 with rich and distinct audio capabilities, enabling it to produce music and sound effects that were far ahead of its competitors.

Beyond its technical specifications, the Commodore 64 had a massive software library, ranging from games to productivity software and educational programs. Its affordability and widespread availability made it a staple in households and schools, contributing to its popularity and longevity. The C64 also served as a platform for budding programmers and hobbyists, offering accessible programming languages like BASIC and assembly, empowering users to create their own software and games. Its robust hardware and extensive software support cemented the Commodore 64’s status as a legendary computing platform, leaving an indelible mark on the history of personal computing.