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2012-05-15 10:38:16 AM
Room B474 is no ordinary library, it's UM's Computer and Video Game Archive, which boasts more than 3,000 games for more than 30 systems.

Unlike other video game archives throughout the world, anybody can come into Duderstadt and play any game available, whether for research or just to relax after a long day of studying.


www.myfacewhen.net
 
2012-05-15 10:55:06 AM
Do they have cheetahmen 2? More important, do they have battletoads?
 
2012-05-15 12:00:24 PM
Cool! I want to play Archon 2.
 
2012-05-15 12:02:32 PM
Does the librarian know how to tweak high memory settings in CONFIG.SYS?
 
2012-05-15 12:58:59 PM

Lumpmoose: Does the librarian know how to tweak high memory settings in CONFIG.SYS?


It's not 1850 any more skippy.. we have QEMM for that sort of stuff now.
 
Bf+
2012-05-15 01:36:04 PM
Maybe THEY have a copy of Freespace 3...
 
2012-05-15 01:41:23 PM
I wonder how many requests they'll get for Custer's Revenge.
 
2012-05-15 01:47:51 PM
I just want Mail Order Monsters. Desperately.
 
2012-05-15 01:48:31 PM
Odyssey: The Compleat Apventure, please!!!!
 
2012-05-15 01:53:12 PM

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Lumpmoose: Does the librarian know how to tweak high memory settings in CONFIG.SYS?

It's not 1850 any more skippy.. we have QEMM for that sort of stuff now.


Do a barrel roll!
 
2012-05-15 01:54:48 PM
This would have come in useful for me during hockey season, namely after the LA Kings' Dustin Penner injured himself while eating pancakes.

I distinctly remember the PC version of EA Sports' NHL Hockey 94 to have a picture during one of the menu or pause screens that depicted a hockey rink with fictional ads on the dasher boards. One of the ads: "Penner Pancakes."

I shiat you not.
 
2012-05-15 01:55:02 PM
Is it just console games? From RTFA, it seems like it is. Consoles suck. If you don't play games on your PC, then you are not a true gamer. Bing bang boom, we're done here.
 
2012-05-15 01:55:18 PM
The University of Michigan's Computer and Video Game Archive, where you can go play any of their games and which wants to collect every video and computer game ever made

English motherfarker, do you speak it?
 
2012-05-15 01:56:45 PM

lacrossestar83: I distinctly remember the PC version of EA Sports' NHL Hockey 94 to have a picture during one of the menu or pause screens that depicted a hockey rink with fictional ads on the dasher boards. One of the ads: "Penner Pancakes."


Heh. I still have that game for the Sega CD.
 
2012-05-15 01:59:49 PM
I wonder what the waiting list is like for Farmer's Daughter for the C64?
 
2012-05-15 02:01:10 PM
Ok nvm, it is collecting PC games too.

If it has "Castles: Siege and Conquest," I will be pretty impressed.
 
2012-05-15 02:01:33 PM
If you're ever in Springfield, MO, check out the 1984 arcade.
 
2012-05-15 02:05:58 PM
Doing God's work. Interesting effort, and I applaud it.

/also want to take a good chunk of vacation time and spend it there
//afraid I'd never, ever leave
///but it's Michigan, so they'd have Bells and Founder's beers around, so I'd die content
 
2012-05-15 02:09:10 PM
Tron
Test Drive 2
Revolution X

If not, GTFO
 
2012-05-15 02:19:32 PM

solyhhit: The University of Michigan's Computer and Video Game Archive, where you can go play any of their games and which wants to collect every video and computer game ever made

English motherfarker, do you speak it?


Sometimes.

/subby
//It's greenlight #250 for me!
 
2012-05-15 02:19:50 PM
Well... they are not the only one collecting old games...

abandonia
 
2012-05-15 02:20:56 PM

Cymbal: Ok nvm, it is collecting PC games too.

If it has "Castles: Siege and Conquest," I will be pretty impressed.


How about all the Apple IIe stuff? The Gato submarine game, F-15 Strike Eagle, the Kobayashi Alternative...
 
2012-05-15 02:22:08 PM

MoronLessOff: If you're ever in Springfield, MO, check out the 1984 arcade.


Is this a chain? There is one in Delaware too.

http://1984wilmington.com/

It rules by the way. Awesome crazy beers and old games. They have the greatest (glory holeless) bathrooms I have ever been in.

The chef recommends the skittles.
 
2012-05-15 02:23:32 PM
People have already been doing this for a decade at least. It's called emulators and you don't have to drive to Michigan.
 
2012-05-15 02:32:10 PM

root88: MoronLessOff: If you're ever in Springfield, MO, check out the 1984 arcade.

Is this a chain? There is one in Delaware too.

http://1984wilmington.com/

It rules by the way. Awesome crazy beers and old games. They have the greatest (glory holeless) bathrooms I have ever been in.

The chef recommends the skittles.


I'll be passing through Springfield in a few weeks and was looking for things to do. Unfortunately, it will be closed when I'm there.
 
2012-05-15 02:35:17 PM
I wonder if they stock all those weird Japanese rape games.
 
2012-05-15 02:36:36 PM
I wonder if the archivist make you wear white gloves when handling the materials.
 
2012-05-15 02:37:52 PM

MoronLessOff: If you're ever in Springfield, MO, check out the 1984 arcade.


I have lived here for 4 of the last 6 years and had NO clue about this place.
I obviously need new friends around this town!
 
2012-05-15 02:38:55 PM

wildbill0712: MoronLessOff: If you're ever in Springfield, MO, check out the 1984 arcade.

I have lived here for 4 of the last 6 years and had NO clue about this place.
I obviously need new friends around this town!


If you don't mind, check it out and let me know how it is.
 
2012-05-15 02:52:50 PM

MoronLessOff: wildbill0712: MoronLessOff: If you're ever in Springfield, MO, check out the 1984 arcade.

I have lived here for 4 of the last 6 years and had NO clue about this place.
I obviously need new friends around this town!

If you don't mind, check it out and let me know how it is.


Out of town for the next two weekends, and always have something going on Wed/Thur night. I will see what I can pull off and give you a report.
 
2012-05-15 02:56:39 PM
X-COM, Enemy Unknown. Several months of 1994 don't exist in my memories because of that game.
 
2012-05-15 03:19:16 PM

solyhhit: The University of Michigan's Computer and Video Game Archive, where you can go play any of their games and which wants to collect every video and computer game ever made

English motherfarker, do you speak it?


Are you objecting to "wants" or to "which"?
 
2012-05-15 03:19:34 PM
Some of my friends went there occasionally, but I never did. Never really got around to it, and then I left. I should stop by the next time I visit campus.

It's great to be a Michigan Wolverine. Keep up the good work nerds archivists.
 
2012-05-15 03:22:31 PM
Just throwing this out there, I'd love to play some group Shadow Over Mystara.
I occasionally fire it up on my PSP. I love the thief, but I have no one to share my picked goods with.

Why yes, Hellhound, I'll take your fire shield and...well...just leave it on the ground I guess.
 
2012-05-15 03:36:59 PM

Cymbal: Is it just console games? From RTFA, it seems like it is. Consoles suck. If you don't play games on your PC, then you are not a true gamer. Bing bang boom, we're done here.


No, silly. If you don't play games involving multi-sided dice, miniatures, and character sheets you are not a true gamer. Stupid video gamers thinking they are all hard core and shiat. It is easy to be a gamer when all you have to do is point your cursor at the pretty picture and push a button.
 
2012-05-15 03:51:36 PM

Slaves2Darkness: Cymbal: Is it just console games? From RTFA, it seems like it is. Consoles suck. If you don't play games on your PC, then you are not a true gamer. Bing bang boom, we're done here.

No, silly. If you don't play games involving multi-sided dice, miniatures, and character sheets you are not a true gamer. Stupid video gamers thinking they are all hard core and shiat. It is easy to be a gamer when all you have to do is point your cursor at the pretty picture and push a button.


I get you, but...

I've probably spent more time perfecting my Armored Core specs than actually fighting.
 
2012-05-15 03:56:19 PM
Do they have this in their collection too?
www.blogcdn.com
 
2012-05-15 04:18:58 PM
I know where I'm taking this kids to this summer.
 
2012-05-15 04:31:55 PM
Some guy in Italy bought a few comics of mine on ebay because there was a vampire on the cover of one of them. He said he was collecting all comic books that had vampires in them for a library in Italy. I told him there was a vampire on the cover, but not inside the comic. He said it didn't matter. I told him his job is insane.
 
2012-05-15 07:12:32 PM
I played my first computer game at Dartmouth College, August 1971.

/Lawn, Get Off
 
2012-05-15 08:19:29 PM

KnowItAllGuy: X-COM, Enemy Unknown. Several months of 1994 don't exist in my memories because of that game.


They're remaking it.
 
2012-05-15 09:43:56 PM
This collection, for me, is all about the forgetten and maligned games that really do have something of value to offer. For example, I think "Alpha Protocol" is one of the best games I've played in a long time. It was universally hated. I bought it for 3$ in a bargain bin because no one was buying. But it was such an amazing experience for me. And there are so many games like that which could be lost forever, instead of saved so that in the future a place like Abandonia or GoG can redistribute them.
 
2012-05-15 10:35:09 PM
They could have at least listed the consoles they have, not just one particularly obscure one. At some point I see my children stumbling over my collection and then one of them driving it to the dump. I don't see them too eager to play Road Rash on my Sega. Their loss. Maybe I will put in a note for them to at least "try" and find a home.
 
2012-05-16 02:48:03 AM
If they have an Intellivison system, I'll be impressed.
 
2012-05-16 08:54:09 AM

A_bomb37: KnowItAllGuy: X-COM, Enemy Unknown. Several months of 1994 don't exist in my memories because of that game.

They're remaking it.


The fact that this is true and really going to happen makes me so unbelievably happy it is not even funny.
 
2012-05-16 02:33:11 PM

SharkaPult: A_bomb37: KnowItAllGuy: X-COM, Enemy Unknown. Several months of 1994 don't exist in my memories because of that game.

They're remaking it.

The fact that this is true and really going to happen makes me so unbelievably happy it is not even funny.


Blaster Launchers, for the win.
 
2012-05-16 08:04:05 PM
Sorry guys, they won't have the "guess a random number" game I made for the TI-85 while bored and in high school. As far as I know it was only ever on one machine and I haven't seen it in years. It was a game, it was created, and now their purpose will never be fulfilled.

I'm sorry, if they want I can try to remember the 20 or so lines of code.
 
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