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2012-10-13 04:02:29 PM  
Yes. The sad part was where Freddie wouldn't come out of the closet until he was almost dead.
 
2012-10-13 04:28:40 PM  
That video contains just about everything I hated about the late '80s.
 
2012-10-13 05:16:17 PM  
Say what you want about that particular video, but you can't deny that Queen were one of the most innovative, insane video makers out there.

\totally knew it was gonna be the Invisible Man video
\\hell, I have all the videos I know of them making either on tape or burned from YouTube
 
2012-10-13 05:20:54 PM  

FriarReb98: Say what you want about that particular video, but you can't deny that Queen were one of the most innovative, insane video makers out there.


A lot of the effects in that video (the multiple Brian Mays during the guitar solo and the rapidly appearing and disappearing Freddie) were done with a computer controlled moving camera which was quite new at the time.
 
2012-10-13 05:31:52 PM  
That whole album pretty much sucks balls.
 
2012-10-13 05:56:33 PM  

AdolfOliverPanties: That whole album pretty much sucks balls.


"I Want It All" alone says your wrong.
 
2012-10-13 06:06:19 PM  
Good accoustics for a bedroom
 
2012-10-13 06:18:30 PM  
I remember many weekends playing Shadowgate on NES with Van Halen 1 playing on loop.
 
2012-10-13 06:28:25 PM  

12349876: computer controlled moving camera which was quite new at the time.


Not really - the technology was fairly common in big budget films (as far back as 1977 with A New Hope) - but by the late 80's, with easy access to cheap computers, it was no longer prohibitively expensive for a director working with a smaller budget to use it.

/not a huge fan of anything after The Game that wasn't connected to a movie.
 
2012-10-13 06:48:12 PM  
Sadly after ten posts I have to be the one to point out that that computer was NOT a C64.
 
2012-10-13 07:28:52 PM  
C64 or not, back in the 80's I didn't have a computer. I'm just a poor boy.

/That was wrong and forced, I'm sorry.
 
2012-10-13 07:38:57 PM  
The jazz hands in the beginning look like they've never even seen a closet.
 
2012-10-13 07:42:37 PM  

Snapper Carr: /not a huge fan of anything after The Game that wasn't connected to a movie.


I can see where people can feel that way, but then I remember that you're including Innuendo in that statement, and feel that you're wrong.
 
2012-10-13 07:44:22 PM  
Subby clearly doesn't remember that time he even saw a Commodore 64, any of these will suffice

Original C64
www.commodoreusa.net

The updated C64c
eolo.cps.unizar.es

The SX64 Portable
oldcomputers.net

GS64 (Game Console version of C64)
obligement.free.fr

And an honorable mention for:

Jeri Elsworth's C64DTV
commodore-gg.hobby.nl

The C65 Prototypes
www.homecomputer.de

The C128, which can run in 64 mode
www.old-computers.com

And the C128D - Desktop version of 128 with integrated 1571 drive
oldcomputers.net
 
2012-10-13 07:44:30 PM  
The little girl, was that Daniella Westbrook?
 
2012-10-13 08:05:35 PM  

FriarReb98: Snapper Carr: /not a huge fan of anything after The Game that wasn't connected to a movie.

I can see where people can feel that way, but then I remember that you're including Innuendo in that statement, and feel that you're wrong.


Innuendo has some good songs but it's really dragged down by too much late 80's/early 90's radio friendly stuff.
 
2012-10-13 08:06:44 PM  

Snapper Carr: too much late 80's/early 90's radio friendly stuff.


and also Delilah (we all love our pets but there's a fine line...)
 
2012-10-13 08:10:28 PM  

bitsy_boffin: Subby clearly doesn't remember that time he even saw a Commodore 64, any of these will suffice

Original C64
www.commodoreusa.net

 

Uh, the late 80s had internet and email (available on a commodore 64)?
 
2012-10-13 08:20:12 PM  

BumpInTheNight: Uh, the late 80s had internet and email (available on a commodore 64)?


That's what you get for grabbing the first result for C64 in a google image search for hotlinking.

Image is actually the new C64, which is not remotely like the old C64, except for it's general appearance.

Either that, it was Al Gore's personal C64 which he used when he invented the internets.

Here's the one the rest of us had to use
www.old-computers.com
 
2012-10-13 08:24:29 PM  

Snapper Carr: Snapper Carr: too much late 80's/early 90's radio friendly stuff.

and also Delilah (we all love our pets but there's a fine line...)


I'm not denying Delilah was one of those "you're dying, otherwise this'd never happen" moments, but I love most of the rest of that album. For me, and if this doesn't apply to you I apologize, it seems that the people who knew Queen before Hot Space hate most of what came after that.
 
2012-10-13 08:30:09 PM  

BumpInTheNight: bitsy_boffin: Subby clearly doesn't remember that time he even saw a Commodore 64, any of these will suffice

Original C64
[www.commodoreusa.net image 850x478] 

Uh, the late 80s had internet and email (available on a commodore 64)?


shiat, yeah. Since there weren't an abundance of local ISPs, most people got on via a dialup BBS or service like Compuserve. You had email, discussion forums, searchable encyclopedias, software downloads, online multiplayer games. All your C64 needed was a simple terminal emulator program.
 
2012-10-13 08:41:45 PM  
In before someone says that the Amiga is STILL a better PC then what's on the market today.
Had a C-64.. Ultima 4 and 5, Zork, leaderboard..good times..good times
 
2012-10-13 08:56:50 PM  
My first computer was a Commodore 64 back in 1984 or so. Loved that thing. I got a couple of really great games from Electronic Arts that I enjoyed. I showed it to my cousin, who was a math wonk. She asked me, "Why did you buy those games? You should have just written a program and made your own games." For some reason, I remember her comment really made me depressed.

/csb
 
2012-10-13 09:15:16 PM  

Badfysh: The little girl, was that Daniella Westbrook?


Yes. She was 15 when she appeared in this.
 
2012-10-13 09:20:19 PM  
grownfolksmusic.com
 
2012-10-13 09:24:34 PM  
I haven't identified the computer in the video, but I feel sure it's an IBM-PC AT or XT clone of some kind. The 5.25" floppy drive would have been fairly dated even by 1989, but it was still available even on many new machines at the time.
 
2012-10-13 09:26:40 PM  

BumpInTheNight: bitsy_boffin: Subby clearly doesn't remember that time he even saw a Commodore 64, any of these will suffice

Original C64
[www.commodoreusa.net image 850x478] 

Uh, the late 80s had internet and email (available on a commodore 64)?


Well, I had Compuserve on a C64 with a 300 baud modem in 1985. I had to dial the phone, disconnect the headset, and plug the cord into the back of the modem when I went online. The phone had to be one of the old Bell mechanical push button phones, or it wouldn't connect correctly.
 
2012-10-13 09:31:19 PM  

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: I haven't identified the computer in the video, but I feel sure it's an IBM-PC AT or XT clone of some kind. The 5.25" floppy drive would have been fairly dated even by 1989, but it was still available even on many new machines at the time.


It's a DeltaGold.
 
2012-10-13 09:32:07 PM  

ItchyMcDoogle: In before someone says that the Amiga is STILL a better PC then what's on the market today.
Had a C-64.. Ultima 4 and 5, Zork, leaderboard..good times..good times


Preach it, brother man. I played Hardball on that thing for hours. Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics. The Zorks, Karateka. I even had a 1st person football game on the thing. It was pretty cool, for it's time. You would actually take the hike, drop back, scan the field, find your open receiver, and pass.
 
2012-10-13 09:37:51 PM  

Tumunga: ItchyMcDoogle: In before someone says that the Amiga is STILL a better PC then what's on the market today.
Had a C-64.. Ultima 4 and 5, Zork, leaderboard..good times..good times

Preach it, brother man. I played Hardball on that thing for hours. Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics. The Zorks, Karateka. I even had a 1st person football game on the thing. It was pretty cool, for it's time. You would actually take the hike, drop back, scan the field, find your open receiver, and pass.


Yep the amiga as a gaming platform didn't really get eclipsed by the PCs until the era of Doom & Mechwarrior where sound cards and sVGA colour palette equipped video cards were more then just the stuff of legends.
 
2012-10-13 09:41:14 PM  

DoctorCal: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: I haven't identified the computer in the video, but I feel sure it's an IBM-PC AT or XT clone of some kind. The 5.25" floppy drive would have been fairly dated even by 1989, but it was still available even on many new machines at the time.

It's a DeltaGold.


Elite.
 
2012-10-13 09:44:56 PM  
Hot Space sucked balls. I think The Works, The Miracle and Innuendo are pretty good overall.
 
2012-10-13 09:47:53 PM  
My handle comes from COMAL (COMmon ALgorithmic Language), a computer programming language that was mainly popular on the Commodore 64. All members of the COMAL User′s Group (except for the leader, ‶Captain COMAL") were called ‶COMALite ?" where ‶?" was a distinguishing initial.
 
2012-10-13 09:56:58 PM  
Even Queen sucked in the 80's.
 
2012-10-13 09:59:07 PM  
i remember toys r us having a aisle in the store with computers behind glass in the middle of it. software was on either side and it was much bigger then the maybe 6 computers you see on display now at walmart or bestbuy. i seem to remember the software titles were in the hundreds and almost all of the puter games on edge to save space. the console game boxes were facing front because there wasn't as many and they were locked in the glass along with the puters. then the big display of computers disapeared and the puter/console games were moved to the front of the store in a locked see through storeroom with a employing working out of it. i wish i had all the money back i spend on games that represented static load screen art as in game graphics on a crappy title.
 
2012-10-13 10:05:09 PM  

starlost: i remember toys r us having a aisle in the store with computers behind glass in the middle of it. software was on either side and it was much bigger then the maybe 6 computers you see on display now at walmart or bestbuy. i seem to remember the software titles were in the hundreds and almost all of the puter games on edge to save space. the console game boxes were facing front because there wasn't as many and they were locked in the glass along with the puters. then the big display of computers disapeared and the puter/console games were moved to the front of the store in a locked see through storeroom with a employing working out of it. i wish i had all the money back i spend on games that represented static load screen art as in game graphics on a crappy title.


I got a free Commodore 64 app on my iphone that has (to my knowledge) every C64 game on it.

Crazy, isn't it?

/Upon review I see it is NOT every game, and it's no longer free. But here it is anyway

//C64 iPhone app
 
2012-10-13 10:23:53 PM  

bitsy_boffin: And the C128D - Desktop version of 128 with integrated 1571 drive


Another shameless ripoff of an Apple design patent, obviously accomplished using a time machine since Commodore's pizza box came out years before Apple thought of it first.
classictech.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-13 10:53:47 PM  

DoctorCal: DoctorCal: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: I haven't identified the computer in the video, but I feel sure it's an IBM-PC AT or XT clone of some kind. The 5.25" floppy drive would have been fairly dated even by 1989, but it was still available even on many new machines at the time.

It's a DeltaGold.

Elite.


Yup, found it.

"Delta Gold Elite II 16-bit PC/XT black compatible computer manufactured by Delta Computer Corp in Mansfield, MA. Uses 8088-1 cpu, 512-640Kb RAM, 16Kb ROM and dual floppy drives."

Made in 1982 -- in subby's defence (though it looks approximatey nothing at all like it), the Commodore 64 was first put out the same year.
 
2012-10-13 11:08:06 PM  

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: DoctorCal: DoctorCal: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: I haven't identified the computer in the video, but I feel sure it's an IBM-PC AT or XT clone of some kind. The 5.25" floppy drive would have been fairly dated even by 1989, but it was still available even on many new machines at the time.

It's a DeltaGold.

Elite.

Yup, found it.

"Delta Gold Elite II 16-bit PC/XT black compatible computer manufactured by Delta Computer Corp in Mansfield, MA. Uses 8088-1 cpu, 512-640Kb RAM, 16Kb ROM and dual floppy drives."

Made in 1982 -- in subby's defence (though it looks approximatey nothing at all like it), the Commodore 64 was first put out the same year.


I've been wasting time noodling around that site, and I'm sort of surprised to see how thin their collection is of workstations. I guess they weren't "personal" computers, but still, a couple of SGI machines and that's it. Nothing from Sun, Apollo, Symbolics, no DEC Alpha systems, etc.. Not that I have any lying aroung to donate, lol.
 
2012-10-13 11:36:09 PM  
Unseen in the video is the AIDS which was ravaging Freddy's body, at that very moment.
 
2012-10-14 12:25:57 AM  

Ed 'Too Tall' Jones: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: DoctorCal: DoctorCal: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: I haven't identified the computer in the video, but I feel sure it's an IBM-PC AT or XT clone of some kind. The 5.25" floppy drive would have been fairly dated even by 1989, but it was still available even on many new machines at the time.

It's a DeltaGold.

Elite.

Yup, found it.

"Delta Gold Elite II 16-bit PC/XT black compatible computer manufactured by Delta Computer Corp in Mansfield, MA. Uses 8088-1 cpu, 512-640Kb RAM, 16Kb ROM and dual floppy drives."

Made in 1982 -- in subby's defence (though it looks approximatey nothing at all like it), the Commodore 64 was first put out the same year.

I've been wasting time noodling around that site, and I'm sort of surprised to see how thin their collection is of workstations. I guess they weren't "personal" computers, but still, a couple of SGI machines and that's it. Nothing from Sun, Apollo, Symbolics, no DEC Alpha systems, etc.. Not that I have any lying aroung to donate, lol.


I looked at a number of sites while searching around, and the same seems true for most of the online museums, I'm not sure why. I guess it's because, as you say, they are not considered 'personal' computers. To their credit, RCS/RI has a few.
 
2012-10-14 01:30:24 AM  

Corn_Fed: Unseen in the video is the AIDS which was ravaging Freddy's body, at that very moment.


He was still doing okay in that video. If you think that's bad, there's a reason the final videos were in black and white and not color.
 
2012-10-14 01:34:38 AM  

Tumunga: Preach it, brother man. I played Hardball on that thing for hours. Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics. The Zorks, Karateka. I even had a 1st person football game on the thing. It was pretty cool, for it's time. You would actually take the hike, drop back, scan the field, find your open receiver, and pass.


Holy crap Hardball! Just 2 teams and hours of fun. I loved winter and summer games too. I was really good at figure skating..hmmm I could never get the hang of the 1st person football so just played 4th and inches
I first had a tape drive it was so much fun waiting five minutes for Choplifter to load and played Pitstop with the cartridge
Also played the crap out of
M.U.L.E ( one of the best game ever made )
Bird VS Dr J
Impossible Mission
Boulder Dash
Beach head
I loved my C-64 Right with my Victrex ..Thats another conversation there
 
2012-10-14 01:52:24 AM  

ItchyMcDoogle: Tumunga: Preach it, brother man. I played Hardball on that thing for hours. Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics. The Zorks, Karateka. I even had a 1st person football game on the thing. It was pretty cool, for it's time. You would actually take the hike, drop back, scan the field, find your open receiver, and pass.

Holy crap Hardball! Just 2 teams and hours of fun. I loved winter and summer games too. I was really good at figure skating..hmmm I could never get the hang of the 1st person football so just played 4th and inches
I first had a tape drive it was so much fun waiting five minutes for Choplifter to load and played Pitstop with the cartridge
Also played the crap out of
M.U.L.E ( one of the best game ever made )
Bird VS Dr J
Impossible Mission
Boulder Dash
Beach head
I loved my C-64 Right with my Victrex ..Thats another conversation there


I'm flashing back to my childhood. Pitstop, Choplifter, Castle of Dr. Creep, Hardball, oh wow. We were crazy kids, our Soviet athletes in Summer/Winter Games was Ivan Drago. And I had the first-person football game too, complete with 28 teams like the 'Blues'.

I gotta find myself an emulator around the Internets somewhere, if only to dash my sepia-toned memories.

Oh, and I Want It All, Breakthru, and The Miracle made it an OK album. Innuendo was a little better.
 
2012-10-14 02:10:43 AM  

Jim_Tressel's_O-Face: I'm flashing back to my childhood. Pitstop, Choplifter, Castle of Dr. Creep, Hardball, oh wow. We were crazy kids, our Soviet athletes in Summer/Winter Games was Ivan Drago. And I had the first-person football game too, complete with 28 teams like the 'Blues'.

I gotta find myself an emulator around the Internets somewhere, if only to dash my sepia-toned memories.

Oh, and I Want It All, Breakthru, and The Miracle made it an OK album. Innuendo was a little better.


If you to to gog.com you can get Ultima 4 for free it also has a ton of classic games for a cheap price.
Looking for a emulator now too. I have a hankering to play some Hardball and Choplifter
 
2012-10-14 03:17:59 AM  

Tumunga: ItchyMcDoogle: In before someone says that the Amiga is STILL a better PC then what's on the market today.
Had a C-64.. Ultima 4 and 5, Zork, leaderboard..good times..good times

Preach it, brother man. I played Hardball on that thing for hours. Summer Olympics, Winter Olympics. The Zorks, Karateka. I even had a 1st person football game on the thing. It was pretty cool, for it's time. You would actually take the hike, drop back, scan the field, find your open receiver, and pass.


I heard the original developer is making a new Karateka.
 
2012-10-14 12:47:13 PM  
Good lord; did every song in the 80s sound like "Ghostbusters"?
 
2012-10-14 04:26:12 PM  

Sylvia_Bandersnatch: I haven't identified the computer in the video, but I feel sure it's an IBM-PC AT or XT clone of some kind. The 5.25" floppy drive would have been fairly dated even by 1989, but it was still available even on many new machines at the time.


shiat, I remember in 1994 when I was 4 years old my computer had a 5.25" floppy drive, and had a shiatload of games for it.

/then I would play Super Mario Bros on the NES, along with Zelda and Duck Hunt
//And farking JOUST man. Me and my older sister loved that game
 
2012-10-14 04:31:46 PM  

CaptainFatass: Ghostbusters?


Yeah, I heard that too.

And I never watched Friday the 13th, so this is the first time I realized there were two Freddies playing in Queen.
 
2012-10-14 06:20:29 PM  

Modguy: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: I haven't identified the computer in the video, but I feel sure it's an IBM-PC AT or XT clone of some kind. The 5.25" floppy drive would have been fairly dated even by 1989, but it was still available even on many new machines at the time.

shiat, I remember in 1994 when I was 4 years old my computer had a 5.25" floppy drive, and had a shiatload of games for it.

/then I would play Super Mario Bros on the NES, along with Zelda and Duck Hunt
//And farking JOUST man. Me and my older sister loved that game


Yeah, I don't know exactly when they stopped, but they were still around only 10-15 years ago. Now try to find one, though. Better, try to get it to talk to any computer without FDD on the board or that's not set up for it. Luckily, someone is making a USB solution. You can plug any standard 5.25" flobby drive into DSD's converter, and feed it by USB into any modern computer. DSD provides a user-side cross-platform support application that supports an expanding list of original floppy formats. The application provides (for supported formats) readable disk images. Emulation or portage beyond that is up to you, but if you're dealing with 5.25" floppies in 2012 you presumably already expect that. So for your $50, you're getting more than just the converter; you also have permanent access to support application updates. (Know, however, that you still have to provide power to the drive you connect. They have something for that, too, as well as an enclosure you can buy. The whole shebang together is $150, I think.)

For 3.5", though there are a lot of inexpensive USB options out there, but you generally get what you pay for. I personally recommend biting the bullet and stepping up to the Dell unit. ("Biting the bullet" and "stepping up" here meaning passing on your next Big Mac.) Those of you experienced with Dell laptops of a decade ago will recognise this device immediately as the hot-swappable laptop drive from that era. (Specifically, the right-side drive. I'm not sure if they made a left-side floppy.) Dell just gave it a polished new look and a USB cable (replacing the original parallel cable laptop users would use to connect it externallly). If you happen to have an old Dell drive like this, you may be tempted to go out and get a parallel-to-USB adaptor, and avoid buying this. Let my sad experience disabuse you of that: Dell's rear port on the drive is proprietary, and so were the pinouts on their laptop ports this connected to. It is NOT convertable to USB for use with other computers (or even with Dell computers); sucks, but true. Just suck it up and buy the USB version. It's only the price of a pizza, anyway.
 
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