The Obscure Machine Thread

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  • RobTheBuilder 11 Sep 2011 19:49:38 6,521 posts
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    Inspired by the CDi thread...


    What's the rarest/most obscure machine you have ever owned/played?


    Our school used to have a CDTV, which is strange as I thought they were like unicorns.
    Also my brother owned a Neo Geo Pocket Colour, which frankly was a bit rubbish... sadly
  • DodgyPast 11 Sep 2011 20:24:27 8,414 posts
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    Had one of these as a kid:
    http://computermuseum.50megs.com/brands/g7000.htm
  • spamdangled 11 Sep 2011 20:25:26 27,269 posts
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    Does an Acorn A3000 count as obscure?

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  • Ignatius_Cheese Moderator 11 Sep 2011 20:26:24 10,852 posts
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    Had a Wonderswan briefly, still not sure why.
  • DodgyPast 11 Sep 2011 20:29:49 8,414 posts
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    darkmorgado wrote:
    Does an Acorn A3000 count as obscure?
    Had one of those, and a Jaguar.
  • thelzdking 11 Sep 2011 21:04:04 4,310 posts
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    Did anyone ever own an Apple Pippin or a PCFX?
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 11 Sep 2011 21:11:36 37,302 posts
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    Yeah, I've still got my Wonderswan (Digimon orange special edition) and Neo Geo Pocket Colour.

    The NGPC was FUCKING AWESOME Rob you heathen!

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  • RobTheBuilder 11 Sep 2011 21:44:39 6,521 posts
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    Re: Having owned a Gamegear a decade earlier it didn't like a huge amount of progress to be honest. Some of the games were good but it didn't feel like the leap I was expecting.

    Seeing a gamegear for the first time is still the most impressed I have ever been by new hardware. It was just unbelievable, Sonic in colour, in my hand(s!)...!

    I think the A3000 does count as rare unless you were using it in school. I recall my school was one of the first in Europe to get RISC PC's which had both Acorn and Windows! They must be pretty rare now.
  • spamdangled 11 Sep 2011 21:55:48 27,269 posts
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    RobTheBuilder wrote:
    I think the A3000 does count as rare unless you were using it in school. I recall my school was one of the first in Europe to get RISC PC's which had both Acorn and Windows! They must be pretty rare now.

    The A3000 had amazing games. Dungeon, Starfighter 3000, the best port of Elite, Twin Worlds, Chocs Away...

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  • RobTheBuilder 11 Sep 2011 22:01:28 6,521 posts
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    I remember playing Lander and being super impressed. There was a futuristic racer game too that I forget the name of.

    I once went onto the network and created a file called Lemmings, into which I placed a simple command that crashed the system, making windows pop out. It was funny watching 10 people in a 20 person class panic and reset their machines in a lesson.

    Also, I remember you could hack into Lockdir by pressing Ctrl+shift. Once we actually hacked into our school network and read letters from the headmaster to the council!
  • jonsaan 11 Sep 2011 22:06:26 25,326 posts
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    I had a Spectrum 128. Or +2. Useless pile compared to the gorgeous rubber keyed 48.

    I had a Neo Geo Pocket Colour too.

    I had an N-Gage

    None of which are rare. Merely cack.

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  • jonsaan 11 Sep 2011 22:06:44 25,326 posts
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    Actually that's not fair the Pocket colour was ace.

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  • RobTheBuilder 11 Sep 2011 22:11:36 6,521 posts
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    I dunno, it always felt like the impression of the NGPC was inflated by that of the original machine.
  • DFawkes 11 Sep 2011 22:17:39 22,584 posts
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    I quite enjoy portable consoles so I've owned a Tiger Game.Com and a Cybiko. I really enjoyed using both too.

    The Game.com had some great games out for it - I had Resident Evil 2 for it which was just a little bit more shit than you'd imagine a monchrome version on an underpowered console would be. I also had Batman & Robin, which I quite enjoyed, and Lights Out. It had stuff built-in too. It wasn't all that bad. A few other big games too, like Mortal Kombat Trilogy and Sonic.

    The Cybiko had its charm too. In some ways it was ahead of its time. An "App Store " of sorts with hundreds of free games, and wireless internet that... worked sometimes. You really needed to know someone that owned one though, but I bought my sister one too so we had lots of multiplayer fun.

    I still own and regularly play my N-Gage too.

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  • jonsaan 11 Sep 2011 22:20:02 25,326 posts
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    Yeah I was being horrid about the NGage. It could run MAME!

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  • RobTheBuilder 11 Sep 2011 22:43:54 6,521 posts
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    I do wish I had a GP32 though. They were ace machines for emulators.
  • mal 12 Sep 2011 00:20:02 22,332 posts
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    RobTheBuilder wrote:

    I do wish I had a GP32 though. They were ace machines for emulators.

    You can buy a Wiz or a Caanoo. The people who did the GP32 (or near enough anyway) did the GP2X after the GP32 which was the same but faster and with a stupid stick instead of a d-pad, then the Wiz which was faster and smaller but with bonkers buttons, then the Caanoo which I think fixes the buttons, but I've not been following the Caanoo scene much. Or you could get a Dingoo which is some cheap chinese knockoff of a Korean knockoff, but seems to have a decent community round it. Or you could buy a Pandora if you had more money than sense, or at least you could if they were taking orders at the moment.

    I reckon if my Pandora ever turns up it's likely to be the most obscure machine I own.

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  • RobTheBuilder 12 Sep 2011 00:35:01 6,521 posts
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    Yeah I saw the 2x and Whizz but they seemed even more niche than the GP32!
    What is the Pandora??
  • maniac_mouse 12 Sep 2011 01:26:07 59 posts
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    I have a Panasonic 3d0 multiplayer that still does cd playing duties, plus a jaguar, philips g7000 videopac (complete with useless keyboard, cartridges are of a cool design though), neogeo aes with a single, very expensive at the time game, pc engine and a bbc master series comp.

    Also had a sord m5 back in the day.....it wasnt very good.

  • mal 12 Sep 2011 01:46:01 22,332 posts
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    RobTheBuilder wrote:

    Yeah I saw the 2x and Whizz but they seemed even more niche than the GP32!What is the Pandora??

    It's a handheld console built by the people that resold the GP32 and so on, who decided they could do better. Clamshell thing with a full keyboard, dual analogue, d-pad, buttons, shoulder buttons, touchscreen, wifi and basically everything in one slightly clunky device. Unfortunately they underestimated how hard it is to make a handheld device, especially one that complex, and have had a lot of problems with suppliers, so they've only managed to make a thousand or so so far, after about three years. They're currently trying to shift production to new suppliers, and if that works I understand they're looking to open preorders again, but given the amount of fucking about each Pandora's looking like it's going to cost around twice as much as any of the other consoles I listed. And given it's taken so long to come out, there are now mobile phones that are more powerful than it, which you can also play Playstation games on, so it's kind of becoming more niche by the day.

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  • boo 12 Sep 2011 14:38:35 11,703 posts
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    I have a Magnavox Odyssey, generally regarded as the first ever games console.

    I have it for novelty value more than anthing else - never actually tried to plug it in (though given that it hooks up to the TV with spade connectors, I suspect it would be fairly difficult anyway).

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  • ModishNouns 12 Sep 2011 14:57:12 4,654 posts
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    I had an Amiga A1500 to which I fitted a whopping 52MB hard drive. I loved that machine.
  • kalel 12 Sep 2011 14:59:48 86,260 posts
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    Intellivision and an Amstrad GX4000.

    Beat that.
  • Rhythm 12 Sep 2011 15:05:31 2,462 posts
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    Friend of mine used to have a Vectrex which I fucking loved but we were far too skint to ever buy one :-(
  • X201 12 Sep 2011 15:57:16 15,124 posts
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    Sam Coupe
    Basically a turbo charged Spectrum

    It was great having all my Spectrum games on HDD for instant play. The programming stuff, you could do with its interface was great as well.
  • glaeken 12 Sep 2011 16:06:45 11,086 posts
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    I had a Dragon 32. That was one quiet fan boy corner at school.
  • boo 12 Sep 2011 16:14:16 11,703 posts
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    When my Mum and Dad agreed to buy me a computer for Christmas, I came this >< close to being the one kid in school with an Oric!

    Thankfully I managed to steer them down the 16K Spectrum route.

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  • kalel 12 Sep 2011 16:15:04 86,260 posts
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    We get it. You're old.
  • MetalDog 12 Sep 2011 16:17:57 23,708 posts
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    Gaming-wise all I ever had were second hand bog standards, like the speccy and the c64 and one of these that I fished out of a skip and it amazingly worked.

    The rarest non-gaming beast I had access to was this bad boy. All levers and switches and made out of cast iron or somesuch so that I could only move it by resting the carriage on my forearms like Kane out of Kung Fu when he moves that brazier to open the exit and brands his arms with dragons. I kind of miss it.

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  • crwoody 12 Sep 2011 16:23:50 2,594 posts
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    I still have my Gp32 \o/

    Sold off my GP2X ages ago, wish I still had it though.
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