on Dec 22, 2014
This week we have a guest on the show. And since it’s December 22nd, I guess this qualifies our Christmas episode. Sort of. Not that we talk about Christmas. But, you know…. Merry Christmas. Or whatever.
2:00 Pushing Up Roses talks about her collection of antique computers.
We talk about the IBM 5150, the Tandy 1000, old keyboards, and THIS monstrosity:
If this is their “Deluxe Joystick”, then I’d hate to see what their shitty joysticks look like. Everything about this design is wrong. Let’s zoom in:
The stick is short and slender, making it both fragile and uncomfortable to hold. And then it’s crowned with a real, actual serrated edge. That’s a real thing that somebody did on purpose. And this design was in use for years.
The button is a nasty stiff cube with a smooth surface and sharp corners, so you can either rest your thumb on the surface and have it slip off, or push on the edge and let it poke you. The little levers beside the joystick are for adjusting the calibration. They’re right there in the open where you can brush against them and throw the joystick out of whack, so be sure to avoid touching those! (You’ll know if you do. They have serrated edges too.)
This joystick hates you.
26:00 King’s Quest is a thing again.
Here is the trailer I was talking about:
35:00 “Retro” games.
At some point the conversation drifts to FMV games. So… watch out for that.