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I'm serious: RG wants your DNA!
Apparently there is a contest in Tabula Rasa whose winners have the opportunity to send their DNA into space with Richard Garriott. And it seems to be a serious thing. And I must say I'm both impressed and dumbfounded at this.
I mean, it's cool how RG keeps breaking the fourth wall between his game worlds and reality - just remember the old Ultima knick-knacks and the contests to have your picture in an Ultima game, but this is totally beyond anything. It feels weird and not in a good way, but also quite cool somehow. I mean, it's not what game designers usually do - go out into outer space and store your DNA inside a space station, now is it? And I really want to say that this somehow proves that MMO's are evil, but I don't know how.
Through a lot of legwork by our resident vintage gamer Игги Друге, MobyGames now supports Spectravideo as a new platform. The computer was launched in 1983 and did no make it out of the eighties. The company behind it originally started making games for the Atari 2600 and VIC-20, but later decided to create their own hardware.
Later versions of the hardware were made compliant with MSX and even the ColecoVision, until the name and the brand were eventually sold in 1988, and continued in an unrelated context. The initial approvers will be Игги Друге, Servo and Martin Smith, along with the admin team. Some of the tech specs may need to be fleshed out some more, so take it slow in the beginning.
There are many more platforms that will be implemented in the future, but we need to adjust the pace according to the state of the queues. More information about the system and emulating the platform can be found here.
In a story that will bring a tear to any archivist's eyes, Mythic Entertainment gave the WCNews crew permission to archive more than a decade's worth of Origin history, not only as an off-site backup, but to eventually be disseminated to the fans and public. It was a massive effort involving multiple pieces of media (some on syquest carts :-), CD-ROMs, VHS tapes, design journals, and more.