Written by Ward Shrake
In addition to the information I'm supplying here about this obscure old
game console, I also did quite a bit of Digital Archaeology work on the Commodore
VIC-20 home computer, helped out somewhat with the Bally Astrocade's preservation
efforts, and did some odds and ends of stuff, over the years.
|Aug 18, 2002
Re-loading this site to the Digital Press web site... their servers had problems
for awhile, so they were off-line for a few days. Guess they're working that
The site is going to be mostly "static" for the forseeable future. This is
because Ward, the site's creator / owner, won't have any steady internet
connection, after this week. This may last months, folks; I have no
way of knowing, in advance.
There is a lot of info here, that is YEARS ahead of anything else on the
net, about this particular subject matter. Take the time to explore
what is here. And don't forget to pick up a copy of the printed book
"Digital Press Collectors
Guide, version seven" to learn even more. Ward wrote the Arcadia 2001
section in that book. The section discusses the cartridge library in detail,
and goes into what we have learned of the console's all-but-forgotten,
As far as archiving goes, Peter Trauner is handling that for the time
being. See the links section, for the Arcadia 2001 message boards, for that
sort of thing.
|Aug 10-11, 2002
I was at the CGE 2002 show in Las Vegas,
as a guest of Chris Neiman -- a big thanks to Chris, for taking me along
to my first-ever CGE show! It was cool. I especially liked the keynotes,
given by the people that helped found the industry.
|July 4, 2002
The planned day for the site to appear on the main Digital Press web site.
Yay! I for one am stoked to see it here. The emulator section was hooked
up, first, and there is still some talk going on in the message boards, from
the pre-announcement notice Joe left a couple of days ago. The rest of the
site went live not long after.
|July 3, 2002
DP and I are working through some technical growing pains, before the site
goes live. ("Murphy's Law" ... nothing lets you escape those realities for
|July 2, 2002
The work continues, to adapt the way the site looks so that it will
match the "decor" or feel of the rest of the Digital Press web site.
Some minor site changes were made, as well, just to update the site or organize
it better. It looks like the site will be ready for visitors, within
a few days.
Joe made a "coming soon" announcement on the DP message boards.
|July 1, 2002
I began talks with Joe Santulli of "Digital Press" about possibly hosting
my sites over on his organization's servers. Before the day was over, I had
access to the DP servers, a folder area to myself, and was starting to transfer
things over. Joe and I are both pretty stoked on the idea of my web sites
being hosted over on the DP main site. (For those of you that did not know,
I am already one of the section authors for the "Digital Press Collectors
Guide," versions 6 and 7.)
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