We’ve had our second group meeting now. We met in the same location in Kayabacho, and it was attended by nine people: Christian, Curt, Hiroaki, Hiroki, Justin, Matt (who doesn’t live in Japan, but nobody’s perfect), Sean, Sven, and Yohsuke.
This time we played with Sean’s MZ-700, including games like Yellow Balloon, Ottotto, and Pac-Man. Sean was pretty happy because he finally made it to level 3 of Yellow Balloon but Hiroki made it to level 6 on his second attempt. Curt claims not to like the sound of Pac-Man on this system, but actually the problem was that the volume was just too low.
Christian’s MAX Machine was modded for composite output, and we did a VIC-II chip replacement to get Curt’s Commodore 64 up and running. Sean’s 72-pin SIMMs were modded in two different ways to try to get them to work with his FM Towns, but as of now, they still can’t be used. Curt and Justin worked on a digital RGB -> analog RGB converter and made substantial progress (green, red, and sync all worked!), but it didn’t quite get finished. Maybe next time!
Today we had our first meetup. We met at a co-working space in Kayabacho. It’s a handy place for this kind of meetup; you don’t have to spend a lot of money on a venue and it was accommodating. In attendance were Albert, Curt, Justin, Sean, and Sven.
We are not looking to be platform-specific, but this time we had all Commodore machines. Sven brought his MAX Machine and Commodore 64 with Reloaded board, and Sean brought his Japanese Commodore 64 and Plus/4. We were given two 40″ large-screen TVs to use, but most of the time we were fixated on Curt’s 9″ CRT monitor. We used it for playing Radar Rat Race and Pet’s Rescue. I hope we didn’t drive the other patrons crazy with the Radar Rat Race music.
In addition to playing games, we tested some equipment, took apart Sven’s Commodore 64C because, and Curt gave a presentation on using a development environment as well as a brief demonstration of doing machine language programming on the 6502 CPU.
If you want to join in the fun activities, we welcome friendly new faces to our laid-back environment. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 17th. Please check for details on our schedule page.