Arithmetic Games Set 1: a Peek into One of the First-Ever IBM PC Games

Arithmetic Games Set 1: a Peek into One of the First-Ever IBM PC Games

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For whatever reason, I'm a sucker for "firsts", and the earliest games on the IBM PC platform hold special interest for me, with an extra touch of morbid curiosity reserved for stuff like BASIC games (and for IBM's own offerings). Thus, I was quite intrigued when I recently came across something that answers all these criteria: a disk dump of Arithmetic Games Set 1, developed by Science Research Associates, Inc. ...
Shamus Keyboard Woes Explained

Shamus Keyboard Woes Explained

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My previous post contains copious amounts of whinging about the keyboard controls in this game, but as it turns out, the issue isn't with the game as such - it's about the environment.  Recently it was pointed out to me that Shamus uses a buffered input routine (it isn't the BIOS INT 9 handler, but a custom handler that similarly buffers keystrokes), and as such, it's sensitive to the typematic rate and delay set for the keyboard. ...
The Mazes of Shamus - IBM PC Version

The Mazes of Shamus - IBM PC Version

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I recently revisited an old post on Vintage Computing & Gaming about the Atari 800 version of Shamus, which pretty much maps out the entire game for you.  It turns out that the IBM PC version has quite a few differences when it comes to the level maps, so for those of you who actually got to know the game through the PC port (like myself), this post might prove vaguely interesting. ...