Love Your Mac

In­spir­ing ideas for re­vamp­ing old Ap­ple kit

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The first game I ever played with a mouse was Lode Run­ner. It was on a Macin­tosh 128K in my univer­sity tu­tor’s of­fice, late at night in 1987, when I should’ve been writ­ing my honours the­sis, How Cows Reach the Ground. I had cut my gam­ing teeth on the BBC Mi­cro, which even in 1981 had colour graph­ics and was fast enough to ren­der ar­cade-per­fect ver­sions of De­fender and Don­key Kong. But some­how the mono­chrome plat­form puz­zles of Lode Run­ner trans­fixed me.

Af­ter univer­sity, I switched to PCs, but I never for­got Lode Run­ner, so I was dis­ap­pointed 10 years later to find the iMac G3 didn’t in­clude it. Last is­sue we showed you how to run old games on mod­ern Macs us­ing em­u­la­tors, but there are some things you just can’t em­u­late – like the gen­tle shim­mer of a mis­aligned CRT mon­i­tor and the smell of hot plas­tic, yel­lowed by the pass­ing decades. As my gut rum­bled for some au­then­tic 8-bit gam­ing, I knew it was time to add another Mac to my col­lec­tion.

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