Love Your Mac
Inspiring ideas for revamping old Apple kit
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.