the_syco Registered User
#1

....from the radio.

Came across this little gem; http://www.kotaku.co.uk/2014/10/13/people-used-download-games-radio about how it used to be easier to tape broadcasts sent over the radio, and then play them back into your computer.

Did anyone here do it a long long time ago?

#2

After tv channels finished for the day there was a time they'd also play programs for you to record.

marathont Registered User
#3

I know someone who tried to send a game over the telephone, could'nt get it to work though.

Skerries Registered User
#4

I remember reading about it but I always assumed it was more of a British thing

Inviere Registered User
#5

Twin tape deck with high speed dubbing and auto reverse, sorted that’s likely all gibberish to anyone under 30

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sugarman Registered User
#6

Dont think it was really ever a thing here, was absolutely massive in Soviet Union and Balklans tho. Ive had few dozen mates and colleagues from there over the years tell me stories about it back in the day and their knockoff ZX and Commodore clones. While we were all experiencing the 16bit and 32bit era from late 80s to late 90s, they were still plugging away on the 8bit systems for the most part.

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Skerries Registered User
#7

Inviere said:
Twin tape deck with high speed dubbing and auto reverse, sorted that’s likely all gibberish to anyone under 30


this was a blessing when I got one as it was a pain to have to use a program copy tape to load the game into memory and then record to a blank tape

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Doge Registered User
#8




Saw another cool video where the BBC sold kits to the public that used a photo diode.

The idea was to hold or tape it to the screen while they would have a pulsating light at the corner of the screen during the broadcast of their computer show and it would turn the light into data and send it to your computer.

I can't remember which keywords are required to find it on youtube though!

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CiDeRmAn Category Moderator
#9

C&VG published an issue back the 80's that came with a terrible Thompson Twins game with it.
It also had a few songs they released at the time.
And cassettes must have been expensive to use on the cover as they used a terrible plastic record, which just made it impossible to load, thanks to the crackles of the format.

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the_syco Registered User
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CathalDublin Registered User
#11

marathont said:
I know someone who tried to send a game over the telephone, could'nt get it to work though.

And the internet was born

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CiDeRmAn Category Moderator
#12

CathalDublin said:
And the internet was born


I thought it was developed so, in the event of a nuclear attack, the US military could still watch porn?

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