RCM Open Day a huge success!November 16, 2008
Today’s open day of the Retro Computer Museum was buzzing with gamers and plenty of interesting machines and was a credit to its organiser, Andy. It all happened in Swannington, Leicestershire and unfortunately, I could only take a whistlestop tour as I had wife and kid in tow, but I did manage to meet some very nice chaps and play some machines I’d never seen in the flesh before.
Here are some photos my lovely wife took at the event: click to embiggen them.
You may have noticed that amongst the photos is a shot of somebody playing Rambo III on an ST! Yes, there was one there amongst the multitudinous Amigas, accompanied by some games donated by MugUK. I had a chat with the chap playing and he said that he never realised that the ST was capable of playing colour games! Well done to RCM for educating this fellow.
Other machines at the event included: PCEngine, Oric-1, Amiga 1200, Tatung Einstein, ZX81, Spectrum +2, Jaguar, Dreamcast, SNES, BBC Model B, red Nintendo Famicom, Apple IIgs, MSX, Vectrex, a Commodore 64 playing some lovely loud SID tunes, Gamecube, and many more. A good chunk of the machines were from the museum’s archive, with the others having been brought along by other attendees.
My personal favourite (apart from the ST, obviously) was playing Chuckie Egg on the Beeb, that brought back a lot of memories (And I smashed Bob’s high score o-:-D ).
Speaking to a very pleased (and tired looking) Andy at the event, I was delighted when he told me that he plans to hold another. He had received lots of donations of machines and games, so the museum’s archive will be even bigger next year. I can’t wait.