Friday, 1 January 2021

Happy New Year 2021 + special video about modern media storage devices


Merry late Christmas 2020 and best wishes for the year 2021, all you readers and YouTubers out there! Here's a little late Christmas thing for you to watch, although it's not a particularly Christmas-themed video. This video was constructed upwards from a request from a fellow on the Lemon64 forum, which hopefully gets his approval.

Instead of making a video about just one particular modern media storage device, I decided to lump together a piece with all the SD-card readers and other such devices that I have for retro gaming machines. Featured items are: Harmony Encore for Atari 2600, DivMMC Future for Sinclair ZX Spectrum, SIO2SD for Atari 8-bit computers, SD512 for MSX, Everdrive N8 for NES, SD2SNES for Super NES, Mega Everdrive for Sega Megadrive/Genesis, GoTek floppy emulators for Commodore Amiga and Atari ST, EasyFlash and EasyFlash3 for Commodore 64, C64SD Princess for Commodore 64, and BackBit for 8-bit Commodore and Atari computers.

Here are the links mentioned in the video:

Atari 2600 - Harmony/Harmony Encore
Atari 8-bits - SIO2SD
Atari ST / Commodore Amiga - AmigaStore (GoTek)
Commodore/Atari 8-bits - BackBit
Commodore 8-bits - Manosoft (C64SD Princess)
Commodore 8-bits - The Future Was 8-Bit (SD2IEC devices)
Commodore 64 - EasyFlash (PolyPlay) and EasyFlash3 (Retro Innovations)
Commodore 64 - Gideon's Logic (1541 Ultimate II+ and Ultimate-64)
MSX - Carnivore2
MSX - MegaFlashROM SCC+ SD
MSX - SD512
NES/SNES/Sega - Stone Age Gamer's cartridges
Sinclair ZX Spectrum - DivMMC Future

You can also find similar devices for more obscure computers and consoles, such as the upcoming LTO Flash! for Intellivision, flash carts for ColecoVision (and Atari machines) from AtariMax, the FlashROM 99 for the TI-99/4A, etc. Also, GoTek floppy emulators are also available for 8-bit computers that used floppy drives, such as the Amstrad CPC6128 and ZX Spectrum 128k +3.

Most of this stuff is really the modern way to go when, for example, buying new games and playing them on old machines, seeing as many new games for old machines are available as downloads as well as physical media. However, although collecting original hardware and software is a nice hobby, it takes a lot of space eventually, and let's face it, most old magnetic media will eventually become unreadable, so these modern storage media devices might really be the thing that saves old games from oblivion.

I'm aware that I have merely scratched the surface here with these devices, If you have any other devices you might want to give a shout out to, please leave a comment below. Thanks for reading and/or watching, see you next time with the first comparison for 2021!

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