Is online shopping the replacement of thrift stores during COVID-19? If that’s true, I’ve acquired Hot Wheels Beat That for the Xbox 360, and Atari 80 Classic Games in One for Windows 98!
First of all, I played the Hot Wheels Beat That game on the PlayStation 2 when I was a kid! 10 years later, when I got a 4K TV and a 5.1 Sound Bar, the picture and sound quality on the PlayStation 2 version didn’t look and sound good on that setup, due to that version supporting 480p picture quality and stereo sound. What I wanted was the Xbox 360 version, because it looks and sounds better in 1080p and in 5.1 surround sound (Dolby Digital), and yeah, I prefer the Xbox 360 version more than the PlayStation 2 version! Since I am the proud owner of the Xbox 360, might as well get my childhood favourite on the (then) next generation consoles! I’m surprised that Activision did not bring us a PlayStation 3 version of Hot Wheels Beat That, but we do have the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 versions; despite how the critics negatively reviewed the game, it should appeal to the younger crowd. Some people had fun with Hot Wheels Beat That, and we waited for the game to be value-priced, and that dream came true! Isn’t that something!
Second, I’ve installed Microsoft’s Virtual PC 7.0 for Mac OS X on my Power Mac G4 (MDD 2003) running Mac OS X 10.2.8 (Jaguar). With the recent trend of watching too many Apple ads on TV as a kid, it forced me to buy a Mac, and that’s how it began in the late 2000s and the early 2010s! But now, with the Mac limited to running Mac-only applications on my MDD G4, I decided to install Windows 98 by using a virtual machine. I used my copy of Windows 98 that I found around one or two years ago at a thrift store, and I just had my beginner’s luck at installing it! After that, I tried a few programs, including Aaron Vs. Ruth (A baseball game by Mindscape, due to the sound being glitchy in the virtual machine), Smart Games Puzzle Challenge (Brain teasing fun by Hasbro and KnowWare), LEGO LOCO (Another of my childhood favourites that I find hard to run on my Windows 10 setups), and the newest acquisition which I will talk about right now: Atari 80 Classic Games in One!
Atari 80 Classic Games in One worked really well on a Windows 98 virtual machine, but there is a bug when running it a second time that the software is unable to initialize DirectDraw, and did you know that I was running the First Edition of Windows 98? I had made sure that I was running the latest version of DirectX 9.0c for the first edition of Windows 98, and doing a few reboots every time I quit any of the games and choosing another one to play. Another workaround is by going to the folder using Windows Explorer of where the Atari 80 Classic Games in One program is installed, and making desktop shortcuts for each and every game you want to play in the collection! Simply Right Click on a game executable, go to “Send To…”, and select “Desktop (Create Shortcut)”. So to recap, Make desktop shortcuts of each game from Atari 80 Classic Games in One, and make sure you reboot the virtual machine on Microsoft Virtual PC after playing a game and before playing another.
After playing Atari 80 Classic Games in One on my Windows 98 virtual machine, I played the console port called Atari Anthology for the PlayStation 2! I brought a friend to play Pong, Centipede, and Asteroids because the PlayStation 2 has two DualShock controllers, and we had a lot of fun! Overall, if you are into retro gaming, and you love Atari Arcade games from the 70s and 80s, then Atari 80 Classic Games in One and Atari Anthology for Windows 98 and the PlayStation 2 is for you!
You might’ve noticed that I’ve used GoldWave as my main go-to audio editor. I actually liked the trial version of GoldWave 5 and GoldWave 6 on my Windows 10 setups, due to being a fan of the program since 2008 during my Windows XP days! I actually purchased GoldWave, and I’m really proud of the many features GoldWave can do! I can never live without GoldWave!
I’ve also actually made good use of the VinylStudio computer software and my Audio-Technica USB Turntable on my iMac 4K running macOS Catalina! It gave me the chance to revisit transferring vinyl records to MP3 after my initial testing back in December 2019! Unbelievable!
So, Hot Wheels Beat That for the Xbox 360, the Windows 98 Virtual Machine on my Power Mac G4 (MDD 2003), the Atari 80 Classic Games in One, the GoldWave purchase, and the revisit of transferring vinyl records to MP3! That’s what I’ve been up to! And if you like this blog post, stay tuned for more! In the meantime, I’ll be back to working on my computers! During those difficult times of COVID-19, stay safe and see you in another blog post! Take care!