New Thrift Store Acquisitions Special Issue: Mid-to-Late November Savings!

Thrift shopping is fun in November! Here’s what we got so far:

  • Disney’s Atlantis The Lost Empire – The Lost Games (Hybrid Classic Mac OS/Windows, Mint Condition)
  • The Lord of the Rings – The Return of the King (PlayStation 2)
  • Barbie as the Island Princess (PlayStation 2)
  • Burnout 3 – Takedown (PlayStation 2)
  • Ford Mustang (PlayStation 2)
  • Ford Racing 3 (PlayStation 2)
  • Aaron vs. Ruth – Battle of the Big Bats (Windows)
  • NASCAR Racing 4 (Windows)
  • NASCAR Racing 2003 Season (Windows)
  • School Zone Pencil Pal Kindergarten (Hybrid Mac OS/Windows)
  • BONUS: Michael Jackson – Thriller 25 Music CD (2008)
  • BONUS: Amanda Marshall Audio Cassette (1995)
  • BONUS: Rod Stewart – If We Fall in Love Tonight Audio Cassette (1996)
  • BONUS: Martina McBride – Evolution Audio Cassette (1997)
  • BONUS: Billy Joel – River of Dreams Music CD (1993) (I’ve covered the audio cassette version in an earlier post!)
  • BONUS: Sarah McLachlan – Mirrorball Music CD (1999) (I’ve also covered the audio cassette version in another earlier post!)
  • BONUS: 11 Blank CD-Rs!

That’s 27 acquisitions in total! Here’s hoping that we can do it again in December! (…or maybe I should call the December Edition of New Thrift Store Acquisitions: “Early Christmas Gifts”!) But anyways, stay tuned for more blog posts about computers and video games here at Katie Cadet’s Computer and Video Game Collection! Take care!

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New Thrift Store Acquisitions Special Issue: The Beginning of November Finds!

We finally made it to November, where thrift stores are packing up their Halloween stuff and bringing out the Christmas stuff! Anyways, here’s what we got so far:

  • Reader Rabbit Personalized Preschool (Hybrid Classic Mac OS/Windows)
  • The Sims 3 Showtime (Hybrid Mac OS X/Windows)
  • The Sims 2 Apartment Life (Windows)
  • Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (Windows)
  • Sonic and Knuckles Collection (Windows)
  • ATV Off Road Fury 2 (PlayStation 2)
  • ATV Off Road Fury 3 (PlayStation 2)
  • Cities XL Platinum (Windows)
  • EA Sports FIFA 15 (PlayStation 3)
  • CART Racing (IBM PC Compatible)

I also got a package of Rainbow-coloured floppy disks, as well as a veterinary PC game in French from 2006 by Ubisoft. Other than that NSYNC Home for Christmas album on Audio CD from 1998, and that Barbra Streisand Concert Highlights audio cassette from 1994-1995, we have a total of fourteen acquisitions, and that’s a great amount! Stay tuned for more computer-related blog posts here at Katie Cadet’s Computer and Video Game Collection! Take care!

An International Hunt for PC CD-ROM oddities!

Over 10 to 15 years ago, my Dad found a hard-to-find Korean paper airplane print kit CD-ROM for Windows 3.1/95/98 from 1997 called Fly’N Things! It was developed by AMI-SYS Co. Ltd, and what intrigues me the most is that the CD-ROM has that Canon logo everywhere on the packaging and on the disc itself, so the closest I can research about this disc is that it came with a Canon BubbleJet BJC-210SP colour inkjet printer, mostly for the Korean market. I didn’t know that this rare international treasure had made its way into Canada! The CD-ROM uses the Macromedia Director 4 engine, and features an intro sequence in QuickTime video, as well as some Video for Windows AVI files about the Canon BubbleJet printer, and the language for each video is actually English with a Korean voiceover. ( Of course, they were sourced from VHS tapes, and it’s true 90s to me! 😀 )

You can open the paper airplane print files using Adobe Acrobat Reader, and print them out using any printer that you have! And if you are ready to try out this rare international treasure, you can download it from the Internet Archive as an ISO image!

Stay tuned for more computer-related blog posts here at Katie Cadet’s Computer and Video Game Collection! This is the last post for the month of October (Happy Halloween!). More posts will be coming in November! Anyways, Take care!

New Thrift Store Acquisitions Special Issue: Almost the end of October!

It’s a good thing we did our End of October Thrift Shopping before next week’s Halloween! Here’s what we got so far:

  • Friends: The One with All the Trivia (PlayStation 2)
  • Need for Speed Underground 2 (PlayStation 2)
  • Grand Prix II (DOS)
  • Grand Prix 4 (Windows)
  • Nancy Drew: Ghost Dogs of Moon Lake (Windows Vista)
  • Nancy Drew: The Silent Spy (Windows)
  • Command and Conquer: The Covert Operations (IBM PC Compatible)
  • Myst IV: Revelation (French, Hybrid Mac OS X/Windows)
  • Rayman 2: The Great Escape (Windows)

I also got Kenny G – Breathless (1992) on Compact Disc to compliment my cassette version that I purchased earlier along with my iMac G5. Speaking of cassettes, I also got 2 Unlimited – No Limits (1993), and Billy Joel – River of Dreams (1993) to compliment my 90s music on cassette collection! Other than that self-titled Backstreet Boys music album on Compact Disc, I think we are at thirteen acquisitions so far! That’s good! Stay tuned for more computer-related blog posts here at Katie Cadet’s Computer and Video Game Collection, and take care!

More obscure computer games now available for free!

Recently, I have uploaded three hard-to-find computer games to the Internet Archive and the Macintosh Garden, which are: Spy Kids Learning Adventures: The Anti-Gravity Agenda (2004), where the player has to input codes from the accompanying workbooks to continue the story, then there is Quest for Water Safety: A Wizardly Adventure (2003), produced by Northstar Communications for Ontario Power Generation, and is originally intended for grade 4 students in the Ontario region of Canada, and finally there is Captain Kangaroo: Life’s First Lessons (1998), an educational game that I found in a giveaway pile last spring, and I decided to make a BIN/CUE image of the disc that I have and the ImgBurn program on my Gateway 3522 laptop went through the scratches just fine!

The first two games mentioned in this post were the ones that I originally got from various places! If you are ready to try out the three games that I’ve uploaded, the links are below this post! Enjoy!

Spy Kids Learning Adventures: Mission: The Anti-Gravity Agenda: Internet Archive, Macintosh Garden

Quest for Water Safety: A Wizardly Adventure: Internet Archive, Macintosh Garden

Captain Kangaroo: Life’s First Lessons: Internet Archive, Macintosh Garden

Computer-based Music Album Pick #1: Dance Mix USA 97 Canadian Limited Edition

Dance Mix USA 97 Canadian Limited Edition Front Cover

DANCE MIX USA 97 CANADIAN LIMITED EDITION (QUALITY RECORDS MUSIC ALBUM ON CASSETTE AND CD, 1997)

I found this rare music album on Cassette and CD from a couple of local thrift stores this year. Despite that it says 97, I’m talking about the year 1997, but 20+ years later, it’s still dated, but yeah, whatever! The album consists of various electronica styles with beat mixing between each track, including Electro Pop, Euro Dance, House, and Techno.

The tempo ranges between 120-150 BPM throughout the mix. This Canadian Limited Edition is only released in, you guessed it, Canada, for a limited run with television and radio advertisements as a promotion. Often times, on some of the songs, you will hear some drum samples from none other than the Roland TR-909! On the cassette version, there are two mixes on two sides, but the CD version combines them together into one, with an extra intro added to the “Do you miss me” track, which the cassette version does not have. This is because of space limitations where each side on a 60-minute tape is limited to 30-minutes.

Here is the track listing for Dance Mix USA 97 Canadian Limited Edition:

  1. Crush – Jellyhead [Start of Side A]
  2. Planet Soul – Look Into My Eyes
  3. Strike – My Love Is For Real
  4. Lisa Marie Experience – Keep On Jumpin’
  5. BKS – 4 Your Love
  6. Boris Dlugosch – Keep Pushin’
  7. Reel 2 Real featuring The Mad Stuntman – Mueve La Cadera (Move Your Body)
  8. The Mighty Dub Katz – It’s Just Another Groove (I Think That We Should Get Back Together) [End of Side A]
  9. Jocelyn Enriquez – Do You Miss Me [Start of Side B]
  10. Althea McQueen – Heartbroken
  11. Lonnie Gordon – If You Really Love Me
  12. Roxxy – Live My Life
  13. Awesome 3 featuring Julie McDermott – Don’t Go
  14. Rochelle – I Love You Always Forever
  15. Lil’ Suzy – Just Can’t Get Over You
  16. Pizzaman – Hello Honky Tonks [End of Side B]

This one has got to be my favourite hard-to-find Computer-generated Music Album (Electronica) on Cassette and CD from 1997! This is one of Quality Records’ next-to-last Dance Mix USA album with the very last from 1998! I think this Computer-based Music Album deserves a spot on Katie Cadet’s Computer and Video Game Collection, because well, Computers and Music combined for Electronica Music Albums back then! Stay tuned for more computer-related blog posts here on Katie Cadet’s Computer and Video Game Collection! Take care!

Rockett’s New School (1997) Prototype Screenshots [PICTURES]

These screenshots were taken from the Purple Moon Sampler CD-ROM, which includes demos and previews of Secret Paths to your Dreams, Rockett’s New School, and Rockett’s Tricky Decision, released in the Summer of 1997. The Sampler uses the mTropolis multimedia engine, and it still works on a Gateway 3522 laptop running Windows 7 Ultimate 32-BIT, which the screenshots were taken at a 1280×768 screen resolution. The first four show the opening sequence and the three emotion choices, and the other four show the Rockett’s Backpack section. A black border is displayed when playing at a higher resolution other than 640×480. These screenshots look different than what you get in the final retail release.