Graphics glitches. Timing issues. Emulators suck. The best way to enjoy retro games is on real hardware.
With this in mind, I headed to the attic in search of my old Atari ST. After (too much) digging, I unearthed the beast:
Colour-coded monitor, system and keyboard. 4MB RAM. 30MB hard drive. Truly glorious.
After some time lost in memory, I fired her up. Fingers crossed, I waited for the hard drive to initialise … success! They don’t make ‘em like they used to.
What about some old games? I rummaged through the disk box and pulled out an old favourite - Magic Pockets. Pop the disk in, hit the reset button and … boot to the desktop!? That wasn’t supposed to happen. The game was supposed to load! After a few more tries and a few more games … mixed results. Looks like the years haven’t been kind to my magnetic media.
But it’s no problem, right? The internet is full of old Atari ST disk images. How can I get them running on the old hardware? Time for some research …