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Thread: Apple IIGS Review

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    I was browsing youtube and discovered that no one had yet done a review on the Apple IIGS so I decided to do one. I put it together pretty quick (maybe 3 or 4 hours total) let me know whatcha think:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jc-LMB-zRI
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    Nifty! That Ristar game looks amazing.

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    Yeah, Rastan for the IIGS is a stunner of a game. Its hard to believe those kind of graphics and sound are coming from a computer made in 1986!
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    You're right. I'm sorry. Rastan not Ristar. I should say it looks rather like another game I know... Astynax for NES.

    Similar in that it has large character sprites.

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    I keep forgetting how painfully slow the IIgs is stock. Typical Apple bean counting at work there. Most people used them as fast Apple IIes anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njroadfan View Post
    I keep forgetting how painfully slow the IIgs is stock. Typical Apple bean counting at work there. Most people used them as fast Apple IIes anyway.
    Not so much bean counting as not wanting the Apple II line to compete with the Mac line. The Apple IIGS was an attempt to lure Apple II users over to the Mac side before they finally killed the II line.

    Dean

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    One thing I've noticed in playing with the IIgs (as far as speed is concerned) is how painfully slow the disk access is. Maybe I'm all nostalgic, but I recall disk access being far faster on the likes of the Amiga or ST than the IIgs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geoffm3 View Post
    One thing I've noticed in playing with the IIgs (as far as speed is concerned) is how painfully slow the disk access is. Maybe I'm all nostalgic, but I recall disk access being far faster on the likes of the Amiga or ST than the IIgs.
    Alot of this had to do with how games were packaged. Most of them used a ProDOS 8 bootloader, not the fastest out there. All the pre-1987 stuff also used ProDOS 16, which wasn't much better (it was basically ProDOS 8 with a thin 16-bit layer). Disk access under GS/OS was much faster since it was all 16-bit native code. GS/OS also had disk caching drivers that helped as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njroadfan View Post
    Alot of this had to do with how games were packaged. Most of them used a ProDOS 8 bootloader, not the fastest out there. All the pre-1987 stuff also used ProDOS 16, which wasn't much better (it was basically ProDOS 8 with a thin 16-bit layer). Disk access under GS/OS was much faster since it was all 16-bit native code. GS/OS also had disk caching drivers that helped as well.
    I figured it must have had more to do with the integrated woz machine or something... since 3.5" disk access on say an Amiga is a zillion times faster.

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    I always thought disk access was slow on the iigs and now recently having got a hard drive, it's even more obvious. Loading programs and games straight from GS/OS on a HD takes seconds. I'm loving it!
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