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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldvintageal View Post
    How many games were made for the TRS TANDY
    For the original TRS-80 line? Not a whole lot, but there were some. The TRS-80 CoCo had a decent selection on cartridge and tape (plus whatever you could program on BASIC), but options expanded quite a bit for the Tandy 1000 line, since they were "IBM Compatible" and running DOS, and basically would run anything that could run on an IBM PC. For early DOS gaming, the Tandy 1000 line was pretty desirable for it's low cost and the Tandy video and sound (which were based on the PC-Jr). Pretty much any software designed for the PC-Jr would work as well on a Tandy 1000, if not better, than on the PC-Jr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackepyon View Post
    For the original TRS-80 line? Not a whole lot, but there were some.
    Actually the original B&W TRS-80s had a surprisingly extensive library of games, including some arcade ports that were better than they deserved to be considering the graphical limitations. Companies like Big Five, Funsoft, Instant Software, Adventure International, and a slew of others created games for the TRS-80 that covered pretty much every genre that was around at the time.

    It is true that this software base wasn't as well known as it should have been. Radio Shack had a lot of mickey-mouse rules about not stocking third-party software for the TRS-80 in their stores, and essentially even had a gag order in place to prevent employees from even telling customers about other sources for software. The only way most people could buy it was via mail order from magazine ads because, conversely, general computer stores were cool on stocking boxed software for a computer they weren't allowed to sell.

    In retrospect Radio Shack really cut their nose off to spite their face with some of their xenophobic policies.
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