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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.
    My vintage systems: Tandy 1000 HX, Tandy 1000 RSX, Tandy 1100FD, Tandy 64K CoCo 2, Commodore VIC-20, and some random Pentium in a Hewitt Rand chassis...

    Some people keep a classic car in their garage. Some people keep vintage computers. The latter hobby is cheaper, usually takes less space, and is less likely to lead to a fatal accident.

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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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    a short list found quickly on WIKI.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_TRS-80_games

    the a few more names I have; Strike Force, Panik, Lunar Lander, Laser Defense, Chicken!, Bounceroids, Caterpillar, Crazy Painter, and more.
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    One of the games for the TRS-80 I consider particularly amusing is Olympic Decathlon, if only because I was introduced to the IBM PC port of it first (a copy came with the first PC clone we ever bought) and was amazed at how similar the two versions are when I discovered the TRS-80 original. They play practically identically, other than the TRS-80 version often runs a little smoother.

    TRS-80 games often really strived to shine in actual gameplay to compensate for the lousy graphics. Programs like Robot Attack and Galaxy Invasion are legitimately great takes on arcade games they're based on despite not looking like much.
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    Hello
    I think this a good place to ask where would I get a new tandy and how much would I pay for one. I mean the first tandy from 1977. Either used or new one ?

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    The TRS-80 Model I? There's one on eBay now for $250 US, and the shipping is actually reasonable. Link here
    The TRS-80 line can go anywhere from $100 to $1000 on eBay, depending on the model and condition, so you really just gotta keep your eyes open. Other than that, try asking around the Marketplace section of the forum. That would be a better place to ask.
    My vintage systems: Tandy 1000 HX, Tandy 1000 RSX, Tandy 1100FD, Tandy 64K CoCo 2, Commodore VIC-20, and some random Pentium in a Hewitt Rand chassis...

    Some people keep a classic car in their garage. Some people keep vintage computers. The latter hobby is cheaper, usually takes less space, and is less likely to lead to a fatal accident.

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    I finally got my latest addition working.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/67J9y2xN6cQty9B2A

    Model 4P Gate Array version. 128K.

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    One of the guys at my local retro-computer club brought a 4P for show-and-tell the one time. I was intrigued that it has the same style keyboard as the earlier Tandy 1000 models.

    Does "Gate Array" signify anything?
    My vintage systems: Tandy 1000 HX, Tandy 1000 RSX, Tandy 1100FD, Tandy 64K CoCo 2, Commodore VIC-20, and some random Pentium in a Hewitt Rand chassis...

    Some people keep a classic car in their garage. Some people keep vintage computers. The latter hobby is cheaper, usually takes less space, and is less likely to lead to a fatal accident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackepyon View Post
    One of the guys at my local retro-computer club brought a 4P for show-and-tell the one time. I was intrigued that it has the same style keyboard as the earlier Tandy 1000 models.

    Does "Gate Array" signify anything?
    Check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field-...ble_gate_array for all the details.

    tl;dr
    The gate array units were designed so that they would be backward compatible.

    So with my 4P, for example, when it boots one of the Model III diskettes, it loads the ROM image for a Model III and, for all intents and purposes, is a Model III and all Model III software will work on it.

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    Cool!
    My vintage systems: Tandy 1000 HX, Tandy 1000 RSX, Tandy 1100FD, Tandy 64K CoCo 2, Commodore VIC-20, and some random Pentium in a Hewitt Rand chassis...

    Some people keep a classic car in their garage. Some people keep vintage computers. The latter hobby is cheaper, usually takes less space, and is less likely to lead to a fatal accident.

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