| The Italian Treasure|
Do you remember the italian treasure, that mountain made of tapes tapes and tapes again we got in May? Well, dumping old files like'em hasn't been the easiest mission you can argue, but it worked most of the time, luckily. Some scans of cassette covers and manuals have been taken too, and it's now time to spread around some of those gems.
Of the whole cake, this part represents the slice of commercially re-released games. These cassettes were sold in computer stores just beside their original ones. Although few of the programs were games and tools made from scratch, for the largest percentage they're raw hacks unregarding the copyrights, often with no elements changed from the source. At that time, the italian law didn't consider the home computers software production in the same ways as other intellectual property assets, and somebody had thought to make money from this void of rights, either founding short living publishing houses just to copy and release, or releasing compilations of hacked games thru newsstands. Somebody was so much out of law and common sense, to hack'n'release previously hacked material, in order to release it under no publishing rights. Some others changed their view, and tried to pay copyrights to the original software house, purchasing the rights to do that.
Acquiring this treasure of tapes has been a notable kick to the completeness of that side of our archive, with some unrelated bonus here and there. We've just added: Educational Line N1, 3D Crazy Tennis, 3D Car Race, C16 Super Games 1, C16 Super Games 2, Blackjack (Italian), 2Games: Super Poker Briscola, GTE, Interceptor, Invasori, Missione Spaziale, Diagram, War Games, Chess (Armati), Commando (Armati), La Torre Misteriosa / Conto Corrente, Crazy Clouds, Cuthbert Enters The Tombs Of Doom (Armati), Fruit Machine, Submarine / Dedalo, Froggy (Visiogame), Olimpics 2000, Olimpya, Olympiad (Armati), Paladine, Toto Pronostici, Tycoon Tex Armati, Wild Kong, World Soccer.
Some words about Super 16. Super 16 is a newsstand collection, containing Winter Sports, Yie Ar Kung-Fu (Foglia), Autosprint, Boat Race and Baseball. It has been published as a supplement of the long lasting periodic newsstand publication "C16/MSX" by Editoriale Foglia, with a little paper as software manual plus bonus articles as usual. This must be intended as a first attept for a forthcoming serious cataloging of all the newsstands'releases as "Byte Games", "C16/MSX", "Linguaggio Macchina C16/VIC20", "Computer Set", "Go Games" just to name the notables ones, with their papers and covers. And, yes: the treasure contains an igniting core of those cassettes :)