Video games in vinyl grooves
updated 8 months ago
The first patents for the use of phonograph disks as a computer data storage medium were issued in the early 1970s. Prompted by the success of vinyl data experiments in the mid- and late 1970s, computer and video game hobbyist magazines began to include flexi disc video game covermounts for the ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, and other microcomputers. The 1980s and 1990s would see further video game data releases on traditional non-flexi vinyl.
NOTE: The following releases have not yet been submitted to Discogs, but belong on this list:
• No Artist - Elektor Software Service 001 (Oct 1978, TVGC) - Produced for the Dutch Elektor, this 5-program collection marks the magazine's first vinyl data release in the ESS (2) series. Appearing as a non-flexible 45, this disc featured the game "Mastermind". A basic description can be found in Elektor Nos. 42-43, Oct.-Nov. 1978 (English edition); Elektuur No. 182, Dec. 1978 (Dutch edition).
• No Artist - Elektor Software Service 005 (Oct 1979, TVGC) - Elektor's fifth vinyl ESS release, and its third with video games, this 6-program disc included "Battleships", "Keyplay", and the lunar-lander simulator, "Luna". Details are available in Elektor No. 54, Oct. 1979 (English edition); A basic description is found in Elektor No. 37, Jun. 1982 (Italian edition) and later issues.
• No Artist - Elektor Software Service 006 (Nov 1979, TVGC) - Another release in Elektor's ESS series, this 3-program disc featured a space-themed shooter game called "Space Shoot-Out". Details are available in Elektor Oct. 1979 (English, German, and Dutch editions); No. 10, Mar. 1980 (Italian edition); Jan. 1981 (Spanish edition).
• No Artist - Epidemic (July 1985, Spectrum/MZ-700) - Covermounted on the Italian List magazine. Details available in List Vol.3 No.6/7 1985.