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I have two lots already here with one more on the way...here is what I've got and will be finding on my doorstep in the next few days...

 

1. New Math Blaster Plus. This is my sixth NMBP, giving me enough to run it on my squad of four Classics in the closet (the fifth one from the group died and I plan to use it for parts) plus the LC and SE that I use for personal use. (The Classics will hopefully be used in some sort of tutoring venture this summer, be it a "math camp", part of a program, or even just for one-on-one or small group tutoring that I'd do in my spare time). I should mention that this is technically my eighth Math Blaster Plus overall as I have one for PC and one for Apple II as well.

 

2. Kid Pix. This is my third Mac Kid Pix (I also have one for DOS) and will be going on my SE (the others are on the LC and iBook G3).

 

3. Stickybear Math 1. I owned this program from 1990-1992 when I had a IIe. It was also at my elementary school from 1992-1994. Fifteen years later I find myself with a brand new copy, freshly unwrapped from the shrinkwrapped package. Unlike my old copy this one is on a 3.5" disk (which is why I had to quickly prepare a IIe-card capable computer--even though that CC is already starting to fail and will likely be replaced by my other CC or an LC475 very soon).

 

4. Stickybear Math 2. This one I discovered at my elementary school in September 1992. Again, I have not played this one since 1994. In one of my earliest teaching experiences (during kindergarten) I taught a few good buddies how to multiply using this program. There is actually a picture of me in my kindergarten yearbook holding the 5.25" floppy of Stickybear Math 2! This one is also on a 3.5" disk, was taken out of its shrinkwrapped package about an hour ago, and came with a bonus (which was common with Stickybear Software in the day)--a "Stickybear Software" poster! I may have to frame it and put it next to my Apple genius posters :-)

 

5. Jeopardy for Apple II (by Sharedata). This one hasn't arrived yet and was a pickup on eBay after discovering the Jeopardy disk I had bought in another auction was corrupt. (Thankfully that one was only $1.25 after shipping). This one is brand new and shrinkwrapped and will bring back a special memory for me.

 

In June 1990 my cousin graduated from high school. Since I was young and needed something to do that day my dad took me to the mall in her hometown. We stopped at a Babbage's and he told me we could pick a new program for the computer. Since I was mesmerized by Jeopardy even as a three and a half year old we decided on it. While I couldn't answer many of the questions at that age I had a lot of fun watching my mom and dad play the game. Alas, the game did not survive the sale of the Apple IIe. Now it's my turn to test my trivia knowledge against the Apple II-in-a-CC (or whatever I put the card in once the CC dies). If only I could have stopped and bought it at that Babbage's again, too bad I had to get it via eBay! (The Babbage's was still there the last time I was at that mall and I stopped in for old time's sake but was slightly disappointed to find no Apple II software at all...)

 

I'm probably not going to get any more programs for a while since I have enough to run my "lab" and have finally tracked down the Apple II programs I have been after for a while now. I'm still interested in any Math Blaster Plus in case I want to fix up my extra Classic and wouldn't mind getting a few more Shufflepuck Cafes, Number Munchers, and Kid Pixes, but that's really all I'd want to trade for at the moment.

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I have hated the conversion, as I used to buy actual software at these places. I remember browsing Babbages in the 1990s, looking at the latest from Microsoft, Broderbund, and the other great developers. My mom bought me After Dark 3 on CD-ROM there in 1996!

 

At least the closeouts on older software were pretty good at EB (when it was still Electronics Boutique) when they went to the all-video game format. I snagged Publish It Easy for Mac for $5 at the Pittsburgh International Airport store in 2000.

 

There are tons of Gamestop stores around here, including two that are within a mile of each other. One was a Funco and the other an EB. It's a shame they don't sell software anymore.

 

My personal favorite store was Egghead Software. While the other kids went to Toys R Us when they wanted to shop I was at Egghead, browsing the latest software and trying out demos on the LC III or the HP (I believe it was a Vectra of some sort) they had in the store. I almost cried when Egghead closed and went online only, as it was one of my favorite childhood memories. I still have a shopping bag from Egghead somewhere.

 

Speaking of software conquests, I just snagged a complete Excel 3 with the newer-style disks. It will be on its way in a few days so I can finally upgrade from 2.2 on my LC.

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My personal favorite store was Egghead Software. While the other kids went to Toys R Us when they wanted to shop I was at Egghead, browsing the latest software and trying out demos on the LC III or the HP (I believe it was a Vectra of some sort) they had in the store. I almost cried when Egghead closed and went online only, as it was one of my favorite childhood memories. I still have a shopping bag from Egghead somewhere.

 

I remember when they closed their stores. I bought a CTX EzBook (P150, 16MB RAM) for $1000 and Quake II. Years before that I turned in my Egghead Rewards (or whatever they called it) card because I couldn't find any OS/2 software. Everything was Windows! :O

 

Do you remember when CompuAdd closed their doors?

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We didn't have a CompuAdd around here but I thought of another old hangout of mine...Office Max. In the early 1990s they used to carry a ton of Macs and even had an Apple logo on their door. Whenever we'd be at that plaza I'd have to stop in to browse the latest Macs (I was especially fascinated by the PowerBooks and tried to convince my mom to get me a 165c when it came out--but alas, we didn't have that sort of money).

 

Office Max used to have several aisles of computers. The last time I was there the only computers that were on display were a few random PC notebooks (about two or three of them).

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The copy of New Math Blaster Plus you mentioned is the one I sent you, right? [;)]]'>

 

Babbages has merged with EBGames/Gamestop/Funcoland if I remember correctly and now they're all called Gamestop

 

I have an EBGames over here, Still labeled as such and all the used game covers and store brand stuff is also labeled as EBGames.

 

 

I was in Montreal last year and I noticed that there was a EB Games there that was still labeled as such too.

 

All of the Gamestop/EB Games stores in Canada still stock N64/SNES games. You guys are so lucky. :)

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EBGames/GameStop/Funcoland .... they're all called GameStop

Indeed.

In fact, there're 2 within a block & a half of each other not too far from me.

 

I've yet to come across a gamestore that isn't called GameStop.

 

 

:b&w:

 

Unless you have a hollywood video rental place near you. Those game stores are called Game Crazy.

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The copy of New Math Blaster Plus you mentioned is the one I sent you, right? [;)]]'>

 

Actually, yours was number five in my collection. This is yet another copy of one of the greatest programs of all time.

 

If anyone else has one they'd be willing to spare let me know. I may have a need for a seventh Math Blaster Plus.

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