The goggles, they do nothing!: Gemulator advertisement from 1992


Darek Mihocka, proprietor of emulators.com, and whom I linked to a few years ago, released the source code to Atari ST emulator Gemulator 9.0, and in celebration, he also posted his 1992 promotional video to YouTube: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Warning: It's a really bad video. The music, the hair, the cheesy video effects, the bad acting, oh did I mention the hair? But it's also a trip in the wayback machine.

Pre-emptive snarky comment: "You idiot, you got the quote wrong. It's 'My eyes! The goggles do nothing!'"

Comments (14)
  1. Dee says:

    Freaky! I only saw that episode of the Simpsons a few hours ago…

  2. Jamie says:

    It’s almost as painful to watch as this: http://www.microsoft.com/typography/css/gallery/spec2.htm

    But not quite.

  3. Steven Noonan says:

    You should have seen Darek a few years ago. He had pink hair.

    [Yup, the one time I met Darek, he was in his pink hair phase. -Raymond]
  4. [It’s almost as painful to watch as this: http://www.microsoft.com/typography/css/gallery/spec2.htm]

    You could at least have put a "Not Safe For your Eyes" tag! :(

  5. pulp says:

    Warning: It’s a really bad video. The music, the hair, the cheesy video effects, the bad acting, oh did I mention the hair? But it’s also a trip in the wayback machine:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZvhPGXrg0g

  6. Marquess says:

    @pulp

    No, this is a GREAT video! (as well as the Windows XP ad in the related videos section). The Windows/386 ad, on the other hand … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swFlU-FKg30

  7. I just watched the full version (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4915875929930836239&q=windows+386&hl=en#)… nothing can describe it better than the description of who uploaded it:

    "Microsoft sent this tape to retailers to explain the benefits of Windows 386. Boring until the 7 minute mark when the production is taken over by crack-smoking monkeys."

  8. Aaargh! says:

    Ah, the Atari ST, my first love. *snif*

  9. DRX says:

    Seeing that Butler’s store at the beginning took me back.  We got our first ST at Butler’s in ’86 (at the old store location with the view of the Sound out back).  I remember first seeing Gemulator at the new Butler’s store when we took in a ST floppy drive for a repair (yet again…) and thinking our problems were solved – until I found out Gemulator didn’t do MIDI or games!

  10. David Walker says:

    Wow — the most interesting thing I got out of Darek’s blog was how to upgrade XP to Windows 7.  

    Short answer:  Obtain the DVD for any version of Vista (which you can get cheaply these days), upgrade XP to Vista without entering the Vista product key (there’s a 30-day grace period), apply Vista SP1, then upgrade that to Windows 7.  It sounds complicated, but it may be easier and faster than a clean install of Windows 7 and then reinstalling all of your applications.

  11. mikeb says:

    Given the title and the pre-emptive snark, I think I can ask a question that I’ve wondered occasionally about for quite some time, but would have been off-topic… until today!

    By any chance are you the Raymond Chen who authored (or at least compiled) quite a few of the Simpsons episode capsules on snpp.com?

  12. drewa says:

    @mikeb:

    I’ve always assumed that was the case; since one of the later FAQs that came out of alt.tv.simpsons credited "Raymond Chen" with a Microsoft email address.

    (I’ve also always assumed I was the only person who worked that out. :P )

    If I’m not mistaken, he actually wrote the first a.t.s FAQ, as well as all the ep caps he was involved with.

  13. mikeb says:

    Hmm… I never thought to look (or search) for some mention of Microsoft.  Or maybe I was just too lazy. I’d just say to myself, "hey, I wonder if that’s the same Raymond?" and move on.

    As everyone knows, "if something’s hard to do, then it’s not worth doing".  And I’m OK with saying it would have been hard to do.

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