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5. Playing with Early Personal Computers > Trick Out Your Apple ][

Trick Out Your Apple ][

Buy or find the right accessories for game-playing and more on your Apple ][.

The Apple ][ by itself is a box that lets you type in code and run it. Turning the Apple ][ into a game-playing console requires a few additional parts, many of which you can find on eBay or even conceivably build yourself.

The first accessory I’d strongly recommend is a floppy drive, and preferably two or more of them to avoid a lot of disk swapping in multi-disk games, like most of the role-playing games out there. For Apples prior to the Apple //c, you’ll also need a disk controller card. For more recent Apples, such as the //c+ and the IIgs, you may also want a 3.5” disk drive or two. Many of the drives on the newer Apples can be daisy-chained, letting you connect a drive to the computer, another drive to that drive, and so on.


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