I was wondering if anyone had an interesting anecdote or two I could include in an upcoming book I'm working on with Matt Barton for Taylor & Francis, "Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time." It's due out later this year and is the next entry in the "Vintage Games" series. We're working anecdotes and quotes into the book from both insiders and passionate users. Naturally, since I'm asking here, this would be for the Apple II chapter.
I'd love to hear about why you like the Apple II as a game system, why you like it as a general computer, how you programmed on it and why, etc. Basically why YOU care about the Apple II series (then and now) and in turn why an "outsider" might get into it.
Another angle I'm working on - and one that's obviously no news to this community - is some of the reasons why compared to other contemporary platforms, few new homebrew games are still being created for the Apple II. Obviously, most of the effort and energy is put into new hardware and add-ons. Any thoughts on that would also be of great interest.
Feel free to respond to this topic or send me a PM or email. Thanks for the help! (Please note that if you share something, it would be preferable for me to include your real name in the book if it's something I end up being able to use!)