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#1 Curt Vendel OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:00 AM

Hi,

Okay, plastics are completed. Texturing is done and looks really good. So here are photo's of the completed plastics:


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Also everyone asked if they could see the tooling dies for the molding process, here they are:

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Nameplate update: Master tool is taking longer then expected, company says 1 more week, this looks like it may delay release for 1 week.

Boxes: Box work is running behind and the interior holding work is not done, had to ship a sample set of plastics to the box company to have them work in the interior box holding design and I'm told that could be 7-10 days.

So the 11/26 ship date looks like its going to be pushed back to Dec 10th, which I personally had a feeling was going to happen, but I wanted to stay on as an aggressive a schedule as possible, lets see if a few days can be regained and maybe come forward to more around Dec 3rd, just want to keep everyone completely in the loop on progress.

Last 2 parts - Cartridge guide plastic and obtaining SIO connectors are still being waited on...


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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:05 AM

Looks good.

Can you show a mockup shot with the thing actually attached to a 7800?

#3 Curt Vendel OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 7:23 AM

I have some earlier shots, I want to wait for the sample nameplates to arrive and them take some really good close up shots and give everyone the full jaw-drop effect, so hang tight.


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Looks good.

Can you show a mockup shot with the thing actually attached to a 7800?



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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:07 AM

I have some earlier shots, I want to wait for the sample nameplates to arrive and them take some really good close up shots and give everyone the full jaw-drop effect, so hang tight.



It already looks great, my jaw already dropped a little. I'm not sure what I will do when it is complete and you post THOSE pictures. I guess I'll have to just collapse to the floor. Looks great, thanks for the update! :)

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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:48 AM

So the 11/26 ship date looks like its going to be pushed back to Dec 10th


Cool - closer to my birthday. No biggie for me because there aren't any announce dates (that I've seen) for games that will be playable on it when it arrives. My only hope is that it physically arrives before Christmas.

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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 10:58 AM

Yeah... once you get into December, I'll probably ask not to have mine shipped until after Xmas...

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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:32 AM

Well, again, even though newer games to take advantage of the sounds and extra memory may not immediately be available, all of the high score cart compatible games will immediately take advantage of it. I know Pokey Enhanced Pac Man and perhaps Pokey Enhanced Donkey Kong may be one of the first two games to head of the door, but I can't speak for the dev's, I've just seen (heard) the alpha and beta versions...



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So the 11/26 ship date looks like its going to be pushed back to Dec 10th


Cool - closer to my birthday. No biggie for me because there aren't any announce dates (that I've seen) for games that will be playable on it when it arrives. My only hope is that it physically arrives before Christmas.



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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:48 AM

Well, again, even though newer games to take advantage of the sounds and extra memory may not immediately be available, all of the high score cart compatible games will immediately take advantage of it. I know Pokey Enhanced Pac Man and perhaps Pokey Enhanced Donkey Kong may be one of the first two games to head of the door, but I can't speak for the dev's, I've just seen (heard) the alpha and beta versions...



Curt

So the 11/26 ship date looks like its going to be pushed back to Dec 10th


Cool - closer to my birthday. No biggie for me because there aren't any announce dates (that I've seen) for games that will be playable on it when it arrives. My only hope is that it physically arrives before Christmas.



I think Donkey Pokey Kong is ready, though I'd like to spend some time playing in hardware to make sure there aren't any lingering bugs. I hope to have a working cart in the next week or two.

Anyone interested in helping to play test in emulation, please see my post in 7800 Hacks for the a78 file.

The only thing missing at this point is a label. I'm no artist, so hopefully someone in the forums can help out and put together a new label. :)

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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:31 PM

Label?... Did somebody say... label? :P


Oh, and the update looks even more awesome than the last! Getting more and more excited with every news bit! Thanks Curt!

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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:22 PM

Label?... Did somebody say... label? :P


Oh, and the update looks even more awesome than the last! Getting more and more excited with every news bit! Thanks Curt!


Looks great! :thumbsup:

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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 8:58 PM

Pure lusciousness. Still think a modded version (drill a few holes for power and a/v) , might some day make for an interesting all-in-one unit, including a FB-like 7800 board along with the XM board provided by this unit... maybe several years from now.

Edited by AtariNerd, Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:06 PM.


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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:07 PM

That label looks fantastic!

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Posted Thu Nov 11, 2010 9:15 PM

Last 2 parts - Cartridge guide plastic and obtaining SIO connectors are still being waited on...

Curt

Awesome pictures! Interesting tidbit on the SIO connectors. Any chance of making (sourcing) a few dozen extras for the A8 crowd? I know I could certainly use some extras.

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Posted Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:56 PM

Here is the mockup of the box art. Just waiting for the nameplate samples to arrive so I can dress up the plastics, take a really good high res shot and apply it, also don't mind the screen shots, they are just placeholders on the box...

So this is more or less the 1984 look, with some minor updates to it, thanks to Pac Man Prime for supplying the grid background pattern for the box art.

mockup1.jpg


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Posted Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:59 PM

That looks awesome!

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Posted Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:37 AM

Wow, that does look really good!

My only question would be about the font choice-- any chance of using a slightly more Atari-looking font? (not sure if it's a font licensing issue or what)

I did a mockup for what I mean... the smaller text sort of disappears but that's probably just due to the size... I really hope I'm not stepping on anyone's toes..!

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Posted Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:06 AM

They are all my games on the box :lolblue: :D :ponder: Best get around to finishing and shipping them now ;).

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Posted Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:29 AM

Iirc Steve at atarimax had some new sio connectors made

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Posted Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:34 AM

They are all my games on the box :lolblue: :D :ponder:


I noticed that :(

Well, Congrats anyway... :)

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Posted Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:54 AM

My only question would be about the font choice . . .

The thing that stands out to me is that the text goes over the model number on the product. Wonder what it would look like with the left part of the product raised up a bit and and the right side of the text lowered a bit?

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Posted Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:41 AM

I noticed that :(


Don't worry!

also don't mind the screen shots, they are just placeholders on the box...



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Posted Sat Nov 13, 2010 6:08 AM

The purple text with the XM's features on looks odd to me. Personally I'd like to see it in easy to read text at the bottom right corner so it doesn't overlap the XM picture at all. Hmmm.... Something like

Saves high scores*
128 kilobytes of RAM
Twelve channels of arcade quality sound
Expandable I/O

*Game dependent

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Posted Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:21 PM

The purple text with the XM's features on looks odd to me. Personally I'd like to see it in easy to read text at the bottom right corner so it doesn't overlap the XM picture at all. Hmmm.... Something like

Saves high scores*
128 kilobytes of RAM
Twelve channels of arcade quality sound
Expandable I/O

*Game dependent


The marketer in me would suggest ignoring the technical stuff (cause not everyone knows what it is or what it can do) and focus on the benefits!

Example:

- Save your high scores!
- More memory for more advanced games!
- Adds fantastic arcade quality sound
- Add additional peripherals to your 7800!

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Posted Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:32 PM

Here is the mockup of the box art. Just waiting for the nameplate samples to arrive so I can dress up the plastics, take a really good high res shot and apply it, also don't mind the screen shots, they are just placeholders on the box...

So this is more or less the 1984 look, with some minor updates to it, thanks to Pac Man Prime for supplying the grid background pattern for the box art.

mockup1.jpg


Curt



Thank you for going all out to make this such a special experience. It really is a work of art!

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Posted Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:43 PM

The purple text with the XM's features on looks odd to me. Personally I'd like to see it in easy to read text at the bottom right corner so it doesn't overlap the XM picture at all. Hmmm.... Something like

Saves high scores*
128 kilobytes of RAM
Twelve channels of arcade quality sound
Expandable I/O

*Game dependent


The marketer in me would suggest ignoring the technical stuff (cause not everyone knows what it is or what it can do) and focus on the benefits!

Example:

- Save your high scores!
- More memory for more advanced games!
- Adds fantastic arcade quality sound
- Add additional peripherals to your 7800!


+1

It sound more like a real product from the '80 like this.




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