We don't want to turn this from an "I love my Daddy" thread to a "Harmony cartridge is great" thread, but there is another way to think about the things you mentioned:
. . . you plug in a new cartridge and you know by the label which game you are playing . . .
People like us who play Atari 2600 games can tell what game we're playing just by looking at the screen. We don't have to constantly look down at the cartridge to figure it out. If our memories are so bad that we have to keep looking down at the cartridge to remember, it might be time to drop the joystick before we forget what we're supposed to do with it and end up shoving it up our nose.
. . . and so does a person who just walked into the room, on the other hand with a Harmony Cart there are no labels leaving an uneducated onlooker staring at the screen like "WTF?????" . . .
A person walking into the room who plays Atari 2600 games wouldn't need to look at the cartridge and an uneducated onlooker wouldn't be able to read the label on the cartridge if you are into nostalgia and play the classic way you are supposed to by sitting on the floor with your legs crossed in front of the Atari 2600 and your face 2 feet or less from the TV screen (blocking the cartridge from their view). Uneducated onlookers would have two choices. They could either shove you out of the way to see the cartridge label or they could ask you what you are playing.
. . . plus if the Harmony Cart has multiple games in it there is a list to choose from which relegates the 2600 to nothing more than a paperweight computer with a plug-in emulator.
The Harmony cartridge
can have whatever games you want to put on it (from one game to just about all of them). Put your favorite games in a folder, put all paddle games in another folder or do whatever your imagination can come up with.
The difference between a Harmony cartridge and an emulator is that the Harmony cartridge gives you the convenience of an emulator but you get the rock-solid quality of a real console. You're playing the real games on a real console, having a real experience. The inconsistent performance of emulators is eliminated.
From what Harmony cartridge owners have posted, it seems a lot of them still collect cartridges, but they play games using the Harmony cart to keep their collection from getting damaged/dirty/sticky/gooey or wet from dumped soft drinks or floods.
I just wanted to point out that you may not want to count out the Harmony cartridge
forever. If you'll open your heart and invite the Harmony cart into your life, you'll soon be bubbling over with the love that only the Harmony cartridge can provide and you'll want to spread the word. You'll soon be singing "if Harmony haters don't like it they can sit on a tack, sit on a tack, sit on a tack . . ."
Edited by Random Terrain, Fri May 20, 2011 10:24 PM.