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#1 Metal Jesus OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012 10:57 AM

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


Atari's 7800 gaming console is often misunderstood, slightly flawed, and yet a lot of fun to collect for. This week, I review the history of the 7800, show some gameplay footage and celebrate 8-bit gaming goodness!

Getting MESS to emulate 7800 carts was pretty rough... One minute I was able to play Food Fight and the next, it wouldn't even start. So frustrating.

#2 Zedex OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:42 AM

Cool video. My local retro game store has a few of these, I might check it out sometime. Right now my focus is on classic computers.

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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:50 AM

Nice review - thanks!!

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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012 11:55 AM

I think you need a new palette file for your emulator. The colours look a bit out to me.

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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:19 PM

I think you need a new palette file for your emulator. The colours look a bit out to me.


Getting MESS to work was a bit of a chore, especially after being spoiled with more user friendly programs like MAME & Stella. I'll look into the palette settings/files. Thanks for the heads up!

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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:36 PM

Why would you even bother with MESS for the 7800? Just use Prosystem. it's the most updated and accurate 7800 emulator there is.

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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012 2:53 PM

Why would you even bother with MESS for the 7800? Just use Prosystem. it's the most updated and accurate 7800 emulator there is.


Has an OS X or Linux version been released? If not, those platforms are still in a MESS.

(I realize the OP said he's using a "PC", which usually means Windows.)

BTW I like the video!

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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:22 PM

Good video Metal Jesus :D

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Posted Fri Jan 20, 2012 7:18 PM

Nice review MJ. Sorry you had so much trouble with MESS. Not sure if you are using an older version. Current version is 0.144u6. In the last couple of years MESS has really improved with both its 7800 color palette as well as incorporating the HLSL options found in MAME. You have so many great tweak settings to make your display, even on a modern LCD, look like an old CRT TV including brightness, RGB values, contrast, scanlines, and a slew of other setttings.

Sound emulation wise, especially POKEY, I found to always be better under MESS than ProSystem (At least respecting all the currently publicly released official and unofficial verisons). Graphically it has some small corruption in a couple of games (Top of Centipede), to really bad (Kung-Fu Master). Additionally, unfortunately, a few of the homebrews either keep cycling at the Atari logo screen or don't function correctly. Thankfully, the vast majority of both original release and self published titles run great.

I'm attaching a few quick screen caputres with some HLSL settings enabled, including screen curve. I'm hoping for both the few bugs found in MESS 7800 emulation to be ironed out eventually, and for better graphic options and sound under ProSystem.

Aster.PNG Cent.PNG Comm.PNG DarkC.PNG F18.PNG
Foodf.PNG Joust.PNG MsPac.PNG PP2.PNG Xev.PNG

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Posted Sat Jan 21, 2012 7:04 AM

A few more captures under MESS for those interested:

BeefD.PNG BonQ.PNG Chopl.PNG Crossb.PNG DigD.PNG
DKJr.PNG DonkK.PNG DoubDrag.PNG Frog.PNG Galg.PNG
IkariW.PNG JrPac.PNG MarioB.PNG PacP.PNG Ramp.PNG
Robotr.PNG SpaceD.PNG SpaceI.PNG SupPac.PNG Xeno.PNG
Z1.PNG Z2.PNG Z3.PNG Z4.PNG Z5.PNG

#11 Metal Jesus OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:32 AM

it's cool how MESS emulates screen curvature! Those are great screenshots. Thanks!

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Posted Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:58 PM

I was able to capture 7800 footage by running it through a VCR with composite out to my capture card. it worked quite well - check it out..

http://www.youtube.c...bed/UTUHK0Q7hkw

Edited by davyK, Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:58 PM.


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Posted Fri Jan 27, 2012 6:54 PM

Don't watch the video! He is trying to brainwash you with Illuminati hand signals! :-o

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Posted Mon Jan 30, 2012 2:27 PM

This is great. I'm looking to pick up a 7800 and after searching YouTube I was shocked by the lack of 7800 videos or reviews. Not sure the reason for the lack of videos on it. You would think that the Jaguar, which has numerous youtube postings, would be more obscure than the 7800 but I guess not???







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