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RCA Studio II Interview

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#476 y-bot OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:47 PM

I have Tempests newsletters. One or two originals and the rest are photocopies and I also have the programming cartridge. I suck at scanning. I can send them to someone if they want to tackle it.

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Posted Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:44 PM

I'd be glad to scan them if you like. I have a good scanner and some free time for a little while.



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Posted Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:10 PM

I'd be glad to scan them if you like. I have a good scanner and some free time for a little while.

Is this Paul from Bally Alley?  Same address that I sent you stuff to scan before?



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Posted Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:39 PM

I have Tempests newsletters. One or two originals and the rest are photocopies and I also have the programming cartridge. I suck at scanning. I can send them to someone if they want to tackle it.

Oh that's right. I sold so much stuff in such a short period of time I've completely forgotten who got what. :)

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Posted Fri Aug 30, 2013 7:46 PM

Is this Paul from Bally Alley?  Same address that I sent you stuff to scan before?

Yeah, that's me--same address too.  Thanks!



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Posted Fri Aug 30, 2013 11:38 PM

Hey all, I just realized that if the Dan guy who had the Bingo at PC2K1 was also at PC2K, then he might be among the guys in the following photos:

 

http://web.archive.o...assic.com/pc2k/

 

I checked every picture, and the only guy with ANY Studio II stuff (that's visible) is the guy who had two Adventurevisions on display as well. Going by the labels of the pictures, he's either "DanB" or some guy named Jeff, and is pictured with his wife/girlfriend Michelle in some other pictures. Can anyone recall if that is the Bingo guy from PC2K1?



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Posted Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:23 PM

The Bingo guy was only at PC2K1. I don't recall seeing him again.

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Posted Sat Aug 31, 2013 2:51 PM

The Bingo guy was only at PC2K1. I don't recall seeing him again.


Yes, but the guy who had it there is almost certainly the same guy who found a copy at a fleamarket on the way home from PC2K and made the Usenet post about it. And that guy also apparently had the Studio II Democart at PC2K, so someone might recognize him from pictures of 2K.

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Posted Sun Sep 1, 2013 8:27 AM

And for last, there is 3 other Studio II homebrew games made by Lee Romanow: Outbreak, Climber and TV Arcade 2012..

These roms are available on Yahoo rcacosmac group ( http://dir.groups.ya...up/rcacosmac/ ) in the files section

under the "Studio II and clones" folder. Also, the TV Arcade 2012 rom, it's a 5-in-1 multi-games which contains these games:

Craps / Moon Lander / Repeat After Me / Space Rescue / Nim.

The link is not working for me.  Can you post the ROMs please?



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Posted Sun Sep 1, 2013 8:27 AM

oops, double post



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Posted Sun Sep 1, 2013 2:19 PM

The link is not working for me.  Can you post the ROMs please?

There's a stray parentheses at the end of the link. It worked for me once I removed it.

 

http://dir.groups.ya...roup/rcacosmac/



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Posted Thu Sep 5, 2013 8:05 AM

And for last, there is 3 other Studio II homebrew games made by Lee Romanow: Outbreak, Climber and TV Arcade 2012..

These roms are available on Yahoo rcacosmac group ( http://dir.groups.ya...up/rcacosmac/ ) in the files section

under the "Studio II and clones" folder. Also, the TV Arcade 2012 rom, it's a 5-in-1 multi-games which contains these games:

Craps / Moon Lander / Repeat After Me / Space Rescue / Nim.

Here are the ROMs slydc mentioned.  Also, there was a file called "Rocket", is this another homebrew?  They can be added to a multi-cart list.  :)

Attached File  Climber_V100.zip   145.03KB   179 downloads

Attached File  Outbreak_V100.zip   227.44KB   177 downloads

Attached File  rocket_v101.zip   63.7KB   171 downloads

Attached File  TVA2012_V100.zip   248.66KB   165 downloads



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Posted Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:19 PM

I won a Channel F ad from 1977 on eBay and I noticed on the backside it had this RCA Studio II ad, nothing we haven't seen before but I thought I'd share anyway.

 

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Posted Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:25 PM

I won a Channel F ad from 1977 on eBay and I noticed on the backside it had this RCA Studio II ad, nothing we haven't seen before but I thought I'd share anyway.
 
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Thanks for sharing that! I am still looking for a copy of the RCA Studio II Ads that showed up in the Tv Guide when it was first released. Those ads were the first time I ever saw/heard of video games that could be played on a TV. I remember wanting the RCA Studio II becuase of those ads. It wouldnt be until 30+ years after seeing them that I finally acquired one.

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Posted Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:06 PM

I'm glad you enjoyed it. Hope you find those TV Guide ads, I'd be interested in seeing them. How are you enjoying your RCA Studio II?

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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013 9:50 AM

If Fauxscot doesn't make a multicart, I'll make one. I don't have a system, but that could be remedied, I'm sure.

This topic seems to have gone cold.  Would you still be interested in trying a multi-cart for this system?  I have really liked you other products!

 

I was hoping this thread would result in a schematic to upgrade the Studio 2 to have...

  1. color (like a studio 3)
  2. composite video / mono audio out
  3. easier power supply connection
  4. and of course the multi-cart  :-D


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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013 10:02 AM

I think some amazing collaboration has happened in this thread.  Was hoping there would be a hardware revival via more love for the emulator that runs on Arduino hardware.  Now that we've got more dumped games it'd be nice to see people building their own new RCA IIs out of off the shelf Arduinos.



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Posted Mon Dec 9, 2013 11:10 AM

Just a heads-up, things are only quiet for now. There might well be some more news and discoveries in the weeks to come...

#494 Atari2008 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:23 PM

I look forward to it. :)



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Posted Sat Jan 18, 2014 12:16 AM

Finally, another Studio II game dumped! This time it's Fun With Numbers. Thanks to brolly for buying the cart, Charles MacDonald for dumping it, and Marcel for adding the .st2 header. Here is the dump in various formats. Use the .st2 format for Emma 02, and the .rom format for MESS.

http://www.mediafire...65y54is/fwn.zip

Be sure to read the manual or the game won't make any sense. I played a two player game of Guess The Number and had fun with it once I figured out the rules. It's a good logic puzzle--the same basic idea as Mastermind. I posted links to my full scan set earlier, or if you just want this manual, get it here:

 

http://www.mediafire...bers_manual.zip

 

I believe that all of the American and European releases have been dumped now. We haven't always dumped both an American and European cart for games released in multiple regions, but in cases where we have dumped both, they've always been the same. There are still some missing games for the Visicom, the Japanese clone.



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Posted Mon Jan 20, 2014 12:17 AM

Thank you for this! I look forward to playing.



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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014 6:35 PM

Well, I've just been through the worst computer repair fiasco of my life—random computer crashes, backup software that doesn't work, replaced motherboard followed by replaced graphics card-apparently the graphics card killed the motherboard in a bizarre murder-suicide. Anyway, I think I've finally got everything working, so I could finish up the newsletter scanning task.

 

y-bot sent me seven issues of Micro Studio News—issues 0-6. It ran from July 1979 to May 1980. Issue 0 was an original newsletter, and was a short, free issue to promote the newsletter. The others were available with a paid subscription. I only got photocopies of these (probably copied long ago). For the most part, these are easily readable. Issue 6 does mention some material prepared for the next issue, which would have been the first issue of the second volume. But they also discuss the struggle to get subscribers, so I suspect these are the only issues ever released.

 

The newsletter tends to be quite technical. Most of it is user-submitted programs. These had to be typed in hexadecimal using a homebrew cart. There was also no way to save the programs. I'm not surprised that this didn't catch on. Computers and even some consoles, like the Astrocade, had official support for languages like BASIC and could load and save using external media like cassette tapes. I'm impressed by the people who did program under these constraints, though. If anyone uses these to make ROM files, please let us know.

 

Most people will probably want the black and white scans, which only total 9MB. I've also uploaded my original grayscale scans—185MB total. The only real problem I noticed is page 4 of Issue 3, which is difficult to read in the lower left corner. It looks just as bad on the photocopy, though.

 

Black and White: http://www.mediafire...dio_News_bw.zip

 

Grayscale: http://www.mediafire...dio_News_bw.zip

 

I hope someone finds these interesting. If anyone sees problems with the scans, let me know soon, since I don't want to hang onto the paper version much longer. Thanks y-bot for the loan and for your patience!



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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014 6:39 PM

It looks like both links are the same (B&W). Do you have the Grayscale link?

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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014 8:51 PM

It looks like both links are the same (B&W). Do you have the Grayscale link?

Sorry about that.

 

http://www.mediafire...s_grayscale.zip



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Posted Sat Feb 1, 2014 11:58 PM

Wow!!!! Thank you for these. I can't wait to read them!






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