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#1 SIO2 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:25 PM

My pacman was robbed of his shell. I couldn't just leave him homeless. I call it a cartwich.

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#2 bennybingo OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:55 PM

My pacman was robbed of his shell. I couldn't just leave him homeless. I call it a cartwich.

Tell him to grab a cardboard sign and take a seat on skid row with the rest of the Q*Bert gang! 

 

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Posted Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:43 PM

I hope it's not a fire hazard.

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Posted Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:55 PM

Oooooh! Custom!

 

One more use for duct tape!

 

Who needs those expensive plastic parts anyway...It would be cool to see a whole collection of homebrews made that way.



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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 12:17 AM

I hope it's not a fire hazard.

Nah, I never play that game anyhow. Seriously though during testing my cart did not get hot but this was just an experiment. Don't try making or using this cart.

It seemed obvious to me that it isn't a real solution for the lack of new replacement shells and was just a for fun experiment but perhaps some people didn't see it that way.

Again, don't try this at home.

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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 9:17 AM

eBay it as a "deluxe collector's edition" 



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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 10:39 AM

Ohhh, Ebay!! I'll pay $1,000 for it now!

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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 10:42 AM

Ohhh, Ebay!! I'll pay $1,000 for it now!


What if they use the word RARE!? That should bump it up to at least $10,000. :D



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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 10:44 AM

Ohhh, Ebay!! I'll pay $1,000 for it now!

 

 Someone might (in a drug induced haze).

 

 This option might be cheaper...

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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 10:45 AM

What if they use the word RARE!? That should bump it up to at least $10,000. :D

 

"ONE OF A KIND" has got to be worth at least $20K.



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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 10:52 AM

eBay it as a "deluxe collector's edition" 

Looks more like a mock early prototype to me.

 

I wouldn't sell something that shabby though.  It was really only an experiment that I hoped might stimulate some thought about alternate cart designs.  Cardboard just happened to be a quick and easy way to rough something out. 

 

Technically, no cartridge shell is required.  The game pcb can still be inserted into a machine and played.  Games without shells take up a lot less storage space.  

 

Shells make handling carts nicer though.  Some of the boards have sharp edges and or sharp soldered pins.  In addition to making the cart more comfortable to handle, it keeps a person from having to come in contact with the lead based solder.  The shell also protects the game from damage and keeps it clean while helping to guide the game into the cartridge slot.

 

Atari's cartridge shell design was excellent and I can see why a lot of pacmans get their shell robbed for home brew projects.

 

I believe though that a satisfactory cartridge design could be made from simple cast or machined layers in sandwich fashion and that it could be done safely using more appropriate materials and allowing more head space for the heat that can potentially be generated by the integrated circuit to dissipate.

 

Just curious but, does anyone happen to know what the metal shield on the game pcb that sits over the IC was for?


Edited by SIO2, Sun Mar 1, 2015 11:02 AM.


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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 11:46 AM

Rare, one of a kind, deluxe collector's mock early prototype of arcade legend Pacman for the eternally great Atari 2600 VCS home video game system. Sealed, never opened, signed by Nole and Bushwell.

Includes certificate stating this is an authentic one of a kind mock early prototype.

PM me your offers over $50K

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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 12:05 PM

CIB!

 

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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 12:14 PM

I love it !!!!  :idea:  :idea:  :idea:  :idea:  :idea:  :idea:

 

snip cardboard in teh shape of Pac-Man or what ever game character is associated with the game

 

I like Duct Tape idea too  :jango:

 

some, maybe most 2600 consoles have dust shutters in the cart slot so a bare PCB doesn't always work like you would hope

 

also want to make sure NOT to insert upside down I don't think ( but not sure what it would do )



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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 12:29 PM

also want to make sure NOT to insert upside down I don't think ( but not sure what it would do )


That's silly. Who would hang upside down while playing Atari? :D

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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 12:54 PM

That's silly. Who would hang upside down while playing Atari? :D

 

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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 1:08 PM

 
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Where can I get one of these??

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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 3:59 PM

Cartwich Mark II - Code name: Icecream Sandwich

Do not try to reproduce this. It is an experimental design intended for entertainment only. Any claims of suitability for any purpose are complete BS.

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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 5:45 PM

I almost thought the title read, 'What to do with a homeless person'.  Then backin89 came to mind.



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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 8:45 PM

Cartwich Mark II - Code name: Icecream Sandwich

Do not try to reproduce this. It is an experimental design intended for entertainment only. Any claims of suitability for any purpose are complete BS.

 

Awesome.

 

Now make one out of a pizza box!



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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 8:47 PM

 

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Obviously, she's playing Merlin's Walls.


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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 9:50 PM

Cartwich Mark II - Code name: Icecream Sandwich

Do not try to reproduce this. It is an experimental design intended for entertainment only. Any claims of suitability for any purpose are complete BS.

 good thing you cut off this part

 

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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 10:16 PM

good thing you cut off this part
 
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I got it out of the trash after it had been mailed. That's called recycling. Hey I was trying to save the Earth. Yeah, you are welcome.

I suppose I could still ship it somewhere by priority mail - someday. Or just put it back where I found it.

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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 10:18 PM

I got it out of the trash after it had been mailed.

 well DON'T make a Federal case out of it !!!!!! :P


Edited by chas10e, Sun Mar 1, 2015 10:19 PM.


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Posted Sun Mar 1, 2015 10:24 PM

So are you all lawyers in this forum?

Cause I got this thing with some unpaid parking tickets, a three legged dog that bit me and a drunken prostitute who also bit me and I could use some help.

Edited by SIO2, Sun Mar 1, 2015 10:33 PM.






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