Cool! The no bullets thing is just a frame rate issue, the bullets flicker and somehow all those videos cut out all the frames that had the player's fire in them.
You are right though, the 'released' game played for 3:00, so that is a difference for sure right there.
Do you remember how you got this cartridge? Also, we'd love to see the other prototypes you have
collecting back in the early 80's was far different than today. I used to hit fleamarkets all over california (I think I did like 7 in 1 day a few times, but usually it was just 3 or 4). you could leave a vectrex behind and it would be there next week.. Hell, I left the proto 2600 rc stella behind (2700) at a fleamarket as I thought it was just another 2600 knockoff.. I got home and did some research and figured out what it was.. The guy was a regular and back either the next week or the following week and I snagged that..
I really can't remember how I got it. I used to grab protos whenever I saw them. I remember some guy had a suitcase and it had like 20 5200 lab labels in it. Back then I did not know what a system x was. He probably had one and I left it behind. I found my system x many years later. that one was given to him by a former student or friend of his who was working at atari. I think it was system x, a few protos, and most of the production carts.
When I got into buying/selling arcade games, I used to ask people if they had any atari memorabilia. I got a few things like that too. Back in the day a few local collectors would meet and trade carts. But I doubt anyone would have traded that.
I got the rom archive from atari from a local surplus place. the owner called me and said he got about 1000 eproms of stuff from atari. Thats how I got 2600 sinistar and 2600 tempest. I think there are other protos in that box, but I have never sat down to look through them all. It had the ntsc and pal versions of the atari games with a log book tracking info on them. It has 2600, coleco, intv and atari 8bit eproms (but 95% is 2600).
It probably came from some random fleamarket guy who either worked at atari or got it from a friend who did. Like I said, I knew it was rare. I thought it was cool, so I kept it with my stash. Never gave it much thought that it could have been different.
There is one 5200 cart that I always wanted to find more info on. I think its in a 5200 sega style cart and I think it says "mr boston" or was it "readers digest"(or both) on a small white label. It did not work when I got it. I need to mess with it. MAybe get my buddy to check the rom data to see whats on the chips.
As for my other protos, I think all the rest are known. Back when I went through chemo I knew I had to deal with the rare UA protos I had. So I sold the pleadies, funky fish, and cat trax off so they would not get lost. I also sold the 5200 menu cart too. I Still might have a different rom version of stuff like last star fighter, mebzork, track and field, black belt, ect. Thats something I need to check. The only stuff that could be new is in the rom archive. I think there might be mindlink stuff in there. I remember one box saying something like mindmaze or something like that. There were some empty boxes in there that had interesting names.
Edited by mr.bill, Sat Sep 5, 2015 4:12 PM.