Everybody here knows I want games to download. I am not going to repeat myself one more time.
Lance (video61) convinced me to buy his carts. So I did. I paid him an awful lot of money for two games, but OK ... I wanted the games, and he only wanted to sell them on cart... so okay I finally said: ok 'you win' ... I will buy the carts.
It must be said: Lance was kind enough not to charge shipping costs.... ok so far so good you would think.
But then it happened....
While I already paid the Jackpot for two games, I obviously hadn't paid enough money yet... I had to pay 35 euros for customs.
Thirty five euros!
Well ok... that is what you get when I have to receive huge packets with physical objects. Ok... I wanted the games... so I'll live. No real problem so far.
Once I received the games, I wanted to play them. First game to try was Venture (this was one of the two games).
I am talking about the newer 16K version of the game. Within a few minutes I had the game crashed on my PAL atari 800xl. A stock 64K Atari.
Although stated that the game was seriously tested on real hardware, I have my doubts the game is tested on PAL hardware.
Then I tested Tempest Xtreem. Also problems there. The ingame BONUS-round does not work at all. Obviously I had a 2010 updated game with a major bug. In the meantime I also found a bug that already existed since 2009 in this game and no one had reported so far.
When I received the carts, I first dumped them so I could play and test them on emulator. It took me less than a minute to dump them. (Still do not understand why Lance does not simply sold me this romdump... It was so easy for me to obtain what I needed and wanted... what a loss of (custom) money).
Two games, at least 3 bugs.
After that I reported the issues. I found Peteym5 kind enough to talk with me about the code, the games... Peteym5 was VERY helpful, and thanks to his explanations, I was able to do some 'ugly' fixing myself here, using Turbo Freezer and a hex-editor.
I also reported the issues to Lance (Video61). Lance offered my money back. Well that was the least thing he could do, and yes it was a good thing that he offered that.
But I do not want my money back, I simply want these games to work like they should work. So I asked Lance to send me the bug fixes so I could repair my own cart (The Tempest Xtreem cart is a Flash cart... come on, simply send me the flasher... I accepted your story about helping each other, sharing wealth and all that... now please help me, simply by sending the flasher). You even could send me the parts of the code that I have to replace and then I'm ok too.
Unfortunately Lance is not going to do that. I have to receive new carts and RETURN the wrong carts. I am not so happy with this solution, since this again means shipping costs, again unneeded shipping-pollution (yes charliechaplin I am bringing this up again)... and worse of all, when I am going to receive the new carts... I will probably be charged for 35 euros Custom fees AGAIN. No thanks.
In this post you simply see what the issue is with this 'I only sell carts attitude' of Video61.
1) Bugs can not be fixed easily
2) Shipping (customs) can be very expensive
I have nothing against carts on itself. I do not demand for disk versions or .XEX versions.... If I have to buy a cart, simply sell the rom-file.
And in this case... where Video61 did sell me two non-working games (full of bugs), simply send me the BUGFIX and I am fine too.
Although I had some serious discussions in the past with peteym5, I do not blame him for this at all.
He has been very supportive to me, and thanks to him, I eventually even might be able to fix all the bugs myself.
I hope Video61 will improve and will change the attitude about this.
In the meantime I also hope Video61 will improve their cart-labels and the glue-solution. Look at this:
Do I need to say more? Come on!