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#26 Flojomojo OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:35 AM

Would it be fair to say the best thing about the Gemini was the controllers, not included in the package in question?

#27 up2knowgood OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:23 AM

 
Not sure what this one is, it's sans label.  I got it a year or two ago along with a PAL rarity and a potential prototype.
 
PM an address and I'll send it your way, if you'd like.


I would like, thank you! :)

#28 save2600 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:33 AM

Would it be fair to say the best thing about the Gemini was the controllers, not included in the package in question?


Combo aspect aside, vertically oriented controllers suck - so nope, that's not it. :lol:

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...these controllers are awesome! Said nobody ever. :rolling:

#29 DrSidneyZweibel OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:18 AM

I like the Gemini controllers much more than atari's cx-40, the RF out on most geminis is so good there's no need to AV mod it, but mostly I like it because it looks like a video game console, not like a radiator from a crappy 1970's riding lawnmower.

Edited by DrSidneyZweibel, Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:19 AM.


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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:32 AM

Would it be fair to say the best thing about the Gemini was the controllers, not included in the package in question?


Eh...for most maybe, but I like the look of the console too.

#31 Good_Times OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:54 AM

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#32 jhd OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:17 AM

Prices certainly have risen!

 

When I first started collecting in the early-1990s, I bought a Gemini (with power supply and video cable/switchbox, but no controllers) for about Cdn$5. I do not recall if it needed any repairs to fix cracked solder joints. I have subsequently purchased the combo controllers for it.

 

For several years, it was my main system to play 2600 games -- I really like the extremely compact size. I do not remember having any compatibility issues with games. 



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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:49 PM

 I have never compared the RF output on these systems, so this is the first time I'm hearing that Gemini has a better RF out put then the 2600.  I still prefer the controllers.



#34 Polybius OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:46 PM

I don't believe I've ever heard of this 'Gemini'.   I know of the Sears system, but one made by Coleco ?

 

So how did that work back in the day, Coleco making a clone system intended to run 2600 carts?   Wouldn't they be crossing all sorts of legal lines, or am I missing something here?

well, it did end up crossing a line. Atari ended up suing them. most of the components were "off the shelf" , except for the video chip.The VTL chip as its referred to in the gemini, was a copy of Atari's GTIA, and Atari sued. They settled out of court, for an undisclosed sum, and royalties on each gemini/Expansion Module sold. 



#35 Polybius OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:32 PM

Well, I ended up buying a CIB Magnavox Odyssey 2 system for $35 + shipping instead. I may see about a Gemini in the future, but the o2 spoke to me when I saw it. The Gemini I was looking at is Still available surprisingly.

#36 boxpressed OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:23 PM

Speaking of great RF, the O2 has the best of its generation, IMO.

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Posted Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:31 AM

Well, I ended up buying a CIB Magnavox Odyssey 2 system for $35 + shipping instead. I may see about a Gemini in the future, but the o2 spoke to me when I saw it. The Gemini I was looking at is Still available surprisingly.

Great pickup! The Odyssey 2 is a cool and underrated system, and one of my favorites.

 

Speaking of great RF, the O2 has the best of its generation, IMO.

Either that or the Intellivision.



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Posted Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:34 AM

...The Gemini I was looking at is Still available surprisingly.


I'm not surprised. :lol:

Nice pickup on the O2 instead. ;)

#39 Polybius OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:14 PM

Speaking of great RF, the O2 has the best of its generation, IMO.

I agree, it has an amazing picture, even some of my A/V equipped consoles don't have this good a picture, My NES certainly isn't as good, or even the Retron clone, and I use A/V composite on it! 







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