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#1 Derek Andrews OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 1:46 PM

I'm curious to know if anyone has any estimates of how many of the 1292 Advanced Programmable Video System type consoles are still in active use, by players or programmers. These model include the Voltmace Database, Interton VC4000, Acetronic MPU 1000 and many other clones.



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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 3:33 PM

3? :-D



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Posted Sat Jun 9, 2018 4:20 PM

You should probably ask Rolo how many multicart adapters he has sold for the VC-4000 and the 1292 type models. IIRC he has made at least two batches of the VC-4000, but just because people are buying multicarts doesn't mean that they really are using them.

 

I use my VC-4000 about 1-3 times per year.



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Posted Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:38 PM

just because people are buying multicarts doesn't mean that they really are using them.

 

I should probably have said 'have consoles that still work and get played occasionally'



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Posted Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:52 PM

It kind of seems you already asked that question. Of course you can just run a head count or a poll, but a figure from one of the few (the only?) hardware provider these days would at least give you an estimate. Of course I'm aware that there may be hundreds of active VC-4000 and APVS 1292 owners who don't subscribe to the multicart principle and would be missing from the sales figure.

 

Now are you asking out of curiosity, or to gauge interest in new products (software or hardware) before you invest time and money into those projects? I seem to remember you used to be one of the original developers, looking to get back into the system so it would make perfect sense to determine if it is worth your time to develop new games, if anyone is willing to play / buy those in the end.



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Posted Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:44 PM

Now are you asking out of curiosity, or to gauge interest in new products (software or hardware) before you invest time and money into those projects? I seem to remember you used to be one of the original developers, looking to get back into the system so it would make perfect sense to determine if it is worth your time to develop new games, if anyone is willing to play / buy those in the end.

 

Sorry, I guess I missed your post when you made it Carlsson.

 

A bit of both really. I am working on a game, as time and enthusiasm permits, and have some other ideas too. I don't mind investing my time in the project as a hobby, but money is tight for me these days, and so far everything I have done has been with the WinArcadia emulator. I have no dreams of making money from the effort, but would like to cover some of the costs of buying a console and other hardware for test purposes, so wonder what sort of interest there would be in a new game, whether I could justify making cartridges, or just making binaries available for download and seeking support via Patreon. I might also make the source code and documentation available, either as a download or print on demand book.

 

I am also interested in exploring just what the console could have done if the the cost of rom and ram were less prohibitive back in the early 80's.







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