I'm not much of a programmer so I don't know if this is even possible, but one of the things that annoys me about older 2600 games is that you need the manual handy so you can check the Game Selection Matrix to see what each variation does. Towards the end of the 2600's life they started adding real menus to the title screen of each game, making selecting various options a lot easier. My question is, is it possible to graft such a title screen and menu onto older games to help select options? I know you can't put something like that into the games original kernel since there's not going to be any room, but could you make the menu a separate program that once all the options are selected starts the original game's kernel but automatically advances to the correct game variation?
For example, take something like Breakout. There are three options: Steerable, Catch, and Invisible. Could you make a menu that said:
Game Type: Breakout/Timed/Breakthru
Then say the person selected Game Type: Timed, Steerable: Yes, Catch: No, Invisible: No. Could you then start Breakout but automatically advance to variation number 6 which is the Timed Breakout game with a Steerable ball? This would make many of the older games much more playable for me since I never have the manual around when I need it. Just and idea, and like I said I have no idea how feasible something like this is.