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Posted Sat Nov 6, 2004 4:12 PM
Posted Sat Nov 6, 2004 4:18 PM
Posted Sat Nov 6, 2004 5:08 PM
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Posted Sat Nov 6, 2004 7:00 PM
its a real shoulda woulda coulda beat atari system, it had the power and a great gaming name behind it. the games are ho-hum but one can only imagine what it could have done if fully exploited like the VCS was. oddly it was that programable feature that hurt it, people made their own games.
Posted Sat Nov 6, 2004 7:12 PM
Posted Sun Nov 7, 2004 12:30 AM
I have played it at MG along with the 2600 display and later the 5200 (which we bought). I traded for one abut 3 years ago and I have about 15 games for it. Like it was mentioned earlier, some poor games and some great games. There is still some poor games being made today (COUGH! X-Box Shrek! COUGH!)
Does anyone else remember this game system? I played with the deisplay model in a Montgomery Ward store once.
Posted Sun Nov 7, 2004 1:39 AM
Posted Mon Nov 8, 2004 12:16 PM
Posted Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:13 PM
I think the main downfall of the Bally was the poor marketing. It never had anywhere near the distribution channel it needed to survive. IMHO at the time it was released Bally was used to selling arcade & pinball machines which didn't require a lot of public advertisement. Basically it's a small sales force selling to a small user base. They also weren't ready for the service & support issues that a home system generates. The Bally did have a fairly active "underground" following though. There were the usual usergroups and two news letters that were published monthly (Arcadian & Cursor [later Basic Express]). Expansion hardware was developed for it to be more "computeresque". I have the Blue Ram which was a memory expansion and allowed use of a real keyboard instead of the calculator touch pad for program entry. The Bally scene is still fairly active over on Yahoo (BallyAlley group) and at www.ballyalley.com. Currently they are finishing up the creation of an Astrocade II that is done using FPGA code running on a Burched or s3 board. The ballyalley website is a great place to get info on the Bally. The usergroup is fairly hardcore (technically that is) and most of their discussions are beyond what a normal collector would be interested in but still very very friendly.
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