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#4027644 What are the 5 rarest homebrew games on Vectrex ?

Posted by desiv on Mon May 14, 2018 4:37 PM

Spike Goes down was only available on the 100 Protector LE carts and is not available for download.


Ok, in order to unlock Spike Goes Down, you need to score 20k on Protector.  Problem is, that game is too hard for me...  ;-(  I never got close..

Last year I brought my Vec with Protector Special Edition in to work and had a mini competition.

One guy scored 17,200...  So close... ;-(

This year, I brought it back to work and had a competition again.

The same guy from last year and another guy got competitive with each other (I was egging them on) and...


They (both) broke 20k!!!


So today, for the first time since I bought Protector SE back when it was first released, I was FINALLY able to play Spike Goes Down!!!



Hey, it's a really fun game, and more my speed.. ;-)



#4009161 WTD: Thoughts on Rider of the Night, Cuttle Cart 2, & The Journey of Snail

Posted by desiv on Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:55 PM

Still love my CC2.

Still working great.

As far as I know (I haven't tested everything; especially homebrews) the only games that I found that didn't work are Pitfall II for the 2600 (custom music chip) and Bentley Bear Pokey version (no banking file for that memory size AND Pokey).


As mentioned, the menu system (especially with the updated multi-level menus) works great.

Yes, you have to edit a text file and run a program to create/update the menus, but I don't have any issues with that.

Yes, you have to figure out which banking file to use with which game, but it's not that difficult and other owners have been great at sharing their menu files!


I also love having the game documentation right on the system.


I think I read (or imagined) that Chad lost all the programming information on the system, so unless someone gets really creative, I don't think we'll get any new banking files.

That's a shame, but still a great Multicart!



#3876305 sd cartridge for 7800?

Posted by desiv on Wed Oct 25, 2017 2:37 PM

No offense, but I'm not really looking for advice from someone who mutilated a rare sd cart prototype because of impatience.

No offense, but starting a comment with "no offense" and then posting an offensive comment is pretty silly.. ;-)

#3805114 Thinking Heavily About a Raspberry Pi.

Posted by desiv on Thu Jul 13, 2017 5:35 PM

Just recently decided to bite the bullet and for fun, got a Pi Zero W with an 8G card and case for like $20.

(I didn't have a spare uSD card, so went for the kit.. I know I could have saved a bit, but I like adafruit..)


I already have an RF mini keyboard and OTG cables; power was easy...


I also picked up a miniHDMI to HDMI cable cheap..


Threw RetroPie on it, loaded a few ROMs (less than 20 TG16, less then 20 SNES, and less than 30 NES) and went for the Comic theme..



That is impressive...


Yeah, StarFox is noticeably laggy on the Pi Zero.  

But everything else seems fine....

(note: "seems"! I didn't/don't have an SNES and some people have said that some games can drop a few frames..  Not something I notice..)


I also found an 8bitdo NES30 (not the pro) for $17 that's on it's way, so that will round it out..


I can print a case for it, but I have a Tardis USB hub that died (static), so I am going to try to fit it in that case..  Should look nice sitting next to the TV..  ;-)


I'm not looking to emulate anything semi-modern and don't want thousands (or even hundreds) of games, so this should be just about right..


At the very least, it's already been $40 or so worth of fun.. ;-)



#3770137 What 30 Games Would You Put On An Atari 7800 Classic Mini?

Posted by desiv on Fri May 26, 2017 1:59 PM

Everything by PacManPlus...

And then some other games...  ;-)



#3768678 Where to buy homebrew

Posted by desiv on Wed May 24, 2017 2:13 PM







#3620662 Thinking about getting an Amiga...

Posted by desiv on Fri Oct 28, 2016 12:41 PM

Looks like there might be a vid tutorial on how to do it!!


(I haven't watched it yet...)



#3615978 What real-life lessons did you learn from working with classic computers?

Posted by desiv on Fri Oct 21, 2016 9:58 AM

I learned that it's just as important, if not more, to understand how something works compared to "just how to do something"...


Surprising sometimes how many people are pretty good at their job, but have problems when something "off" happens, because they don't really understand what they are doing..  They just know how to do it..



#3569968 Apple IIc woes

Posted by desiv on Thu Aug 11, 2016 4:24 PM

Now sell what Wikipedia says was an average of 100,000 machines a year for four years... and your saving 864,000$ in 4 years ... in 1980's money (we all wish we could do that)

Of course, the other side of the coin is you solder in the sockets for the chips and charge the end user $2.50 more per machine.

Users don't balk at an extra $2.50 on a $1300 machine.

Users/repair places are happy.

Apple pockets about $34k...  ;-)



#3524085 New to Amiga

Posted by desiv on Fri Jun 3, 2016 5:23 PM

If your existing Amiga monitor cable is a DB9 type, all you need is a DB9 to GBS adapter.

That is easy to make...



#3522581 New to Amiga

Posted by desiv on Wed Jun 1, 2016 6:59 PM

How does an A520 "blow up" an Amiga computer? :ponder:

With the A520, the image is so blurry that while using one, you have the distinct urge to blow up your Amiga 500!  ;-)


Luckily, your eyes will be so sore that you generally aren't able to wire up the explosives... ;-)



#3519016 Need Kickstart 1.3 for A1000

Posted by desiv on Fri May 27, 2016 1:23 PM

Sure, where are you located?



#3514382 Apple //e, SD cards and modern monitors?

Posted by desiv on Fri May 20, 2016 11:53 AM

If you don't have a serial card (other than you should eventually get one ;-) ), here:



#3489886 Converting composite/s-video to VGA

Posted by desiv on Tue Apr 12, 2016 1:43 PM

I bought a cheapo composite/s-video to VGA adapter a bit ago on e-bay...

Worked fairly well for composite, but for some reason, s-video had the colors off (I mean one color seemed a pixel line lower than the other colors or something like that..).  It was interesting...  ;-)


As cheap as it was, it was probably still worth it tho.. ;-) 

If only I could remember which drawer I put that in now..  Hmmmm...



#3487163 //e units going up in price!?!?

Posted by desiv on Fri Apr 8, 2016 4:55 PM

 I've had MUCH better luck at local flea markets and buying old computer systems on Craigslist directly from the original owners.

I used to see things on Craigslist, but now even there things seems to be mostly watched by the reseller.

The guy who has the ad that says something like:


Will pay for your old Commodore|Atari|Apple systems!

Call me!!!


That guy (and I'm not saying he shouldn't be allowed to do that) is gathering as much as he can..

Only good thing I suppose is that he's likely to not offer enough as he wants to turn a profit.

Although between him getting the good deals and the people wanting too much, the middle ground is getting smaller and smaller..