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#4261327 Has anyone ever made a Jaguar gamepad adaptor for the Sega Genesis?

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Yesterday, 4:02 PM

I decided to take the plunge and buy the Best Electronics Jagpad controller adaptor. There's not a lot of specific information I can find on it, so I'll just see what it does.

Apparently it's not such a good 7800 solution by itself, according to one report. Hopefully the Seagull might make it work as a proper 7800 gamepad.

It seems intended to make the Jagpad function as a 2600 controller, but also states it works as a 7800 and Atari computer/commodore controller. I asked Best if it would work as a Sega Genesis controller. The answer I got back was "it should". Okaaaay.

I did find out that the "A" button is mapped to be the Atari ST right mouse button, which I found out is controller pin number 9. This is also button C on a 3-button Genesis pad, so hopefully this thing will work on a Edladdin Seagull as a 7800 gamepad at least.

I'll report back here after I get all this stuff and write what I find...

I'll give it an A if this adaptor makes a jagpad work as a proper 3-button Genesis controller (with Start), a B if it works as a 7800 with the seagull, and a C if it works as an acceptable 2600 controller.

#4249127 Atari with a 2-year-old

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Mon Apr 1, 2019 1:30 AM

Minor update...

Game night was had Friday. F-ZERO made way lower an impression than I expected.

Mostly it was the difficulty... I way forgot that this game is intended for gamers who'd cut their teeth on Atari, and spent much of their formative years on the NES. If you don't know the basics of a controller... this game will ceaselessly embarrass you.

Me tho... Well I demonstrated by breezing through Mute City I in 1st place, despite a 20 year absence. Okay, so it's one thing to inspire your kids, it's another to be a jerk. Sometimes one is a jerk unintentionally. This was one of those times.

Anyway, after my little demo, the controller was passed around between my two kids and the two visiting kids (ages 6, 4, 3 and 2)... All the cars were sad time bombs with a short fuse.

Pretty much everyone wanted to stop playing after they'd each had a turn to watch the bewildering Mode 7 smoldering wreckage of their vehicle.

Everyone wanted to go back to playing Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

Oh yeah, we played a lot of Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

My two-year-old daughter wanted to be Tails the entire time. "Wanted" meaning "delivered ear-splitting screams" if I attempted to take the controller away from her.

So the rest of the futon shared Sonic. It was awesome and pathetic at the same time to see my son try to maneuver directly under a robot monkey, so he could jump straight up to knock him out, theoretically. Nine time out of ten, however, he'd walk too far to the left or right and the cyber-monkey would clonk my son with a lobbed coconut.

I was trying to be encouraging, but really after watching him over-step back and forth (and either get hit or barely miss) in a constant sequence... Well YOU try to keep from laughing!

Hmmm... I think those are the only two games we played. Sorry... The 2600 is currently disconnected while I do a little game center upgrade. You player collectors know how it is.

Oh, almost forgot to mention... My daughter, who as I mentioned invoked her screaming seniority to continuously control Tails... She showed an intense side of herself I've never seen (and believe me, she's intense all around). She played with the controller, watched what Tails did, and would occasionally make a cute 2-year-old comment about something she was doing. The whole time with a bemused focused grin on her face.

Most of the time, I was reffing Controller 1 (Sonic) amongst the three older boys. So my attention was focused there. Anyway, during a relatively quiet moment while I was sitting still and watching the screen, she stands up, walks up on my lap, and raises her arms up in the air. "I LOVE YOU!" she yells exuberantly and throws her arms around me.

Keep in mind she was holding a game controller and is barely 2. This was a soul warming moment, as I'm sure you could understand.

#4246501 Three DVDs full of vintage video game commercials for sale/trade

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Wed Mar 27, 2019 6:56 PM

Just put the .ISOs somewhere.  :D

What he said.

Anyone in this thread actually have these DVDs?

#4245295 Baby Pac-Man

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Tue Mar 26, 2019 8:35 AM

Pac Man is actually short hand for Particle Man. Is he a dot, or is he a speck? When he's underwater, does he get wet? Or does the water get him instead?

Nobody knows.

#4244241 Three DVDs full of vintage video game commercials for sale/trade

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:48 PM

Any developments?

#4242963 Consoles you wouldn't take even if given for free

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:50 AM

You know, I just thought about it and I think I probably wouldn't take anything modern... Anything with intangible software that requires a subscription service really turns me off.

The Wii store shutting down was a bit of a heartbreak. Since I think of these things as a potential heirlooms rather than disposable entertainment. It's getting worse now since it seems current console designers have moved beyond planned obsolescence and into planned uselessness.

#4237116 Consoles you wouldn't take even if given for free

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:54 PM

This is an interesting question. I'm actually looking at my own choices in my collection history to try to answer it.

Fairchild Channel F. I was holding one, bagged with some accessories, in my hand at Urban Ore in Oakland, CA about 7 years ago. It was marked $20. I put it back on the shelf.

I find this ironic, since my original purpose of opening an eBay account was to find and buy a Channel F.

I was kind of obsessed with it... The idea that it was a console for "retro-masochists". This was also 19 years ago when it was only emulated by MESS and there were just a few carts dumped. A console before Atari that was a struggle to enjoy? I was ceaselessly intrigued.

After loosing horribly with my first attempts on eBay, I got hooked on vintage PC cards, then Apple II stuff, and eventually other consoles and carts. I forgot I was after the Channel F.

When I finally held the object-of-my-desire that sparked all of this in my hands (bagged at Urban Ore) I realized that it's one of those things that I would spend WAY more time fixing than enjoying. So in a lucid moment, I put it back on the shelf and walked away.

#4235099 Where in the World is the Intellivision Community?

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Sat Mar 9, 2019 3:13 PM

Which is one bad-ass name for a town, I have to say. 
I recently sold an LTO Flash to someone in Rough & Ready.  (Was it you?)  Their street name was also bad-ass and totally sold the town name.
Me?  I'm in sleepy San Jose, CA.  Previously, I was in the D/FW metroplex.

Yep, that's me. Rough & Ready is a tiny little gold rush town. Early on, the US post office attempted to get the town to change it's name (saying they could be Rough or Ready, but not both). The town's response was to formally secede from the nation. It didn't last long, but it's the only known town in US history to do that. There's a celebration every year here to commemorate the events. Love this place, but it needs an arcade. I found a calling.

I used to be a Bay Area guy before moving out here to the boonies a few years ago (Intvnut... my sister's family lives near you). My goal is to build a tiny arcade out here in the garage the way you used to see them in camp ground visitors centers. The intellivision is in the attached guest room, and that part is finished already.

#4234804 Three year-old son seems to like E.T. for the Atari 2600...

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Sat Mar 9, 2019 1:05 AM

I like to joke with other parents that my kids (2 and 3) think it's 1984 as far as the state of technology at our house.

That's not really true. We jump around from system to system when it's super-duper game night. They don't really seem to notice the big graphical changes between, say, the 2600 versus the Saturn unless it's back-to-back. Gameplay is gameplay, and presentation counts.

#4232750 Rare Intellivision Commercial Unearthed

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Tue Mar 5, 2019 2:49 PM

It is extremely good 3d for the time. It's too bad this commercial wasn't well known... there might have been a fan-made game that plays like the commercial by now!

#4232369 Rare Intellivision Commercial Unearthed

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Tue Mar 5, 2019 1:42 AM

Great thing to see right before drifting off to sleep. Very cool and thanks.

I wonder how/who did the 3d? Magi? Synthivision? Omnibus?

#4232360 JCPenney Imagic ad from December 12, 1982

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Tue Mar 5, 2019 1:10 AM

Love this. Imagic had the flashiest cart shells. Atlantis was in my stash at age 5 or so, and my older brother could absolutely whale on that game. I'd be lucky to stay alive for a few minutes under that threatening, but colorful, atmosphere.

In any case, it made an impression on me. Atlantis was either a garage sale score or possibly from the teenagers across the street who were totally fine with handing me carts. To them, Atari was already old hat and they had moved on to surfing and girls.

Me being much younger, and all about getting more games of any kind, I was easily pre-compelled to spend my scarce allowance on games at Kay-Bee. Especially when grandma would slip me a $10. Mimi was awesome like that.

In one of my earliest game purchases at retail, for some reason my eyes landed on Quick Step. I remember it was pricy... And new, according to the cashier. Stuff was already hitting the bargin bin at the time, but the cashier had convinced me that this was an AMAZING game at a quality level that insured it would never be seen in any bargin bin.

Whatever he said to me worked. I remember it took all my savings plus whatever bump I got from Mimi.

Sheesh, but Quick Step? That cashier ought to get smacked for selling that to an impressionable little kid who's favorite game was Adventure.

What a frantic bouncing bunch of chaos. That damn squirrel was unbeatable (to my five year old self anyway). Also the noise that game generated was exactly perfect for irritating parents out of their minds, and if they weren't in a good enough mood to leave the room, they'd likely start cracking down on allowable game time.

Quick Step, like ET and Sneak & Peak, became one of those titles that I thought I was doing something wrong since I wasn't enjoying them. Therefore I doubled down on trying to derive some satisfaction from them. Space Jockey and Star Fox (Mythicon of course) are also on that list, but I have to say only Sneak & Peak and Quick Step couldn't get me anything as far as a good experience. Eventually they were cartridges I'd just sneer at.

I think I managed to get a friend to try Quick Step with me once or twice, or my little sister. No one seemed comfortable playing it however.

No one ever talks about Quick Step, so it seemed like a good opportunity to rant for a minute. Epilogue: I did eventually get good at the thing since it was a go-to rom to try every time I set up an emulator. Still, even getting good at it, it still seemed like a pretty hollow game to me. Colorful and noisy as shit, and smooth and solid at the same time (also like shit?), but too uncomfortably frantic to be enjoyable (also also like ... well you get the point).

It lived next to Atlantis since the cart shape was the same, and I often looked at it wondering if I could just walk it back to Kay-Bee and get my $19.95 back.

More epilogue:
I traded all my accumulated "old" stuff for a Game Gear in 8th grade. Amongst the pile was Quick Step. In my adult life as I've rebuilt my collection I've never had any desire to find Quick Step again. Hmmm. I find that kinda interesting. I have other "bad" games, or whatever subjective thing you want to call them. I'm actually really happy to see Star Fox on my little cart display, as well as most of the others. Quick Step, Sneak N' Peek and Bugs are the sour persimmons that my brain has an aversion too, despite a few very clear moments in memory.

Fun to write all that. Now something is out there on the net about Quick Step and it's place in someone's life.

#4220770 Atari Catalog Mystery

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Fri Feb 15, 2019 11:25 PM

I don't know, but if Adventure: The Movie ever gets made the poster is already done.

#4218855 Birthday Mania - Unwrapped

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Tue Feb 12, 2019 6:22 PM

Maybe you can use this for Supergun's box...


Birthday Mania Fun.png



Seriously, I'm kidding.


#4216197 Atari with a 2-year-old

Posted by CaptainBreakout on Sat Feb 9, 2019 1:27 AM

Well, my kids are stuck completely dry for a month, game-wise.

Allow me to explain my situation...

The kids' preschool is "Waldorf-based". For those who are out of the loop of educational trends, the long and short of it means that the kids aren't supposed to have screen-time. Like... ever.

Not that I'm abandoning this thread. Far from it. I think this situation actually could make it more interesting.

Let's just say that there are some inconsistencies with the Waldorf philosophy in the actual practices of most of these schools, as far as what happens at home at least. I happen to know that the main instructor presiding over this little institution is another animation fan like myself. He's also got kids same age as mine, and I've got a pretty good idea of exactly which movies they've seen from simply observing their behavior.

Nevertheless, me and ALL the other parents signed a no-media-for-the-kids contract. This was presented as a social experiment, and the staff is doing it too with their kids. It's also nice that they don't pretend they don't break the rules just like all the parents do. And anyway it's just for the month of February.

We'll see how it goes in a month. We're going to compare notes. Maybe I'll conclusively prove whether or not Atari rots your brain after 40 years.

Just being facetious. You know what's also great about preschool? Pink Eye!!! My kids certainly 'learned' about Pink Eye this week. AND it's not just for kids!... There's no stoping parents from getting involved in the exciting adventure too!

Yep... currently my eyes are glazed over like strawberry poptarts... minus the sprinkles and hundreds of times more horrifying.

My wife got it in her throat. Same bug, except in that location it's called Strep (antibiotics have been deployed, but just since this afternoon). If it wasn't for Advil she'd be unable to communicate in any meaningful way. Don't touch us, we're disgusting. In fact you might want to wash your hands after you read this.

... Um, Namasty or whatever.