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Looking for Mayflash PAL -> NTSC Converter

Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:14 PM

I am trying to find one of these : 




But because it is discontinued I am having no luck.  I know there are more recent NTSC - PAL Bidirectional converters available, but I am not looking for one of those.  The Mayflash converter linked above only translates PAL color to NTSC color, it does not convert resolution of field rate.  There is proof that it works : https://youtu.be/tqnIa4rXK_c?t=373


I have an NTSC CRT with a vertical hold dial and no full converter is going to give you a true PAL experience.  I hope someone can hook me up or point me to another color-only conversion solution.  

Flicker Demonstrations

Wed Jul 4, 2018 12:09 PM

I saw a dearth of videos on Youtube showing certain Atari 2600 games properly.  And by properly I mean flicker.  Two of the worst offenders in this regard are Haunted House and Yars Revenge because they use flicker constantly or nearly so.  Capturing from emulators or FPGAs is easier than real hardware, but real hardware can still be done.  Here are a pair of captures from an Atari 2600jr :



New Independent Video Game Stores - Aversion to Pre-crash?

Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:56 AM

I walked into a recently opened video game store which recently opened.  It has a front area with several classic arcade machines, The Simpsons, both TMNTs, a cocktail Ms. Pac-Man, a Neo-Geo, a PlayChoice-10 and a few others.  Further back in the store there were racks of video games and accessories.  They had something every Nintendo, Sega, Microsoft and Sony handheld and console system.  I'm pretty sure I saw some TG-16 in there too and some of those Tiger handhelds.  I saw nothing pre-crash, home computer, PC or post-crash Atari.  


While I was looking around in the store, the owner took a telephone call.  Even though I could not hear the caller's voice, the owner was using a mobile device and spoke loudly enough so I could understand the subject matter of the conversation.  The caller asked if they took in Atari 2600 games.  The owner replied that he did not take in any pre-1985 items at this time.  He told the caller that he did not have any space to devote to that material at his store.  He further stated that he did have a 2600 and about 40 games in the back room that had been sitting around for months.  


I would suggest that the owner may have been telling the caller a little white lie.  There are three other video game stores in the area which at least sell the pre-crash stuff.  However, the demand for pre-crash isn't very impressive compared to the post-crash stuff.  I believe the owner just didn't want to buy.  His shop seemed completely setup, but there were areas which could have been rearranged for precrash stuff.  Did he need a whole wall full of video game stuffed animals?  Could he have stored one of the probably rarely turned on arcade cabinets at his home?  (None of the machines were on, but this was a Tuesday afternoon),  


Having visited many of the retro video game stores in my state, I cannot say whether this store's indifference to pre-crash systems is a trend or just particular to a few operators.  Does anyone else see a trend of newer stores avoiding the more esoteric systems?

List of Massachusetts Retro Video Game Stores

Sat Jun 9, 2018 10:54 AM

Feeling publicly minded, I have compiled a list of every retro video game store in Massachusetts I could find with some kind of online presence.  I looked at resources like Craigslist ads, Google Maps, Facebook pages and this is what I could come up with.  I have included some stores which do not have video games as their chief focus but appear to have a significant inventory of video game merchandise.  There are more than I understood there to have been.  I hope someone finds this useful : 


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