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#3064741 Great new Pac-Man homebrew coming!

Posted by Big Player on Mon Sep 1, 2014 11:22 AM

Even if you don't like Pac-Man as a game, you should check out the ROM.   It is an amazing technical achievement for the 2600 and it isn't even finished yet.

#3064298 Great new Pac-Man homebrew coming!

Posted by Big Player on Sun Aug 31, 2014 4:54 PM

I saw the thread and I thought this might have been some elaborate joke.  From the video, the game just looked too good to be running on the 2600 with a 4k ROM and not using any illegal opcodes. 


After playing the ROM, I am glad to be wrong.  What an stunningly awesome game.


The author is also working on an improved version of Mario Brothers.  No ROM released yet but looks damn impressive on video.



#2885685 Has anyone ever come across one of these?

Posted by Big Player on Sat Dec 14, 2013 5:24 PM

I remember seeing the ad in Electronic Games magazine but that is all I have ever seen or known about it.


I put the mailing address listed into Google maps.  It is for a house in LA.  From the looks of the stand, it could be put together by someone with woodworking skills.  I know my cousin, who used to be a carpenter, could build one.


So this was probably just a guy working out of his garage, building the stands to order.  I do wonder how many orders he got.  Just think of the rarity of it.  

#2823953 Best VCS Pac-Man Variant

Posted by Big Player on Wed Sep 4, 2013 5:22 PM

Nukey Shay's Hack'em! beats all of the above.

#2429146 2600 Warlords was released before the Arcade version? Yes, according to EGM

Posted by Big Player on Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:35 PM

Carla would know better than any website, obviously.

But you don't just accept it when someone tells you something that contradicts most of the known literature about a topic? Without looking for any other corroborating evidence?

It does suck that we have only websites to use as the known literature for old video games. Almost every website says that the arcade version of Warlords was released in 1980. From what I can tell, the primary source for these websites is KLOV.

My guess is KLOV gets 1980 from the copyright that appears on-screen during the attract mode. It is there in roman numerals.

But this doesn't mean that was the release year. 2600 Pac-Man has an on-screen copyright date of 1981 but was released in 1982.

But I still don't know for sure. I would like to see some evidence supporting a 1980 release date.

It doesn't help that Warlords was a relatively unpopular arcade game and not seen by many. I was hoping that someone who was an arcade game dealer back then would know more. Or possibly our resident Atari historians Curt and Marty would have some internal documents that tell us something?

#2428800 2600 Warlords was released before the Arcade version? Yes, according to EGM

Posted by Big Player on Wed Dec 21, 2011 1:06 AM

Sumpin' ain't right somewhere.

Agreed. Some of those sites have more credibility than others. I would not use Wikipedia as a primary source, since it generally aggregates information from other web sites.

What is interesting about KLOV is that they have a PDF of the Warlords Operations, Maintenance and Service Manual. Take a look at it. The copyright date is 1981 (page 4.) It also says first printing at the top of page one.

My guess is that Atari didn't start printing the manual a year after the game was released. So it seems that the 1980 release date for the arcade game is becoming less credible.

#2271988 Chris Crawford videos made for Atari Users Groups - 1981

Posted by Big Player on Mon May 2, 2011 9:52 PM

Here are three videos that Chris Crawford made for Atari Users Groups to explain the graphics features of the 8-bit computer line. They were made in 1981.

#1037396 bB used in computer science course

Posted by Big Player on Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:54 PM

Atari 2600
agardner aheaden atrusty awallace cbryant
cgillens cgoodson cocchipinti
hkayama hpritchard jcrowder jdonnelly
jjo jmccree jstrully jwalker jyi
krosier manderson mboyce mdrake mgorbsky
nlance pjarrett tmarshall

When I first read this, I thought what the hell kind of language is this?

Then I realized it was the students names.

#311378 The Knight Rider 2600 project

Posted by Big Player on Sun Jun 1, 2003 7:37 PM

Sure am. I think this thread is more entertaining than the show ever was.