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Math and Loathing on the Bally

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Elementary Math / Speed Math / Bingo Math

Lettermatch / Spell n Score / Crosswords

Bally Professional Arcade, 1978

 

I can't honestly say anything about these titles other than that MESS, which does a great job of emulating the Fairchild Channel F, doesn't support the Bally Professional Arcade as well, at least in my experience.

 

I can't get my PSX controller to interact with MESS in the Bally emulation (like I can in the Channel F emulation) and the analog knob of the Bally is nigh impossible to simulate with keyboard, button or even the PSX analog controllers. If anyone has advice on how to get it to work, I'm all ears. Speaking of ears, the sound in the MESS Bally emulation doesn't seem to work, either. I don't remember having this amount of trouble with it back when I first attempted Bally emulation, but something along the way has changed. I imagine it's my fault, somehow, some driver I'm missing or some update I've missed.

 

Regardless, I didn't even bother buying the above edutainment titles because I assumed they would be easy to play on emulation. It turns out that I was wrong. :(

 

This also means I'm going to have to search a little higher and a little lower for some of the other Bally titles I couldn't track down, because playing them in emulation just isn't going to provide the experience to which I can apply my razor sharp analysis. (heh, yeah.)

 

I also can't find my little cheat sheet of "what to play for 1978 on the Bally" maybe I blogged it a while back. Guess I'll go look.

 

Okaly-dokaly, no Math or Letter bullshit today. Sorry, I know all of you (all five of you) are disappointed. I'll have to inventory my Bally carts and redouble my efforts to get some more since I don't have emulation to fall back on. Of course, I've used the word "redouble" once before in reference to this chronogaming blog and I've made two entries in the last month. Perhaps I'm using the word wrong?



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With the latest version of MESS I was able to play Speed Math, Bingo Math, and Lettermatch without any problems. In Speed Math you have a math operation and must type in the missing number (an operator or the result) within a time limit. Bingo Math is for two players and each has a math operation also missing a number. The first one to guess it correctly wins the round. The tricky part is that you have to pick the number from a bingo card, containing lots of unordered numbers, and repetitions. Lettermatch is a memory/concentration game where you match pairs of letters.

 

I couldn't play Spell'n Score and Crosswords. Both games just wait for my input, as if the keys I'm supposed to press haven't been assigned.

 

Elementary Math wasn't on the math cart and I don't know where to find it.

 

I don't think we're missing much here.

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On 10/3/2012 at 11:51 PM, Nelio said:

With the latest version of MESS I was able to play Speed Math, Bingo Math, and Lettermatch without any problems. In Speed Math you have a math operation and must type in the missing number (an operator or the result) within a time limit. Bingo Math is for two players and each has a math operation also missing a number. The first one to guess it correctly wins the round. The tricky part is that you have to pick the number from a bingo card, containing lots of unordered numbers, and repetitions. Lettermatch is a memory/concentration game where you match pairs of letters.

 

I couldn't play Spell'n Score and Crosswords. Both games just wait for my input, as if the keys I'm supposed to press haven't been assigned.

 

Elementary Math wasn't on the math cart and I don't know where to find it.

 

I don't think we're missing much here.

 

Well said, brother! Well said, indeed.

 

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