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  1. Something I've seen a seller or two do: they keep bidding on their auction until they are the winning bidder so they can find out your max bid. So, lets say you bid $100. The seller using a fake/friends account to bid $200 and is now the winning bidder at $101 (or whatever the increment is). Then, they cancel their bid (which should drop your winning bid back down to one increment of the next bidder below you), and use another fake/friends account to bid $99. That leaves you the winner, at your max bid. It's kind of obvious when they do that though, as the 'second' bidder is always conveniently just under your max bid after the previous 'winner' cancels... Now if your max was $100, and you got outbid, then the winner canceled and you won at, say, $20 because the next bid below you was only $19, then I'm not sure what is going on there... It's also possible someone just wanted to see what the max bids were, and then cancelled once they had that information...
  2. It would be interesting to see a quality control report where someone's job was to critique the shades of the colors and suggest they should be changed... It's so cool to see the different stages of development when these protos are found.
  3. Heh, I don’t... that’s why I wrote it the way I did... I don’t actually care, so just read one story about it and moved on. ’They’ was referring to the MAME team that have (or had) access to the ROMs to write the original driver...
  4. Well, my question was basically would they put it in MAME if the ROMs were released... the Akkh Arrh ROMs were (by the accounts I’ve read) flat-out stolen and released and they included that game... So while I understand THEY won’t release the ROMs themselves (which I wouldn’t expect), if they got out somehow, no reason to not include the game in MAME at that point... Sort of a ‘damage done’ situation, might as well...
  5. I wonder, would the MAME team release the driver if the ROMs were released, even 'unofficially'? Oh yeah, didn't say it wouldn't stop them, just pointing out it isn't their 'right'...
  6. Ahh, mis-understood that... Thought you were talking about MM2.
  7. Actually, there's no coding or dumping to be done. The MAME driver already exists, and the ROMs are already dumped... Maybe this conversation will just encourage someone to share... I think it would be funny to find out they aren't building anything, just trying to annoy someone into releasing the ROMs to 'shut them up'. Hehe... Well, it's only their right if it's legally licensed...
  8. Well, that wouldn't work to get around a non-distribution agreement... It's the GAME that the author doesn't want released, not just the exact copy of the compiled code. If they are using enough of the code to make the game playable in the same state as the real hardware, it's still copyright infringement. If he had actually licensed the code to sell legally, he'd say so. So either he hasn't and is going to sell it anyway (and yes, selling a 'blank board' and 'Oh, here's a neat free download to make it work' is still selling the code. If people won't by the board without the promise of the game code, it's still illegal without a license because the 'free' distribution of the code is still a copyright violation). Or he's trying to get a license to sell it. But that's something he could tell us. "I'm trying, but they might say 'No' " Just come clean and tell us exactly what you are doing and what you have planned. Why is that so hard? But since they apparently have gained permission to release the code, maybe someone else will just release the original ROMs now. As, one way or another, a playable version of the game is apparently imminent. Someone will buy one of these boards and just dump the ROMs so people can at least play it on an emulation of the hacked board... Again, unless only 'trusted' people get the boards or the ROMs are modified uniquely for each board to scare people from doing it (which probably wouldn't work). Which would make them VERY limited (based on what you wrote), and as quoted, very expensive. Which means it applies almost NO ONE. So bragging about it now is just that- bragging. As in "we have something you don't have". And we will become a dozen more people! Just not YOU. The funny thing is, almost NO ONE cares about a limited release of any kind. Anyone that cares at all wants it RELEASED to everyone. So if you aren't teasing a future public release of the ROMs, most of what you have to say (and even do) most people don't care about. I'm happy playing the game annually at CAX. It'd be fun to have it at home to play once a year or something, and that's what people are hoping for. They'll probably end up saying they made 3 or 4 and auction them just to make a bunch of money and then they can brag that they brought MM2 to the world...
  9. Because there's no reason to wait for people that want the original code, to run on emulation of the original hardware. If they can release the code, in ANY form, they can release the ROMs now for those of us that just want it in MAME. Then when they get the hardware figured out with trackball support, offer that to the people that want to build a full arcade machine. You are literally looking at, maybe, 10 people that want 'modified code on replica-ish hardware' compared to thousands that just want to play the original code on an emulator. Release the original code now, share your new experiments as they happen. Those that like the game will still be eager for a trackball version as that really is the best way to play Marble Madness (and thus, I assume, MM2), and some will even be interested in the code modified for a more common board. But we will ALWAYS want the original code, untouched, preserved in MAME, and most people will prefer that anyway. It sounds to me like one of two things will happen: 1- They will make one or two boards, and sell those to people they trust to never release the ROMs (thus 99.99% of the world still doesn't get to experience the game) (or even worse, just have a copy on their own board to prove to the world they can do, and still never share it with anyone. In which case, who the f*ck cares?) or 2- They seem to think there's a huge market for a modified board/code so that they can sell a bunch of them and make money, then (maybe) release the ROMs... (And maybe they'll never release the originals, making us have to settle for their modified ones...) Maybe I'm wrong, but I'm willing to bet that #2 just ain't going to happen (the first part). MM2 is a novelty, sure most people want to play it ONCE... But I don't know how many people would pay $50 for a copy of it, much less however much it would cost to make the boards/customized code profitable...
  10. Well, here's a simple question: Clearly you have the ROMs for the game. Clearly you are willing to release them (granted, in a slightly modified form to run on 'more common hardware'). Okay, that's great and all, especially for people that want to run it on that hardware. But why not just release the original ROMs NOW, so people that just want to play it in MAME can do so, NOW. Once your modified ROMs are released, they'll just be distributed and put in MAME for emulation (maybe unofficially since they aren't the untouched ROMs, but it'll happen), so obviously releasing the ROMs to the public is no longer an issue... So what is the wait for releasing the untouched ROMs?
  11. The bid history only shows one bid by one bidder (the BIN at $1500). Doesn't show any bid retractions either... If the seller cancels bids, would it still show in the bid history? (I know it used to, years ago, but no idea if eBay has changed that...) He could have cancelled all bids, and then added the BIN...
  12. I never knew Columbia had a Software Club... I assume like the CD and movie clubs where get a certain amount for 'a penny' and then have to buy a certain amount at full price over the next year or two? I probably would have tried to convince my parents to join that if I had known about it... As for price, as far as eBay is concerned, it sold for the BIN listed in the auction... It doesn't look to be a 'best offer accepted'...
  13. That's kind of exactly what I said. it was originally programmed for track balls, and then they changed their mind to joysticks... The prototypes at CAX were joystick only as they had been converted to joystick for additional testing, then the game was scrapped. But the owner of the games that are brought to CAX has the code for the trackball controller but it's on a floppy disc in assembly language. An OLD-school 8-inch floppy disc formatted for whatever type of computer Atari was coding these games with back in the day (he told me at the time, but I don't remember what it was. Some now antique main-frame computer.). He found a museum or collector that still has one of these old computers running and was going to see of they could read the data off the disc, then it would need to be assembled (which could be done by hand, tediously, if necessary) and burned to a ROM chip. He has a trackball control panel (or maybe just the overlay) that he was building with trackballs and was going to bring it to CAX once he got it running... But it never showed up, so not sure of the status of it... (This conversation was probably in 2016 or 2017..) It's possible the disc turned out to be unreadable, so it might not be an option anymore anyway... It'll be interesting to see if anyone can actually license the code at all... Any kind of release will likely result in the ROMs also being released for MAME... This guy that's making repro arcade boards (that what it sounded like he was doing) won't be able to sell them if he can't provide the ROMs code. And once people can get it, it'll get spread on the internet, no matter how 'secure' you might make the board... If you could just license the ROMs from Atari (or whoever owns them), I would have thought someone would have done that and just made a 'plug-and-play' unit to sell. But I guess we'll just have to wait and see...
  14. Actually, the code exists from Atari (back in the day) to support track balls. I think it was originally programmed for track balls, and Atari made the decision to switch to joysticks for some stupid reason... I'm pretty sure the guy that brings them to CA Extreme has it, but only in source-code on 8" floppy discs the last time I talked to him about it. He was in the process of finding a way to read the code of the discs and assemble it into a binary (I think he already has a track ball control panel for it). This was several years ago, so it's likely he's done it already...
  15. Maybe I missed it, but who did you go with for the online account? That actually sounds like one of the ones I was reading about. Super friendly and helpful when trying to get you set up, but if there's actually a problem with your account the quality of service goes down quickly... Check Yelp reviews, BBB, etc... A lot of these you don't realize are problematic until you actually have a problem, which might be months or years after you sign up... I had listings started that were going to end after my cut off date. Everything went smoothly except for one auction that the buyer claimed eBay wouldn't process the payment for. Turns out he was trying to use a credit card to pay, and since I didn't have the new eBay system setup, it was denying the payment. Fortunately he just opted to pay with PayPal. But I guess that's the issue, people might try to pay with a non-PayPal payment, and if you don't have eBay's new system setup they won't be able to pay you. I've also heard that eBay will accept the money, tell you to ship, then tell you they can't release the money to you until you set up Managed Payments. It's definitely risky to let the time period pass with auctions still live, especially if you have no intention of signing up for Managed Payments.
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