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  1.  

    That is so sweet! Is it playing games slower than a normal NTSC Colecovision, though? Q*Bert seemed sluggish to me.

     

    The unit is PAL and so are the games.

    To be honest, I have never played the NTSC Colecovision so I cannot really make a comparison.

    But by watching at videos on Youtube, yes it seems to me that the PAL games are a little bit slower (50hz vs 60hz).

    This Colecovision Module exists in PAL version only.


  2. Hi all

    I just received a parcel with some retrogaming stuff from Finland.

    The parcel contains a very strange joystick interface, which I had never seen before.

    All the stuff in the parcel comes from a Finnish collector. The lot was a computer with peripherals, and everything is 1984-1985.

    This particular joystick interface does not look homebrew. The casing appears professionally made, also the printings on it are actual factory-made prints, not stickers.

    I have no joystick to test it so don't really know how it works

    But I can speculate that you connect the interface to 2 female computer joystick ports (for example on the C64 joy ports 1 and 2), and then one joystick to the centre plug (male).

    Then with the switch, you choose whether you want the joystick to be connected to port 1 or 2.

    The labels read 'KB' and 'ANKB' - I really have no idea what language it is, maybe Finnish? What would this mean?

    Anyone has any clue what is the interface, who made it, etc.?

    Thanks

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  3. I have just received my new Salora Manager computer today, with a lot of peripherals, floppy disk drive and a few original software floppy disks

    At last, after months and months of waiting, I had the chance to test my Coleco Vision module.

    I have 3 Coleco Vision games only: Donkey Kong, Q*Bert and Space Panic.

    Donkey Kong and Q*Bert work flawlessly. Space Panic did not work, but maybe the cartridge is broken (I cannot test it on another machine because I have no Coleco Vision console at all)

    And I love the boot messages of the module in case you switch it on with or without game inserted :-)

    These are the links to 2 Youtube videos of the module in action:

     

     

     

    Hopefully within a few days I will be able to upload a video of the floppy disk system in action, and play obscure original software diskettes! Can't wait :-)

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  4. There is a power jack at its back, but I suspect it is of no use with the 'current layout' of the module.

     

    I believe that the power jack was probably there since the module was first designed - as it was originally intended to work on the Creativision, which does provide enough power through its cartridge connector. Hence, an additional (external) power supply would have been necessary.

     

    But since the actual item was then released for the Laser 2001 (which provides enough power through the connector where you attach the module), I believe that the power jack was just left there but was left disconnected intentionally.

     

    Because I am having my unit repaired (I bought an untested module and it is not 100% working at the moment), I was seeking advice/confirmation from someone who actually owns a working module.

     

    Don't want to necessarily connect the power module, if it is actually unneeded.

     

    Manu has one of these, fully working, so I hope he can shed some light.


  5. Hi everyone!
    I have recorded 3 videos of myself with an old friend, showing my collection of CreatiVision items. A sort of video-interview where I show the items and tell a lot about them, with also descriptions of hardware, etc. And a video review of games running on the console, etc.
    The videos are in Italian but you can use the "subtitles" in your preferred language.
    You will see a few very nice items!
    In my videos I also mention my friends that helped me over the years, such as Dieter, Michael, Kurt, Thomas, Kym, Jarkko, Adrian, Ian, Maurizio and many more!
    You don't want to miss these videos icon_e_smile.gif

    Part 1


    Part 2

    Part 3


    Also a short video of my Italian MB Vectrex - recorded just for fun icon_e_smile.gif

    Vectrex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6sv6TltkB0

    I hope you enjoy them! Please feel free to comment on Youtube or here.

    Cheers

    MAD
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  6. Unfortunately Adrian's website had a few issues with the hosting service.

    This wasnt the first time it happened.

    A few years ago hist hosting services required him to update a few chunks of the website software, to make it compatible with the "new web server".

    I helped him with that task and was able to make the website up and running again.

    A couple of years ago he encountered the same issue again, but unfortunately I was unable to assist him

    So he was given the opportunity to relocate the website to another server, and he did so.

    That worked for some time, but then eventually it went offline again.

    He offered me to be the new owner but sadly I do not have the time for that so I dropped his offer.

    I am not sure what his intentions are.

    As far as his collection, I am not entirely sure that he has sold all of it. Definitely he sold some of it, but as per 2016, he still had most of the items.


  7. Hi all

     

    Just wanted to let you know that, after years and years of research, I was able to get good quality scans of the Stone Age game box.

     

    The one I found is the 'Salora Manager' version - this being the Finnish version of the Laser 2001 (computer being the 'sequel' to the CreatiVision).

     

    Salora Manager, Laser 2001, and CreatiVision were all made by VTech (Video Technology), who also released games for VCS 2600 under the 'TechnoVision' label.

     

    Artworks utilised in Manager and Laser 2001 game boxes were utilised also on CreatiVision game boxes.

     

    So even though I have never seen any CreatiVision Stone Age box, I am keen to think the artwork is the same as the Finnish Salora version.

     

    Scans of box, manual and cartridge of the Salora Manager game are available on my website:

     

    http://www.madrigaldesign.it/creativemu/cartridge.php?id=101

     

    Hopefully this will help graphic artists to design a true-to-life Technovision Stone Age box :-)


  8. Hello,

     

    I am the webmaster of the CreatiVEmu website - the main resource on the web, totally devoted to the VTech CreatiVision gaming console.

     

    I am looking for some lucky owner of the magazines listed below, that is willing to contribute the CreatiVEmu website by submitting high resolutions scans.

     

    The magazines can all be found online, but unfortunately the scans are at very low resolution, not good for my preservation project.

     

    Every contributor will be credited on the CreatiVEmu website.

     

    This is the list:

     

    Billboard, October 1982 (about the copyright controversy)
    Radio Electronics, February 1983
    COMPUTE!, March 1983
    InfoWorld, March 1983
    Creative Computing, April 1983
    Byte Magazine, May 1983
    Popular Mechanics, August 1983

     

    Thanks for your time!


  9. 1st January, 2016
    Happy new year everybody! 2015 has been an important year for the CreatiVision community, thanks to the restless CSL Team who released the wonderful CSL Module after over one year of development!
    Hopefully 2016 will be as generous as 2015 in terms of development of new software programs and games.

    Meanwhile, I am sure that you will love the new scans and photos of rare CreatiVision and Laser 2001 items that I am adding to the database. This is the list of new files:

    Releases/Hardware:
    - CreatiVision MK-II, Laser 500 variant (German manual)
    - Salora Manager (codes of box and manuals)

    Releases/Software:
    - Crazy Chicky, South African version (manual)
    - Deep Sea Adventure, Salora Manager version (manual)
    - Tennis, CreatiVision version (later box variant)
    - Who's For Tennis, Hanimex Rameses version (box, cartridge)
    - CSL Module, homebrew (box, cartridge, tape interface)

    Thanks to Jarkko Pitajamaki, Oreste Antignano, Gernot Hirth and Thomas Gutmeier for providing the materials and unvaluable support!

    URL: http://www.madrigaldesign.it/creativemu/

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  10. Just in case any of you is interested in the Technovision releases...

     

    I have finally got scans from the box of the "Stone Age" game. It's not the Atari 2600 version, but it's the "Salora Manager" version. The "Salora Manager" is the Finnish version of the Laser 2001 computer, that's a computer version of the "CreatiVision" console.

     

    The game was released for CreatiVision, then Laser 2001, Salora Manager and Atari 2600 under the "Technovision" label.

     

    So the artwork should be the same in every version of the box.

     

    It's at: www.madrigaldesign.it/creativemu -> go to "releases/software" and then search for "Stone Age" for the "Salora Manager". The scan is in PDF format.


  11. I have the same exact version of the CreatiVision, also with Tennis game included.

     

    Mine has the "New!" sticker over the artwork, in order to "hide" the "Crazy Pucker" game art. And mine lacks the Chinese band.

     

    But I have a similar version with no "New!" sticker, but having the Chinese one. In that case, the pack-in game is "Crazy Chicky".

     

    It' quite an early release inbetween the first (with "Crazy Pucker") and the third, with no pack-in game.

     

    Photos here:

     

    http://www.madrigaldesign.it/creativemu/harditem.php?id=42 (earlier)

    http://www.madrigaldesign.it/creativemu/harditem.php?id=40 (later)

     

    High-resolution photos of your console box would be very precious for the CreatiVision project.

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  12. I have recently updated a few Simulators of the G&W DK series, so why not trying the latest versions (for free as usual) ? :-)

     

    Same old popular url: http://www.madrigaldesign.it/sim/

     

    There you'll find:

     

    - DK (multi screen, the orange one)

    - DK II (multi screen, the brown one, soon to be updated)

    - DK Jr. (tabletop by Coleco/Nintendo)

    - DK Jr. (tabletop by Nintendo, soon to be updated)

    - DK Jr. (panorama by Nintendo)

     

    And the Coleco licensed version:

    - DK (tabletop by Nintendo, unreleased as GW)

     

    The released simulators are 59 in total.

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