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    Basic Math and Blackjack

    "Son .. sit down in front of the TV and practice your math with the joystick." FYI back in the 1990s the thrift stores in Vegas were full of 2600 Blackjack and Casio carts.
  2. thanks! i just ordered from Digikey!
  3. I installed my non-lit screen and cleaned the pots and it has life! thanks for making these available!
  4. Does anyone know of a replacement cart connector? digikey or mouser part #?
  5. i have one also .. there are two models of O2: one with wired joysticks and one with detatchable controllers. one uses one power plug and one uses the other plug. My guess is that they decided to avoid disappointment with customers getting the wrong PS so they made it for both.
  6. In fall 1977 - 1980 Sears in Chattanooga was the only place that sold the console and games. I don’t remember any other store with Atari branded games before 1981.
  7. I’m going to reply out of courtesy .. a paddle is a potentiometer for a game like Pong. There are great 2600 games which use the paddles .. a spinner is a rotary digital switch which was first available for the 2600 in 1977 as a pack-in for the Indy 500 / Race game. there are some vintage, commercially available controllers which have both paddle and joystick in one handheld controller. One made by Atari is for the Sears Video Arcade II. You turn the joystick to control a paddle. The other is the Coleco Gemini clone which has a paddle below the joystick. The issue with these is that Joystick Fire is not the same as Paddle Fire. add to the fact is that *most* games are either joystick or paddle ... so why have a combo? If you don’t want to plug / unplug into the console, then use an extension controller cable. The Bally Astrocade has an all-in-one controller which the joystick knob is the paddle. Only one game uses all the functions which is the built-in game: Gunfight which is a brilliant game.
  8. Engine Analyzer is nothing more than a light pen based demo .. I imagine that they were thinking of using the Vectrex as a diagnostic tool .. but there’s nothing anywhere about any hardware to connect it to a vehicle. 11. What is the Engine Analyzer good for? This program is an educational tool and has no real functionality. However, it does show an auto mechanic's example of good and bad graph functions that suggest certain problems with a particular car engine under analysis. I presume that GCE was thinking of marketing the Vectrex as a diagnostic tool to mechanics and this program was to be part of the training package. Of course the real Engine Analyzer program has never shown up, nor has the equipment for attaching it to the spark plug wires and ignition coil of a car.
  9. The Atari paddle requires modifications which include two resistors and a new cable. That results in one Vectrex Paddle. So if you offer alternating 2 player option, I suggest sharing one Vectrex paddle. https://www.playvectrex.com/
  10. I like it .. you must make an analog option to use the Vectrex paddle which has a push button wired to Vectrex button 4. See https://www.playvectrex.com and look under Vectech for an article about the Vectrex Paddle (written by someone who’s name sounds vaguely familiar) way back in the day I played the Exidy Circus Arcade game which has two pair of horizontal platforms off which the clown will jump .. and there is no see-saw flip. Of course the Atari version does allow flip. if you wanted to incorporate all these elements into the game, you could offer an option to select between the arcade version and the home version.
  11. Nice .. what year is each of these? Sears was the only place to buy carts in my city and I have never seen these. Do scans of these exist?
  12. Yup .. the Sears Video Arcade heavy sixer is what we got back in fall of 1977. I had to convince Dad that it was indeed the Atari. He verified by asking the sporting sales clerk if it was made by Atari. Purchase made over Mom’s objection!
  13. We all have seen the Atari catalogs for 2600 games .. some were cartoon style and some were the actual Atari art. Did Sears ever put out a dedicated Video Arcade booklet of 2600 games?? Or just what they listed in the big seasonal catalogs?? Also who did the Sears box art? I have the coffee table book of Atari art .. but I don’t think it has the Sears box art in it.
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