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  1. Just in case anyone is wondering about the new FBP (2019), specifically regarding the issues the 2017 model had with SD cards: I just got the new model this weekend (DG $25). It took me a couple of days to get an sd card, load it and try it out. I originally tried to find a 2gb sd card, but nobody sells them in stores anymore (at least, around where I live), so I gambled and got the smallest I could find...sdhc 16gb ($2.99 at microcenter). Works fine in the new model (but does not work in the original model, as one would probably expect). I've been playing with the original FBP for almost 2 years now, every couple of days since I got it, but I really like the new models improvements, even though they might seem minor... The screen is only a bit bigger, but it feels really significant...also don't notice the "angle flicker" like I did on the older model (horizontal vs vertical orientation issue). The menu fonts are better also, imo. I haven't really used the new buttons for saving high scores, or saving state much, but I really like that they are there and I'm excited to experiment with them. It seems you can rewind game play, but only for about 7 seconds, so not sure how useful I'll find that. Be nice to go back 5 minutes or so, but maybe that takes too much memory, or something. Plus, now I have a backup.
  2. I think there may have been pinball machines that showed the high score before video games had them.
  3. It does have variable rapid fire (button B when used with 2600). It's a regular digital joystick and I don't think slow or pause do anything on the Atari. I was giving a reference point/starting point for you; I think you'll still have to build the device you want.
  4. Well, now that I tried to test it, all of the 2600 shooting games I have out seem to be auto fire. I did try my joystick, (asciiware power clutch sg) on several non-shooting games to see if I could tell if it works (inconclusive) and finally tried missile command, which isn't really appropriate for testing this feature, but it appears it works. Then I tried Super Cobra, and it's not really helpful for that game, but it seems to work correctly.
  5. What about a Genesis joystick with variable speed adjustment? I haven't tried in awhile, but I think it works...
  6. You're fighting an uphill battle. It's sad, but online information is becoming generally less reliable as time goes on. Eventually, Google or Facebook or Amazon will buy Wikipedia and it will turn into primarily promotional material for wide consumption.
  7. Notice how it was never used? But it does look like it was rolled up and stuffed in a sock for 20 years...
  8. I actually find the driving controller and paddles to be the perfect size for my hands, but if I were to try to make it bigger for myself, I might try cutting a piece of wood in a circle of desired size and thickness and glue it to an existing paddle controller handle. If you want it really big (like maybe a full size steering wheel), you probably would need to mount the controller to something big and heavy (built out of wood maybe?). Also realize that a bigger wheel might make it too easy to force the paddle past the left/right stops and accidentally cause damage. Good luck, and post here if you make something yourself that works out...
  9. before doing all that work, i would try it on a CRT, just to make sure it's the console.
  10. Thanks. Yeah, I know, I did that, but not much info there, nor many sales. Most show minimal value, but I'm more interested in a ball park price range from collectors here who might give me their honest feelings in a situation where they happened to run across these in the wild. Maybe something like "uh, I'd pay maybe $25 for the lot" or that kind of thing.
  11. Posting a summary here might help, but you'll be joining a long list of others doing that. Try searching the forums for examples...
  12. So, your Adam, 5200, VCS, and Playstation must be in the other closet, right? And where is your turntable, cassette deck, 8-track and laserdisc?
  13. I'm culling my collection and have a few Nintendo 64 Japanese games I'm going to sell to a local guy, but I don't have any idea what I should ask for them. These are all cart only, with nice labels. Can I get some ball-parks on these from everyone? NUS-NG5J-JPN Konami, Goemon ("Going Now"), RPG NUS-NYSJ-JPN Yoshi's Story NUS-NPFJ-JPN Pokemon Snap NUS-NDRJ-JPN Epoch Co, RPG NUS-NUTJ-JPN Victor Interactive, RPG NUS-NWTJ-JPN Zed two, Infogrames UK, Wetrix Classic NUS-NH5J-JPN Konami, Nagano Winter Olympics 98
  14. I've previously kept a bunch of old video game stuff in plastic bags inside cardboard boxes for maybe about ten years. Not as cold as where you are, but it typically goes below zero (F) a couple of times per year for a few days. Average maybe about 25 deg F in the winter. Everything pretty much still works OK. Extreme heat is probably more likely to cause damage than extreme cold, though temperature fluctuations can cause ICs to work their way out of sockets and stuff like that. I do know that repeated fluctuations right around the freezing temperature with moisture present WILL cause damage to just about anything.
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