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  1. I would say the 2600 Jr is the only one you could really say is "better" The JR has a better RF output than the older systems. Although I have to say I especially like Heavy Sixers. I have a Telegames Heavy Sixer and it's especially cool seeing modern games work on a 77 model. They are just much higher build quality than any other version. Not even close.
  2. With Atari 800 Win I cannot control any game. It used to work and now it doesn't. I tried deleting the settings and downloaded the latest version and installed it and it did not help. I set up a keyset a and b with the arrows. I also tried the numpad config and the arrows config. I tried holding down ctrl. Nothing helps. I went through every single setting I could find and I cannot find anything wrong. Any help would be appreciated.
  3. Hands down CCS64 is the best. I've been using it since the DOS days and it still works exactly the same way. I love it. There are a few quirks, but I like it more than VICE. There are a lot of new good games for it too. The C64 has a gigantic fandom and a lot of new games and demos. I don't really care for the demos, but lots of great new games.
  4. Is it running on a virtual Vectrex? If so, hopefully we will see a completed release.
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    More RAM?

    Some of the games have additional RAM in the cartridge. Burger Time has 2kB IIRC. Atari themselves created a ram expansion for cartridges called the super-chip which doubles the Atari's 1kb to 2kb. CBS created a system called RAM Plus, though I forget how much RAM it had, though I think it is 4kB. The Super Charger has 6kB of RAM, but that RAM also must hold the actual game code. So if someone was going to write a 4kB game, it would only leave 2kB of RAM. This really limits what the Supercharger can do. You can get a 6k game, but then you are stuck with the 1kb of ram in the Atari. You can covert 2600 4k ROMs a program called bin2wave and load them into the supercharger and they just play like normal. Unfortunately, not all 4k games will work without modification of the supercharger (though it is fairly simple). The actual supercharger library is fairly small. I especially like Frogger and Communist Mutants From Outer Space. They did an outstanding job on SC Frogger. Extra RAM would help certain games a lot. Like Super Breakout doesn't have a 2nd player option for the progressive game (IIRC, it's game 7) because when you lose a ball, the entire screen would have to be committed to RAM so that it could reconstruct the screen when it is again your turn.
  6. Thanks for the detailed response. Much obliged. I forget to include the War game in the list of games that really impressed me, at least watching the games on YT. It looks just as good as the 5200 version that was released a few years ago. It's really a shame there are no developers working on new games. I would imagine there quite a few holes in the Bally Library. But I guess the lack of machines and very few people who owned them originally wanting to go back to their childhood game system makes the pickings tight. Some of the stuff being released on the 2600 is just mind blowing, like Mappy. I was always very impressed with Frogger for the Supercharger. But today's programmers have taken it to a whole new level. I'll check out your videos and finally play some Astrocade in mame. Aside from the games listed, do you have any recommendations for games to pay special attention to?
  7. The Astrocade seems like it had a lot of untapped potential. The Pac Man clone and the Wizard of Wor clone and the Crazy Climber clone are especially nice looking arcade ports, at least in pictures. But the library is small and the audience is small. I don't know much about the machine, but looking at some of the software makes it look as if it was potentially much better than a 2600 or an Intellivision. In all my years of collecting, I've never seen one in the wild. Is there anyone doing modern releases and really pushing the hardware?
  8. I used to find stuff in the wild like mad. 8 Vectrex machines, Intellivision, Coleco, Channel F, Handhelds, Joysticks, 5200 stuff (several boxed 5200s) and lots of other stuff. But those days seem to be long gone. I think in all my years I only found 2 of those joysticks. But I am on the East coast and I think those sticks were only in the test market. Everything got cheaper quick. The early units were all heavy 6ers. Though the Jrs are probably the best 2600s, they are by far the cheapest build quality. Funny thing is, I did not find a lot of Atari computer stuff. I did once see one of the very first 800s that were big heavy hunks of metal with 2 cart slots and a box with a printer, disk drive and an 800xl, but that is about it. I used to do a lot of flea marketing and I just didn't see much. I even found several amigas including one in the original box.
  9. So what are the costs with this chip? How much would it add to the price of a game assuming something like AtariAge doing the manufacturing of the boards so that the chips could be bought for a scale of more than 1 game, though obviously they won't be ordering them by the 10s of thousands.
  10. Am I missing something? Is there a particular reason to invent a new obsolete computer? What are the advantages which would make it worth it? $500 for an obsolete new computer with no software available? I just am unable to grasp why. I do like the idea of a "new" computer that exists only in software that could run on a modern PC which would come with an "easy" environment for writing software like if you were 15 again with your C64 or if our sons could work on it.
  11. With Atari 800 Win I cannot control any game. It used to work and now it doesn't. I tried deleting the settings and downloaded the latest version and installed it and it did not help. I set up a keyset a and b with the arrows. I also tried the numpad config and the arrows config. I tried holding down ctrl. Nothing helps. I went through every single setting I could find and I cannot find anything wrong.
  12. christo930

    Vector Mace

    That looks really cool. I love the color overlay. Looks great!!!!!
  13. Do you know if there is a demo available?
  14. Is it actually running on a Vectrex though? It looks suspicious. Why does the screen say pull the trigger?
  15. Take the fire buttons and with the black part facing down, lightly rub them across a sheet of copy paper. That will fix the controller at least temporarily so that you can figure out if the flex circuit is good.
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