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  1. I think it would have depended on if "Little PAM" was significantly less expensive. Perhaps if they could have got the cost down enough with a board redesign or something, but that doesn't seem probable that it could have been done then. $269 in 1982 was a decent chunk of change. So if a redesign that was smaller could be sold for under $200, especially if they could have included a 2600 adapter for that sub 200 price, then, yea, I would say it could have helped a lot. The Colecovision was selling for $175 While Coleco was using off the shelf chips, Atari was using its own chips. One assumes their own chips were cheaper for them. Though, as I understand it, the 5200 used 3 custom chips plus a 6502 while the Colecovision was only using 3 chips all together. I don't think its size was holding it back much. It's big compared to other game systems, but it's not exactly an arcade cabinet. In 1982, there were still large top loading VCRs being sold. Only as it relates to pricing do I think the size hurt it.
  2. I think the trick with the little cartridge opening tabs lasting is the fact that they receive almost no forces. I have never found anything to be good for fixing broken plastic other than reinforcement with metal. Like if you have something long like a handle, I drill it out and then epoxy a length of metal inside the drilled out hole running the length. Like if the case neatly cracked, I would JB weld a thin piece of aluminum or steel sheet-metal to the inside while the crack is clamped closed because no glue would ever hold it. I've tried every glue and epoxy known to man. It just doesn't repair well. Even when there is a very rough and perfectly clean surface, all glues I have tried fail immediately when any pressure is applied. Many plastics cannot be welded either. They (certain ones) undergo chemical changes the first time they are melted so that melting them again doesn't produce the same properties. Also, these types of plastics will be used when tolerating heat is a property the end product needs to have. If my other tab comes off, I am probably going to try your trick of using the Sugru. I'll cut some small lengths of paper-clip. Heat the paperclip pieces up till they melt into the plastic of the slot and stick up like rebar out of the plastic and then cover the metal pieces with Sugru shaped to the shape of the tabs. I used to use the paperclip trick to repair plastic hinges on laser printers.
  3. What trak-ball works with the 7800 Centipede original commercial release? The 2600 Millipede and Centipede hacks for the trackball are outstanding! Breathes a whole new breath of life into the games. I got new high scores in both of them. The control is excellent. Did a great job. The Missile Command, really not so much, though it's not really the trackball's (hack's) fault, I don't think. It doesn't allow you to shoot fast enough. I think it was limited to 2. I saw there was an "arcade missile command" hack, but it says no trackball support. Haven't had a chance to play it yet. I have also not played Missile Command on a regular basis in quite a long time.
  4. I lived near the major Sears distribution center in Philadelphia, which was attached to a very large Sears store. It was 3 floors and just absolutely enormous. I think it was the biggest store I have ever been in. The current property holds a home depot, a Walmart, a shopping center and a bunch of individual stores and restaurants , but that includes the warehouse space. They had a catalog pick up part as well. On the lowest floor, which was a basement was the electronics section complete with all the displays and on the top floor was a full sized arcade. They had about 10-15 arcade machines and like 5 pinball machines. So it was straight to the arcade and then after blowing my allowance on arcade machines it was down to the game kiosks. They had a restaurant in there too.
  5. I super-glued mine (probably dollar tree level stuff) in the 90s or early aughts and one of them is still on it. You only need one. Also, IIRC, I used a Combat or Pac Man cartridge for the piece. The early carts all have the same mechanism, just with the pins in different places. The cart opens the Atari and the Atari opens the cart. The 2600 Jr is the best 2600. I like the Tele-Games Heavy 6er better, the but the Jr puts out a much better signal, even after cleaning the channel select switch.
  6. I don't think we are at the point of having to worry about the custom chips failing. Other electronic components in the machine are readily available and most likely will be for the foreseeable future. I have had considerable more wear than my 2600! The youngest 2600s are not even 30 years old yet. I do wonder how long this plastic will hold up. Luckily they don't get much exposure to the sun. I have a few 7800s and one of them did experience a major shattering some years ago. Machine still works fine, but it has 1/2 of the bottom missing off it. I would imagine an FPGA 2600 will eventually become available and if the chips start failing en mass, one assumes that would take a higher priority than it is right now.
  7. Are they technically (legally) allowed to include it with the rom being freely available? I have the QB cart (IIRC, I bought it at Philly Classic), but I think I recall it was freely available.
  8. The TAC 2 is an excellent joystick, IMHO with 2 large fire buttons for either left or right handed use. The "Slick Stik" is a decent one as well, that works more or less the same as the TAC 2, just that the TAC 2 is larger. Both of them are better than the original cost-cut black plastic joystick. Honestly, the common Atari cost-cut joystick feels terrible in your hand due to the almost rubber like texture of the stick and the spongy limited motion that cause my hand to cramp. I got into the habit of gripping it through my shirt because I just don't like the feel of that material on my skin. Most of the "not weird" aftermarket joystick feel better in the hand and work better.
  9. Are there any original library 2600 games that work natively with the trackball? I had heard centipede is supposed to work, but it only works in joystick mode. If I switch the switch on the track ball to JS, it works, just not well. The centipede just moves to the right and down (and not exactly because I am telling it to do that. But not entirely unrelated either), but will not go left. I did try a hacked version and it appears to work fine. For some reason I am wanting to say the 7800 version is supposed to work with it too. If no games support it, why the heck did Atari release it?
  10. You are possibly onto something with the young hands thing. I didn't have a Colecovision as a kid, but I had friends that did. I don't recall liking that controller much, but I don't recall hating it either. (I do recall hating the 5200 version the very first time a store actually had a working one in the store unit with Pac Man on display). The first time I owned my own Colecovision was in the mid 90s and by then I was in my 20s and I found they were good for some games (Pepper II I can never get that game to control with any other joystick), but not so great in other games and painful over a long play session. But even today I absolutely despise the regular 2600 joystick. Many long years ago I found some original Atari joysticks that are of a different from the common ones (internally) and much better construction. But what is unique about them is they have MUCH more motion in the throw which means you start hitting resistance much later as you push the stick in the direction you want to move (as opposed to nearly immediately with a standard stick). The button also has much more travel. They don't say "top" on them, but otherwise look exactly the same. They have a kind of suspension system inside. These are just much easier on my 50 some year old hands. I thought these were the ones that were from the original test release of the 2600 when it was still made in California (I think the test market was Ca). But I have found several "in the wild" about as far from California as you can get in PA/NJ. I usually hold them through my shirt to keep that awful material off my hands. It could be that they were thinking of this, but I really doubt it. I seriously doubt Apple was self-consciously doing that either. With Apple at least, it actually served a purpose. I'm sure Jobs thought it was better and should be done this way in order to be superior, even if it cost more money for an Apple personality card. Could have been just simple cost-cutting with Coleco. Why include 2 separate power supplies when we're not offering stand-alone Adam computers with no printer? You would think such a cunning company would have had a lock-out chip on the Colecovision. It's not like they couldn't foresee all this competition as Activision etc were already making "3rd party" games for the 2600. They might have just thought it would generate too much heat to put it in the Adam. Has anyone ever asked Coleco engineers why they did it?
  11. They are a bit hard on the hands and the placement of the buttons isn't great either.
  12. I'm thinking the marketing department. The same people who allowed the 5200 stick onto the market and who decided games by Intellivision could never flicker and those god-awful sadists who approved the final Colecovision controllers. If the printer uses more power than the Adam computer itself, that might be the reason, to cut down on the cable. But the Adam, I think, uses a decent amount of power (I got rid of the ones I had a long time ago, and I don't really remember). There was also probably more room to work with in the printer. That was a great idea, well, at least not as bad as it seems. It worked great and it wasn't the year 2021 with people buying loose 5200s on EBAY without the parts that were included in the box. A lot of people had their TVs way back in entertainment centers where the TV/Game switch wasn't exactly easy to get to. Don't forget the nest of wires. That's one less wire going to the 5200. Until the NES, none of the other systems could do this.
  13. Is the one that arcade USA covered? The one that has miniature color mr do!s icons for your man count?
  14. This is the least of commie-tube's problems. Only in big tech does technology go backwards. Things that used to work perfectly no longer work, everything is unpredictable and their damned rules are more complicated and unpredictable than US law. Searching now absolutely sucks.,
  15. Would it be technically possible to make such a thing where it can "share" the POKEY from a cartridge that has it? A kind of Y splitter for the cartridge port where there's a slot for a game with the chip and then the other slot has the game you want to play?
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