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  1. Too much farting in the status updates today!!!  Cut it out or I'll light a match.

    1. Random Terrain

      Random Terrain

      It was free chili night for subscribers yesterday at a special AtariAge PRGE preview party. Expect more.

    2. Spriggy

      Spriggy

      I knew it smelt funny here this morning.  Thought maybe a clown farted.

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    3. SoundGammon

      SoundGammon

      "I got so much gas, I'm being followed by Arabs!" - Milton Berle

  2. Thanks for the review! It's still amazing to me that so many game variations could fit into a 2K ROM. Thanks also for pointing out what a big deal games like Video Olympics were to the history of video games: it's easy to forget today, but it was quite a tour de force to have a programmable console, with interchangeable program cartridges and controllers, that could play games which previously required dedicated hardware. It's nice to see some of the lesser-known variations of Video Olympics getting their due attention. I always wish that there were more games on classic consoles that groups of four players could play together, and the next time I have the chance, I'll have to remember to give Quadrapong a try; I can see it being a fun diversion, at least in short bursts.
  3. Let's try to keep this thread on topic, please. There have been 10 posts in this thread (not including this one), and we've had to deal with reports on three of them. If anyone needs a replacement cartridge from "WAVE 1 GAMES", please take it up via PM.
  4. At least they're consistent. Their approach to building their website is as slapdash and as haphazard as everything else about this project seems to be.
  5. That website still amazes me. How lazy can they possibly be? (Anyone who knows Wordpress will recognize that they're using the "Twenty Seventeen" theme, which was probably the default Wordpress theme at the time, with almost no customization except the addition of their gigantic Tin Giant logo. The site probably took them a whole five minutes to throw together.)
  6. I've noticed the price increases, too. I settled on making my own reproductions of the harder-to-find XE blue-box titles, and the easiest route used to be to pick up a loose Bug Hunt or Flight Simulator II "donor" cartridge, which I could regularly find for under $10 shipped. Now, those cartridges usually cost at least $15, not including postage.
  7. If I understand correctly, the lip on the XE-style cartridges was added primarily to prevent "wobble" when the cartridges were inserted into the back of the 65XE and 130XE computers; the lip gives the rear of the cartridge enough height for it to rest horizontally, supported by the desk surface. This was obviously no longer a problem after the XEGS moved the cartridge port to the top of the console, so Atari switched to the louvered design—which was actually originated during the Warner years, as Curt's prototypes show—although I'm sure they had plenty of leftover XE-style shells even after the release of the XEGS. I've never had the problem of the cartridge edge fingers being too short, but that may well have been a manufacturing issue with some of the later boards; unfortunately, Atari's quality control was all over the place during the Tramiel years. (However, I've definitely had this problem with Activision's 5200 cartridges, which often do not sit deeply enough in the cartridge slot to make a reliable connection.) I agree about removing the Atari logo from the back—an AtariAge logo would look dandy in its place!—and about adding the bumps on either side of the top snap to help square the board inside the shell, without having to resort to the hot glue hack. There is enough clearance for them even inside the XEGS shell, if they're kept small enough, and adding them to the next batch of cartridge boards would still allow these boards to be used in the original 400/800 shells. I've considered designing my own boards which incorporated these features.
  8. My pleasure, @Albert! Looking at @Sikor's picture again, I'm reminded that the XEGS cartridges actually had a tiny tab near the bottom, and larger tabs in the middle and top, on each side. I don't think I've managed to open one of those cartridges yet without breaking those tiny tabs. So, if the tiny tabs could be eliminated entirely, and if the larger tabs in the middle could perhaps be moved closer to the bottom to replace them, that in itself would be a huge improvement. That, and replacing the plastic nipple inside with a full screw post.
  9. That vintage mug from the 80s is the most exciting thing "Atari" has posted. They should just make more of those mugs and forget about the console.
  10. The boards most often used in the louvered XEGS cartridge shells, the CO26449, are indeed the same shape; you can take a board from an original 400/800 cartridge (the brown ones with the metal back plate) and mount it inside these shells. However, when it is used for 32K-128K games, the CO26449 has a 74LS00 and a 74LS374 installed for bankswitching. These fully populated boards cannot be used in an original 400/800 shell, even though they are the right shape, because the extra chips do not leave the sliding dust door enough space to travel. The 65XE/130XE style shells—the ones with smooth sides and the lip on the back—require the C100649 board, which is a different shape. The only problem with the XEGS shells is that they are held together entirely with plastic snaps. Atari also secured the boards inside with hot glue, which tends to break loose in chunks over time and rattle around inside the cartridge. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to open these cartridges without breaking at least one of the tabs; if all the tabs on one side are broken, it usually isn't possible to securely snap the cartridge closed again. Nevertheless, using the XEGS shell as the model for the new shells would be ideal, in my opinion: they look nice, and you can continue to use the same boards you're already using. It should be possible to add a screw post to the shell in the same spot as the original 400/800 shells (the CO26449 boards already have the necessary post hole); if a screw post is added, it might be possible to eliminate the side tabs entirely, or at least switch to two wider 2600-style tabs per side instead of three to make them harder to break.
  11. Excellent news! I've always liked the louvered XEGS-style cartridge shells. They're a pain to open without breaking the tabs, but if there's no need to recycle old shells any longer, that won't be as much of an issue.
  12. Interesting; for some reason, it didn't work for me when I tried it. I figured that some extra modifications might be needed to tie in the A/V signals from the cartridge port. Maybe it was a problem with the adapter, or the games I tested.
  13. No problem about necrobumps; as I see it, it's better to bump an old topic than to start a new, redundant one. Just out of curiosity, is it possible for an A/V-modded 5200 to use the CX55 adapter, even if it means making further modifications to the A/V mod? (I'm thinking in particular of a four-port 5200 which supported the adapter prior to the A/V mod.)
  14. "New Infogrames Console that Biffbox?"
  15. All these dictionary definitions remind me of the good old days of the COLECO Business English Dictionary (© COLECO Press); see here, here, here, here, here, and here for examples. Yet another parallel between the Coleco Chameleon and "that Ataribox?"!
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