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  1. So I was digging around in the forums here about a mysterious jaguar flightstick that someone made around the turn of the millennium and found some information about analogue joysticks on the atari jaguar. Basically, Battlesphere may be the only game known to support an analogue joystick, older jaguar revisions contained internal hardware that supports an analogue joystick, and later revisions had this hardware removed for cost cutting. Since the Space Orb is essentially an analogue joystick, I imagine whatever functionality might have been built into the jag for the controller is only viable with the jag revisions that have the hardware to support analogue joysticks. I'm going to stick a couple quotes from old forum topics here just to gather the info in one place: Lots of pictures and schematics from Matthias Domain regarding jaguar analogue input, and adding support for it on non-analogue capable jaguar's http://www.mdgames.de/janalog.html
  2. The user "Crash" mentions owning a lapcat in this forum topic from 2007 He last visited the forum in September 2020, so maybe you can contact him for more info: https://atariage.com/forums/profile/8517-crash/ Also, what the heck is the "Jaguar Extreme Flight Joystick from Visual Dimensions 3D"? I'd like to see a picture of that!
  3. Here's a blurb about the lapcat stick from a circa 2005 topic on this forum. Sounds like the lapcat was maybe sold while atari was still trying to sell the jaguar.
  4. That faq seems to be from 2001, so I guess the lapcat predated that. There seem to be a wide variety of other arcade sticks custom built by people that are mentioned in the faq. You've got the lapcat and lapcat pro by Ben Aein The Pro Stick by Demand Systems The Jaguar Jamma Joystick sold by the Goat Store The JJJ Game Controller sold by Songbird Productions That's 4 varieties of custom built arcade sticks for the jaguar by 2001! That seems like a lot.
  5. Was the lap cat pro something you were supposed to be able to buy in a magazine in the 90s? Or was it something that a user here at atariage custom built? At any rate, with the bulk of it and the fact its made out of wood, it looks like something that would have been custom built by a hobbyist or jaguar fan rather than something that a company stamped out 1000s of.
  6. Back in 1995 there was a scripted martial arts tournament fighting show on TV (geared toward kids) called WMAC masters. I was just checking out clips of it and periodically there is a narrator who sounds like virtually the same voice as the announcer in Ultra Vortek. Here's a link where you can hear the WMAC narrator speak a little bit over 15 seconds. The characters in this show like Hakeem the Machine would probably have fit in well with Ultra Vortek. In fact, some of the characters on this show were portrayed by martial arts actors like Ho Sung Pak, who also did sprite captures for Mortal Kombat 1 and Thea Realm Fighter. Kind of seems like a small world for non-celebrity martial arts actors in the mid 90s.
  7. The first time I fired it up (around 2013) the choose character screen with the demon really surprised and impressed me.
  8. Looks cool! Super Sprint is one of those timeless games. I don't think I was born yet when the game was in arcades and I still like to play it via emulation. It's just a very clean and nice looking game, and it has great gameplay. Super Speed was basically a dos version of it back in the day that I enjoyed.
  9. My two cents is that the Sega 32x basically cleans the jaguar's clock in terms of having a respectable quantity of polished and fun games. This is mostly due to sega having more cash and more programmers/artists to throw at projects, as well as people who seemed more knowledgeable about how to develop for the hardware. However the Jag definitely does have a mysterious x factor that draws you in. From my perspective, the Jag is like a branch on the videogame tree of life that died out and didn't continue. There are tons of jag games based on original IPs, and games that didn't get sequels or ports to other systems, so it kind of feels like this alternative obscure gaming universe. The games are so different in their level of quality that it leaves you wondering just what exactly the Jag's strengths are, and what would be a game that really showcases the hardware. As a kid in the 90s, the 32x would have been the more fun system hands down, but as someone interested in exploring obscure games and systems, the jag doesn't disappoint and might be more fun than the 32x in that regard.
  10. I'm digging the new music. I'm not that familiar with what the music for these titles was like on the ST, but it seems like cool music and sample playback was definitely not the ST's forte at all so its nice to get a Jaguar enhancement
  11. There was a Doom II arcade machine in a 90s movie. Very sure it was a 1 of 1 custom made prop (though the game on the screen moved, so it was either playing a movie or maybe there was a PC in the cab), but in any case, I doubt its survived.
  12. These are mass produced and often available at Walmart. In certain parts of the country places like Target and other similar department stores might have them as well. On a good day, you might find older models for sale for $200 or less. Arcade1up has been putting out new models with higher quality components and those tend to be $400-$500 when brand new. Here's their website. https://arcade1up.com/ There's a whole cottage industry around modding these by installing your own computer or raspberry pi, applying custom cab decals and graphics to "re-skin" the cab, installing a coin door, installing a larger screen, etc. Here's one vendor as an example https://arcademodup.com/arcade1upmods/
  13. I remember seeing previews for Rez before it came out. In the US, it was only coming to PS2 so I kind of associate the game with the PS2. When I found out a dreamcast version was coming out in other regions, I felt like this was one of the most graphically impressive dreamcast titles. It had that post 2000 "current gen" dark lighting and techno music vibe that many PS2 games had (Zone of the Enders, Tekken Tag, Fantavision, etc) that much of the dreamcast library didn't have. A little surprised there was no naomi version for arcades. It would have been fairly straightforward to turn Rez into an arcade game. Vaguely remember IGN reporting it was being considered as an arcade title to be featured in a deluxe Namco orb-like cab, but obviously nothing came of that.
  14. I gutted an arcade1up cabinet and turned it into a MAME cabinet. It was very easy to do. Let me know if you have any questions. Here it is in its current configuration with a steering wheel, but I had standard arcade controls and games on it for a couple years before recently re-imagining it for driving games.
  15. I'm debating getting a Gravis Phoenix. Besides Descent, are there any suggestions on dos games it could be good for? Given the look it has, I'm mostly thinking it would be fun to bop around with in space/sci fi flight sim kind of games, rather than more realistic flight sims.
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