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  1. Edit: the first image, for me, is displaying HUGE in the post. This is my first time playing with AA image upload - am I doing something wrong? I hate how it's displaying. The others all show as thumbnails. Sorry if I'm barfing this thread, let me know if I can fix this. And the big kahuna. Here are some semi-decent scans of that huge 3-game sheet, that came with my GFTG Pack. Apologies that it's a cut-and-paste job, I just don't have a huge scanner: And another - I found these instructions tucked into my Sports Action Pak. Further German HES combos: And a bonus - I have a couple of these Activision Club/warranty cards in some of my Paks. I just thought they were kinda cool. I'd really love someone to translate the Summer/Winter/California Games instructions, at least the part about how to select and choose the game. My German is atrocious, but it almost reads like these were in fact instructions for a 3-game multicart? There sure is a lot of talk about using SELECT and RESET to choose things, which would only make sense in a multicart situation. The Games series used joysticks to select sub-games within, if memory serves.
  2. OK, check this out. Further evidence of where this came from. There was a sticker seal on the case, that was never properly ripped off. I can't believe I just noticed this now. You can clearly see some German on it. Proof that these HES games were sold in some sort of German market, which explains where these frankengames came from. Unfortunately this can't be scanned as it's recessed in the case.
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    GFTG front

    From the album: PAL scans

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    GFTG back

    From the album: PAL scans

  5. Atari didn't fizzle due to a poor audio chip, it fizzled because gamers were ready to move onto more complex games. And because they kept releasing their hardware upgrades far too late - basically the opposite of Sega who kept releasing upgrades seemingly every few months in a desperate hope to retain consumer interest. There's a reason the Colecovision sold umpteen consoles even though it was released with the world's worst controller, immediately before the crash. Activision "got" where gaming was headed. Atari did not. Atari also had the chance to distribute the NES in North America - now THAT would have re-written gaming history. We very likely would have seen Sega thrive (I just don't see Atari marketing Mario and Zelda and Metroid and such quite as successfully) and quite possibly Sony would never have entered the picture. A smaller Nintendo may never have ventured into the CD experiment with Sony in the first place. Without a surging SNES, and a Playstation cleaning up the market, Sega would have been a very dominant player. Imagine a world where Sega still makes hardware.
  6. RH, do you have any reason to believe these go with the GFTG pack? Beyond my anecdote of how I found them? I'll try scanning them today - my home scanner is smaller so I may have to stitch things together. Also, I have a couple of small treats just discovered in these.
  7. A new Star Wars movie is more like Sony coming out with the PS4. More of the same, with better technology (plus we're all a little older). This thread is about trying to re-create Star Wars, using 1970s special effects, and trying to pass it off to the masses as something special. Oh, and charging one hell of a markup to come see it - given that you can buy it on DVD for about 10 cents these days.
  8. I seem to recall Tod saying something like 20% was completed, so basically nothing. Still would be neat to see, but not exactly a useful prototype. I've always been far more interested in the 2600 BallBlazer comment. When a programmer says "the coolest tech I ever did", I'm intrigued.
  9. I have those exact same instructions. In my case, they came tucked into an HES "Go For the Gold" pack, which is just Summer and Winter games. Which also has English instructions for those 2 games only, on the back of the insert/cover like most HES packs. I've always wondered where the German instructions came from. My HES pack came from a collection with a bunch of unrelated German PAL carts (the usual Phantom-Panzer and such) so at the time, I guessed that perhaps the HES sets were being sold in Germany, with that insert for the instructions. I'd sure be pissed to see instructions for 3 games but only 2 carts, if I was a kid!
  10. Surprised no one's mentioned this: http://my.execpc.com/~krieg/links/2600.carts This is the site I first got several lists off of, years before Wikipedia and the like even existed. Perfectly designed as a checklist for cart/instructions/box as well, for those that track that sort of thing. I've actually found his rarities to be sometimes more accurate than AA or other sites as well - and sometimes he's REALLY off. I suspect I'm picking up on regional market variations after so many years of collecting.
  11. I realize that it's timezone specific and all, but what great timing! Maybe doesn't work if you're not Mountain Time... Thanks for the informative post, in all seriousness.
  12. I was 3 when Star Wars came out. So while I grew up a Star Wars kid (the merchandising really took a few years to kick off), I never really was around for the initial surprise and hype. The movie was basically part of my life from day one of my memories. But I don't sit around thinking "man, I wish someone could re-do Star Wars and I could re-live that unique moment in history". The closest we've come since is Avatar, and that basically destroyed the movie industry for a decade (bloody 3D gimmick...grrrr). Sometimes it's best to accept history as it is, and not try to re-invent it.
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    When I did my computer science degree lo these many years ago, I'll never forget something a professor said: in every other science, we're constantly discussing dead people. In comp sci, almost all of the original people are still alive and you can talk to them. Now, this was a while back and things have changed on that front, but your comment reminded me: pretty much every videogame programmer, developer, artist, sound design person, etc in history is still alive. This will not be the case for very much longer. We have a narrow window of maybe a decade or two, and then we'll lose their stories, their memories, their histories forever. So things like these Anthologies are literally priceless. When I read stories on AA about people tracking down the Men-A-Vision people, or the Red Sea Crossing guy - we have a unique opportunity to completely document every last shred of cultural history here. I can't think of anything else like this - comic books comes close, but many of the greats died before people really became interested in the historical value of the medium. With videogames, we have a chance, and the time is now. Just waxing philosophical... really wish I lived in California for a lot of reasons.
  14. No, but now that you mention it I did come across a couple of Pitfall IIs that took a lot of TLC to make work. Seems to be par for the course with these guys. They mostly just need to be inserted "just so" - kinda like Intellivisions when the console's been mistreated a bit. You have to be careful not to force them in too far.
  15. Buying sealed is a sucker's bet. You have no way of ever knowing if it's original, or not - and given the insane markup people will pay for some cellophane on cardboard, it's worth it to people to learn how to fake it very, very well. Considering that the contents in question suffer pretty much zero damage from losing their plastic wrappings, I've never understood why people bother. And from what I understand, original Atari games didn't actually get manufactured in plastic anyway. That was all done at the retailer.
  16. The cartridge era was destroyed when the Boomers' children flocked to Playstations, with their FMV space-filler and multi-minute load times. It's been 20 years since anyone other than us old farts even *wanted* a cartridge-based system. As mentioned already, the only people willing to pay hundreds of dollars for an Atari or NES, regardless of how old/new it is or what it can do, are hipsters. If you think you can make a viable business model out of catering to fads that last on average 18 months, be my guest. The rest of us will happily play along with the probably 30+ million consoles sitting around in attics and basements collecting dust. We've got an insanely healthy homebrew scene for the 2600, hundreds of carts from back in the day published by the tens and hundreds of thousands, wonderful things like the Harmony Cart, Stella in a pinch, and 800 screens to play our games on. I don't mean to shit all over someone's idea, but I really don't understand the point. Especially if you're not going to recreate a CRT television market. 2600 games, and in fact most games of the cartridge era, look like complete trash on a high resolution screen. The graphics of that era were designed with low resolution and scanlines in mind, and they only really look correct under those circumstances. Anything else, and you might as well use emulation and save some money and storage space, because you're already so far away from the original "look and feel". Also, the Flashbacks were "good enough" for 99.999% of the population - hell, the Flashback 2 is good enough for ME - and they were what, $40 including 70-80 games? And we seriously think that at $50 for a single game, not including the console, there's a market? Yeah - it's called the current homebrew market, primarily here at AA. They sell a few dozen, maybe a few hundred copies?
  17. Those are Genesis/SNES screenshots at the very least. Way too detailed to be 7800 or even NES (hard to tell for sure with the limited zoom though). My first thought was that this might be the coolest Famiclone ever. They often use pics from other systems on the packaging for those. I'd buy a 2600-case Famiclone in a heartbeat!
  18. Amazon "prices" are basically whatever some random moron wants to charge. I've seen SMB/Duck Hunt for $25 there, and that's literally the most common cartridge ever made. Most price charting websites are a complete joke because they actually take this as a real value. I could become an Amazon seller and list E.T. for $50,000, and really screw with these websites. Completed Ebay listings are really the only halfway-decent pricing at this point.
  19. Advertising images (including on packaging material) are very often created using mock-up devices. That thing could be carved from wood and painted, for all we know. Or put together using a Heavy 6 base that was sitting around the office, with the new 4-switch top. Anything is possible. Interesting observation, though. I've never noticed it myself, as heavy 6ers are basically non-existent in my part of the world. I've only ever seen pictures, and on this forum.
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