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  1. Interesting. Siera was a Belgian radio and TV brand owned by Videopac's parent company, Philips. There's speculation that Siera Videopac games were marketed only in Belgium because the Siera name was a recognized brand there. The multiple labels makes me wonder if they produced the cartridge with a standard label for sale in the general European market, them decided to sell it in Belgium so they slapped a Siera label on it, before finally moving it to the Netherlands or some other non-Belgium country in Europe, prompting yet a third label. From the Odyssey2 Essentials FAQ: What is Siera? Siera was yet another brand name under which Videopac games and consoles were marketed in Europe. Little is known about Siera except that it was a Belgian radio and television manufacturer. According to Videopac researcher Maurice Simon, Siera was a "daughter" corporation of Philips that also sold Philips radio and television equipment in Belgium. Perhaps because Siera was a recognized Belgian brand, Philips marketed Videopac consoles and games using the Siera name. It is not known if Siera games were limited exclusively to Belgium, but they are quite scarce today, so it seems safe to say they did not receive wide distribution. Siera marketed its own versions of the G7000 and G7400, which resemble the Philips consoles except for the presence of Siera logos. Siera game boxes also resemble their Philips counterparts other than branding, but Siera cartridge labels are much simpler. The rather cheap-looking labels are black-and-white, and list the Videopac number, a Siera logo and the words "ELECTRONIC COMPUTER GAME."
  2. It's always nice to see the O2 get a little respect. My personal favorites are Pick Axe Pete, Attack of the Timelord, Turtles, UFO, K.C.'s Krazy Chase and Robot City. As others said, Quest for the Rings is a wonderful two-player game but nearly unplayable single player. The homebrew game Mr. Roboto is very good, kind of an O2 take on Archon. Revival Studios just released a twitch game called AstroDodge and has a brand new one called Mayhem that I am looking forward to. I agree with the earlier point that the O2 has a strong RF signal, but it is easy to mod for composite video. I had cause to test both a modded and a non-modded console together a couple weeks ago, and it was like night and day. Another fairly easy mod is making the console use standard joysticks. Genesis pads make the games much easier to control IMO.
  3. Looks really cool... I'm tempted to get one for the ColecoVision. I've got a Y-adapter so the keypad is no problem. Can you do this mod on a NES 2 "dogbone" controller? I find them more comfortable than the original rectangular pad.
  4. Gah, I totally missed this, or else I'd have picked up a copy. I'd definitely be interested if there was a second run. Kudos to CPUWIZ for finally letting the community try out one of these long-lost Probe 2000 VCS games. I hold out hope we'll see the other one follow suit someday. Here is a scan of the 1983 NAP sales sheet that announced Power Lords. It was supposed to come out in September 1983. Oh well, it was only 27 years and 7 months late.
  5. Me too... I'll be keeping an eye out for ordering information. PM sent too.
  6. Well, what do you know? I was extremely surprised to find that my 2600 has arrived in the mail today, mere days after I had posted here that I never expected to get it back. The mods were completed as ordered, and the games look and sound better than ever. I am VERY pleased with the quality of the mods. Of course I am less pleased with the lengthy turnaround time and lack of communication, but in the end I did get what I paid for, eventually. Based on my experience I'd have no problem telling anybody to buy a pre-modded Longhorn console if they came across one on eBay for example, but I can't help but recommend caution ordering from Longhorn himself. I have the feeling he is going to come through with all outstanding orders, but it may take a while. Looking forward to a 2600-packed weekend...
  7. This is a technique I have used with success on crushed boxes. It is not for the faint of heart though; you have to get the box wet. I typically do it only with common boxes. 1. Prepare a flat area (tabletop for example). You will need an area that can be undisturbed for several weeks. You also need wax paper, something flat to put on top of the boxes (like a board or piece of tile), and something heavy and flat to compress the box. 2. Flatten the box as best you can. 3. Put a sheet of wax paper flat inside the box. You want it to be in between the two sides of the box, so they won't stick together after being compressed. 4. Submerge the box with the wax paper inside in clean, lukewarm water for a few seconds. 5. Put another piece of wax paper on the flat surface, then place the wet box on top of it. 6. Inspect the box for any stray bits of cardboard that may have become bent or loose during the submersion. Put them back into place as best you can. 7. Put yet another piece of wax paper on top of the box. Place the flat object on top of the wax paper & box sandwich. Put the heavy weight on top. 8. Let the whole thing compress until the box is dry. This can take up to a month! Don't disturb it for at least two weeks. When you take the box out, it'll be really flat but perhaps a bit structurally weaker. Unfold it carefully; it'll be kind of stuck together, but eventually it should pop apart and look less crushed.
  8. Heh, point taken. It's just not convenient enough for my lazy self. What would be really cool is to have the console switches mapped to buttons a hand controller, like a 6-button Genesis pad or something.
  9. This is basically what he did with me as well. I sent him a 4-switch 2600 to mod in March 2010, and paid him for it. I haven't heard anything from him for months now. Whenever I shop for homebrew services like this, I always know there's a chance I won't get anything for my money, so I never spend more than I'm willing to lose. I've been pretty lucky until now, but this time it looks like I am out the cash AND a console. I don't expect to get either back.
  10. This would be a darned easy project that almost anyone with very basic electronics skill could do. Sorry to resurrect an old thread, but I came across it on a Google search and I couldn't resist. I've often thought how handy it would be to have a remote 2600 setup like this. Did anyone ever try this project? I found this thread while searching for ideas for a convenient setup for all my consoles. It occurs to me that I have several systems that use the same 9-pin joystick port configuration (2600, 7800, Genesis, C64, Atari 8-bit... my Odyssey2 is even modded to be compatible with Atari joysticks). I'm wondering if I could just use 9-pin serial cables with a dB9 switchbox. Then I could just have one joystick plugged into the switchbox. Anybody else ever tried something like this? Here's the kind of switchbox I mean. You can get them with more ports, but they are more expensive: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=db9+switch&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=Chy&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ivns&resnum=1&biw=1280&bih=867&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=14867406802467483534&ei=jIlETdepHYLSsAPd9LXjCg&sa=X&oi=product_catalog_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CGQQ8wIwAA#
  11. I'm sure most of you know about the Pink Panther prototypes for the 2600 and Atari 8-bit computers, and the games announced for Odyssey2 and ColecoVision. Unfortunately I don't have any ROM images for you, but I have put together all the information I could find about the games into this article on my Odyssey2 web site. If you've already read about the prototypes here or on other sites, this article probably won't reveal anything you don't already know. Essentially I've just tried to collect all the information I have about the game's history in one place. However, there are some pictures included that you may not have seen before. Thanks to 2600 Connection and AtariProtos for some of the pics. Everything in the article is accurate as far I know. If you have any corrections or new info, please drop me a line.
  12. Heh, I finally managed to get my hands on one of the CGE2001 carts (DP had a few at CGE2010) and now there's a new release coming up. Oh well, it should be worth it for the Probe 2000-style manuals and inserts. Put me down for a CIB one. It's a cool idea to use an insert to turn a War Room box into a LotD box, since Probe 2000 boxes were originally designed to work that way. Too bad War Room boxes are so hard to come by.
  13. Ahh, Lord of the Dungeon. Possibly my most wanted game. I had a small role in discovering it. The person who owned the proto contacted me because of my Odyssey2 site (Probe 2000 was an offshoot of Odyssey after all). He also owned an Odyssey3 console, Flash Point prototype, O3 modem and other major rarities. I put him in touch with Sean Kelly to get the cart dumped. You can read our (abridged) original email exchange here. Sean was going to give me a cart at CGE 2000 but only had the bare circuit boards available. He promised to give me one one in a cart shell but it never happened. It's as much my fault as his though -- he had CGE on his mind, the carts were a PITA to make and I didn't remind him as much as I should have. I've also been trying to get screenshots and pics of the cart for my site's game database. CV Gus's screenshots are the first I've ever seen. newcoleco, can I use your circuit board pics? Anybody have a better scan of the cart label? Can't wait to try this on an emu!
  14. Here's your chance to own an original Atari Home Computers computer demonstration center! This is a genuine Atari-made display, the kind you'd have seen in a department store circa 1982 or thereabouts. The bottom of the unit is a shelf on which you can set up your computer or game console(s). Behind that is a long compartment covered by clear, sliding plastic panels, perfect for storing loose or boxed carts. There is a small hole in the back of the unit to thread power cords through. In the center is a hollowed area for setting up a monitor or small TV. A Commodore 1702 monitor fits in this section perfectly. Overall the unit is in very good condition, with great Atari computer screenshots, logos and slogans stenciled on plastic panels. Best of all, it even lights up! All you have to do is plug it in. CLICK HERE TO SEE IT It's not lighted in the picture. NOTE: you'll only be getting the Atari display itself and the table it's resting on, not any of the games or videos shown in the picture! Also note that the "Snap-on" and American flag stickers visible in the photo have been cleanly removed. I hate to part with this, but I'm moving soon, probably into a smaller apartment, and it would make my life easier not to have to lug this around (but if I don't receive any reasonable offers, I'll find some way to keep it). I can't say exactly how much it weighs, but it's HEAVY. Measurements are approximately 39" width x 46" height x 24" depth. The unit was designed to be displayed at eye level, so it needs to rest on a table or platform of some kind. If you buy the unit, I'll throw in a homemade table that was made specially for it. The table isn't much to look at, but it's sturdy and it holds the unit well. I'm hoping to get $300 for it, but I'll entertain all reasonable offers. However, you must be able to pick up the unit and provide your own transportation -- I will NOT ship it. A decent-sized flatbed truck or moving van would be best. Also, you'll have to help carry it out of my apartment, which will involve muscling it down a flight of stairs. If you can bring a friend or two to help move it, that would be great! I'm located in Orange County, California, specifically on the border between Newport Beach and Costa Mesa (ZIP code: 92663). IMPORTANT NOTE: I'm moving soon, probably by the end of December, so you MUST act quickly! First come, first served! If you're interested, please email me at o2williamc@yahoo.com and we will discuss further details.
  15. If anyone's interested in wiring a 2600 stick for use with the O2, here are the pinouts. And here is a set of simple tips for making your joysticks last longer (although I haven't tried them, since I wired my O2 to use 2600 sticks). And while we're at it, here are Jay Tilton's instructions for modding the console for composite A/V. I haven't tried this one either, but it looks very simple.
  16. No cart release? Bummer... G7400's won't work in the U.S. unless you have the right equipment, or know how to mod the console. First you need a converter for the Euro power plug and voltage. G7400's also have Euro-style RF plugs, which aren't compatible with any U.S. video input that I know of. And, since G7400's output a PAL signal, you need a TV or video card capable of handling PAL. I've heard that G7400's can be modded for composite video, but I haven't seen any plans for it anywhere. There are also some G7400 models that have an SCART connector, which might be a better solution for the video problems, but they seem to be rather scarce. If you're looking for the G7400 BIOS or ROMs, Digital Press has some here.
  17. The Games Database section of my site lists NEARLY every game -- there may be a prototype or homebrew or two that it's missing. I'm always updating it with new photos and info when I have time. The U.S. section, at least, contains every game I know of (PDF is correct: Blackjack is Las Vegas Blackjack). @Kepone: did you notice anything else missing? @tkarner: In the interview, Ron says that the design company decided on an "EXPLOSIVE" tone for the packaging: So I suppose he's at least partially responsible for all those exclamation points.
  18. The Sherlock Holmes proto IS out there, but it's supposed to be pretty much unplayable without the instructions. I've heard it's fairly complete though. Ron Bradford didn't mention whether or not the instructions still exist (or even if Steve Lehner actually started writing them). The last thing I want to do is become a pest, but I do plan to send Ron a few follow-up questions. You can bet my main question will be about the whereabouts of the manual. If you have any suggestions for follow-up questions, feel free to post them. I'll probably send them in the next day or so. I have a hunch we'll see Sherlock Holmes dumped and available someday, no matter what happens. Keep your fingers crossed. BTW, Halcyon Days has an informative interview with Ed Averett here. (I just keep forgetting to link to it from my site.)
  19. Forgive me if you've already seen this notice on RGVC or some other site, but I'm trying to get the word out as much as possible! As I've recently come to learn, Ron Bradford of Bradford/Cout Design was the principal graphic artist for the Odyssey2, responsible for producing all the game box art, advertising direction and packaging design. Not only that, but he also developed the Master Strategy games in tandem with his partner and longtime friend, Steve Lehner. He was also responsible for the packaging designs and screen overlays for the original Magnavox Odyssey console. Ron's son and daughter-in-law recently contacted me and helped me to arrange an interview with Ron, and here it is! In the interview, Ron discusses his involvement with Odyssey2 and provides some incredible never-before-seen photos, including designs for the never-released Sherlock Holmes game! If you're into the O2 at all, you'll want to check this out!
  20. After years of not being able to find Sub Scan, I've recently found two. One cart has two labels on it. On the front is the standard Sub Scan label. On the back of the cart is a smalller, rectangular label. It has the same label art as the front label, but the Sub Scan label is black (it's white on the front) and superimposed over a different part of the picture. The Sega logo is black and superimposed over the bottom right area of the artwork, with the words "THE ARCADE EXPERTS" written below it. It's strange, because the rear label covers up the SEGA logo that's etched into the back of all Sega carts, but the label looks professionally cut and applied. I can't figure out why Sega would have wanted a second label. Anybody else have a Sub Scan like this?
  21. Tempest: No, all G7200 monitors are B&W, as far as I know. No rich and vivid colors here.
  22. I contributed this scan to Atari Age, so I thought I'd throw in some background info. I got the Tank-Plus pic label in a bunch of one-sheet labels I bought off eBay some time ago. The guy who sold them said he had several labels and had cut up the onesheets to sell them in mixed lots. The lot I bought included other never-stuck labels like Pitfall!, Chopper Command, SwordQuest Earthworld, etc. Nothing besides Tank-Plus looks unusual. The labels seem authentic; they're the correct size, thickness, etc. The scan I sent in hasn't been altered in any way. I didn't realize I might have an "unknown" label until I checked the Label Variations FAQ a couple weeks ago and didn't see it listed. Unfortunately, I lost the seller's address when I changed e-mail addresses, if I hadn't I'd ask him if he had anything else unusual. If you notice someone selling unstuck 2600 labels on eBay, that's probably him. - William The Odyssey2 Homepage! http://www.classicgaming.com/o2home/
  23. If you're in California, maybe you can go to the next Southern California Classic Collectors meet. Nothing as big as PhillyClassic, but a great way to spend an afternoon with some fellow collectors. SC3 Web site
  24. Just wanted to say, great job! I had been a bit worried about A2N since the news posts were coming a bit slowly, but now I see you were busy with other things. The redone site is great and should really help keep Atari alive! William "wing_king" Cassidy Site Director, www.classicgaming.com
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