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dave1dmarx

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  1. Sixteen Candles is great! Weird Science too.
  2. Brought my modded Flashback, which now has every Intv game - including prototypes - along with every 2600, 7800 + Colecovision game (thanks Eddie!) up to my mom's in Poughkeepsie, NY and played Backgammon (with her), Snafu, Carnival + Frogger (with my sister).
  3. Hi decle, Thanks for taking the time to do all that work! I've had a chance to listen to the roms and yeah, I guess it would be a rather difficult task to completely re-create the tunes from scratch. While decent attempts, none really come remotely close to replicating what's on the cassette recordings. The music.rom file came the closest, until (like you said) the chords kicked in and it became a mess. As far as picking out the notes goes, while I am okay at playing piano by ear, to totally recreate something like that Ragtime tune (does ANYONE out there know the actual name for it??) would be a daunting task. And even if I were able to accomplish this, I wouldn't know how to transpose what I'm playing into anything useful for a potential programmer. So, I guess the mono cassette recordings will have to stand as the best representation of those songs as how they actually sounded back then. Still, I admire the time and effort you put in, and while The Entertainer isn't quite the PlayCable version, it was quite entertaining in its own right. So thanks for making the effort, decle. It is very much appreciated!
  4. Almost forgot to upload the final song from the PlayCable menu. This time it's Music Box Dancer. I wish I had better visuals to go with the audio, but at least all three rare songs are now "out there"!
  5. It looks like the errors have extended to your post! You mention Bowling, yet the photo in your post shows Boxing.
  6. I have no knowledge/experience programming in the Intv, so I wouldn't know where to begin. I was hoping that folks with more experience/know-how might want to take a crack at it. As for the beeps at the beginning, they were present at the start of every game load, sounding exactly the same. I think it was just in there to give the user the sense that SOMETHING was happening while they waited for the game to load. If anything was capable of re-creating the PlayCable signal, it would have been whatever was coming from the "ADAPTOR" RCA jack on the RF box as THAT was what was feeding the unit all the info. Unfortunately, I never thought to try and make a recording of that. And, given my crude methods for recording, it's very doubtful that such a recording would even be useful to us here in 2017.
  7. Here's another song - The Entertainer:
  8. Each page was the same, style-wise. The screen was similar to the splash screen in that it had the same starry background with the same "push disc" message on the bar at the bottom (white text on a green bar, IIRC) The games were arranged alphabetically in the menus and were four to a page, and each was numbered like this (for example): 1. ARMOR BATTLE 2. ASTROSMASH 3. BACKGAMMON 4. BASEBALL To select a game from a page, you simply pressed the corresponding number and "Enter". The game would then load up, with the same short beeps you hear at the beginning of the video (though it would last for about 5-10 seconds), leading to four long beeps (like the two heard on the video). The title screen would then be displayed as if the system was just powered up with the cartridge in. If you wanted to return to the PlayCable menu, you had to hit reset (or power off/on) as there was no way to do it from the hand controllers.
  9. The RF switch box had two RCA inputs - one labeled GAME (for the Intellivision) and another labeled ADAPTOR. The coax for cable TV also went into the box so, I imagine there was a signal being sent that was specifically for PlayCable. We still used the RF box to connect cable to our TV for about a decade after we got rid of PlayCable (as the box worked just fine for regular cable as well), but it's long gone by now at my mom's house.
  10. That "someone" may have been my brother! I'll reach out and see if HE remembers exactly what the cost was.
  11. Are there any programmers out there who could recreate the music on the tape?
  12. We lived in Poughkeepsie, NY. I don't know the monthly fee and my mon doesn't remember! From the '83 tape, I hear games like Buzz Bombers and Shark! Shark! loading up, so those were among the newest games.
  13. Here are the original cassettes. The top one is from '82 and the bottom from '83:
  14. Yes. My family had PlayCable two different times - once from January '82 thru about July of '82 and again from about Jan '83 thru May or June '83. The first time around, PC had 15 games a month and there were four different menus songs that would randomly play once you got past the "Catalog" title screen. By '83, there were 20 games a month with only one menu song (The Entertainer). In 1982, I had recorded everything off the TV on a portable mono cassette recorder (I was 11 at the time). By 1983, I had figured out a way to record directly from the TVs headphone jack, so those recordings were in-line (albeit in mono as well). For the video, I had taken the in-line portions where the Catalog booted up from the '83 tape and switched to the '82 tape for the song. When I get around to putting up videos for the other two songs, you'll notice that The Entertainer is in-line while Music Box Dancer is not.
  15. Hi All, I found some audio cassettes I had made in 1982/3 of the Intellivision with PlayCable. While I wish I had a VCR back then, I thought some of you might like to hear one of the menu songs. There were four different songs in total on the menus: this one, Ride Of The Valkyries (same song from Checkers/Sub Hunt), The Entertainer and Music Box Dancer. Right now I have just made a video for the one song, but maybe I'll do videos for the other two "rare" songs. BTW, if ANYONE has footage of PlayCable in action from back in the day, please let me know!
  16. That looks fantastic! I am hopelessly inept when it comes to making these type of mods. If anyone has an extra modded Intellivision that they wouldn't mind selling, please PM me!! Thanks in advance.
  17. I'd imagine that $1, 000 is probably closer to the going rate, but I'm basing this on pure conjecture as well.
  18. Seeing as my family had PlayCable not once but TWICE (1981-82 & 1982-83), I'd be very interested in learning how much the unit actually sold for.
  19. And Learning Fun has been sold! Thanks for playing! I still have a sealed Dig Dug, but I guess that warrants a thread with a different title...
  20. $400- for Learning Fun I!!! The perfect Christmas gift for yourself! :-)
  21. The "New" sticker is on the box itself (both for Learning Fun I & Dig Dug). I hope this helps!
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