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About Tornadoboy

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  1. I like the idea someone mentioned earlier about using the button on joystick #2 as a second button for #1, that opens up all kinds of possibilities and people seldom use #2 anyway! As far as what hardware I'd like? The Geneve 2020 is the big thing I'm waiting on, I'm sure I've said all this before but there's been a lot of really cool developments in retro computing and arcade game hardware in recent years but the G2020 is the big thing I'm holding out for. For me I want something that can sit on my desk without taking ridiculous space, have a remote keyboard, share the same monitor as my other computers, be able to hold pretty much any and all software ever developed for the TI on a single SD and have perfect backward compatibility so I can take trips down memory lane whenever I feel like it and have everything run as it used to! Also having greater capabilities opens up all kinds of possibilities to see what knew things can be developed by the keyboard geniuses out there! I'd love it if the speed could be adjusted with software commands so otherwise good but impossibly slow basic and Xbasic games can be improved selectively without making game play too fast. Run super fast while booting or calculating something like the computer AI making a move in a game, loading the level, etc then slow it down a bit so moving characters aren't so fast it makes actually playing impossible. Other hardware ideas? Me just shooting from the hip: - Some kind of side port controller box to handle things like switching on and off motors and relays through software so the TI can be used to control devices like robot arms, etc, and be able to receive input from things like limit switches. Should be fairly easy and such a device might already exist and I just don't know it, I know I've seen at least one person somewhere on Youtube experimenting with a robot arm. - Some kind of upgraded joystick port to use more modern joysticks with analog output and multiple buttons.
  2. When you talk other form, do you mean as part of sort of a "classic" collection for PCs and such?
  3. I'm no genius at it but if you need anything for this designed for 3D printing I might be able to help. Other than that I have nothing to give but blood, sweat and tears
  4. I recently tried it through the MESS emulator and I've got to say you absolutely NAILED it! I'm a fan of the Colecovision port and I even own an actual BNJ arcade cab so I know the game well, great work on your part!
  5. Whomever owns the rights to MM2 ought to just release it perhaps not in ROM form but as part of a collection of unreleased atari prototypes that'll run on the PC, XBox, etc, unless the price is sick it would probably be a good seller, just letting the games collect dust isn't going to make them money anyway.
  6. It'll seem strange but I'd pay someone to hack Microsurgeon so it had an attract mode, a 1-coin-per-play function, a high score list and a few other enhancements so I could build it into an arcade game, I always thought it would have been awesome with Robotron-like joysticks. There's a few other games I'd probably give the arcade treatment too as well, I love 80's style video games. As far as hardware? Not sure, maybe get a 99/8 or pay someone to do a run of repros, although it sounds like the upcoming Geneve 2020 will blow that thing out of the water anyway.
  7. I'd like to see some of the last vaporware games see life, like Horse Racing, Dracula, Super Smurf and Skiing as shown on the Colecovision box.
  8. I just remembered another one: "Mr. T" or maybe it was "The Game of Mr. T" which was in extended basic and pretty funny, if I remember it said on the title screen "I pity da fool who plays this game!" I can't remember if there were more levels but there was one where you had to get his head across the screen while avoiding scissors that were trying to cut his mohawk, and another where you had to run back in forth with something like a shopping cart to catch things that were falling, kind of like Atari's Kaboom.
  9. I can't wait for the Geneve 2020 to come out, I want to load that thing up with every piece of software I can find for the 4a and just be able to stroll through the library rediscovering games I've forgotten and trying out new ones!
  10. It seems to me I saw somewhere that it had been done, but I couldn't tell you where to find it.
  11. Just thought I'd take a stroll down memory lane My list off the top of my head in no particular order... Basic - Tick World - Cars and Carcases - Frazzle - Maze of Ariel - TI Trek - Robot Jokes (we used to hack it in school to say all kinds of jokes it was never intended to ) - Mad Libs (same as above) - Jumping Jack - Motorcross - Camel - Chuckaluck (correct name? Yahtzee like game) - Close Encounters of the Simon Kind - Zap-A-Ball Xbasic - Meltdown - Bird Brain - Cavern Quest - Window Washer - Survival - Bladerunner - Mean Streets - Blackbeard's Treasure - Meteor Rescue - Bee Line - Tower
  12. Thought I'd give this thread a kick and see if anything new is going on? COVID-19 is complicating a lot of things to say the least, lockdowns and sickness aside I imagine there are major supply chain disruptions to electronics and PCB fab.
  13. Someone ought to make a Game Genie-type gizmo that goes between the cartridge and the port, then people can come up with whatever cheats they want for whatever cartridge, present and future. I don't know how viable that is with the hardware/software compared to an NES but it's an interesting thought.
  14. Here's a bunch of really cool mods: http://www.mainbyte.com/ti99/upgrades.asp
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