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A.J. Franzman

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  1. No batteries required!

  2. If you can't open the bottom flaps without peeling them apart, they're glued. Some boxes have tuck flaps at both ends that can simply be pulled apart without damage. Then, aside from those glued at the bottom and tucked at the top, there are others that were glued at both ends originally; if you have any of those that are not still sealed, looking at them will give you an idea of the kind of damage to expect from opening glued bottom flaps to flatten a box for storage.
  3. Mythicon Froggo Panda Mystique/PlayAround
  4. tz101, you're confused. The circuit boards and RF shielding inside the heavy sixers and light sixers are practically indistinguishable from one another. The thin sheet metal shielding was introduced with the change to 4 switches.
  5. OK, I could go along with "there is no level 3", but what's the obscurity reference about? Jim Croce didn't fade into obscurity, he was right at the top when he died in the plane crash. Maybe today's whippersnappers don't know who he was, but it took a long time to get here from there.
  6. I think the cartridge guide in a Junior is part of the top of the casing, so there's really no replacement available unless you can get a whole other top (possibly scavenge one from a dead unit).
  7. There are three outdoor antennas on that mast. And no, they're not providing signals to the TV sets on display (no cables). They're on display for sale (note at least one and possibly two paper tags in the photo), probably above boxed ones on a shelf unit in the next aisle over from the TVs and VCS kiosk. The store would most likely have one or two antennas on the roof with a hidden cable and a distribution amplifier feeding signals to the TV sets on display (that cable may possibly even be running down inside the mast that the displayed antennas are mounted to).
  8. Um, this topic is in the 2600 forum, so only cartridges for the VCS count.
  9. Adult game companies: Cosmovision Multivision Mystique PlayAround (sometimes seen typo'ed as "Playground", but not in Rom Hunter's collection) Universal Gamex Titles: Bachelor Party Bachelorette Party Beat 'Em & Eat 'Em Burning Desire Custer's Revenge General Re-Treat Harem Jungle Fever Knight on the Town Lady in Wading Westward Ho! X-Man I may have missed one or two.
  10. I've outlined the location where the channel switch slot would be found. Your unit doesn't have it.
  11. That doesn't even look real; it looks like a bad Photoshop job. The "BERZERK" text doesn't have the correct perspective to match the position of the cartridge.
  12. How about Alex and Albert, the 2600 Nexus' founders?
  13. Your pics from post #55 look a bit better than those from #52. For example, counting black as 0, the grayscale bars 1 and 2 in post #52 are too dark. I see the vertical banding seems to have gone away in #55 too.
  14. That thing looks huge! Are the buttons meant to be foot-operated?
  15. Pal cannot play ntsc. Wrong. There are two main differences between (most) PAL and NTSC versions of the same game: The PAL version displays more scanlines, so it runs at 50 Hz, and the PAL version uses different colo(u)rs, because the PAL and NTSC TIA chips in the consoles have their colo(u)r tables in a different order and the PAL version has fewer colours. Otherwise, a console doesn't care what region of cartridge you put in it. A PAL console will run NTSC games just fine. Colours will be incorrect and some games might be hard or impossible to play for that reason, but most games will play fine. Another thing people who play games from both regions may notice: most PAL version games run slower than their NTSC counterpart, because when the programmers added the extra scanlines, they didn't bother to change the sprite speeds to compensate for the slower 50 Hz framerate.
  16. The game should have available as an alternative, the same solution that the characters in Cube discovered too late.
  17. Partially loose labels are so easy to fix I would prefer wraparound, as if the end gets unstuck it can't get lost. So I'd put Activision ahead of Atari for that reason, plus their nifty ridges and grooves that make stacks more stable.
  18. Probably a pirate version of Combat, which came with most of the systems sold in the U.S. That made it one of the most common games there is.
  19. @ Batari: Are you using the TIA outputs directly from the chip, with any associated circuitry on the motherboard disconnected? What exact part number of 4050 buffer are you using? I saw where LHE said he did some investigating and found that a 74HC4050 was much faster than the standard CMOS variety.
  20. Definitely for the VCS/2600, and definitely homebrew. A bit unusual with the wood case and the strange EPROMs. This topic probably doesn't belong in the Prototypes forum, as these sets almost always consist only of released game versions. I assume those are some sort of removable carrier attached to each chip? Can you post a closeup photo or scan of a couple of the chips (right side up, upside down) and a couple of the caddies alone also, if they do come off easily? Value, who knows? Lots like that come up fairly often, and I don't think they're highly valuable/sought after. Yours might be worth a little more than average since it's so weird. I think they usually go for $20-$30 or so.
  21. If you stay in a room too long a hallway monster will come in; their sprites are larger (and they're invincible!)
  22. Thanks, user42. I was referring to the green and blue versions you posted. I hadn't seen the first one before either, now I see it's obviously the original version of the one mimo posted.
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