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willbilly

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  1. Whoa whoa whoa... I know it's just an analogy but gold plating a Ferrari is just plain immoral. I have to be able to eat tonight you know.
  2. Just looked it up...holy mackerel the theme song on that is gooooooood
  3. I actually started designing on an atomic pi case....it got a little out of hand because I love sheetmetal construction. Anyway I'm waiting for some funds to do a prototype.
  4. I like this - I'm definitely down to design the cartridge caddy casing.
  5. A 30 dollar game in 1987 would cost 64 now due to inflation. It's amazing to me with the limited run that the dev's were able to offer this, a professionally built game for what would've been a fair price for an Atari game back then, not to mention the exemplary production values in it.
  6. I would figure any new-build hardware may as well be an improvement, since both avenues are backwards-compatible (the 99/8 and the Geneve) - which is why I lean towards the Geneve when doing hypotheticals, it being the biggest improvement. I figure priced well enough it might engender more homebrew for the original Geneves as well. If you really wanted to jumpstart homebrew development, you could also release a devkit/emulator disguised as a "fantasy" console, like the Pico-8.
  7. I've put some thought into it. I know that there's quite a few custom chips in the 99/8 to contend with. There is also the option to produce new build Myarc boards, possibly even putting the myarc architecture into new cases.
  8. Bmack had a good amount of input too. We bounced a couple of ideas back and forth - especially the power and reset buttons. The controller-knob-as-buttons was his idea.
  9. Okay...I want one. I don't even have a pro system yet...or the money. But when I do I want this in my collection
  10. Aha...DMA time. There's the bottleneck I was expecting. So, if I understand this correctly, MARIA halts the 6502 to read the DLL, determines which display list to generate, goes out and finds all the appropriate elements, then determines what pixels will be in the raster, and finally outputs the raster. Just trying to clear this up so I can theorycraft some more.
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