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Psionic last won the day on January 23 2011

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  1. Je ne sais pas si le propriétaire l'a toujours mais je ne pense pas qu'il parle français. Si vous parlez français seulement, essayez de poster un message ici et il est possible quelqu'un vous aide... https://atariage.com/forums/forum/9-international/
  2. TechnoVision was a brand name used by Video Technology Ltd. for non-CreatiVision products, similar to Atari's use of Atarisoft and Mattel's M-Network. VTech is and has always been based in Honk Kong. I'm not sure how and why their 2600 games were distributed mostly in Europe but seemingly nowhere else. I do suspect those games may have been developed by a subcontractor in Germany or elsewhere in Europe based on them being released there, and on them being original games of higher quality than most of the garbage coming out of Asia at that time. But that's just speculation on my part.
  3. Even before that while it was still on the market and actively being supported, the Jaguar always seemed to me like a niche console with a cult-type following (i.e. not unlike today). By 1999, even Atari itself was already gone. The Jag never really being commercially viable coupled with it being the now-defunct Atari's last gasp pretty much instantly elevated it to "retro" status.
  4. I'm pretty sure the sticker that appears orange is just faded or discolored from a printing variation. The blue stickers are specific to the Commodore 64. My copies of Bristles and Flip and Flop both have them.
  5. I have the Atari cartridge and Commodore diskette versions of Flip and Flop, both complete in box. The former lacks a media format sticker whereas the latter has a blue one. The stickers for the Atari versions should actually be red as seen here.
  6. Yes sir...it was a pleasant surprise to see both the display and ad finally surface after all these years. A higher resolution picture of the display would be nice if someone here won it.
  7. Did someone here manage to win that Tooth Protectors retail display that was on eBay several months back? From what I remember, it sold for a few hundred dollars. I was outbid on that one but did manage to grab this full color original circular ad last month. First time I've ever seen one. I'll scan and post it sans watermark when I have a chance.
  8. This was a known issue with the first batch of Skeet Shoot cartridges that was apparently corrected. It was mentioned in this interview with programmer Ed Salvo back in 2006.
  9. Even using the process I described above for cartridge insertion you may still find the PCB jarring loose occasionally. It's just a result of poor design and there's not much you can really do about it unless you're willing to do something more permanent like gluing the board in place. In reference to your earlier comment, there are no screws in Wizard cartridges and as such they can be disassembled fairly easily without doing damage as long as you pull the two halves of the shell apart slowly and carefully. That being the case, you might as well just take your cartridge apart completely and give it a thorough cleaning before reseating the PCB if it has a strong odor of smoke. Or at least open it up enough that you can clean the board and the inside of the shell with some alcohol on a cotton swab.
  10. Makes sense actually, especially given the lack of parent/teacher-type stores back in those days. This would also explain why Simage was sometimes referred to as a "religious" company in old Atari collecting circles. Out of curiosity, when you say "local" where exactly are you referring to?
  11. He was referencing an old joke.
  12. The Octopussy version was supposedly in development at Western Technologies but the problem is that despite speaking with numerous designers and programmers who worked there, I can't find a single one who worked on this title or even remembers anyone else working on it. This would seem unusual for a game nearing completion. Hulk had an approved game design and was at least started but is not known to have progressed beyond an elaborate title screen. Although it's certainly possible that it could've progressed further and it is rumored to have been playable, this has never been confirmed. The Commodore 64 version was completed or nearly so and was eventually released by Konami a few years later. The other ports are known to have been started and their degrees of completion are not known, but I tend to think they were fairly well along in development. The problem here is that the subcontractor who was working on these ports is unknown (at least to me).
  13. It could have been sold in some shops locally but it's only believed to have been available directly from Simage. Although no dealer ad or original owner has ever been found that I know of, so it's hard to say for certain exactly how and where it might've been sold. I know of at least one person who purchased it via mail order from Video Game Take-Out in North Hollywood, who had reviewed the game in their Video Game Update newsletter. According to that review, the game was available directly from the company.
  14. M.A.D. was also originally developed with an overt Cold War theme but was changed from "Mutual Assured Destruction" to "Missile Attack and Defense" before release.
  15. The housing inside those cartridges simply doesn't do a very good job of holding the PCB in place and there's really no 100% foolproof way to permanently fix the issue. To get the board back in place on your Halloween cartridge without opening it up, carefully pry the two halves of the cartridge slightly apart by hand until you can move the board around freely. Then properly reseat the board on the housing and press the two halves back together again slowly and extremely firmly using the palms of your hands. With the two halves back together again, attempt to wiggle the board extremely gently with your finger to confirm that it's wobble free. After that, whenever the cartridge is inserted into your console you must always use your fingers to apply firm pressure to the top and bottom halves of the shell equally to prevent the board from dislodging again. It's worked pretty well for me, although I honestly don't use the cartridge very often.
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