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  1. Hey Guys, I have a prototype of Earl Weaver Baseball for Sega Genesis. I think the most interesting thing about it is the date stamped on the proto cart. Here's some background: Back in the early 90's I used to go to this local thrift store with my mom and occasionally buy Sega games when they had them. All of the games were relatively cheap maybe a few bucks at the time. I came across this weird looking thing pictured below. As a kid I'd never seen anything like it, played it a few times, didn't really pique my interest because at that age I was much more interested in fighting games. So it sat in my closet and collected dust. Fast forward 20 years later: Last week I cleaned out my storage unit and started feeling nostalgic looking through all of my neglected Sega Genesis games. I saw this one and noticed that it said "Preliminary Version". Then came the next stage RESEARCH. I've spent the past few weeks trying to learn as much as I could about Earl Weaver and Electronic Arts to try and shed some light on why this game was never released on any console. During that research I realized that the ROM for this game was never dumped, and no known prototypes existed. Could it be? Could I have the only one in the world? Hard to prove and even harder to find any written proof anywhere that this game should have existed. I went as far as contacted a former game designer for EA sports. He started working for EA in the Spring of 1992 assigned the task of developing the software of another baseball game that never made it to retail shelves "Baseball '93" based on the same engine as Earl Weaver. The interesting part: Eddie Dombrower one of the original creators of the game, stopped working for EA in 1992; he got tired of making baseball games. They hired on some new staff to work on Baseball 93, in 1992. Why were they still testing a game in early 1992 when they were already planning on starting a new series, the port to Genesis from home computer's must have been a lot more difficult than they anticipated. By this time Earl Weaver Baseball II was already released on DOS. In my communication with the designer from EA, he had no clue that this prototype ever existed, which I thought was strange since he started working there only a few months after this was burned to the cart. A lot of unanswered questions, but a great piece of Video Game and Baseball history. Earl Weaver Baseball was a revolutionary baseball game for its time and it was a shame that it officially made it to consoles. But here it is, the "missing link", ultra rare prototype of one of the best Baseball Games in gaming history. Never released, and never found until now. TLDR; I found a rare baseball game from 1992, and researched a lot to figure out how rare it was. Still cant find another copy anywhere. One of one?
  2. I got a box of loose Atari 2600 carts from a friend about a month ago in a trade and have been going through them since it is too hot to do anything outdoors. One of the carts is a Pete Rose Baseball cart by Absolute entertainment. I'm not a huge sports game fan, but something about these 2600 sports games I like. So, after cleaning the contacts I popped it into my 2600jr. and was quite amazed by what I saw. The graphics are actually really good, especially the screen for the pitcher and batter. The fielders aren't quite as good as that when the ball is hit, but still look decent. Sound is fairly good and gameplay seems good. This game is dated 1989 if I read it right and really shows how the old 2600 could be stretched. I mean it even wowed me when I got a look at it!
  3. Adding back in the title screen from the disk version, which Atari took out for their XE Cartridge release. I'm using the XEX conversion, which doesn't include the simple Atari title screen from the XE cartridge release (another XEX version out there includes it). This is a lightly enhanced title screen, which changes some fonts, changes some colors, and adds some colors (+4). I'm also working on a more fully enhanced version, which will include a lot of edits for the graphics and a lot of color addition/changes. The PAL version has the colors optimized for PAL on the title screen only. I don't think the game itself considers PAL color differences. I may look into changing colors for PAL on the in-game later. HardBall (Title, NTSC).xex HardBall (Title, PAL).xex
  4. I posted this to the Bally Alley Yahoo group, but it might get more traction here. Plus, the AtariAge forums are much more popular-- and you don't have to be a member to view most of them. I'm using my library's special services to search the Newspaper Archive for Bally Arcade/Astrocade material: https://newspaperarchive.com/ This is a pay site, but I can use the website for free using my library card. I've come across some newspaper ads that I've not seen before now. I've noticed that in 1978/79, there are a number of ads from mom and pop TV stores around the country who are selling the Bally Professional Arcade for $300 (the retail price at the time). If you buy it from them, then they would throw in the Tornado Baseball cartridge for free. Here is an example of such an advertisement (This ad is from page 29 of the December 2, 1978 issue of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph newspaper): (Don't those kids look like they're having so much fun? Man, I love ads from the 1970s!) I've never seen this Tornado Baseball promotion anyplace. Since the promotion seems to be from different stores in various area of the United States, I wonder if this was something that Bally pushed when the system was first introduced. I've also noticed some ads from the same period of time promoting Tornado Baseball World Series tournaments at bowling alleys! Anyone ever heard of that before now? I may post an example of this separately. Did anyone here get a free Tornado Baseball cartridge with their Astrocade when they bought it in the 1970s? Adam
  5. I have a request: I wonder if anyone who has either a Super Action Baseball or Super Action Football cartridge (preferably both) could please do a longplay of these games (at least 5-10 minutes, hopefully longer than 20 minutes to get an idea as to how easy or difficult it would be to master it)??? Want to know why I am asking this? I am asking because there is nothing on YouTube that points me to gameplay videos for these two titles, or anywhere else on the internet, and I am hoping this thread may change that. My sister did buy Super Action Baseball, the game that is packaged with the Super Action Controllers, in 1983-84. Both games are to be used only with the Super Action Controllers (as all of you should know by now), along with Rocky Super Action Boxing and Front Line. The baseball and football titles were previously to be released as launch titles for the ColecoVision's 1982 introduction, to be called Head-to-Head Baseball and Head-to-Head Football, respectively. Thank you in advance, Ben Edge
  6. It's official, the Leigh Valley IronPigs, Triple A-affiliates of the Philadelphia Phillies will have bacon (hmmm... bacon) in their Saturday uniforms! Check out their gear: http://ironpigs.milbstore.com/store.cfm?dept_id=3054&store_id=116&parentID=3019
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