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So, this week-end, the Pixel Anthology 2 will take place, at La Bazoge, near Le Mans. In France, indeed. Organized by the non-profit association Rétrotaku, it will host about 40 machines from every era, all playable, and will host games, guests and stuff. Why am I talking about this here? I am a member of Retrotaku, and so I though you might like to see what it's like to set up that kind of event. I'll be posting pictures and comments about the event, but also of the setup, the after, and the result of this adventure. First step was to decide the machines we will display, and to associate them with the televisions. All of our TVs are donations, and mreo than often, they came with no remote control. and on a lot of those late TV, there is a serious lack of buttons that allow us to switch on A/V. So it was important to sort out TV with no remote controls with consoel with SCART out that switched on the A/V, and console with composite output that didn't. And sole older SCART specs are finiscky with modern TV too so that had to be done. And also, printing posters and putting them on cardboard to indicate where the fun is going to take place, and pointing out things we had and things we don't so we know what's good or not. And all of this in a good, joyful atmosphere. Stay tuned!
About last year, I fiddled on ePay and won an auction for a Bally Astrocade, with some games, and one joystick. Only now I got enough time to finally look on it, and check out the misfit of the console. When it arrived, it rattled inside. Never a good sight. Turn out it was just a penny, minted in 1981 However, one capacitor was snapped, and I discovered in horror the cooling system of the console - a cheap array of metallic madness. So I worked to make the console workable - note that I had pics of the console working before shipping, but Internet is filled with horror stories of those systems dying after shipping across the US... so a trans-oceanic shipping? Well anyway, today was the final day, where I got a new capacitor - the older one had a leg broken at the base, making it impossible to resold - the capacitor might have exploded from heating. With newspaper proof that it's THERE, and not anywhere else I know it's a dirty cut job, but I only had one drill, one plier and a hammer to do that so... hush I had to look into the attic to find an old travel TV, and THAT one only accepted NTSC-M RF video. I played with one hand to shot the vid, so yeah I suck
The more I get involved on AtariAge (on the forums, that's all) the more I get interested in the good old VCS. Nothing new here, I was interested before, but... The VCS is an old system and never reached in Europe the following / Classic system fame it can get in the USA. In fact, most retrogamers I know aren't interested, doesn't want to own one and doesn't even dare to try playing some games. So I was casually collectiong some carts here and there. And grew more interested in the system, until I decided to make the next step and found an NTSC system. Well, I don't plan to have all the variations that exist, so I though "hey, why not getting a sixer AND a Sears at the same time?" Because if I have to search and find one, why not picking something that is totally unknown in Europe? And I did. Here it is... with the lil bits needed for a good working in SECAM country. The official VCS AC adapter on top of its European counterpart. I don't know why it's twice as big. The lil bits on the system is your standard phono to F connector, provided by the seller. But, oops, Europe use the F connector for satellite only! Thanksfully there is a F connector to Euro RF connector. I'll later add an AV mod to the system anyway. And the games I got with it : Classic, yet as they are old programs, they aren't that common in Europe (remember, the Atari VCS was released in PAL version in 1980). And anyway, I need to feed that baby isn't it? Even if I can add some more recent releases : (yeah, quick'n'dirty setting, but I don't have much TVs able to take RF NTSC)
The XM will be at AC2012 held in France on the 14th and 15th of April. I'll also be taking part in the speed coding contest that weekend so there will be a new game at the end of the event (or at least a couple of levels anyways ). The theme of the contest is "a music-based game". I have some ideas but the contest organisers like to keep it interesting by giving out another game play element that has to be incorporated into your entry. You don't get to know what the mystery element is until closer to the event date. If it all goes to plan there will be a few release candidate XM games available for people to play at the venue over the weekend too.