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#1 Curt Vendel OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:55 AM

Okay, haven't slept since yesterday, but here we are, this is the 7800 Expansion Module:


PiggyBack071110-9-topsideview.jpg


Very tired....
Curt

#2 GroovyBee OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 10:58 AM

:cool: Looking good!

#3 nathanallan OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:13 AM

Very nice! Nice, rounded style like the 7800 itself. That cart guide "collar" is interesting. The whole thing looks like it would hang over the back based on where the plug is on the bottom.

I will definitely be wanting one of these.

#4 DracIsBack OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:16 AM

Okay, haven't slept since yesterday, but here we are, this is the 7800 Expansion Module:


PiggyBack071110-9-topsideview.jpg


Very tired....
Curt


Nice! What are the ports on the back and the right for? Keyboard? :-)

#5 Shawn OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:25 AM

Okay, haven't slept since yesterday, but here we are, this is the 7800 Expansion Module:


PiggyBack071110-9-topsideview.jpg


Very tired....
Curt


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pXfHLUlZf4

#6 The_Laird OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:41 AM

OMG that looks amazing!!! :lust:

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:09 PM

WOW! Can't wait to buy! Well done!Posted Image

#8 TrekMD OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:14 PM

That looks awesome!

#9 Curt Vendel OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 1:53 PM

SIO on the back, DB9 on the side... what people do with them, well... ;-)

Okay, haven't slept since yesterday, but here we are, this is the 7800 Expansion Module:


PiggyBack071110-9-topsideview.jpg


Very tired....
Curt


Nice! What are the ports on the back and the right for? Keyboard? :-)



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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:06 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pXfHLUlZf4


That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen! HA HA HA I can't believe how much that made me laugh. Where on earth did you learn of it?

#11 jaybird3rd OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:32 PM

Way to go, Curt!

Now get some rest. I'd hate to see you burn yourself out.

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:40 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pXfHLUlZf4


That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen! HA HA HA I can't believe how much that made me laugh. Where on earth did you learn of it?

You have a PM

#13 thebiggw OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jul 11, 2010 3:47 PM

:lust: :lust: :lust: :lust: :lust: 5 stars!!!

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Posted Mon Jul 12, 2010 4:24 AM

I want!

#15 nathanallan OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Jul 12, 2010 11:43 AM

Okay, haven't slept since yesterday, but here we are, this is the 7800 Expansion Module:


PiggyBack071110-9-topsideview.jpg


Very tired....
Curt


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pXfHLUlZf4

Freakkin hilarious!

#16 legeek OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:19 AM

Beautimous!

#17 Gemeni OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:39 AM

Can't wait and can't wait to see the games too....How are the games going to look on it?

#18 Emehr OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:02 PM

Lookin' great! Me want. :thumbsup:

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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:18 PM

This is amazing :) I must have one, even if it has no games, but awesome games sure would be great :)

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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:29 PM

Very nice!!!

I've been following this project on and off for quite a while and am VERY excited that it's this close.

Excellent job, Curt!!

#21 Curt Vendel OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010 12:57 PM

I know the coders are now talking about a lot of possibilities with the new features. It would be great to see a lot of the new games upgraded with Pokey sounds, see perhaps Donkey Kong "fixed" with arcade sound. It would be great to see games like Joust 2, Major Havoc, Tempest, Battlezone and others done now that there will be ample memory and better sound capabilities.


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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:35 PM

Awesome!!

As for the video.. you guys have seen "I'm on a Boat" right? :ponder:

#23 ZylonBane OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:43 PM

Products like this, no matter how technically impressive, entirely miss the point of coding on classic consoles. Part and parcel of coding on antique hardware is that it's technologically limited, so you suck it up and deal with it. The challenge is the entire point. If you don't want to deal with it, then why are you bothering? Go write Flash games instead.

And from a gamer's perspective-- Once you slap on this module, it's no longer an Atari 7800. It's a... I dunno... Curtari Vendelsystem. I have fond nostalgic memories of the Atari 7800, which is why homebrews for it still interest me. The Vendelsystem, on the other hand, I couldn't possibly care less about. If I want a version of Donkey Kong with better sound, I'll just fire up MAME. Ultimately, it all makes about as much sense as going to a Civil War reenactment and handing out AK-47s.

This isn't even addressing the installed base problem. The 7800 fan base is already pretty damn small. Fracturing it even further seems foolish at best. Even when major console manufacturers have attempted to introduce expansion modules, it's never been particularly successful.

But hey, maybe I'm wrong. If anyone has a more substantive rebuttal than "screew U zylonlame yuo suck!!11!", I'd certainly be happy to listen.

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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:47 PM

screew U zylonlame yuo suck!!11!

#25 horseboy OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Jul 14, 2010 2:50 PM

Just kidding. I agree that it won't truly be an Atari 7800 and the games won't truly be Atari 7800 games. However, I still think it is cool and can add something special to 7800 community. I doubt that once this comes out we will see the end of non-expansion module 7800 homebrews.




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