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The Atari 5200 Podcast (New Podcast)

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Did I get a deal now? What do you guys think?

 

Honestly, what does it matter? As long as you are happy with it and get enjoyment out of it, who cares about $150 either way. And it sounds like you are pretty happy with it. I'm guessing for most of us this is just a hobby to pursue because it interests us, we get enjoyment out of it, and it makes us happy. So as long as we aren't spending more than we can afford, or prioritizing it over other important parts of our lives, the final dollar cost probably doesn't matter.

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Here are a few more Activision 5200 Overlays available from PBoland. I have already ordered mine :)

 

 

 

Is there a thread for these new ones ?

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For our next contest giveaway. What do our listeners think. Would you like a chance to win a modded 5200 Paddle or the Super Overlay Set.

Let us know by commenting. In 1 week we will announce what prize won :)

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That’s a mighty fine looking paddle controller.

 

The Podcast crew got the last ones I'm making for a while.

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The Podcast crew got the last ones I'm making for a while.

 

Can't wait for my second one to arrive. Your paddle controllers are the best! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Can't wait for my second one to arrive. Your paddle controllers are the best! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

 

It might be some time before I can make you a second one :(

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It might be some time before I can make you a second one :(

 

No worries. Glad others had a chance to get one.

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He is on vacation for another two weeks. When he gets back I will let him know.

 

Is your friend still willing to make a couple of these? :-D

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Is your friend still willing to make a couple of these? :-D

 

Hi, are you referring to the 3D printed cases for the Scott Baker analogue 5200 controllers? :)

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Hi, are you referring to the 3D printed cases for the Scott Baker analogue 5200 controllers? :)

 

Yes.

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Hi, are you referring to the 3D printed cases for the Scott Baker analogue 5200 controllers? :)

What he said. I'm interested on this as well.

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Late update but just want the listeners to know that we got the votes in and the next contest giveaway prize with be the modded Atari 5200 Paddle.

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Posted (edited)

Just a heads-up on a 5200 controller experiment I ran last evening that was surprisingly successful for playing the 1 and 2 button games. (experimented using Space Invaders as well as Dreadnaught Factor). 

 

This method is the 3rd unique way that's been discovered to get a mouse working on the 5200 digital games (not the pure analog games).  Like the other 2 methods it tends to work on most of the  5200 game library (with varying results) with the exception of these six titles:  Gorf, Kaboom, Missile Command, Super Breakout, Star Wars the Arcade Game, and Tempest. 

 

Items needed:

 

The 2 items needed to play the single button 5200 games are a Masterplay Clone (mine was made by Atariguy1021 in 2016, and it has potentiometer adjusters which are a must for it to work right) and a Commodore 64 mouse (model 1351). This mouse is especially cool because it has the capability to simulate analog movement in digital games due to pulse technology that it has onboard. In other words, your Space Invaders ship can be moved slowly with slow mouse movements or more quickly with fast mouse movements. 

 

To play the two button games you need two more items: a 9 pin splitter cable (two male plugs going to a female plug) and a Genesis 3 button gamepad. 

 

The method to get things working for the single button 5200 games is as follows. Plug your Masterplay Clone into the 5200 and connect the 9 pin connector of the mouse to the port of the Masterplay Clone. Now before pressing the power button on the console, press and hold the right mouse button.  Turn on the console and wait for the game to boot up before taking your finger off the right mouse button. The mouse should now be functioning properly. 

 

For two button games connect the 9 pin splitter cable to the port of the Masterplay Clone (which you have plugged into the 5200).  Connect a Genesis 3 button gamepad and the mouse to the male plugs of the splitter cable. Press and hold the mouse right button. Turn on the console and wait for the game to boot up before taking your finger off the mouse button. 

 

One of the mouse buttons is your primary fire button and the second button is utilized by pressing the 'C' button on your Genesis gamepad. You will have two hands in use to play the two button games. 

 

Well, there ya go. Games to try might include Ballblazer, Centipede, Dreadnaught Factor, Gyruss, Meteorites, Rescue on Fractalus, Space Invaders, and Zone Ranger. Have at it! 

 

 

 

 

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Alright, got some new info for you. I had Tempest on the incompatible list, but it turns out to be working astoundingly well with the mouse! 

 

 

 

 

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