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Well.. I just googled and apparently there IS a IC emulation project out there called "Dice"! :) See info here and links:

 

http://unmamed.mamew...nfo/no_cpu.html

 

I haven't tried it.. just thought I'd post about it though since it's exactly what we're talking about.

Yep. From the brief intro there, that's exactly what we're talking about.

Cool.

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It would be possible, but it wouldn't be in MAME, which is supposed to be a preservation project, and writing code from scratch isn't preserving anything.

 

You wouldn't be preserving the actual code, but if written well you could in a sense do "reproduction" arcade cabinets.

 

Cabinets like Death Race are scarce. At some point the electronics will fail and it would be a shame to not have preserved that game play environment regardless if it was not the actual code.

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Dice is cool and I have used this before.

 

This rules. With this you will be able to create a custom Pong cabinet. Maybe even a table top or one of those ugly wood grain cabinets.

 

XP can be hidden pretty well as I've done two MAME cabs thus far.

 

Create a bat file using the START /WAIT option to run

dice pong -fullscreen

 

and then

 

shutdown

 

to power off the computer when Pong is done.

 

Get a Hagstrom KE-18 and map controllers and buttons. One button for insert coin, a button to start and a button for ESC. I have to see if the KE-18 maps the keys used for the paddles.

 

A BIOS supporting last power state can fire the thing up easily using a power strip. Else, use the coin door to access the PC power button.

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http://www.klov.com/game_detail.php?game_id=9074

 

Spinners:

http://www.mikesarcade.com/cgi-bin/store.pl?sku=TWHEEL

 

$160 a pop. Pretty expensive. If anyone knows alternatives, please post a link.

 

Monitor Bezel

http://www.mikesarcade.com/cgi-bin/store.pl?sku=BEZEL19

 

Monitor Plexi Glass (or perhaps recycle a generic monitor glass)

http://www.mikesarcade.com/cgi-bin/store.pl?sku=CTPLEXI

 

6x9 Speakers

http://www.mikesarcade.com/cgi-bin/store.pl?sku=SPKR6X9

 

Some low-profile buttons

http://www.mikesarcade.com/cgi-bin/store.pl?sku=PB903

 

Leg Plates

http://www.mikesarcade.com/cgi-bin/store.pl?sku=LLPLATE

 

Legs

http://www.mikesarcade.com/cgi-bin/store.pl?sku=LLVLRSTD

 

15" Monitor and Kits

http://www.happ.com/monitors/49260310.htm

 

Find used coin door off of eBay

 

Plywood from Home Depot

 

Cover with that contact paper that looks like wood paneling or paint it black

 

Hookup wire from Radio Shack

 

Computer from work destined for the trash

 

IDE flash drive for noise reduction

 

Hack a speaker amp from comp speakers

 

Am I forgetting anything?

 

Project posted at a later time this year. Too cold to work on this crap...

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On the subject of converting circuitry to something simulated, does anyone know if one of the programs mentioned above would allow someone to put in the circuitry of Tennis For Two and make that playable? That's one I'd love to play. I do have a simulation of it on my site but I'm not certain how accurate it is. If someone diligently created the circuit in a program (I also happen to have the schematic on my site) it would be cool to see it fully simulated and playable on a modern PC.

 

Anyone think that's possible?

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Hi, sorry to necro an old thread ....

I'm the guy who developed the Computer Space Simulator (the subject of this thread) and came back to update my web site link, because I have recently changed hosts. I could not ressurect my old, existing AtariAge account (the email address I used back then is dead), so had to create a new account.

My new web page location (where Computer Space Simulator is and tons of other software):
http://moosesoftware.16mb.com/

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Ahhhh, sorry to double post ..... I'm almighty shocked to see this old post from "almightytodd": :-o :-o :-o

 

I just moved my copy of Moose O'Malley's "Computer Space Simulator" from a Windows XP machine to a new Windows System 7 machine with Norton anti-virus software on it. The Norton protection jumped all over it - wouldn't let me run it, recommended blocking it and removing it. Any ideas why? I think there's some code in it that may be connecting to his website automatically. There's a link on the splash screen that you can double-click on when the game opens up. Anyone else had any problem with this game?

 

 

This is a false positive from a sub-par scanner. I wish you had contacted me Todd instead of just "going public". :_( :? That would have been the polite thing to do ...

For anyone who may be interested, here's the VirusTotal Virus Scan report which gives this software a 100% clean bill of health against all 57 virus and malware scanners (as I fully expected).

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/366a16f6d342d79253faf60e46540b374be5f9a935da2f8d1a20f16839f06afb/analysis/1421470852/

Upload it to ViusTotal or Jotti or any other proper multi-scanner site and see for yourself. :)

Just to clarify for the record, all of my software is:

* Safe and Reliable: My software contains NO ads, NO tracking, NO DRM, NO nagging, NO nasty surprises, and has NO hidden side effects. My software does just what it claims to do. Nothing more, nothing less. I personally use many of my software titles every day on my own machines (this is why I developed the software in the first place ! I needed a program that did X, Y, and Z so I wrote it myself.)

* Secure: I am super paranoid about computer security and all of my computers are subject to the highest levels of security. You can rest assured that there are no viruses or malware in any of the software I provide.

* Throughly Verified: Before releasing my software, the files are uploaded to the VirusTotal.com web site, which scans each file against 50+ virus and malware scanners, including the most respected names in anti-virus and anti-malware industry: AVG, Ad-Aware, Avast, Avira, BitDefender, ClamAV, Comodo, F-Secure, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Panda, SUPERAntiSpyware, Sophos, Symantec, TrendMicro, VIPRE, and many others ! I provide links to these VirusTotal.com virus scan reports here on my web site for each software title. And, I am slowly going back through my catalog of software, and scanning older titles on VirusTotal.com ... So far, no viruses and no malware - not a single one ! - have been found in any of my software (as I fully expected).


All of this is stated on the "Contact Me" section of my web page:
http://moosesoftware.16mb.com/email_moose.html

 

Anyway, I've just been running my Computer Space Simulator on my new Windows 10 machine - and everything works perfectly. :)

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I remember seeing a Computer Space machine as a kid, and watching my older brother play it (I might have been 6 years old at the time).

 

Thanks for creating this, as it's likely the closest I'll ever get to playing the real thing!

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Ahhhh, sorry to double post ..... I'm almighty shocked to see this old post from "almightytodd": :-o :-o :-o

 

 

 

This is a false positive from a sub-par scanner. I wish you had contacted me Todd instead of just "going public". :_( :? That would have been the polite thing to do ...

 

For anyone who may be interested, here's the VirusTotal Virus Scan report which gives this software a 100% clean bill of health against all 57 virus and malware scanners (as I fully expected).

 

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/366a16f6d342d79253faf60e46540b374be5f9a935da2f8d1a20f16839f06afb/analysis/1421470852/

 

Upload it to ViusTotal or Jotti or any other proper multi-scanner site and see for yourself. :)

 

Just to clarify for the record, all of my software is:

 

* Safe and Reliable: My software contains NO ads, NO tracking, NO DRM, NO nagging, NO nasty surprises, and has NO hidden side effects. My software does just what it claims to do. Nothing more, nothing less. I personally use many of my software titles every day on my own machines (this is why I developed the software in the first place ! I needed a program that did X, Y, and Z so I wrote it myself.)

 

* Secure: I am super paranoid about computer security and all of my computers are subject to the highest levels of security. You can rest assured that there are no viruses or malware in any of the software I provide.

 

* Throughly Verified: Before releasing my software, the files are uploaded to the VirusTotal.com web site, which scans each file against 50+ virus and malware scanners, including the most respected names in anti-virus and anti-malware industry: AVG, Ad-Aware, Avast, Avira, BitDefender, ClamAV, Comodo, F-Secure, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, McAfee, Panda, SUPERAntiSpyware, Sophos, Symantec, TrendMicro, VIPRE, and many others ! I provide links to these VirusTotal.com virus scan reports here on my web site for each software title. And, I am slowly going back through my catalog of software, and scanning older titles on VirusTotal.com ... So far, no viruses and no malware - not a single one ! - have been found in any of my software (as I fully expected).

 

 

All of this is stated on the "Contact Me" section of my web page:

http://moosesoftware.16mb.com/email_moose.html

 

Anyway, I've just been running my Computer Space Simulator on my new Windows 10 machine - and everything works perfectly. :)

 

Hey Moose, glad to see you're still around and doing cool stuff. I just loaded your Computer Space simulator on my Windows 10 machine and it runs fine. I've always had at least one old XP machine around, so when my Windows 7 machine complained about it, I just left it alone. I was pretty sure it was a bogus false alarm when it happened, but I was curious as to whether anyone else had run into anything like that here.

 

I'm glad you bumped this thread and replied to me so I can check out your other software. Thanks!

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Hey Moose, glad to see you're still around and doing cool stuff. I just loaded your Computer Space simulator on my Windows 10 machine and it runs fine. I've always had at least one old XP machine around, so when my Windows 7 machine complained about it, I just left it alone. I was pretty sure it was a bogus false alarm when it happened, but I was curious as to whether anyone else had run into anything like that here.

 

I'm glad you bumped this thread and replied to me so I can check out your other software. Thanks!

 

Awesome, thanks Todd. :) Take care and all the best to you for 2017 !! :) :) :)

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I remember seeing a Computer Space machine as a kid, and watching my older brother play it (I might have been 6 years old at the time).

 

Thanks for creating this, as it's likely the closest I'll ever get to playing the real thing!

Thank LS. :)

 

I've been thinking about doing simulators for some other old games that just don't have a simulator yet *** see below. e.g. UFO Master Blaster - a hand held game I purchased in the late-1970's.

 

The really difficult part - the thing that has stopped progress - is getting a good scan of the VFD screen and getting good quality sound samples from the squeaker.

 

Got to do something while the game still works - it's about 35 years old now. It still worked last time I turned it on - about 2 years ago.

 

UPDATE: I've just done a search and there are now videos on YT and at least one simulator has been released (sadly on IOS, so I'll never see it :lolblue: ).

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Actually it is SECOND simulator of Computer Space - first one arrived at the end of winter. We didn`t had anything and suddenly we can choose which program to download.

 

New simulator has major improvements, and while the first simulator fed the hungry ones (like me), this fills all the gaps and recommended for anyone - not only hardcore fans - as it is much more accurate and polished program.

 

You can download both at

http://www.computerspacefan.com/

in simulation section.

 

Very cool. Early history of arcade videogames is well preserved now.

 

Thank you for posting this! I added a review in my Arcade Legends Thread

 

Arcade Cabs: Prototype and Urban Legends Released - Arcade Games Prior To Pong - Computer Space

 

http://www.racketboy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=1074861#p1074861

 

ag1028.jpg

 

Nolan Bushnell is famous for the Atari 2600 and Pong. However, Pong is not the earliest Arcade game, he first came out with Computer Space. There were other Arcade Cabinets prior and though not the very first, Computer Space holds the distinction as the first Arcade Cabinet that took coins. The game has been forgotten even thru emulation since it was coded prior to Processor Rom Chips; used Transistors and Diodes instead. Later Arcade Cabinets with similar game play that can be played thru Mame include Asteroids and Space Wars.

 

You can now play a simulated version (link at bottom) that duplicates the original Arcade Cabinet from 1971. The simulated Computer Space uses only keyboard controls, but it is best to play with a game controller such as an Arcade Stick or Gamepad. This can easily be circumvented thru the keyboard emulator JoyToKey. In the game screen, right click to bring up the hidden Settings Screen. Note the "Bullet" Missile is set to steerable which really works well. This duplicates Bushnell's later Atari 2600 Combat game in controlling a guided missile. The default ship speed of the original Arcade is way too slow. Here are my settings with adjusted the Ship Speed to Duplicate the Cinematronics Space Wars Arcade Cab and the Vectrex home version.

 

 

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