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by scotland
February 11th, 2018, 12:04 pm
Forum: Reader Reviews
Topic: MICROVISION (1979) - World’s First Handheld System - Review of System and All 12 Games
Replies: 20
Views: 394

Re: MICROVISION (1979) - World’s First Handheld System - Review of System and All 12 Games

Funny that this (very good) thread comes along just as Microvision screen replacement efforts have suddenly gathered steam: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/275386-microvision-replacement-screen-project-pre-order-purchase-here/ Thanks to random good luck, I own two Microvisions and a complete set o...
by scotland
February 11th, 2018, 11:54 am
Forum: Reader Reviews
Topic: MICROVISION (1979) - World’s First Handheld System - Review of System and All 12 Games
Replies: 20
Views: 394

Re: MICROVISION (1979) - World’s First Handheld System - Review of System and All 12 Games

Question of the carts - do they really have a micrprocessor in the cart, or just a IC chip like the PC 50x machines?
by scotland
February 10th, 2018, 3:45 pm
Forum: Reader Reviews
Topic: MICROVISION (1979) - World’s First Handheld System - Review of System and All 12 Games
Replies: 20
Views: 394

Re: MICROVISION (1979) - World’s First Handheld System - Review of System and All 12 Games

As to that Atari Video Pinball, I think buying 'untested' was a decent bet here. I think most ebay sellers under 35 wouldn't know what to do with the output cable. It may need a little cleaning about the analog knob too. A bit of ghosting is normal, as the paddle is not a crisp hardware sprite, or a...
by scotland
February 10th, 2018, 11:39 am
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: Wanna Play Computer Space?
Replies: 1
Views: 132

Re: Wanna Play Computer Space?

Thanks for posting this. I'll have to play around.

Space War is still impressive, but of course it was not an arcade machine but a university machine that cost oodles. The book Hackers goes into a lot of history about it.
by scotland
February 10th, 2018, 7:33 am
Forum: Reader Reviews
Topic: MICROVISION (1979) - World’s First Handheld System - Review of System and All 12 Games
Replies: 20
Views: 394

Re: MICROVISION (1979) - World’s First Handheld System - Review of System and All 12 Games

Thanks for the nice review! So, its a 16 x 16 LCD Screen? Some of the LED games also have swappable faceplates to play a variety of games. Its not swapping cartridges though - you just toggle a switch to change the logic slightly. I have one with football / soccer / basketball and one other (its pro...
by scotland
February 10th, 2018, 6:58 am
Forum: Reader Reviews
Topic: MICROVISION (1979) - World’s First Handheld System - Review of System and All 12 Games
Replies: 20
Views: 394

Re: MICROVISION (1979) - World’s First Handheld System - Review of System and All 12 Games

I'd like to also point to this thread as a companion piece http://videogamecritic.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=134793&t=12180&hilit=microvision As some background, you should consider the Microvision relative to what it was competing with at the time - the handhelds of companies like Mattel, C...
by scotland
February 10th, 2018, 6:55 am
Forum: Video Games General
Topic: Finding old controllers that work?
Replies: 4
Views: 132

Re: Finding old controllers that work?

I mentioned in another thread that I just bought a PS2 and some games for it. The console works fine, as do the games, but both controllers have been broken. The first one was junk, so I returned it for another that felt better but turns out you have to really mash the buttons to get them to regist...
by scotland
February 10th, 2018, 6:49 am
Forum: Other Media
Topic: Elwood Adams, Oldest Hardware Store in the U.S., Closes
Replies: 5
Views: 199

Re: Elwood Adams, Oldest Hardware Store in the U.S., Closes

That is sad, but frankly I'm surprised they lasted this long. In my area the big box hardware stores closed down all the mom-and-pop hardware stores decades ago. ' And even the big stores are tossed on their heels. There was a time when I would drive to Sears to get a Craftsman tool, and that brand...
by scotland
February 9th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: 1982 Usenet Posts about the K.C. Munchin/Pac-Man Lawsuit
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: 1982 Usenet Posts about the K.C. Munchin/Pac-Man Lawsuit

Thanks for posting this There were all sorts of Pac Man games out there, but being on computer I guess Warner Atari couldn't do anything about them. KC Munchkin, possibly the best game in the whole O2 library, compares very well or better than Atari's rushed job. That may have been a threat ....or i...
by scotland
February 8th, 2018, 7:52 pm
Forum: Classic Gaming
Topic: RetroUSB AVS?
Replies: 2
Views: 90

Re: RetroUSB AVS?

So, the Analogue is one of these FPGA systems, and so is this RetroUSB AVS, is that right? A System on a Chip system is only going to give you composite A/V out (correct me if I'm wrong). Software Emulation like the Retron 5 will get you the HDMI too. I can understand not wanting to go that route th...

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