Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas to all! =)

First, Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year! =)

Holy $%$?! It's been almost 3 months i haven't posted anything here ?! (AArrrgghh!) Time does fly!

I'll try to post something new soon (hoping before 2017...heh!) but in the meantime, here's some new replies to posted comments in the last 3 months:

FrankEBailey posted this comment on December 9,2016:

Hi, sorry if this isn't the right place to ask, but Blogspot is a little unknown to me. Do you know if there's an overlay/underlay for Tomy Tennis that puts in the tennis court and net, and maybe an underlay that puts in the faint inactive LED elements? Thanks!

My reply:

No problem and yes, it is the right place to ask. I was working on an overlay for Tomy Tennis as well as other artwork for the MAME but was busy with jobs and kids so noting has been worked on more than 3 months now.

To for your information, Tomy Tennis is using a VFD display ant not a LED display (an easy error). And here's a screenshot of the Tomy Tennis artwork i was working on (the last time):

It's almost finished as i need to touch-up a bit the overlay in question. be sure i will upload it when it will be finished. Thanks! =)

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Ronald Purviance posted this comment on December 13,2016:

Wow, I had one of these things when I was a kid. I had forgotten how loud they were. Thanks for bringing back the memories!

I wonder if Chris is related to me?

My reply:

You're welcome! And reliving memories is "magical" in so many ways. Yes the Mego STPB are very loud so that's why i've modified mine (before selling to a great friend collector) with a volume knob.

Oh and i think you'l be happy to read that i'm working on a Mego STPB simulator (actually 15% done) so that anyone will enjoy reliving their memories or making new ones. It's not coding that's takes a lot of time, it's doing the artwork.

Hummm...good question,you should contact Chris to get your answer!

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So again to you all, have a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year! =)

--- Sly DC ---


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Replies...

Neil, Jacquie and mostly Grace posted on September 25:

" would like to buy some when you figure out what you don't want. 33? Jeez, dude!"

My reply: "LOL! Think i have gone a little berzerk  for these coleco tabletops. Well i have finished checking what i want to depart with, so here's the list:

Tabletop working (but NO battery cover):
* x1 Zaxxon
* x1 Frogger (ON/OFF plastic stick broken but switch works)
* x2 Galaxian

Tabletop casing/shell ONLY (no battery cover, PCB or joysticks/buttons):
* x3 Donkey Kong
* x1 Frogger
* x1 Galaxian
 P.S. All these casing/shells comes with screws and the piezo plastic cover.

If you (or anyone) is (are) interested in one or more tabletops, please write to this address: "slydc@yahoo.ca"

Thanks! =)

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"Steve" posted on September 25:

"I think Burger Time could have done well in this series. Pretty sure I recall a credit card sized LCD herein from Mattel"

My reply: " I totally agree with you Steve, Burger Time (the VFD version by Bandai) would have been a marvelous addition to the Coleco tabletop series as well as Tutankham (Bandai), Pengo (Bandai), Space Invaders (Entex) and a lot more.

Bandai also did made an LCD version (about the size of a credit card, good memory Steve!) and was distributed by Mattel, Tandy and Bazin (to my knowledge). Here's some pictures:"





Saturday, September 3, 2016

A few Coleco Tabletops...

As i am doing an inventory of my collection (video game consoles/systems and electronic games), i think i have have a few too many Coleco Tabletops:



If you want to count, no need as there is x33 tabletops, which are:

* x1 Zaxxon
* x3 Frogger
* x5 Galaxian
* x7 Donkey Kong
* x17 Pac-Man

And no Ms.Pac-Man in this lot but i have one Ms.Pac-Man in the spare box parts as this tabletop is the rarest of the series and Zaxxon following one step behind in rarety.


And these are only extras (no %?&%? joke!) as i have brought these in the last 2-3 years. So some of you are maybe asking "what the $%$?%$ he's going to do with all those tabletops" ? Well these were for some special projects and some Raspberry Pi/M.A..M.E. into a tabletop kind-of project.

These is two projects i would like to do and those are the Coleco tabletop Donkey Kong Junior (the unreleased VFD version) and the Coleco tabletop Berzerk (another unreleased). There is also the Coleco tabletop Omega Race but i don't like this game and i have others i would like to do but that's a secret for now (shh!). ;)

But even if i have some projects for these tabletops, i think that i have brought a few too many. So after i have finished my inventory and what projects i wanna make (in the future of course), i will surely sell a few that are extras but in the meantime, please don't send a message or comment to ask which/when/how much because i'm still not decided.

But i do have a question and i would be delighted to know your answers: Which arcade between 1978 and 1984 would you have love to see released by Coleco back then (not listing those that were released and unreleased of course) ?

As for me, i would have love to see my all-time favorite arcade game converted into a Coleco tabletop which is: Vanguard by SNK (Century in North America).

OK now i'm going back to unpack a &?&-load of boxes and making a new inventory....

Friday, August 12, 2016

Upcoming electronic games emulation

As i have some time in my hands (finally after one and a half month), i am doing a list of every electronic games emulated in MAME as of version 0.176. But some i won't list like the TI Speak & Spell series and some calculators. I will list all LED, Light, LCD, VFD and Board games (for now, there's no Color LCD games emulated) :(

This is what i found so far as upcoming emulated electronic games in future releases of MAME:

* Ludotronic(Hanzawa) Grand Prix Turbo (VFD)
* Actronics(Hanzawa) Pack'n Maze (VFD)
* Actronics(Hanzawa) Wanted G-Man (VFD)
* Actronics(Hanzawa) Twinvader (VFD)
* Bandai Block Out (VFD)
* Bandai Gundam vs Gelgoog Zaku (VFD)
* Bandai Flight Time (VFD)
* Coleco Head to Head Basketball (LED)
* Conic Basketball (LED)
* Entex Crazy Climber (VFD)
* Gakken Super Cobra (VFD)
* Gakken Galaxy Invader 1000 (VFD)
* Tomy Portable 6000 Bombman (VFD)
* Tiger Rocket Pinball (LED)
* (Unknown company) Defender Strikes (VFD)
* Tiger 7-in-1 Sports Stadium (LED)
* Tomy Space Attack (VFD)
* Entex Select-A-Game (VFD)
* Gakken Amidar (VFD)
* Radio Shack Pocket Repeat (60-2152 and 60-2482) (LED)
* Coleco Head-to-hHead Boxing (LED)
* Tandy Championship Football (60-2150) (LED)

There is some of these games i can't wait to try out like Pack'n Maze, Wanted G-Man and Bombman (never got the chance to get them). If you know some upcoming games that aren't listed here, please let me know and i will add them.

Live long and prosper MAME/MESS team! =)


Reply to revertebrae

revertebrae has commented this on August 02, 2016:

"Is your Wildfire really a TMS1400? The one in MAME is on a different MCU."
 
Hi revertebrae,
 
Yes, my Parker Brothers Wildfire  has a TMS1400 CPU. The one emulated in MAME (since 0.159) is actually the US Patent  #4,341,385 version as this one uses an AMI S2152 as the main CPU. If you check the source codes, this one has it's very own "CPP" file compared to all other electronic games emulated.

When a real Wildfire game will be dumped, it will be in the "hh_tms1k.cpp" file. Thanks! =)


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Download Electronic Games Stuffs!

Either i disappear for more than two months and the blog is getting dusty OR i'm on a rampage (lol!). I've uploaded on archive.org (you can click HERE or on the right side menu) some manual scans, overlays and control panel displays. I also uploaded two vintage books about electronic games.

Here's the list:

* Coleco Total Control 4 (all 4 overlays scans)
* EDI Le Game (all overlays, sheets and manuals)
* Ideal Toy Electron 12 (all 6 overlays and manual)
* Masudaya Toys Galaxy Game/Maxtron Space Arcade (Front Panel Display)
* Mego Star Trek Phaser Battle (complete manual sheet - in 6 parts)
* U.S. Games Super Sports 4 (all 4 overlays - newer edition)
* Vtech Game Machine 2 (manual scan by blue6demon)
* Waddingtons Game Machine (all display and control panel overlays)

and finally, two books:
* Microprocessor Controlled Toys Games - How They Work
* The Complete Guide to Electronic Games

Have fun downloading!

Ideal Toy Electron12

So what's the heck is this electronic game ?

To a collector, that is pretty rare but for a gamer....totally sucks! This was released in 1981 as an electronic multi-games but even with 12 games, it still sucks. heck...i had more fun scanning the cardboard overlays and the manual then playing with this.

Check out the pictures:








And here's two pictures from the Ideal Toy Corporation 1981 catalog:


"Get ready for round-the-clock fun with Electron 12,..." Yeah...sure...a round-the-clock in 60 seconds max is more like it. So why the hell i'm trashing this game ? The fact that they sold a chaser game as an electronic game...that's why! Check out the guts of this wanna-be game:



That's it! That's the whole electronic circuit! 

And the final "nail in the coffin" is they say 12 games but in fact there is only 6 cardboard overlays:







And how can i end this post without a video:


But if you truly want to make your own Electron 12, just make a quick search on Google under "Led chaser circuit" and generally, you'll find either with a LM3914 or a CD4017 chaser circuit. Just use 5 LED's and you'll have your own Electron 12.

Oh and course, you will need the manual and scan of the overlays which will be upload on archive.org later today. Just check later in the right side of this blog under "Downloads - Electronic Games Stuffs" to download the overlays and the manual. I will also upload in the same "archive" scans and manuals of other electronic games like: Coleco Total Control 4, US Games Super Sports 4, etc.




Handheld L.E.D. CPU's

I have a few electronic handheld games with L.E.D. displays which i did open up and noted the CPU inside them. Here's a small list hoping that might help the MESS team someday:

* Bandai Champion Racer = (Hitachi) HD38134
* Entex Blast It = (TI) MP0230
* Entex Space Invaders = (Black = MP1211) and (Grey=COPL444) **Both Emulated**
* Coleco Bowl-A-Tronic = (TI) MB4014
* Mattel Gravity = (Rockwell) B6102-11
* Maxtron Space Arcade (or Galaxy Game 2001) = (TI) TMS1000NL
* Parker Brothers Slit Second = (TI) TMS1400 **Emulated**
* Parker Brothers Wild Fire = (TI) TMS1400NL **Emulated**
* Ramtex/Romtec UFO Invader/Block Buster = (GI) PIC1655A
* Tandy Championship Golf = (Hitachi) HD38135
* Tomy Powerhouse Pinball = (TI) MP1180
* Tandy Space Shot = (Hitachi)) HD38138S
* U.S. Games Space Cruiser (2in1 game) = (TI) MP1209
* Entex Hockey/Soccer = (TI) TMS1000NL
* Coleco Total Control 4 (or US. Games Super Sports) = (TI) TMS1400 **Emulated**
* Parker Brothers Merlin = (TI) TMS1100 **Emulated**
* Parker Brothers Bank Shot = (TI) TMS1400 **Emulated**
* Atari touch Me = (GI) PIC1655A-053
* E.R.S. Auto Race = 69- 10836R (7934 = 1979, 34th week)

and these i don't have anymore:
* Coleco Zodiac = (TI) TMS1100NL(MP3435)
* Tandy Championship Football = (TI) TMS1100NL (MP1504)
* Entex Electronic Baseball = (TI) TMS1000NLP (MP0914)
* Coleco Head-to-Head Baseball = (TI) TMS1170NLN (MP1625-N2)
* Milton Bradley Lightfight = COP421L-MLA/N
* Ideal Toy Maniac = (GI) PIC1655A-036   **Emulated**
* Ideal Toys Electron12 = ITC 4E04449-0000 (8109)

 The last one in the list will be the next post. =)


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Reply to Chris Purviance

Chris Purviance wrote this on February 20, 2016 at 2:28 PM

Yeah, I've had one of these that I got with the original adaptor back in like Oct. 2013. I bought it on sight in a retro game shop and took it home and played it! I had never seen one in the flesh before, so I had to have it. ( : I don't remember the warp wheel working on it then, it may have sound, though. Been thinking about checking or changing the motor and/or capacitor on it. It does light up, just don't remember seeing stars on it for sure like yours.I remember
these from the Sears or Penny's Christmas catalog years ago, not sure about
ever seeing a commercial for it. Thanks for the vid! Been thinking about pulling
mine out here again. ( : ( :


To Chris:
 You id the right thing to buy it on the "spot" as these are getting rarer to find. Hope you will be able to fix your STPB (Star Trek Phaser Battle) and if you ever need tips or help to fix it, don't be shy to ask. 

As for my STPB, it now in the hands of a great fellow game collector which i know he will take good care of it (he was facinated on how huge is this thing...LOL!), so thanks for the post! =)

--- Sly DC ---

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

New artworks for MAME 0.172

Finally after some few months of waiting, the MESS/MAME team have finally released some VFD artworks that was missing for some already emulated games:

 Bandai Burger Time
(been dying to play this game!)

 Bandai Pengo

Bandai Zaxxon

Gakken Jungler

And also a LED based handheld: Entex Space Invaders (the"black" version, not the "grey" one).

They also updated these VFD games: Mattel Star Hawk (crosshair overlay), Gakken Crazy Kong (ladders overlay) and the Bandai Packri Monster (maze overlay) and they added 3 new LCD games by Konami: Top Gun, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Contra artworks.
 
So go grab the artwork packs on the M.E.S.S. artwork page pronto!! =)


Mego Star Trek Phaser Battle (part 3)

Yikes! It's been two months (minus a day) the last time i posted something. Even if i don't post for a long period of time, i'm still alive and kicking. It's just that health and family are priorities if you're wondering why sometimes i don't post or answer for a long period of time.

OK, now on the subject: Mego Star Trek Phaser Battle (again!)

As i wrote in a previous post (actually, the first post about the Mego STPB) "i do have the original instruction manual sheet and i will post it as soon as i scanned it". Well now here's the scan of the manual as promised!







Sorry for the both middle parts but my scanner had a problem to scan the manual sheet as it was too long and that the flatbed is just 8" X 13" but at least now it is available for anyone who's missing the manual sheet....enjoy! =)

I can't rescan the manual as i sold the Mego STPB to my good friend Ianoid.

So what's next for the Mego STPB ? A "Simulator" of course!! The MESS/MAME team could emulate this game as it has a AMI C2567 4-bit microprocessor (28-pins) but would need to dump the content of the uP and scans, pics, etc. But i will try to make a simulator of this game in the future. =)

BTW, the Mego STPB was invented by Lawrence L. Reiner and Micheal Henning ? You can check out the US Patent "D250906" for the plastic cabinet of the Mego STPB and they also invented the Mego Grand Prix Road Race (see US Patent #4174833). Here's a picture of this game:


And this game is based on a well popular electro-mechanical arcade game called "Road Runner" by Midway in 1971, which the game was also released by Sega (Monte Carlo) and Taito (Speed Runner). In fact, many vintage electro-mechanical handheld games are based on old electro-mechanical arcades (just an example: Tomy Digital Derby) but that is another story to tell in a future post!

So Live Long and Prosper! :P



Sunday, February 7, 2016

Marx T.V. Tennis simulator

Let's go back to my very first simulator i coded for the LÖVE engine in November 2012: the Marx T.V. Tennis. Just to say that this version isn't perfect but it is playable. Since then, i gained more experience coding in LUA. I still have other sims that are playable like the Yonezawa Screen Tennis (with model variations), and many Waco electro-mechanical games like: Draw Poker, Black Jack, Slot Machine and Chuck-A-Luck (last one is very rare). 

So here's some screenshots of the Marx T.V. Tennis:





You can choose between 3 models: the green one which is the most commun, the red/brown one which is less commun and the unreleased black one but is shown on the box. Thought it would be fun to include this one also. 

The "read-me.txt" is included in the RAR file so read it to know which buttons does what. ;)

Like i wrote, this is not the final version and i will update it in the future. So have fun with this version until the next one! =)




Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mego Star Trek Phaser Battle (part 2)

I took more pictures as i want to make an electronic schematic of this game and while taking those pictures, i have found a signature on the base on the game:


Looks like P.R. ?  How is this mystery person ?

Maybe it's the signature of an inspector or line assembler ?! Anyway, maybe i'll get an answer one day. OK now for the other pictures:

Spinner disc (what makes the starfield effect)

 The motor (pretty noisy)

 Back of the Control Panel

(Upside down..oups! - the score display)

Outer & Inner shield buttons 

Speed switch and speaker (very loud!)

This is part of the contacts which determines if the
joystick is aligned with the enemy vessel.

 Another angle of the contacts.

And here the joystick contact.

And since the speaker is very loud and is very irritating for the ears, i have put a 10K potentiometer for a volume control and now..AAAHHHH...very less louder (but you can use a 5K pot also but i only had a 10K lying around), see how:

Cut the white wire and solder one end to one
of the two new (yellow) wires for the volume
and the other directly on the speaker
(where i cut the white wire).

 Pass the two (yellow) wires along the bundle of wires.

 And pass the two wires inside the battery compartment 
(won't use x6 "D" batteries anyway..).

And here's where i put the volume control
(didn't wanted to change the front look).

Oh and i re-glued three LED's that came out out their holes - the ones that shows "Condition Alert" and the two "Defense Monitor Portside Starboard" as they don't show working on both videos but they do work. Now the last detail is the seven LED's for the enemies are weak so i will need newer ones (as the originals are 40 years old) that can takes less voltage and brighter too. 

I'm even thinking to change some LED's with other colors like green for the "All Systems Operational", orange for both "Outer & Inner Shield Destroyed" and yellow for the Romulans. Keeping red for Klingons as they where the biggest threat for the Federation in Kirk's time.

If you have suggestions for new color LED's, please do! So until next post! =)