Saturday, 19 November 2016

Time for some replies!

Dang!! Dennys was on a rampage! LOL!

Dennys Marques Ferreira has left this comment on November 5, 2016:

"Está na lista de sistemas que vão ser adicionados ao MESS:
E sobre os scans eu precisava deles do mesmo jeito que os scans do Epoch Cassette Vision em uma boa qualidade para usar em frontends para emuladores."
"E o desenvolvedor fala sobre isso neste fórum"
In English: "You are in the list of systems that will be added to MESS:
And about the scans I needed them the same way the Epoch Cassette Vision scans in a good quality to use in frontends for emulators."
"And the developer talks about this in this forum"
Minha resposta/My reply: "Essa lista tem agora 9 anos! A equipe MESS ainda não foi capaz de despejar o cartucho Coleco Telstar Arcade e será um par de anos antes que eles fazem. Portanto, você tem que esperar até que eles não precisam de scans / imagens para agora." =)
"That list is now 9 years old! The MESS team still has not been able to dump the Coleco Telstar Arcade cartridge and it will be another couple of years before they do. So you have to wait until they do so no need for the scans/pictures for now." =)
 Dennys Marques Ferreira has left this comment on November 13, 2016:
"Eu precisava dos scans das caixas, das fotos das caixas em 3d, e fotos dos cartuchos e do console (sem os cartuchos) no mesmo plano para que seja possível fazer uma animação dos cartuchos sendo inseridos no console."
In English: "I needed scans of boxes, photos of boxes in 3d, and photos of cartridges and console (without cartridges) in the same plane so that it is possible to make an animation of the cartridges being inserted into the console."
Minha resposta/My reply: "Eu posso tirar fotos do meu Coleco Telstar Arcade, mas ele está no armazenamento, então eu não posso fazer fotos por um bom tempo, e eu não posso fazer fotos em 3D, como eu só tenho um telefone Samsung S4 para tirar fotos. Vou colocar isso na minha "lista de tarefas" para o futuro próximo."

"I can take pictures of my Coleco Telstar Arcade but it is in storage so i can't make pictures for quite a time, and i can not make pictures in 3D as i only have a Samsung S4 phone for taking pictures. I will put this on my "to do list" for the near future."

Dennys Marques Ferreira has left a new comment on your post "Telegames (USA) Personal Arcade" on November 17, 2016:
O desenvolvedor do Win Arcadia precisa da sua ajuda para adicionar o sistema Coleco Telstar Combat! Preciso do seu email para ele poder entrar em contato com você."
In English: "Urgent!!!!!!!
The Win Arcadia developer needs your help to add the Coleco Telstar Combat system! I need your email so he can get in touch with you."
 Minha resposta/My reply: "Você quer dizer James Jacobs de Amigan Software ( Se assim for, então não há problema como eu amo o seu trabalho para o Interton VC 4000, Elektor TV Games Computer e ambos os jogos GI: AY-3-8550 e AY-3-8600. Meu endereço de e-mail é "" se ele quiser (ou qualquer um de vocês) entrar em contato comigo. Ele fez contato comigo alguns anos atrás para o Magnavox Odyssey 5000 (pelo fórum de idade Atari), por isso, se ele quer adicionar o AY-3-8700 / 8710, então eu ficarei feliz em ajudá-lo." =)

"You mean James Jacobs of Amigan Software ( ? If so then no problem as i love his work for the Interton VC 4000, Elektor TV Games Computer and both GI games: AY-3-8550 and AY-3-8600. My E-Mail address is "" if he wants (or any of you) to contact me. He did contacted me some years ago for the Magnavox Odyssey 5000 (by the Atari Age forum), so if he wants to add the AY-3-8700/8710 then i will be glad to help him out."

That's it for today folks! EOL!

PC-508 Fundamental cartridge

This is the most elusive (or Ultra Rare) PC-50x-type cartridge there is for any SD-050/070/090 Pong-Cartridge game systems. In fact, it is so rare that there is only 1 picture of the cartridge in 20 years of surfing the web (yep, started surfing in 1996) and the web site "Pong-Picture-Page" has this picture:

It's the one in the right-up corner: "PC-508 - Fundamental"

In 20 years, i have never seen one except in this photo, so is it rare ? Let me say it is ALMOST as rare as to find a real POLYBIUS arcade....HA! (hope you all know that Polybius is an urban legend). But even if it's the rarest game cartridge for SD-050 (and clones)  Pong systems, it was also released for two other Pong systems: The Poppy 9015 and the Unimex Mark IX (both in the 9015-family).

For the Poppy 9015, is is called: "Schiess-und Sportwettkampf" (model 9015H) which translate to in Engligh "Shooting and Sports Competition" and for the Unimex Mark IX, it is called: "Schiess-Ball Spiele" (model Nr.907) and in English "Shooting-Ball Games".

Here's some pictures from Pong-Picture-Page (hope Adrian won't mind):

And here's a picture with the label in English (from an Ebay seller):

So...if you check out those two cartridge labels, this game cartridge has six games: Tennis, Hockey, Handball, Squash, Target 1 and Target 2 and those two carts comes with a light gun....HUMMM.

I thought for a couple of years that the PC-508 had an AY-3-8550 and it has the same games as the AY-3-8500 but you can move the paddles vertically and horizontaly as any Pong systems (SD-050 and clones) have joysticks, and would have been logical as the AY-3-8550 is also a rare game chip to find.

But after researching for any 1st and 2nd generation games for 20 years, i finally found my answer to which game chips are inside those PC-508, so before i reveal the answer, here's some pictures of different Pong systems:

So if you check any of those boxes especially in the right-down corner, you should see this:

Those are fuzzy pictures as i tried to manify them but you can eventually see something: the paddles are only showing vertical mouvement! So here's a better picture (taken from the GI 1978 catalog):

Same screenshot! So here you have it folks, the PC-508 Fundamental cartridge has really a AY-3-8500 game chip! Talk about weird! The rarest cartridge but with the most commun game chip!! Go figure! We can assume that General Instrument back them wanted to liquidate their AY-3-8500 stock so they released this last cartridge but it's so $&?$ rare to find!

Anyway, just get a PC-501 cart (aka Supersports) and mofify the board so that you can use a AY-3-8500 instead of a AY-3-8610 and you got yourself a homebrew yeah...who's in his right mind will do this! LOL!!!

So that's another mystery solved gang! Scooooobbyyy-Doooo!!! (i know...i need some vacation fast!-lol!)


Thursday, 10 November 2016

Telegames (USA) Personal Arcade

Hiya folks!

This is another quite rare game system as it is a HYBRID game system (a 2-in-1) which can play Colecovision and Sega SG-1000 game cartridges. But not all Colecovision carts can be played on this system as it's missing components to be able to play games for the Super Action Controllers, Rollerball and Drivig controller and some 2 players games.

But on the Sega SG-1000 part, it can play all the cartridges except the ones made for the SC-3000 even if this game system has the SG-1000 expansion port. I won't go to much details for this hybrid game system as it's already emulated in MESS (now MAME).

So enough chit-chat and onward to the pictures!

OUPS!! Don't know why these pictures are upside-down as they display properly on my computer...very strange.  OK, i know the A/V output really sucks as i've made this about 14 years ago to see if i could get a decent composite video output. Well at least it did and even without an OP amp!

The BIOS with the buit-in game "Meteoric Shower".

 Text hacked in French! (heh!)

LOVE this game!!

If you read: "Designed by Sylvain De Chantal", that's not a hack as it's was me who designed this game for Digital Press (yup, that's my real name BTW). I just designed the sprites, levels, i'm NO programmer. That job was made by my good friend Daniel Bienvenu (one of the Guru coder for the Colecovision, if not the best!). It was a blast and hell to have made this game. ;P

Now the SG-1000 part:

Again, hack the text in French just for fun!

And here's the cherry on the sunday (metaphor here), the scans of the manual:

EOL (for today... :P )

Friday, 4 November 2016

Reply to/Responder a Dennys Marques Ferreira

Dennys Marques Ferreira deixou este comentário/left this comment:

"Você poderia postar scans das caixas dos cartuchos do Telstar Arcade logo o MESS terá suporte a este console e as imagens dos cartuchos e das caixas seriam bem úteis."

In English: "Could you post scans boxes and cartridges of the Telstar Arcade soon ? MESS will support this console and images of cartridges and boxes, it would be very useful."

Minha resposta em português: "Olá Dennis, eu poderia postar scans das caixas e cartuchos da Coleco Telstar Arcade mas onde você já ouviu essa confusão em breve apoiar esta consola de jogos Estou curioso para saber aonde você obteve esta notícia Graças?. -Benzóico! =)"

In English: "Hello Dennis, i could post scans of the boxes and cartridges of the Coleco Telstar Arcade but where have you heard that MESS will soon support this game console ? I'm curious to know where you got this news. Thanks! =)"

Some information: Cartridge #1 doesn't have any box of it's own as it came with the Telstar Arcade. Same thing as the manual as it is with the Telstar Arcade manual. I do have this manual already scanned and also the manuals of cartridge #3 and #4 but i am missing the manual of cartridge #2.

As for the rest, i do have the boxes of cart #2-3-4 plus all the game cartridges. So if MESS (MAME) will indeed support this game console in a very near future then i'll post the scans as soon as i can.  So if anyone has a copy of the manual for the cartridge #2, would you be so kind to scan it ? This would be very appreciated! 

EOL (but not end of story!)