ago 18 2014

Atari 2600

Had ended the series on classic consoles in the last article. As the article was without a single comment I think the series was not very well received :(. After, continuing to storage cabinets I did find a few interesting items that need document, even if no one read or mind.

I'll start with some games and accessory Atari 2600. Before, a little history: or Atari 2600 was my first video game console. I still remember that at the end of 1987 my father took me to buy in stores Hundred Atari 2600. It was gift-wrapped, and then delivered to Santa Claus. I was in expectation and the day 25/12/1987 Santa left the package in my room while I slept. As soon as I woke up I opened the package and went to install, which at first was somewhat frustrated. The TV was a Sharp, like that photo down there, but of course since most conserved, as I, she was also much younger at that time. It was also the only TV in the house. I got the picture thanks to a free market seller who is selling it for $ 70,00, I will link to the ad and give strength to her as thanks.

TV Sharp years 70/80

TV Sharp years 70/80

My father connected the key antenna switching in the TV VHF antenna input terminals. There was only UHF antenna connected in this TV, because at the time there was no VHF channels in my region. A TV “memorizava” only 8 channels, which are 8 botõezinhos or, but I think at the time that was all that was open even channels. Although only at the beginning of my early literacy I was able to read the manual, because I was literate in the public school year 80. Nowadays, thanks to full paulofreirização education, full molecada high school barely able to read and write.

When I read that you had to tune the Atari 2600 the channels 2 or 3, we would have to be on the button 2 or 3 of 8 there the TV buttons, only much later did I understand how the channel in VHF. The tuning is all manual, as on all TVs of the season, then we need to go turning a little button to find the signal. You also need to select with another little key between VHF The (low), VHF B (high), and UHF. I do not remember exactly, but I think we were not finding the Atari signal 2600 for some reason.

My parents even tried to ask for help two neighbors (siblings), which they were a much older I. They had an Atari 2600 and could certainly do the installation quickly, but refused to help. It's all right, ended up getting alone. A few years later it was I who settled the neighborhood molecada of video games, but unlike those two, I do not refused to lose a few minutes even though it was a Sunday or holiday. Ironically, a few years later was I who also installed the video games of the children of two guys who refused to help me when I needed: um Playstation One e um Nintendo 64. I could have also refused, but as the great Don Ramon: “Revenge is never good, kills the soul and poisons.”

But back to the installation of Atari 2600, imagine the happiness of the child when the Enduro image finally appeared on the screen. The Enduro is the cartridge that came with my Atari 2600. It was the model Polyvox, still 4 keys, and removable joystick, but already with the internal source. A while later released the Atari 2600s, that capada version with foreign keys, without the key “Color – B / W”, and non-removable joystick. I know I was lucky to catch the last decent model Polyvox. I remember until the place where you would normally connected to power supply was just a rubber band plugging the hole in the plastic. Apparently made the new card with the internal source but wanted to take advantage of the plastic boxes that were still in stock before launching the 2600s.

Sometime later, my parents were probably tired of seeing the TV room of the house and always occupied by me and possibly for the neighborhood molecada, and decided to buy a TV for my room and put the game there. It was a black-and-white TV used, who was then already old, those who only have VHF and UHF need a converter and a transformer, that is as a stabilizer, but with a key 10 and a pointer positions to adjust the tension. I do not remember the brand or the TV, but the UHF converter was like this down there.

UHF converter

UHF converter

So for a while I played the Atari 2600 black and white, and I know the importance of key “Color – B / W” that Polyvox limou not long after. In several games, like “Soccer's skin” for example, can not distinguish the players of a team and the other in a black and white TV, because a team is orange and the other is blue, but the intensities are almost equal, then in black and white TV is almost all the same. Changing the key to B / W is one black and one white team. Then yes gives to see perfectly.

The black-and-white TV was terrible. Lost count of how many times she needed to be repaired. Was there playing a good and suddenly the image closed and returned a few moments later. Each time it became more frequent and increasingly the disappearance image took more time. There was need to change the flyback and then the TV was good again for a few more weeks, but the problem then returned. Until one day the black-and-white TV was exchanged for another Sharp same as the first. That was the TV in which played the Master System II, my first Mega Drive (Genesis one model 1), and the Super Nintendo. To the extent that the pipe was already so bad that barely enough to read text on the screen, so blurred that was. Then finally won a Peconic TV, the first I had with A / V inputs. But by then I was no longer the Atari 2600.

The Atari 2600 also underwent some maintenance throughout its life with me: if not remember correctly were two passages by authorized service center to change the cartridge compartment. Apparently socket could not stand the constant changes and so many dubious quality cartridges that appeared. Have joysticks I lost count of the number tower changes were necessary. Interestingly never broke my hand, was always a friend who was playing and was with the base in one hand and the tower on the other. I think I knew the joystick digital age and it was useless to force it, but will put it on the head of that staff who were ahead of their time and played with Atari 2600 similarly playing Wii. Remember until arose then a “torre de nylon” that would last more. In fact it does not break, but was biting and all the control was bad.

The Atari 2600 was sold in the mid 90, for the purchase of a Super Nintendo. Also were at about the same time my Master System II and my Sega Genesis model 1. At that time I remember was four joysticks, the two original and two I won. The four joysticks and “Enduro” They were sold with the console, but can not remember if and how many cartridges were together. I know that over time had the Atari 2600 I even have multiple cartridges, something that did not occur with future consoles where I mainly rented, because prices were high.

I remember the first cartridge I won after the Enduro, that came with the console, It was a double cartridge “River Raid” and “Fantastic Voyager”. The others I do not remember the order of purchase, but one of the most memorable was a double cartridge “Ms. Pac Man” and “Tapper”. The first is the more decent version of Pac Man on the Atari 2600, since “Pac Man” it is horrendous. It “Tapper” today I know it's a port arcade. It was also very good. Unfortunately lent to a neighbor and fell a distance that toasted his videogame and my cartridge was connected was together. I cried a lot! 🙁 Só fui jogar “Ms. Pac Man” again years later. It “Tapper” only I returned to play after many years, with the discovery of emulators. Most cartridges I had were those of 4 Dactar games (Milmar). And the last, if memory serves me, has a cartridge with 16 games, among which Ms. Pac Man.

Or cartridge 16 games was sold to a classmate and various other Atari cartridges 2600 They were exchanged with a video store owner for Master System games. I do not remember if I sold more games, but in the end remained few cartridges, What are these that I present in this article.

Duck Fighting

This game had an interesting feature. In the old black and white TV to connect the console were passing lists on the screen without stopping, unplayable. But on TV there was a button I adjusted and stopped the swing. Then with color TV never got to play the Duck Fighting. Today already understand a bit of paranauê know CCE had the gift to launch a PAL game in Brazil. I wonder if the Supergame, CCE is a clone of the Atari, ran this sort of thing normally. In the old TV button I used was a frequency adjustment. That way I could leave the TV on 50Hz and play normally. In color TV had no such adjustment, so it was impossible to play.

Case Duck Fighting Atari Cartridge 2600

Case Duck Fighting Atari Cartridge 2600

Case Duck Fighting Atari Cartridge 2600

Case Duck Fighting Atari Cartridge 2600

Cartucho Duck Fighting de Atari 2600

Cartucho Duck Fighting de Atari 2600

Cartucho Duck Fighting de Atari 2600

Cartucho Duck Fighting de Atari 2600

Robot Attack

I just thought the box, apparently the game was already. I can not remember exactly what it was.

 

Box Cartridge Robot Attack Atari 2600

Box Cartridge Robot Attack Atari 2600

Box Cartridge Robot Attack Atari 2600

Box Cartridge Robot Attack Atari 2600

Bobby is Going Home

This is also complete, in the box, even if it has taken off all over time, and also with the instruction manual. One of the few cartridges I remember buying. The seller only had two Atari games 2600: this and Mr. Postman. Showed me both on TV, even played a little bit and let me choose. I ended up choosing this.

Caixa do Cartucho Bobby is Going Home do Atari 2600

Caixa do Cartucho Bobby is Going Home do Atari 2600

Cartucho Bobby is Going Home do Atari 2600

Cartucho Bobby is Going Home do Atari 2600

Manual do Cartucho Bobby is Going Home do Atari 2600

Manual do Cartucho Bobby is Going Home do Atari 2600

Mr. Postman

This just thought the cartridge. I think I've bought or won it so. I remember when I was in stores this cover of Mr. Postman was one of the most called my attention. CCE The capes are a spectacle. I do not know if they chupinhavam from somewhere (as the games where they just were editing the ROM and put their mark) or if they actually produced such cases, but they were very good. The Atari 2600 always required a good deal of imagination, since the graphics not much helped. CCE The capes are a huge imagination, was somewhat disappointing to see the real game after. 🙂

Mr Cartridge. Postman do Atari 2600

Mr Cartridge. Postman do Atari 2600

Cartridges 4 the Dactar and AppleVision games

Cartridges 4 games with the two switches to select was the one I had. I think it was the best value at the time. Remaining few, unfortunately.

 

Cartridges 4 Dactar games and Apple Vision

Cartridges 4 Dactar games and Apple Vision

Cartridge Box 4 Dactar games with Baseball, Basket, Golf e Pele's Soccer

Cartridge Box 4 Dactar games with Baseball, Basket, Golf and Pele's Soccer

Cartridge Box 4 Dactar games with Condor Attack, Ladies, Star Master, and Frogger; and Cartridge Box Apple Vision with Smart Bear, Tron, Pinball, and Volleyball

Cartridge Box 4 Dactar games with Condor Attack, Ladies, Star Master, and Frogger; and Cartridge Box Apple Vision with Smart Bear, Tron, Pinball, and Volleyball

Cartridge 4 Dactar games with Condor Attack, Ladies, Star Master, and Frogger; and Cartridge Box 4 Games Apple Vision with Smart Bear, Tron, Pinball, and Volleyball

Cartridge 4 Dactar games with Condor Attack, Ladies, Star Master, and Frogger; and Cartridge Box 4 Games Apple Vision with Smart Bear, Tron, Pinball, and Volleyball

Cartridge 4 Dactar games with Condor Attack, Ladies, Star Master, and Frogger; and Cartridge Box 4 Games Apple Vision with Smart Bear, Tron, Pinball, and Volleyball

Cartridge 4 Dactar games with Condor Attack, Ladies, Star Master, and Frogger; and Cartridge Box 4 Games Apple Vision with Smart Bear, Tron, Pinball, and Volleyball

Manual of Cartridge 4 Games Apple Vision with Smart Bear, Tron, Pinball, and Volleyball

Manual of Cartridge 4 Games Apple Vision with Smart Bear, Tron, Pinball, and Volleyball

Manual of Cartridge 4 Games Apple Vision with Smart Bear, Tron, Pinball, and Volleyball

Manual of Cartridge 4 Games Apple Vision with Smart Bear, Tron, Pinball, and Volleyball

I also found a number of game manuals that have no more:

 

Manual de O Pulador Q'Bert

Manual de O Pulador Q’Bert

Manual de Air Sea Battle e Command Raid

Manual de Air Sea Battle e Command Raid

Manual de Flash Gordon e Adventure

Manual de Flash Gordon e Adventure

Manual Entobed

Manual Entobed

Manual de Cosmic Ark

Manual de Cosmic Ark

Manual de Frogs e Flies e Air Riders

Manual de Frogs e Flies e Air Riders

Football Manual II and Turmoil

Football Manual II and Turmoil

Manual de Chopper Command

Manual de Chopper Command

Manual de Tank

Manual de Tank

And I thought this ball that could be engaged in Atari joystick of to have a different take or become more similar to the arcades. It was the only accessory Atari that I remember, and the only one left:

Accessory for Atari Joystick

Accessory for Atari Joystick

Accessory for Atari Joystick

Accessory for Atari Joystick

And in the middle of paperwork still found this short list I made at the time with the games I had. I do not know if is complete. Spelling errors are not mine, manufacturers wrong wrote in the same cartridges: “Turnoil”, and “Lazer Gates” are examples. For without computer time, until well documented.

Told there 7 Cartridge 4 Dactar games and 2 da Apple Vision, which means hitting with my account of what I ended up swapping. The same Polyvox, only the Enduro that came with the console. I think Polyvox games were rare to find in stores in the late 80. Or cartridge 16 Games are listed there along with the single Polyvox for some reason only my self of 10 years should know. This cartridge 16 games had great games, All 8KB. Just giving a good survival to my Atari 2600 which was already somewhat abandoned by I have already sick of the games that had.

Also in the short list, but 3 Cartridge 2 over there games, one of which I had quoted. Donald Duck from what I heard is a prototype that was never finished. In fact the game has any face to be something incomplete. Why they decided to sell it for here is a great mystery. Also appearing there cartridges 2 games “Genus” and by “Digivision”, beyond 6 CCE cartridges with a single game.

My old list of Atari games 2600

My old list of Atari games 2600

I always wanted to regain an Atari 2600. But to completely satisfy Question nostalgia would have to be the same model I had, in other words, the Polyvox with internal source and 4 switches. Also I had everything well in the box and manuals, do not know if would be satisfied with less. Also because remember that the Enduro manual had a very nice text. It's a rare Atari 2600 these conditions nowadays. And even when we find the prices tend to be very high. To make matters worse, I do not like to have an Atari 2600 only to garnish, I like having old consoles also to play. Some people think that old consoles must be played on CRT TVs, with their original connections, after all, or Atari 2600 is designed to be connected to RF. Despite having a CRT TV I still prefer the comfort of the living room sofa and a big screen LCD TV.

In the case of the Super Nintendo and the Mega Drive, they came with only composite video cable or RF only, but the RGB image as good as the internal chip can produce has always been there, available without any internal modification, the scope of a RGB SCART out. In the case of Atari 2600 is a little more complicated. It has RF output only. The internal chip is not capable of providing RGB image. Yes he can provide luminance and chrominance separately, giving for use to mount an S-Video output and composite video. Just explaining: RF < Composite Video < S-Video < Vídeo Componente ou RGB.

But for the Atari 2600 offers S-Video, or composite video, are necessary internal changes, entitled to various welds. There are some modification kits being sold that facilitate working, but still need to do some welding. Over the years many have been launched mods. A cada novo against improvements were emerging, then who made a against ten years ago no longer has the best image. The turn is the against da Longhorn Engineer (YOU), curious name which translates to something like “chifrudão engineer” in good Portuguese. 🙂

Modified consoles are not as easy to find. Even in eBay there are currently only islands with against Composite video, no S-Video. So buy something ready is not always easy. And both kits when the facility also has its cost. To against Atari consoles us 2600 Brazil is still the need to reverse the transcoding to PAL-M, leaving them with NTSC output, just like the original American consoles. Ultimately, is not so simple. And there are other mods interesting, or as add a pause button.

Another problem of these changes is that they take the originality of the island. In addition to internal staff changes usually stick to console housing to add the new outlets, in other words, changes end up being irreversible. Often the RF output ends also eliminated in this process. Today a modified console is worth more than one with all original factory. But in the future I believe that the situation will be reversed and an unmodified console will have more value than a console with any changes any that is already outdated.

There is that doubt: purchase a console that meets the Question nostalgia or a console that gives to play in modern TVs? Attending nostalgia is only feasible for me today without box and manual, but there is not something complete. To consider purchasing a box in Shop of Moses, because his work is excellent, but he does not have the Atari box 2600 Polyvox with 4 switches and internal source. Por fim, RF image in LCD TV would be very bad and I would prefer to play in the emulator, for emulation Star, the best Atari emulator 2600, has improved greatly in recent years. Even the sound of the Atari, that has always been the greatest difficulty for programmers emulators, is very good at Stella. And Stella image running on my ZBOX certainly surpasses even the image obtained with an Atari 2600 original with against S-Video YOU. And this considering I can get a good image using some S-Video to HDMI Converter, because neither my nor my TV receiver has S-Video input. It is a type of connection that is already extinct.

It can be said that such reasoning applies to any old console, but it is not the case. For example, no caso do Mega Drive, the same console meets the two questions: originality and best image to play today (to RGB SCART out it does not require modifications to the console). About ki Fusion, which is the best Mega Drive emulator currently, It does not offer a better picture than RGB SCART out, except for filters, but filters are a matter of personal taste. As for the sound, Kega Fusion still leaves a little to be desired with the original hardware Mega Drive, in particular sound. Por fim, there are compatibility issues with Windows 8.1 and the fact that its development was abandoned. In the case of Atari 2600 the emulation setting is best, because Stella has been around for decades and 100% compatible with the latest Windows.

And you reader? What is your opinion? It pays to have an Atari 2600 these days? With the best against? Any against, if only composite video? As against some because the original is better? With box and manuals to have everything complete and with more value? Or what matters is only play and damn the manual? And to play original hardware in this case is still worth? Or is it better and easier to settle for the emulator? After the Stella has up filters to let the image equal to RF for those who like. Leave your comment.

Update (26/08/2014): I tested all cartridges. All failed at the first attempt, but also all ran after a quick clean the contacts with isopropyl alcohol. Wish I had known that alcohol in my childhood. Interestingly even “Duck Fighting” worked, even if PAL. Did some research and found the following response in Atari Guide: “Each cartridge tells the Atari 2600 when generating synchronization pulses of TV lines. This means that use a cartridge in a PAL NTSC console, or vice versa, will cause the synchronization pulses are generated at the wrong frequency. The net effect of this is that some TVs will “roll” the image, and specify that the vertical control is adjusted. Other TVs will deal with the incorrect frequency synchronization transparently”. In other words, my old black and white TV needed adjustment, the old color TV needed adjustment but had not even fit, and the current TV corrects the problem transparently. This explains the CCE have sold such cartridges, I think for most modern TVs caused no problems.

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