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Homebrew Hardware / Harmony Cartridge
« on: January 16, 2016, 10:57:18 AM »
The Harmony cartridge is a home-brew product that looks like a regular 2600 cartridge but has an SD card slot and a built in menu system turning it into a multi-game cartridge. It works brilliantly and supports all 2600 gamesĀ  plus most of the new home-brew games. The Harmony supports all games up to 32K - one or two home-brews exceed that but I haven't come across them yet! I recommend it highly.

It is also a boon for PAL 2600 owners. There are people now creating PAL60 versions of the most popular games. I have created several of these myself.

The ROMS I have created are here : but you can find those and all of the others at the PAL60 thread in the atariage thread. In fact I think someone has created a zip archive of every PAL60 ROM.

As usual, PAL gamers got screwed with shitty PAL ports. Atari did optimise a few of their own games, but Activision made no effort at all. You notice this most with Kaboom!

2600 emulation is excellent today but if you still want the real thing it's well worth a look.

Retro Chat / Having a clearout. Don't be scared - it'll be OK
« on: January 09, 2016, 22:19:37 PM »

Retro Chat / Office Gaming Tourney
« on: February 17, 2013, 13:04:21 PM »
I look through the retro event area with jealous just don't get that happening in Northern Ireland. (Maybe it does but I've no knowledge of it). I started a gaming league in work a year or so ago to make up for it. I work in IT so I believed I would some sort of response and there are between 12 and 20 of us who now take part on this. Details below.

I'll post here from time to time reporting on how these events go. We have access to a projector and screen which really makes this a great fun event and I can recommend this to anyone.

Introductions / Greetings from Northern Ireland
« on: February 07, 2013, 22:51:04 PM »
Hi folks....

I'm been around for some time (mid 40s) so remember the rise of the arcades and the arrival of pong machines in the home.

Had a 2600 (still do!) and had an Oric-1 and an Amstrad 464 (with green screen!) in the 8 bit micro days. Then I kind of got a bit disillusioned with gaming because I believe that while the 8bit era was a great incubator for talent - the dodgy difficulty curves and tape loading of the day kind of put me off.

The NES got me back into gaming - then had s SNES, then an N64 (was bit of a Nintard for a while) - then a Saturn (wanted to play some shmups) - then my world opened up - also have a PS1, PS2, Atari 7800, Megadrive, Dreamcast, Gamecube and Wii. Have around 600 titles all boxed and complete - not a collector - more of a hoarder.

Have been a programmer (not games) for 20 odd years - wrote my first "app" on an Apple II in school when I was 14 and have never looked back. Don't get to code in work any more but I dabble with Java, PHP and Blitzbasic in my spare time.

Love gaming - especially retro and "retro style" games like puzzlers & shmups and not really into narrative led games. FPS games I think have kind of ruined the market - they suck in too much resource and talent that could be better used in other genres. Still will play the FPS but not all that much -I think they are opiate of the gaming masses I am afraid.

Used to be a Ninty fanboy - but i'm still quite a fan - still believe they are the only real big inventor now that the likes of Sega, Namco, Konami and Capcom seem to fallen into oblivion or a rut. Still ever hopeful for the future though even though the HD remake seems to be de rigour with everyone now.

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