Homebrew Spotlight#1- Dragon’s Lair For The TI-99/4A!

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Hey Arcaders!

Raygunn here with a new series I know your gonna get a kick out of- HOMEBREW SPOTLIGHT!

I know what most of you are asking- Raygunn- whats a homebrew? That’s easy to explain. Homebrew is a term frequently applied to video games or other software produced by consumers to target proprietary hardware platforms (usually with hardware restrictions) that are not typically user-programmable or that use proprietary storage methods Wikipedia. Homebrewing has been popular for almost two decades now due to the resurgence in the classic game consoles of the first through third generations especially.

So, now that we got that out of the way, why don’t we take a look at our first home brew to spotlight- Dragon’s Lair for the TI-99/4A! First- let’s go over the machine specs!

Texas Instruments TI-99/4A
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Type Home computer
Release date June 1981
Introductory price US$525 (equivalent to $1,447 in 2018)
Discontinued March 1984
Media
  • ROM cartridge
  • cassette
  • floppy disk
Operating system TI BASIC
CPU TMS9900 @ 3 MHz
Memory 16 KB RAM
256 bytes scratchpad RAM
Graphics TMS9918A
Predecessor TI-99/4

-Wikipedia.

Now- to create a home port (that’s the term used to describe a game created for the console during its original life cycle) of Dragon’s Lair back in 1983 would have been impossible. The were no means to create the video files in a way that would have worked without a laserdisc player.

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Even the amazing Coleco Adam port had to be altered because of the hardware limitations.

But… Fast forward about 35 YEARS- and behold- this little jem appears on the YouTubes and I have to share- thus the nexus of a new article series!

Now- THIS GAME truly defines a homebrew! An actual, playable version of an arcade classic on a system that it wasn’t truly meant to be played on! But, given the time we live in- with advancements in software and hardware technology, and the talented people who want to bring their favorite (and ours!) childhood arcade games home- or even… IMPROVE THEM! Yes, we will even see that in this series!

So- keep an eye out for more Homebrew Spotlight articles- where I’ll even try these amazing games- and give em’ a review- to see if they are worth a purchase for your classic console!

Hang on- this is going to be a fun ride! And if you know of any homebrew games you would like to review- leave me a comment below!

Thanks gang!

and-
Keep Playin’ Like It’s 1981!

Raygunn

Get Ready for the real… COLECOVISION FLASHBACK!!!!!

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Hey Arcaders!

I have some great news for this holiday season- The COLECOVISION is coming out… AGAIN!!!! You young-ins are probably asking yourself- What the heck is a Colecovision?

Well, the Colecovision was a super awesome gaming system during the second gen wave of consoles that were out in the early 80’s (The Atari VCS and Intelivision were part of this generation.)

What made this system different from the others were two things-

One- it’s impressive specs- no system at that time had this much power- check this out!

all equals- almost arcade quality graphics (an amazing feat for it’s time!)

This bad boy could even do INTERLACED VIDEO! Whats that? well, it could play a video generated background behind the games graphics- simply put- IT HAD THE CAPABILITY TO PLAY LASER DISC GAMES!!!!!

Two- By the time the Colecovision was released, Atari and Mattel had a very strong foothold in the market- so what does Coleco do? Pick up every arcade title they could! Even The mighty DONKEY KONG is ported over to the Colecovision  ( it’s a great translation that still holds up today! ) also the make several modules to the system- One lets you play ATARI VCS GAMES!!!!

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This is the very first ad I had seen for Colecovision in 1982! Just seeing a home version of Donkey Kong was enough to want this thing!!!!!

Well, where do I come into this story? In August of 1982. With that ad just above in Electronic Games Magazine. A new system- That can play ALL MY ATARI GAMES? WHERE DO I PUT MY MONEY? Of course I asked for one for Christmas- but alas, it was not to be.

Then, the game crash started… Coleco released the ADAM computer add on for Colecovision… but it was too late. the greatest second gen system was put on the shelf and forgotten by many (except by die hard collectors like me.)

Come forward almost 20 years to the date of the game crash, and we get this on the web-

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WHAAAAAAAA? A commercial site… FOR COLECO? AND IT MENTIONS COLECOVISION SPECIFICALLY? are we actually getting a new Colecovision? Well… NO. River West Brands keep promising a system that will let us and our children

” embrace the classic gaming of the past ”  but what we get is this..

col web 2 copyCrummy gaming handhelds that everyone is manufacturing.

Then this comes out-

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Is this the Colecovision they kept promising us? poorly made cheap plastic, dreadful controls, daisy chained controllers, and.. AWFUL SPORTS GAMES THAT WEREN’T ON THE SYSTEM?

Well. I guess this isn’t happening now.

Flash forward to June of this year and I see an ad on the Toys R’ Us website-

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After all this time – Is it real?   YES IT IS!!!

And this is what we know so far-

Official games list-

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In addition, a 61st bonus game, Antarctic Adventure, will be available in an exclusive version at Dollar General. Sam’s Club will have a version with the standard selection of 60 games, but a handful of additional overlays. This info came for the awesome Bill Loguidice! And he’s always been right on the money! Of course, No DK games on it. But if it is like any of the other AtGames releases, it may be hacked- possibly with a cartridge slot!

Take a look at this bad boy-

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 So… after 30 years, that’s all we know for now… Product testing should begin this month- and we will bring that to you as well. Release date will be announced soon as well. Price- $39.99! Seems like a great deal! More news as we get it!

KEEP PLAYIN’ LIKE IT’S 1981!!!!

How To Beat Home Video Games- Pac – Man- Atari 2600

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Hey Arcaders! Back in my day, there wasn’t allot of game strategy guides out there- except for Electronic Games Magazine, and the little guides that Atari, Coleco, and others put out. But that was usually one or may be two games an issue. But fear not classic gamers! Vestron Video saw the problem, and released 3 volumes of HOW TO BEAT HOME VIDEO GAMES in 1982. the best part- it was on video! just pop that bad boy in the ole’ VCR- and get your video game instruction! Well thanks to the internet, we can now watch these on our computers, or any watching device you have! We will be checking out each game and it’s strategy. The host is a little monotone, but take in all the classic gaming goodness!

Let’s get some tips and tricks for Pac – Man on the Atari 2600!