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Asteroids Locator Map USA

January 18, 2012

Asteroids Locator Map USA

 

Much of arcade Asteroids’s allure is the glowing, minimalist vector screen. Instead of a standard TV monitor, which scans from top to bottom over and over again, the vector display draws straight lines from one point to the next where needed, like an oscilloscope. It can only be a simple polygon outline of one color, but it also means that the image is sharp and bright (Asteroids’s photon torpedoes leave a brilliant trace along the slowly-decaying phosphor of the screen), and simple to program (the video and sound data in the arcade version of Asteroids is just 2 KB of ROM code, and the game program is another 6 KB). It’s why www.atariasteroids.net have the Asteroids locator on the site: to this day, no home version or variation of Asteroids really does the same thing.


Lets get into Details !

January 13, 2012

See this Vectrex Demo at

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KDA5PeATwc&feature=related

 

"This is a great system -  ahhhm - if you are a retro collector like i am - then I recommend buying it..."

 

From us 100 Points ! This young man will become a TV reporter.


Ltd Edition Vectrex gaming Baseball caps for 2012

January 13, 2012

A mail from KosmikNeil (in parts):

These Baseball caps are a limited edition run of 50 only, I had Commissioned celebrating 30 years of the Vectrex arcade system which will be shipped out in the first week of March, taking pre orders now.

They are very high quality black, fully embroidered Baseball cap with four embroidered Logos, which includes the Vectrex logo on the front in pale blue (Vectrex colour), and "real arcade play" embroidered underneath on the back is the MB emblem (blue & red colours), plus on both sides of the cap are MineStorm graphics in white, Left side the MineStorm laying UFO, right side 3 Mines and your Ship which are accurately represented.

The caps sell for £23 (Approx. 36USD), which includes shipping worldwide, each cap is posted in a Jiffy bag with the cap packed out to retain its shape during shipping.

For more information or for PayPal pre orders kosmikneil@yahoo.co.uk

Kind regards, KosmikNeil aka KosmikVector


first Spike Song out there...

April 21, 2011

Got a mail today - seems we have the first Spike Song out there...

 

Quoting Travis Morgan: I thought you might be interested in this track I composed. I'm sure you are familiar with Spike. When I was a kid I used to play "Spike" on my father's Vectrex.


Spike - Vectrex (Morgantj Remix)(mp3) (right click to safe)

Spike - Vectrex (Morgantj Remix)(youtube)

 

Composed by Travis Morgan at www.travisjmorgan.com


Debris Revisited / Astro Dodge highscore contest

February 7, 2011

Yesterday Martijn Wenting of Revival Studios announced a competition for his game Debris Revisited.
See a demo at www.youtube.com - we love the sounds !
 
 
Debris Revisited / Astro Dodge highscore contest
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With the release of Debris Revisited, Revival Studios is proud to
announce a highscore contest for Debris Revisited.

When is the deadline?: The deadline for this competition is set at July 1st 2011.

 

What are the prizes ? This time around, i decided to give away prizes for the top-3 scores,
as well as for the highest score in astrododoge.

 

1. A rare VIP edition of Debris Revisited (only 20 copies released!
Mostly given to people involved with the game and/or as a competition
prize like this)
2. A brand new jumperless multicart by Madtronix
3. Any revival studios game of choice.

 

Bonus prize for the highest score on astrododge: Any revival studios game of choice.

 

How does it work?
- Just play a game of Debris Revisited, and get a good score.
- Once you have a good score, display or write down the 16-letter
highscore-code.
- Go to http://www.revival-studios.com/highscores and enter your name
and code.

 

For your reference, the highest score at the time of writing is around 30000 points. Good luck! 


Q-berts Travel Blog

February 6, 2011

Hello my dear ol' fans! It's me, your good ol' buddy from the past: Q-bert!

 

I know Arcadegame Heroes from the 80ties like I am have seen better days but now I am back! And I started my first blog to keep you guys updated of my trips all over the world and further galaxies. I have seen many countries on this dark & damp planet and many stories must be told. So don't hesitate and check my travel blog here, hosted at pongmuseum.com:


http://q-bert.pongmuseum.com

 

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Yours, Q-bert


New Page: Vectrex Wiki(as)

January 24, 2011

Quoting a Mail by Vectrex Fan Derryl B.:

I started getting into Wikias several months ago, and seeing that there wasn’t one for the Vectrex, I started my own!
 
http://vectrex.wikia.com/wiki

 

In case you get a 404 error there, there should be a place to click on a site link and that will take you there...if not, go with this full address:
 
http://vectrex.wikia.com/wiki/Vectrex_Wiki
 
BTW, for those that are confused as to the difference between Wikipedia and Wikias (as I’ve been asked that before), individual Wikias are geared towards one subject in particular, such as Star Wars, Star Trek, reptiles, the Glee tv show, cooking, etc. Also, Wikipedia forbids certain information for gaming entries, such as not noting how many points is required to get to a next level, an entry can’t be written like a guide, score tables should be omitted, etc. With a Wikia though, you can do all of this and more!
 
This is looking to become THE biggest resource of this kind, what with full game and even homebrewer entries, as many of these entries don't even have a Wikipedia page. Nearly all of the game entries up to now are full entries written by myself, most of which I either own, used to own or am very familiar with...hardly any ‘stub’ articles with those. (Note: several will say at the bottom they were taken from another Wikia, although I still wrote those elsewhere, and being a Wikia, I can bring them over here.)
 
And as far as the latter goes, there is currently only one entry for a homebrewer right now, although there should be entries at some point for Classic Game Creations (John Dondzilla) and Tutstronix (K. Tuts), I’m just waiting to hear some final details from them before putting up their respective pages. (Also, if George P. from FURY Unlimited and Mark Shaker are reading this and have my old e-mail address, please contact me, as I had sent e-mails to you guys in regards to getting some info up as to your Vectrex contributions, which I haven’t heard anything back, but my e-mails didn’t come bouncing back either. You guys have done more than enough to earn inclusion into this site.)
 
Also, if anyone is familiar with Wikipedia and/or Wikia coding (several things work with both, some don’t), please get in touch with me, as I’m looking for an admin or two, especially anyone overseas (/not here in the States), particularly in regards to the time difference. I can be reached at my YouTube page (I'm Darrylb500) or by posting on the front Discussion page of the Wikia. (If you’re like me where you don’t want to post your e-mail address online [sorry for any inconvenience], let me know and I can edit it out from a post from the latter once contact has been established.)

 


300 Baud Magazine - issue No.1 OUT NOW!

January 30, 2010

300 BAUD MAGAZINE is a print-only publication aimed squarely at retrocomputing enthusiasts. We contributed an article about the Vectrex in issue #1! Covering everything from the glory days of the mainframe to the home computer revolution, 300 BAUD contains an entertaining and informative blend of expert opinion, enthusiast ramblings and archival tidbits. A marvel that is - 300 Baud Magazine - the newest retro computing magazine, this side of the 21st century.


300 BAUD is 100% volunteer operated by people who care about dusty old computers.
 
CONTENTS


    •    Vectrex: Brings Real Arcade Play Home
    •    Dragon 32: How to Make Friends and Influence People in the 1980s
    •    Punched Paper Tape
    •    Up From The Depths
    •    Linintosh: how to bootstrap your vintage Mac from your Windows PC
    •    Basic Repair Techniques: Soldering
    •    Jupiter Ace Goes Forth


Get Issue #1 and more infos at www.300baudmagazine.com


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