What hardware doesn't get enough love?

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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by Starlight » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:34 am

Have you covered SEGA's 16 Boards yet? Or perhaps Model 2?
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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by NES Max » Fri Aug 02, 2013 1:08 pm

Saturn

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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by PanzerGeneral » Fri Aug 02, 2013 3:54 pm

Hmmm, I wonder - oh bugger, at the risk of repeating myself - TI 99/4a!!!!

I have a fairly nice model with a 32k sidecar ram expansion, speech synthesiser, super sketch unit, twin cassette setup, load of joysticks, load of cassettes and now have over a hundred cartridges including most of the Atarisoft lines, most of the Imagic, Sega and Parker Brothers conversions.

As I trawl through Ebay worldwide, I keep getting surprised at the number of command modules(that's TI speak for cartridge) - that I still dont have and going by the prices thet are fetching it is unlikely that I ever will.

With sales in the millions it could hardly be deemed a commercial failure, ultimately it was TI themselves with some questionable early business decisions that killed the machine - very similar to pre Tramiel Atari in as much as practically all software and hardware development was kept in-house.
The machine was also of no use whatsoever to anybody who hoped to delve straight into some serious machine coding as there was no direct access to assembly etc without purchasing additional(very expensive)carts - such as Editor/assembler or Mini Memory.
I would still advise anybody not in the know to checkout games such as Q*Bert, Donkey Kong, Burger time, TI Invaders, Super Demon Attack, Congo Bongo, Parsec, Bigfoot and Tunnels of doom on the system - there are numerous reviews on Youtube where you can watch and make up your own mind (keep in mind that most of the hardware in the machine dates from the earlier TI 99/4 from 1979.

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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by kiwimike » Sat Aug 03, 2013 6:42 pm

PanzerGeneral wrote:Hmmm, I wonder - oh bugger, at the risk of repeating myself - TI 99/4a!!!!

I have a fairly nice model with a 32k sidecar ram expansion, speech synthesiser, super sketch unit, twin cassette setup, load of joysticks, load of cassettes and now have over a hundred cartridges including most of the Atarisoft lines, most of the Imagic, Sega and Parker Brothers conversions.

As I trawl through Ebay worldwide, I keep getting surprised at the number of command modules(that's TI speak for cartridge) - that I still dont have and going by the prices thet are fetching it is unlikely that I ever will.

With sales in the millions it could hardly be deemed a commercial failure, ultimately it was TI themselves with some questionable early business decisions that killed the machine - very similar to pre Tramiel Atari in as much as practically all software and hardware development was kept in-house.
The machine was also of no use whatsoever to anybody who hoped to delve straight into some serious machine coding as there was no direct access to assembly etc without purchasing additional(very expensive)carts - such as Editor/assembler or Mini Memory.
I would still advise anybody not in the know to checkout games such as Q*Bert, Donkey Kong, Burger time, TI Invaders, Super Demon Attack, Congo Bongo, Parsec, Bigfoot and Tunnels of doom on the system - there are numerous reviews on Youtube where you can watch and make up your own mind (keep in mind that most of the hardware in the machine dates from the earlier TI 99/4 from 1979.

I would second that- I would love to learn more about the TI computers

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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by gman72 » Mon Aug 05, 2013 1:42 pm

PSone/PS2. Saturn.
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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by The Laird » Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:38 am

I don't remember ever seeing the Atari XE Games System system featured in RG, a very cool console version of the Atari 8-bit range:

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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by TwoHeadedBoy » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:06 am

kiwimike wrote:A feature on bootlegs and knockoffs? Clone systems? :)
Ooh, that'd be good :D
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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by batman877 » Wed Aug 14, 2013 9:26 am

I like to see some more coverage of:
Amstrad CPC 6128 Plus (and 464 Plus)
Amiga 1200 (and beyond - e.g. PC towers with Amiga hardware)

And dare I say it...
Gameboy Advance
Playstation
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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by Nemesis » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:18 am

Atari ST
Amiga A1200
Amiga CD32
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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by themightymartin » Fri Aug 16, 2013 7:47 am

TwoHeadedBoy wrote:
kiwimike wrote:A feature on bootlegs and knockoffs? Clone systems? :)
Ooh, that'd be good :D
Agreed. I'd be very interested in seeing a feature on so-called 'famiclones'.
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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by Szczepaniak » Sat Aug 17, 2013 3:37 am

BARCODE BATTLER

I'd like to see a feature with interviews from the people who designed and made it, a walkthrough describing a play session, and then a full single page to cut out from the magazine, containing a series of powerful barcodes and descriptions of what they give you.

You could do a box out on other barcode themed devices, such as the Datach system for the Famicom, and others. There's been quite a few (like the GBA reader!!).

Solid 10 pages such a feature could be. I'm probably the only one who'd read it, mind. :(

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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by markopoloman » Sat Aug 17, 2013 8:06 am

Szczepaniak wrote:BARCODE BATTLER

I'm probably the only one who'd read it, mind. :(
Yes... yes you probably would be :lol: :wink:
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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by Szczepaniak » Thu Aug 22, 2013 6:08 am

:lol:

Just discovered there was actually a BB and a BB model 2!

I'm not being ironic when I say I find that fascinating.

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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by Scratch_Porkings » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:51 am

Nemesis wrote:Atari ST
Amiga A1200
Amiga CD32
I agree with Nemesis, can't do enough ST and 1200 coverage in my book!
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Re: What hardware doesn't get enough love?

Post by rockdjuk » Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:57 pm

markopoloman wrote:
Szczepaniak wrote:BARCODE BATTLER

I'm probably the only one who'd read it, mind. :(
Yes... yes you probably would be :lol: :wink:
I'd read it . I remember them being in the shops but that's about all I know about them .

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