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1  General Chat / Meetings, Exhibition, Events... / "Quelli che... i VideoGiochi 2016" - Italian Arcade Event on: October 10, 2016, 08:39:28 PM
Here is the poster of the greatest italian arcade event of the year !

>Arcade games: up to 40 cabinets (many originals, including 3 Dragon's Lair, 2 Space Ace and 1 Time Warp, and jammas) and flippers
>Trade market

>GREAT !< Nibbler's Tournament, on two original European Olympia cabinets !

Guest stars this year on Sat.19th will be Nibbler's best players on the planet: Francesco Romeo, Enrico Zanetti and, in Internet connection directly from Ottumwa, during the celebration for the 35 'anniversary of Twin Galaxies, TimMcVey, current world record holder !
There will be, among all the other things, the projection of the movie "Man vs. Snake", of which the organizing association "Retro Campus" will have some DVDs (if they do not sell them all before the event...) also subtitled in Italian, Spanish, Swedish, German and French, just for the event !

November, 18-19 (from 9:00 to 23:00) and 20 (9:00-17:00)

"AUDITORIUM" - Via 1 Maggio, nr.1
37010 Pastrengo (VR), Italy

[ by RetroCampus association, arcade division ]
2  General Chat / Meetings, Exhibition, Events... / Re: Arcade Italia - The Event (1016) on: October 03, 2016, 10:56:44 PM
Yep, Bruno: three TAF, the one beside the other Smiley . I played on the "TNG", not because I like flipper but I like Star Trek Cheesy .

Hey, I played two games on the Atari Space Ace and I scored 572602 in both... so it seems I'm not quite rusty  Wink
3  General Chat / Meetings, Exhibition, Events... / Arcade Italia - The Event (1016) on: October 01, 2016, 10:50:24 AM
Hi Bruno, hi DLFans Smiley !

I forgot to post it before... on 3 and 4 of September we had the annual "Arcade italia - The Event".

Bad pictures and low-quality clip... but an extremely Hi-Quality of the main protagonists: 60 machines, including at least 20 and more original cabs, Jammas (and PRE-Jamma !), 10 flippers, electromechanicals and jukes.

Arcade Italia Staff also organized, like the last year, some"cultural interludes" in which some experts talks about video game history, vintage magazines, building and restoring of cabs (in fact there also was also our Marco"vernimark"Vernillo who entertained the audience chatting about the 100% restoration of original cabinets !).

Really excellent !
And, as the last year, I went there and... nothing... I talked for hours with all the present friends present and I was able to play only 3 or 4 games  Cry Grin !
Oh, hehe... I also "tested" the "EuroDL" (in which there was Sidam version eproms, LaserAce interface, Pioneer LDV4300D and LDG SoftwareCorner disc with appropriate framehacked eprom) when Matteo"italiandoh" and Stefano"csw" were trying to fix it, 'cause it had *serious* problems in some of its logic components...

4  General Chat / Electronic HandHeld Games & Vintage Toys, Home Consoles & Computers / Re: ... maybe one day we can reach the Lair of the Dragon also on our VCS ? on: July 28, 2016, 05:09:58 AM
Hey Bruno !

Yep, it has to be coded "telling" the TV electron beam to trace informations, (scan)line per line, and it has to be done during the retrace periods (VBI).
However, it hasn't many instructions to use and addresses are relatively few (the 6507, VCS' CPU, is a "castrated" version of the famous 6502).

Oh, yep, I (we) considered Adventure and also Dark Chambers and even Secret Quest (the game wanted and produced by Nolan Bushnell in the 1988/'89), but there's too much "movement-freedom" (yep, we thought to go in the "limited-movements" direction and considered horizontal 2d platforms as "ideals"...).
Obviously, with an Adventure hack or a similar game, we'll have an "essential" graphic... and it's not good for a DL game Wink .
Gateway to Apshay is an extraordinary game ! I played and finished it on my C=64 in the '85 or so Smiley ! And, btw, I could tell that, for the history of the videogames, Adventure had inspired Gateway to Apshai, while the other two VCS games mentioned before and many more to come, as "The Master of Magic (C = 64), has all been inspired by this last  Grin !
5  General Chat / Electronic HandHeld Games & Vintage Toys, Home Consoles & Computers / ... maybe one day we can reach the Lair of the Dragon also on our VCS ? on: July 26, 2016, 05:41:32 PM
Hi there, DLF people.

Sorry, Bruno... I'm here since the 2006 but I know I don't post anything interesting since long time Cry Cry .
Well, hope you'll forgive me if I'm now writing a "little request" here, which is not properly "little"...

I come straight to the point, without much "boggles"... [ see the picture below ]

So, is there any daring european programmer (Assembler) around here who would bring himself to face the challenge?
I already heard some americans (since, way back, the 2009...) from AtariAge but no one seems to like the idea...
Simply, it seems to me that there isn't a person who could be actually both a huge fan of the game and good assembler programmer to "port it" to the AtariVCS/2600 shock !
[ Yeah, I'm a huuuuuuge fan of both AtariVCS and Dragon's Lair... but I haven't any kind of assembler programming abilities  Grin Undecided ! ]
As I said some time (years) ago, through the Daphne Team (in which I am inside since years...), I had a conversation with A.Foster (thanks to Teo, who made me know him !), chief of LLC Partners (the holders of the Copyrights of the game) that gave me "carte blanche", recommending me in any case to send him any kind of "demo".
I've already shown him some drawings, sprites, map and a gameplay hint, but he said to do not absolutely disclose nothing "sensible" before I find someone who can realize the game! Yeah ... it's needless to say that the game in question is a "goose that lays golden eggs" and that any attempt to use the name and characters is under control anywhere on the net (they already "stopped" several rights violations... in one way or another they come to know almost everything...).
And... nothing, I repeat here the point discussed on AtariAge: absolutely excluding an FMV (due to the very restricted capability of the console), it remains that it would be a great platformer, very similar to Pitfall II, or at least it was my (our) basic idea since the beginning !

I (better say "we", since Mr.Foster knows the question) considered the idea to "port it down" from the various Coleco/C=64 version... and also the others, allow me to say, INFAMOUS releases for NES, SNES and GameBoy...
No, seriously... WHY we've to further outrage a game that deserves much more than this ?
I designed maps, sprites and I think we have all the necessary "ingredient" for a good layout for the game, then, if it has to be a "deep hack of Pitfall 2" or a completely re-written game, well... we could even decide it.
I repeat, I say Pitfall II because in the way it was conceived and planned by the great Mr.Crane it already responds almost fully perfect to the gameplay for a Dragon's Lair platformer, obviously with game situations and appropriately modified and adapted characteristics...

So, please take a look at those maps that I made (very) long ago:

This is the complete map of Pitfall II for the C=64 (VCS version only differs in graphics, the layout is the same).

This is a "mixed" map of Pitfall II and Dragon's Lair

... and this one is VCS' Dragon's Lair full map (but without sprites like characters, weapons, enemies, holes, secondary walls and the correct path to the Lair... it's just to show you Wink ).
[ the map is based on a mockup I made years ago : I "took" it from the map of the original SEGA coin-operated "Pitfall II - The Lost Caverns" game, especially to give someone an "input" for another possible game for the VCS which could probably be one of the greatest hits for our beloved console. In fact SEGA's arcade game was never "fully" ported to any home system... even the ColecoVision &/or MSX versions are *VERY* crappy and almost different from the coin-op !  Wink ]

At this point, I ask again :

is there any daring european programmer (Assembler) around here who would bring himself to face the challenge ?
6  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair Sidam Cabinet project on: February 20, 2016, 10:25:28 PM
Awesome job !
A really well done cabinet, and I certainly couldn't have done it in such a great way !
Only the sight of an expert would catch it isn't a "true" Sidam DL cab.

Congrats to the one who built it for you !!!
7  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair Sidam Cabinet project on: January 10, 2016, 12:10:16 PM
It was like I told you during my "beta testing", XAD... Using a Software Corner disc, with both the original 22VP932 laserdisc player or a non-standard, faster player + conversion card (like in your cab), the altered "starting-frame" isn't correct.
Then, you'll have to decrease the target frame by one, so scenes would begin correctly (yeah, when I played this on your cab a few weeks ago during the RetroCampus "Garda Lake"event, I saw scenes that began a bit early so the very last "resurrection" frame is seen at the beginning of that particular scene).
8  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair Arcade Cabinet With PC ROM on: October 25, 2015, 10:14:13 AM
Old topic...  Smiley

You probably played the U.S. Enhanced rev1.1 or rev2.1...
It's all written here : http://www.dragons-lair-project.com/tech/enhancements/dle.asp

What about THIS version ?
[ it's me playin' on my cab  Wink ]

[ EDIT: ... and another ***different*** gameplay  Wink ]
9  General Chat / Meetings, Exhibition, Events... / Re: Milan Games Week 2015 on: October 25, 2015, 09:51:32 AM
Thanks Bruno and Andrč  Smiley !
Hey... Andrč, do you remember that arcade room shown in the first clip (the link is just under the Pac-Pizza) ?
10  General Chat / Meetings, Exhibition, Events... / Milan Games Week 2015 on: October 24, 2015, 08:01:29 PM
Hi everyone.

Bruno, I'm sorry to be not too much present in your wonderful site/forum as I did before...
Well, I want to share with you all this wonderful experience  Smiley !

Yesterday, October 23, 2015, meeting with Toru Iwatani at Milan Games Week.
 pacman   Ghost Ghost Ghost Ghost

And, OF COURSE, I didn't miss the chance to have his autograph on my MICRO Puck-Man cabinet, which I made in about 2 days just for the occasion  Smiley !
My daughter now says "Ok, it's MINE !!!"  Cheesy Kiss ! She's almost nine years and she's a fan of Pac-Man Smiley !
No less... one of the few games which has not aged at all after 35 years !

Ok, let's make you see...

First of all, some pics of my Micro-Cab W.I.P.

There's my old Nokia 6630 inside, with its (GREAT !!!) Symbian O.S.(S60), which I did modify in the past (2002) and set it with almost all what I need to :
> play : MAME, AtariVCS/2600 emulator, C=64 emulator, Gameboy, Sega MegaDrive... ScummVM (!!!)  Cool
> browse the net : Opera and something else I don't remember... but the thing I remember well is that I had FREE browsing on the internet (and I mean the *real* internet, not that old crappy WAP Lips Sealed Shocked Grin )
> sat nav : TomTom for S60 (hemm... not properly "original"...  Wink ) with bluetooth antenna
... ok, it didn't make me any coffe, but I think it was pretty enough  Wink !

Then, I spent some hour at my PC using my *OLD!* Ulead Photo Express (which I use since when I had Win98... and there was no time for me to learn to use PhotoShop... but, as I already said, it's pretty enough, too  oppps Grin ) to set some artworks which could fit on the micro cab  Smiley !
Well, I think the result is good... and if not, it's pretty enough  Grin !

(on the right there's wife's wedding shoes box, which I "modified" just to make it perfectly suitable for safely carrying the cab... Grin Grin )

And then... IWATANI !
Here he's at our GamesCollection(.it) stand, the only one where a person could find *REAL* videogames, not all that crappy next-gen of which the "GamesWeek" was full ! (visitor's average age = around 17... and the rest of us, all around 45, are already included in the count...  Cry )

At the conference, in which Toru "made a sprinkling" of what was about the story of his never aged "Pakkuman"

And here it is !!!!!!!!!
Signin' my microcab with gold paint marker (and he didn't used it for no one else than me !!!!!!!!  Grin Cool Cool Cool )
His expression was really "emblematic" at the sight of a Puck-Man cab, even in miniature !
Me : "All handmade and fully playable.. unfortunately the battery is completely discharged"
***(I had to wait 2 hours and half... and Nokia's battery is too aged... it do not resist more than 2 hours of standby  oppps" )***
He : "................................................"
ACH ! He don't speak a word in english... ONLY JAPANESE !!!  oppps Cry In fact he always needs an interpreter...
But, hey, he perfectly "got my message" and he was visibly pleased !!!

(!!!!!!!!! ... I am 45 and he's 60, but I am more gray than him !!!!!!!!!!!!  Cry Cry Cry but, as Indy said, "It's not the age, it's the MILEage..."  Wink )

After all, we went to eat some pizzas and, of course...

And then .... the evening ended (1:00 am) at Vernimark Arcade ! Cool Cool Cool Smiley Smiley Smiley
[videoclip] https://youtu.be/2-e7NP4xvm4

Some other pics, made today in my house and with my daughter with her dolls around.......  Shocked Grin

Hehe... dolls wants to play  Wink !
[videoclip] https://youtu.be/cfnG7gtTEXY
11  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Mini cabinets on: January 03, 2014, 11:11:07 PM
Thanks, dudes Smiley !

Sonic : I really loved to "create" those mini-cabinets  Smiley .
I built them under requests of two friends who saw the "prototype" at a local "retrogaming&retrocomputing expo".
I could say that only with the whole necessary materials the price runs at 400€uros + at least 30/35 hours of work !
Shipping ? Well, I don't know how much could be expensive... cab's weight is around 20Kg and ship it here in Italy could cost between the 15€ ( Italian Postal services = BAD THING... ) and more than 40 € ( express courier = MUCH MORE SAFE ! ) .

BRUNO !!!!
Hehe... the DL2 should be "on the air", but I really could not afford to build things for myself...
€ issues... but I'd really love to do it !!!
Next mini-cabinet would have to be the italian Atari-by-SIDAM Dragon's Lair , for which I have some requests...
Then, just the time to have all the measurements and I'll do it Smiley !

HEMMMM.... BTW: would anyone here like to dismantle his Sidam DL and take all the measures for me ?
I would appreciate...
  lol lol Twisted Evil
12  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Mini cabinets on: January 02, 2014, 12:09:21 PM
I've just completed the "THREE-Mini-DL/SA-cabinets" building Smiley !
Better, OF COURSE, than the "prototype" I built the last summer in occasion of the "DL 30th anniversary italian meeting" Wink !

You could watch my W.I.P. pictures HERE:


... and watch some clips HERE:


13  General Chat / Meetings, Exhibition, Events... / Italian RetroVideoGaming & Computing on: October 26, 2013, 07:57:02 PM

Autumn !

As always, time for conventions, trade shows and meetings with a currently theme much in vogue among all "ex - nerd" and also many others who have lived (AND STILL LIVE !) the golden age of gaming entertainment, ALL OVER THE WORLD :


And our small and mistreated Italy is no exception...

Last Sunday there was the event "Brusaporto Retrocomputing", annual show / exhibition of vintage computer hardware and gaming, and I was invited to exhibit a bit of my "material" ...


Together with a friend of mine, D.Baldi from a local association called "comPVter" (http://www.compvter.it/), I set up a stand that has been later recognized as "respectable", due to the fact of the presence of some "pearls", not easily viewable "elsewhere" ...

From my side, there is a full-working "Pong" ( Atari - Sears , 1975 ) , an Atari 2600 Jr. CVBS video output modified, my Dragon's Lair MINI-CAB (built this summer in occasion of the "meeting" that I myself organized for the 30th' anniversary of the birth of the most famous lasergame) and a display case containing some of my Atari game cartridges...
On my friend's side there is a DEVASTATING collection of english items, almost all branded " Sinclair ", including a VERY RARE "Sinclair LED BlackWatch" (unfortunately NOT WORKING ... ) and the 80's age style "bicycle-car-starship" lol "C5" !


a beautiful day spent in the company of many friends and MANY people which occasionally asked information of any kind...
to the point that I came home with a dry throat for having talked really too much !  roll eyes Cry Grin


More pics HERE :

And it's not over...

Just yesterday there was the first day of the "Games Week" in Milan, where in the morning came no less than
in person  Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

who kept a conference and made a "tour" around all the exposed video entertainment machines !

A friend of mine, journalist in the informatic sector (Carlo Santagostino of "Archeologia Informatica" http://www.archeologiainformatica.it/ ) invited me to the event, but unfortunately, for reasons of work, I had to decline that invitation ...
And my regret is SO HUGE !
 Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry

Especially after that I did watch an unspecified amount of photos that show a lot of friends "embraced" with Nolan...
 Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry Cry

for one thing I could say that I am happy !

... because my "Pong", exhibited in one of the windows of the Games Week - Retrogaming museum, had become THIS WAY :

I go to get it back on Sunday (tomorrow)... and , with that autograph of Nolan Bushnell , it will sure become the "pearl" of my small , small Atari collection !

( and if someone would "eventually" steal it, then it will be the time I will call the FBI , the InterPol , the Lieutenant Columbo , Angela Lansbury and Ellery Queen ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! )
 Evil Evil Evil Evil Evil  lol
14  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair (this year) is now 30 YEARS OLD! Can You Believe it? on: September 21, 2013, 09:43:26 AM
Thanks  Smiley oppps !
15  General Chat / Dragon's Lair / Space Ace / Re: Dragon's Lair (this year) is now 30 YEARS OLD! Can You Believe it? on: September 20, 2013, 11:08:28 PM
Days ago I decided to make my mini-cabinet independent from wife's eeePC.

So I decided to threw a "classic" computer inside the cab.
By chance, I could use my old "Monolith cabinet PC", with a Pentim 4 H.T. 3 Ghz, which was recently replaced by a powerful Intel Core-Duo 2.8Ghzx2 based machine Smiley !

[ WOW ! Now I got a 100% -STABLE- of speed with Firefox-MAME, while before it arrived at a 80/90% -NOT STABLE- maximum  shock !!! ]


To complete the job, I took a 9" LCD monitor/TV ( at the beginning I thought to use a 10" CRT, but the tube is too deep and it would have ended up out of the rear panel of the cabinet  Cry ! ) and a pair of "easy" mini-loudspeakers which are powered by the 5V of the USB connector Smiley !
And, at least, I put a 12V (taken from the computer's PSU) led-strip for the backlited marquee.

Here are some pics:

And a clip Smiley :

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