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1  General Chat / Arcade Lifestyle / Space Pirates prototype? on: August 28, 2015, 09:26:14 PM

At around the 11 minute mark on this video, they show a challenge on Space Pirates. But the HUD looks quite a bit different to any version of the game I’ve seen! You have unlimited shots, there’s an energy bar with 8 segments, and after being shot once it drops to one segment remaining. There’s also a death animation that I haven’t seen before, featuring a spinning skeleton over the ‘warp’ background (though the vision mixer cuts it off rather quickly). At the beginning of the ‘hostages’ area, the energy bar actually drops 2 segments when the door opens! It could well be that the game footage has been edited for time so as not to show the first death.

In the wide shots of the cabinet you can see the front is all opened up, and the Amiga and LD player are visible with wires everywhere. Is this a prototype or early version?
2  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Dexter board for Galaxian 3? on: April 10, 2014, 11:24:33 PM
Just wondering if anyone's tried the Dexter LD Emulator board in a Galaxian 3 cabinet? I've seen some people have had moderate success with Dexter running in games like Super Don Quix-ote and Mad Dog McCree, but it would be interesting to see if it works in a dual-screen setup where they have to run in perfect sync.

Of course, laser players and discs don't last forever so moving the footage to some kind of digital format is high priority if the remaining Galaxian Theaters want to keep running!
3  General Chat / Technical Area / LCD/Plasma TV for Time Traveler on: April 06, 2014, 11:50:08 PM
Just wondering, with the CRT TV now essentially obsolete, what will happen when the one in Time Traveler breaks down and you can't repair or source replacement parts? How difficult would it be to install an LCD or Plasma TV in place of the original and still have the 'hologram' work?

I'm also concerned about whether the different black level of an LCD would affect the illusion, and also whether viewing at the angle created by the parabolic mirror would cause contrast issues. Has anyone tried an LCD TV in the cabinet yet?

Obviously all the other things must be taken into account such as the TV remembering it was powered on, auto-switching to the AV channel and of course being set to 4:3 mode so that the images aren't distorted.
4  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Re: Did you ever get to play one by some odd chance? on: January 10, 2009, 11:13:36 AM
I've played a GT-6 Project Dragoon at an arcade in the UK. The arcade closed down a long time ago, and it's not known what happened to the GT-6 cabinet.

Eventually this particular machine developed problems with its right screen; the player kept jumping back to the beginning of the current segment or even to the beginning of the disc (rotating and scaling checkerboard) - only to resync whenever there was a path change - destroying the power source or similar.
5  General Chat / Galaxian Theater / Replacing the GT6 laserdisc players? on: January 10, 2009, 11:08:44 AM
Ok, we know that the laserdiscs in arcade games (including GT6 games) can be unreliable. The discs can suffer from 'laser rot', and the players need precise maintenance to keep going. The Galaxian 3 Project Dragoon I used to play at my arcade started having problems with its right screen - the player would keep jumping back to the beginning of the segment or even to the beginning of the disc!

What I was wondering is, since all the footage has now been captured to AVI, would it be possible to replace the LD players with a PC and hard disk? The PC could TV-out the laserdisc footage to the game board, and respond to the serial commands from the board so it still 'jumps' when necessary.

The game would still be running normally - in fact, the game ROM would think that it's still controlling two laserdisc players  Grin but without the reliability problems caused by the players.

You'd need to program a simple interface that would cause the video to jump around when a command was received over serial, but I think the serial commands are well documented. It would make it a lot easier to switch between English and Japanese soundtracks, for example, as well as not worrying about the discs wearing out!
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