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Packrat and the UC

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Ownership of Packrat Video Games is moving along, bit by bit (no pun intended). Online ordering for Packrat will cease on December 15th, until sometime in January 2013. There have been a few snags (slowdowns) that will prevent me from fully ramping up the Packrat site in January of 2013 like I would have wanted to. But in all, things will get up to speed, and I can come out with the new products that I’ve been slowing working towards. First product will probably be the Packrat Six-Pack (something of interest to European collectors of O2/VP games – more on that at another time).

MGC 2013 comes into play, in that I will be selling a small selection of games (and maybe more) within the UC area. Not sure yet, but may change the UC name to the Packrat Underdog Chamber, or PUC for short. Still debating that one.

As for introducing a new game at MGC 2013, that remains to be seen. Production of PCBs for the O2/VP will take longer than I first expected, so it may cut it rather close. At the least, I would like to demo a new cartridge for the Odyssey2 at the show, and maybe even a new 2600 game too. Time will tell.

For now, back to Finals week (and a half) for college.

Till then, hope everyone has a great holiday season!

New Owner of Packrat Video Games

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

As of today, I am the new owner of Packrat Video Games, a nice small company that produces homebrew games for the Atari 2600 and the Odyssey2. This was in the works for a few months, and finally came through as of today. It’ll be a month or so before ownership is completely transferred. I look forward to the opportunity to continue the tradition of Packrat making quality games for retro systems. This also means there is a good chance I may decide to be a sponsor for the MGC 2013 show in some capacity, as a way to promote Packrat, and the first game to be released under my ownership of the company (plans are already underway to get a game done by the show in March – hopefully).

I feel good about this, I won’t deny. I love the old Odyssey2, and am somewhat excited about producing games for it! 🙂

Slow summer…

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Will not deny that not enough was done for the 2013 show this summer like I had originally planned to do. Just how it goes sometimes. I have some equipment in place to test and/or setup, but that is on the back burner as school starts up again – and I get to see how much work this semester may entail. Till then, I still need to fix my Channel F (to be featured a special article here if/when this gets done), setup more iMacs, and get a few more systems ready ahead of time.

One thing that needs testing too, gotten for me by my friend Jeff, is another Steel Battalion controller. Hopefully working good and will take the place or help repair the one that went on the fritz at the 2012 show. Hope to get this dropped off at Greg’s place, where he has the system and software to run the tests on the complicated controller.

Till then, enjoy what is left of the summer, and will post more as time permits.

Yellow multi-cart on its way back to the States

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

I sent out a multi-cart to be update a while ago, but not too long ago. And I just got word that it is shipping back tomorrow, so it should be here within a week or so. For those still wondering, it is going to be an updated Channel F multi-cart, with better software to control the games. Reset on the console will no longer go back to the menu, but keep the same game going (there is a different rest sequence to get to the menu). This will help greatly at the MGC show in 2013 (at this point, I plan on bringing back the Channel F, for the 3rd year now).

Now I need to fix the Channel F that stumped the Ben Heck group. Yes, believe it or not, I stumped them in early 2012 at MGC. They could not fix the cartridge port on my Channel F model II. I think I can. I’ll write up a much more detailed report here, if and when I can fix the Channel F. Till then, stay out of this bloody heat! 🙁

Wizards (film)

Monday, March 26th, 2012

For those Ralph Bakshi fans out there, Wizards is out on blu-ray. Watched it last night, and after all this time (35 years), I still like this movie a lot. Won’t deny it has some rough spots, but it works overall, and I just love Bakshi’s animation style(s). I could definitely see the pre-animated Lord of the Rings style is parts of this cool movie.

Interesting information I only just found, is that Main Street Pictures is working on a sequel to the 1977 Wizards animated feature. The new film is to be produced by Mark Bakshi and Aaron Parry. Will be cool if they can get this done, as I’d love to see a sequel, and one done right hopefully.

Through the years

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Still working on things and doing some display board work, but came across a file on my computer that shows what I have displayed by year (without having to dig through all the sidebars here. Kind of interesting (and personal note – must bring Intellivsion back soon – it has been out too long).

’04

(first year, before becoming the Underdog Chamber)
Marathon (8-player)

’06

Marathon (8 player)
Arcadia 2001
Bally (Astrocade)
Philips G7400
Genesis
Intellivision
Odyssey2
ZX81
T/S 2068
Vectrex

’07

Quake (6 player)
Apple //gs
Arcadia 2001
Atari 7800
Bally (Astrocade)
Philips G7200
Philips G7400
Intellivision
Odyssey2
ZX81

’08

Quake (7 player)
Atari 5200
Gamecube
Intellivision
Odyssey2
Vectrex

’09

Quake (8 player)
Apple //gs
Bally (Astrocade)
Philips G7400
Gamecube
Odyssey2
T/S 1000/1500
Vectrex

’10

Quake (9 player)
3DO
Apple IIgs
Atari 7800
Intellivision (2)
Odyssey2
Philips G7400
T/S 1500 (81/1000)
TI-994/A
Vectrex

’11

Quake (11-player)
Apple //e
Apple Pippin
Arcadia 2001
Atari 5200
Atari Jaquar
Channel F
Odyssey2
Philips CDi
Sega Dreamcast
T/S 1500

’12

Quake (9 player)
3DO
Atari 2600 (UC games)
Channel F
Odyssey2
Super A’Can
Sega Dreamcast
T/S 1000
TV Scoreboard (pong)
Vectrex
Xbox (4-player S.B.)

11 days and counting…

Monday, March 12th, 2012

This won’t be the best day for me in regards to working on UC stuff for the MGC show. Little bit too much schoolwork, and my right eye had decided to get infected once again (third time in 5 months). As for schoolwork, I can deal with that, but the eye makes it very hard to do schoolwork or any computer work, as I can barley read a computer screen (and my schoolwork is all does on computer). As usual, and hate saying this, but Dr.’s office is booked once again. Trying to see a P.A for $30 co-pay, or pay $250 to go to urgent care, which would you pick? Ugh!

More to report later in the week, when I get some feee time. Need to dig out my iMac computers for the Quake LAN. And I did find the instructions for an add-on for the Timex computer I have. Hope to get that working soon as well, otherwise it may not make the show.

Time to get some sleep, and wait to see if a P.A. calls back about my rather painful eye infection, and gets my some anti-biotic drops for it.

Happy Holidays 2011

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

To gamers of all types, hope your holiday season is a great one, and hopefully you get something new to play with (old or new school alike). Don’t forget what the season is about though, not just gifts, but so much more.

Have a good one! 🙂

Steve Jobs – R.I.P.

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Rather saddened to hear the news of the passing of Steve Jobs late on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011. While I won’t deny that I was not a total fan of Jobs (I did not agree with all his decisions), I am grateful for his vision, and will miss his presence at Apple. Here’s to his insight and mark that he made on the computer industry, and may Apple live on in that light!

I will probably do a small tribute to Steve, when the next MGC show comes around next spring.

Summer ’11 over…

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

Well Summer 2011 is almost over, with school starting up already. This years summer seemed to just fly by, with far too many projects left unfinished, which will be move to next year’s to-do-list.

I’m in the process of possibly moving to another hosting company again, but that is still under debate. The reason is my own, simple as that. I’d also like to revamp the entire site too, but that will take lots of time.

For now, enjoy the rest of the summer, and hopefully I’ll get around to those MGC photos and some updates for the 2012 show.