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  1. Rick, I hold the controller in my hands while playing, and I find it comfortable. I don't need to set it down on a surface. Initially, I was a little worried because it looks big and bulky. I found that it's not as big as it looks in the photo, and it's very light weight, and comfortably holding it in my hands during play was not an issue. He also makes a joystick in a smaller base. Although this one has two buttons, they're both button1 as it's marketed as a 2600 joystick. I'd think he could wire them up to be button1 and 2 for 7800 compatibility. Take a look. Michael Tarallo is the owne
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  2. I recently purchased one of the 7800 compatible controllers that Bratwurst over at AA was selling and for most arcade type games, it has been excellent! It is just a hair to large for most people to just hold it in their hand to play but it can be done and I've used it that way. I also have one of Retrogameboyz NES style controllers and use that for games that require very precise movement. Mainly most of the home brew releases, especially those from Vlad Zuniga.
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  3. Back in the 80s and 90s, my favorite was the Wico Redball. I still have my original, one of the very few 80s items that I've managed to hold on to. I tried several others (Wico Bat stick, Wico Boss, Slik Stick, TAC-2, QuickShot, Kraft...) but none dethroned the Redball. I tried it again last year, but it has now been dethroned by 2600/7800 microswitch joysticks made by Retrogameboyz. Everything else feels mushy in comparison. It uses no-name parts, and the price reflects it, but I've had no issues so far (a year).
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  4. Some of you have a set of TI "painsticks". They have perfectly good wiring... but what about transferring those cables to a different set of sticks? It could open up some amazing possibilities.
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  5. Very philosophical Socrates63, controllers are so subjective. I might feel more comfortable with the Wico bat handle, where another person is partial to the red ball. I recently started using my Kempston Competion Pro that I bought in the UK back in the late 1980's. it's seemingly awkward shape I thought would need a table, but fits nicely in my hands. The Epyx 500JX and the Ergostick are strange to use for some, but I dig em. Right now I have 71 acrcade/joysticks in my collection, most of which are micro switched with a smattering of quality leaf switch sticks including 30 joysticks that are
    1 point
  6. Connect them to one controller with two sticks and two buttons?
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  8. I've been thinking about grabbing on of the Retrogameboyz sticks, but I have one concern. It doesn't look like you can hold/use it with just two hands. It has to be set down on a table or something. I know that's not a huge problem, but in my current setup, I don't have a tabletop to play on. What do you think, @socrates63? PS - I have a retrogameboyz gamepad, and it is excellent. I use that a lot.
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  9. I also went with the TI sticks. I've used brand new ones right out of the box, and they always feel like they are about to fall apart in your hands. It doesn't help that you have to use a little more force in moving the joysticks. 5200 sticks are bad too, but they really are a product of their time. I think Atari had the mentality to "beat" the Intellivision in their design. And that's why the controller came out so closely to the Intellivision controller design. They actually did beat the Intellivision controllers IMO, as I much prefer using 5200 sticks over the Intellivision control
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  10. I say TI-99 only because I've never gotten a pair of them that actually worked properly. Yes the 5200 sticks usually don't work either when you first get them, but they can at least be repaired pretty easily and made to work over the years with a little maintenance. The TI sticks just look and feel like a sealed nightmare that would never have a happy ending to it.
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  11. I picked these 2 up yesterday as well, a Comrex ComMander which has micro switches and a TAC-2 with it's inovative steel ball to solid contact design.
    1 point
  12. Nicely done, Harry! Score added.
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  13. - Ω -

    TI Goodies

    Some of you TI'ers may still run 3.5" drives, but Texas Instruments only made sleeves for 5.25" floppies. Sadly the TI was commercially extinct when 3.5" drives started to dominate. So, what is a guy supposed to do when he wants some nostalgia and love for his 3.5" mechanical storage device? It's simple really, make your own and share it with the world! The attached PDF file below is sized perfectly for the smaller disks, just print it up, cut it out, fold it and glue it. TI-Sleeve (Three and a Half).pdf
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  14. Always hoping for more insight into the prototype sequel to Adventure: Elf Adventure Good find!
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