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Question About Activision Carts


LeeJ07

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I'm not sure, but I think Ferg may have mentioned that activision used to ship early cartridges with that insert you got, but they didn't do it for long.

 

You might have a rare piece of foam there lee!

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Activision had to get around the patent for the Atari cartridges. The same man designed them that designed the Tengen cartridges, and he testified in the Atari/Nintendo lawsuit. I'm wondering if that foam piece, as squishy as it is, was Activision's idea of a dust protector that didn't infringe upon Atari's patent. Maybe you just stick the cartridge right in and it works fine.

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I have never heard nor seen foam like that before....... Lee does it fit into the Atari with the foam in the cart?

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It does fit with the foam, Arena.

Cool! I'm guessing its to protect the board inside like the others suggested and to keep dust out too. Definitely a keeper!   :thumb:  :thumb:  :thumb:

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Yes, it was to protect the board inside, I remember taking them out when we got the Activision carts back in the, uhh...

 

I had forgotten all about this until the 90s, when I bought some Activision carts that had some sticky goo inside that was VERY hard to get rid of. Turns out Actiplaque is not the only problem Activision had with their carts over time (Actisponge? Actigoo?). So I would not leave it in there if I were you, unless the cart is for show. The early carts are common, so getting another shouldn't be a problem.

 

If I remember right, this was only in the first 6 carts. There's also black foam as well as white, and this cartridge molding had some kind of ridges in it to hold the foam in, which are no match for 10 year old fingers. :)

 

Now I wish I had a cart with the foam in it. :(

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