Atari 2600 Arcade Companion Review:
The Unauthorized Atari 2600 Arcade Companion Volume 1 by Michael D. Saltzman is a book that you wouldn’t find ever in a local bookstore. But in the world where you can publish a book to go out to potentially only hundreds of readers. This is a book that could have existed back in the day (or in the Ferg as one of my favorite podcasts calls it).
Using the late release Rampage as an example it talks about it’s debut in the arcades and it’s development by Bally Midway in 1986, and its conversion by Activision in 1989. It also makes mention of how Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is currently in production on a new movie based on the game. It covers the storyline of the game and moves into differences between the two games, arcade and home.
When handed to me, the first thing I said is, “This is a Super Nintendo controller.” Yeah, that’s for dang sure. The screen is a small but just the right size and the brains of the unit is a Pi Zero. The progress of modern technology is just incredible these days. Soon we will have digital watches that we can make phone calls with and control our music and….oh wait, we already do. But back to the Raspiboy. There are several units that I have played in the past that have more of either a PlayStation Vita or a Game Boy Advance feel to the controls. But the way that this was created was just sheer brilliance. It is the entire SNES controller to the exact feel and the screen is elevated enough that it doesn’t interfere with the controls.
On the left side is a volume control and head phone plug. In addition to that is an HDMI output and a mini HDMI for the power supply. When playing this, unfortunately, the audio is not that loud, so in order to get the full effect of the game, the best thing to do is wear head- phones. Check! I had a pair with me.
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