thank you for the thank you's uncle ferg... i have both addenda & iratA (sic) for you though... 1 - it sounded like what you described as a "pacman pcb" was in fact the pacman rom chip that i'd removed from the original cartridge i used to build the Dintar816 version of Pacman.. i ground the pins off it so it resembled the monolith from 2001, or a gravestone, whichever you think is more apt for vcs pacman... 2 - you said the Dintar816 pacman was the 8k version... it's not, it's the 4k version, partly cos i wanted to replace one 4k version for another 4k version to highlight what could have been achieved in the same space back in the 80s if they'd been given more time... but mainly cos it's much easier to rebuild 4k cartridges than it is to build 8k cartridges 3 - Monster World IV is a Wonder Boy game that was only released in japan, in japanese... someone did make a fan translation to english about 15 years ago, but apparently it broke some part of the save routines and cheat codes etc... but then, in 2012, an official english version was released on the wii's virtual arcade, the xbox arcade and the playstation network, this version was basically a rom that played via emulation... this rom could be extracted, then programmed onto an eprom chip and soldered into a megadrive (genesis) cartridge that used to contain a horrendous football (soccer) game, with all the save routines intact... 4 - Quest for the Golden Chalice was made by the rather wonderful Team Pixelboy 5 - any of the carts i sent you are games that used to be some other game until i replaced the rom chip with an eprom containing another game... i wish i could take credit for any of the software hacks or roms, but i can't, i'm not clever enough for the whole programming thing, but i do love to get my teeth into the hardware hacking and soldering... it's almost like therapy and can be guaranteed, on a scale of 1 to 10, to drop any kind of level by 3 or 4 points...
finally, i LOVE keystone kapers... i'm pretty much in agreement with Greg, i don't think i'll ever go far wrong buying an activision game... although i've still not got round to playing my Space Shuttle cart yet, that thing sits on my shelf and scares me... (incidentally, i'm currently reading The Frood, a Douglas Adams biography and Keystone Kapers happens to currently be game #42 on my alphabetised list of VCS carts (i have less than 100 VCS games), coincidence? improbable!)
I woke up this morning with a sinking feeling. It was Thursday, I realized, and I never sent in feedback for Keystone Kapers! I thought maybe, just maybe, Ferg wasn't going to record for another week. So I checked Twitter, and sure enough, Keystone was out, and I was too late.
I have an actual recording window this Friday night, and since I'm not QUITE ready to record the next episode of Jaguar Game by Game, I'll record my Keystone Kapers feedback, as well as a story for the upcoming Christmas episode. So two audio submissions coming your way soon, Ferg.
Before I forget (even further!), we had my dad and some friends over for Christmas dinner, and I made of half batch of the eggnog recipe included in this episode's show notes. It was a big hit (and kept getting better with each glass). I've added this to our recipe book, and will definitely be making it again in the future. Thanks Ferg!
More on the topic of Keystone Kapers, I forgot that I made this little guy last year:
My kids were making things out of Perler beads and asked me to sit with them and make something. Not knowing what else to do, I defaulted to Atari 2600 sprites, making a Keystone Kelly, Pitfall Harry, and one of the attacking ships from Atlantis. It's not perfect, I know, I was limited in board space and bead quantities, but thought I would post it here, anyway.