VectrexMad! Productions AutoFire Dongle for the Vectrex

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vectrexmad
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My first hombrew creation for the Vectrex and now taking orders.

Features:
-Pressing down the fire button emulates a rapid and repeated succession of fire button presses
-Sits inline between the Vectrex console and controller
-No modifications required to either the Vectrex or the controller
-100% compatible with existing Vectrex controllers and compatible controllers
-Onboard micro-chip offers auto fire mode or normal mode without requiring removal of the dongle
-Professionally produced PCB and reduced component count for increased reliability
-One year guarantee

Benefits:
-Reduces wear and tear, not only on the controller fire button but also on your finger!
-Brings back new life to favourite games – The game enemy is no longer invincible

£11.99 plus shipping

for more information please visit http://www.vectrex.co.uk

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Mark Vergeer
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6'8"

Being that tall makes most arcade cabinets pure hell as an adult. Only sitting down cabinets are nice.

I am seriously considering the vectrex autofire dongle especially as it is very easy to ' switch ' the mode to normal upon power up without a hassle.

Thanks for the extra background-information Vectrexmad!

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Bill Loguidice
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It's interesting that you

It's interesting that you mention that. Having been a computer user since I was a small child, I've had issues with stress and strain, which is why I like to use trackballs and natural keyboards. I particularly noticed this issue a few days back on vacation when I playing all of the classic arcade games at Funspot. Some of those control panels are really angled downward, which is very stressful!

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Some background regarding the AutoFire Dongle

If you go to the news tab on my website you'll see a little explanation. Firstly my background is electronics and software. I started off with developing and testing a prototype circuit that sits between the controller and Vectrex, and once happy with the design got PCBs professionally made. The clever part is that there is a small PIC microchip inside that I programmed to work in two modes. In AutoFire mode it detects when button 4 (the firebutton on the Vectrex) is pressed on the controller, and tricks the Vectrex into thinking that there are multiple key presses (in fact one keypress is sent to the Vectrex every 0.15 seconds whenever button 4 is pressed down in AutoFire mode). Holding down button 4 durring Vectrex power up, makes the AutoFire behave as if it wasn't there e.g. normal mode.

The main reason for making this was that I was suffering from Repetitive Strain Injury. It seems I am not alone. After the announcement of AutoFire dongle I received quite a few emails from Vectrex fans who also had hurting fingers. Maybe its because retro gamers have been playing Video games and wearing out their fingers since the 80's...

Regarding cheating, yes a side effect is that you can get much higher scores on games - this actually, has given a new interest to a lot of the games I have for the Vectrex as now I can get to advanced levels.

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VectrexMad!
www.vectrex.co.uk

http://www.vectrex.co.uk

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Mark Vergeer
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Nice!

So how did you manage to create such a device?
I may be tempted to get this device, but on the other hand I do not like to cheat. Still it may give Mine Storm a real boost in gameplay!

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