Video: Pac-Man (2009, Tim Ryan & Fredric Blaholtz) for the Fairchild VES/Channel F/System II

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Since I had to pull my Fairchild console out anyway to capture some additional footage for the documentary, I thought I would take a moment to do something I've been meaning to do for some time. This is just a direct capture of the 2009 homebrew Pac-Man cartridge by Tim Ruan and Fredric Blaholtz for the Fairchild Video Entertainment System (VES), which was the first ever programmable cartridge-based console, released all the way back in 1976. This was recorded off of my Fairchild Channel F System II, a later revision of the console that redirected the previously internal sound out to the TV to better match the feature set of later competing systems like the Atari 2600 VCS. Naturally, this game is an amazing achievement for a Fairchild system that has a library of fairly simple and blocky games. The occasional graphical glitchiness in various parts seems to be related to my system and/or my capture device, not necessarily the game itself.


ken (not verified)
i disagree

atari 5200 is better than the colecovision. speed, gameplay, and sound is better on the 5200.

Bill Loguidice
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ken wrote:

atari 5200 is better than the colecovision. speed, gameplay, and sound is better on the 5200.

Better is a relative term. The Atari 5200 has some pretty miserable controllers, probably among the worst ever designed. The ColecoVision's are no picnic either, but they're easier to replace/swap out if one were so motivated. Both systems have their strengths and weaknesses, though, and that includes game libraries. Even today, both systems have robust homebrew support, though I'd say that the ColecoVision has been pushed much farther in that area. Even though the ColecoVision has "better" homebrews, the Atari 5200 has the advantage of being the equivalent of a 16K Atari 400, so conversions from the Atari 8-bit computer library are fairly trivial. It was always an interesting battle between the two systems and remains so to this day if one chooses to unnecessarily pick sides (it's easy enough to enjoy both for their own merits). Personally, I prefer the ColecoVision for a variety of reasons, but there's nothing wrong with preferring the Atari 5200...


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