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Re: Atari 7800 Thread
« Reply #225 on: June 28, 2018, 00:11:25 AM »
I agree with you that Asteroids is one of the best home ports of the game.  As for the POKEY, they couldn't fit it into the board because they wanted to maintain the 2600 compatibility.  Their plan was to add it to carts and GCC had even planned to make a chip as good as the POKEY (if not better) that would be cheaper than the POKEY.  That would have made it practical to add it to all the carts.  Unfortunately, this was when the Tramiels bought Atari and they scrapped the whole thing.

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Re: Atari 7800 Thread
« Reply #226 on: January 03, 2019, 01:41:31 AM »
I'm waking up this thread.  I attended PRGE in 2016 and there was a panel where Steve Golson, from GCC, spoke about the Atari 7800 and what they intended for the system.  I thought it was a very interesting panel because I think things could have been different in the video game world had the system been released as intended in 1984.  It's a "what if" scenario now but this panel was quite interesting and I found it today on YouTube.  Here it is.  Enjoy!


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« Reply #227 on: January 10, 2019, 21:49:45 PM »
Excellent video that. Answers some questions I had about the 7800; particularly the poor sound.


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Re: Atari 7800 Thread
« Reply #228 on: January 10, 2019, 23:17:36 PM »
Cool, glad you learned something about the 7800 from the video.  Clearly, they had different plans for it but that's not what happened because of the sale of the company and the delay in the launch of the system. 

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