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Classic gaming, off-the-wall edition: Older consoles, and useful accessories

Discussion in 'BoM Blogs' started by Disciple of The Watch, Apr 4, 2010.

  1. Disciple of The Watch

    Disciple of The Watch Preparing The Coming of The New Order Veteran

    Aug 20, 2005
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    Today, I will not be reviewing a game, but rather discuss a nifty little adaptor that is the holy grail of classic gaming enthusiasts, like myself.

    If you own an older console like an Atari 2600 or 7800, chances are that you're forced to use a stupid RF switch. With age, those get more and more of a royal PITA... I had to fiddle with the forsaken piece of amphibian dung for about half an hour before I got an image clear enough to play Colecovision/Atari 2600. Sounds familiar? Well, salvation is here. Find a good electronic store, and get yourself a RCA to coax adaptor. Not only are they cheap, but just wire that SOB on your TV's coaxial input, and if you ever feel like switching consoles, just pull out the RCA end, and plug in whatever console you feel like playing, and voila.

    I hooked this F'ER to my own TV, and got a brand new single input RCA, plugged it in my trusty Colecovision, plugged it in the adaptor... and damn, Mouse Trap, Pepper II, and Grog's Revenge never looked that crystalline.

    It's absolutely worth the $10.

    And on a side note, this kind of adaptor DOES NOT WORK with first-gen Atari 5200. Those one use a switch to carry both the power AND audio/video. Atari knew they screwed up, because the second generation of 5200 used the tried, tested and true RCA plugs, which is MUCH better. If you're not sure which one is which, a quick rule of thumb -- first gen 5200 have four controller ports, and second gen 5200s only have two.

    I also went on to mention how horrible 5200 controllers are, right? If you want to use a good ol' Master System, Genesis, 2600 or 7800 controller, you'll be needing an adaptor, because the 5200 uses a proprietary port. Despite it's flaws, the 5200 has some VERY NICE exclusives that are DEFINITIVELY worth the hassle and the extra bucks.
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