January 09, 2017:
What's better than original developer documentation for the Vectrex? Original era developer documentation that lives on and is updated! My thanks to Paul Newell and John Hall for reminding me of this site and providing LOTS of updates since I last looked at it. All good developer resources provide a nice mix of history along with the technical details. While 'A Bit of Vectrex History' leans more to the technical side of the Vectrex, there is still some cool story points to add flavor and spice. You can find 'A Bit of Vectrex History' at the link below.
"A Bit of Vectrex History": From RoadsideThoughts ...A Bit of Vectrex History
November 25, 2016:
Various area Vectrex logo designs. If you have some others to share please see the button above to add them to this site.: Regional Vectrex Logos
November 22, 2016:
I have several new listings of Vectrex, Virtual boy, and other video game related items for sale, Check out my postings on the regular Vectrex groups and forum, as well as my eBay presence below:
Vectrexer's Current eBay Vectrex Listings by your's truly. REMEMBER, you can always make an offer to me outside of eBay about any of the items I have listed.: Vectrexer's RARE Vectrex items on eBay.com!
November 19, 2016:
Long since overdue, many of the links on this page have been cleaned up. Current sites for old and new topics have been found. Dead links for old sites have been referenced by a link to the last known page snapshot, and/or or download link, on Archive.org.
If something is missed, or if you simply want to include you site's information here, please make request via this form: Link Updates - Vectrex.com Link and News Updates
November 18, 2016:
The hardware just keeps flowing in 2016! Now we have Thomas Sontowski (of soon to be released Vectrex "Robot Arena" fame) producing his own Vectrex MultiCart / DevCart called "VecFever". I've got the fever from the name alone! But "VecFever" is not just another multicart. Thomas's cart takes the idea of a multicart a step further Below is a list of the prototype features described in the "first look" video.
Specifications (copied from Kiwi's YouTube video description):
Original Cartridge size
USB Connector for connection to the Computer
Simple copying via drag and drop interface for usage like a USB flash drive memory stick
16 MB RAM memory built in for fast copying new games/files to memory
Compressed binary support to reduce file size storage onboard VecFever
No extra software or cables needed
Convenient access of files via using a built-in file browser menu. Menu includes with full ASCII fonts, long filename support, automatic sorting of filenames,
No patches needed - all Vectrex cartridges work as is.
Switching between menu and cartridge always possible via reset button. No need to power off/on Vectrex switching for changing the game.
Includes a full version of 'Robot Arena', including storage of high score and options
Other extra features for VecFever-aware cartridges. e.g. permanent storage of up to 4K per cartridge, global calibration parameters for faster drawing capabilities, and a multi-bank extension allowing 4095 32k-banks per cartridge.
Customizable menu. The entire menu can be loaded from disk allowing updating or changing the capabilities and look of the VecFever. It comes with three versions to choose from: the in-built gamer menu, an 'expert' menu with a lot more options and a special 'developer' menu for even more options geared towards developers
Selected cartridges are loaded and run in RAM. This should allow for automatic support of binaries that use extra RAM for program data storage. e.g. Animation, Spikes Circus, Logo, etc.
A fully optimized bank switching technique allowing for cartridge files sizes up to 1024 KB (1 MB)!
High score Saving option. VecFever allows via one global option to convert known, 'normal' cartridges into VecFever cartridges that include full high score tables with eight entries plus the entry and display capability in-game. The goal for VecFever was always to convert the games in such a way that during normal gameplay not a single cycle was changed. Only after gameplay ended would the 'game over' part be taken over and a high score entry/display was added so that the scores are comparable to 'normal' carts. The menu also allows displaying/managing and customizing these high score tables and there is not only one hiscore table per game, there are named hiscore tables for each gamemode and 1P/2P games, too, if wanted. Right now this option converts about 30+ games, most vintage ones and quite a few homebrews..
A RAMdisk mode for developers to allow uploading and testing of up to 64k binaries immediately on a Vectrex via USB
Are you missing a box for your Vectrex Cart? Is your current Vectrex box too big for your shelf? Just want a group of cool Vectrex boxes for display? George Cropper produces a set of MINI sized (mini-sized) Vectrex game cartridge boxes with modern interpretation on the original style. But George didn't stop there. He also offers the ability to make a custom box for your cart. Have a rare loose Bandai cart you want boxed with the Japanese logo? Want the true original GCE appearance look? Want to box your own indie Vectrex title? George can handle your special request for a bespoke box. Check out George's Retro Shop page below for more information and ordering.
George Cropper's New Custom Vectrex Game Cartridge Box Retro Shop : http://bumfungaming.com/hardware.html#VECTREXBOXES
George Cropper's New Custom Vectrex Game Cartridge Box group post on Facebook | Vectrex Fans Unite! (login and group membership required): https://www.facebook.com/groups/104852679725118/permalink/526594057550976/
November 14, 2016:
Vectrex Fans If you have missed the Vectrex ghost of Christmas past now is your chance to get the present Vectrex XMAS Cart from Binary Star Software, XMAS Cart 2016. This year's cartridge festivities include a roll up of four games from the previous years two years “Stocking Filler”, “Save The Trees”, “Parcel Panic” and “Space Tree X” in nice cool holiday themed gift box and instructions. XMAS Cart 2016 is now on sale at Binary Star Software priced at £18 + packing and tracked postage. While you are there you may want to check out his other carts for sale, as well as lots of free Vectrex downloads. See below for the sales link and a video.
XMAS Cart 2016 Ordering Information at Binary Star Software: http://www.binarystarsoftware.com/?page_id=321
XMAS Cart 2016 demo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kN03WLXZ_74
November 13, 2016:
It's interesting timing today on the topic of Vectrex Multicarts. I have been answering quite a few question as late for current availability and historical topics. Well today "VectrexRoli" has released another one of his excellent YouTube videos covering the topic of the best currently shipping Vectrex Multicarts. He also discusses some of the advantages of each style of multicart. When watching VectrexRoli's videos be sure to expand the video description by clicking "Show More". Because he usually offers much more information than just the video topics. See below for the links to VectrexRoli's video as well as some of the resource links for the different multicart designs discussed.
November 12, 2016:
Richard Hutchinson mentioned he has another batch of his VecMulti SD card based Vectrex multicart ready for immediate shipment. In case you have not experienced VecMulti yet I can recommend it as one of the very best all-in-one cartridge suitable for both game players and Vectrex software developers.
VecMulti SD Card Vectrex MultiCart by Richard Hutchinson.
VecMulti is a micro SD (MicroSD) card Vectrex multicart. (One MicroSD is included with each VecMulti purchase). Has the entire original Vectrex library. Also includes a large approved demo and 3rd party homebrew library. Easy to use on-screen menu system for selecting the title. Easy updating using your modern micro SD card reader (Loader program included). VecMulti's MicroSD card is easily accessible via a slot on the cart case.
Stores / runs every Vectrex game including:
• Games requiring additional RAM (RAM included on board)
• 64K bank-switched games
• Multi-load games
VecMulti can also connect to your PC/MAC/Linux system for for development work (loader included). Connection accomplished via a serial port header pins on the board using a serial-to-USB adapter. (Adapter not included. Easily found in other eBay listings)
VecMulti instructions and documentation for both players, and developers, are included loaded on the MicroSD card.
Current Price is "$85 USD shipped (anywhere)".
Richard Hutchinson can be contacted for purchase via the following methods:
Email:Email to Richard.Hutchinson@dsl.pipex.com
GMail message: Direct Contact Richard Hutchinson (Richard.Hutchinson@dsl.pipex.com) for an $85.00 invoice for his Vectrex VecMulti
AtariAge Messaging (account required), Richard H.: http://atariage.com/forums/user/2630-richard-h/
Facebook Messaging (account required), Richard Hutchinson: https://www.facebook.com/messages/100010488818128
November 11, 2016:
The coprocessor cart we have all been waiting for! Vectrex32 is a powerful development cart with BASIC built in. But not only just a language. Vectrex32 has powerful processor with real-time connectivity to your PC providing the ability to write, debug, and run games interactively on the Vectrex. So much power in fact that your Vectrex can offload all the heavy processing externally to the Vectrex32 cart. That leaves the main 6809 CPU tasked only with controller i/o, sound, and vector display. Hidden line removal other dynamic image generation can now be perform real-time, negating the requirement for any pre-calculated images store in lookup tables. Vectrex32 adds so much capability to the Vectrex it is simply better that you head on over to Vectrex32.com and check it out for yourself. Find out more here: Vectrex32 Main web site
March 3, 2014:
Vectrex.NL will soon be updated to a new site URL. Make a note that www.VectrexWorld.com is the new permanent home for Jereon's Vectrex site.
February 16,, 2014:
A new version of the colorful Vectrex Wraps are available from Michele Fiori. Check out his site for the Scramble theme!
Vectrex Wraps Site Link: Vectrex Wraps Update
December 9, 2013:
-ALL Sold! - Vectrex.com has BLUE reproduction Vectrex game cartridge shells available for purchase. These cart shells were made using Sean Kelly's high-quality Vectrex cartridge shell mold that has been used to make all of the reproduction Vectrex game cartridge shells up to this point. The shells are available on eBay. Alternatively you can send email to my direct contact address "Vectrexer" via the GMail to inquire or order. As of today there are only 114 Blue cart shells left and no current plans to reorder. Similar to the previously available Red shells and Clear shells, the Blue cart shells were a special run of only 200 total. If you wait too long to order then you may not be able to obtain any in the future.
eBay Site Link: Vectrex Blue Game Cartridge (Cart) Case / Shell - New Reproduction
While you are browsing eBay I suggest visiting Sean Kelly's items for sale as well. He usually has several items up for sale including his famous Vectrex Multi-Cart .
Sean Kelly's eBay Site Link: http://www.ebay.com/sch/skelly-etc/m.html
December 1, 2013:
In case you have been absent from the Vectrex scene a while (like this site has been), the classic unreleased title "Mail Plane" has been found again. This time the game is fully playable (unlike the previous ROM Dump) to the end. Crashing more than 5 times also takes the played to the "Game Over" screen. Vectrexer (aka: Chris Romero) and www.Vectrex.com are happy to have purchased the fully playable version of the unreleased game "Mail Plane" so that the Vectrex community can enjoy this long anticipated find. The effort was made all the more sweet by the participation of several post-acquisition monetary contributors. My sincere thank you to the contributors:
Tony Holcomb (50tbrd),
Eugenio (TrekMD) Angueira,
Helmet Mueller (hcmffm),
We have generous and enthusiastic members who love the Vectrex! Thank you!
Additional thanks To Richard Hutchinson over at Vectrex.Biz for the VecDump. This tool helped to provide an additional method to extract the Mail Plane binary from the game cart.
My thanks to those other people who helped in others nice ways as well.
Get your working copy of this classic Vectrex game title here: Mail Plane
September 26, 2010:
Did you wonder where Revival Studios disappeared to? So did we! Happy to announce Revival is back in the game with two new Vectrex releases. V-Hockey: A top-view ice hockey game with arcade overtones, as your lone player (and goalkeeper) fight for control of the puck and attempt to score more goals than the opposition. Colorclash slim: A fun action game people can just pickup and play. The player has to shoot the various gems that are falling down from the top of the screen. The gems are marked with symbols and the player has to match up the symbol on his ship with the symbol on the gems. The player has to clear a number of gems each level. Colorclash has lot of new features to check out! Both titles are set to debut at Retro Spelcomputer Beurs (Retro Console Fair) to be held in Apeldoorn/The Netherlands on October 3rd 2010. For more information on "V-Hockey" and "Colorclash Slim" check out the Revival Studio web site: http://www.revival-studios.com
August 7, 2010:
Mr. Boston is stretching his traveling legs once again! Vectrex.com's Mr. Boston cart is now up on eBay for auction. Mr. Boston has been seen at Classic Gaming Expo (www.CGEXPO.com) but has rarely been seen elsewhere for viewing or for sale. The current Mr Boston up on eBay is a complete games with the Cart, Box, Overlay, Sleeve, Insert, and Instructions. The condition is conservatively rated at very good.
Finding a Mr. Boston cart for sale anywhere in any condition is classified as an extremely rare event. There are only Three or four Vectrex Mr. Boston games know to exist. Of those found to date, only two are complete with all the original contents. The others are loose carts. It is safe to say that this rare game is one of the most sought Vectrex items in any Vectrex collector's list.
Mr. Boston Liquor commissioned this promotional version of the game for the Vectrex. Mr. Boston's gameplay is exactly the same game as the Vectrex game Clean Sweep. The major difference are an ad for Mr. Boston Liquors that is displayed before the games starts. The other major difference is the replacement of the main character in the game with a Mr. Boston's top hat from the brand's logo image.
It is assumed a Vectrex and the Mr. Boston labeled game would be left out on the counter to attract attention to the Mr. Boston brand of schnapps in order to increase store sales while providing a bit of gaming fun. A few other platforms from the same era in the early 1980's also had similar co-marketing or branding applied to help increase store sales. However, there have been no confirmed sightings of a Vectrex with a Mr. Boston cart use for store advertising at this time.
For those interested the Mr. Boston brand still exists and is sold today. For more information look here for Mr. Boston Schnapps: http://www.bartonbrands.com/mrbschnapps.html
Vectrex Clean Sweep itself was a decent Pac-Man clone. The the player controls a vacuum cleaner that must vacuum up the dollar bills scattered around the bank. The size of the vacuum increases as more bits are collected. The player must deposit them into the vault in the center when the vacuum gets full. Entering chambers in the four corners of the maze allows the player to vacuum up the robbers that are chasing the player for a short time.
A few years ago Vectrex.com ran the auction for this Mr. Boston. At the close of the sale the final price was $3400.00 [USD] cash plus a boxed Bandai Vectrex. But that sale did not complete. The sale that completed was the close on 2010-09-04 for $7,200.00. Funds transferred and the cart was shipped to the new owner. See this web page below for the sale. Mr. Boston is also listed at www.gamesniped.com as number seven of the ten worlds most expensive video games ever!
Update 2010-08-13: The current bid for Mr. Boston stands $3,000.00 [USD] with three days to go!
The reserve is definitely lower than the recent King Kong price of $41,300 for the NES Stadium Events sold on February 26, 2010. But as a hint the owner relates the reserve for Mr. Boston is higher than the last sale price.
Update 2010-08-15: The last closing bid for Mr. Boston ended $3,827.00! Lower than the reserve price of $5K the owner set for the auction. But not by much!
Update 2010-08-15: Even though the eBay auction didn't meet the reserve there was a flurry of emails and eBay messages afterward in which the reserve was me in post eBay offers by one of the interested buyers. If you are still interested in acquiring the game you may want to head over to Atari Ag or Digital Press and make the owner an offer. If you already know the owner's email address then feel free to send an offer in.
Update 2010-08-22: Vectrex Mr. Boston is sold! More information on this sale coming.
Update 2010-09-04: Vectrex Mr. Boston is effectively transferred. The final sale price for the complete Vectrex Mr. Boston game was $7,200.00!! Quite the impressive price! This sale sets a new high bar for Vectrex game values, and classic game values in general. Congratulations to the new owner of one of the most rare and valuable games on any platform or era!
There are two Vectrex articles in this month's Video Game Trader #6 magazine. A review of the recently released Vectrexians and a review of the new 72 Game Multicart. Look here for a free (but non printable copy) of the current and back issues: http://www.videogametrader.com
There are two Vectrex articles in this month's Video Game Trader #6 magazine. A review of the recently released Vectrexians and a review of the new 72 Game Multicart. Look here for a free (but non printable copy) of the current and back issues: http://www.videogametrader.com
A relatively new Vectrex web site has come on-line. Take a look at Vectrex.co.uk . The look and layout are good. There are also few references you will not find at other locations. Bet sure to click on the subsection links to bring up other items as they may not be immediately obvious. Ian has done a fine job with the site and I look forward to more great things. Have a visit over here: http://www.vectrex.co.uk .
Did you miss out on the eBay auctions for the Vectrex clear and red cartridge cases? If so, then keep an eye open for them to appear on some future Vectrex titles. Be prepared to strike as few of these cartridge cases were made. Developers should email the eBay contact for availability and pricing. Alternatively, you can contact Vectrexer over at Digital Press.
I would like to take a short break from the Vectrex world to inform the optically self flagellating gamers of another cool product. Richard H. of VecVox and VecFlash fame worked with other Virtual Boy enthusiasts Chris (not me) and Pat to produce the "FlashBoy", a flash memory cartridge for the Nintendo Virtual Boy. The FlashBoy's concept is similar to the VecFlash in that the both load games via USB cable into a flash cart allowing everyone to enjoy various titles for the Virtual Boy. The Flashboy also allows a possible jump start of the Virtual Boy homebrew development scene since cyclical testing is much easier, while still being low cost and convenient. There is even a VB coding competition in progress. If you are a collector the FlashBoy has an added bonus of being a complete and beautifully boxed product with instructions and professional support. To find more information and place and order for the FlashBoy, look here: http://www.vr32.de now back to Vectrex!
We brought you the preview at CGE2K7 and now Kristof Tuts has released VECTREXIANS. This is his implementation of Galaxians on the Vectrex. Better in its final form that it was at the show this is a title you will not want to miss! Great sound! Great play action. An excellent calibration setup that should be included in all Vectrex games. Kristof has really thought this port through to ensure it's the most fun a Galaxians game can be on the Vectrex platform. Buy you copy before they are all gone!: http://www.kristofsnewvectrexgames.comli.com/
Vectrex crazy people, you are asleep at the wheel! How do I know this? I was also asleep (or driving drunk) around the information superhighway. Check out the Vectrex find of the year that Rudy just made on the bidders hell otherwise known as eBay. Not so hellish this time! Look Here!: Vectrex with MRB!
In case you are wondering after the eBay page expires it was a Vectrex console with a Mr. Boston Cart. France may not have baseball, but Rudy sure scored a home run with this $128.50 find! Congratulations Rudy! Along with this find there are four known copies of Mr. Boston out there, with two of them still in the box.
Late info, but here is a cool charity of self flagellating gamers playing one of the world's worst video games. Go support the Desert Bus for Hope. See the link temporary link at the top of the page or here: http://desertbus.org/
Update on Fury Unlimited's upcoming Vectrex releases.! 3D Sector-X a new 3D game for the Vectrex is expected to be released in Jan/Feb of 2008. Sector-X: Ghosts of the Apocalypse release is timeframe is November 2008. Go check out the Fury Unlimited's web site for more information: http://www.furyunlimited.com/
More Solar Wars updates over at Vectorzoa's site.! I don't think anyone can say enough good praise for the work and the exposure of the work on the game. Go check out the Vectorzoa's blog on the topic here: http://vectorzoa.blogspot.com/
Special News for the Classing Gaming Expo 2007 (CGE2K7) Auction! VecFlash USB GCE2K7 Special Edition. This set has a customized tag and a special modification just for the show! In addition to the "Special Mod" this version is also the second generation of the USB version with super fast load times! All auction proceeds to go to the CGExpo charity Special Olympics. The VecFlash USB is a user loadable Vectrex Multicart and is being provided courtesy of its creator Richard Hutchinson, over at http://www.Vectrex.BIZ (via archive.org on 2007-11-30.
Official info from Sean Kelly:
"Pitcher's Duel does not include an overlay. The overlay on the box front is the actual GCE overlay that was made for the game back in the day but I didn't have the time or expertise to make an overlay for the game.
The green cartridge cases were made by me - of course. They cost about seven times as much to manufacture as the regular black ones because of the type of plastic used and the very small quantity produced. I have no intention of doing them in a rainbow of colors now - this was just a one-time thing.
The game is fairly well-done and is about 90% complete. There are some problems with rules not being implemented or implemented incorrectly that there's actually a pretty funny story explained in the manual.
The boxed version of the game will be limited to ONE PER PERSON at CGE. That's not to disappoint people who can't come to CGE, but rather to keep people from scalping them on eBay afterwards. The scalping is going to happen anyway, but we'd like to keep it to a minimum. Technically, the first person in line could buy them all and sell the
99 extra on eBay at a hefty profit - and you all know some persons would do that. We don't want to see that anymore than anyone else! The loose cartridges will be available after the show as long as people want them. It is the exact same game sans the green shell and box."
Have you visited Alex's site lately? I thought not! Well go take a look on Vectorzoa. New games and news afoot! Mosey on over to Vectorzoa for the details: http://www.vectorzoa.com/info2.html
George has bailed on us! Sort of... Fury Unlimited has canceled upcoming Vectrex 3d Imager titles Star Fury and Hellhole. Damn! Well not to worry too much because another game called Sector-X is due for 2007 to make up for the losses. Go check out the Fury Unlimited's web site for more information: http://www.furyunlimited.com/_sgg/m1_1.htm
Kistof Tuts is soon releasing VECTREXIANS, a clone of the venerable Galaxians. Bug fixes, an intro screen, and sound enhancements round out a fun game into a great cart! The initial run will be 100 carts. Head on over to Kistof's site and and pre-order your copy today!: http://www.kristofsnewvectrexgames.comli.com/
The new VecFlash USB version is released from Richard Hutchinson. Upgrade kits for current VecFlash (serial) owners are also being offers for those frugal owners with sharp eyes and deft soldering skills. Cruise on over the Vectrex.biz to order your cart and make you serial-less life a bit easier.: http://www.Vectrex.biz (via Archive.org on 2007-11-30)
Do you Vec-Fu?. Fans of the classic beat-em-up martial arts games should check out this new Vectrex game created in the spirit of Yie Ar Kung-Fu and other great titles. Michael Borrmann's Vec-Fu has great silhouette look and all of the feel of the best classic fighter style games Do yourself a favor and burn Vec-Fu to an EPROM or VecFlash cart. The game plays much better on the real Vectrex. Now you too can Vec-FU too on Michael's web site here: http://www.borrmann.in
Slight update :. Animation is now supported for Vectorzoa's Vectrex Drawing Test Tool!. Go check it out
You too can be a Vectrex game programmer! Sort of. Vectorzoa is looking for undersea character artwork for their new 2007 game "Spike's Sea Snap Safari" also known as "SSSS". Say, wasn't there a 1970's "B-movie" with the same name? In any case Alex has produced a wonderful little tool to help visualize your artwork on a Vectrex by compiling your design into a Vectrex binary you can run on your Very on Vectrex. Swim (or slither) on over to Vectorzoa for the details of the Vectorzoa Vectrex Drawing Test Tool (VVDTT).: http://vectorzoa.com/vecdraw/vecdraw.html
3D Lord of the Robots is the most sorry ass game. Just Kidding Folks! If you have Vectrex 3D imager (or thinking about getting one) then there is only one Vectrex out there which will shows off the true 3D capabilites of the Vectrex in the best way possible. Run on over to Fury Unlimited and order your copy of 3D Lord of the Robots (3DLOTR). The game works with the production Vectrex 3d Imager and the aftermarket homebrew 3D Imagers. Including those made by Kevin Horton, Madtronix, and others. In addition to eye popping 3D action, the game play and music are up to George's regular royal standards. The storage box is a wonder to behold too! Have a look here: http://www.furyunlimited.com/_sgt/m1m1_1.htm
Fury Unlimited is now accepting pre-orders for the August shipment for 3D Lord of the Robots. Get ready to break out your super cool Vectrex 3D glasses and dent your nose once again! If 3D LOTR is anything like George's other effort then we are in for a treat. Run on over to his site and have a look: http://www.furyunlimited.com/_sgt/m1m1_1.htm
Small update to the Mr. Boston Sale below. The sale has been fully completed and Mr. Boston has arrived safe and sound in his new home. For the record the previous sale of this particular Mr. Boston years ago ended $1200.00 not including shipping and handling.
For those of you who want to win Copy #3 of Spike's Circus you have until 02/08/2006 (August second) to submit your Vectorzoa Logo Artwork entries.
The main competition closes on 02/08/2006. (competition open to anyone)
The junior competition closes on 02/08/2006. (competition open to juniors)
Nomination of the top 3 pieces of Logo artwork submitted to and hosted on Vectorzoa.com for the main prize.
There will be a public vote on RGV to determine the ultimate winner who will be declared on August 2, 2006. The winner will receive a FREE signed Limited Edition of Spike's Circus with serial number #03! (prize includes postage to anywhere in the world.)
1) Fire up your copy of Vectrex Logo
2) Draw something cool
3) Take a photo of the Vectrex screen
4) Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: You may want to keep pictures for your original program lists to prove to actually created the artwork.
Current entries shown at: http://vectorzoa.com/logo/logocomp.html
Early bird prize was won by Jeroen Sanders who receives a unique Spike's Circus Demo Cart. (Jeroen's win is independent of the main prize)
Vectrex friends and family, you know I am rarely given to place anything that is not Vectrex related on this page. However, I just have come across great news
for the local Atascadero California folks, and anyone who loves a fantastic family restaurant with a live music. The "Last Stage West" is rebuilding! This
place had great food, warm hospitality, and live music on a stage that invited audience members to come up and join in playing or singing. While you are in the Morro Bay area
along California's beautiful coastline you might take a short side trip to have lunch or dinner at the Last Stage West when they reopen. Have a look here for more details:
New and humorous review of the Vectrex had been posted on YouTube. So your Vectrex is acting up and you are wondering if it needs a hug today? Don't hug your Vectrex, give it a good blowing intead! Check out how to blow you Vectrex here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_gixfVN-78&search=vectrex (someone please let Brian Jepson over at Make Magazine know about the joys of contact cleaner and a cotton swab! It is much more effective than trying to pleasure a Scramble cart.)
You want to know what is wonderful? It is the Vectrex community working to protect our own turf! Check out the Vectrex EU portal. Not much there yet but I just love that we got it first before some other squatter! Thank you to you know who! Have a look here: http://www.Vectrex.EU
Star Sling is now out from Alex over at Vectorzoa.com. Super small and looks to be interesting. Alex must be programming in his sleep to get so much done in so little time! (what? coders actually sleep?!) Check it out here: http://www.vectorzoa.com/ssling/gi_ssling.html
A new Vectex rarity list is now up. Check our Martijin's new rarity guide over at VectrexNews.com. Have a look here: http://www.vectrexnews.com/rarityguide Material used without permission, but hey, It's a Vectrex site right?
While you are at it have another look at the The Vectrex Game Database (VGDB) by Manu here: http://VGDB.vectrex.com
*Revised* (long since dead. link kept for historical view) A new Vectrex forum has been established. The new forum has jumpstarted wonderfully and now supports mirroring of the popular RVG newsgroup in one of the forum areas. This Vectrex crew really rocks!: http://www.vectrexforum.com/ My hat is tipped to Martijin Wentjing and David ElfstrÃ¶m for doing a great job!
Are you a gambling addict? George (Fury Unlimited) has yet another Vectrex offering for you. Come take your chances on "Vector 21" here: http://geovector.tripod.com/_sgt/m1m1_1.htm Please leave the title to your house in the safe deposit box!
Offered for your inspection are several pictures of the new Logo programming Package. Is Alex N's Logo package a Protector killer?
You will have to decide that for yourself. No matter what your personal opinion, Alex's new Logo package is quite incredible both inside and out! Well done Alex!
Points for those who can identify the reflections in some of the images. Free Spike cart sent postage paid to the person who identifies the most details in the next 24 days! (China, Siberia, Antarctica, here is your chance for a free cart!)
No apologies for the image quality as this was a 2 hour effort and included my six year old daughter as part of the image taking and editing process. Thank you and much love little Alex(andra)! :-)
Look for the full images here: Logo Package Pictures
Bandwidth sensitive folks look for the resized images here:: Logo Package Pictures (resized)
John Dondzilla (AKA PC John) the most prolific, and arguably the best post era Vectrex programmer, is close to releasing another game. Check out his new title here: http://www.classicgamecreations.com/frenzy.html (warning: mute your sound to avoid the maxi synth volume, or be prepared to wet your pants! :-) )
Finally an easy way for everyone create our own vectrex programs using Logo! Logo Programming cart for the Vectrex is available from Alex for ordering here: http://www.vectorzoa.com/gi_logo.html (make your turtle run!)
Spectrum I+ Stress Tester Unit. Some people doubted its existence but here is the Vectrex Luscher color test machine by Roy Abel and Associates. Brought to you exclusively by the Vectrex Game Database Spectrum I+ Stress Tester Unit
Newsgroup | The Vectrex Newsgroup, "rec.games.vectrex". Not as active as it once was.:
- Via Google - rec.games.vectrex rec.games.vectrex
- From your own ISP news server - rec.games.vectrex : news:rec.games.vectrex
Vectrex Repairs, Rework, and Upgrades:
The following people and businesses offer Vectrex repairs for your Vectrex System Console, Controller, 3D Imager, and Light Pen. Other services such reworking your system with capacitor replacement, alignments, and tune ups can be provided. Some also offer console modification and upgrades such as adding an external audio jack connection, external analog video input jack addition for use with video synthesis, and other useful modifications. Various locations around the globe. Most support receiving from, and shipping to, locations out of their local area. Please note this list is not an endorsement for any particular person or service.