Computer and Video-game Collection
Atari VCS LYNX Jaguar
ATARI Video-Game Consoles
So here is the classic video-game system itself! The Atari VCS 2600. Picture shows the junior version. I can not really play with the joy-pad, but all ST joysticks are compatible to this console, so get those Competition Pro sticks out... this is so nostalgic!
This picture shows the later released "enhanced" Atari console. The 7800 was never as successful as it's predecessor, but offered some nice new games, and versions of games released for the 2600 console before, but now with better graphics etc... All 2600 cartridges are compatible and can be played on this console too.
Here you can see all my LYNX stuff. The console [LYNX 2] with packaging and manual, the Lynx "pouch", the little flask and all the pink stuff is the "Naki Lynx cleaning kit", also there are two "empty" cartridges on the photo - I'll explain that later... left is the Comlynx cable which can be used to connect up to 8 units to play together, and there is also the "Auto cigarette lighter adapter" which will enable you to play Lynx while in a car without batteries in the console... As you can see from the picture the Lynx has a back-light, which you can switch off to save battery power. You can also flip the screen 90 degrees, awesome for left-handed people and the Lynx is well known for it's zoom chip which produces awesome special effects! Really a great hand-held.
So here is a clearer picture of the empty cartridges. They were not made or licensed by Atari. You can put an EPROM into them to test your own programming skills, or of course you can dump games on them if you have an EPROM-burner... they fit quite good into the Lynx 2, Lynx 1 users will have quite some problems to insert and remove such a card... it's the same as used for the game T-Tris.
Here is a picture of my U.S. import Jaguar and all the stuff it was originally shipped with. You see: Packaging, behind that the poster, the console itself with the game Cybermorph that came along with it, the joy-pad and the manuals. The Lynx advertisement was really in the package.
And here is the CD-Rom. Again like it was shipped. It came with a manual, a Myst Demo version, the Tempest 2000 Soundtrack CD and two games: Blue Lightning and Vidgrid. Really a shame that there is only one good game available imho (Battlemorph)... With this unit you can also play Audio CD's, CD+G and it has the famous "Virtual Light Machine" by Jeff Minter built in.
This is how the two units look when united... the design inspired some rather funny comments.
Here is a picture of the later released "Pro-Controller", aka 6-button pad. The pads are very well designed for long time playing, though some people said they look cheap. These pads also fit into the paddle ports on the left side of the Atari STE and Falcon computers.
This is the JAGLink cable. There are only few games available supporting it.
A really nice add-on was the Cat Box from ICD. Nowadays worth a fortune, it adds lots of interfaces to the back of the Jag, such as S-Video, Cinch Video and Audio, two headphone jacks with volume control, network plugs etc... a must have!
There even was a Jaguar mug! It's temperature sensitive, when filled with hot fluids the eyes "open"...
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