I have indeed, mostly because a first cartridge prototype of my Atari 8-bit game Callisto arrived through the post and needed a jolly good testing; there are some problems that need ironing out (after all, it’s a prototype) but we’re getting there. And by total coincidence, I found out about an hour ago that Callisto also took the third place in this year’s Kaz competition over at Polish website Atari Online, which is voted for by members of various Atari 8-bit forums so it’s been a pretty good day!
And, since the 800XL and its cables were out of storage for testing, I’ve finally had a chance to test the 800XL and 600XL that were picked up for a fiver each from Level Up whilst I was in Kent for GEEK 2013… erm, unless you’re my other half reading this of course, in which case I didn’t bring anything back, it’s all your imagination and this really isn’t a photo of the Callisto prototype on the “new” 800XL. Honest!
Although that 800XL is a very happy if somewhat grubby bunny, the 600XL has a keyboard problem with the W key; from what I can gather from some inept prodding around, part of the plastic seems to have given up the ghost and isn’t applying pressure so the key is always “down”. Still, my plan was to just shove a Moon Patrol cartridge into it anyway and that works regardless so having the key stuck isn’t an issue!
Now, how d’you VGA convert an 800XL…?