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edwardb

Member Since 30 Jul 2004
Offline Last Active Dec 04 2018 03:27 pm
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In Topic: Ebay, fruit machine help

04 December 2018 - 03:18 pm

Why someone hasn't contacted one of the Chinese PCB copy shops I don't know. I am sure they could clone an MPU4 very easily. Hardly a complex board.


In Topic: Fruit Machines Inside Out: Compensation

03 December 2018 - 09:23 am

Shameless plug, but I just put 2 machines in the For Sale section - some interesting stuff there if anyone wants a look. Ever seen a Heber Pluto 8 board? Now's your chance...!


In Topic: Fruit Machines Inside Out: Compensation

03 December 2018 - 08:55 am

Hi, 

 

Again, busy at work so sorry for slow reply!

 

680x - the x just denotes that it's a Motorola 680-something processor, e.g. 6805. I think it was that, rather than Zilog Z80 based system.

 

If you want MPU trivia, did you ever see Project's MPU with a Intel 386 processor on? Never went anywhere - too expensive. Can't recall it's name now, but it will come back to me.

 

Ed


In Topic: Fruit Machines Inside Out: Compensation

12 November 2018 - 04:00 pm

Totally off topic, but you would not believe what I saw the other day when visiting what is now Barcrest in Manchester. They still have portfolios full of the original pencil sketches of games we know and love from back in the day. Saw the concept art for Psycho Cash Beast, Frenzy, Battle Axe and 100s more besides. Absolute works of art.

 

There were loads more from game that never made it to production. Honestly, I was like a kid in a sweet shop. Amazing stuff.

 

I'll ask nicely and see if I can get a pic of one, can't see why they'd object too much.

 

I wish someone would do an exhibition of fruit machine art. Everyone will have seen it, but probably never thought there's some very skilled people behind it all.


In Topic: Fruit Machines Inside Out: Compensation

12 November 2018 - 03:53 pm

Hi Edward I have a few Global questions if you have a spare 2mins.
Can you explain how pots accumulate for Cashpot version vs rapid pot version settings... sounds obvious but I'm wondering what it means in numbers for the player?
Also do you know much about Global Stealth tech? Why it wasn't around for long and what it was based on?
I'm a fan of old global clubbers but there's not much documentation about them any where on the internet.
Thanks

 

Hi

 

Sorry for slow reply! Busy busy at work...

 

Global's club machine were written by a guy called Mark Bishop (aka. Bish Bosh) who has since left the industry. He was a top bloke and did some great games.

 

Stealth technology was quite outdated and expensive to make, and to be blunt, you were far better using hardware made in huge quantities by the likes of Maygay (as we did with Epoch, when I was at Global) as all the service side of life was much easier with a big manufacturer behind you. I would have to ask one of the old guys from Global but have a feeling it was a 680x series board, along the lines of Scorpion 2 which I think they based it off. I could be wrong - I only ever saw one board. It was all Maygay or Heber hardware when I was there.

 

As for cashpots, I think all it did was stick a higher % in the pots (and therefore, lower % to the main game compensators) so the pots dropped quicker. Not much I can help on there, sorry!

 

Ed