+retroclouds Posted September 18, 2011 Share Posted September 18, 2011 There were a couple of game cartridges released on the side port, but the fact is that the side port may be nice from the /developer's/ standpoint, but it rather sucks from the /user's/ standpoint. Most systems already have something plugged into the side port, usually a PEB. Unplugging the PEB just to plug in a cartridge is not only inconvenient, but a little distressing as the flex cable interface tends to get flakey as it is without continuously plugging and unplugging it. If you had something like the speech synth that provided a port (or maybe even a little synth add-on that provided a port under the door ), that might not be so bad, but you limit your market to the people who have that add-on. From my point of view, limited though it is, the cart port is the best place for ROM-based software distribution. I only know Miner 2049 and Espial that used this format. Were there any others besides those two? On a sidenote: there's an Espial cartridge up on ebay -ending today-. I'm seriously considering setting a bid on it, but it's more than 60 euros already. At the same time there's an arcade board on ebay for 80 euros. I think the TI-99/4A Espial cartridge will probably go higher than the original arcade board. Can you believe that Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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