Console System Specs for the:Vinylotron
CPU: No processor, basically lots of tiny gears and springs
(clockwork performance equals a 8-bit Z80 CMOS (13.37MHz)-processor)
RAM: Basically just tiny little magnetic tapes.
(capacity and performance overall equals 10,35kb RAM)
Colors: The projector that can be hooked to the device can output natural colors (movie quality) but it's all black/white and a little bit blurred... with some slight glitches here and there (as we know them from the first movies made in the 19th century) (A film runs through the projector in an endless loop. it has the fantastic and wondrous abilty to let light re-expose it an endless amount of time. Developed by Prof. Dr. Dr. etc. Heinrich Wolfgang Kochmann in some german laboratory.)
Sprites: Endless. (like in old movies)
Sprite Size: (like in old movies)
Resolution: not very high but rather blurry.
Sound: output by the gramophon-shell-thingy on top of the device.
The Vinylotron was developed some 200 years ago by some people in germany and great britain who loved to drink tea together in Denmark and have walkabouts in Scotland and Andorra. Sometimes in the lovely meadows around Yorkshire or Kent but mostly in Sweden.
Anyway, the Vinylotron was meant to be a gentleman's pleasure during the rainy days. The perfect companion to a round of fellow mates, some cups of tea and biscuits.
It doesn't use electricity but is rather built up like a clockwork. Players have to power it before playing by drawing them on for some thirty seconds.
The device outputs pictures and sound. The pictures are projected on a fabric screen with a cinematograph.
The players use relatively complex clockworks to control the gameplay.
Their functions are comparable to today's gamecontrollers: Summed up they have 7 buttons: "up", "down", "left", "right", "alpha", "beta" and "plumpudding button".
Players can plug up to two controllers into the device which allows a fancy competition between two gentlemen.
The games are stored on "DataLPs" which are basically Vinyl LPs the Vinylotron can read out and store to magnetic tape running endless slopes.
A dataLPs storage capacity approximately equals 19,5mb on each side.
As time went by the Vinylotron became forgotten. Just few devices were built and people didn't seem to be ready for such a modern type of media.
Still... some Vinylotrons still exist and work well. (I actually have one. Bought it for a fuckload of money in scotland.)
Since there are no known emulators or ROMs these devices offer the only way to enjoy classic games like: "Cricket for two. A game for rainy days.", "Brave Violin Player" (110 years before guitar hero) or "I kindly invite you to have the pleasure of being a scoundrel for some time. You may want to try exploring caves and searching for gold." (basically Rogue)
I really love my Vinylotron. It's so b...eautiful. I'd like to see some demakes which take it's splendid little dogmas into concideration.