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GamerTheGreek
01-08-2014, 12:42 AM
Well today my Pac-Man cart arrived in the mail today.

As the seller told me, she ended up putting a home made label on this cart since it had no label at all. Story goes she thinks she picked it up from a craigslist seller out of Louisiana

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r221/atari83/130D6768-26BA-4174-9CD6-558C8BAC90FD-28141-000034BFB9EE23E5_zpse31917c4.jpg

Like with any interesting oddity item my first idea was lets open it up and see what I can see inside. The first think I checked was the board. C015783 Rev. A with the initials RJF. This is the same as the C015783 Rev A board in my CPS 810 cart. The Pac Lo and Pac Hi labels seem to be in very good shape still and holding up well on the EEProm chips.

http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r221/atari83/BD4E6B4E-E27D-4040-B9B1-548AF7AA04D4-28141-000034BFC0D788B1_zps8ce11356.jpg

Plugging this game in on start up showed screen that looks like the final version. The woman didn't know if it was a complete game or a partial or what it was. The start screen looked a little different. ( I can manage to replicate this on the final version on some reboots, so I dont know if its a glitch to the game or what that was later fixed ).

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I did manage to record a little game play on my cell phone ( when my main PC gets fixed ill upload everything ) but plays the same and didnt notice any real differences in the first 2 minutes of play.

As I discussed with Tempest ( on AA) about this title. It could be an employee in house burning a copy for himself , a tester/reviewer copy of the game, or a final stage prototype , but he was leaning towards an employee making the game for himself, but the only way to know is to match up the code from a dump. Which will most likely be the next option for me. There was some glue stains on the top of the metal cart ( where LEFT CARTRIDGE is located). Not sure if there was an Atari company logo or something after Atari , will never know.

Also Ive seen a few posts on Atari Age about 1st article copies of Pac_Man. 3/782 i think and 4/8/82 i think. Still trying to find out what that is about and working on getting board pics of those to compare to what I have incase what i have is a 1st Article copy ( and then I will research who and what they did ).