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    Default PSX games with undocumented link support?

    I've been wondering this lately. Were any games released for the PSX that supported the serial link cable, but were not advertised as such? Did any games make it to market with unfinished network code that can be enabled in some way? I've got about 3 or 4 of those cables sitting around, and I wouldn't mind using them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbrit2
    I've been wondering this lately. Were any games released for the PSX that supported the serial link cable, but were not advertised as such? Did any games make it to market with unfinished network code that can be enabled in some way? I've got about 3 or 4 of those cables sitting around, and I wouldn't mind using them.
    Very unlikely. As one developer told me in an interview, "Link-cable support is always the feature at the bottom of the list, and the first to get dropped at crunch time." If a developer/publisher went to the hassle of including it, darn tootin' it was going to be mentioned.

    (And I await the posting of a link to www.undocumentedlinksupport.com...)

    -- Z.

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    Well, a completed link feature probably wouldn't go unmentioned. It would be more likely that bits of unfinished link support might have slipped in a game here and there, perhaps without enough functionality to warrant mentioning it, or making it accessible without a debug code or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbrit2
    Well, a completed link feature probably wouldn't go unmentioned. It would be more likely that bits of unfinished link support might have slipped in a game here and there, perhaps without enough functionality to warrant mentioning it, or making it accessible without a debug code or something.
    Oh, okay, I see what you mean. Still very unlikely, though -- heck, I'd be willing to bet on it. One, half-assed Link Cable support would raise red flags during Sony's tech-check/QA-approval process. (Implementing the support as a code, as you mention, would be acceptable; for example, Sony allowed Working Designs, during my stint, to include several potentially crash-inducing codes in Silhouette Mirage.) Two, Link Cable was such an afterthought for most developers that the few who bothered with it made sure to finish it. Again, recalling my interview with that developer (of WarGames), adding Link Cable support was much more of a technical challenge than would be expected -- to the point that, as I inferred it, incomplete Link Cable programming wouldn't work at all.

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    That could be. Still, it wouldn't hurt to hook some kind of debugger to the PSX serial port and see if it sends any unexpected handshaking signals during unexpected games.

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    Even though I recently found this game on a PS linkable game list..

    Ridge Racer Type 4 was released with no link option written the back of the case or in the book..

    I remember this when I first bought this game...I forget how I found out it was linkable..
    I just looked at the game again...and in the book..it says nothing about this game being linkable but it is..
    I bought two of these to link..
    I think you have to play in first person/view during link..the change view option is not available in link mode..
    This made people who I played with me hate the link up because the couldn't change the view..

    In the game an option appears for linking..

    I'm not sure if it's highlighted automatically in the options..I think it becomes highlighted once the two PS's are hooked up together and started up..


    If some can find a link feature in the book please let me know.

    I know of a sword fighting early release PS game that is linkable..
    It's not on the list..But I linked it..and it worked.

    I gotta think about it..

    Ok I'm pretty sure it's Bushido Blade......It could be Bushido Blade 2
    But I never owned BB2 and I don't own 1 anymore..
    Years back I tried linking two of these..When you link the game screen turns into a first person view..You can only see your sword swinging and the opponent..
    I think Bogey Dead 6 is linkable too..
    Now that I look at the list several games are missing that are linkable..
    A newer PS version of Formula 1 is missing and I know that sucker is linkable because me and my wife bought two copies and the game was too hard to have any fun so I returned them..

    I did this stuff several years ago..Some games I still have and others I don't..I can only verify what I have in my possesion..
    So if I'm wrong let me know..But if you have the titles I spoke about please try to link them.
    I do want to own all linkable titles..

    I just found this on Ebay..
    Bushido Blade it is.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=27252

    This game is also serial linkable, so you can connect two PlayStation game consoles together via a link cable and fight against your friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Videogamerdaryll
    If some can find a link feature in the book please let me know.
    Nope, there isn't one. The RRT4 manual has a detailed section on the game's PocketStation applet, for the three Americans who owed a PocketStation, but nothing on the Link Cable. Perhaps Namco thought that, seeing as an earlier RR had Link Cable support, gamers would assume RRT4 had it, too. Or maybe by the time RRT4 shipped, Sony had shipped the PlayStation hardware revision sans Link Cable port, so Namco felt no need (or was commanded by Sony) not to mention the Link Cable feature.

    Bushido Blade does have the Link Cable icon displayed on its packaging, however.

    -- Z.

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    Hey, I did a complete rundown of these in one of the Collector's Corner articles in Tips & Tricks. Within the last year though, so the scan won't be online. But here's the list.

    Title Mfr
    Formula One Psygnosis
    Grid Runner Virgin
    Andretti Racing EA Sports
    Armored Core Sony
    Assault Rigs Psygnosis
    Bogey: Dead 6 Sony
    Burning Road Playmates
    Car and Driver Presents Grand Tour Racing 98 Activision
    CART World Series 989 Sports
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert Virgin
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert Retaliation Virgin
    Cool Boarders 2 Sony
    Cyberspeed Mindscape
    Descent Interplay
    Descent Maximum Interplay
    Destruction Derby Psygnosis
    Doom Midway
    Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown GT Interactive
    Final Doom Williams
    Independence Day Fox Interactive
    Krazy Ivan Psygnosis
    Monaco Grand Prix UBI Soft
    Motor Toon Grand Prix Sony
    Need for Speed, The Electronic Arts
    Red Asphalt Interplay
    Ridge Racer Revolution Namco
    Ridge Racer Type 4 Namco
    Test Drive Off-Road Infogrames
    Wipeout Psygnosis
    Wipeout 3 Psygnosis
    Wipeout XL Psygnosis

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    Pro Pinball: Big Race USA is linkable too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zmeston
    Quote Originally Posted by Videogamerdaryll
    If some can find a link feature in the book please let me know.
    Nope, there isn't one. The RRT4 manual has a detailed section on the game's PocketStation applet, for the three Americans who owed a PocketStation, but nothing on the Link Cable. Perhaps Namco thought that, seeing as an earlier RR had Link Cable support, gamers would assume RRT4 had it, too. Or maybe by the time RRT4 shipped, Sony had shipped the PlayStation hardware revision sans Link Cable port, so Namco felt no need (or was commanded by Sony) not to mention the Link Cable feature.

    Bushido Blade does have the Link Cable icon displayed on its packaging, however.

    -- Z.
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    I just remembered Test Drive 4 is linkable..

    This is a cool game to link..(link cable 2 consoles)it's writen on the case too.

    Andretti Racing is linkable too.


    If I have too identical games in my rack next to each other..I put them that way because I bought them for link up...

    I forgot about this stuff..my PS games don't get played much..anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress
    Hey, I did a complete rundown of these in one of the Collector's Corner articles in Tips & Tricks. Within the last year though, so the scan won't be online. But here's the list.

    Title Mfr
    Formula One Psygnosis
    Grid Runner Virgin
    Andretti Racing EA Sports
    Armored Core Sony
    Assault Rigs Psygnosis
    Bogey: Dead 6 Sony
    Burning Road Playmates
    Car and Driver Presents Grand Tour Racing 98 Activision
    CART World Series 989 Sports
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert Virgin
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert Retaliation Virgin
    Cool Boarders 2 Sony
    Cyberspeed Mindscape
    Descent Interplay
    Descent Maximum Interplay
    Destruction Derby Psygnosis
    Doom Midway
    Duke Nukem: Total Meltdown GT Interactive
    Final Doom Williams
    Independence Day Fox Interactive
    Krazy Ivan Psygnosis
    Monaco Grand Prix UBI Soft
    Motor Toon Grand Prix Sony
    Need for Speed, The Electronic Arts
    Red Asphalt Interplay
    Ridge Racer Revolution Namco
    Ridge Racer Type 4 Namco
    Test Drive Off-Road Infogrames
    Wipeout Psygnosis
    Wipeout 3 Psygnosis
    Wipeout XL Psygnosis

    Could we combine an effort and update this list..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of the Felines
    Pro Pinball: Big Race USA is linkable too.

    Kristine
    You can link Pro Pinball??? What on earth does that do? Is there a double ended one on one table or something?

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    The japanese version of Bushido Blade 2 has the link cable symbol on the back, does the U.S. one also support it?

    Though it's a non-U.S. release, Robo Pit 2 also uses the link cable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Videogamerdaryll
    Could we combine an effort and update this list..?
    Surely... I'm seeing just two new entries though - Test Drive 4 and Pro Pinball Big Race. Have you two actually tried linking these? It's not just another Bushido Blade misrepresentation, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress
    Quote Originally Posted by Videogamerdaryll
    Could we combine an effort and update this list..?
    Surely... I'm seeing just two new entries though - Test Drive 4 and Pro Pinball Big Race. Have you two actually tried linking these? It's not just another Bushido Blade misrepresentation, is it?
    Test Drive 4.. I have linked..and it's writen on the case..
    I have two copies right here...This is Verified..
    Tomorrow morning i'll scan the insert and post a pic.

    Bushido Blade I "think" I linked years ago..I don't have the game to verify it..

    I need someone to verify that... or... until I get two copies myself.

    Pro Pinball Big Race USA has "link cable compatable" on the case also...I have that game...I can verify that..

    Do you know if there is a PS Formula 1 96/98..?
    There was a another Formula 1 game that's linkable..I definety linked them but I didn't like it enough to keep them at the time.

    It would be great to actually have a complete or semi complete list of up to date linkable games here at this site..

    Semi off topic...Did you know the The Kenner Redline handhelds are linkable.
    Suposidly it's the first linkable handheld.......

    I have two of them,but I never linked them..I'm too scared to try....

    The link cable was never made..so it has to be made out of headphone jacks..

    If you have one of these you will see a input on the bottom..It looks like it's for a AC plug/jack..But I read and have spoken to someone, it's for linking.

    I need to find the Kenner site again..

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    I found this "link"info on an Ebay auction tonight..for Formula 1 "99"


    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...category=11055



    FORMULA 1 98 PLAYSTATION PS1 GAME BRAND NEW!
    Title: Formula 1 98
    Publisher: Psygnosis
    Genre/Category: Racing-Sports-oriented
    System: : PS One Console, PlayStation 2 System
    Number of Players: 4
    Release Date: 12/98
    Compatible Peripheral Feature: Vibration Function, Memory Card, Analog Control

    Description: Formula 1 '98 is your chance to experience the ultimate driving fantasy!

    With all the teams and tracks from the 1998 season, F1 '98, the third in the best selling F1 series, brings all the excitement of the world's number one motor sport to your home.

    The artificially intelligent cars in the multi-player game drive you to your limit and the competition increases with the brand new four-player link-up mode through combined split-screen and link-up play.

    With enhanced car dynamics and modeling, dual commentary and greatly expanded track-side activity, the realism is greater than ever before.

    In the realistic pit lanes, you can communicate with your motion-captured pit crew allowing you to make fast decisions. And like real life, if everything goes to plan, the aim is to get the car back out onto the racing line in the shortest time possible. Make sure you don't override your speed limiter. . .

    Features:


    Current 1998 Formula 1 Season, teams, drivers and tracks
    Animated pit crews
    Representative physics model that captures over 12 unique forces
    All new features include G-force driver head movements
    Replay camera mode
    2 player split screen/4 player split screen via link cable
    This game is brand new, factory sealed. Works in both Sony Playstation1 (PS1) and

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidbrit2
    Quote Originally Posted by Queen of the Felines
    Pro Pinball: Big Race USA is linkable too.

    Kristine
    You can link Pro Pinball??? What on earth does that do? Is there a double ended one on one table or something?
    Yeah, I'm wondering about this one, too. If nobody has the answers, I'll have to buy a second copy and find out myself.

    If it were a table with a scrolling field, it might be cool if you could stack two TVs to get the whole picture, but the Pro Pinball series gives you a full table view.
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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpress
    Quote Originally Posted by Videogamerdaryll
    Could we combine an effort and update this list..?
    Surely... I'm seeing just two new entries though - Test Drive 4 and Pro Pinball Big Race. Have you two actually tried linking these? It's not just another Bushido Blade misrepresentation, is it?
    Emailing Pictures to you of the Back of Test Drive 4 and Pro Pinball: Big Race USA..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Videogamerdaryll
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3028259972&category=11 055

    2 player split screen/4 player split screen via link cable
    I'm gonna need proof that this is "link compatible". I have the game listed as multi-tap compatible (4 players on ONE screen). Can anyone confirm?

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