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This forum is part of our mission to promote the preservation of vintage computers through education and outreach. (In real life we also run events and have a museum.) We encourage you to join us, participate, share your knowledge, and enjoy.

This forum has been around in this format for over 15 years. These rules and guidelines help us maintain a healthy and active community, and we moderate the forum to keep things on track. Please familiarize yourself with these rules and guidelines.

Rule 1: Remain civil and respectful

There are several hundred people who actively participate here. People come from all different backgrounds and will have different ways of seeing things. You will not agree with everything you read here. Back-and-forth discussions are fine but do not cross the line into rude or disrespectful behavior.

Conduct yourself as you would at any other place where people come together in person to discuss their hobby. If you wouldn't say something to somebody in person, then you probably should not be writing it here.

This should be obvious but, just in case: profanity, threats, slurs against any group (sexual, racial, gender, etc.) will not be tolerated.

Rule 2: Stay close to the original topic being discussed
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To put things in engineering terms, we value a high signal to noise ratio. Coming here should not be a waste of time.
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Rule 4: "PM Sent!" messages (or, how to use the Private Message system)

This forum has a private message feature that we want people to use for messages that are not of general interest to other members.

In short, if you are going to reply to a thread and that reply is targeted to a specific individual and not of interest to anybody else (either now or in the future) then send a private message instead.

Here are some obvious examples of when you should not reply to a thread and use the PM system instead:
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Why do we have this policy? Sending a "PM Sent!" type message basically wastes everybody else's time by making them having to scroll past a post in a thread that looks to be updated, when the update is not meaningful. And the person you are sending the PM to will be notified by the forum software that they have a message waiting for them. Look up at the top near the right edge where it says 'Notifications' ... if you have a PM waiting, it will tell you there.

Rule 5: Copyright and other legal issues

We are here to discuss vintage computing, so discussing software, books, and other intellectual property that is on-topic is fine. We don't want people using these forums to discuss or enable copyright violations or other things that are against the law; whether you agree with the law or not is irrelevant. Do not use our resources for something that is legally or morally questionable.

Our discussions here generally fall under "fair use." Telling people how to pirate a software title is an example of something that is not allowable here.

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If you are unsure you may consider sending a private message to a moderator instead.

New user moderation

New users are directly moderated so that we can weed spammers out early. This means that for your first 10 posts you will have some delay before they are seen. We understand this can be disruptive to the flow of conversation and we try to keep up with our new user moderation duties to avoid undue inconvenience. Please do not make duplicate posts, extra posts to bump your post count, or ask the moderators to expedite this process; 10 moderated posts will go by quickly.

New users also have a smaller personal message inbox limit and are rate limited when sending PMs to other users.

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Supervision: handheld of the less fortunate

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    Today's update...

    The other night I thought to myself, “I should get pictures of all the Crystball levels.” Then I laughed. Then I paused for a moment, raising an eyebrow. Then, I actually went and got all the pictures!! What is wrong with me?! (Wait, don't answer that.) Playing through Crystball again after all these years... sucked. But, I was able to notice and document some quirky details about the game's behavior. These stunning revelations are now available for you to overlook.

    On the scanning front, Mark Canon (aka “stupus”) was kind enough to send in the following: blue boxes for 14 games, Galaxy Fighter and Journey to the West cartridge labels, and the official Goldnation price list and order form. W0w! Thanks, Mark!

    Finally! Two more pages of Dixons ads were added to the existing PDF. Apparently the updated file had been sitting here for quite some time, waiting to be uploaded. Sorry, eh!
    Cruise by Diskman Presents: filled with geektastic classic gaming goodness!


      Originally posted by DeathAdderSF View Post
      "Many years ago, a beautiful country lost all the money suddenly. It could be the poisonous spider's doing."

      Holy Sssnake, it's finally here! The website that nobody demanded!
      I love your sense of humor.
      Sooo, how many visitors have you had to the website nobody demanded?


        Originally posted by djmartins View Post
        I love your sense of humor.

        Originally posted by djmartins View Post
        Sooo, how many visitors have you had to the website nobody demanded?
        I haven't checked the visitor stats, but what I can tell you is that I get a good # of e-mails about the Supervision site. So apparently plenty of people are turning up to see the horror. Which is great! It makes all the research worthwhile to know people are "enjoying" it.
        Cruise by Diskman Presents: filled with geektastic classic gaming goodness!


          Hi, I never knew about Supervision until I came across this thread and then your site! Thank you for spreading the gospel! Now I want to play John Adventure!


            Originally posted by dhau View Post
            Thank you for spreading the gospel!
            Sure, you're welcome.

            Originally posted by dhau View Post
            Now I want to play John Adventure!
            Ha. It's actually one of the better games. Which isn't saying much. But still.
            It's also one of the games with the most ridiculous titles, along with Linear Racing and Recycle Design.
            Cruise by Diskman Presents: filled with geektastic classic gaming goodness!


              I had one of these, I totally forgot about it until now. It was my step up from the single-game LCD tiger handhelds, before finally getting a real Gameboy...

              this thing was TERRIBLE.


                Originally posted by keenerb View Post
                this thing was TERRIBLE.
                Was. Is. Always will be.
                Cruise by Diskman Presents: filled with geektastic classic gaming goodness!


                  Howdy! Here's the first update for 2021, and boy is it a doozy! New content has been piling up for nearly a year now, but somehow I kept letting everything (and anything) get in the way of properly processing it all. Imagine that!! *wink*

                  Anyway! Let's itemize all the rad new scans that were added today:

                  - An Eagle Plan cartridge label variant.
                  - A better quality TV-Link Adaptor cartridge label.
                  - A complete TV-Link (NTSC) product set.
                  - An update to the TV-Link (PAL-B) product set.
                  - Chinese language instructions for 2-in-1 - Hash Block & Eagle Plan.
                  - English and Chinese language instructions for Treasure Hunter.
                  - English and Spanish language instructions for Crystball.
                  - A "new game cartridges" catalog from AudioSonic France (courtesy of Morgane Dumont).

                  Now if you'll excuse me, all this Supervision overindulgence has left me exhausted. I'd better go lie down.

                  Cruise by Diskman Presents: filled with geektastic classic gaming goodness!


                    Now I want to play John Adventure!
                    Because a game whose name implies solicitation has to be fun for the whole family!
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                      Did somebody say Tiger? Oh yeah!! The primary focus of today's update is the "Taike Boy" from Taiwan, a Supervision variant I have been on the lookout for since the dawn of the millennium. Naturally, I am pleased as Christmas punch to now have high-quality scans of its box, instructions, and game cartridge order form. And if you mosey on over to the scans page, you can have 'em, too!

                      Of hilarious note is the fact that both Street Fighter II and "Mortal Komba" are advertised on the front of the box, suggesting that these two high-profile game titles were on their way to the Supervision. Hogwash! Utter tripe! They were never on their way to the Supervision. (But then again maybe they were, it's difficult to say.) What a shameless way to try'n sell a doomed game system.

                      Also featured on the box is everyone's (other) favorite Supervision vaporware title, Devil Paradise. Good show, gentlemen: 3 out of 5 (or 60%) of the games shown on your packaging DON'T EXIST!

                      But, wait! There's more. I've also added:

                      - A set of Soccer Champion instructions in English, Dutch, and French.
                      - Scans of some French language product attention & warning labels.
                      - A better quality scan of the Sonny sticker.

                      Cruise by Diskman Presents: filled with geektastic classic gaming goodness!