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Here are some of the web sites that have Bally Astrocade related content. I have worked hard to find relevant Astrocade information. It is my hope that the assembly-related can be used to create new Astrocade emulator images, and perhaps even new cartridges.


Sites marked with an '*' are Bally Astrocade only.

Kansas City Standard Ronaldo Goulart, a programmer working on a 300-BAUD digital archiving tool for Bally BASIC, points to this transcription of the original article from Byte, describing the Kansas City Standard. The list of eighteen participants of the symposium includes a known name, "Bill Gates, MITS." There is an interesting thing in it: the "official" length of the lead-in is specified as "a minimum of five seconds of marks".

* Astrocade Group Bally Alley's Astrocade discussion group at Yahoo Groups. Read what other people in the Astrocade community are doing. Back in 2001, the original long-term goal was to create an Astrocade CD, but now BallyAlley.com has negated that idea.

* Astrocade Wiki Page Console5.com has created a short Wiki page that is setup for the Bally Astrocade. It includes information about the Bally hardware. Currently it has data in these catagories: Chip Info, Quick Voltage Reference, Schematics, Service Manual, Overheating Chips, and a Capacitor List.

* Bally Astrocade Cap Kit Console5.com sells a "kit [that]] contains all parts necessary to replace the electrolytic capacitors in the Bally Astrocade."

  Digital Press The great paper newsletter's online presence.

OC&GS Orphaned Computers & Game Systems. Back issues in PDF format, as well as new articles.

* Bally FAQ The Bally/Astrocade FAQ in html format.

* Fenton Page Jamie Fenton (formerly Jay Fenton) lead the group that designed and implemented the Astrocade. Also created Bally BASIC and many Bally arcade games. Check out this bio.

* 1978 Astrocade Patent A link to the U.S. patent office regarding Bally's 1978 patent number 4301503 (Home computer and game apparatus) - Note: This is a fixed link from the Virtual Astrocade page.

* 1981 Astrocade Patent A link to the U.S. patent office regarding Bally's 1981 patent number 4475172 (Audio/visual home computer and game apparatus) - Note: This is a fixed link from the Virtual Astrocade page.

Zilog.com The makers of the Z-80 used inside the Bally Astrocade. Check out what the Z-80 is up to nowadays.

Z80 Homepage A great resource! A general Z80 site that contains docs, FAQs, source code, cross-assemblers, cross-compilers, utilities, etc on the the Z-80, the CPU used in the Bally Astrocade. Sometimes this link might seem dead (don't know why), if it doesn't work now, try again later.

TI (Z-80) Calculators Some excellent tutorials on programming the Z-80 with step by step directions for beginners. Check out the TI-83 Assembly Logs Vol. 1-8 in particular. This is aimed at TI calculator programming-- but you will pick up some great information none-the-less.

TI-83 Asm Help File TI-83 calculator tutorial set up as a Windows Help file. Useful and relevant overviews and code. Very nice.

* MAME Astrocade Emulator The only Bally Astrocade emulator. Not perfect, but getting closer. Support the loading of some tape images into BASIC.

Robby Roto Jay Fenton programmed this Arcade game that used the Astrocade's "commercial" mode. It has been released for use on emulators.

* Digibarn Computer Museum Good, clear pictures of the Bally Professional Arcade Box and console.

* Videogame Museum Screenshots for most of the cartridge games.
* Dick Ainsworth Dick Ainsworth wrote the Bally BASIC book and the companion cassette, designed the Easy-Entry Keypad that made the original Arcade programmable and wrote the program for the Bally Demo Cartridge.

* Mike Peace Mike Peace wrote all of the BASIC games released by WaveMakers for the Astrocade in the early-to-mid 1980s. These games are considered to be the best BASIC games for the Astrocade. These videos feature Mike's (non-Astrocade) music.

* Modern Mechanix An article called Bally Home Library Computer - Early E-Commerce from June 13, 2006 covering an Bally Astrocade ad in September 1977 Scientific American. The author's comments are rather amusing and interesting.

* FPGA Bally Arcade / Astrocade Mike J uses "Treasure Cove" as the title picture for this page, probably because it is the most colorful game on the system. All of the source for this board is available on the page... so check it out. This site was added on February 4, 2010. As of 2016, the link no longer functions, but you can download the contents of the Bally page, here:
  1. http://www.fpgaarcade.com/bally_main.htm (Local Backup - Feb. 4, 2010)
* GitHub Astrocade Code Repository Rachel Weil's (aka "hxlnt") GitHub annotated Z80 assembly source code, binaries, and dev tools for the Bally Astrocade.

* Media Burn - Independent Video Archive Search Fenton Media Burn - Independent Video Archive - Search results for "Fenton," as in Jay or Jamie Fenton, the person behind Bally BASIC and other software for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade.

  Z80-Heaven "A place for all the z80 info you'll want." Has tutorials and other resources.

* Reflections on John Perkins Reflections on John Perkins - By Tom Meeks - This September 13, 2010 blog post is about Joh Perkins, who created many Bally Arcade/Astrocade add-ons, such as the Blue Ram memory expansion unit.

* 'Thomas Edison' of the Arcade Game World He was the 'Thomas Edison' of the arcade game world - This August 29, 2010 Classic Arcade Game blog post is about Dave Nutting and Jeff Frederiksen.

  Electronic Visualization Laboratory Artists at the Electronic Visualization Laboratory used the Z-GRASS programming language on the UV-1 (a computer that used the custom chips inside of the Bally Arcade/Astrocade home system) to create art at the University of Chicago late-1970s and early-to-mid 1980s.

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