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Announcement   Announcement : Individual Computers: New production run Competition PRO Retro
   posted by Wiesel on 16-May-2009 0:22:37 (3105 reads)
In cooperation with Speed-Link, we re-launched the only true joystick in september 2006: The Competition PRO for connection to a C64, Atari, Amiga, MSX and Amstrad/Schneider. The project was a huge success, only a few resellers can ship the cult device from the eighties at the moment. Since an end to the demand is not forseeable, we started a new production run together with Speed-Link. Brand new joysticks for computer-classics of the eighties will be available in july of this year.

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The technical data in short:


* a true classic, an icon of retro-gaming
* connects to all retro systems like Amiga, C64, Amstrad/Schneider CPC, Atari, MSX
* six microswitches, two axles, four fire buttons
* upper fire buttons can be switched off
* cable length of 1.80 meters (5.9 ft)
* Powered by Individual Computers, the experts for retro-hardware

The new production run of the Competition PRO Retro was financially supported by our retail partners. The following resellers will carry the new joysticks exclusively until december 31st, 2009:

* AmigaKit (England)
* Red's Retro Computing (USA)
* Gentle Eye (Finland)
* Relec Hard&Software (Switzerland/France)
* Vesalia (Germany)

Speed-Link will also sell a small quantity of the Competition PRO Retro in their Online-Shop. The new joysticks will be available in july 2009 for a price of 14,99 EUR(*). Also look for bundle-offers at the reseller of your choice!

Our smaller, but not less important resellers Protovision and Alinea-Computer still have a small quantity of the Competition PRO Retro in stock; if you don't want to wait until july, you can order the ultimate gaming device for your favourite computer without any delays!

(*) recommended retail price including German sales tax of 19%. Prices at our retail partners may vary. For mail ordering, shipping may be added.
    

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Rudei 
Re: Individual Computers: New production run Competition PRO
Posted on 16-May-2009 7:30:03
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Cool! I'll get one of these (or two) for my A1200 gaming rig.

Tell me, the four fire buttons, do they map to the same button or can they be independent (for multibutton games, eg StreetFighter)

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Wiesel 
Re: Individual Computers: New production run Competition PRO
Posted on 16-May-2009 9:28:05
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All four buttons trigger the same signal. There was hardly any standard for an extra button on the 9-pin connector. Sega and Atari used different standards.

You'll have to wire the buttons to your own needs, or just play oldschool with a single button.

To be honest, I only know a single game that makes use of a second button, and that's Turrican. However, where's the fun if you don't slam on the space key every now and then ? Never played Street Fighter.

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Re: Individual Computers: New production run Competition PRO
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I liked te joystick but i hope you skip the extra buttons this time unless they actually work as a separate button. I found those extra buttons more annoying than useful.

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Re: Individual Computers: New production run Competition PRO
Posted on 16-May-2009 13:17:00
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I don't like the upper buttons myself, because I always hit them when I don't want to. However, removing them was not an option (tooling would have to be changed), so I have made them switchable.

I use what I produce. And I'm a geek just like you. That should make sufficient usability

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fryguy 
Re: Individual Computers: New production run Competition PRO
Posted on 16-May-2009 19:22:22
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a Tac-2 with microswitches for the buttons would be the sh|t :)
I'm not a fan of the Competiton Pro but still nice to see a new run being made.

A new run of Competition Pro CD32 would also be cool :)

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Re: Individual Computers: New production run Competition PRO
Posted on 17-May-2009 8:01:39
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This joystick is great, not necessarily because it's the best, but because it's new and suffers none of the fatigue that comes as they get older. I really like mine for this reason and would recommend it to any classic computer user :O)

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Re: Individual Computers: New production run Competition PRO
Posted on 17-May-2009 16:31:56
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I'm not a fan of the Competiton Pro but still nice to see a new run being made.


I have always used a ZipStik, which has a very similar design to the Competition Pro joystick. It is a shame that the extra buttons aren't wired as separate buttons, as several games can make use of that (notably driving games such as Roadkill, ATR, Nitro to name a few).


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I have always used a ZipStik, which has a very similar design to the Competition Pro joystick. It is a shame that the extra buttons aren't wired as separate buttons, as several games can make use of that (notably driving games such as Roadkill, ATR, Nitro to name a few).

Zipstick is my favorite as well. I still have the one i got when i bought my first a500 back in 90s and it still works great today. I also like the competition pro and bought one of those modern retro versions a couple of years back or so. I like this new competition pro better than the old ones without microswitches. The buttons on the old ones used to get unresponsive after a few years of usage.

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