Just took advantage of the $350 deal at Kohl's for the 12 in 1. I'm not sure if this is a Christmas present to me or the kids. I have a feeling it will be more to me than them. It will be interesting to see if they care much about it and play it. I'm sure it will be popular at our New Year's party.
Sent an email this morning requesting a control panel protector (8:25 am). Got a response a few minutes ago saying one is being shipped (2:52 pm).
Lots of reports on Reddit of these not selling all that well at Walmart and being discounted, sometimes heavily. They are being discounted at some stores in the metro area around me, but nothing really close to me.
Brickseek links if you want to check:
Quoted from Jason43:
I used a synthetic oil called liquid bearings.
This stuff is great. I bought some to use on the trackball and on an antique wall clock. The clock hasn't worked for months despite my previous efforts to lubricate it. The clock has now been running for over 12 hours. Going to work on the trackball this afternoon. I expect good results.
I also lubed the motor bearings for a humidifier that I'd previously lubed about a month ago with silicone spray, and the wheel for my daughter's hedgehog. The humidifier motor spins faster now, and the hedgehog runs faster.
FYI, a guy has figured out how to interface with the original boards in these and is making progress on figuring out the software and setup. So far he's found the USB interface so you can add a USB port and hook up a keyboard and adjust settings on the 12 in 1. There's also a 13th game on the 12 in 1 (Super Breakout) but he hasn't been able to add it to the menu. The 12 in 1 runs on MAME, the SFII appears to use a custom emulator.
It will be cool if we can modify or make adjustments to the stock board. I'm looking forward to being able to adjust the trackball and spinner sensitivity on my 12 in 1.
Quoted from alveolus:
Would love to be able to add an aftermarket spinner and be able to tweak the sensitivity.
Here's how to add the USB port that will let you hook up a keyboard and adjust sensitivity:
He specifically mentions the trackball in the write up, but same should apply to the spinner. Will be interesting to see how this works out.
Received my control panel protector and new artwork today for my 12 in 1. Requested it on 11/26.
Quoted from erak:
Added the usb to my centipede.
Lubed up the spinner and adjusted the speed and sensitivity in mames analog settings.
The trackball is fantastic now.
I was debating on adding the USB and tweaking the settings. But in the mean time before the USB mod was detailed I made 24 space interrupters for the trackball to replace the 30 space interrupters that came with the game. The trackball seems fine so I haven't bothered to add the USB. It probably isn't ideal, but to me and my limited experience it seems pretty good.
Also, a friend has an original arcade Centipede and my high scores on the Arcade1Up are in the same realm as my high scores on his game. So it must be fairly close if I'm able to score the same as on his original game.
My friend with the Centipede and another friend that owns tons of original arcade games will be at my place on New Year's Eve. I'll get their input on the trackball, will be interesting to hear what they think.
I also lubed the trackball. I didn't use it before lubricating it, but it seems to work great now.
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