(Topic ID: 255090)

Can lock memory be disabled on Space Station for competition?

By LuxZ

3 months ago

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  • Latest reply 3 months ago by rotordave
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#1 3 months ago


We have a Space Station that we intended to use in a tournament, and I had multiple people telling me, that previously this machine was set up in a way, that the locked balls did not carry over between ball in play. For the life of me, I could not find a way to make this happen. I looked for different/custom roms, all the adjustments, presets, everything. I even tried disconnecting the rotation opto board and the motor power, to see if it has any effect on this. It did not. I thought they might remember incorrectly, but both people I talked to about this say it very confidently that it worked like that years ago.

Is it possible to set it up this way?
Thanks for the help!

#2 3 months ago

Custom roms is what it would take, pretty sure. Even if you tied in the coil to release the balls into the drain switch, the game still isn't programmed to give enough time to let the thing drain without starting the next ball/player.

That said....just get over it, and accept it how it is, or don't use it for competition if it bothers you that much. Plenty of 70's/80's (and a few EMs!) all play this way. You're doing yourself a disservice, IMO, by leaving them out of tournaments. Qualifying is fine, maybe think about how the players will react if it's used in a finals though.

I think those people are 'remembering' a different game.

#3 3 months ago

Custom rom would be interesting as it would have to eject the ball that's there as it was locking the other ball.

Aren't the locks lit all the time on space station anyway like space shuttles'? All you'd be doing is requiring an extra shot to the lock vs. leaving the locks there for the next player.

#4 3 months ago

You can steal locks - same as most Sys11 games.

If nobody steals your balls - they will still be there next time you step up to the machine.

If they have been stolen, you’ll need to lock them again.


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