COLLECTORS CORNER #3
Harrier Attack- New revised edition
|Time for another delve into the
shady world of collecting. Staying with cassettes well
have a look at some more differences. This isnt
just splitting hairs. A difference is a difference! - and
to a collector that means there are more things to add to
the collection. In stamp collecting small differences are
known for making a huge difference in value. For
instance, my Dad noticed some stamps in a booklet he
bought in Scotland had only one phosphor band, (where
they usually had two). To cut a long story short, the
halfpenny stamp was worth £25 a few years later. It
could be worth double that now !
Orics are not so valuable yet. I always maintained we had been undervaluing them in our OUM days, and to some extent I am vindicated by the high prices reached by Atmoses, and more recently Microdisc systems on the interenet. Boxed mint condition Atmoses can fetch around £250. Its a bit of a rarity finding a mint Atmos though. Catching on are we ? Yep, it is the rare stuff that fetches the high prices, so it really is worthwhile searching them out. Some of us are just interested for a matter of completness. Weve done A to Z to list titles. Now lets get a list of different versions !
|One of the most obvious differences with
Oric software is with the diffrerent ROM versions. First
you had just the Oric-1 software, then
the Atmos came along and not everything
was compatible. So many titles were repackaged, sometimes
with a new program written for the Atmos.
Where you had a fast copy on on e side of the tape and a slow on on the other side, you would find the repackaged version having the Oric-1 version on one side and the Atmos version on the other instead.
Lets look at one of the companies that repackaged their software - Durell.
Over here in Britain many people had never heard of an Atmos version of Scuba Dive. I remember Jean Boileau mentioning this and I was a bit shocked - I didnt know !!! It was one of my favourites and I would have loved to have been able to play it on the Atmos.
|We poor Brits went and got the cassettes
as they were released so most people had the original
versions like the above image of Harrier Attack.
Notice the any Oric-1 on the spine ? This
would change in the new release as would other features.
The first main difference is a big red stripe behind the
Oric logo in the bottom left corner denoting the fact
that this was an Atmos compatible game. A nice easy way
to solve what must have been a bit of a headache for the
manufacturers. Then there is the aforementioned change to
the spine which now reads for any ORIC/ ATMOS.
Durell also took the opportunity to improve the instruction sheet. Instead of having the little paper thing that fell out of boxes and got lost, they now printed the instructions on the inlay card.
|Is that it ? Well there are also
differences in the design of the cassette label. On the
first version it gives the loading instruction specifies
the filename, CLOADHARRIER but the later
version just has the loading instruction as CLOAD.
There is also a change from the older tape having ORIC
in the bottom left of the label , to having ATMOS/ ORIC-1
printed more centrally. Recently a version has been
discovered with maroon ink used rather than black. They
must be very rare !
Now Im not sure how many of the Durell titles got this treament. I mentioned Scuba Dive. I know that got the revamp, but I cant remember seeing Atmos versions of their other titles. As far as I know there is one version of Galaxy 5, and I only have one version of Starfighter. I leave it to you to investigate. Please have a look and let me know of any changes you discover. Have a look at the software section of www.oric.org for other variations.
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