Atari Difficulty Switch (A/B)

  1. Atari Difficulty Switch (A/B)

    08-28-2020, 11:13 AM
    Hi all! This is a noob community question, though I did try to search around but didn't find a concrete answer.

    So we all know about the Atari 2600 "difficulty" switch, which some people argue shouldn't be called that because it doesn't really affect all games in the same way (even if back in the day people used to remember the notation as [A]dvanced & [B]eginner.)

    My question is: does TG keep records for both switch positions (A&B)? It seems all Atari 2600 records kept are for the B position, if true why is this?

    Hope all of you are keeping safe, cheers!

    FK
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  2. 08-28-2020, 02:11 PM
    I do not know the answer to your question. This thread does not answer your question either, but has some relevant speculations. You've probably already seen it:

    https://atariage.com/forums/topic/18...ttings-a-or-b/

    Edited to add:

    http://www.atarimania.com/pgemainsof...ype=G&system=2

    This games database appears to have many manuals linked in, so you can easily see what the claimed function for the difficulty switch is for a given game, at least.
    Last edited by grinder2112; 08-28-2020 at 02:29 PM.
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  3. 08-28-2020, 02:58 PM
    atari and intellivioisn tyipcially were on easiest setting but people were allowed to play on harder settings. later someone wanted to make this more explicit and so added the rules of 1b across the board since thats normally the easiest setting.

    obvioulsy that guess of 1b for everything usually works out, in rare cases is just plain atrocious, and other cases makes an uneven playing field where we dont know for sure if it was always 1b or changed later. pacman would be a good example where its now 1b but knowing easiest used to be the default i have no way of knowing if this was 1b from the beginning or changed to 1b later.

    so yes, settings are now specified, and sometimes people do expliclity make tracks for other settings as well.
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  4. 08-28-2020, 04:25 PM
    That actually clears it up a lot more, I guess it does make sense to have 1b as the standard. Thanks both for the info!!
  5. 10-23-2020, 08:58 AM
    Pac Man would be a good example where its now 1b but knowing easiest used to be the default i have no way of knowing if this was 1b from the beginning or changed to 1b later.audacity for mac
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  6. 10-23-2020, 09:24 AM
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  7. 11-10-2020, 11:17 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by grinder2112 View Post
    I do not know the answer to your question. This thread does not answer your question either, but has some relevant speculations. You've probably already seen it:

    https://atariage.com/forums/topic/18...ttings-a-or-b/ png to ico

    Edited to add:

    http://www.atarimania.com/pgemainsof...ype=G&system=2

    This games database appears to have many manuals linked in, so you can easily see what the claimed function for the difficulty switch is for a given game, at least.
    Thanks guys. It was helpful
    Last edited by asabayer; 11-22-2020 at 11:08 PM.
  8. 11-19-2020, 06:36 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Franz Kaiser View Post
    Hi all! This is a noob community question, though I did try to search around but didn't find a concrete answer.

    So we all know about the Atari 2600 "difficulty" switch, which some people argue shouldn't be called that because it doesn't really affect all games in the same way (even if back in the day https://ometv.onl https://chatroulette.top https://omegle.wtf https://bazoocam.cam people used to remember the notation as [A]dvanced & [B]eginner.)

    My question is: does TG keep records for both switch positions (A&B)? It seems all Atari 2600 records kept are for the B position, if true why is this?

    Hope all of you are keeping safe, cheers!

    FK

    thanks my issue has been fixed.
    Last edited by alexsunny123; 11-27-2020 at 03:36 AM.
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