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Overview

A third-party loader is a piece of hardware or software which is used to load a game or application onto a platform through a loading mechanism other than those which the original hardware provided.

Typical categories of loaders are multi-carts, digital tape replacements and also modified software.

There is a healthy discussion thread on the Atari Age forums regarding the general subject and latest developments: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/127...t-all-systems/




For Submissions

Twin Galaxies has a significant history of permitting performances with third-party devices which replace the original media for platforms. Some historical attempts were made to document specifically permitted devices for submissions and the last of these can be found on the forums at https://www.twingalaxies.com/showthr...ti-Flash-Carts .

Over the years, more and more such devices and mechanisms (software exploits which require no additional hardware, for example) come to light. With the advent of TGSAP, a wider and wider use of various copy-protection avoidance and piracy mechanisms have been used with submissions. There is no guarantee that the use of a third-party loader will be accepted. The below list is intended only as reference. The listing of a device below has no bearing on the adjudication process and should not be interpreted as acceptable in a submission.

Commercially released games and many homebrew games are expected to be protected by copyright in most countries. Such third-party devices often sit in a legal grey area for many countries where the device itself is not illegal but using the device for commercially released games is often against local copyright law. There are countries where such devices are banned entirely and other countries which simply do not recognise copyright. The operator is expected to make certain of their own legal position wherever they use such a device.

Generic Hardware

Floppy Disk





Tape Cassette


MFM Hard Disk Interface



Acorn


Acorn Electron



Amstrad

Amstrad CPC



Atari






Atari 2600


UnoCart-2600 derivatives:

Atari 5200


Atari 7800

  • Cuttle Cart 2

Atari 8-bit


Atari Lynx


Bally

Astrocade



ColecoVision

ColecoVision / ADAM



Commodore


Generic Commodore






Commodore 64



Emerson

Arcadia 2001


General Consumer Electronics

Vectrex


Mattel

IntelliVision

Microsoft/ASCII

MSX



NEC

TurboGrafx-16 / PCE


Nintendo

Game Boy


Game Boy Advance


Nintendo 64


Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / Famicom


Nintendo Wii


Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)


Virtual Boy


Panasonic

3DO



Philips

Odyssey2/Videopac


Sega

Sega Dreamcast


Sega Game Gear


Sega Master System


Sega MegaDrive / Genesis


Sony

PlayStation Classic ("mini")

PlayStation 2


Texas Instruments

TI-99 / 4A