DRAGON'S LAIR COMES TO THE TI-99/4A COMPUTER - Software developer Mike
Brent has licensed Dragon's Lair for release on cartridge for the Texas Instruments
TI-99/4A produced in 1981. His new hardware design for the cartridge, as well as some
uniquely crafted software, allow this TI computer to play the video for the entire game at
a resolution of 192x128 with 15 colors at about 9 FPS and 13khz audio, which would have
dropped jaws in the mid 1980s, and is now primed to become the most impressive home version
of Dragon's Lair on any machine from the pre-CD-ROM era, considering its full game
content. The game's release is scheduled for early 2019 with a production quantity of
up to 100.
(posted 22 Dec 2018)
ALG MULTIROM / DEXTER COMPATIBILITY -
The ALG MultiROM board by LaserCon, which allows users to switch between American Laser
Games ROMs with a control dial instead of swapping ROM boards, is now compatible with the
Dexter laserdisc replacement. Eight different American Laser Games laserdisc images
can be loaded onto a Dexter player, and the ALG MultiROM board can now automatically switch
Dexter's laserdisc image to the correct game when the user selects a different ROM, instead
of needing to use the Dexter Manager. See the
posted in our forum.
(posted 05 Apr 2018)
DRAGON'S LAIR FEATURED IN NETFLIX SERIES -
A Dragon's Lair arcade game makes an appearance in the first episode of the second season
of the Netflix series "Stranger Things", set in late 1984. The main characters huddle
around the cabinet and play the game; however, the on-screen game footage was poorly
integrated into the scene. The game action was filmed separately from the cabinet and
the actors, as tight closeups on a non-original monitor. The bad editing of these
video clips leaves a big sense of detachment from the rest of the arcade scene and the
inability to suspend disbelief that the characters are actually playing.
(posted 10 Dec 2017)
DRAGON'S LAIR PROJECT TURNS 20 YEARS OLD!! -
On August 25, 2017, the Dragon's Lair Project website celebrated its 20th anniversary on
the internet. The site, originally titled "Project Dragon's Lair", went online on
August 25, 1997. It started out as a single page with ten pictures showing the
restoration of a Dragon's Lair cabinet. Within a few weeks, a couple more pages were
added as the site's popularity began to grow. Twenty years later and over seven
million visitors, the site is the largest laserdisc gaming website in the
world. Special thanks to all who were involved over the years.
(posted 25 Aug 2017)
NEW DEXTER FIRMWARE -
An important update to the Dexter firmware is now available (for all games) which addresses
an inherent bug that affects the composite video output signal on all Raspberry Pi 2 boards
and improves Dexter's overall video quality, clarity and sharpness. While mainly
aesthetic, the improvement also constitutes a significant advancement in the ongoing
efforts to make Dexter compatible with the game Star Rider, which relies heavily on the
integrity of the video signal for its operation. The update is strongly recommended
for all games and can be applied to Dexter's USB drive with the Dexter Manager software.
(posted 13 Aug 2017)
DRAGON'S LAIR II ENHANCEMENT ON MERLIN-DX / DEXTER -
The most complete version of DL2E is now
available. The DL2E software brings Time Warp to the Cinematronics
laserdisc arcade cabinets as was planned in 1984. New to this version, the
alternate scene that was omitted from the 1991 DL2 laserdisc is now realized
through the use of the Dexter laserdisc replacement. This also marks the third
distinct game selectable for play in the Merlin-Dx multigame sytem.
(posted 01 Jul 2017)
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