Can anyone tell me what this "LaserDisc" CARTRIDGES are?

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  1. Apox

    Apox Spirited Member

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    Bootlegs for sure, since the stickers on the front are of crappy quality.
    But what are they? Sorry for my ignorance. Just pick them up at a street market and was wondering if someone knows... a google search for "Laserdisc cartridges" didn't help...

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  2. Jamtex

    Jamtex Adult Orientated Mahjong Connoisseur

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    It is difficult to tell what they are from the photo as there is not anything to compare size too nor anything from the bottom or top. In my opinion it does look like an Atari VCS cartridge...
     
  3. Trenton_net

    Trenton_net AKA SUPERCOM32

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    If it wasn't for the Laserdisc logo, I would have guessed it to be a CED cartridge for video playback.
     
  4. Apox

    Apox Spirited Member

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    Here is another photo, with a famicom game next to it so you can check the size.

    If it is an Atari VCS cartridge, why would it say "LaserDisc" on the back? Has anyone see this before? I don't have an atari to try them on...

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  5. Trenton_net

    Trenton_net AKA SUPERCOM32

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    Oh, maybe these are subtitle cartridges. At least I vaguely recall something like that.
     
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  6. chalmo

    chalmo Spirited Member

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    What does the edge connector look like? That might go some way to helping identify them.
     
  7. Calpis

    Calpis Champion of the Forum

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    Yup, subtitle carts.
     
  8. CRTGAMER

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    WOW!:-0:

    Never seen these, I didn't know there were Laser Disc branded game carts. From the labeling, I don't think it was for a Laser Disc Arcade add on. Maybe games to fit inside one of the Laser Disc game pacs?

    Very interesting, I'll add this to my Laser Disc Guide once more information emerges.

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  9. Trenton_net

    Trenton_net AKA SUPERCOM32

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    Ah ha! I knew someone else would remember. I was starting to second guess myself since no one else remembered the same when I asked around.

    EDIT: Reminds me of Multi Captions Cards - Perhaps the most useless copier attachment? Who pirates subtitles anyways? (^_^);
     
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  10. Calpis

    Calpis Champion of the Forum

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    That's exactly what it is, and hey it's not useless! These carts have as much ROM as a game and have a case and PCB so they must have been somewhat expensive.
     
  11. Trenton_net

    Trenton_net AKA SUPERCOM32

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    :redface: Just out of curiosity, have you ever flashed a multi caption card before? I mean, just to say you've done it and tried it out on an LD player?

    Heh, I guess that's kind of a silly question considering who I'm talking to. I mean...

    (Year 2035)

    Me: Hey gang, lets watch some star wars laserdiscs.

    Voice in the back: I need subtitle. I can't English ok.

    You: Ok guys, hang on. Let me get my Multi Game Doctor 2.

    (Everyone throws hands in the air): Come on! Lets forget about it.

    (After some blinky lights...)

    Me: It doesn't look like its working.

    You: Oh, no problem. I got 9 more modules in the back. Let me get one.

    (Everyone throws hands in the air): Son of a...!

    Totally feasible scenario! :dance:
     
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  12. Yakumo

    Yakumo Pillar of the Community *****

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    Those carts are the same shape as Japanese Master System / Mark III cartridges :nod: Cool idea to have subtitle cratridges but why not just stick the subs on the laser disc and change themfor each region?

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  13. la-li-lu-le-lo

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    I'm guessing it was cheaper to put them on cartridges, as the technology to read subtitles off of a Laserdisc was probably difficult to obtain at the time. Few Laserdiscs had digital information on them except for the ones that had Dolby Digital or DTS tracks.
     
  14. ave

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    This might be a stupid question, but where did you put those carts? I've yet to see a Laserdisc player with a huge cartridge slot.
     
  15. Trenton_net

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    I dunno which LD systems natively supported subtitles, but you could also buy an external subtitle module for overlaying subtitles on your TV.
     
  16. Calpis

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    Lol not quite, I don't even own a LD player but I still think it's neat piece.

    To give Laserdiscs that extra functionality you'd have to be able to bootleg the discs to redistribute them, and create a new player with support, not easy.
     
  17. Bad_Ad84

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    I think he was suggesting having that "by design" rather than a cart. So all players would have supported it, if that was in the original spec.
     
  18. Calpis

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    I think any kind of video overlay would have been prohibitive in 1980, much less legible hanzi. Plus hindsight is 20/20. Plus it's up to the producers whether a movie gets a foreign market release, discs licensed for China probably have hardcoded subtitles.
     
  19. Yakumo

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    Yes, that's what I meant :nod:
     
  20. APE

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    Never seen a cartridge port on any LaserDisc player that I've had in front of me. Seen some damn fine high end units too.
     

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