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Adventure Vision

The Adventure Vision is a second-generation console developed by Entex Industries. It was released in 1982.

The monitor, game controls, and computer hardware are all contained within a single portable unit. Despite being technically portable, most people opted to use its built-in AC adapter (it ate through batteries and was unwieldy to actually move about).

It built-in monitor utilized a single vertical line of 40 red LEDs and a rapidly spinning mechanical motor to create its images. A similar technique would later be used by Nintendo with the 1995 Virtual Boy.

It features a stellar library of 4 games, all arcade ports. It was discontinued a year later.

This system scrapes metadata for the “advision” group and loads the advision set from the currently selected theme, if available.

  • Emulator: MAME
  • Folder: /userdata/roms/advision
  • Accepted ROM formats: .bin, .zip, .7z

Requires MAME BIOS file or .7z in either advision or BIOS folder.

Place your Adventure Vision ROMs in /userdata/roms/advision.

MAME, the Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator, is a multi-purpose emulation framework which facilitates the emulation of vintage hardware and software. Originally targeting vintage arcade machines, MAME has since absorbed the sister-project MESS (Multi Emulator Super System) to support a wide variety of vintage computers, video game consoles and calculators as well. MAME doesn't use an individual “core” for each system like RetroArch does, instead the ROM itself usually contains the necessary information to accurately emulate it, thus making it specific to the version of MAME it was made for. Overall it's a very complicated subject, we have a guide specific to arcade just for it.

MAME configuration

MAME offers a Menu in-game ([HOTKEY] + South button (B SNES) or [Tab] on the keyboard). This can be used to manually adjust inputs or game settings. If you're having issues with a specific game, check the MAMEdev FAQ for that game here. For MESS systems specifically, you might find more information on MESS's wiki. All options can also be edited by opening the mame.ini file.

Standardized features available to all versions of this emulator: advision.videomode, advision.decoration, advision.padtokeyboard

ES setting name batocera.conf_key Description ⇒ ES option key_value
Settings that apply to all versions of this emulator
GRAPHICS BACKEND Choose your graphics rendering
⇒ BGFX bgfx, Accel accel, OpenGL opengl.
BGFX BACKEND advision.bgfxbackend Choose your graphics API
⇒ MAME Detect automatic, OpenGL opengl, OpenGL ES gles, Vulkan vulkan.
BGFX VIDEO FILTER advision.bgfxshaders Apply a particular visual effect
⇒ Off None, Bilinear default, CRT Geom crt-geom, CRT Geom Deluxe crt-geom-deluxe, Super Eagle eagle, HLSL hlsl, HQ2X hq2x, HQ3X hq3x, HQ4X hq4x.
CRT SWITCHRES advision.switchres CRT monitor SwitchRes support
⇒ Off 0, On 1.
TATE MODE advision.rotation Rotating display to vertical mode rendering
⇒ Off None, Rotate 90 autoror, Rotate 270 autorol.
ALT DPAD MODE advision.altdpad If the D-Pad does not work properly
⇒ Off (Default) 0, DS3 Orientation 1, X360 Orientation 2.

When seated on a table, the console is surprisingly ergonomic. It features buttons on both sides of the control panel to facilitate both right and left-handed users.

Here are the default Adventure Vision's controls shown on a Batocera Retropad:

For problems with MAME specifically, there are some tips on the troubleshooting section on MAME's system page.

For further troubleshooting, refer to the generic support pages.

  • systems/advision.txt
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