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Bally Astrocade

The Bally Astrocade (a.k.a. Bally Home Library Computer, Bally Professional Arcade or Bally ABA-1000) is a console developed by Bally Manufacturing. It was released in April 1978 by mail order as the Bally Professional Arcade.

Bally only marketed it for a short time before deciding to exit the market. The rights were later picked up by Astrovision in 1982, who re-released it as the Astrocade and sold it until around 1984.

It was notable for its very powerful graphical capabilities, however it was also complicated to program for and lack certain programming features such as sprites.

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

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

No Astrocade emulator in Batocera needs a BIOS file to run.

Requires MAME BIOS file astrocde.zip or .7z in either the roms/astrocde or BIOS folder.

Where? Be specific.

Place your Bally Astrocade ROMs in /userdata/roms/astrocde.

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: astrocde.videomode, astrocde.decoration, astrocde.padtokeyboard

ES setting name batocera.conf_key Description ⇒ ES option key_value
Settings that apply to all versions of this emulator
GRAPHICS BACKEND astrocde.video Choose your graphics rendering
⇒ BGFX bgfx, Accel accel, OpenGL opengl.
BGFX BACKEND astrocde.bgfxbackend Choose your graphics API
⇒ MAME Detect automatic, OpenGL opengl, OpenGL ES gles, Vulkan vulkan.
BGFX VIDEO FILTER astrocde.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 astrocde.switchres CRT monitor SwitchRes support
⇒ Off 0, On 1.
TATE MODE astrocde.rotation Rotating display to vertical mode rendering
⇒ Off None, Rotate 90 autoror, Rotate 270 autorol.
ALT DPAD MODE astrocde.altdpad If the D-Pad does not work properly
⇒ Off (Default) 0, DS3 Orientation 1, X360 Orientation 2.
Settings specific to astrocde
CUSTOM CONFIG astrocde.pergamecfg Enable per-game custom configuration via MAME menu
⇒ On 1, Off 0.

Here are the default Bally Astrocade'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/astrocde.txt
  • Last modified: 13 months ago
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