SPEEDLINK: Competition Pro USB Joystick And 99 C64 Games - £8.99 delivered @ Play.com
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SPEEDLINK: Competition Pro USB Joystick And 99 C64 Games - £8.99 delivered @ Play.com

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Found 25th Mar 2010
An icon of the '80s, the Competition Pro is an absolute classic of a joystick for fans of the C64, Amiga & co which for many was their first love. It could be found in millions of homes across the world - and still brings joy to users to this day. Suplied with 99 Full Version C64 Classix Games on one CD for the PC make this bundle a real retro blast from the past.

# Customised DPI in game adjustment.
# Digital USB joystick featuring micro switches.
# Extensive games collection with 99 full version C64 classics.
# 4 buttons featuring that original 80s sound.
# Autofire mode on the back of the base.
# Extremely robust sprung metal stick.
# No driver needed.

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The joystick doesn't get recognised by the software by default. This is what you have to do to get it working...

1) Plug in the joystick and start up the game menu.

2) Load up any game and then Settings -> Joystick settings

3) In the drop down box for Joystick #2 select "Speedlink..." (most games expected the joystick to be plugged into port #2 back then).

4) Look in the bottom right hand corner of the window for the game and you will see two groups of 5 dots. Move the joystick and press a few buttons. The dots will light up according to the direction you are pushing the stick or the centre one if press fire.

You only have to do the above once and the stick will keep working across all other games.

- Cuddy

53 Comments

Competition Pro is okay (blah) but I always prefered the ZipStick...

Good deal tho OP - thanks

Shima

I think I still have RSI thanks to one of these.

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No Speedball 2

I'm so glad I didn't own a flat screen when I played these games, I'd need additional insurance for joystick related incidents...

My old Amiga CRT rebounded joysticks with no effort due to it's bullet-proof thick glass screen.
Oh the memories....

Shima

Excellet

Good deal for me, like the idea that you can use the joystick with other games. Thanks for taking the time to write the explanation about the setup too. Heat and Rep added! :thumbsup:

mightykaboosh;8201702

Thanks for taking the time to write the explanation about the setup too.



I actually added that part at the bottom of the deal description, notice my name at the end?

Banned

shimagoza;8201530

No Speedball 2 :(I'm so glad I didn't own a flat screen when I played … No Speedball 2 :(I'm so glad I didn't own a flat screen when I played these games, I'd need additional insurance for joystick related incidents...My old Amiga CRT rebounded joysticks with no effort due to it's bullet-proof thick glass screen.Oh the memories....Shima



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Oh the mammories....

Cuddy;8201929

I actually added that part at the bottom of the deal description, notice … I actually added that part at the bottom of the deal description, notice my name at the end?



Thanks for that have some rep! :thumbsup:

just used a mcdonalds voucher for £1 off

thanks op!

Hot, but wouldve been hotter with "Track n Field" & "Emlyn Hughes International Soccer!!!"

Retro

I LOVED that joystick on my Amiga, always used them, it was SO stiff, mopved about 1mm each driection, but ideal for SWOS and doing curling shots etc.

whatsThePoint;8201368

Might of been tempted if it had Bruce lee with itlist of all the games … Might of been tempted if it had Bruce lee with itlist of all the games herehttp://www.gc-plus.de/bin//spieleliste%20classic99_docx.pdf



I posted this deal first time round, even hotter now its a quid cheaper, I said then and will say again now, its irrelevant the games that come with this.

For £8.99 its the stick thats important, the emulator and any roms you like can be downloaded, including Bruce Lee.

This doesn't even have to solely be used for the C64, this would work equally as well on a variety of 8/16 bit console/computer emulators, including Atari, Amiga, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad etc etc etc.

Also, note that if you go to mac donalds, you're virtually guaranteed a voucher for £1 off if you spend £8.95 or more at play.com. I've got two such vouchers already, and people here have quite a few more..

shimagoza;8201379

Competition Pro is okay (blah) but I always prefered the ZipStick...Good … Competition Pro is okay (blah) but I always prefered the ZipStick...Good deal tho OP - thanksShima



Yep , the Zipstick was a better joystick -and looked better in black and yellow.

I got one of these recently though , and it's pretty good.
If you want more games the supplied emulator will play any .c64 and .d64 images which you can get pretty easily off the net.

LOL

I just uploaded an early drawing of one of these to my site, from when i was 9!

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Got a few good games, but missing Midnight Resistance and the Dizzy ones. Nice price, but this one's not for me!

EDIT:

cicobuff;8202623

I posted this deal first time round, even hotter now its a quid cheaper, … I posted this deal first time round, even hotter now its a quid cheaper, I said then and will say again now, its irrelevant the games that come with this.For £8.99 its the stick thats important, the emulator and any roms you like can be downloaded, including Bruce Lee.This doesn't even have to solely be used for the C64, this would work equally as well on a variety of 8/16 bit console/computer emulators, including Atari, Amiga, ZX Spectrum, Amstrad etc etc etc.



How easy would if be to configure one of these emulators to work properly with the stick? Would there be bugs and so on, or does it work almost as good as playing on an original C64? Would be great to use one of these again

Hated the Competition Pro, much preferred Quickshot joysticks.

Neutral here.

Got this when it was £9.99, even worth it then for the USB stick. Hot.

I hope this doesn't seem that I'm hijacking the thread but...

I have an original C64 set up in my office at the moment and a whole load of games on cassette). I'm using an original Commodore Joystick (I also have a Spectrum, BBC Micro, ZX81,TRS 80 and a few others). What they are doing there is a long story.

Anyway, every now and then someone comes in and sees them and asks if they can play. I set them up and listen to stories about experiences from 25 years ago (a bit like the ones in this thread). Yet despite the initial joy at seeing a favorite game from 1984, within a few minutes everyone seems to get board. So here is the question. Why is it that games that we played for many days when we were children, and that get us excited when we see them again now, quickly become disappointing. Why is it so hard to recapture the experience of playing these games first time round?

Shame there not that many good games, I used to love rock'n'wrestle with vicious Vivian:)

Are these for the PC or the orginal machines, I still have a Amiga and C128 in the loft!! Must sort out and dispose!! DG

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Available on Amazon for the same price!

Paidia;8203325

I hope this doesn't seem that I'm hijacking the thread but...I have an … I hope this doesn't seem that I'm hijacking the thread but...I have an original C64 set up in my office at the moment and a whole load of games on cassette). I'm using an original Commodore Joystick (I also have a Spectrum, BBC Micro, ZX81,TRS 80 and a few others). What they are doing there is a long story.Anyway, every now and then someone comes in and sees them and asks if they can play. I set them up and listen to stories about experiences from 25 years ago (a bit like the ones in this thread). Yet despite the initial joy at seeing a favorite game from 1984, within a few minutes everyone seems to get board. So here is the question. Why is it that games that we played for many days when we were children, and that get us excited when we see them again now, quickly become disappointing. Why is it so hard to recapture the experience of playing these games first time round?



To offer my opinion, I would guess that people are comparing those games from the C64 to those of the here and now (PC/PS3/XBOX360 etc). When comparing C64 games to games that they own or know of today, I would suggest peoples happy retro gaming memories are not going to be enough to bridge the graphical gap and depth of detail and gameplay. Whereas all those years ago the C64 may have been classed as cutting edge technology in terms of home video games for the average consumer, it is now obviously outdated.

I would suggest that they will retain their happy memories whether revisiting old titles or not, but they will no doubt be pleased that games have moved on. Back in the day those games were the best you could hope to get, but sadly no more. No doubt we will suffer the same disappointment when revisiting current games 25 years from now.

But then there might just be that one game that will stand the test of time,,, Command & Conquer Generals (personally I love it)- 7 years and still a strong online following- , or maybe World of Warcraft (personally not for me) , who knows. Or maybe that game is Track n Field on the C64??? (ok, just me then :whistling: )

Paidia;8203325

I hope this doesn't seem that I'm hijacking the thread but...



It's because our entertainment 'threshold' level has been raised. We'd never experienced anything like it before in the early days of gaming, so the novelty factor was so high. Now with so many near photorealistic gaming experiences and immersive worlds, there's less and less that's fresh. Kids today have access to entertainment we could only dream of as kids, yet they still get bored, just as we eventually got bored with Space Invaders all those years ago.

http://www.brentradio.com/images/Other/Docs/SpaceInvaders/1.gif

Don't know if I explained that all that well but you get the gist.

Always good for a laugh here: cinemassacre.com/new…177

Paidia;8203325

I hope this doesn't seem that I'm hijacking the thread but...I have an … I hope this doesn't seem that I'm hijacking the thread but...I have an original C64 set up in my office at the moment and a whole load of games on cassette). I'm using an original Commodore Joystick (I also have a Spectrum, BBC Micro, ZX81,TRS 80 and a few others). What they are doing there is a long story.Anyway, every now and then someone comes in and sees them and asks if they can play. I set them up and listen to stories about experiences from 25 years ago (a bit like the ones in this thread). Yet despite the initial joy at seeing a favorite game from 1984, within a few minutes everyone seems to get board. So here is the question. Why is it that games that we played for many days when we were children, and that get us excited when we see them again now, quickly become disappointing. Why is it so hard to recapture the experience of playing these games first time round?



A thought-provoking question for once. It could simply be that we were all 25 years younger and as kids these games were just so captivating.

Does anyone here own this joystick? How is the quality? Excellent like original Competition pro 5000 back in the day or "China-crap"?

Those are much like the answers I get from the visitors to my office. I even set up a couple of the machines of a modern 42inch plasma to see if size and scale changes things, but that actually seemed to make things worse. So it seems we misremember, or idealise past experiences of games and when we replay we quickly realise that both us and the technology have moved on.

But what are the implications here? Does it simply means that games engage us only in some sort of spectacle based on their newness? Is that some sort of marketing trick that ensures we keep buying new games and consoles to 'keep up'? Because films and books aren't like this. They don't (all) seem to age in this way.

I can't quite get to grips with what is happening when we replay old games and then quickly get disappointed.

[btw, I'm toying with writing a paper on this topic] See also: paidia.wordpress.com/200…es/

Royvedas;8204495

Does anyone here own this joystick? How is the quality? Excellent like … Does anyone here own this joystick? How is the quality? Excellent like original Competition pro 5000 back in the day or "China-crap"?



I've got one. It's excellent. Very sturdy.

good deal

shame there's no "go-go the ghost" or "kennedy approach"

anyone else play those?

edit - just found kennedy approach for the pc :w00t:

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Paidia;8203325

I hope this doesn't seem that I'm hijacking the thread but...I have an … I hope this doesn't seem that I'm hijacking the thread but...I have an original C64 set up in my office at the moment and a whole load of games on cassette). I'm using an original Commodore Joystick (I also have a Spectrum, BBC Micro, ZX81,TRS 80 and a few others). What they are doing there is a long story.Anyway, every now and then someone comes in and sees them and asks if they can play. I set them up and listen to stories about experiences from 25 years ago (a bit like the ones in this thread). Yet despite the initial joy at seeing a favorite game from 1984, within a few minutes everyone seems to get board. So here is the question. Why is it that games that we played for many days when we were children, and that get us excited when we see them again now, quickly become disappointing. Why is it so hard to recapture the experience of playing these games first time round?



Jet set willy
sabre wolf
on the speccy

and microprose soccer on the 64
kick off 2 on the amiga

i tried this joystick on the amiga forever emu with kick off2 and soon got bored :-( dunno why same with sensi prefer pro evo now

still like the odd game on mame like double dragon etc..

So I can plug this into my Windows 7 media centre and play all the games, right? Its for my little girl, so it needs to be pretty foolproof.

shimagoza;8201379

Competition Pro is okay (blah) but I always prefered the ZipStick...Good … Competition Pro is okay (blah) but I always prefered the ZipStick...Good deal tho OP - thanksShima



I was always a zipstick fan as well!

good deal though

Turrican rocked in it's day. Bet it's ***** now!!!

For the love of god, does anybody actually read through this thread?!

Same when I posted it last time around, people keep saying "shame it doesn't have x game or y game or z game"

I said earlier on here, I said last time when I posted this deal, perhaps bold will sink :

THE DEAL IS IN THE JOYSTICK, ITS A USB STICK COMPATIBLE WITH MANY AN 8/16 BIT EMULATOR. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ROMS FOR WHATEVER EMULATOR YOU USE, WHETHER IT BE C64, ZX SPECTRUM, AMSTRAD CPC, AMIGA ETC ETC.

Jet Set Willy and that f***kin Banyan Tree :w00t:

And it's not on the list!

Paidia;8203325

I hope this doesn't seem that I'm hijacking the thread but...I have an … I hope this doesn't seem that I'm hijacking the thread but...I have an original C64 set up in my office at the moment and a whole load of games on cassette). I'm using an original Commodore Joystick (I also have a Spectrum, BBC Micro, ZX81,TRS 80 and a few others). What they are doing there is a long story.Anyway, every now and then someone comes in and sees them and asks if they can play. I set them up and listen to stories about experiences from 25 years ago (a bit like the ones in this thread). Yet despite the initial joy at seeing a favorite game from 1984, within a few minutes everyone seems to get board. So here is the question. Why is it that games that we played for many days when we were children, and that get us excited when we see them again now, quickly become disappointing. Why is it so hard to recapture the experience of playing these games first time round?



Very very true , you can tell by my avatar i'm of the same generation and your correct that to go back is to spoil great memories . 3-D ant attack on the speccy :thumbsup: Oceans amazing "The Great Escape" I played these and many more for hour upon hour . Even relatively recent games have this problem ie- my PS3 doesnt have PS2 game compatibility so as I hadnt touched it for a few years I set up the old warhorse for some PS2 action , within half an hour it was packed back up again .
PS1 games on the little screen of a PsP do look fantastic though and have kept some magic .

richlyraumi;8205128

So I can plug this into my Windows 7 media centre and play all the games, … So I can plug this into my Windows 7 media centre and play all the games, right? Its for my little girl, so it needs to be pretty foolproof.



Yes, you can. It's recognised by Win 7 as a standard joystick so no additional drivers needed.

cicobuff;8205793

For the love of god, does anybody actually read through this thread?!Same … For the love of god, does anybody actually read through this thread?!Same when I posted it last time around, people keep saying "shame it doesn't have x game or y game or z game"I said earlier on here, I said last time when I posted this deal, perhaps bold will sink :THE DEAL IS IN THE JOYSTICK, ITS A USB STICK COMPATIBLE WITH MANY AN 8/16 BIT EMULATOR. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD ROMS FOR WHATEVER EMULATOR YOU USE, WHETHER IT BE C64, ZX SPECTRUM, AMSTRAD CPC, AMIGA ETC ETC.



Yes you are right, but when I first saw the list of games I wanted to comment on the games that were missing as well. It does no harm anyway because anyone interested in the joystick might want to seek out the games that are not included.

Excellent games that are included

Ghosts and Goblins
Iridis Alpha (I really used to love this game - it is so hard and so addictive)
Paradroid
Uridium

Great games to hunt out

Summer Games
Winter games
Impossible Mission
Hyper Sports
Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Pitstop II
The Last Ninja

I used a Competition Pro back in the day and I think it is worth getting this joystick just for using with MAME, the C64 games are a bonus.

It was really hard wearing, like the old Atari console joysticks. I had a quickshot joystick as well and frankly it was rubbish.
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