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Anyone ever heard of a console called Halcyon?

by ReddMcKnight Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:57 pm

Recently, I went to a not-so-local movie store called MovieStop (Possible relation to GameStop). There, I discovered a DVD Game from Digital Leisure called Thayer's Quest.

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Knowing Digital Leisure, I realized that this must be a Laserdisc Game. Surprisingly, I was wrong. Upon research, I discovered that it was originally released for a console called Halcyon.

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Finding only one picture of it, I became curious, which brings me to my point...Just what the hell is this thing? Does anyone know anything about it? Better yet, has anyone ever owned one?
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Re: Anyone ever heard of a console called Halcyon?

by noiseredux Thu Dec 30, 2010 8:58 pm

http://www.rfgeneration.com/news/mgs-ga ... s-1412.php

01. RDI Halcyon

For the console collector, there are no systems that will match the rarity of the RDI Halcyon. If you are fortunate enough to locate one, it will be the centerpiece of any collection. Little is known about the true production of the system and it is a non-confirmed rumor that the system was even available at retail. Current information tells us that no more than 10 units were built for the investors of the company, all of them by hand. It doesn't get any better than this folks - welcome to the true holy grail of video game hardware!!
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Re: Anyone ever heard of a console called Halcyon?

by CRTGAMER Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:03 pm

Interesting, looks like a Laser Disc game machine.

Why the screaming with the large font?
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Re: Anyone ever heard of a console called Halcyon?

by ReddMcKnight Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:04 pm

noiseredux wrote:http://www.rfgeneration.com/news/mgs-game-take/The-True-Holy-Grails-of-Video-Game-Hardware-The-Majors-1412.php

01. RDI Halcyon

For the console collector, there are no systems that will match the rarity of the RDI Halcyon. If you are fortunate enough to locate one, it will be the centerpiece of any collection. Little is known about the true production of the system and it is a non-confirmed rumor that the system was even available at retail. Current information tells us that no more than 10 units were built for the investors of the company, all of them by hand. It doesn't get any better than this folks - welcome to the true holy grail of video game hardware!!


Damn! That was a fast reply! Thanks noise! :D

Unfortunately, locating one sounds difficult, and even if I could, it would be WAY out of my Price Range. Ah, well. Good thing I bought the DVD. Heh.

CRTGAMER wrote:Interesting, looks like a Laser Disc game machine.

Why the screaming with the large font?


Not screaming. The pictures were kind of big, and I wanted people to be able to see the text.
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Re: Anyone ever heard of a console called Halcyon?

by noiseredux Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:04 pm

yeah locating it would be very hard. That link I posted is an article about "holy grail" consoles... the Halcyon is #1 on the list!
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Re: Anyone ever heard of a console called Halcyon?

by Opa Opa Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:16 pm

ReddMcKnight wrote:
CRTGAMER wrote:Interesting, looks like a Laser Disc game machine.

Why the screaming with the large font?


Not screaming. The pictures were kind of big, and I wanted people to be able to see the text.

I think a blind man could see the text you typed. :lol:
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On topic though... this system looks interesting. Might have to do a little research.
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Re: Anyone ever heard of a console called Halcyon?

by Droid party Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:14 am

Did you buy this thing or not? If it was cheap you could probably turn a nice profit from a collector.
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Re: Anyone ever heard of a console called Halcyon?

by Bradtemple87 Fri Dec 31, 2010 1:30 am

this is new to me
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Re: Anyone ever heard of a console called Halcyon?

by Erik_Twice Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:08 pm

You are not wrong, it's a laserdisc console so it was on laserdisc. Also it was released on the arcades(again on laserdisc, of course) with a keypad and some kind of save feature, very ahead of it's time on that.

However the versions are not the same AFAIK. Since the Halcyon version used a two-sided laserdisc and the arcade used a single side scenes had to be cut. I don't know if the DVD version includes everything. However note that it only has half of the storyline since the planned sequel never materialized. I read somewhere that another (later) game was kind of a sequel and includes the rest of the storyline, you should he able to find the title easily if you are interested.

The Halcyon simply was too expensive. Just the laserdisc player was horribly expensive but it also had a speech module, voice recognition and artificil intelligence! It was simply too experimental, while the technology existed it was not developed enough for what they wanted to do.

Take this page as a starting point[url]
http://www.dragons-lair-project.com/com ... s/halcyon/[/url]

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Re: Anyone ever heard of a console called Halcyon?

by CRTGAMER Mon Jan 03, 2011 1:28 am

I do own a couple Laser Disc games for the Palcom laser system, I think the machine was the cheaper Japanese release. It had a PCB built in to impose a game sprite. My real jewel is an Original Dragons Lair Arcade Game Laser Disc. I can only watch all the levels on my regular laser player. I think the Halcyon system would have been the ultimate with the entire PCB emulating the Arcade versions. Although there would have been a limited Laser game library and that high price tag.

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