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Journey (c) 03/1983 Bally Midway.


Bally Midway MCR 2 hardware

Main CPU : Z80 (@ 2.496 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 2 Mhz)

Sound Chips : (2x) AY8910 (@ 2 Mhz), Samples

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 480 x 512 pixels

Screen refresh : 30.00 Hz

Palette colors : 128

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 1


Used digitized faces of the band members, photographed with a camera designed by Ralph Baer, father of the home video game console. The machine contained a tape loop of the song 'Separate Ways (World's Apart)' in the concert scene at the end of each level. Rushed through the 1982 Christmas holidays by the Marvin Glass team because Bally/Midway wanted the game to coincide with the release of the band's Frontiers album. They took all the images of the band backstage at a Salt Lake City concert. There was talk of using the game as part of the road show, but that fell through.

The story about the idea of players being able to take photos of their own face being dropped due to their taking pictures of certain body parts did not occur with this game, but with an earlier prototype called Clone. That game was dropped but when Baer heard about Journey, he saw a new opportunity to use his digitizing camera technology.

The background music includes the Journey songs : 'Chain Reaction', 'Don't Stop Believin', 'Lights', 'Still They Ride', 'Stone In Love' and 'Wheel In The Sky'. Each time you lose a life, the last line of the chorus to the song 'Who's Crying Now' will play.

Joe Maurizi holds the official record for this game with 10,000,125 points.

Two Journey machines (including one cocktail) were shown at the 2003 classic arcade games show 'California Extreme' in San Jose, California.


* Secret screen : on Journey's attract screen (the one with the face), press all the buttons (Blast, 1P Start, 2P Start) and the joystick to the Left and you'll get a screen with the programmer's names and tiny digitized pictures.


Designed and programmed by : Elaine Ditton, Richard Ditton (founders of Incredible Technologies).

Graphics by : Scott Morrison

Sounds : Elaine Ditton, Steve Meyer

Hardware : Cary Mednick, Robert Ploussard, Ashok Charles