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Chafitz Destiny MEGA-4 GGM (1984)

MEGA 4 GREAT GAME MACHINE (GGM)

The double-speed version of the Great Game Machine

GREAT GAME MACHINE

This was Applied Concepts version of the Modular Game System on which the Boris Sargon ran. The latest version the Destiny MEGA-4 GGM is very similar, but has a 4 MHz processor that is twice as fast as the original, and will run the STEINITZ-4 program module (not offered to me for testing) which supposed to be an upgrade of Morphy. The Great Game Machine Mega IV can also be used with optional program cartridges to play draughts (checkers), reversi (othello), blackjack (pontoon) and as a monitor for kriegspiel games between two human opponents.

The great drawback of this kind of system is that different games have different input/output requirements and to accommodate them, the MEGA-4 like its predecessors in non-sensory. It has an awkward membrane keyboard, an LCD display and an integral non-sensory chess set. This makes it a very expensive piece of obsolete hardware unless you are seriously interested in the other games it plays, and you can get specialist computers for most of those. Therefore I am surprised that such a machine should be launched in the highly ‘sensory’ market of 1983-1984 and I shall be surprised if it is not a commercial flop.

The MASTER CHESS TRIO concept is central to the Great Game Machine and MEGA-4. The idea of this is that you begin with a specialist openings module, the GRUENFELD EDITION, and when it signals ‘end of book’, the power switch is moved to ‘memory’, enabling the RAM in the computer to hold the position and game variables while the ROM cartridge is withdrawn and replaced by the ROM program, which plays the middle-game (either the Morphy or now the Steinitz Edition) and finally when the endgame stage is signalled, the process may be repeated and the specialist endgame program ROM, the CAPABLANCA EDITION inserted to complete the game.

Excerpt taken from “The New Chess Computer Book” by T. D. Harding - Pergamon Press 1985

So the question needs to be asked was the Destiny MEGA-4 GGM ever released? Where there any made at all? Most sources say no.

But here it is for you to enjoy the DESTINY MEGA-4 GREAT GAME MACHINE - 4 MHz:

Information

Chafitz Destiny MEGA-4 GGM (1984)

Chafitz Destiny MEGA-4 GGM (1984)

GGM Closed

Chafitz Destiny MEGA-4 GGM (1984) Closed

Chess Board

Chafitz Destiny MEGA-4 GGM (1984) Non Electronic Chess  Board

Display & Controls

Chafitz Destiny MEGA-4 GGM (1984) Display and Move Entry and Options Controls

Destiny MEGA-4 GGM uses Game Modules

Technical Specifications

Manufacturer

Programmer

Chafitz Inc. / Applied Concepts Inc

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Year:

1984

Manufacturer ELO

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Original Price

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Wiki ELO:

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Model #:

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My Serial #:

090235

Processor Type

Speed

ROM

RAM

6502

8 Bit

4 Mhz

N/A

N/A

Battery Operated:

Yes Optional

Adapter Option:

10V 830mA 60Hz

Display Type:

8 Pos 16 Segment

Board Type:

Non Electronic Board

Board Size:

8.1/2” x 8.1/2”

Overall Size:

15.3/4” x 8.3/4” x 2.1/8”

Move Entry

Options Selection

Playing Levels

Opening Library

Take Back Moves

Touch Control Keypad

Touch Control Keypad

N/A

N/A

N/A

Position Setup/Ver.

Display Move Info/Analysis

Solve Mate

Save Game / Ponder

Hint/ Teach Mode

N/A / N/A

N/A / N/A

N/A

N/A / N/A

N/A / N/A

Active Level:

N/A

Tournament Level:

N/A

Infinite Level:

N/A

Game Information

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Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

Active Games (30s:1 or 60/30 etc.)

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Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

Tournament Games (180s:1 or 40/2 hrs)

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Game Modules for GGM

1983

1981

1981

Steinitz-4 Module

Gruenfeld Openings Module

Capablanca Endgame Module

Chafitz Steinitz-4 Game Module  (1983)

Chafitz Gruenfeld Openings Module (1981)

Chafitz Capablanca Endgame Module (1981)

Game Module

Openings Module

Endgame Module

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