Apologies in advance if this has been asked but I couldn’t find an answer.
Is there a way to check the existing code revision on a Stern LCD machine without rebooting it? Curious to know when in a location and I’m not sure what version is running as I certainly wouldn’t want to cycle it. Could be helpful in a tournament as you know!
At the Game Preserve in Spring TX I once moved a EM game with a stuck coil so I could unplug it. As I did, a frayed cord shorted on one of the legs and blew the breaker, turning off several games. The attendant did not seem grateful for my ‘help’.
Thanks for the feedback everyone. I, too, wouldn’t think power-cycling someone else’s game is a good idea but it’s surprising it’s not available to see without doing so. Perhaps it will be an option added in the future - like on the title splash screen in the lower right in small’ish print or something.
Yeah as an Op I hate it when people power cycle the games someone has blown up a game on more than one occasion doing this. If you do still feel the need to do it at least wait 5-10 seconds after turning the game off to turn it back on.
Making the software revision easily available to players isn’t a good idea. Without that knowledge, a player has to drop coins to find out. If a game has old software, easily checking would only discourage coin drop. The vast majority of location players are casual, who don’t care. But why give experienced players the opportunity to not drop coins? They could make it an option in the software that’s disabled by default.
Some locations never update their software. The Santa Cruz boardwalk is one.
I never minded when folks cycled power on my location games to check. They’re commercial grade machines that are cycled hundreds of times a year. If a power cycle takes out your game, there was probably something wrong to begin with.
On (other people’s) locations, I usually won’t hesitate to cycle power. If it’s a high end place with nice games and lots of eyeballs watching I might not, but those places generally keep their software updated. I’ll also sometimes level a game if needed, but that’s a little more intrusive.
I’ve often toyed with the idea of just showing it in attract mode, maybe I’ll go ahead and put it in. RFM did this, I don’t remember if SWE1 did or not. The only other time I remember is when I did a silly attract mode screen in HRC when I rewrote the OS.
When I had games out, I maintained them religiously. Once a week or more whether they needed it or not. Software was always updated quickly. One of my locations was the home base for the local league (BAPA). I got compliments on my games regularly. The only exception was Ripley’s, which I intentionally kept on slightly older code because ‘Go Backwards’ wasn’t in the final revision.
There are plenty of locations out there that don’t update their games regularly. Those are the locations I’m talking about. Not me. I think there’s still a Spiderman around here with 0.0 code. Would you play a Spidey with 0.0 code?
Adding the ability to easily check the software version would be very much like radio mode on the music pins. Very cool feature, but will/ could discourage coin drop. Ok for home use, not so good for location games. Radio mode is disabled by default.