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Hot Rod F.A.Q - June 13, '99 by JoseQ
Sorry for the delay people, but June has been quite the non-healthy month for me. Turns out I've got a skin allergy that makes me look like FrankenQ for all I know. Either way, I still owe you the Hot Rod F.A.Q. and the details on how to win one of this awesome pieces of equipment that should be part of anyone's MAME collection. So first, here are the most popular questions, as answered by Hot Rod CEO, Richard Ragon:

1. How much is the charge to ship it to my country?

Prices for shipping internationally are as follows:

  • $59.95 for regular shipping.
  • $99.95 for express shipping.

    These prices apply to just about every country in the world.

    2. Can I get a trackball right in the middle?

    No. A trackball is a very large item, especially from underneath, and it would take up the better part of the HotRod Joystick's cabinet. Also, a totally different type of interface would have to be designed. We are working on a HotRod with a trackball, but at this time we have nothing to publicly announce.

    3. When is the USB version due out?

    We are hoping to release the USB HotRod, or iHotRod before the upcoming Christmas season.

    4. Are you working on a programmable HotRod Joystick?

    The USB version will be fully programmable.

    5. Why can't you put a "Enter" button and a "ESC" button in?

    Due to space reasons in the HotRod Cabinet we had to limit the HotRod down to "action" type buttons only. These are buttons that are used for direct game play. Buttons like ESC, Enter, Tab, F1, F2, F3, F4, P, T, and tilde, are used for "maintenance" type buttons within MAME. HotRod supports keyboard pass though, thus allowing your keyboard to be fully functional with your computer and your keyboard should be used for MAME maintenance.

    6. When will they be shipped?

    We're shipping! Order yours today!

    7. Will you be making a PSX version?

    We are working on this, but we do not have any public announcements as of yet.

    8. Can I get a left handed joystick?

    At first we said this should be no problem, but after some examination of this, I discovered that this doesn't look as easy as I thought it would be. In fact, it would cost thousands to change our manufacturing to accommodate a very short run to produce a very small amount of these. So we are still "up in the air" about this..

    9. Why are you not accepting international credit cards?

    HanaHo's policy of accepting international credit cards simply doesn't cover international orders.. sorry. We have set up mail in checks, money orders, and wire transfers.

    10. Why don't you have more buttons so I can play Street Fighter?

    We do. Your looking at the HotRod Joystick -classic model. The HotRod -SE has 14 action buttons, more then enough to play with SF or NeoGeo games.

    11. What Roms are included?

    The list of ROMs that will be included in the Capcom Coin-Op Classics CD is as follows:

  • Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting
  • Section Z
  • Varth
  • Block Block
  • UN Squadron
  • Side Arms
  • Commando
  • Mercs
  • Exed Eyes
  • Strider
  • Son Son
  • Ghouls'n'Ghosts
  • 1941
  • Magic Sword

    12. (my personal favorite) Can you ad the "O" and the "K" button so I can go right into the MAME games?

    No, sorry.

    One Article Up: MAME 0.35 RC1!
    One Article Down: Dave of DGen in Fixo

  • Add Your Comments

    Name: fvc747 Posted: Wednesday, April 7, 2004 - (1:55)
    Subject: No Communication
    From: ca-mantilla-cmts1c-162.vnnyca.adelphia.net
    I was all set to buy a HotRod last year but they never responded. I bought an Xarcade and I'm very happy. I am going to start saving for a SlikStik they have spinners and trackballs they rock. P.S. HotRod get your shit together, try updating your website info. I have read the same bulls**t for years. I bet your service sucks too.

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    Name: fuji Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2004 - (12:28)
    Subject: Lies and Lack of Support
    From: lax-gate1.raytheon.com
    I have yet to see a USB, programmable, or track ball accessory for the hot rod.

    I don't think they are working on these things. Every year or so I check the site to see where they are, and there is no progress, just empty promises.

    Spend your money on the X-Arcade -- don't be suckered into a Hot Rod like I was.

    Oh, and thanks for your support, jerks.


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    Name: Torpaz Dogano Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2003 - (19:09)
    Subject: questions on hotrod joystick
    From: pool-68-161-27-194.ny325.east.verizon.net
    does it use the slot that the keyboard plugs into?

    can u set it up with 2 of them so 4 people can play?

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    Name: BlaDe Posted: Thursday, November 6, 2003 - (18:42)
    Subject: keyboard and controller at the same time?
    From: pcp05049528pcs.eatntn01.nj.comcast.net
    can you use your kb and arcade stick at the same time?

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    Name: bostonbum Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2000 - (12:07)
    Subject: hotrod in a video cab
    has anyone tried to mount a hotrod on a video standup cabinet? I want to convert an old pac-man to a mame box. I was going to rip out the existing buttons and joystick and install the hotrod. Does this sound like a good idea. Also plan on removing the existing monitor and mounting a pc monitor. thanks.

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    Name: Doofus Posted: Saturday, November 29, 2003 - (15:52)
    Subject: Re: hotrod in a video cab
    From: myl-c-24-159-178-166.chartertn.net
    >has anyone tried to mount a hotrod on a video standup cabinet? I want to convert an old pac-man to a mame box. I was going to rip out the existing buttons and joystick and install the hotrod. Does this sound like a good idea. Also plan on removing the existing monitor and mounting a pc monitor. thanks.

    Sure have. I have done this twice with an old Pac-man and now a new Defender JAMA cabinet. A little skill and a router will take you far. The HotRod deck is larger than a normal arcade system so use a little create cutting and everything will work fine.
    >

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    Name: kibbles Posted: Friday, January 28, 2000 - (15:09)
    Subject: HotRod is great
    Just bought a HotRod. Best $$$ ever spent on gaming. They are built to last and it feels just like the real thing. Buy one !!


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    Name: Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2000 - (10:39)
    Subject:

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    Name: Posted: Saturday, January 22, 2000 - (12:23)
    Subject:

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    Name: tomiyuki Posted: Saturday, January 22, 2000 - (13:51)
    Subject: Re:
    >I can never thank you enough

    >

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    Name: Paulo Posted: Friday, January 21, 2000 - (21:50)
    Subject: Roms
    Where can find rom for the emulator MegaCD.

    Excuse me for my English.

    I await answers.
    Thank you.

    Paulo Roberto de Araujo Junior.
    oluapjr@zaz.com.br
    Brazil.

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    Name: Staff HanaHo Games Posted: Friday, January 14, 2000 - (14:45)
    Subject: Purchase of the HotRod
    Thank you all for your support and interest on the HotRods. Currently we are still only selling the HotRods on-line at www.hanaho.com

    If you are ordering international we are going to stop using the USPS because we have had many problems and it takes months to deliver. We are only shipping express UPS and it only takes about a week to deliver.

    Staff HanaHo Games

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    Name: Richy Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2000 - (8:17)
    Subject: HOT ROD
    I want to order one but where from?
    richard.patatoukos@de.abb.com

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    Name: Richy Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2000 - (8:16)
    Subject: hot rod
    I want to order a Hot Rod, where can I buy it. Im from Germany

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    Name: Jimbo M. Posted: Thursday, December 16, 1999 - (16:33)
    Subject: hot rod in germany ???
    anyone in germany has it..is there
    a distributor ???

    please e-mail:
    jimbo@cityweb.de

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    Name: kenan Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 1999 - (18:33)
    Subject: buy outside us
    IS THERE ANY POSSIBILITY TO BUY THE HOT ROAD JOISTICK IN SWEDEN

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    Name: JahChronic Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 1999 - (10:38)
    Subject: I want one !!!!
    It's clear, that stick must rule !!! So i want one, wher can i get it ???

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    Name: JahChronic Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 1999 - (10:38)
    Subject:

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    Name: dot Posted: Sunday, December 5, 1999 - (20:45)
    Subject: What is the password of "ddragon3"?
    How(Where) do I to get password ?

    Thanks.

    dot@tomail.com.tw

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    Name: S. Konopa Posted: Monday, November 1, 1999 - (17:11)
    Subject: Dial
    I did get one of those dials from Twisty
    Grip several months ago and found it to
    be a good unit. I do wish the dial was
    about an inch closer towards the center
    to give a little more room to rest my
    hand but after a little tweaking in
    MAME, I was able to play games like
    Tempest and Arkanoid as good as I was
    able to in the arcades (.i.e, I still
    suck at Tempest :)

    Steven K.

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    Name: Popeye2 Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 1999 - (14:15)
    Subject: Re: Dial
    Dear Steve,
    Where did you get the twist stick?

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    Name: JR Posted: Monday, November 1, 1999 - (17:03)
    Subject: Programmability
    For those who already supported the HotRod by purchasing one,
    will there be an upgrade to add programability to their existing model?

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    Name: billybob Posted: Friday, October 15, 1999 - (19:52)
    Subject: RE: FAQ Question 12
    12. (my personal favorite) Can you ad the "O" and the "K" button so I can go right into the MAME games?

    The answer is "no" BUT you can move the lefthand joystick back and forth (left and right) a few times to get past the press "OK". Also, note, you should only see the request for an "OK" until a .cfg file is written for that particular game (i.e. once).

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    Name: nnooiissee Posted: Thursday, October 14, 1999 - (13:16)
    Subject: usb and macintoshes
    will the usb version have support for macintoshes? g3's, g4's and upgraded older macs? how much?

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    Name: Bill Posted: Friday, October 22, 1999 - (3:50)
    Subject: Re: usb and macintoshes
    My understanding is that not only will it be made for the iMac but it will also have a Mac version of the Capcom Coin-Op Classics.

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    Name: Richard Bannister Posted: Saturday, October 16, 1999 - (10:00)
    Subject: Re: usb and macintoshes
    >will the usb version have support for macintoshes? g3's, g4's and upgraded older macs? how much?

    USB version should support any Mac that can run InputSprocket (or MacOS 9.0).

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    Name: paul simms Posted: Thursday, October 14, 1999 - (11:41)
    Subject: t-ball and dial
    will i have to buy an entirely new control
    panel to have a tracball or is there
    going to be an 'add-on' available?
    what about a dial?

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    Name: billybob Posted: Friday, October 15, 1999 - (19:56)
    Subject: Re: t-ball and dial
    When I spoke to Richard at the Classic Arcade Game Convention in Las Vegas this past summer (where I purchased my HotRod), he said the trackball would be available as a separate "add-on" at some time in the future and that a spinner or dial might also become available in the same manner. Both would be separate and would not require you to make any alterations to your existing panel.

    >will i have to buy an entirely new control
    >panel to have a tracball or is there
    >going to be an 'add-on' available?
    >what about a dial?
    >

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