Global Control Program (ARC)

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Global Control Program
Platform: Arcade
Year: 198?
Developer: Arcadia Systems Inc.

Global Control Program (GCP) is built into the Arcadia coin-op cabinets, themselves based on the Amiga 500 at NTSC.

As an arcade operator, you first put up the cabinet and plug up to 10 game cards in. Once the cabinet is turned on and GCP finishes booting, you can press the Config button and change various settings, including a difficulty per game and one time limit for all games. Each game interprets those settings its own way; in fact, the time limit is only used in tournament games.

Now, your guests can come and insert coins. Depending on how many games the hardware supports, you see a different line of GCP:

  1. TenPlay Control Program loops between showing all intact games in a 2×5 grid, then the attract mode of one of them, then a short video. After buying credits, you can select a game from the grid.
  2. OnePlay Control Program loops through the only game's attract mode. After detecting credits, it returns to OnePlay's one- or two-player menu.

Most games show instructions when they start, and when you press the one- or two-player button in-game.

The name Global Control Program is found on the Super Select System flyer. The GCP acronym is found twice every software version and as a label on some ROM chips. Emulators go with "Arcadia System BIOS" or "Arcadia Multi Select System", but the VGMPF does not know their sources.


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First half of booting.

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TenPlay 2.20. Buy a credit, or else I'll show the Golf attract mode!

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...and then, one of two videos!

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TenPlay 3.10. Buy a credit, or else...!

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Ah. Now how many players want to play what?

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Pressed Config button.


GCP comes with four songs and two sound effects. Since the songs are very short and always play in order, the VGMPF is considering it easier to record them as one.

The first sound effect is for when a single coin is inserted, the second for when the credits go up. GCP provides the sound-effect data for the games as well, although a few use their own audio for the same purposes.

Credits go unfortunately only to the publishers and the programmer, named "Lee M. Robertson" in software and "Lee M. Peterson" in Electrochoice MGX manual. The music driver is found in five games developed by Sculptured Software, though it is still unconfirmed whether Sculptured was affiliated with Robertson, GCP, or the driver.


Two loops plus 10 seconds were recorded in WinUAE 5.0.0 with NTSC on, Audio filter at Emulated (A500), and Stereo separation at 100%:

  1. after the boot screen faded out.
  2. after Space Ranger (ARC) turned the LED filter on.
# Title Composer Length Listen Download
101 Theme Unknown 1:34
# Title Composer Length Listen Download
201 Theme Unknown 1:34


(No source. Program lacks audio credits.)

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Source verification is needed.


Game Rip






The rip should be used in a player that supports NTSC.

Audio Devices

This program uses the cabinet's built-in Paula chip. GCP does not turn the LED filter off, but Space Ranger (ARC) does.

As an arcade operator, you can lower the volume of all games and mute all attract modes. However, those settings are partially neglected by World Darts (ARC), Pharaohs Match (ARC), and Spot (ARC).


Six versions are known:

  • TenPlay (no version number; dated 1988) is branded with the Super Select System.
  • OnePlay 2.11 (1988)
  • OnePlay 2.20 (1988) introduced bank checksums. Game versions providing them were not built before 1988.
  • OnePlay 3.00 (1989) changed the font and Arcadia logo.
  • TenPlay 3.10 (1989) switched to the Electro Choice brand and fixed a bug in centering the title of Delta Command (ARC). Arcade operators can also highlight one game (not built before 1989) as new.
  • TenPlay 4.00 added printing statistics, with 1990-01-01 as the default date. On PAL emulation, it crashes while booting, even though the Electro Choice brand is from a PAL country.

The actual audio never changed (except for the addresses).

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