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Posted by Justin on 22 September 2015 - 08:46 PM
On September 22, 2000 I soft-launched this website as Atari7800.com. It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since this all began.
Posted by Justin on 24 March 2017 - 06:25 PM
I thought I'd share some pictures of my Atari 7800 Kiosk that I assembled during the earliest days of this website, in 2001. This is not an original kiosk from Atari as to my knowledge there was never an official Atari 7800 retail kiosk, aside from Atari's display at the 1984 Consumer Electronics Show - so I decided to make my own. Unfortunately this kiosk no longer exists and these are likely the only pictures I have. I may attempt to build another one of these kiosks sometime in the future.
I made this kiosk mostly using the structure of a generic Toys R Us game kiosk from that time, along with some other components and custom parts. The Atari 7800 Kiosk is about 80% complete in these pictures. Custom "Atari 7800 ProSystem" signage, controller mounts, custom wiring and a larger Sony Trinitron TV were added a bit later on. Custom Atari artwork was made for the sides of the kiosk which you would not have been able to see in these pictures. Additional games would hang from the back pegboard panel on either side of the first 7800 box, and a more substantial set of games were displayed on the two shelves below. Atari 7800 systems and accessories were displayed on the bottom shelf, and Atari Lynx systems and games were displayed on the upper shelf. All items displayed were brand new.
I had considered mounting a flat screen monitor against the back panel where you see the first Atari 7800 box hanging, but I opted not to do this. While I wanted the kiosk to be really cool, I also wanted it to look and feel as if it could have plausibly been used in a retail space during the 7800's lifespan. Flatscreens were pretty new in 2001, and that wasn't really the feel I was going for.
These pictures popped up when I found some old images from the earliest days of this website (2000-2002) on an old laptop this week. There's some really cool stuff in there that I can’t wait to share with you over coming weeks. I'll be posting more soon in a new thread giving you a glimpse into life at Atari I/O / Atari7800.com back in the day. Be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram as I'll be posting on there too! Enjoy
Posted by Rowsdower70 on 24 April 2017 - 03:19 PM
As most of you know, the Mrs and I piddle around with selling games and game related crafts for quite some time.
Well, we've decided to take the next step. We're going to the County Clerk this week to register a DBA form for our new business, and we are rebranding from The Nerdery of Southeast Texas to....
The Game Czar
"Where the Games Are"
I am hiring a friend who is a talented graphic artist to give us a logo and banner art to work with, and we've signed on for Retropalooza V in Dallas (the big one).
It's a big step, and I'm nervous and excited.
My experience at Atari.IO over the past couple of years has definitely expanded my desire to make this work in some capacity, so thank you guys.
Good thoughts and prayers are appreciated!
Posted by MaximumRD on 12 May 2016 - 05:58 PM
Mr. Do! for Colecovision. Perhaps not as accurate or arcade perfect compared to other ports but still my personal Favorite version for a reason. So much so when I got the Atarimax cart I sold / traded / gave away the remainder of my original carts however THIS ONE I kept because though only a loose cartridge it is in perfect condition BUT MORE THEN THAT back in the day my mother and I would compete, one of the few videogames she got into but she got good, we both did, to the point where it was not just what the high score was but how many times you rolled it before landing the high score. When I got home from school she always had a new high score for me to beat lol. Mom died a few years ago much to young from lung cancer so I keep it for sentimental reasons as well, RIP mom.
NOT MY VIDEO
Posted by mbergeron on 18 April 2016 - 03:08 AM
A friend of mine was selling some of his Intellivision collection and I just couldn't help myself. I'm now at 77 CIB games.
Picked up this lot for US$350. It's a hell of a lot of cash but check it out, just a couple of the games are worth the price of admission.
Dracula and Lady Bug are sealed! All the games are complete with overlays and manuals and in mint/near mint shape.
Can't wait to play some of these!
Posted by nosweargamer on 24 February 2016 - 03:36 PM
So I just wanted to share two of my pet peeves when classic games get covered on modern sites. For this I am going to reference some Cheat Sheet articles, but I've seen other sites guilty of the same transgressions.
Problem #1: "All Time" gaming lists that ignores anything pre-PS1
Reference: 14 Weirdest Games
I enjoy "All Time" lists that cover the best and worst in gaming, but seriously, can you please be aware of games that occurred before the polygon invasion of the mid 90's? I will give the article a half point of credit for including a Dreamcast game, but are you telling me that there were no weird games before that? How about Fast Food on the 2600 where you played as a floating mouth or Tax Avoiders (self explanatory)? And come on! Do I have to spell it out for you? N I N J A G O L F. Not to mention Panic on the Sega CD, Earthworm Jim on everything and about half of the TG-16 library.
Problem #2: Only using NES games for lists of classic games
Reference: 10 Classic Games Millennials Haven't Played
So lets say you do recognize pre-PS1 games. Can you please include more than one system? The above list was focusing on "essential" classic games millennials should play. So where's Adventure (2600), Pitfall (2600), Food Fight (7800), NiGHTS (Saturn), Super Metroid (SNES), Wonder Boy III (SMS) and Burgertime (Intellivision)? Is Wrecking Crew really that important?
Now, not every journalist is guilty of this and we can all argue about which game belongs on lists, but a little more research would be appreciated.
So what do you think?
Are there any other pet peeves you have about classic gaming coverage?
Posted by RickR on 06 September 2015 - 05:57 PM
A view of my attic, where most of my stuff is kept. This is shelf #1 of 2. Someday, I'd like to be able to keep this stuff out for use, but no room at the present time.
Posted by kamakazi20012 on 22 December 2016 - 09:36 PM
I would like to share a bit of a story with you guys that just happened not even an hour ago.
Long story short, my wife's helper had to bring her two girls with her today because there was no babysitter available. We don't mind and usually have lots of things to do with kids just for this reason. The oldest one, who is 7, asks me if she could play the game I was playing. I had just finished rebuilding the controller and was taking it for a test run. When she asked I handed her the controller. The best test in the world is letting a child use it, right?
What impressed me the most is here is a child, never played an Atari before but has a Wii and plays XBOX, plays Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Man on the 5200 and as soon as the game screen appeared she is going, "Wow!! That looks cool!" She plays for about an hour total and I'm watching her on the screen and how she is using the controller. All is going good, no problems, and she is not having any issues with the controller.
What was said next really shocked me..."I really like this machine." Just as calm and collective as possible. So, for me, that tells me that the 5200 is really not a bad system after all if a child, who has never played one before, says something like that their first time of using it.
I had to share this because I thought it was cool to experience.
Reason for edit: I had originally posted a picture. Since this child is not mine, and for the child's safety, I thought it best to ask her parent's permission to post the picture first on this site. I got permission so the picture has returned.
Posted by eR1c on 16 September 2016 - 05:32 PM
My first post,
I worked on this game back in 1993-4ish. Don't recall the exact date off hand.
I worked as a both a traditional and digital animator on this game. I specifically remember drawing, scanning then coloring the various sprites. We would animate hundreds of frames to get a walk, jump, kick, etc...
The game was scrapped well into the project. The wiki page says it was due to poor quality (I actually resent that a bit), ...as I remember it funding was cancelled on the game due to poor sales of the Jaguar and the fact that the company did not want to continue to put money into this game as there were considerable production costs to get a physical game out. The company I worked for was a small animation studio that was contracted out to do the animated characters. I remember there was another company doing backgrounds and other aspects of the game. I am still in touch w/ about 3 of the other animators on the project (I think there were about 6 of us total). As far as I know everyone is still in the design business in some capacity.
I happen to find this post as I was thinking back on some of the projects I've worked on in my career.
here is my personal design site,
-it doesn't have any of this Atari work shown on it, but I think I reference the studio in my resume. That was a fun time, lots of hard work, but a lot of fun. Our team had a lot of passion for this project, -more so than a lot of bigger more popular releases I've worked on. I think we all loved that it was Atari, and I remember even at the time wanting Atari to make a comeback in a more significant way.
Anyway, I hope you find stuff like this interesting to share.
I do not know if I have any original artwork from the project, -I will have to ask one of the designers I worked w/ if he knows (he still works very close to me here in San Francisco). This was pre CD ROM days, -well CD's may have existed but it wasn't so easy to back up your work and take it with you. Floppy disks wouldn't have been practical. I do remember using large hard drives to back everything up. -And Silicon Graphics (Indigo) machines for the coloring of the animated sprite characters. But in general whatever we did was property of the studio and wasn't easy to take with you. I couldn't exactly walk out with the traditional sketches ...
Was happy to have worked on a project for Atari (was one of the highlights of my career).
Posted by MalakZero on 11 May 2016 - 03:25 AM
Hey everyone, I found about this site from "No Swear Gamer" on Youtube. I'm a big fan of the 7800/2600 and just added a XEGS to my collection. I hope to make some friends as well as trades here
Posted by nosweargamer on 24 February 2016 - 03:58 PM
Dead on with the overused "ET is the worst game ever".
Posted by Retrogamer81081 on 24 February 2016 - 03:56 PM
Posted by RickR on 22 February 2016 - 09:43 PM
I got a Gemini! A few pictures for you:
It came with one Gemeni controller, an Atari-branded power adapter, and a set of "Gemini" labeled paddles.
The controller integrates a joystick and one paddle.
I had never known about these paddles. Very similar to Atari paddles...the only difference seems to be the Gemini branding, and the missing flat part for the sticker.
It's very similar in size to a 2600jr. Just a little taller.
Everything seems to work fine. And the picture quality on this thing is razor sharp -- easily the best of any of my other 2600's. The controller works very nicely, although the joystick is a little "squishy" for my taste. It doesn't really work well with the Harmony cart...Harmony wants me to use the paddle to select a game, but in paddle mode, the button doesn't seem to work.
This thing is awesome, and I'm so excited to have it.
Posted by Mrs Rowsdower on 08 January 2016 - 12:06 AM
My latest project that I wanted to show off
Posted by MaximumRD on 07 December 2015 - 05:41 PM
Pretty much bang on with what is said HERE -
Please try to remember this when posting or replying / commenting
Little squabbles about "what is better / best" or forcing a "your wrong, I am right!" attitude goes against the vibe we try to nurture here. Leave that for "other" forums.
HAVE A GREAT DAY.
Posted by MaximumRD on 28 October 2016 - 03:39 AM
Posting a little late but I consider this as being my personal greatest "adventure" I was encouraged by Justin to share so though I had not initially thought to do so outside my Facebook timeline I know I am at home here among you all and so I share because I think it is an achievement and despite whatever faults I have I am very proud that tonight we celebrated 15 years together and 13 years of marriage. We went to a great local dining establishment here in town called THE FIXX CAFE. It was delicious and everything went great. Here we are and here is what we had. I had the Pasta Special and a Guinness and Melissa had a Martini and Halibut Special.
Where we celebrated
Posted by nosweargamer on 22 August 2016 - 10:56 PM
Not really a fan of the game, but I got it for two reasons:
1) It was under $10 shipped
2) It's made by Atari!
I already bought some more marquees and they should be at my house by the end of the week.
Thought they'd make a cool wall decoration.
Posted by Ballblaɀer on 10 March 2016 - 10:16 PM
...I figure I'll start things off with a bang. Behold!
I love, love, love my 2800. Everything about it! Don't get me wrong, I love a woodgrain sixer like anyone else, but there's just something about this thing that grabs me by the shoulders and demands my attention:
It's got a great overall look, but there's also the little things, like the Atari plates on the controllers:
Got a 4-player game? Got you covered:
Sure, I can't play Space Shuttle on it very easily:
And I do wonder why my controllers weren't manufactured at the same time the console was made:
I mean, is it a Sears Video Arcade II with different plates? Well, yeah. But regardless -- this is beautiful technology to me, and it's easy for me to see why they modeled the 7800 on this design.
More to come!
Posted by Ballblaɀer on 10 March 2016 - 12:08 PM
I'm 35, and I've been into Atari gaming since one fateful Christmas in the mid-80s when Santa left a 4-port 5200 under the Christmas tree. These days I'm largely a PC gamer, but I've never been as enamored with other consoles as I've been with the 5200 and 2600. My grandparents had a 2600 at their place, only a few minutes' walk away from home, so my younger brother and I were able to enjoy the best of both worlds. I was also lucky enough to be taken to arcades by my parents at a very young age -- this is how I fell in love with Tempest and the general aesthetic of vector gaming; it's no coincidence that I'm recently a proud new Vectrex owner.
These days I live with my wife in MD, relatively close to DC -- a retro gaming wasteland, it sometimes feels like. Finding anything interesting in the wild usually feels like it takes a miracle, but it does occasionally happen.
Owning the 5200 and inheriting the 2600 from back in the day meant that I had a small head start on building collections, but I've really ramped up my efforts in the last year or so. As of now I'm 3 games away from a complete 5200 collection, and I'm making some serious headway on a 2600 Atari (all label styles), Activision (standard labels), and Sears (picture labels) collection. I told myself I wouldn't concern myself with other third-party games, but... you probably know how that kind of thing often ends up.
I'm especially fascinated by the game artwork (and I really look forward to the upcoming book about it), so collecting the picture label variation 2600 games has lately been my top priority. Look for me to post a trade list and a wanted list in the near future!
Anyway, nice to be here, and nice to see some familiar folks I've already traded with and/or bought from over at AA.
Posted by The Professor on 07 February 2016 - 05:11 PM