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#6550 On the 15th Anniversary of this website

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. 

The site was rich in content with lots of pictures and in-depth articles that told Atari’s history. A web store sold brand new Atari games and systems. We offered repair service where Atari no longer provided support and accepted PayPal when most vendors did not. Our Refurbished Atari systems were second to none, remanufactured with the highest-quality parts, new joysticks and bulletproof 3-year warranties. The 5200 and 7800 systems even received factory-replacement metal nameplates. 
That first year we were very busy with the new site. Blogs weren't really a thing yet (unless you counted GeoCities, TheGlobe.com, and AOL Hometown sites as blogs) though I was regularly posting what amounted to blog articles about Atari. One popular post was called "Raiders of the Lost Carts", which was probably the first of the sardonic Photoshopped Atari cart label collections. Another favorite article from November, 2000 gave a tour of Toys R Us store 7046 in Sugar Land, TX and looked at the influence Atari-era video games still had on what could be found in the store.
At the time, the Internet still felt like a new thing and most Atari-related websites were sparse with minimal graphics and basic facts. Some sites were pretty cool and had lots of detailed product specs and names of engineers who had once worked on this project or that. But there wasn't much to evoke the good-natured spirit of fun and simplicity that embodied how most people remember playing Atari games, or anything very exciting to spark a nostalgic fire in their belly to bring them back to the World of Atari. In the summer of 2000 I set out to change all that. At every level I tried to raise the standard of what was being done. Whether I succeeded or not is up to you.
The site during soft launch, Fall 2000
In early 2014 I began rebuilding the website from scratch. I wanted a modern responsive site to showcase Atari products in a way that was on par with Apple or Google. I wanted to create a blog where I could publish articles that were deep and interesting, that told a story and made you think. I wanted to build a new community that was new and different from anything that had become before. I wanted to create a place that would be really special.
Most of my arcade friends are really into other game systems. When they talk about what they love - Dreamcast, Game Cube, even Pokémon - it's always about their love for these games and how much fun they have playing them. Yet it’s nearly impossible to talk about our love of Atari without first hearing “what sucked about Atari" or "ET is the worst video game ever made", or having to preface sharing your love for the 5200 or Jaguar with "I know the controllers sucked, but..."
We don't need to apologize for what we enjoy. We should be free to share our love for classic gaming and nostalgia with other friendly like-minded nostalgia gamers without ridicule or scorn. One of the foremost objectives of this site has been to create a new kind of community where we can really get to know each other away from all of the arguments, drama and scams. Atari was always meant to be fun. We've tried to create a space not just to talk about classic gaming, but to share personal stories of nostalgia and take part in activities and events that were meant to be fun and foster new friendships in the community. I think it's helped us attract a member base that is just insanely awesome.
Earlier in the Summer we celebrated the first anniversary of the new website and Atari I/O Forums. In such a short amount of time our little website has matured into a thriving community of new friends sharing old memories and a lifetime of nostalgia. 
I think today would be a good opportunity to recognize all of the people who have made this such a special place to spend our time. There's a lot of care that goes into the site.
Mrs. Rowsdower
Video 61
Dan Iacovelli
Atari Adventure Square
Clint Thompson
Atari Today
Atari Creep
an ox
Arcade Dude 44
Weird Paul
The Professor
DeLorean Silhouette
Doctor Octagon
The Scientist
Fard Muhammad
Museum Matt
Atari Joe
Gene N. Landrum, Ph.D.
Regan Cheng
Lance Ringquist 
Emily Grace Detering
Charles "Chuckernaut” Goddeeris
Scott Dawson Mills
Jenny Levasseur
Tevan Whiting
Jeff Minter
Daniel McMillan
Lost Ark Video Games
Vic Sage
The Retroist
Karl Morris
Julie Wade
David Newman
George Reese
Geraldene, and everybody else back at Atari Borregas who was always so helpful and so inspirational for so many years. It meant a lot to me then and it means so much more to me now. Thank you guys so much for making those rainy days after school so much fun.

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#19577 Mr. Do! Meant something to me......

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. :)



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#18664 Huge purchase today!

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!

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#16295 Two Problems With Modern Coverage Of Classic Games

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?

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#6010 A view of the RickR sanctum

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. 



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#27588 Unexpected Surprise

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. 

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#24162 Tiny Toons Game - I worked on it!

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).

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#19487 Hello from Malak

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 :) 

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#16300 Two Problems With Modern Coverage Of Classic Games

Posted by nosweargamer on 24 February 2016 - 03:58 PM

Dead on with the overused "ET is the worst game ever".


:et_elliott:  :et:

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#16298 Two Problems With Modern Coverage Of Classic Games

Posted by Retrogamer81081 on 24 February 2016 - 03:56 PM

I can't stand it when E.T. is mentioned as the 'Worst Video Game of All Time'. E.T. is not a horrible game at all and not even the worst on the 2600. Reviewers are just pinning it as the so called game that caused the video game crash and I don't think they even picked up the controller to play it, let alone even for one minute. Minus the wells, E.T. is a decent game it's a lot like Adventure and a primitive example of The Legend of Zelda. Not to mention Howard Scott Warshaw had just a little over a month to make the game and under heavy pressure to put out the game at Christmas time to follow up the biggest movie of 1982.

I can name many games on the 2600 that are worse! Ssssssnake, Firefly, 3D Tic Tac Toe, Bugs, and Katate to name some. I still consider Superman 64 to be the worst video game that I have ever played. I think reviewers need to do their homework and not just judge something from word of mouth.
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#16177 Coleco Gemini

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.

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The controller integrates a joystick and one paddle.

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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.

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It's very similar in size to a 2600jr.  Just a little taller.

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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. 





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#13862 Any Zelda fans?

Posted by Mrs Rowsdower on 08 January 2016 - 12:06 AM

My latest project that I wanted to show off :)



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#11804 Our Philosophy for Building This Community

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. 







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#27594 Greetings from Cousin Mike in Wilmington, NC

Posted by Cousin Mike on 23 December 2016 - 01:14 AM

Hello everybody,


I'm new in the forums and wanted to introduce myself to everybody here! My name is Mike, I'm 41 years old and I live in Wilmington, North Carolina. I'm originally from Red Bank, New Jersey and have lived a lot of places like Florida, South Carolina, New Mexico, Texas and New York City. A lot of people like to call me Cousin Mike, or "Space Invader." I've been visiting this site and reading the forums for a while now but just recently signed up. When I come to the forums I enjoy watching YouTube videos from BTBfilms76, nosweargsmer and others.


I'm a hard core video game player and I love video games of ALL kinds. I'm really into emulating retro games. I had a modded Sony PSP with emulators, and now I play retro games on my smart phone modded with emulators that play classic systems. On the first of January I'm getting a new Emerson Android tablet to play retro games with emulation.


I also play a lot of modern gaming, especially Xbox 360. Some of my favorite Xbox games are Forza Horizon, Dirt 3, and Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit. If you'd like to play with me, my Xbox Live handle is "space invadar". I love getting on Xbox at night and playing with my friends. Their names on there are "JMK" and "FormerWeaponX".


Lately I love to play retro video games. They don't have all the violence and download time, and emulation is free. My first video game system was the Atari 2600 Jr. My dad brought it home for me one day, along with Space Invaders, Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man, Enduro, and the original Pitfall. I got other video game systems later on, and now I like to collect and play Atari 2600, Atari 7800, NES, SNES, N64, Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, and Game Boy Advanced. Those are my key game systems, and on average I have over 200 games per system.


One cool thing you may not know about me is that Justin is my good friend, and I was there to see the site being built. I've always been really into video games, and about 5 years ago I started hanging out a lot at Lost Ark Video Games. They have arcade games, pinball, used games and T shirts. One day I walked over to watch this big guy trying to set the world record on Out Run. It turned out it was Justin, and we got to talking about video games and became friends. Then it seemed like every time I'd go to the Lost Ark I'd see Justin playing arcade games or pinball. 


The more I hung out at the Lost Ark the better friends I got to be with Justin. I gotta say he became like a brother to me when I needed one most. When I was down on my luck he helped me with getting a new job and when I was in a car accident he drove me to and from my new job to make sure I didn't lose it. He became like a brother to me and is the big reason I joined the forums. He's been saying for a long time what a great bunch of people there are here and that I should come hang out and make friends. Today I decided I was ready to come find out for myself.


Sometimes Justin and I would hang out on Saturdays whenever he was in town. We'd go get sub sandwiches or meet up at the arcade and he'd order pizza like Spicoli for us to eat while we'd hang out playing games. I remember sometimes at the arcade he'd ask me to help him pick out games for prizes and he showed me a big set of buttons for people in the website.


Sometimes on Saturdays I'd go over to Justin's house and we'd play games for Atari 2600, Atari 7800, Lynx, Jaguar, Turbo Duo, Nintendo NES and Super Famicom. Some of my favorite Atari 7800 games Justin and I would play are Pole Position II, Dig Dug, Centipede, Xevious, and Food Fight. Some of my favorite NES games we'd play are Super Mario Bros., Zelda, and The Adventures of LOLO. My all-time favorite video games are the Ninja Gaiden series on the NES.


I also was there on the "maiden voyage" to see the site being made. I remember when it was just bare bones. One day I was at the arcade and Justin was telling me about this Atari video game website he wanted to make. He said he was designing it to be really nice and was really excited about it. He got me excited about it too. Every time I'd go over to his house I got to see the different stages of the website being born. The first time I saw it it was mostly a blank white page. It had the black bar at the top with the title and a little blurb of text. I remember the 4th time I saw it was the day he got all the fonts to work. That was a big day. I remember he showed me the page about Atari Jaguar and it had all the fonts nice and big with changing pictures at the top, and it really looked great. The site came alive for me that day and I could really see what he was making. I thought it was really cool. And just when I thought he was all finished he said there's another month to go to build the forums. When it finally launched I thought it looked beautiful, it's really nice and as good as it could possibly look.


Now, after 2 years, I'm finally ready to be a part of this wonderful community! I didn't join right away because I wasn't that good at typing, but I've gotten a lot better. Now I'm also starting to make YouTube videos which I can share here too. I'm excited to finally come home to a great community of wonderful people that loves playing video games as much as I do. I'd like to consider ALL of you my friends, and if you're ever in the area or on Xbox live I'd love to meet up with you for some good gaming! Here's to all the good times ahead!







a.k.a. Space Invader

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#25546 Celebrated 15 years Anniversary wife my wife tonight!

Posted by MaximumRD on 28 October 2016 - 03:39 AM

Posting a little late but I consider this as being my personal greatest "adventure"  :)  :spot: 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 :martini: and Halibut Special.








Where we celebrated







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#23248 Just Got My First Arcade Marquee...

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.

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#17156 Ballblaɀer's collection: 2600, 5200, Vectrex, and...

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!

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#17122 Hello from Maryland

Posted by Ballblaɀer on 10 March 2016 - 12:08 PM

Greetings, all.


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. :D


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.

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#16162 My video game room!

Posted by Weird_Paul on 22 February 2016 - 05:29 PM

Hey everyone! I made a video of tours of a couple of rooms full of my collections.
The retro video game room tour part starts at 7:10 -

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#15322 "The MaximumRD Cuban Smack-Down"

Posted by The Professor on 07 February 2016 - 05:11 PM

No. "Hi guys" is an Introduce Yourself topic, not a Jaguar topic.

If you're banned at AtariAge it would most likely be for a good reason. We are not the Island of Misfit Toys for people banned at other forums. This is a special community with some very nice people and a friendly feel. I would recommend checking out the House Rules before diving in the deep end: http://forums.atari..../5-house-rules/

If you're sincere about being here you'll be able to engage other members through conversation in various threads, they'll get to know you and see you're here. Play well with others and you'll do just fine here. Welcome to the forums :)
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