Atari 5200 Console Overview (1982)
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Posted 05 February 2016 - 07:10 PM
As my brother in law says about the Dallas Cowboys...there's going to be haters. And it looks like the 5200 is in that same boat. For what it is, though, I will still defend this console in every way...controller issues and all. It's not as bad as some say it is. I've been playing one since 1982 so that ought to account for something. Yes, the controllers can break easily. What game system doesn't have controller issues, though? Granted not on the same scale as the 5200 but they still have issues. The system has aged so there are going to be issues and if you are late to the game then be prepared to go through issues others have already faced before.
You also can't expect to treat the 5200 like a 2600. It's not going to work and will cause more frustration than anything. Each game has to be learned individually. I'm not talking about how to play the game by its rules, but by the 5200's rules. Those analog controls if not given the time to learn them throws an unexpected curve ball. And, as I have said numerous times before, the 5200 has to be used regularly or it will fail again. It was not a system meant to be sitting on a shelf month after month, year after year, without using it.
Learn the system first, then learn the controllers, and then learn the games and you will find that the 5200 is actually a rather enjoyable system. If you have non-working controllers get them rebuilt. Trust me on that...it makes a difference.
Posted 06 February 2016 - 08:49 AM
Posted 07 February 2016 - 02:31 AM
I use to have a trak-ball controller decades ago. It got lost in a move. I tried playing Pole Position with it once and that was interesting. If I find one again I'll have to try it with Tempest. I have the game and like the controls with the original joysticks so far. I just don't like the quality of the cartridge itself. It's horrible and doesn't seat in the console well. I've had mine pop out a few times during game play. The game itself is perfect!
Posted 07 February 2016 - 05:52 AM
2600 - 7800 - 800XL - 130XE - Lynx - Jaguar
Posted 07 February 2016 - 06:04 AM
Posted 30 May 2016 - 08:12 AM
@River:It appears even the home conversions of Tempest we did see, on home micro's was by accident rather than design.
The coder of the Amstrad CPC version had written it as a demo whilst looking for work, Electric Dreams saw it, decided to market it and asked David to convert it to the ZX Spectrum, but even then, they didn't ask for a C64 conversion, so sadly demand for the game seemed very low.
Update:I forgot, Superior Software release a conversion for the BBC Home Micro.
So, it is ironic that 3rd parties were busy doing home conversions, yet Atari didn't seem interested in converting it.
Edited by Lost Dragon, 04 June 2016 - 02:18 PM.
Posted 05 February 2017 - 01:35 PM
The 5200 is a great console on its own right. I didn't get one until about 10 years ago but I have to say that have really enjoyed playing its games. In fact, it is impressive as the game library for the system is rather excellent. The majority of the games are very good to excellent. I know some people will hate on the system because of the controllers and the lack of self-centering but there are alternatives. I use with Wico controller to address that issue for games like Pac-Man that require more precise control. Overall, though, this is a fun system with a great library of games.
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