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  2. Biniax 2 for the Lynx: Match symbols to survive in one of three play modes, including comlynx support! Xump for the Lynx: Can you help Holger clear the space fields while avoiding bombs and precarious paths? Songbird is super-excited to announce orders are open for Biniax 2 and Xump for the Atari Lynx! Biniax is a frantic push-your-luck puzzle game, while Xump is a clever navigate-the-maze game with dozens of levels. Both games feature top-notch graphics and music to keep you entertained. First run of each game is limited to 150 copies, so click on the links to reserve your copies today. Everyone who orders before June 30, 2020 will also get a $5 discount for each! First orders will ship by end of June.
  3. Can't we just re-release things like this full-size 1:1 scale with cartridge ports?
  4. Yeah I'm very much on the fence about this. I just don't see how these can be marketed to actually be playable. The screen is barely an inch diagonally in size?! Imagine playing an RPG or anything with text on this. They should have just stuck with arcade ports or games that didn't require caring about the text. Although I have to admit that the red and blue do look really cool. Maybe it will get hacked and there will be space for people to put any 4 games on it they might want? That could be more interesting...
  5. How funny -- their typical consumer is middle aged with decreasing eye sight. So let's make the screen tiny! SMH!
  6. I've been hoping Atari would release a 1/2 scale Lynx. Micro looks too small.
  7. Hmmmm....Sega's Game Gear Micro
  8. It's a fun game, and you're right about that risk/reward factor. It cracks me up how your bird keels over dead by just touching an obstacle even while on the ground. Toughen up, birdie! Sheesh.
  9. "Ripple" does it for me every time. Such an amazing song.
  10. That is a good sign for a good joystick. I have one, too. It works great and doesn't slide very easily. :O)
  11. 27,554 just a little higher. I’ll have one really good run then 3 that are terrible. I love the risk and reward factor of this game, so many tempting things to get on the ground but you run the risk every time. Keep plugging away
  12. Thank you, it’s fun to mix it up from time to time. It’s an interesting joystick for sure, much better for shooters I believe but could be use for just about anything. Thanks for the good vibes on the move, we’re all gonna need it.
  13. FuncoLand. That is bringing back some memories. We had a whole bunch of them in Saint Paul and Minneapolis. It was a great experience. :O)
  14. I started really playing Atari games in 1982. I saw how it started with Telstar in the 1970s (I remember it when I was about four or five; I tried to get one and my mother pried it from my hands because it was too expensive for her at the time), then we got our first Atari 2600 when I was seven years old. We had a lot of fun with that A2600. Then, Christmastime in 1987, we got an A7800. It had PPII and also my parents got Xevious. It was hidden from view and I actually got upset because of that. I thought that I did not get it. Then, I saw it and hugged the machine. Over the years, we had a Genesis, and I played that endlessly. I also got a TG-16 for a while. Then, after me parents gat tired of the games, I "inherited" the Atari collection (quoting the word because my parents are still alive). I got a SMS, Intellivision, and a ColecoVision for a while, but I sold those and went strictly Atari, which is largely unchanged as a collection for the past thirty-eight years. I decided to go that route because it was getting to the point that Atari games were becoming more and more valuable as collector's items. Later, I got a Jaguar and the CD unit. This is the most advanced game system I have had. I love to play my Jaguar as well. It still is a lot of fun. I also have a Lynx and my new A5200, which I have recently acquired. So, what am I getting at here? What I mean is this. How classic gaming has changed over the years is the technology. Gaming has become more advanced over time in playability and appearance. It has also miniaturized. Granted, the technology has advanced in great strides. But, it has improved the gaming experience, and the graphics improve over time in visage as well. The A2600 has very primitive graphics in earlier cases, but over time as technology has improved, the graphics get better with every generation of game systems. So, I guess that is my point. You would think that the newer games, having better graphics and faster CPUs and GPUs, would have better gameplay. But, not always. I think that we are relying too much on emulation to imitate the classic gameplay. Don't get me wrong, as emulation is cool and I think it is cool because it can imitate the games. But, some things are sacrificed due to the software emulation. You cannot get it 100% perfect in emulation ever, unless we really actually do advance in the emulation technology. Speed can suffer. For instance, my iMac has Virtual Jaguar. The speed is OK, but the music is choppy in every game I play. I have a Core i7 processor running at 2.8 GHz, a Radeon HD 4850 GPU with 512 MB of RAM, and 16 GB of RAM (which I could expand to 32 GB of RAM, if I wanted to, and actually I do). This iMac is also primitive in today's standards, being made in 2009. But, the Jag does it spot-on with real hardware at only a mere fraction of the iMac's CPU/GPU speed and with only 2 MB of RAM. And, that RAM amount is skimpy even for the Jag! I believe that, if you are going to use emulation, use it in cohesion with the real hardware. Reverse-engineer the real hardware, try to make it better with the real technology, and use hardware emulation more sparingly with it, if you need to. Like I said, emulation is great. But, I think that, as a technologically advanced society, we are too dependent on emulation, and I think that we are really cheapening ourselves. Emulation is great, but the real experience with real hardware is so much better. I say re-work the real hardware and advance it even more from that. Then, I think that you will get even more stellar results. We can do so much better than now.
  15. It is a great review. I love the presentation of the V61 Grip-Stick Joystick. It really is presented well, BTB. Also, good luck on your move. Let it be a good move, of course. :O)
  16. And finally the third Coleco 10 in 1 Handheld! Sports!
  17. Last week
  18. I just played a quick game. Just a score to get started, particularly since it isn't a fantastic score! LOL
  19. 7800 is packed away, playing on a retro pi 25,059
  20. I love Duluth. Been there many times. I have even been to the Edge Water Park. Fourth-largest city in Minnesota. It used to be the third-largest.
  21. For those of you that want to try it out. Once you have a SHiFT account setup and running, at the menu screen use Find Friends to find me. I'm kamakazi20012 there as well. I believe in fair play. I'd rather someone enjoy the games with me than to be all greedy to where the other person is not having fun. I've also played and beat this game numerous times before on the 360 and XBOX One. I have no desire to horde all of the loot. This is, however, my top-most played modern game to date with well over 5,000 hours invested in it combined. Borderlands 2 is my favorite in the series. They are all good but BL2 is my favorite.
  22. Yes you can. At the menu screen select Network Options. Under that you can choose a LAN connection, Online Public, Invite Only, or Friends Only. I'd suggest Invite Only. And it's suppose to be cross-platform so you can play with friends who play on an XBOX or PlayStation...and maybe even Switch now, too. But, yes, the online abilities for this game have put safety of its players first and foremost. You can also play offline.
  23. I grabbed it, but I'm not sure when I'll have time to try it. When playing multiplayer, can it be limited to just people we know? I've never played this game, but I know multiplayer FPS can be vicious places for casual or new gamers. That's one giant reason I tend to stick with "retro" gaming. It's no fun to be mocked and laughed at by jerks hiding behind the internet, knowing full well they'd get punched right in the face if they dared saying such things in the presence of others.
  24. Well, I've told my story on this several times that can be found in various places. But I will sum up as I might have a slightly different take on the hobby from then vs now. I always had an Atari with my original 4 switch unit in the early 80s and then my 7800 in the late 80s. But in '89 we got our first real computer. A 286 20mhz powerhouse that could do expanded memory and all sorts of advanced features for the time. This is when I discovered computer games like the Sierra adventure games (Still some of my favorite memories), Simulators from MicroProse and the like. After that, I didn't touch console gaming or really even keep up with as it just seemed to all be primitive to me at that point compared to the PC games I could play. Sure I was aware of the Master system, NES (My step brother had one that he would bring over on the weekends), Genesis, SNES, etc. But I didn't personally want consoles at that point and only played a game here and there occasionally at a friends house. Heck the entire 32-bit and 64bit generation I totally skipped. Then in '99 there about I discovered emulation on computers. Initially I was shown Colem, M.A.M.E. and...Gens. It was Gens that actually got me back intro what we now called Retro gaming. I had played Sonic the Hedgehog when it was new at a friends house in the past and remembered liking it but hadn't really experienced all the great games that I missed out on back then. Gens brought that light to me. But...Gens wasn't perfect either. There were sound issues, glitches, stuttering..etc. So I sought out to find an actual Sega Genesis figuring they would be cheap enough. Sure enough I got my now still daily driver model 1 va2 for about $15 shipped off ebay. It was my very first ebay transaction. I then found Turtles:Hyperstone Heist as a loose cart for $8 at a local pawn shop. Grabbed it not really knowing what to expect from that game. I got the Genesis in the mail a few days later and...was blown away playing that game thinking about how close to an arcade experience it was! I then started grabbing Genesis games from all over. At the same time, I contacted my mother to ask about the Atari 7800. I got that back, along with I believe all of my original games both 7800 and 2600 and spent the weekend cleaning the games, the system and just having a blast playing some old favorites I used to play nearly 20 years prior. Well...it exploded from there and I've quite a collection these days although none of it is completed sets or even all CIB as most of my stuff is still mostly loose carts and manuals when I can find them along with systems and backup systems. I naturally discovered the hobby as well during this time in the early 2000s quickly becoming a member of the 2600nexus (Now of course known as AtariAge). I attended my first retro convention in 2002 at CGE in Vegas. Loved being with like minded people with a passion for video games both old (Retro) and new(modern). I then formed my own small convention here in the Oklahoma area and did so annually for the next 13 years. But during those 13 years, the hobby soon became something else. A business... a history and genre all its own. It became a bit more complicated than I thought it would ever be. Now we had new games being developed, but also discoveries of unreleased prototypes. But there was also political crap cropping up over the hobby that made it more... well..I will just say "Interesting". And soon, the Atari crowd had fallen to the side for the new Nintendo crowd of retro gaming and now..the 16-bit crowd. Because of this my small show began to loose its exhibitor base as we all moved, started new families, or perhaps burned out and lost interest all together? Some. swtiched from the old consoles...to retro and classic computers. As if my own history from the late 80s early 90s was coming back full circle or at least that is what I observed. But it just wasn't the same as it was 20 years ago... heck...it changed by 2010 honestly. So what does it mean to me now? Well, I still have a strong passion for these classic games of ours. I don't play them as often as I should as most of my attention is hardware focused. But I still purchase new homebrew releases for these retro systems and play them when I can. My collection is my personal museum of my childhood as I has always wanted it to be when I was a young kid being surround with games. I like that I can look at it...remember a fun time spent with that game, or looking for it during my very active collecting years. But I also really like being able to just pull one of these games out off my shelf, pop it into a waiting retro console and play an hour or two. That's all I really wanted it seems. I just wanted to be able to retreat to my "Library", pull out a good "Book", and experience a favorite "Chapter" or "Story" once again.
  25. Also, if those getting this don't know how to play, or need help with it, I am more than willing to play multiplayer with them to help them out. Hehe...don't worry...I won't be greedy. All loot in the game found will get first picks by those I'm playing with. This is one game that is more fun with more people playing. It's fun solo but a lot MORE fun with other gamers. For those new to the Borderlands 2 game, when you start out, I recommend Aston and his "lady friend" or Salvador because, as he says, "he's awesome." Gaige is not bad but at her best when she's leveled up a bit...it just takes a while to get there. I had issues with Myra but only because she was not my type of character. Then there's Krieg which I have not tried yet. Let's see...the commando, gunzerker, siren, two add ons the mechanic and a bandit...I'm missing one. Oh...and Zero...a weird character I have not tried either. I forget what he is though. If you play long enough you will reach Sanctuary where a Gold loot chest is located. It requires gold keys to open. "Ah HA!", you say," There's the catch. I have to buy those keys." Not true. Since it's release, Borderlands 2 developer team at Gearbox has supported the game by supplying it with what is called SHiFT keys. SHiFT is Gearbox's own, shall we say, service that combines everything you do on all Borderlands games in one place. To get those Gold Keys you will need a SHiFT account usually created automatically when you play the game. Usually. You will need a SHiFT account anyway to locate and play with friends. Then all you have to do is watch Gearbox's Facebook and/or Twitter feeds for new keys to enter. Enter the code and you should get between 5 to 10 gold keys to use. Personally, I use a site called Mental Mars. I really hope some here will take the opportunity to give this game a try while it's free. It's really fun and does have its comical side. Whether you like the game or not the game collection is yours to keep if you claim it before June 4th. So, in the words of Adam the Woo...Join me, shall you?
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