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  1. 8 points
    Atari 5200 Guy

    Going Through A Life Change

    Hey guys. Just a bit of a heads up and also a bit of me trying to release a bit of stress. I made a huge decision today that I never wanted to happen but felt like I had no choice. I left my wife. Whether it was right or wrong i am not sure so I am still battling with myself but I simply couldn't deal with the verbal abuse, constantly being yelled at, and once her brother and two boys arrived in my area I got nothing but constant threats of being beat and not being able to do anything about it. I felt I was being mentally and emotionally beat down and no way to escape. I also felt I was being controlled because there was not a whole lot I was allowed to do, to be me. Today I made my escape. I grabbed what I could quietly and snuck out the door while she took a nap. I didn't look back. Scared? That would be an understatement. But I have a friend here I escaped to who also knew my wife and has told me they didn't know how I lasted 11 years. I'm not so sure myself and I don't understand how treating someone who is doing everything in their power to keep a love family member well. I know I did wrong sometimes as well but not the point of being treated poorly. I've had meltdowns for most of the day and I feel I will have more later. But tomorrow is a new day and hopefully things will start to feel better. The things my friends have said to me that it wasn't me and that I was a good man to do everything I did because not a lot of people would have everything I did for her. That did kind of eased my mind but I also know that I have a long road ahead of me. But I will survive, always have. I still have my car, I managed to grab my Lynx and its games, XEGS, 2600 Junior, Jaguar, STe, Solar Star, the motherboard RickR gifted me with its two hard drives, couple of clothes, important papers in two reusable shopping bags and headed out the door. But I couldn't grab anything else. I left behind a lot of stuff but I know I'm in a better place working on a better life. It's going to take me a while to be myself again but I got this. I know I do and I know my family in heaven is watching over me, guiding me. I know I've got my friends here as well to help make the days get easier. On a funny note...I was cleaning out my trunk today after I got to my friend's house and had my bag of stuff to bring indoors sitting beside me one side and another bag full of trash on the other side of me. As a precaution I put my car keys in the bag to bring in. While putting things back in my trunk I mixed the bags up. Yep, my key are in my trunk now. So, tomorrow I have to dismantle my back seat to try to get my keys out the trunk. Yea...I'm doing good.
  2. 8 points
    Some improvement...
  3. 8 points
    Congratulations Sabertooth! Congratulations to @Sabertooth for becoming our Wrecking Crew Champion! I hope everyone here had a great time discovering Wrecking Crew on NES and how to win at this game. I've been curious about Wrecking Crew for years, but never understood the game until now. It just felt like a smash-em-up game of destruction. No jump, no Princess, no Donkey Kong, why are we even here? Turns out it's an amazing puzzle-platformer with some charm. I played halfway through this challenge before I even figured out how the doors worked! I'm glad this game turned out to be a hit. We had another huge turnout for this Challenge, you guys have been showing up lately and it's been a lot of fun to play with all of you here! @Sabertooth is our champion this challenge, taking the top spot on the scoreboard at 1st Place with 167,300 points. @RickR brought his A-Game and wasn't far behind to claim 2nd Place on the scoreboard with 152,300 Points. @btbfilms76 took a deep dive into Wrecking Crew scoring an impressive 141,600 points to take 3rd Place. @Dinobot711 @RadioPoultry @HDN @nosweargamer @Justin @James Campbell Jr. @MaliciousCarp @Atari Creep @TrekMD @Atari 5200 Guy @LinkYoungPS and @Gianna round out the board all with their best scores! Congratulations to @Sabertooth for his big win, and as always I'd like to encourage Sabertooth to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on! Also, to keep a running list of who's entered into BTB's Atari 7800 Paddle Controllers Giveaway Contest, so far the following Members have asked to be entered and are permanently enrolled through the rest of the contest: @RickR @Sabertooth @nosweargamer @TrekMD @socrates63. If you don't see your name listed and would like to enter to win the pair of 7800 Paddle Controllers, be sure to say "Hey BTB, enter me to win!" when posting your next high score! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be for the Atari 2600! Be there!
  4. 7 points
    4995 - First score so far. Playing on a 2600 with a genesis controller. First time playing Demon Attack on the 2600. Picked up a copy at a local game store today after seeing the next challenge. Always wanted to check it out since I really like the Intellivision version.
  5. 7 points
    6,365 for a start. I love Demon Attack but I've never been great at it. Imagic were the second group of Atari wizkids to go it alone after the exodus of the Activision crew. As a development house, they are just behind Activision and GCC in terms of quality output. Plus those boxes!!!
  6. 7 points
  7. 7 points
    Atari 5200 Guy

    Going Through A Life Change

    Well, I made it through a new day. Nerves still shot. Hopefully that will get better in time. Then again I am getting to be an old man so. Thank you all for the kind words a positive attitude. It helps more than you guys know.
  8. 7 points
    Dinobot711

    Squad Challenge - Wrecking Crew (NES)

    First time joining one of these challenges! 121100 is my best score so far. Playing on an nes with standard controller
  9. 6 points
    31,735 and a shot of my difficulty switch. Actually, it was so dark in the cabinet, I'm surprised I was able to get a nice shot of that.
  10. 6 points
    My best from my live stream this evening 😛 Not a very good score but its all about the fun for me anyway 😛
  11. 6 points
    6640 live on IG. Video should be up tomorrow on YouTube. Used a turbo touch 360 controller and a 2600 vader.
  12. 6 points
    @ataricreep on Instagram Tonight at 9pm EST
  13. 6 points
    5150 Only posting this score because of the coolness of the number and its relevance to current events. RIP EVH Tip, avoid emulation with this one. For some reason my left/right movement kept locking up. Usually when another object was close to your gun thing.
  14. 6 points
    Here is my first entry. I somehow jammed the cart into my 7800... it may be walking funny for a while after this. I really need to dig out one of my 2600s when I want to play Imagic games. Anyways 14,245
  15. 6 points
    6120. First Attempt. I might try live streaming another attempt later tonight.
  16. 6 points
    Make sure to do difficulty "A". The game is pretty wild!
  17. 6 points
    Made it to Phase 10, still working on my score! My hard drive crashed and I had to take my computer in for a new solid state hard drive and extra ram, so I haven’t been as active in the forums this week, I’ll be more active this week. High Score: 92,200
  18. 6 points
    TrekMD

    Squad Challenge - Wrecking Crew (NES)

    OK, here is my first score. This is a fun game! I made it to Level 7.
  19. 6 points
    This is a game I am not too familiar with, my fav kind of HSSC! I should have more time to get in on this one for sure. 🙂
  20. 5 points
    Demon Attack Atari 2600 Controller: JOYSTICK / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE Difficulty Level: Game 1, Difficulty A Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! ✔ Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST October 31, 2020 Objective Play for the highest possible score using the difficulty settings defined in the challenge. Post a photo or YouTube video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between October 15th through October 31st, 2020. Screen captures are not allowed as they are more easily manipulated for falsified scores. Multiple submissions are permitted. The player with the highest score at the end of the competition is the victor! Eligibility Anyone can join in. All players are welcome! Play Rules Games may be played on real hardware, Flashback / Mini console, or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following all rules and game settings defined in the challenge. Choosing between real hardware or emulation, and choosing which controller to play on is part of formulating your strategy. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed. Difficulty Level Game 1, Difficulty A. Game 1 is the Default Demon Attack game that pits you against progressively more difficult waves of alien adversaries. The higher the game number, the greater the challenge! Difficulty A provides for a more advanced level of Aggressive Action. Fair Play Your integrity is everything. Players should play fairly, be honest, and have fun! Falsified scores will result in your immediate removal from the site. It goes without saying that we will not allow cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, rewinds, deceitful photo manipulation, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage. Everybody hates a cheater. More To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: Message Welcome to our 90th Squad Challenge! Demon Attack is here just in time for Halloween! Can you fight off these space invading alien foes? Demon Attack is one of the most loved 3rd Party games on the Atari 2600, and is an absolute must-have for any Imagic collection. We just wrapped up two puzzle games in a row with Chip's Challenge on Atari Lynx and Wrecking Crew on NES, now it's time to get back to basics with a classic space shooter on the Atari 2600. Fire up those VCS consoles and get your joysticks out, it's time for Demon Attack! PDF Instructions are provided below. And a special WELCOME to all our new Members playing in this Squad Challenge! Good luck to everybody participating! NOTE: Another great Squad Challenge is right around the corner! Demon Attack.bin Demon Attack.pdf
  21. 5 points
    StormSurge

    StormSurge’s Extra Life 2020

    I’m back!!! Last year, Atari.IO was an integral part of helping me raise nearly $1,600 for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. This year, I’ll be raising money for the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, MD. You can read more as to why I chose that hospital on my fundraising page. If you recall, I offered some interesting prizes to help encourage donations & it worked! (Last years thread: 2019 Extra Life) While I can’t promise anything as interesting as last year’s offerings, I will do my best to come up with some cool stuff. I’ll add to this thread as I acquire items. The process will work the same. Every $5 donated will equal one entry into the giveaway. The more entries you have, the better chance you have of winning. I’ll throw all of the entries into a random draw (which I will stream live & record) and select a draft order. Whoever has the first pick can choose whatever they’d like from the list. Second on the list can choose from the remaining prizes and so on until everything is gone. The giveaway & prizes will be limited to members of Atari.IO & the 2600 Game by Game Discord channel only, not to all of my donors (assuming that’s okay with both @Justin& @fergojisan ) PLEASE let me know either on this thread or via PM if you donated so I can include you. I will make sure that there is a prize for everyone who participates. I’m splitting up my 24 hours over two days (at least) this year (way too busy with work) & I will once again attempt to stream the proceedings. Game Days will be November 6 & 7 but I will classify as the dates approach. Here’s the link to my fundraising page: StormSurge Extra Life 2020 ----------- What is Extra Life?? It's a 24 hour gaming marathon to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised over $70 million for sick & injured kids. All donations are tax-deductible.
  22. 5 points
    socrates63

    NSG's October 2020 Giveaway!

    The blocky players always reminded me of cartoon illustrations of football players from way back like the 60s, but I see where you're coming from, Rick -- very close resemblance 🤣
  23. 5 points
    socrates63

    NSG's October 2020 Giveaway!

    I'm surprised that I never associated playing certain games with the time of the year 🤔 With this giveaway, I am going to fix that. I'm going with American football 🏈 and will play the original Football for the 2600 in all its 4 on 4 smash mouth glory. It'll be a new tradition. I haven't played it since the early 80s. I also picked up Backyard Football from GoodDealGames recently, and this gives a very good reason to play it.
  24. 5 points
    41,155 Woot! Broke 40k rather unexpectedly, jumping past the previous high mark of 27k from earlier today. Once you survive the two "donut" waves as Rick called them, reaching 20k isn't too tough.
  25. 5 points
    Gianna

    Have a good week everyone ^_^

    Have a good week everyone ^_^
  26. 5 points
    Hahaha! Jack Skellington pajama pants! And thanks!
  27. 5 points
    16715 - score update Been getting around 7000-8000 most of the time, but randomly did a lot better this round
  28. 5 points
    Well, it took a lot more work than anticipated to get it working, my Mic was muted for the first 3 minutes on accident and I didn't better my score, but I did do a live stream last night and mentioned the site a bunch.
  29. 5 points
    Atari 5200 Guy

    Going Through A Life Change

    Another update. I went back to get some of my stuff, yet again, and I did get the Atari stuff. That was most important to me. Those are things which mostly didn't come from her...those items came from others including Atari I/O friends. But while I was there both of us had a good long heart to heart. The bible says everyone deserves a second chance and I completely agree. I've had time to think things through and figure out what I want. I need to be able to work where money or lack of it isn't a problem. I gave up working to take care of her full time. Unfortunately it took its toll on me physically and mentally. For eleven years we were very rarely apart from one another and I honestly believe, as much as it breaks my heart to say this, I grew tired of even looking at her or hearing her. And when the yelling and physical threats started I just shutdown. There's an old saying that I believe applies here: absence makes the heart grow fonder. That was something that was honestly never done. And, yes, I did shut her out of my world that she has said she wanted to be a part of and tried to be a part of. The problem there is my world, my hobbies, were no longer my interests...they became my escape, my way of trying to get a break from everything. Her, her ways, her yelling, and when her brother go here, from everyone. Video games no longer became my escape because I had intruders. Two or three of them. My video game world, even though I tried to include them, was no longer safe to me. And it should have never felt that way but it did. The one world I never brought in was my music world. Not listening to music....playing music. My dads side of the family has a long history in music. Not famous for the most part but was still a part of the music industry. My great uncle Red Gale was the only one who made something of himself in the music business. He was a guitar player for Porter Wagner. The rest, my grandmother, great aunts and uncles, were friends to some classic well-known country musicians. My grandmother made her money waiting tables and got an Arkansas award as the best waitress in the state. Ive seen the award. She served Elvis! The woman served Elvis on a few times he was traveling through my hometown on tours. He would always request her if he stopped by to eat. Those are stories I was told by my family and hold dear. But it was stories and a family heritage I felt I had to protect. I'm very proud of that heritage and I never should have shut her out of it. Sadly those aunts, uncles, and my grandmother are all gone now. I miss them dearly. But that heritage is why I love music so much and I should have included her in it. I miss playing keyboards and bass. But instead I kept her from it. As for my wife and I....well...its complicated at the moment....for me at least. I still need time to heal. I still love her, there's no doubt about that, but I need time for me at the moment, to get me back together and to take care of what has been neglected for too long. We had a good long talk last night and all the cards were put on the table. For US to work I feel we should start over completely. Not get a divorce but we really need to start over and definitely make some serious changes. Things are going to have to change or we will not make it as a couple. The eleven years we were together are still there but are dead to me for the most part and I don't want that to be carried over to where old problems will rear their ugly heads. The past needs to stay in the past. We need a new solid foundation to stand on built on trust and love for this to work...and then let it grow from there with a new understanding of one another. We are different now but he love is still there. I've seen it. I can tell she's a better person now than when I got here and met her. But I also need time for me, to heal, to take care of myself, and in a different place than where we lived. I simply can't be back in that building. That place sucks the life out of me. On a positive side, we went and grabbed dinner and had a first date again. It was nice and I got our dog to eat a plain cheeseburger who hasn't ate anything since I left. I'm not a bad person and I don't mind second chances. And I don't like not helping people. Its who I am, its what has served me well through life, its what I want to continue to do. As long as I don't get backstabber I will be a friend for life, give you the shirt off my back, and never ask for anything in return. I'm mean, come on, I'm still good friends with my ex who cheated on me. Just because that happened doesn't mean I didn't want to be friends with her. That's just not me. So...new game plan. I'm going to give my wife a second chance but I am requesting a fresh start on new grounds. No rules or anything like that but we need to build something new that is just us, no one else getting involved in any disagreements we may have. Disagreements need to be taken care of in a civil manner, no more yelling, and should it get out of control I'm out the door for a while. Not to leave for good but to give time for things to calm down and try again with a level head. I miss my Sniper Elite 4 buddy...I miss involving her in the projects I would work on, but there will also be times i will have projects I will not want her a part of to give me a break from everyone and everything. I will need ME time. Because THAT is a healing process. And we both need healing. See guys, I got this. And I thank each and everyone of you here, my family spirit that has been guiding me, and the friends who took me in for allowing me to escape when I needed it so I could have the time I needed and to listen to things I have needed to get out for a very long time when I felt no one would listen. You all mean a lot to me and that does include my wife, too. She has been there when no one else was ... We just simply grew apart and for all the wrong reasons. She knows what she has to do and I know what I have to do for is to work. When I left I was ready to give up on my marriage with no regrets. I simply didn't care anymore. Now I'm not ready yet. I'll give it a second chance...but the first sign that things start going back to the way things were...I'm out. I can't put it any simpler than that.
  30. 5 points
    22,305 About a 1% improvement 🙄 but improvement nonetheless so I'll take it 🙃 My main strategies after the initial few waves are: Target the two demons that are not firing on your cannon. Avoid the demon firing on you and go for the other two demons. You gain no additional points for eliminating the demon attacking your cannon, so don't take on unnecessary risk. Survive, baby! Split the demon firing on you in half to reduce the width or spread of the barrage and then focus on shooting down the other demons as much as possible. Shoot down the diving kamikaze-style demons as they are worth more points. Don't let them get away.
  31. 5 points
    4250 just to get warmed up. Played on Retron77 using the Hyperkin Ranger controller. @btbfilms76 Enter me to win. <there, I finally entered. LOL
  32. 5 points
    Starting off with 14,890. I remember watching TV ads for Demon Attack as a kid but never got to play it or any Imagic game. I always found the name of the game to be odd. It clearly took inspiration from Phoenix with the bird-like attackers in the early stages. I guess a game with aliens or space references were too common back then. I only learned a few months ago that Imagic was started by folks who left Activision.
  33. 5 points
    That is exactly my situation. If I didn't do what I was "suppose" to do either because i forgot or something else happened, or if I didn't hear her right away for whatever reason there was hell to pay. And once it involved her brother and nephews I felt like I was being ganged up on. They didn't come here to get to know me or help me they came here for her only and to keep me "in-line". I know she's reading this or will sometime. I need her to know and understand that I do still love her...but they killed the me that lived there with her as a married couple. That part of me has died. And I will post more later but I've got to help my friends at the moment and I need to see if I can Get Blue to fire up one last time. I've got to retrieve my things and clothes. Later guys. I got this!
  34. 5 points
    I'll give this one a shot; someone has to finish last lol. (I'm playing Space Taxi for the EverythingC64 High Score monthly challenge & that one also ends on 10/31. Talk about a palate cleanser!)
  35. 5 points
    Last one. 96500 is the best I can do.
  36. 5 points
    A little late to the party 😖 My score (so far) is 56,600! Hopefully I'll be able to improve it before the 15th!
  37. 5 points
    Atari 5200 Guy

    Going Through A Life Change

    For the record...I wish no ill will toward anyone regardless. I only wish the best for the family I left behind. Its just an environment I simply can't be a part of. On a good note I got my keys out of my trunk by taking the backseat out. Look what I found when I did. A GBA game and I have no way to play or test it. Cool find. Had it for 11 years and never knew it.
  38. 5 points
    I received my first and brand new A7800 around Christmas 1987. I hugged the thing. I was upset because I thought it was not there. But, my parents hid it behind the stereo. Funny. I was pleased, though. :O)
  39. 5 points
    nosweargamer

    The 2020 Retro Game/Junk Box

    Although I have a wish list posted, and I'm pretty flexible, what I'm most interested to see in the box is: Atari 8-bit games (Especially 3rd party, XE labeled or less common Atari games) Unopened packs of retro cards, especially non-sport cards LCD games & other Retro Handheld Games NES games Sega Master System Games Lynx Games Retro Toys 80's & 90's Gaming Magazines 80's & 90's Wrestling Magazines A sealed America Online CD 😁
  40. 5 points
    Small improvement 116,300
  41. 5 points
    167,300. Phase 18 still eludes me but I appreciate the tip @RadioPoultry!
  42. 5 points
    LinkYoungPS

    Squad Challenge - Wrecking Crew (NES)

    Hey All! Rich gets a package! He talks about that, and gives some timely thanks for that, as well as tells everyone about some other cool stuff! Special thanks again to Chris The Atari Creep, it was an honor for us to help out! Then... It's High Score Squad time again! This time, it's Wrecking Crew for the NES! Can Rich put up a good score? Check it out and hit up the comments! Thanks as always for watching and we'll see you next time! Link: https://youtu.be/zmQ4IR_9hjk
  43. 5 points
    StormSurge

    StormSurge’s Extra Life 2020

    Another prize!
  44. 5 points
    RickR

    Squad Challenge - Wrecking Crew (NES)

    52,900. Yep, it was definitely my emulator setup (or crappy gamepad) on my garage computer. I tried on my main desktop today and no problem with ladders.
  45. 5 points
    Never heard of this one either (not that I know much about NES) but when I glanced at the screen shot at the top of the thread, it reminded me of another construction site platformer -- Hard Hat Mack.
  46. 5 points
    StormSurge

    StormSurge’s Extra Life 2020

    First up, two of these! (I bought two, thinking I could keep one, because they're pretty cool & I just now realized I already have one sitting on my desk. Oh well!)
  47. 5 points
    139,500 at Phase 15.
  48. 5 points
    Congratulations Everybody! Congratulations to everybody for making it into the Bit Busters Computer Club! I was delighted to pull out the Lynx and fire up Chip's Challenge again, I hope everyone here had a fun time taking another look at Atari Lynx and exploring the world of Chip's Challenge. I broke into the 300,000 points club to take the top spot on the scoreboard. @MaliciousCarp knocked it out of the park being the only other player to break the 100,000 ceiling with a score of 106,210, taking 2nd Place on the board. @Sabertooth brought his best with a score of 66,050 to take 3rd Place, just edging out @btbfilms76 who showed up with his A-Game at 63,090 points. @Atari Creep @RickR and @Gianna round out the board all with their best scores! Congratulations everyone on joining in this challenge and checking out one hell of a handheld. As I always encourage others to do, I'll be posting my new high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on! Also, to keep a running list of who's entered into BTB's Atari 7800 Paddle Controllers Giveaway Contest, so far the following Members have asked to be entered and are permanently enrolled through the rest of the contest: @RickR @Sabertooth @nosweargamer @TrekMD @socrates63. If you don't see your name listed and would like to enter to win the pair of 7800 Paddle Controllers, be sure to say "Hey BTB, enter me to win!" when posting your next high score! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be a black box game for the NES! Be there!
  49. 5 points
    Justin

    ATARI I/O MEMBER SURVEY - FALL 2020

    This is a quick Member Survey that we'll do periodically to gauge your interest in different events in the forums, games, giveaways and more. Let us know what you think, your input will always help make Atari I/O a better place to spend your time. There are no wrong answers!
  50. 5 points
    StormSurge

    Got One!!

    I usually always miss out on presales for popular items but I’m buying the lede. The most amazing thing about this is that I somehow managed to keep a $400 gift card balance on Amazon for over a year, specifically for this purpose. I still have time to increase that amount & have it fully paid for by shipping time. This will be my first launch console since the Dreamcast. I’m not overly excited for this as I was for the DC but I’m sure that will change as launch day approaches.
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