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  1. 4 points
    Dug this up just now and thought this might make for something different. Post a photo / picture / image that you are in showing something silly, fun, retro etc. I'll kick off with this one - Here's me at 16 getting a promo Polaroid picture before seeing JAWS. Honestly, I love this shot and there is as far as I am concerned only one embarrassing thing about it, IT WAS FOR JAWS 3 ! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™„
  2. 3 points
    RickR

    How is everyone doing?

    Check in time! How are you doing? 2020 has been difficult to say the least. And now, with COVID cases spiking again in the USA, it feels like there's no light at the end of this tunnel. But know this: You have friends here. It's a small group, but we can help each other feel better. Retro games are a great distraction! So let us know how you are doing, and what we can do to help.
  3. 3 points
    Gianna

    How is everyone doing?

    I have been well. I canโ€™t believe it is July. Time feels a bit weird since this all started, in early-mid March. I believe it was March 16 when my job had me (and nearly every employee) work from home. I really enjoyed that, and having such more time at home allowed me to get into an after work workout routine, which I still do now. Where I am in FL everything began reopening I think in early May. I ended up having to go back to going in to work May 11. Out of about 60 employees there was only 12 or so of us. Late June I was sent back home and luckily still have been, but I believe Iโ€™m going back for good in a week or so. This summer I started classes online towards my degree, so I have been quite busy with both work and school full time. I felt safe going to Universal late June as they had very strict guidelines and requirements (masks, temp. checks, etc), but in my town masks are not required and Iโ€™ve noticed people are wearing them less and less in stores. Spending so much time at home, when I am not working or doing school online, has made me realize I would like to find more interests and hobbies and I want to spend more time outside.
  4. 3 points
    BlackCatz40

    How is everyone doing?

    Hey, guys, I'm hanging in there. We are under a heat advisory here in the Twin Cities Metro Area in Minnesota today. It is 87ยบ F, but feels like 91ยบ F. The humidity is up a little. So, I am at my computer in the basement, where it's cool. Cool it is, as well. I'm not breaking a sweat anymore. I perspire right away when I go outside. We are OK here. COVID-19 was concerning me a lot before, but I have not been sick with anything all year. Strangely enough. Proper hygiene helps. I always wash my hands for twenty seconds in a rich lather of Kirk's Castile Soap. It is a little expensive for soap, but it's worth the cost at about $4.00 a three-pack. I have been taking very good care of myself all year. I only go out when I need to, and then with a mask. It helps a lot. But, I am having a decent time, otherwise. I have been playing my video games, and trying to get a decent score with the Squad Challenge for Alex Kidd in Miracle World. So for, being it is a difficult game, I only scored at best 1,800 points. It is a challenge. For sure. But, as I stated, all is good. We are fine here and no one has been sick, which is a good thing. Thanks for letting me share. :O)
  5. 3 points
    dauber

    How is everyone doing?

    I'm lucky enough to live where cases took a nosedive, probably because a huge chunk of the population goes along with the face covering mandate, ergo reducing the spread. Wife and I just spent an extended weekend in New Buffalo, MI. We stopped off in Michigan City, Indiana, on the way, and...well....Indiana is a "facemask recommended" state rather than a "facemask mandatory" state. Thankfully, most people in the store were wearing masks, and the store was big enough with wide enough aisles that keeping away from people who weren't wearing masks was doable. Michigan is a "facemask mandatory if your medical conditions allow you to wear one" state...which begs the question: if you have a medical condition that makes wearing a facemask a hindrance to your well-being...then why are you outside during a nasty pandemic? We'll see if I made it through unscathed in a couple of weeks! We've been planning a trip to San Diego. We were supposed to go in April, but of course, that didn't happen, so we rescheduled it for August. Now we have an issue: there's a Chicago mandate now that Chicago residents who fly into O'Hare or Midway from one of 15 states on a list, you are legally required to quarantine yourself for two weeks. California is on the list (even though cases in San Diego County are pretty low). You get fined something like $700 - $1000 per day you're not quarantined. Of course, what exactly they mean by quarantine, they don't say. (Do they mean stay in your house 24/7, not even go out to walk the dog? Stay home unless you have to go out to get food? etc.) And how exactly they're going to enforce that, nobody knows. They did say the list will be modified over time, and we're hoping California will fall off the list, but we're prepared to change our plans. I know it's for the good of everybody, theoretically, but it still sucks. What doesn't make sense is that here, bars are allowed to be open, but beaches are not, despite the fact that 1) Dr. Fauci himself said that one of the most dangerous things you can do right now is go drink at a bar, and 2) I've heard more than one medical expert say that aside from keeping yourself isolated, the safest place to be is in the water at the beach. Mind you, there are strict bar rules: once you get your drink, you are to leave the bar and go to a table, and there's a strict limit on the number of people allowed to be in the building. The common belief is that the reason bars are allowed to be open is so the city can collect the sales tax. But the thing is, almost all of the beaches have busy concession stands that could very well be providing tax dollars, but no. The rule is that everything east of Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is closed (except for the bike / pedestrian trail), which means there are full-service restaurants that aren't allowed to be open in addition to concession stands, independent ice cream vendors who can't sell their stuff, and at least two bike shops that can't be open. On top of all that, that means there are no lifeguards on duty making summer money, most of whom are minorities who could really use it. (Our mayor is black and claims to be on the side of minorities.) And no lifeguards on duty means that if someone ignores the "beach closed" mandate, goes swimming, and gets caught up in a rip current, there's no lifeguard to rescue that person. All the other beaches along Lake Michigan are open, but nope, the mayor won't reopen Chicago's. (Yet I'm still paying taxes that are supposed to allow me to use those beaches.) My wife was practically raised on the beach, and she's REALLY cheesed off about the whole thing. Speaking of my wife, she's kind of stressed because she's a teacher and is worried about the fall. It seems that all those in charge want schools to be open. Now...where I work, the word is we probably won't be going back to our building until some time in 2021. Just to give you an idea of where I work...my company's Chicago site takes up neatly two complete floors of a skyscraper. We have about 60 employees on site on both of those floors. (If you want to see the building I'm in, watch the opening credits of the later seasons of The Bob Newhart Show -- my building can be seen briefly about 45 seconds in! So you have an idea of how large and wide the building is.) Both our office manager and our parent company headquartered in Texas will not allow anybody to be in our office for more than 30 minutes at a time, and only one person at a time. Now...compare that to, say, 32 kids in one classroom. And my wife is diabetic, so that puts her at an increased risk. I told her if she's forced to teach in person in a classroom, I will pay to have a large Plexiglass barrier installed in her room. Other than that, though...I guess I'm okay. Now that I'm working from home, I like that I don't have a commute. Down side though is that means I don't bike the 7-9 miles to work and back every day, but I don't seem to have gained any weight. (My shorts from last year still fit without a problem!) And I really liked the strict stay-at-home order we head before because I'm an indoorsman anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚ So far my wife and I are both healthy otherwise. Each of us knows someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19. One of her old college roommates ended up in the hospital with a torturous case of pneumonia as a result, but she's fine now. Former classmate of mine had it, but I believe he was asymptomatic; his wife is a physician's assistant who flew out to New York to help with their overcrowded hospitals. And one of my coworkers had it, too; she thinks she got it from her husband, who's a social worker. Thankfully, she's okay now, although apparently she was pretty miserable. Yeah, on paper, this thing has a high survival rate...but that's just it: survival. How many of those who survived actually came out of it 100% intact, with no long-lasting or permanent damage? We gotta keep each other safe, everybody.
  6. 3 points
    I might actually do this one if I get the time. I always liked the Alex Kidd games (even though I've played Enchanted Castle more often than I've played Miracle World).
  7. 3 points
    Here's the ROM file if anyone is looking for it. It's an interesting platformer. For me, the controls are just a little clunky and the hit detection a bit unforgiving. It's definitely not as refined as Super Mario Bros. but has a colorful and fun look. I'm not ready to post but I'm going to keep trying though! Good luck everyone! Alex Kidd in Miracle World (USA, Europe).sms
  8. 2 points
    BlackCatz40

    How is everyone doing?

    Speaking of virtual visits, I have one with my doctor tomorrow morning. I have an audiobook on CD by author Brene Brown. It is about embracing imperfection. She is also a therapist, I think. I wanted to see what it was like, so I bought it from Amazon. Interesting book, by the way. :O)
  9. 2 points
    Gianna

    How is everyone doing?

    @TrekMD I recently had a virtual doctors appointment about 2 weeks ago. The hospital my doctor is at was not even scheduling any in person appointments, unless absolutely necessary, due to rising cases. Our beaches here opened, then closed, and now they're open again with super restrictive hours. We had a ton of people coming over from the east coast to our beaches and they were getting too crowded. The community I live in has a lot of families and young people, and since this began there has been, as usual, a lot of parties. I wouldn't say I feel "scared" being around so many people without a mask, but I just wouldn't want to risk it. I went to Target the other day, which was very crowded, and I was one of the only people wearing a mask.
  10. 2 points
    RickR

    How is everyone doing?

    We have mountains galore, just a short drive away. And beaches too. But I know what you mean. There are elevated areas in Portland that do get some snow. Heck, our house is at 500' and we get more than in the city.
  11. 2 points
    From either 1997 or 1998. I despise Windows and always have. A friend took a picture of me and photoshopped a Windows cloud background behind me and put the logo on my t-shirt.
  12. 2 points
    dauber

    How is everyone doing?

    (BTW, an addendum, in case anybody's concerned about my travels...my wife and I both consulted with our doctors and ran our travel plans by them. Both said they sound safe.)
  13. 2 points
    3600. Water levels are brutal to me. Lol OpenEmu on my lap top. USB game pad.
  14. 2 points
    Here's one of young me taking a "selfie" with a stuffed tiger at one of the Carnegie museums in Pittsburgh.
  15. 1 point
    Willie!

    Arcade USA

    Thanks to everyone that stopped by the PacaPalooza 5200! Livestream this evening! ๐Ÿ™‚ https://youtu.be/yU0cvvRIHyQ
  16. 1 point
    TrekMD

    The Atari 7800 Homebrew Podcast

    Yes! Downloaded! ๐Ÿ™‚
  17. 1 point
    Video 61

    Putt 18 Miniature Golf for Atari 7800

    hi Every one, we are pleased to announce Putt18 for the Atari 7800 pro system. the game will be $39.95. when inquiring about the game, please state the country you live in for shipping purposes. we are only taking orders via our e-mail address, video61@atarisales.com video61atarisales@gmail.com and paypal payment only, Putt18 is not listed on our web site yet, a web page for Putt18 is coming. but the game is ready for sale now. thanks, lance www.atarisales.com
  18. 1 point
    dauber

    The Atari 7800 Homebrew Podcast

    What? Time for another episode ALREADY?! Well, Bob DeCrescenzo has DONE IT AGAIN. This time, with some help from Kurt Woloch. In this episode we explore the latest addition to the 7800 homebrew library, the only home conversion of an arcade classic. https://homebrew78.fab4it.com/media/hbh_episode_0501.mp3
  19. 1 point
    Video 61

    commando 7800 version vs. xe version.

    hi everyone, now here the 7800 really shines. a proper size board was used, as well as a pokey. very smooth, very colorful, really gives the nes a run for its money. clearly a superior machine if used correctly. XEGS version, still quite good, colorful, sounds good, smooth, but not as fleshed out as the 7800 version. lance www.atarisales.com
  20. 1 point
    Willie!

    Arcade USA

    A cherished PS1 game in my collection! Lots of great Namco arcade ports on this! https://youtu.be/KQRbq_uORR4
  21. 1 point
    kamakazi20012

    How is everyone doing?

    Audiobooks in the car on a long drive worked for me so I could keep up with Harry Potter. I think it was the sixth book.
  22. 1 point
    I am practicing myself. My highest unofficial score is 1,800 points. It is VERY difficult and challenging. :O)
  23. 1 point
    Gianna

    How is everyone doing?

    @RickR That's a good suggestion! I never got into audio books, but it is something I should check out. As I'm getting ready for the day, cleaning up the house, etc I will often put on a video on Youtube and listen to that. Usually it will be a video from one of two channels I frequently watch (or listen to) that are about missing people, and unsolved missing persons cases. I find missing persons cases interesting, especially those that go unsolved. It is scary what goes on in the world. Or, more uplifting, I will listen to a video about the origins of something, like recently I listened to one about Disney's River Country.
  24. 1 point
    RickR

    How is everyone doing?

    Hang in there, @TrekMD. Hopefully the tide will turn and people will start following the guidelines. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you out.
  25. 1 point
    StormSurge

    How is everyone doing?

    Iโ€™m jealous of all your rain! We might get hit with a little tropical system Friday night & pick up some needed rain. Rain at night = awesome sleeping atmosphere Rain during the day = perfect for being lazy & playing video games I despise summer. I canโ€™t stand humidity. Give me fall & winter all year round. The Pacific NW sounds great, I would just need to be on a mountain to get some snow. ๐Ÿ˜€
  26. 1 point
    RickR

    How is everyone doing?

    PS - on the weather front. May I brag a little about the Pacific NW? It's one of the few areas in the US that has mild summers (no humidity, rarely super hot) and mild winters (very little snow). It's a beautiful place to live ๐Ÿ™‚ You just have to get used to the rain.
  27. 1 point
    RickR

    How is everyone doing?

    @StormSurge, that's awesome! I really like knowing that some places are doing the strict protocols. I really wonder why it isn't done in most places that way. I get it...it's easier to control on a small island. But still... I'm doing well health and job-wise. But lots of worrying. We can do this! Thank you all for your comments.
  28. 1 point
    StormSurge

    How is everyone doing?

    All is good here! New York (& CT, which basically where I live, even though it's technically NY) have done a great job (so far, knock on wood). My tiny island has seen the invasion of the summer people, but there are strict protocols in place (visitors are strongly encouraged to be tested prior to arriving, then quarantining until the results come in, masks everywhere, registering with the doctors office, who sends a symptom checker email out three times a week). So far, so good. Only a few cases here, but that can change quickly, as I know not everyone will follow the recommendations. I realize my situation here is pretty unique and these steps wouldn't be feasible anywhere else. They're also necessary, as we lack the health care infrastructure to handle an outbreak. Thanks for checking in @RickR! I hope you're doing well too! (That goes for everyone here! Hang in there!)
  29. 1 point
    I'd have to go a few practice rounds first. It's been awhile since I've played. I imagine I'll be a bit rusty.
  30. 1 point
    RickR

    How is everyone doing?

    Good stuff, @BlackCatz40. I'm glad you've got a basement to stay cool. I LOVE that Kirk's Castille soap -- I think it smells really good. That's a good point you make -- we end up spending a bit more to stay safe. Whether on nicer soaps, or on delivered groceries and products. I just don't worry too much about pricing on the stuff we need. Safety and health are more important than money IMO. We've got a lot less cases and deaths here in Oregon, but it's still on the rise. It seems to me like the virus is very highly contagious, so following the guidelines and staying away from crowds really helps.
  31. 1 point
    RickR

    How is everyone doing?

    Dauber your replies are excellent. So well written, and you hit on so many good points. Being prepared and following the rules (wearing a mask, washing your hands, practicing social distancing, and staying out of crowds) help keep us safe and also give us back a small feeling of control. I also have been working from home. Which I'm still not completely used to. But at the same time, I'm so thankful to have that option. Still there are those moments of fear, sadness, loss-of-hope. It's just such a crazy time.
  32. 1 point
    Maybe you can give a few tips. I've never played this game. I'm hoping to give it a try this weekend.
  33. 1 point
    It DID occur to me lack of participation may be down to many not having photos / Polaroids in digital format available for posting and no easily accessible scanner to consider doing so and with that in mind just a thought........ These days for the most part one could likely use a tablet or phone camera as these are so common to just take a picture of an original photo or Polaroid, MY image I started with was actually just taken with an older tablet camera of a Polaroid. IF any of you have a photo in mind consider that method, just be wary of reflective light and FOCUS as much as possible, I think you might be surprised how easily this can be done. I am considering doing some more of my own this way ๐Ÿ˜›
  34. 1 point
    TrekMD

    commando 7800 version vs. xe version.

    Nintendo did not skimp in spending money to make sure their games were good. They did what they had to by adding memory, etc to the carts. What did Atari do? Skimp on everything. They could have included POKEY chips on the carts but they didn't. They could have released the originally planned XM, and they didn't. They just didn't push hard enough to show the capabilities of the 7800. Look at Rikki & Vikki as an example of what the system can do when resources are uses properly. GCC supposedly said there was no space for the POKEY on the board as they were planning a cheaper alternative to the POKEY that could be put in carts. Unfortunately, their plans went they way of the Dodo when Atari got sold to the Tramiels and the mess of who had to pay them started.
  35. 1 point
    The 2600 is from before my time, so I didn't play that version of the game until I was older. My mom, however, did grow up during that time, and she used to visit a friend that had the 2600, and her favorite games were Space Invaders, Frogger (Parker Brothers version), and Pac-Man. Up until I was buying different video games, for the PS2 and stuff, my mom had rarely (if ever) seen the arcade version of Pac-Man, let alone played it. What Pac-Man was (and still is) for her was the 2600 version, because that's all she had played. In fact, humorously, it had the bit of the opposite effect from a lot of the others when she saw me playing the arcade version. She said, "This isn't Pac-Man! It's supposed to go (proceeds to imitate 2600 Pac-Man sounds)." Long story short, if you look at the 2600 Pac-Man as a completely different game, I think it's pretty fun. Personally, I think they probably should have changed the characters in the game and called it something else (similar to Ladybug and Mousetrap being similar games with different characters), and I'd rather play "A Better Pac-Man" or "Pac-Man 8K" than I would this game, but I still find myself booting up this game every once in awhile and playing it, and it is still the version of Pac-Man that my mom prefers to play. Not to change anybody's opinion on here, I just wanted to give my perspective of the game because of what I've come to learn about it over the years.
  36. 1 point
    JACK T. i once got a two hour lecture from someone at atari(will not reveal who it was, it was not jack t. but almost as high up), on the evils of video games. i was once told that the reason why there was a lack of games, because atari was overwhelmed trying to keep up with orders for their current library. but they once faxed out to me their entire inventory of games for all of the systems they were supporting. there were only a few titles that fit that. and they never reordered those titles. when i tried to order 7800 euro pads from them. they said it was not their job to make them available to me. it was my job to import them from europe. that is how i ended up dealing so much in europe. they gave me contact information for atari of europe. i think i ended up in the Netherlands. i ordered tens of thousands, sold them like crazy to hungry atari dealers and end users. told that to atari, they did not even blink. lance www.atarisales.com
  37. 1 point
    TrekMD

    commando 7800 version vs. xe version.

    The 7800 version outshines the XE and the NES with this game. The NES version has flicker, the 7800 version has none.
  38. 1 point
    BlackCatz40

    commando 7800 version vs. xe version.

    The NES version is OK, but seems a bit dazed and confused when compared to the A7800 version. Also, The NES version has flicker and is choppier than the A7800 version. I think that the A7800 version is the closest to the arcade experience when compared to other home system versions. The ST has great graphics and layout, but the music and SFX suffer a little.
  39. 1 point
    Good luck everyone! ๐Ÿ˜€
  40. 1 point
    Arenafoot

    2600 Bowling Tournament

    I was the leader for the first 2 days, then got 2nd in the last 4 hours of the tourney...... https://www.patreon.com/atari2600 https://2600club.com/atari-bowling-tourney/
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  43. 1 point
    TrekMD

    Arcade USA

    This article may be of interest: We traced Namcoโ€™s โ€œnewโ€ Pac-Man demake to its source: A 2008 fan ROMhack
  44. 1 point
    Congrats, @Atari Creep. I tend to agree with @RickR, they really are two different games in terms of difficulty. The 2600 port is objectively more challenging. (Just look at my score difference. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ) It was still a fun change up to have a cross-platform challenge! What other games might work for something like this? BTW - I posted a peak score of 81k on the Inty version. The low score above was my attempt at the 2600.
  45. 1 point
    Shouldn't there be two separate lists for Atari and Intv? The two versions have a completely different difficulty level. Nice job Creep!
  46. 1 point
    Congratulations Atari Creep! Congratulations @Atari Creep on winning the top spot on the scoreboard! Great performance, and nice to see you win one of your first Squad Challenges! I hope everyone enjoyed our Double Feature and going between the two games. Astrosmash/Astroblast was a nice twist on Asteroids and is a fun play. @Atari Creep takes the 1st Place spot with an impressive score of 111,845. @btbfilms76 also showed up with his A-game in a near-win with a score of 104,730 to take 2nd Place on the board. @RickR takes 3rd Place in our Final Standings for this Squad Challenge with 51,345 points. @TrekMD @atarilbc and @kamakazi20012 all had great showings, and hopefully had a fun time playing in this challenge. Congratulations to everybody on an exciting run, and to everyone who joined in this Squad Challenge and shared a score! I'd like to encourage Atari Creep to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be for the Sega Master System. Be there! I'm currently moving into a new house and don't have access to my computer, I will update Final Standings with a nice graphic when I'm able to return to my computer. FINAL STANDINGS ATARI CREEP 111,845 BTBFILMS76 104,730 RICKR 51,345 TREKMD 5,030 ATARILBC 4,415 KAMAKAZI20012 4,120
  47. 1 point
    hi everyone, now here is where the 7800 really shines. the programmer knew his/her stuff, and most likely the choplifter is a double sprite. music good to. now the xe version, i will include the original 16k apple port also. it will show you why this one is so bad and choppy. the apple port is a port of apple basic with machine code, its why its pink. the 1988 atari version just updated the lousy apple port. its obvious its not a complete rewrite in atari machine code. 16k apple port. choplifter was released originally as a 16k game on cart., 48k disk. by broderbund. thanks, lance www.atarisales.com
  48. 1 point
    โ—๏ธ Congrats everyone on another great Squad Challenge! We have a brand new Squad Challenge coming tonight or tomorrow! Justinโ€™s moving into a new house right now and will put it up as soon as he can.
  49. 1 point
    GRay Defender

    Gray Defender

    Robotron 2084 Demo Gameplay for the Atari 2600 using the Edladdin Super Twin 78.
  50. 1 point
    StormSurge

    Shaving & Razor Blades

    I LOVE Target! Before we moved, I would pass one every day on my way home. It was 10 minutes away, so at least 3 or 4 days a week I would find some reason to stop. ("Oh, we're out of Q-Tips, better hit Target on the way home.") Our Red Card got a workout. (Gotta save that 5%!) Now, to visit ANY type of store requires a 45 minute ferry ride (not cheap), my visits will be minimized greatly. I'll still be headed over to "town" often since there's nothing here & Target is only 10 minutes from where the ferry comes in, but most of my Target shopping will be online. Still good but nowhere near the experience of wandering the aisles looking for whatever will catch my eye. As for your original question, I picked up some Harry's at Target as well a few months ago. I was a slave to the Gillette's, which as you know cost a small fortune for a four-pack. Unfortunately, I found that I didn't get as close or comfortable a shave as I do with the Fusions.
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