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  1. 6 points
    HDN

    ATARI NIGHT!

    I'm starting a new series called Atari Night. Here's episode 1. Enjoy.
  2. 6 points
    I'm closing in on both my 250th Atari 2600 game review and my 700th episode. So I'm planning to do something special for my next three episodes...
  3. 4 points
    Dude, I subscribed and being on Youtube (MaximumRD) since 2008 with hundreds of subscriptions that is something I do not do very much these days and more often then not when checking out a NEW youtuber I don't expect to subscribe but you earned it. Short and concise but managed to convey your personality and more importantly does not feel like a "made up" personality, you were funny, entertaining and informative AND you managed to pack that all within a 10 minute video? Hell, I drone on and on and on in my vids mostly but that's just me 😉I appreciate a video that is not longer then what is needed to convey the message, hell there are youtubers I absolutely LOVE and I think do great professional work that I often fast forward and skim through to grab the good bits simply because they are going on and on or just repeating what they just went over unnecessarily or simply to stretch the video out to fulfill a certain amount of time, I see none of that here and appreciate it. WELCOME, that is a great video to introduce anyone thinking about picking up a 2600 to. Great job! Keep it up, have fun and be yourself!
  4. 4 points
    - Ω -

    3D Images

    I thought I'd start a thread for high quality 3D images. If you would like to see more, please let me know, otherwise this first one will be the last.
  5. 4 points
    Here's my theory. It was programmed by Ed Averett, who programed the majority of the O2 games, which is quite an accomplishment, even if all the games aren't the best. How did he pump out so many games? Taking as many shortcuts as he could including using the same foundation for most of the games. That's why I believe a lot of his games have the same score bar on the bottom, allowing you to enter your initials the same way and all restart immediately. It probably saved him a lot of time compared to making a new game from the ground up. The restarts can be a pain if you are trying to enter initials, but at the same time, they also fueled the whole "let me try that one more time" feeling you can get with games like this one and Pick Axe Pete.
  6. 4 points
    - Ω -

    3D Images

    Well, in that case...
  7. 3 points
    @MaximumRD I cant even express how thankful I am for that feedback! The fact that you even took the time to break it all down just baffles me! I didn’t expect anyone to really notice my post or video. But this Community has been nothing but nice and positive towards me! I aim to only post quality videos that get to the point, even if its just 5 minutes or longer, whatever it takes to feel like a complete product. I honestly filmed that video with hundreds of takes because I caught myself not being myself. So what you see in the video is the real me. I felt a little awkward but i started to get more and comfort As the video progressed. Once again thank you! Have a great rest of your day!
  8. 3 points
    Nice job, @DoggoThief. Things I like about video #1: Short length: 10 mins is usually my max attention span for retro gaming videos. Humor: Funny stuff in there! Keep up the good work, and join us here for various discussions in the forums!
  9. 3 points
    Justin and I have been playing Tennis on NES lately. 🎾 It's fun! Despite being such a simple concept it's a bit tricky.
  10. 3 points
    😎 Our TurboGrafx-16 Squad Challenge begins next week! Get those TG systems ready & emulators running! We’ll be playing an incredible HuCard game.
  11. 3 points
    HDN

    Name That Game Via Haiku

    My turn then. Platform: various Divorcee freaks out Murdering the castaways Land falls in the sea
  12. 3 points
    Justin

    ATARI NIGHT!

    Good luck on your new YouTube series @HDN
  13. 3 points
    - Ω -

    WEEKLY SHOWCASE - Homebrews & Ports

    Over the past few years there have been some really amazing new 'homebrew' games and some impressive ports. The question arises, where does one start when showcasing so many cool games? Well, I couldn't answer that question, so I closed my eyes and picked one. So, here we go... PENGO - Yes, Pengo, not a cheap copy or imitation, but a pretty accurate port of the Sega blockbuster. Give it a shot, and tell us what you think! In the future all of the "goodies" appearing in this thread will be indexed for easy perusal and downloading, but in many cases the physical file will be in this thread. EDIT - Please note, you'll have to be signed in for the download to be available. PENGO.bin
  14. 3 points
    Justin

    Name That Game Via Haiku

    Well done @Gianna‼️ Your turn to come up with a haiku!
  15. 3 points
    RickR

    A 3D Printed Battery Cover

    Before I type anything else -- special thanks to @Atari Creep. I wanted to share this little project that Chris helped me out with. I had a Mattel Electronics "Battlestar Galactica" LED game that was in very poor shape. I cleaned it up as best I could on the outside, and also got the game working with a little bit of battery acid cleanup and a new battery connector. It's a fun game, but it wasn't very easy to play while trying to hold the battery in with my fingers! Whoever owned this before me used tape to hold the battery in. But that's not a good idea. There's chemically encrusted tape residue all over the back, and it destroyed the instruction sticker! Well, @Atari Creep made the mistake of posting that he got a 3D printer recently. I asked him if he'd mind printing a battery cover for me. He very graciously said yes, and mailed the final product to me. (Chris, I sent you a little gift today in the mail in return). The replacement cover fit pretty well. Once it was warm enough to go back into my garage, I spent a tiny bit of time and elbow grease filing off the rough spots. Perfect fit! I know it's not a match with the color and texture, and it's a tiny bit too thin. But frankly, I don't care one bit. It does the job of holding the battery in. Furthermore, I think it's good that it's so obviously a reproduction part (in case I ever decide to sell this unit in the future). Here are some pictures of the cover, the simple files I used, and the final product. Again, thank you so much @Atari Creep. As for me, I really want to get myself a 3D printer now. For a bunch of repair projects like this missing battery cover. And also maybe for a little bit of art work. But I have much to learn before getting one. If anyone has experience and suggestions for a beginner, please share.
  16. 3 points
    Thank you, @- Ω - for getting this particular forum off of the ground! Also, thanks to @RickRfor his bulleted list of ideas! Re: Emulation, I've been using Mac OS for several years (my better half used to work for Apple) and I struggled at times to find emulators for other platforms as most of them were Windows only. I would also throw Android in there as well as there's a pretty decent Reddit community for Emulators on Android. Another area to explore would be Homebrews as there are new titles developed for classic systems and computers on a regular basis.
  17. 3 points
    Here are my ideas. I think it's important to build the community. I'd love to see existing Atari.io members join in. To that end, we need to keep things simple. For example, bringing up the expert level stuff (Tipi, nanoPEB, etc) is just going to drive casual users away. What's unique about Atari.io? It's friendly and fun! Focus on the games and the fun aspects of this system. Make the content inviting and not intimidating. Some thread ideas: Console buying guide. I remember you telling me when I first got started with the TI to avoid the "tan" colored units. I had no idea! I think we need to spread the most simple knowledge of what to buy, what it will cost, where to look, and "don't panic" information (for example, that one button on the keyboard that temporarily disables the joysticks). Include the details of "why". For example, the newer tan units have a different bios that won't play all games (kind of like the INTV2). Or how you can get a composite cable much cheaper by simply searching for a Commodore 64 or Atari 8-bit 5-pin cable. Game reviews. Maybe spend a month on each game. What is it most comparable to? What makes it better or worse? Example: Parsec is kind of like Defender. But it is a lot smoother and has speech. Better than any other console's version of Defender. Munchman vs. Pac Man. Just more info and maybe some simple ongoing high-score challenges for those most common games on the system. Controller options. What to buy. What to avoid. Is there any way to improve those horrid TI joysticks? How to use the Atari sticks on the system. Emulation. How many people on this forum actually have a TI 99/4A? Me. That may be it. So maybe we drum up interest by having a step-by-step simple guide of how to emulate on PC and Mac. Links to interesting YouTube content. I'll give it more thought.
  18. 3 points
    The cart LightBlue2222 used for his 63,260 score was the 1987 released version. I have 6 Pole Position carts at the moment, and some of them are the 1987 version. I'll dump them as soon as I can and let everyone know the results. The person from Atariage, "MayDay", who got the same score back in 2014 used the Stella emulator. He wasn't sure where he got the ROM image from, either Atariage or EmuParadise.
  19. 3 points
    - Ω -

    Mega Cartridge?

    Well that's the problem, from what I've been told they are all 'common cartridges' with little to no value, so selling them would be like giving them away for less than what I paid, and keeping them will be out of the question when I downsize.
  20. 3 points
    Good job, @Marco1019. How strange that the emulator doesn't do the voice. And this game displays the quirk of almost every O2 action game: only one life, and the game just restarts on it's own after dying. WHY????
  21. 3 points
    1213. Only one run in the video.
  22. 3 points
    STe OrionSD CARD READER - Tech Notes 1/17/2021 GETTING IT TO RUN : - I'm Running Window's 10 with an internal 3.25 floppy drive. I formatted a quality 2GB SD card With the PC, FAT . I would not use larger capacity SD cards. Larger one's MIGHT be better for the partition method - more on that later... - I created a new folder on my Win10 PC named "AUTO". I Wrote bigdos.prg AND Orion's driver's to the AUTO folder. - I wrote the AUTO folder to a Pre-Atari formatted, 720k floppy disk. I have been told extenal USB floppy drives will not work with Win10. External USB floppy drives might work with Win XP. - Not sure yet. Note : There were two sets of drivers provided;The newer drivers DO work and initiate faster. BIGDOS VS. PARTITION METHOD : There are two ways of setting up the SD card. I chose Bigdos because I have window's 10 and I thought it would be difficult to read multiple partitions. I just wanted to get it running first. Supposedly, Win XP is better at recognizing multiple partitions. Atari 4mb TOS 2.06 STe power on : It loads bigdos.prg, then Orion's Sd card drivers. Both programs take up approximatly 56kb in the AUTO folder so I assume it takes up close to that in ST RAM, I'm not sure. At desktop, you will see a "C " HD icon to work from. With bigdos, you can just drag and drop files from Win10 to the SD card as it is one, big, happy partition. ;) Keep in mind when using the Bigdos method, there is more overhead in ram. You can discount games or demo's that require 4mb ram at this point. The Bad Apple demo notes that it has problems with Bigdos so you can assume some other programs do as well. Further testing has told me that the multi-partition method might give less problems in general. Which brings me to : THE RESULTS SO FAR : - It Makes The STe OrionSD a GREAT - " MINI-MOD PLAYER " !! You can store many MOD files on the SD. They load complteley into ram, so there is no transfer rate issues, plus it may load a tad faster than a floppy. I put all the MOD songs into one folder and My MOD player ( I suggest oszi ) in another, so it won't be hard to find, mixed up with all the MOD files. Pretty cool use. - ** GemBench Findings ( with Bigdos ) : Gem display box takes a 2% hit / Blitter takes a 2% hit / VDI Enquire takes a 2% hit !! ** - The STe Orion SD is an excellent, inexpensive way for a developer to implement code on the STe. One hangup would be that it uses Jagport one so games that use the Jagpad would have to use port 2, if they aren't programmed to already. - I have been using Peter Putnik's HD versions. I'm having mixed results so far and I blame Bigdos. - The SD Card seems to transfer data a little faster than a floppy - 20 to 25bps. Partition method might be faster.. - Any program that can load all it's data in RAM will be fine. Constant DMA fetching is sketchy - hardware limitation. - Obsession won't load all the exta sounds because of the driver overhead, but runs. I'll stick to the floppy version in which I get all the bells and whistles. - Sea of Color Demo - NO GO. RAM overhead and transfer rate issues. - Bad Apple Demo : NO GO. Transfer rate. The Demo notes state that bigdos is the problem. - Maxymiser works. - Vulgar Display of Power Demo : Plays weird. There are graphical issues and timing issues with DMA sound. - The reader does have space limitations. If I put too much on it it boots with the error - ... " trying to execute from --- instead.. " then freezes up at Atari Boot screen. I forget what the limit in bigdos is... probably 32mb. - Super Stardust - Tries to load but returns to a functional blue desktop. - Lethal Excess runs. - The " Signals " Demo ( STe version, of course ) has trouble with the DMA sound, as, for some reason, does not load ALL the audio file into RAM for playback, so transfer rate again rears it's ugly head.. OR it's bigdos getting in the way again. - One Word High Res Demo runs. - Cannot delete SD files from the desktop. Has to be from PC. Will try the newer Driver. - Tried the Drivers without bigdos. NOPE. - Have to partition it. - Addams Family - Freezes up. - Dungeon Master DMA - Runs! ** Update 2/19/2021 ** Multi-Partition Method - ease of use - I found Peter Putnik's disk image and wrote it to an SD card with win32diskImager. The image has three partitions, but the device only sees what's in the main one because of bigdos. Window's 10 DOES see all three partitions and I CAN write to them. Gamex games seem to run better than other versions on this device. This information is useful for the upcoming Antonio's SD card HD interface. I'm pretty sure most versions of games will be more compatible with those drivers. ODDITY : Some games do not see the joystick and you can only fire with the mouse.. I think this is due to the ports gettting mixed up. This too should be fixed with Antonio's new device + drivers. I tried to copy the one hard drive desktop icon to match the other two partitions (F, G ) and save the preferences, but it froze up and tanked the SD card. I'm in the process of trying to rescue the SD card. SD Card Speeds- The higher the class of Micro SD Card you use, the better the transfer rate. Most cards are rated for their write speed .. I think this goes hand in hand with read speed.
  23. 3 points
    I have an adapter cable. I'm trying to remember the details, and I can look it up if you want names. All I remember is that a guy on Atari Age or Facebook was making adapter cables for some other system. Amiga or Vectrex or ??? I can't remember. I sent him a message and asked if he could make something similar for O2 if I provided the wiring details. He said yes, and now I have an adapter. It's a big improvement. But still, the first thing you'll notice is that there's a bit of a lag in the 02 joysticks. I just assumed it was the mylar design they use in their joystick...and that does play a part. The Atari stick makes it better for sure. But there seems to be an inherent flaw in the system. My apologies to the person that made the adapter for not remembering his name.
  24. 3 points
    It really gives the game some great personality. Here's some of the phrases spoken in the game: Attack and Destroy, Seize the Planet, Destroy The Earthling, Goodbye Earthling, Defend Your World, Not Bad Human, You're A Worthy Opponent, Prepare For Defeat, This Planet is Mine, Defeat is at Hand, A Commendable Defense, The Earth Will Be Mine. Some are in the video below and there may be more.
  25. 3 points
    Asteroids Deluxe not only sounds like it comes with all the veggies, cheese and possibly bacon, its probably the best game in the space rock family. http://www.atari7800forever.com/adeluxe.html
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  29. 3 points
    Justin

    Mini Golf - Share Your Scores!

    @Gianna and I had a fun adventure this week, we played 18 holes of mini golf at Tropical Breeze Fun Park and then went to eat at our favorite Mexican restaurant. It was a great time! I intentionally left my phone in the car so that I wasn't carrying it around the entire time we were golfing, the next time we play I'll be sure to take a few pictures of our adventure. It was a terrific time, it was a nice day out and our first time playing Mini Golf at that fun park. We came within one point of each other and nearly tied! Our score was @Justin 54 @Gianna 55, Par for the course was 44. Here's a picture of our Scorecard:
  30. 2 points
    Marco1019

    Name That Game Via Haiku

    Yes! The Challenge of Nexar!
  31. 2 points
    Marco1019

    Name That Game Via Haiku

    You're the big winner! Fun Fact: You also face The Bungeling Empire in Choplifter and Lode Runner. Fun Fact #2: I once played the C64 version and wondered what would happen if you destroyed the War Machine in the game without blowing up all six factories. It turned out that they don't build a second War Machine. I was kind of disappointed, then I laughed at the limited Bungeling budget.
  32. 2 points
    Hello wonderful people! I made my first Youtube video based on the Atari 2600! It would mean a lot to me if anyone would like to check it out and maybe let me know how I did. Thank yall! Have a wonderful day! -Lee
  33. 2 points
    RickR

    Name That Game Via Haiku

    I think we all know I love that game! Your Haiku was very well done. I wasn't so sure about the Todd part, as I could only remember that cheater dude's name as "Roger". Ooops.
  34. 2 points
    Thank you! Feels good to join a community of fellow retro enthusiasts! @nosweargamer
  35. 2 points
    RadioPoultry

    Name That Game Via Haiku

    Platform: Atari 2600 The bridge is rebuilt The transgressors are in jail Must I go to work?
  36. 2 points
    nosweargamer

    Name That Game Via Haiku

    Mountain King!
  37. 2 points
  38. 2 points
    I started from the Banana level earlier tonight and I reached a level where Ms. Pac-Man moves at 50% speed. However, the ghosts still move at 100% speed. I lost my last two lives rather quickly given that I was not prepared for the speed adjustment. I thought it was pretty cool as I had no idea about this particular level. Here's a :50 video so you can see for yourself:
  39. 2 points
    - Ω -

    - Ω's - Modest Little Game Room

    Thanks, I've spent a few years on it. Thanks. Yes, it's all internal inside the console... and I can still use the TI keyboard as well.
  40. 2 points
    HDN

    Name That Game Via Haiku

    Sounds fun. I have a few ideas for when it’s my turn.
  41. 2 points
    RickR

    eBay's new seller requirements

    Update: The funds from my sale finally showed up in my bank account this morning. 5 days after being paid. On the bright side, they already took all fees. There should no longer be a monthly fee invoice. I guess the other really nice thing is that they don't charge you fees at all until you get paid. Remember with the old system, you'd be charged fees and if the buyer never paid, you'd have to wait quite a while to get them refunded. For those that are on the fence, the system does seem to work. I don't necessarily like it. It may take time to get used to.
  42. 2 points
    - Ω -

    - Ω's - Modest Little Game Room

    I noticed the video in message #1 was 6 years old and no longer available (deleted), so I decided to update with the latest photo of my system.
  43. 2 points
    I've been doing my best to provide such info as I've submitted these runs to lvlupscore.com.
  44. 2 points
    Thanks @nosweargamer! It's nice to hear what I've been missing! @RickR, I notice the CX-40 (in addition to the sweet Trinitron). Did you rewire the joystick or mod your O² to be compatible with Atari joysticks?
  45. 2 points
    Thanks! As a retro-gamer, I think it's important to have at least one CRT -- preferably a Sony Trinitron. Even if it's a small one. I got that one from a member of the Portland retro-gaming community. I paid more than I should have, and had to drive a bit. No regrets, though. Totally worth it. I love it.
  46. 2 points
    Funkmaster V

    Atari 7800 Forever

    Asteroids Deluxe not only sounds like it comes with all the veggies, cheese and possibly bacon, its probably the best game in the space rock family. http://www.atari7800forever.com/adeluxe.html
  47. 2 points
    New PB of 680. The run begins at 15:57.
  48. 2 points
    RickR

    eBay's new seller requirements

    I do have more info on my transaction. The funds finally showed up in my Ebay "available funds" today. And supposedly, it will sweep into my bank account tomorrow. We'll see how that works out. The way to see this info is very convoluted, and I'm appalled at the lack of detail and transparency. They should know better.
  49. 2 points
    MaximumRD

    3D Images

    Took this just now after retrieving from the Drawer beside me. Did a video about my love of 3D way back 11 years ago, early on my Youtube Channel as well. Obviously any info or links are subject to have changed since then.
  50. 2 points
    Jinroh

    KC Operating System

    Dunno how I missed this, but that is both trippy and clever! I always loved the look of your engine. 😄
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