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  1. 6 points
    Hi everyone, Your browser may be giving you a malware "security warning" when you visit Atari I/O. I'm aware of this issue and working to resolve it. The forums have been updated with their latest security update this morning and should currently be a safe place to visit despite the security warning. The malware issue is affecting the "main" side of the website (http://www.atari.io) which runs on Wordpress. The forums side of the website (https://forums.atari.io) has always been hosted on a different server and runs on different software, which is more secure. However, because Google has detected the malware issue in the Wordpress part of our website, they have issued a warning for the entirety of Atari I/O until the issue has been completely resolved. Once I've been able to identify and remove the malicious content from the Wordpress side of the site, I will need to request a security review from Google and provide them with documentation showing the changes made to the site. This may take a little time. If there's "a doctor in the house" and you have experience removing malware from Wordpress sites and would like to volunteer your assistance in helping me resolve this issue please send me a PM. I will be working on this and will keep you updated as I reach important milestones. Best Wishes to All!
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    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Big thanks to my Secret Santa! Getting closer to having a complete CIB set of Atari 2600 Arcade ports! This package made my day (Willie! has not been in the best of spirits :P)
  4. 5 points
    💰 Have you ever found a Red Quarter? What did you think it was? Red quarters are known as “shills”, “house coins” or “freebies.” If you’ve ever found an old quarter that was painted red, (usually dated before the ‘90s) those were used in Arcades to count free plays. Whenever the machine ate your quarter without giving you your game, you’d tell the attendant who would give you a free game to make up for it. Sometimes they had the key to open the coin mech and hit the switch, but in many cases Arcade owners didn’t trust their teenaged employees to have coin mech keys where they could reach in there and grab a fist full of quarters. Instead, Arcades would have extra quarters called “shills” or “house coins” used for this purpose. Sometimes these could also be found in laundromats and diners with jukeboxes. House coins were painted red so that at the end of each week, when all the quarters were counted from the coin box, they would subtract the red quarters from their earnings and return them to the attendants to be used again. Over time most of these quarters have made their way back into circulation. The next time you come across a red quarter dated before the early 1990s set it aside! You never know if that quarter worked long hours at an old Tilt or Aladdin’s Castle somewhere.
  5. 5 points


    I have been MIA lately due to some major life changes. My wife and I are separating after 15 years and I just recently moved on my own. This all came as a shock to me. I also took on a promotion at work in late August. Between everything going on I've taken a break from gaming to reflect and heal. I'm in a studio loft downtown, so I'm a bit space challenged and will probably not have a rig for awhile. The new TV doesn't have inputs for legacy connections so I'll be getting a Retrotink for composite and S Video. Will post my rig when it's setup. The one thing I'm really pumped on is the loft (space aside). I can now walk to work and I have some pretty amazing views. I didn't ask for a midlife crises but I'm trying to make the most of it. Wanted to share this sunrise photo from this morning. Happy holidays to the Atari.io community! I'll see you in 2019!
  6. 5 points

    Free 2600 ebook !

    Just read this thread here over on Atariage. Entry posted by DoctorSpuds Alright so I decided to just release my Ebook for free here on the forum so here ya go. It comes in EPUB and MOBI flavors for Kindle users. I DO NOT FEEL IT IS MY PLACE TO REPOST THE FILES HERE SO IF YOU WANT THEM CHECK OUT THE ORIGINAL THREAD HERE https://atariage.com/forums/blogs/entry/16052-my-ebook-for-free/
  7. 5 points

    Squad Challenge - Tetris (NES)

    There's some truth behind the story @Justin mentioned about renting Tengen's Tetris. The area I grew up in had a chain of video rental stores called Vision Video. They had the Tengen version of Tetris. I rented it twice in a row. It was because of this game I discovered Tengen. I rented it twice in a row. I went to rent it a third time and the rental store refused to rent it again. I asked why? They did give me an honest answer, though. If the store wanted to continue to rent out Nintendo games the store had to remove any games that were not licensed by Nintendo. It was Nintendo's "rule". That was the answer they gave me. I asked if it could be purchased to which they answered with a solid no that it had to be sent back to Nintendo to be destroyed. Such a sad fate for a great game. That also went for Super Sprint and other Tengen Games that were actually good games. I'm surprised to learn decades later that some Tengen games survived. It's why I'm hellbent on finding any Tengen games for the NES I can. I would still like to know how after the lawsuits Tengen did manage to get a few of their games as official releases.
  8. 5 points
    At least an option for those considering a Flashback 9 ? ????
  9. 5 points

    Storm's Giveaway - THE PICKS!

    LOL. Now it's @BlackCatz40 turn.
  10. 5 points

    Storm's Giveaway - THE PICKS!

    They have not been taken, so they are yours! @greenween is next!
  11. 5 points
    Look what my brother got me for Christmas!
  12. 4 points
    2982 - Man, when you got that one brick and it just wont connect....
  13. 4 points

    StormSurge's Extra Life Giveaway

    Sooooo... 😀 Several of you have already been kind enough to donate to my Extra Life fundraiser this year. You guys got me off to a great start (I'm currently at 41% of my goal) but I'm always looking to do more. The event is coming up in a few weeks (November 2) and while you can still donate through the end of the year, I want to make another push to exceed my goal on or before gameday. Therefore, I've decided to do a raffle similar to what @Atari Creep did for his Alzheimer's Walk fundraiser. For every dollar donated (retroactive for all of you who have already donated!), you will receive one entry into the drawing. Now you must be wondering, "What are the damn prizes??" That's a great question. Stay tuned & I will be posting them here over the next couple of days. I have some ideas already and they include gift certificates relevant to the retro gaming scene, some classic toys and who knows what else I can find. Mainly, it will be gift certificates since you guys already wiped out my excess retro game collection. Here's the link to donate: Storm's Extra Life Page (Our own @fergojisan is part of my fundraising team. You can join too and together, we can rule the fundraising galaxy not as father and son but rather as good pals.) Disclaimer: Only those who let me know that they donated for the giveaway will be entered into the drawing. Again, those Atari.IO members who have already given are already entered but none of the other donors from outside Atari.IO who have already donated will be. That said, with @Justin's blessing, I may open it up to other retrogamers, nerds, etc. from my Twitter & IG followers and possibly the very few posters who know of me at AA. ----------- What is Extra Life?? It's a 24 hour gaming marathon (EDIT: 25 hours! Daylight Savings Time!!) to raise money for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life has raised over $50 million for sick & injured kids. I'm raising money for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center (yes, I know I live in NY now, but it's basically CT. It's a long story.) All donations are tax-deductible.
  14. 4 points
    Br1ans Man Cave

    Brian's Man Cave

    Here is my video on the Atari 7800 classic Food Fight!
  15. 4 points
    Atari Creep

    My house is burning down

    I am SOOOOOOO sorry it took me this long to get to it but I hope this helps buddy.
  16. 4 points
    43300 VERY interesting game this time! Emulating (OpenEMU) with a USB gamepad. STRONG LANGUAGE
  17. 4 points
    Congratulations atarilbc! Congratulations @atarilbc on a most excellent high score! Did you guys enjoy Robotron on the 7800? I'd like to offer @RetroGameBoyz a very special welcome to the forums! The new dual-pad Atari 2600/7800 controller is a great new addition to the platform! You guys posted some seriously impressive scores on a very challenging game. All of you give yourself a pat on the back, I hope you all had fun with this one! Congrats to everyone who played! I'd like to encourage atarilbc to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and maybe this Challenge can continue on! Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be for the TurboGrafx-16! ROBOTRON: 2084 FINAL STANDINGS 1 ATARILBC 408,475 2 CHAS10E 278,350 3 RICKR 231,675 4 GREENWEEN 160,025 5 KAMAKAZI20012 138,200 6 ATARI CREEP 134,800 7 CONTROL ISSUES 68,050
  18. 4 points

    The Jag Bar

    DEFENDER 2000 drops today on The Jag Bar. This is the first new episode of The Jag Bar since the Cybermorph Christmas Special in December 2016! The Boyz play @an ox Jeff Minter's Defender 2000 on the Atari Jaguar. Four Defender games in one - Defender 2000, Classic Defender, Defender Plus and Plasma Pong. Make sure you’re subscribed. Big shoutout to @Atari Creep and everybody who made it to the livestream of the filming of this show (see my post above). New episodes coming all summer long:
  19. 4 points
    Here we go....here's a few shots from the Star Trek traveling exhibit that started in Seattle in 2017, featuring the collection of Paul G. Allen. No "Guardian on the Edge of Forever" though....dang. I would have loved to see that. I'm sad there's no TrekMD in sick bay, but we do get Engineer RickR in a Jeffries tube.
  20. 4 points

    Squad Challenge - Tetris (NES)

    Incredible, KidA!!! This game is always fun. And good times spent with my son, who showed me a trick or two.
  21. 4 points
    1,765 BITD I always played level 1 I think now because the selector switch on my unit was snapped off & I had to use a butter knife. great squad challenge will definatly play some more of this with wiggly bombs & sheilds space invaders in space with a star-field .... looks pretty cool IMO
  22. 4 points
    I can’t get past the first level. I’m having a difficult time with accuracy. I’ll miss & not being able to fire again until my first shot clears the board is killing me. 😔😔 (Playing on an original 4 switch)
  23. 4 points

    eBay Finds

    Composite modded 2600jr with some games.
  24. 4 points
    Thank you very much sir! 😄 About the GBA, thanks I modded it myself 😇 I got me a AGS-101 screen on Ebay out of China for €30,-. You can also get them now from either Deadpan Robot in the UK and if I’m not mistaken also from Handheld Legend in the US. You do have to solder a wire for power and that is a little tricky due to the very small solderpoint but with a little patience you’ll probably can do it no problem! One thing: before you buy the screen, be sure to check wether you need the included ribbon cable to be 32-pin or 40-pin. You can do this by removing the battery cover on your GBA. You’ll see a number on the mother board. For a 32-pin it will start with “1” and for a 40-pin it will start with a “0”. As for the shell, you have to modify the front somewhat by cutting some plastic so it’ll fit but it’s an easy enough job. 💪😎 To all of you, it was a lot of fun, thanks for pushing me with those awesome scores! This game is one of the first Master System games I owned. Never managed to beat it, even now I didn’t make it past Mandara. Looks like you almost HAVE to beat the game with 1 life because if you die in the later levels and you lose your powerups.. it’s game over very fast. Tips from anyone who did beat the game?
  25. 4 points
    Nothing new... but took a pic for Twitter earlier and figured I'd throw it in here... 😃
  26. 4 points
    Awesome challenge!! I already see a lot of great attempts 😅 I’ll definitely have a crack at this. The Master System was my second console after the 2600 and shinobi was one of my favorite games back then! Never managed to beat it though, curious to see how I’ll do now 😄 -edit- allright here’s my first try: 139050. Only 1 bar left when I got to tha choppaaa!
  27. 4 points

    Storm's Giveaway - THE PICKS!

    alrighty I go with the Arcade Controller Lightswitch , the sound went out on mine (yes I changed the battery :P ) @RickR I think is next
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  29. 4 points
    Coming in at pick number 9.... Control Issues Running list... 12. BlackCatz40 11. Willie! 10. greenween 9. Control Issues 8.
  30. 4 points
    Hmm 🤔 @Marco1019 has been active with us in Wednesday Night Atari Chat lately, he's new here but signed up well before the cut-off. Same for @Mr Toon @Br1ans Man Cave and @atarifan95, maybe they'd like to jump in! Can't forget @atarilbc! @GRay Defender has a YouTube channel I really enjoy! He's a longtime member of the forums, I wonder if he'd like to participate in the Giveaway? @Atarileaf and @Gemini Gamer are both in Canada, but maybe they want to build up their collections and join in? @kamakazi20012, do you think @BlackCatz40 would want to participate? @btbfilms76 is directing and acting in a play right now and has been pretty swamped, I will get ahold of him and make sure he sees this.
  31. 4 points
    That's a better idea than a maze game where you are trying to guide a drunk ET through a house, while at the same time guiding Elliot through a classroom avoiding frogs. (When Spielberg asked for a maze game, this must've been what he had in mind) Sorry Rick.😔 I had several games in the 600-800 range, but then I was finally able to destroy the first wave, which gave me some breathing room (in most games an AT-AT reaches the end before I lose my lives. They move pretty fast in this variation). 1664
  32. 4 points
    I've added STAR WARS DAY as a new event to our Community Calendar which we will be celebrating every year! Join us for a day of Special Events in the Forums this Saturday, May the Fourth to celebrate the World of Star Wars! Events include a special High Score Squad Challenge, and YouTube Creators sharing their special Star Wars Day content! I hope to see you there! Celebrate Star Wars Day in the forums May the 4th! *SPECIAL EVENT! Celebrate The World of Star Wars in the forums every year on May the 4th! Join us for a day of special events! Special High Score Squad Challenge Event! YouTube Creators Posting Special Star Wars Content! Be There!
  33. 4 points
    Hello everybody, It's been months in the making and now has come to big day, well tomorrow actually 😊. I am extremely proud to announce that the Kickstarter crowdfunding for the Atari: a Visual History start at 10am CET - 20th of April 2019I am extremely proud of the achievement and work on this first book under the "Greyfox Books" first debut publication and especially proud of this fantastic achievement and I will update this post tomorrow with the link to it's page and hopefully will have some of you along for the trip with me as I venture into the the world of bringing something special to all Atari fans around the world.Thank you guys 👍
  34. 4 points
    Pac-Man 8K by DINTAR816 Atari 2600 Controller: JOYSTICK / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE Difficulty Level: Default Achieve high score to win challenge Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! ✔ Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST April 14th, 2019 Objective: Play for the highest possible score using the difficulty settings defined in the challenge. Post a photo or video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between April 1st through April 14th, 2019. Screen captures are not allowed as they are 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 or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following rules and game settings as delineated in the Squad Challenge. You may chose your preference of DINTAR816's Pac-Man 8K ROM. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed. Difficulty Level: Default. Press FIRE to start. Fair Play: 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 no use of cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, rewinds, Photoshop, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage is allowed. Everybody hates a cheater. More: To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: https://forums.atari.io/topic/1219-high-score-squad-how-to-play/ Message: Welcome to our 55th Squad Challenge! This time we're celebrating National Pac-Man Day on April 3rd by playing our first Atari Homebrew game in a regular Squad Challenge, Pac-Man 8K by DINTAR816! Pac-Man 8K shines in many ways that the original Atari 2600 Pac-Man release was lacking. DINTAR816 includes an arcade-like blue maze and black background, multi-colored ghosts and cutscenes just like the arcade version. Many consider DINTAR816's 8K version of Pac-Man to be one of the best for the platform. While still not arcade perfect, the 8K edition is closer than Atari's official version. Pac-Man 8K can also be commonly found on Atari Flashback consoles and handhelds released over the past few years, so this homebrew can be found at Walmart, Target, Sam's Club, etc. We're venturing into Homebrew territory as a fun way to celebration National Pac-Man Day 2019! We're also celebrating AtariAge user DINTAR816's contribution to the Pac-Man legacy on Atari with this masterpiece. We owe DINTAR816 a debt of gratitude for the time, effort and passion involved in creating Pac-Man 8K. THANK YOU! Remember to celebrate National Pac-Man Day 2019 on Wednesday, April 3rd and good luck to everyone playing! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be for the TurboGrafx-16! We also have a special one-day event challenge coming up as well. pacman2600_8k_v8test_corn.bin
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    Star Wars 9 trailer is out!

    And HOLY HELL it looks good.
  36. 4 points
    Lunchtime score: 77,240.
  37. 4 points
    A lot of newcomers to the 7800 have a problem identifying the difficulty switches on the 7800, since they are unlabeled, small and a little hidden. They are located next to the joystick ports. When pushed to the left, they are in the B position, and when pushed to the right, they are in the A position. B<->A But wait? B comes before A? Doesn't that seem backwards? Why did Atari do that? Because the B stands for Beginner and A for Advanced. Some games switch this, but for most games you want to start with them in the B position. Just remember B(eginner) <-> A(dvanced) FYI-Some games also use them for different functions while other games don't use them at all. (A quick thanks goes to RIckR. I used a picture he shared in the Canyon Bomber High Score Squad thread, and added the letters as a visual aid)
  38. 3 points
    This was a tough one, good job guys.
  39. 3 points
    BTW I used the Sega Master System Control Pad this time for playing Pole Position II. I always have this perception of the Master System controller being clumsy and soggy... Until I pull it out again and actually play it. I don't hate it. I really like it a lot. It felt solid and responsive. After playing Hang On this summer on Sega Master System, the Control Pad felt like a very natural choice for playing Pole Position II. I hadn't done it in a while and plugged it in expecting there to be some issues but it worked perfectly. This is a great option to consider without having to mod an NES controller or custom build a new controller.
  40. 3 points
    Congratulations Everybody! Congratulations everybody on your high scores! How was Pole Position II on the Fuji track? Pole Position II gets some hate on the Atari 7800 but I think it's a fun (and sometimes tricky!) adaptation of an incredible arcade game. I'd like to offer Gianna a very special welcome to the forums for participating in this Squad Challenge. You guys posted some seriously impressive scores on a very challenging track. You can bet we'll be back here this time next year to take on another PPII track. I hope everybody enjoyed our Summer Events this year, including the Pole Position II Grand Prix, Howard Scott Warshaw Day, and Pizza Party Weekend! We'll have some fun stuff coming up for the Fall and Winter too. Congrats to everyone who played! I'll post my new high score on the Scoreboard, and maybe this Challenge can continue on! Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be for the Sega Genesis! 2019 POLE POSITION II GRAND PRIX FINAL STANDINGS 1 JUSTIN 71,450 2 KID A 70,500 3 RICKR 70,100 4 ATARI CREEP 69,500 5 KAMAKAZI20012 66,350 6 GREENWEEN 65,550 7 LAUREN TYLER 65,000 8 CONTROL ISSUES 64,750 9 TREK MD 32,100 10 GIANNA 30,610
  41. 3 points
    Br1ans Man Cave

    Brian's Man Cave

    DK Arcade on Intellivision | Brian Play
  42. 3 points
    Woot! I made it to mission 6! 170,800 Oh, and I still dont like mission 4, lol.
  43. 3 points

    C64 Mini is on clearance at Gamestop

    $30!! I got one. Its a steal at that price. Pulled from a Facebook group post.
  44. 3 points
    Mr Toon

    Storm's Giveaway - THE PICKS!

  45. 3 points

    Storm's Giveaway - THE PICKS!

    For my two picks, I want RS Soccer and RS Tennis, as well as International Soccer and Human Cannonball, all for the A2600. Thanks.
  46. 3 points

    Storm's Giveaway - THE PICKS!

    @Atari Creep, @nosweargamer, @chas10e & @RickR are all up next!
  47. 3 points
    Br1ans Man Cave

    Brian's Man Cave

    E.T. Atari 2600 | Brian Plays
  48. 3 points
    JUSTIN! Why did you pick this game?!?! The issues I had with this game from decades ago are returning. I am finding it very difficult to the game off for any reason. I'm not sure if this was a good thing or not LOL. I've got the tunes playing in my head when I sleep.
  49. 3 points
    I own both versions and I enjoy them both. The Inty version looks and sounds better but the gameplay is good in both versions.
  50. 3 points

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Thank you Kid A! Merry Christmas to you and I will most definitely put this to good use in the game room!
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