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  1. 9 points
    Hey guys! I am just your average Retro Gaming fan! Grew up with the Intellivision, Commodore 64 and Atari 2600. Still love to collect and play and I also have a YouTube channel called Brian's Man Cave where I show off and play Retro consoles and games My buds The Atari Creep, The No Swear Gamer and ArcadeUSA often mention t his forum on their channels, so I decided to hop on board. Here is my latest video about The Atari Creep:
  2. 7 points
    RockyRaccoon

    Greetings! Hello! Salutations!

    I'm new around here! My name is 'Dan' but I go by the online moniker 'Rocky Raccoon'. I've been collecting since about my teen years. I am currently 34. I like collecting a heck of a whole lot, and have a varied collection of consoles. My favorite era is probably the mid eighties, onwards. The first two machines I ever played on we're an Atari 2600 in my dad's basement on a B&W TV, and my Dad's Commodore 64. My favorite retrogame series is The Fantasy Zone series of games. I was first introduced to collecting through a dear old friend back in MA, USA, and have been in the hobby since. I've been learning to get into the technical side of the hobby-- learning to fix consoles-- diagnose problems and fix them, though I still have a long ways to go-- though I do have a background in electronic schematic reading thanks to CAD courses I took in high school that have generally helped me a bunch there. I learned about this place primarily through the NoSwearGamer on Youtube where this place was mentioned once in a while, and decided to come check it out. I also hang around AtariAge with the same user name.
  3. 7 points
    Congratulations Kid A! Congratulations @Kid A on your awesome score! Great game guys, Sonic was a real blast! I hope everybody enjoyed our Summer Pizza Party Weekend and got to enjoy a slice or two yourself. Congrats to everyone who played! I'd like to encourage Kid A 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 Super Nintendo on July 1st! See you there! SONIC THE HEDGEHOG SINGLE LIFE RUN FINAL STANDINGS 1 KID A 200,770 2 NO SWEAR GAMER 130,060 3 CONTROL ISSUES 112,950 4 LAUREN TYLER 31,720 5 ATARI CREEP 29,620 6 ATARILBC 11,200
  4. 7 points
    John Champeau proves once again why he's the best at doing arcade ports for the VCS (and puts the 7800 version to shame in the process):
  5. 6 points
    What this guy did is incredible. 🤯 Hats off to him.
  6. 6 points
    Congratulations Rick R! Congratulations @RickR on your fantastic score! These scores were out of this world! I hope everybody enjoyed our Summer Pizza Party Weekend and got to enjoy a slice or two yourself. Congrats to everyone who played! I'd like to encourage RickR 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 Super Nintendo on July 1st! See you there! SPACE INVADERS FINAL STANDINGS 1 RICKR 9,095 2 KAMAKAZI20012 5,640 3 CONTROL ISSUES 3,800 4 GREENWEEN 3,350 5 GRAY DEFENDER 3,120 6 TREK MD 2,855 7 CHAS10E 1,765 8 ATARILBC 1,635 9 LAUREN TYLER 1,520 10 ATARI CREEP 1,510 11 STORM SURGE 1,000
  7. 6 points
    Justin

    Squad Challenge - Tetris (NES)

    Congratulations Kid A! Congratulations @Kid A on your score! How was Tetris this round? I'd like to offer "Rick R Jr." a very special welcome to the forums for participating in this Squad Challenge. I hope everybody enjoyed our Summer Pizza Party Weekend and got to enjoy a slice or two yourself. Congrats to everyone who played! I'd like to encourage Kid A 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 Super Nintendo on July 1st! See you there! TETRIS 1 KID A 280,835 2 STORM SURGE 62,442 3 GREENWEEN 59,358 4 ATARILBC 49,285 5 RICKR JR. 32,668 6 CONTROL ISSUES 31,883 7 ATARI CREEP 31,705 8 LAUREN TYLER 27,074 9 RICKR 22,670 10 KAMAKAZI20012 15,583
  8. 6 points
    Justin

    ATARI I/O SUMMER PIZZA FESTIVAL!

    SUMMER PIZZA FESTIVAL! 🕹️ 🍺 🍕 A CELEBRATION OF PIZZA, GAMES & SUMMER 🍕 🍺 🕹️ ____________ SIDEWALK SALE Buy, Sell & Trade! This is a great time to tidy up and let go of dupes in your collection! Polish up those spares and trades, take photos and post them in the Marketplace! We’ll spread the word that NOW is a great time to check out the new items in the Marketplace. Even if you only have a few items, now is a great time to get them listed, make a trade, check out what others have up, and maybe make a new friend in the process. 🍕 PIZZA PARTY Sample your favorite local pizza and celebrate summer with pizza and games! Invite a friend over for pizza and games at home, or go out to your local pizzeria for a fun night! Share photos in the forums and lets hear about your favorite local pizza place! What's your regional flavor? Is it New York Style, Chicago Deep Dish, Genuine California Pizza? Let’s see that pizza place game room! If you’re eating at home, project Warlords up on the side of your house for an amazing game with friends. It’s a good time to invite new friends to join the Forums. 🍕 LIVESTREAMS Content creators! Livestream pizza & games night from home, or check in LIVE from your local pizzeria with your mobile device. We’ll be there for the action! 🍕 3x HIGH SCORE SQUAD CHALLENGES 3 spectacular Squad Challenges running simultaneously thru the long weekend. Participate in as many of them as you want! 🍕 PLAY-IT-FORWARD Randomly donate/give/send a classic game to someone who might enjoy it, or support your favorite Atari I/O Content Creator with a generous donation on Patreon or PayPal. The spirit of Play-It-Forward is to promote classic gaming while being generous to those who could use a little generosity. This will not be an opportunity for mooches and grifters to pester forum members for free games or insinuate as much. 🍕 "Pizzas, and greasy joysticks, pitcher of root beer and high scores, that’s what it’s all about" - BTB Friday, June 21st - Sunday, June 23rd
  9. 6 points
    Pizza pic adds 100 points to your score. I agree with you on the moving shields. They get in the way. But once you get to the level where the invaders start at the lowest level...you die very quickly.
  10. 6 points
    True Story, back in the day I rented from a store that had an amazing selection of games, I rented Tengen Tetris one day, loved it, a week later I returned to rent it again, I could not find it, I asked the clerk, he said pointed to the Nintendo Tetris, I was thrown off at first and said "Er, no, I don't think that is the one, the one I rented was not made by Nintendo". Long story short, he denied they had, OR EVER HAD any other version, even me clearly stating you DID because I rented it, he was trying (for some reason) to cover so hard "Are you sure it was HERE you rented it?", he absolutely would not budge on it, insisted they never had any other version so I just dropped it. Only years later, when I would come to read articles and info in magazines etc, would I learn the story of TENGEN TETRIS and TENGEN themselves, now I still do not know WHY exactly this occurred, maybe the clerk bought (or stole?) the TENGEN version because he had learned that TENGEN would have to pull sales? Maybe the store was ordered to PULL the game off their shelf? But in either of those cases WHY claim they NEVER had it in the first place? So whatever the reason I can only suspect wrong doing on the clerk or store managers part because of their behavior acting like they were never in possession of the game, like it was some highly illegal item like plutonium or something 😜. Anyways, carry on, was not my intention to disrupt this thread but all this talk about TETRIS, OFFICIAL, TENGEN etc, just brought back that silly memory that comes back whenever I hear the TENGEN name lol. FEEL FREE TO MOVE THIS to OFF TOPIC or perhaps WEIRD STORIES under CLASSIC GAMING or something.......CARRY ON GUYS. 😆😎🍻
  11. 6 points
    nosweargamer

    NSG's 2019 Sidewalk Sale

    Prices are good through the end of the month (June 2019). Prices include shipping. Trades are welcome. These items are also available for sale on ebay, and you can see pictures there, but if you buy on ebay, it will cost more. Pictures on ebay: https://www.ebay.com/sch/integritygames/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from= Chase The Chuckwagon (Loose, Atari 2600) $75 Cosmic Corridor (Loose, Rough Label, Atari 2600) $25 Title Match Pro Wrestling (New, Atari 2600) $15 Super Football (Atari 2600, Loose $5, New $8) Jackbox Party Pack (360, New) $8 Dragon Trap or Football Tomy Pocket Games - $10 each or both for $16 Pac-Man MGA B&W LCD Mini Arcade Game - $9
  12. 6 points
    RickR

    Storms Giveaway 2 Haul!!!

    My stuff arrived today too. THANK YOU STORMSURGE!! Here's a pic, including Creep's falsies.
  13. 6 points
    StormSurge

    Jeopardy

    Is anyone else besides me swept up in James-mania? In case you haven't heard, the current champ is obliterating the Jeopardy record books. After 9 games, he already owns the top 3 single day earnings records. He's a machine. Ken Jennings holds the total earnings record in 74 games. James is on pace to break that record somewhere in the 20 game range. It's like Jordan, Tiger & Ruth in their primes, all rolled into one. Here's the first time he broke it (he's done it two more times & I have a feeling he's not done yet):
  14. 6 points
    kamakazi20012

    Storm's Giveaway - THE PICKS!

    Here's what has been taken. List is continued from SS's list on first page. chas10e - Kool Aid Man & Elevator Action nosweargamer - Joust (NES) & Friday The 13th (NES) Atari Creep - MegaForce and Turmoil (Atari 2600) Mr Toon - Stampede & Jungle Hunt (Atari 2600) Gray Defender - Passed Control Issues - Golgo 13 (NES) and Zaxxon (2600) greenween - D&D (Intv) & Bayou Billy (NES) BlackCatz40 - Othello & Mario Bros. (2600) BlackCatz40 - Soccer (2600) & Sneak King (360) greenween - Tutankham & Blackjack (2600) Control Issues - PGA 3 (Gen) & Generator (DC) GRay Defender - Kinectimals (360) & Win Lose or Draw (NES) I hope this helps.
  15. 6 points
    atarilbc

    New (to me) Car

    When I was out of town for the holidays, I left my car parked with my soon to be ex-wife at the house. Living downtown now, I can't leave it in the same space for more than a day or two. I figure, I still own (and pay for) the driveway, right? She drove it and parked it overnight at a Christmas party where it got sideswiped. The driver didn't leave a note so I had to make a claim under insurance. If it were a normal car, it would've been a fix of about $4,000, but because it was an EV (a LEAF) there are special battery handling requirements that made it a total loss. I was shocked, frankly. So I went a month without a car. I live close to work and bike a lot so it wasn't horrible but getting across town on transit or out to LA or Orange County was a pain. And then there's the rain. So last weekend, after 8 years of driving a zero emission vehicle, I returned to the dark side of fossil fuel with this gently used MINI Cooper S 4-door. The MINI has 189HP and was the closest thing I could find with the zippiness and immediacy of an EV. I will really have to watch my speed though as I keep blowing past 80 without feeling it. They actually have a "speed warning" that you can set to your MPH of choice. It's currently on 90. 😂😂😂 Anyway, a week in and I'm really loving it. It's decidedly retro with chrome toggle switches everywhere and bonnet stripes. It has super tight handling and is a dream on the freeway. It might be too much fun, really. Aside from the red, it's not exactly a midlife crisis car but it's as close as I am likely to get.
  16. 6 points
    Congratulations RadioPoultry! Congratulations @RadioPoultry on an excellent run! Super Mario Land is possibly one of the most important killer aps of all time, which along with Tetris helped launch the Game Boy to stratospheric dominance. For many of us this was the first Mario sequel we got to play, and we really loved joining Mario in a new adventure of ancient ruins, giant crabs, flying stone heads and strange creatures! I can never see the stone heads of Easter Island without thinking of playing this game out by the pool. Super Mario Land was our first GameBoy Squad Challenge, as well as our first Single-Life Run. I wasn't sure if we'd have a good turnout for our first Game Boy game, it was great to see so many of you jump in on this Challenge! @RadioPoultry won the Squad Challenge with a high score of 198,500. @Kid A was right on his tail with an incredible 181,390. @atarilbc brought his A-Game with his Lunchtime Unwinds, posting a high score of 87,510. @ThatBuffGamer posted an impressive 69,340. I showed up with @kamakazi20012, @Atari Creep and @RickR to post our best! Congrats to everyone who played! I'd encourage RadioPoultry to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and maybe this Challenge can continue on! Our next Squad Challenge will be for the Atari ST. 2019 will be changing it up in High Score Squad with new challenges for Lynx, SNES, Genesis, Master System, Atari ST, Jaguar, 5200, TurboGrafx-16, Intellivision, ColecoVision, Game Boy and much much more, in addition to the usual lineup of video game systems. We may even have an Arcade challenge! Be ready to play all of these game systems, we'll be breaking new ground with more interesting Squad Challenges coming up very soon and throughout the year, and we hope to see you there. Way to go everybody! SUPER MARIO LAND SINGLE LIFE RUN FINAL STANDINGS 1 RADIO POULTRY 198,500 2 KID A 181,390 3 ATARILBC 87,510 4 THAT BUFF GAMER 69,340 5 JUSTIN 52,410 6 KAMAKAZI20012 46,610 7 ATARI CREEP 38,200 8 RICKR 15,680
  17. 6 points
    178010
  18. 6 points
    Willie!

    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)
  19. 6 points
    btbfilms76

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Merry Christmas Kid A! Be looking in the mail for your card and I hope to see you in Pixel Vault Games soon!
  20. 6 points
    jmjustin6

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Wow! Thanks alot rick. I have heard great thing about the uncharted games and I've only played like 30 min of the 3rd one. I always wanted to get them all and play them. Thanks!
  21. 6 points
    Atari Creep

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    HUGE thanks to No Swear Gamer. He knocked it out of the park with this package. Words can't express my gratitude. THANK YOU I tried my best not to cuss but a few slipped out. SORRY!!!!!!!
  22. 6 points
    correagonzalez

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Btw I received my secret Santa!!! Thanks! Hope my gift gets to the lucky one by tomorrow
  23. 6 points
    308 I hope I did the video right. Final score is at 1:49. CanyonBomber.mp4
  24. 6 points
    I was practicing a bit this past week. This is a game I didn't like, until this HSS informed me I was playing it wrong! I didn't realize it wasn't timed based, but missed shot based! Really changed things. All this time I thoughts it was a boring button masher... Here's my best score. Ironically, I ignored trying to keep up with the computer and ended up trouncing the cheater (since he is allowed to miss as much as he wants)! 1142 (Atari GH Vol 2, played on my 3DS)
  25. 5 points
    Hi Guys - thanks so much for the support and kind words. I finally got around to joining the forums - just wanted to provide you a brief update on this project - I have a few of the Robotron controllers available here: retrogameboyz.com - it's just my eBay listings. I have lots of parts and try to assemble a few each day. https://www.ebay.com/sch/retrogameboyz/m.html Check my feedback and let me know what you think. I offer 30 day free returns if you are unsatisfied for any reason, so you can't lose. Even if you want to try it out and decide that it's not exactly what you wanted etc. I have sold about 700 controllers since March 2018. I constantly improving things and making different configurations. I recently started 3D Printing others some as those I have sold to wanted more customization. I do take requests as well. I am on v3 of the case and v1.2 of the boards - so far the units I have tested seem promising. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again! Here is the Robotron controller Demonstration:
  26. 5 points
    Pizza's here let the Party BEGIN!!
  27. 5 points
    I'm going to live stream some ColecoVision games tonight on my Instagram page. These are some titles I might play. Watch if you can. ✌ @GoldenGalaxiesGaming
  28. 5 points
    It took some doing but the difficulty switch started working. Not that it was much of an improvement.😂😂😂 1,635. Oh, and I dug out my red box copy for this challenge.
  29. 5 points
    Justin

    Squad Challenge - Tetris (NES)

    Here's a nice comparison between the two:
  30. 5 points
    chas10e

    Storms Giveaway 2 Haul!!!

    I didn't get "the memo" but I did get all the cool schwag I was able to select. and as the- @Atari Creep described the "fake boobies" as they will now forever be called. Thanks again @StormSurge
  31. 5 points
    Don’t want to discourage you guys but I just managed to beat my previous highscore.. it’s now 291800 😅 Haven’t been able to beat this boss though, this is like the third time I’ve reached him since I was twelve. Never did beat the game haha This time I’m playing the game on my GBA with my Sega Master System Classics cart.
  32. 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.
  33. 5 points
    97,400. Just 50 points behind @nosweargamer!
  34. 5 points
    nosweargamer

    Storm's Giveaway - THE PICKS!

    I've updated the list. I hope this helps @StormSurge when he returns from his busy weekend. fergojisan - Luigi's Mansion & Mario Golf (GC) kamakazi20012 - Xbox 360 RickR - Alien 2600 CIB & SW Rebel Strike (GC) chas10e - Pigs in Space (2600) & Bomberman (NES) nosweargamer - TMNT III (NES) & Mario Kart Double Dash (GC) Atari Creep - Gamecube Mr Toon - Wii GRay Defender - Family Feud (Genesis) & Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (360) Control Issues - Altered Beast (Genesis) & Mario Bros. (NES) greenween - NES Willie! - Mattel Electronic Football BlackCatz40 - GI Joe: Cobra Strike (2600) & Activision Decathalon (2600) BlackCatz40 - Miniature Golf (2600) & Trick Shot (2600) Willie! - Tandyvision greenween - Ms. Pac Man Plug & Play Control Issues - River City Ransom (NES) & Ghostbusters (2600) GRay Defender - Jeopardy! (X360) & The Simpsons: Bart vs. The World (NES) Mr Toon - Atlantis (Int.) & Metal Gear (NES) Atari Creep - Astrosmash (Int.) & Mission X (Int.) nosweargamer - 3-D Worldrunner (NES) & Double Dare (NES) chas10e - Arcade Controller Lightswitch RickR - Xevious (NES) & Commando (NES) kamakazi20012 - Dr. Mario (NES) & Super Mario Bros./Duck Hunt (NES) kamakazi20012 - Gauntlet (NES) & Halo CE Anniversary (X360) RickR - Cobra Triangle (NES) & Gyromite (NES) chas10e - Kool Aid Man (2600) & Elevator Action (NES) nosweargamer - Joust (NES) & Friday the 13th (NES, with manual?) Atari Creep - MegaForce (2600) & Turmoil (2600) Mr Toon - Stampede (2600) & Jungle Hunt (2600) GRay Defender - skipped Control Issues - Golgo 13 (NES) & Zaxxon (2600) greenween - D & D (Intv) & Bayou Billy (NES) BlackCatz40 - Othello (2600) & Mario Bros. (2600) BlackCatz40 - Championship Soccer (2600) & Sneak King (X360) greenween - Tutankham (2600) & Blackjack (2600) Control Issues - PGA Tour 3 (Gen) & Generator Demo (Dreamcast) GRay Defender - Win Lose or Draw (NES) & Kinectimals (X360) Mr Toon Atari Creep nosweargamer chas10e RickR kamakazi20012 kamakazi20012 RickR chas10e nosweargamer Atari Creep Mr Toon GRay Defender Control Issues greenween BlackCatz40 BlackCatz40 greenween Control Issues GRay Defender Mr Toon Atari Creep nosweargamer chas10e RickR kamakazi20012 kamakazi20012 RickR chas10e nosweargamer Atari Creep Mr Toon GRay Defender Control Issues greenween BlackCatz40 BlackCatz40 greenween Control Issues GRay Defender Mr Toon Atari Creep nosweargamer chas10e RickR kamakazi20012
  35. 5 points
    GRay Defender

    Storm's Giveaway - THE PICKS!

    Oh yes, tells you how close I am paying attention how about Kinectimals (Kinect) ?
  36. 5 points
    Atari Creep

    Storm's Giveaway - THE PICKS!

    @Mr Toon see what you did? Now neither of us have it. Hope you're happy now. haha
  37. 5 points
    greenween

    Storm's Giveaway - THE PICKS!

    Just got home from work. I'm going to figure out what's left and post my picks soon.
  38. 5 points
    StormSurge

    Storm's Giveaway - THE PICKS!

    Okay, I will remove the manuals that have matching games from the list & include them with the games. Thanks all!!
  39. 5 points
    StormSurge

    Storm's Giveaway - DRAFT RESULTS

    Congratulations.... fergojisan!!! Running list... 12. BlackCatz40 11. Willie! 10. greenween 9. Control Issues 8. GRay Defender 7. Mr Toon 6. Atari Creep 5. nosweargamer 4. chas10e 3. RickR 2. kamakazi20012 1. fergojisan
  40. 5 points
    Here's pics of my Intellivision stuff... Got all of this from a coworker. It was literally one of those, "Look what I found in my mom's attic" kind of deals. He tried selling it all to a local game store, but didn't like their offer then he came to me. I told him he should have come to me first. lol I offered him $50 and he accepted. Then I found out that I could only get $40 out as cash at the register, so I told him I'd owe him the other 10 and he said not to worry about it. The $40 was already over twice what the game store offered him. 😃 (Sorry the pics aren't that great... need to take updated ones. These are on my old apartment's kitchen floor and the dark color tile wasn't a good choice for a background.)
  41. 5 points
    Congratulations Marco1019! Congratulations @Marco1019 on an excellent score! DINTAR816's Pac-Man-Man 8K was our first Homebrew Squad Challenge, I'm thrilled to see the turnout and enthusiasm for this game! Kudos to DINTAR816 for creating this amazing home-brew! It was great to have all of you jump in this challenge, and to welcome new member Marco1019 to the forums! Marco won the Squad Challenge with a high score of 146,770. @kamakazi20012 brought his A-Game with 61,140 points, and @RadioPoultry took 3rd with 47,560 points. @atarilbc scored 41,790 points, @TrekMD checked in with 37,750 points and @RickR was right on his tail with 37,610. @Atari Creep rounded things out with 11,680 points. I disqualified my score because I started playing the wrong ROM. Great showing guys! Congrats to everyone who played! I'd like to welcome Marco1019 to the Atari I/O Forums and encourage him to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and maybe this Challenge can continue on! Our next Squad Challenge will be for the TurboGrafx-16 and will begin tomorrow, Tuesday, April 16th. See you there! PAC-MAN 8K FINAL STANDINGS 1 MARCO1019 146,770 2 KAMAKAZI20012 61,140 3 RADIO POULTRY 47,560 4 ATARILBC 41,790 5 TREKMD 37,750 6 RICKR 37,610 7 ATARI CREEP 11,680
  42. 5 points
    Jake

    NSG's April Giveaway!

    Easter eggs!
  43. 5 points
    I reached 89K on my stream the other night so I set my new goal for 100K. I set my new PB a short while ago: 146,770. I reached the 4th Key and stumbled a bit. Nonetheless, I'm thrilled with this run.
  44. 5 points
    atarilbc

    Hyperkin "The Trooper" Controller

    I picked up a Hyperkin "The Trooper" controller this week for $15. This is the "improved" version of the controller that shipped with the first run of the Retron 77 last summer. Apparently, Hyperkin took the criticism of their initial controller and improved it for subsequent runs of the Retron 77. In addition, they offer it as a stand alone purchase. I'm not really in the market for a 2600 compatible emulation box but I was interested in the controller. Here are the basic details: Ambidextrous two-button layout Faux "woodgrain" styling 10 ft. cable Angled corners for comfort Traditionally styled joystick I put about two hours on the controller playing a variety of games. For purposes of comparison, I also played the games with an Atari CX-40 (XE version) which I purchased NOS from B&C Computervisions. The games that I played included Berzerk, Ms. Pac-Man, Q-bert, Spider Fighter, Missile Command and Demon Attack. I really wanted to try a cross section of games that put the controller through its paces. Here are my thoughts: Build quality: I've had bad luck with modern 2600 compatible controllers. They frequently break within just a few gaming sessions. The Trooper didn't feel rugged but it doesn't come off as cheap either. The button was more responsive than an Atari CX-40; it felt great. The joystick itself isn't as stiff as a real controller but it didn't feel like it would break. My initial impression is that its a sturdy alternative to some of the other replacements that are on the market. Styling/Design: The first thing I noticed about the control was its angled corners. These are a call back to the Retron itself and its an interesting/handsome look overall. Functionally the corners make the controller slightly more comfortable to hold than a CX-40. The 10 ft. cable is a nice touch and I'm glad to put away my Genesis extensions. The ambidextrous two-button layout is a nice feature but I don't really need it. Its a great inclusion for south paws I suppose. One thing that is a bit off-putting is the faux wood grain. Its a little too orange and doesn't really go with my 4-switch Woody. They might have tried matching the original if they were going through the effort. Control: As I said above, the Trooper didn't feel as stiff as the CX-40. Its a softer overall feeling stick that you don't have to press quite as hard. During my gaming session, I found it to handle diagonals much better than the CX-40. Games like Missile Command and Berzerk were a joy to play. It also fared comparatively well in the shooters Spider Fighter and Demon Attack. The CX-40 had an edge on the 4-way games, particularly Ms. Pac-Man. I found myself missing tight direction changes with the Trooper that I can hit with the CX-40. As I stated above, button response was great; much improved from the CX-40. Overall, I like the Trooper. It seems like a sturdy replacement/spare for 2600 compatible consoles. It stood up well against the CX-40 for most games and the 10 ft. cable and angled corners are a plus. For $15 you can't go wrong. Also, I'm hoping the name is a reference to Iron Maiden. \m/ Have you tried the Trooper? What are your thoughts?
  45. 5 points
    My final attempt this nightshift: I’m off to bed now, have a great day you all and keep playing! 😄
  46. 5 points
    RickR

    Brian's Man Cave

    I won an indy 500 tournament once.
  47. 5 points
    atarilbc

    New Gaming Rig

    I finally got a TV stand for my new place and hooked up some of my favorite consoles: a PS4 Pro, AVS, Saturn, Jaguar and 2600. I'm running the classic consoles through a RetroTINK to a 49" Samsung 4K HDR TV. It looks amazing! I did have my 7800 hooked up but the RetroTINK and the LHE mod don't seem to get along too well. After about 20 minutes, I started getting really weird interference. The LHE mod is temperamental so I'm going to try a simple modded 7800 eventually. Anyway, here are a few pictures. The screenshots are from my phone and do not do the picture justice. I also wanted to show my attempt at cable management to get everything off the floor. Because this TV stand has tall legs, it looked really messy at first. I even grabbed a wooden box for the power strips and bricks.
  48. 5 points
    Willie!

    Happy to Join this Awesome Forum!

    welp, Brians here, Im out...... just kidding hee hee hee, welcome aboard Brian!
  49. 5 points
    atarilbc

    Ch...ch...ch...changes

    I appreciate all of the support. I know things could be a lot worse and there are a lot of positives. I'm just throwing myself into my work, getting back in shape (20 down, 15 lbs to goal!), playing guitar and reconnecting with friends. Oddly, my twenty year-old daughter and I haven't been this close since she was a pre-teen. It's been cool to spend time together. I went back to my hometown of Columbus, OH over the holidays and it was just the recharge that I needed. It can only get better from here. A quick retro gaming story from my trip. My buddy of 28 years took me to a barcade in north Columbus for some pinball and games. We went to a Ms. Pac-man and about 8 minutes in to my play, he was like "I mean, I know you are into this stuff but I didn't know you were this good. Do you think that you'd die before I can grab us another round?" LOL! Even with the blue "Tron" concoctions I was drinking I left with the high score. It wasn't terribly high; I think they must turn off the machines. I'll take it anyway. 😂 @RickR has it right; its sunrise in Long Beach, CA. Also known as "The LBC." As in, "atariLBC." I moved here in my early twenties and it's truly home now. Again, thanks everyone and I hope each of you had a merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
  50. 5 points
    Look what my brother got me for Christmas!
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