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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. 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.
  3. 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 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
  4. 6 points
    178010
  5. 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)
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!!!!!!!
  9. 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
  10. 6 points
    308 I hope I did the video right. Final score is at 1:49. CanyonBomber.mp4
  11. 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)
  12. 5 points
    Control Issues

    Hi there...

    New here, obviously. Saw the posts on Twitter and followed. Didn't realize it was a forum until I saw the post about the chat and decided to check it out. Thought, "Oh, they're doing a TurboGrafx R-Type scoring thing... I wanna put in a score." 😃 I'm in the East Texas area, about two hours East of Dallas. Been playing video games since my family first got a pong clone in the late 70s/early 80s. Been collecting for about 25 years or so, but still don't have a huge collection. Too many consoles, too many games, not enough money. The usual. Been member of the AtariAge forums for about ten years. Figured I'd branch out some. Pic is of me at the National Videogame Museum in Frisco Texas. It's a great place to visit if you're in the Dallas area.
  13. 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.)
  14. 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
  15. 5 points
    This is the Comlynx Cable I bought on a trip to Toys R Us with my family late one Friday night after school in the Fall of 1993. It was my first Lynx purchase and one of the first things I ever bought as a retrogamer. I had this tradition: Whenever I was super excited to get a new video game system, I would start my collection with something very small. Maybe an inexpensive game, or an accessory on clearance. That way, at least I’d have a little something to bring home and start my Lynx collection. It was something to pick up and look at a million times while I mowed lawns and saved up all summer to buy an Atari Lynx system and a few good games. I was 11 or 12 years old and it was my way of planting my flag in the ground and declaring “Hey everybody, this is the next frontier of my collection and YES I’m going to do this!” It was no easy task to save up $200-$300 when you’re a kid and this was my way of getting amped up and committing to saving up for a big purchase! I was planting the seeds of my collection. I bought this Comlynx Cable for $9 on that first night. The following Friday I returned to Toys R Us and bought a Lynx Sun Visor ($3) Lynx Pouch ($9) and Lynx Battery Pack ($14). I came home and placed everything on my shelf next to my Atari 2600 and 7800 collection - in a new “Lynx corner”. 26 Years later I still have this little Comlynx Cable, I just posted this on our Atari I/O Instagram account and I’m excited to be able to share this with you. My Comlynx Cable is like the $1 bill they have taped on the wall at every Chinese restaurant, it’s only a dollar but it’s the first dollar they ever made. I was just beginning my journey as a retrogamer, and trips to Toys R Us were the epicenter of my classic gaming passion. It was 1993, the 16-Bit console wars were raging and I was just waking up to the realization of “wait, hold up.. whatever happened to Atari?” Atari used to be everywhere… and somehow now it was gone entirely, with the exception of a few Lynx items in Toys R Us. I started visiting Toys R Us to see what Atari stuff I could find. After all, I hadn’t really looked for Atari stuff in a number of years, maybe I had missed something? By this time, there was nothing to be found of Atari 2600, 5200 or 7800 items. I found out later that whatever was left had all been clearanced out to make room on the shelf for Super Nintendo. The only classic Atari items I could find were off-brand “Gemeni” joysticks and paddle controllers, and an older-style TV switch box. Toys R Us still had Atari Lynx though, and that was enough. At the time, the bright colorful graphics and sound seemed amazing compared to Game Boy. I always found myself drawn to the niche video game stuff in Toys R Us, the Lynx stuff and the TurboGrafx stuff that was sooo good, but unloved and about to go on clearance. The Comlynx Cable was a multiplayer cable that let up to 8 Lynx units chain together for multiplayer games. Comlynx was originally developed to run over infrared links but was changed to a cable-based networking system before the final release. When players walked through the beam, the link would be interrupted. Todd's Adventures in Slime World was the first recordable 8-Player co-op game, and the only 8-Player game for the Atari Lynx.
  16. 5 points
    Jake

    NSG's April Giveaway!

    Easter eggs!
  17. 5 points
    RickR

    Restoring a Big Trak

    I just purchased a Milton Bradley Big Trak on ebay. It was in broken/parts/as-is condition. The price was right, and I thought it would be fun to try and restore it. For those that are unfamiliar -- the Big Trak was an electronically programmable toy vehicle from 1982. More info here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Trak I always wanted one, thanks to commercials like this: I thought I could skip the apple and deliver a beer to my father. Alas, the budget would never allow for this purchase. Until now! Well, the Big Trak arrived yesterday. As advertised, in pretty sad shape. Lots of dirt and grime, a broken battery terminal, and worst of all, a broken front axle. So I immediately got busy. I took apart the wheels and applied some epoxy to that broken axle. Everything removed got washed. Next steps are to take the top off and see what's going on with the electronics. And replace that battery terminal. I've got mixed expectations. I think at the low end, I may end up with a Big Trak that is cosmetically good, but doesn't work. I'd be ok with that...it will look great on a shelf. Best case, I get it fully working. The main body section, not yet opened: Broken battery connector: Fixing Axel Foley. Using a lot of epoxy will make it stronger, and it will still fit in it's slot. Removed parts have been washed.
  18. 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.
  19. 5 points
    RickR

    I finally got a TG-16!

    Found one at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo Swap Meet today. I also included a pic of the other good junk I bought. It works great. Only one game. Anyone have games for sale?
  20. 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?
  21. 5 points
    My final attempt this nightshift: I’m off to bed now, have a great day you all and keep playing! 😄
  22. 5 points
    RickR

    Brian's Man Cave

    I won an indy 500 tournament once.
  23. 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.
  24. 5 points
    gbrsean

    Games to Trade

    I collect 2600,5200,7800 and Intellivision games... here are some of the 2600's I have to trade... let me know what you have. Thanks Sean
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  26. 5 points
    jmjustin6

    Thrift Store Finds

    Goodwill came through again for me today. Awesome find. Sadly it's missing the game. If anyone has the game and case I'd be interested in maybe doing a trade. I've got plenty of stuff
  27. 5 points
    RickR

    3 SMS Versions in 1 Picture

    The trifecta.
  28. 5 points
    atarilbc

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

    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!
  29. 5 points
    Willie!

    Happy to Join this Awesome Forum!

    welp, Brians here, Im out...... just kidding hee hee hee, welcome aboard Brian!
  30. 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.
  31. 5 points
    Kid A

    Gaming history in my hands!

    I can't believe I got to hold this piece of gaming history, let alone it being in my apartment and even being displayed with the rest of my games! This is totally awesome!
  32. 5 points
    TrekMD

    Merry Christmas!

  33. 5 points
    Look what my brother got me for Christmas!
  34. 5 points
    RickR

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Updates! This was a lot of fun. Thanks, everyone.
  35. 5 points
    Congratulations nosweargamer! BOMBS AWAY!! Congratulations to nosweargamer on another win! Great to see so many people turning out for Canyon Bomber and watching everybody's game improve in the thread! I love that you guys are so willing to help each other out with tips and tricks. nosweargamer posted an amazing 1517 points! Kid A had a strong showing with an impressive 1269 points! This was both our last Squad Challenge in the old forums and our first Squad Challenge in the new forums! It was a bit of a bumpy ride but we got through it. A huge congratulations to everybody who turned out for this Squad Challenge and posting absolutely incredible scores! Also a very special welcome to our new member Lauren Tyler who jumped right into High Score Squad and posted her first challenge! Welcome Lauren! chas10e, greenween, RickR, Atari Creep, and Lauren Tyler all posted terrific scores. *Note that greenween's 644 point score was submitted as "You'll just have to take my word for it" due to spilling a drink on his camera. Congrats to everyone who played! I'd encourage nosweargamer to post his new high score on the Scoreboard! I have some cleaning up to do in the Scoreboard now that we've upgraded to the new forums, I should have that done by the end of the week. Way to go guys! CANYON BOMBER FINAL STANDINGS 1 NOSWEARGAMER 1517 2 KID A 1269 3 CHAS10E 1071 4 GREENWEEN 644* 5 RICKR 618 6 ATARI CREEP 580 7 LAUREN TYLER 308
  36. 4 points
    Br1ans Man Cave

    Brian's Man Cave

    Here is my video on the Atari 7800 classic Food Fight!
  37. 4 points
  38. 4 points
    RickR

    NSG's April Giveaway!

    SWEET! I'll get it started with the first Easter egg for my all-time favorite game. Adventure. Thank you!
  39. 4 points
    Why? Why? Why? Why wasn't this the first version of Pac-Man the 2600 got? This is AWESOME balls!! I've got to get this on cart some how. This is BEGGING to be played on real hardware. Here's my score so far. And I am including one screenshot only to provide a clearer picture of the score. It serves no other purpose.
  40. 4 points
    I reached 54K last night while streaming, then topped that score a short while ago: 76350 The challenge in figuring out strats is that the monsters reverse course more frequently in this 8K version.
  41. 4 points
    dauber

    Autobiography of a Schnook

    Well, friends, the time has come... Autobiography of a Schnook has officially launched! The truth is, though, it launched last week. The preface (or, as some podcasts call it, "episode zero") was released, but I didn't want to make an announcement until the first episode (or "chapter") was available as well, just to get both an introduction and some context out there. The podcast is available on all the major podcast providers...except Apple Podcasts / iTunes...because, well...Apple takes up to two weeks to approve podcasts. Heck, even Google Play only took *hours*! But hey, it's out. What's it about? Well...for years it's been my observation that you can go to a library or book store and find biographies of...famous people...but no biographies of just your average, everyday schnook of whom nobody's ever heard. I figured I should publish an autobiography and call it Autobiography of a Schnook. The reality is...I'd never actually finish it. But eventually it occurred to me: why not do it as a podcast? So...here it is. Despite my two video game podcasts and my frequenting of video game fora, my first love is actually music, so every episode will have a segment called "Music for Schnooks." (Spoiler alert: a future episode will have a "Music for Schnooks" guest many of us have heard of. ) Having said that, I will NOT be posting here every time a new episode is out. In an effort to be as on-topic as possible, after this point I will only post when an episode has a video game topic. I just wanted to announce this podcast for now. I don't know if this podcast will be any kind of success, but I really don't care; I just want to do it, and I invite you all to give it a listen. The home page is schnookpodcast.com. There's a Facebook presence, so you can "like" the page at facebook.com/SchnookPodcast if you do the FB thing. Episode links are below: ----------------- PREFACE: Welcome to the world of a schnook. Sean isn’t anybody rich, famous, heroic, or otherwise remarkable; he’s just a schnook. And he’s here to not only tell his story, but also to refer to himself in the third person. https://www.schnookpodcast.com/audio/Schnook_Preface.mp3 ------------------ CHAPTER 1: In the first chapter of Autobiography of a Schnook, Sean focuses on Thanksgiving-related topics: – A Thanksgiving Curse? – Music For Schnooks: Don’t Meet Your Heroes (Troubled Genius Edition) https://www.schnookpodcast.com/audio/Schnook_Chapter001.mp3
  42. 4 points
    Lunchtime score: 77,240.
  43. 4 points
    As long as we're enjoying the game, here is some history behind it:
  44. 4 points
    nads

    Dragster - Atari 2600

    Dragster Atari 2600 Difficulty: Default High Score: 5.57 October 12th, 2017 Notes: Run Starts at 7:42 on Video
  45. 4 points
    Second attempt.
  46. 4 points
    Score: 34,810 With the assistance of a 16 oz. can of Orange Fanta. I like how this game keeps adding new enemy types as you progress. Even about this far into the game, they reveal a new one: little spinning squares that zip across the screen and hunt you down.
  47. 4 points
    nosweargamer

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Creep, Amazing Job! 🎅😮👍
  48. 4 points
    correagonzalez

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Just shipped my Secret santa gift today
  49. 4 points
    RickR

    Atari I/O Secret Santa 2018!

    Looks like mine will make out today too! Happy holidays to you all!!
  50. 4 points
    Welp. Dem switches were in the wrong spots. Didnt even notice. My previous score has been withdrawn. Here's an updated score. 711
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