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  1. 3 points
    Justin

    Fatal Run for Atari 7800

    Fatal Run is one of my favorite games for the Atari 7800 and also one of its biggest disappointments. Fatal Run should’ve been RoadBlasters. RoadBlasters is a legendary Atari arcade game and done properly would’ve been an incredible addition to the 7800 library. Atari Games had some amazing arcade games that should’ve made it into our living rooms as 7800 exclusives. RoadBlasters, Tetris, Paperboy, Marble Madness, Pit-Fighter, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom just to name a few. Why wasn’t the 7800 relaunched with Paperboy as the pack-in game and two D-Pad Controllers? Hello? The 7800 was my first and favorite video game system and became an underdog that I always rooted for. It was developed to be the cutting-edge game system of 1984 designed to bring the arcade experience home. It wound up being the undersupported, underdeveloped NES competitor of 1990. The 7800 would’ve benefitted nicely from an OutRun style driving game, done right with nice graphics and sound. RoadBlasters took OutRun a step further adding “Mad Max” road warfare with missiles, road mines and fuel globes. Fatal Run is a cool road warfare game but lacks the polished perfection of RoadBlasters. Still, Fatal Run has cool elements like a shop to build up your car, and the best title screen of any game on the system. When it was new, Fatal Run retailed at twice the cost of regular 7800 games and today is considered one of the more collectible games for the system. It’s worth playing if you can pick one up, but RoadBlasters on Atari Lynx is better. How many of you have gotten your hands on Fatal Run for your collection? Am I alone in having this as one of my favorite games for the system but also considering it to be one of its biggest disappointments? What do you think about this game?
  2. 2 points
    I would love to see that comparison! Especially in a video from you. That's right up your alley. This game seems like a gem on Intellivision.
  3. 2 points
    kamakazi20012

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

    Contrary to popular belief, Arkansas has some gorgeous spots. That's my home state. At times I miss it.
  4. 2 points
    RickR

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

    Long Beach is my guess. My son lives in an apartment in downtown Los Angeles, but his view is not so nice. From his room, he looks directly onto an 8 lane freeway! Ha ha ha. But he's happy and doing well. Southern Califormia is really a beautiful place.
  5. 2 points
    kamakazi20012

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

    And, wow, I could never get tired of that view. I wish I knew where that was.
  6. 1 point
    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.
  7. 1 point
    Atarileaf

    Has my cart split its mortal coil???

    Ah ok. Looking at the pic I wonder if that cap at C1 might be dead and if so that would cause these issues. I suppose if one had a similarly rated cap lying around a simple swap would be easy enough just for the heck of it. I don't really see any bad traces on the board, at least nothing that would prevent it from working. Probably simply a dead rom unfortunately. I've had very few dead carts in the 26 years I've been collecting but it does happen. I find it mostly with Activision carts. Just last year I lost a Keystone Kapers cart AND Riot chip at the same time when I turned on a 2600 I was working on that got zapped by static electricity. I heard a small pop. I've since bought an anti static wrist strap. Lesson learned
  8. 1 point
    Judging by this pick from another M Network cart, it might be factory
  9. 1 point
    Is that jumper wire factory or has that cart been modded?
  10. 1 point
    nosweargamer

    The No Swear Gamer

    I was really surprised when I found out the value of this game.Ep 518: Radical Rex (Sega CD)
  11. 1 point
    nosweargamer

    The No Swear Gamer

    December Pickups & Christmas Gifts
  12. 1 point
    nosweargamer

    NSG's Toys & More Tuesdays

    Looking at the Spider-Man 3 die cast cars Atari Creep sent me as part of my Secret Santa gift.
  13. 1 point
    RickR

    Restoring a Big Trak

    Oh man, I would have loved that trailer and manual. I'm sure you made somebody very happy with your generosity, Willie! If you ever have good stuff you no longer want, I'd be happy to pay for shipping to Oregon. Meanwhile, after a few hours of playing, my fixed front axle gave way and cracked in the same spot. So I've re-glued with a fabricated metal clip over the wound. I'm going to let it cure over a few days before I put er back together. Merry Christmas everyone!
  14. 1 point
    Willie!

    Restoring a Big Trak

  15. 1 point
    Willie!

    Restoring a Big Trak

    I had one I restored with a trailer, wish I had known you wanted one as I gave it away.
  16. 1 point
    RickR

    Restoring a Big Trak

    Cleaning complete. Re-assembly complete. Should we take a poll about whether it works? Naw! It works! It works nicely. The only thing wrong at this moment is that the "laser" light bulb is burnt out. I'll need to find a new one, and it's kind of a strange bulb. The repaired front axle appears to be fine. I am stoked!
  17. 1 point
    RickR

    Restoring a Big Trak

    Update. This thing is really dirty. I opened it up, and replaced the battery connector. On/off switch needed cleaning. Now, it turns on, but I'm not sure what any of the buttons do. I guess I'll have to read the manual. At this point, I have everything drying. All pieces have been washed. Including carefully cleaning the circuit board. I had to re-solder the speaker wires and glue the speaker down. Once everything is dry, I'll put it all back together and hope that it works. By the way, it uses 1 9V battery and 4 "D" cells.
  18. 1 point
    Atari Creep

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

    Sorry to hear of your troubles and glad to read things are looking on the up and up for you. Do not hesitate to speak up if ya need anything, even if its just an open ear. You are in company that understands the struggles and their trials. Glad to see ya back and here is to a happy and amazing 2019.
  19. 1 point
    nosweargamer

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

    Good to here from you, but I'm sorry for all you are going through. That is a lovely view.
  20. 1 point
    TrekMD

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

    Good to see you back. As kamakazi says, focus on the good you have (including that fantastic view). Merry Christmas!
  21. 1 point
    kamakazi20012

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

    You could decorate a small tree with a bunch of Combat carts as ornaments.
  22. 1 point
    kamakazi20012

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

    Been there, done that, don't want to do it again, wouldn't wish that on anyone. We are here for you, bro! If you need to vent I'm sure we will listen. The plus side is you got an awesome view! When my ex and I split I only had my car and a few clothes. My car was my home for a while. I had no job at the time because where I worked decided to kill off third shift completely and thinned out first and second shift crews. All without much warning. So, you are blessed even if you don't think so at the moment. You have your health, a job, an awesome pad , and friends with ears. Hang in there. It might take a while but it can get better from where you're at now. Merry Christmas to you!!
  23. 1 point
    Justin

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

    I'm glad you're still with us Arlen although I'm sorry this happened to you. You've always been a special presence in the forums. We're all here for you and I'll be thinking of you. I really enjoyed seeing your sunset 🌇
  24. 1 point
    RickR

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

    We are here for you, man. Best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2019.
  25. 1 point
    btbfilms76

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

    Thinking of you brother. Looking forward to 2019, and hoping it brings you all the best.
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