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  1. 3 points
    HDN

    Astrothunder!

    I believe this came out in 1986 at Radio Shack. It's a pretty cool little tabletop. It reminds me of Radar Scope mixed with Star Strike and a little bit of Street Racer & Speedway on Odyssey 2. I got this about a year ago and haven't played in a while. I'll have to put the batteries back in at some point. I remember it being pretty fun. Did anyone have this? Sorry if the picture is a little blurry and bad. It's the big one in the center.
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    Pole Position II Atari 7800 Controller: JOYSTICK / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE Difficulty Level: SEASIDE Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! โœ” Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST August 31, 2020 Objective Play for the highest possible score racing the SEASIDE Track in Pole Position II on the Atari 7800. Post a photo or YouTube video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between August 15th through August 31st, 2020. Screen captures are not allowed as they are more 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 Achieve high score to win Grand Prix Challenge. Games may be played on real hardware, Flashback / Mini console, or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following all rules and game settings defined in the challenge. Choosing between real hardware or emulation, and choosing which controller to play on is part of formulating your strategy. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed. Difficulty Level We are racing on the SEASIDE Track in Pole Position II. Players will select SEASIDE at the title screen. Fair Play Your integrity is everything. 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 we will not allow cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, rewinds, deceitful photo manipulation, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage. Everybody hates a cheater. More To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: Message Welcome to our 86th Squad Challenge, the 2020 Pole Position II Grand Prix! This will be our 3rd Annual Pole Position II Grand Prix Event! This year's Grand Prix challenge will run until August 31st, 2020 racing the SEASIDE Track for your best possible score! Pole Position is one of the most iconic arcade games released by Atari and was genre-defining for its time, setting a new standard of what racing gameplay could be like. Pole Position II was included as the pack-in title for the Atari 7800 and is often revered as the first game 7800 owners played on their new game system. For many of us 7800 gamers, Pole Position II was the first video game we ever owned! I have so many wonderful memories of playing Pole Position II at Chuck E. Cheese's with my family, shifting gears and whipping around corners with a cheese stick in my hand and a cup of root beer on the floor under my feet. It also became one of my favorite games to play at home and remains a wonderful memory on the Atari 7800. ROM and Instruction Manual are provided below. Good luck to our Qualifying Racers!! NOTE: Another great Squad Challenge is coming up soon! Pole_Position_II.pdfPole_Position_II.a78
  3. 3 points
    Willie!

    Arcade USA

    Thanks to everyone who was able to stop by the stream!
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    socrates63

    Memorable T.V. show themes we love

    I grew up watching re-runs of so many classic TV shows! Here are some of my favorites. I Dream of Jeannie Six Million Dollar Man Andy Griffith Show Dukes of Hazzard Leave It to Beaver Brady Bunch Beverly Hillbillies Gilligan's Island
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    Congratulations Everybody! Congratulations everybody!! I hope it was fun for everyone to mix things up with an interesting SNES game. Star Fox has always fascinated me, the game felt like a glimpse at the future when it first came out, and a promise of big things to come. Yet it seems like Star Fox is one of Nintendo's least utilized mascots. I wonder why that is? I claimed the top spot in this Challenge, reaching the end of the game and knocking out Andross, the final boss, with 55,700 points. @kamakazi20012 knocked it out of the park and almost made it to the end, scoring 47,000 to take 2nd Place. Awesome! @RadioPoultry followed suit, claiming the 3rd Place spot with 36,400 points! @RickR scored very close to Radio Poultry reaching 34,800 points to take spot number 4. @MaliciousCarp joined the fight to defend Corneria, scoring 28,900 points and the 5th Place spot on our board. @Gianna is a Star Fox newbie and was very proud to make it through the challenging first level and defeat the boss to score 7,600 Points and a place on our Scoreboard. Welcome to our new friend @MaliciousCarp and congratulations to everyone who joined in this Squad Challenge and checked out one of Nintendo's coolest games of 1993! As always I always encourage others to do, I am going to share my high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be our 2020 Pole Position II Grand Prix! Be there!
  6. 2 points
    HDN

    Great Game Boy games you need!

    Hello everybody! It's me, HDN! I've been collecting for the original Nintendo Game Boy for five years this month. It's truly a great little system that deserves more attention. It seems people only talk about the retro Nintendo home consoles nowadays and people rarely ever cover the handhelds, though they always sold more than their respective gen's home system. Today, we are going to cover a few great Game Boy games you need in your collection. We won't be talking GBA or GBC here, just the original DMG games. Without further ado... Alleyway This isn't really a must-have, but I thought it was worth mentioning. This is by far the best controlling Breakout style game I've played that uses a d-pad. It was a bit antiquated even at release; Arkanoid was a few years old at the time and this title falls more in line with Super Breakout. Nonetheless it's a pretty good time killer. I'm pretty sure @nosweargamer reviewed this on his channel. Castlevania: The Adventure Ok, ok, I know this game is hated but I quite enjoy it. It pales in comparison to its NES brethren, but if you look at it as its own thing it's not terrible for a 1989 portable platformer. Sure, it's a little sluggish, but it's not unplayable. If you find it for a good price, I'd recommend it. It's worth the money for the soundtrack alone. Super Mario Land 1&2 I'm bunching these together for time'a sake. These had no involvement from Mario creator S. Miyamoto, and in turn the games are incredibly out of place in the Mario universe. I won't go into too much detail about the games themselves. What I will say is that SML1 is more similar to the original SMB on NES and 2 is more like Mario World or SMB3. More people seem to like the sequel more but I personally prefer the '89 original. They're Mario games, they're excellent, and you know this. Tetris Y'all know what this is. I refuse to say anything more. TLOZ: Link's Awakening This might be the best game on the system. It is also the first 8-bit Zelda game to have aged well. So well in fact, they changed almost nothing for the 2019 remake. However, if you don't mind switching items constantly by pausing the game, buy the original. It's not worth $60 for a 6 hour GB game in HD. Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters This is a great little game. If you've never played a 2D Kid Icarus game, it plays a bit like a cross between Zelda and Mario but not quite Metroid. This game is almost identical to the NES version but with a few improvements to make it the better package. Plus, it saves. Get this if you've never played a Kid Icarus game before or are looking for a good platformer on the GB. Donkey Kong Basically DK with 97 new levels and elements of SMB2 and acrobatics similar to the future Super Mario 64. There are boss battles, levels with keys and locked doors, levels where you just go to Pauline, etc. The poster child for the Super Game Boy, basically. A true must-have game that I somehow only have on the 3DS Virtual Console as of right now. Those are a few games I recommend! I know I left some out, like Pokemon for instance, but to be honest I don't quite feel like writing more. If you need a GB compatible system, I would recommend a non-micro Game Boy Advance machine or a Super Game Boy. SGB enhanced games won't work on GBA, GBC, or GB player. I would say get the Super GB just to test the waters if you're only looking to play original GB games. They usually run about $15 here in the US. Hope you found this list helpful. The world always needs more Game Boy collectors. Now you too can play with Portable Power!
  7. 2 points
    TrekMD

    Where have you traveled?

    Did you get to see Mazinger Z Infinity?
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    TrekMD

    Where have you traveled?

    That is one cool pic with Mazinger Z! I'm a big fan of the show as well.
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    socrates63

    Where have you traveled?

    That's quite the travel log @dauber ๐Ÿ‘ I discovered the joy of traveling because of work. I used to work for Amazon as a localization program manager for fulfillment center software. As part of that gig, I had occasion to visit warehouses in parts of Europe and Asia (and US). On one particular trip, I scheduled the trip so that I'd spend the weekend in Paris (coming from Madrid). My previous visit to Paris was during my honeymoon with my wife in 1997 and we followed an itinerary then. This time, I decided not to make an itinerary but chose a general direction from the hotel and simply walked out. It gave me a chance to see how people lived and travel at a slower pace. It changed my perspective and appreciation for what travel can be. By the way, I never knew you could get cramps in your feet but that night I found out that you can. From that time on, I tried to make cultural immersion the focal point of traveling (we still visit tourist spots and destinations). One way to do that easily has been doing Airbnb. Since that business trip, I've taken the family to Europe (Paris, Rome) and Asia (Korean, Japan), and we stayed in Airbnb. The kids were a little unsettled initially that dad didn't book hotels, but we made it a talking point to see other cultures outside of our little suburban cul-de-sac. They embraced it and appreciated the experience. So many places to visit in this world of ours! My wife and I are considering getting an RV once the kids are on their own and travel the US. Before Marriage National parks: Yellowstone, Glacier, Yosemite, Mt. Rushmore, Banff (Canada) Washington DC and surrounding historical sites (middle school trip). The highlight for me was the Smithsonian. Outside North America: Israel, France After Marriage US: Hawaii, California (LA, San Diego, San Francisco), Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon (Crater Lake ๐Ÿ‘), Texas (Dallas), Nevada, Arizona (Grand Canyon), New York, Utah, New Mexico, Virginia Canada (BC, Toronto), Mexico (Tiajuana only) Europe: England, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria Asia: China, Korea, Japan One of my personal highlights during family travel ๐Ÿ™‚ As a little kid in Korea during most of the 70s, Mazinger Z was my 'bot. I found one in a shop during my family trip to Tokyo two years ago. I think I embarrassed my sons.
  10. 2 points
    RickR

    Looking for Lighthouse Geeks

    I found one more....
  11. 2 points
    RickR

    Looking for Lighthouse Geeks

    Here's a picture of a lighthouse in Long Beach, Washington. This one was a lot of fun because it was quite a hike to get there. I'm sure I have a bunch of other pictures of the lighthouses in Oregon and Washington, but I'll have to look for them later.
  12. 2 points
    socrates63

    Great Game Boy games you need!

    I had the original GameBoy back in the day. I loved Tetris and Tennis. I played those games to death and still continue to buy Mario Tennis for whatever Nintendo platform I may own. On a similar vein, I wasnโ€™t thrilled with Castlevania On the GB and ignored the series entirely over time on all platforms while wondering about the hullabaloo surrounding the series (I did buy Castlevania games for all Playstation and Xbox consoles since). Back in the 90s, I gave away my original GameBoy, accessories and games to a little kid who was moving to Africa with his family. Later, I bought the GameBoy Color and still have it.
  13. 2 points
    Gianna

    Hello from Bothell, WA

    Welcome!
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    OK, I'll see if I can join this one! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    Whoa! I made second? Well gee wiz. That's cool. I didn't think I made it that far.
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    I want that first image as a poster for my wall! That is AWESOME-sauce. I also like that 7800 controller. It's too bad they didn't add that much detail to them when they released them. I'm having to wait for my PPII to arrive so I can join in.
  17. 2 points
    Willie!

    Arcade USA

    A very interesting prototype vector arcade game from Rockola! Thanks Diary of An Arcade Employee Podcast for bringing this to my attention ๐Ÿ™‚
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    The original theme for the Transformers is indeed a good one but I really also enjoy the movie version of the song:
  19. 1 point
    Gianna

    Where have you traveled?

    Hi everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ Does anyone enjoy traveling? If so, where have you been? What's your favorite place to visit? I have been to various different states, and have been to the Bahamas. I enjoy going to Nashville and taking road trips to Illinois (where I'm from) and love going to different museums in Chicago. I haven't been anywhere too exciting besides typical tourist spots (like Key West). I think it would be nice to visit Hawaii sometime!
  20. 1 point
    TrekMD

    Where have you traveled?

    It's on Blu-Ray and DVD already. Well worth watching!
  21. 1 point
    socrates63

    Where have you traveled?

    The design has evolved quite a lot over the years, but here's a toast ๐Ÿป to the OG! I also have a 40th anniversary diecast figure that pretty much looks like that statue.
  22. 1 point
    Willie!

    Arcade USA

    Had a great time being on Glen's Retro Show
  23. 1 point
    socrates63

    Looking for Lighthouse Geeks

    Iโ€™m not a fanatic but I visited one in Fort Casey (Washington state) during a family outing a few years ago. They certainly represent a time gone by and figured prominently in history and culture.
  24. 1 point
    Justin

    The Creeps Play Things

    We have a tremendous group of YouTubers in Atari I/O and @Atari Creep is one of the bestโ€ผ๏ธ He's great to follow daily for news updates and livestreams. Glad to see you're watching.
  25. 1 point
    digitalgamecapture

    digitalgamecapture

    I got an Arcade 1Up Pac-Man Partycade for my birthday, 3 months early! In this video I am playing Galaga.
  26. 1 point
    socrates63

    Hello from Bothell, WA

    Hello, everyone. I've come here via @nosweargamer's August give-away video. It's great to learn of another vibrant Atari community! I live in the suburb of Seattle with my two sons and wife. I've worked my entire career in the tech industry (Microsoft --> Amazon --> HBO / WarnerMedia) as a program manager. The 4-switch VCS (as it was known then) was my first console back in the early 80s. I think I was in 4th or 5th grade when I got it. At the time, my weekly allowance was $3 and the price of the VCS at Toys R Us was $120. I made a proposal to my dad that if he bought me the console, I would forego a year's worth of allowance. "You'd save $36," said I to my dad. A few days later, we went to Toys R Us and bought the VCS, but he kept giving me my weekly allowance ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank goodness that he did. Otherwise, I'd have been playing Combat by myself for a year, and that's not much fun for a kid with no brothers or sisters. In middle school, I fell in love with computers. I hung around the computer lab for a year as a sixth grader since programming class and access to computers (Commodore PET) were only open to seventh and eighth graders. I got an Atari 800 with the cassette drive in seventh grade and for several years until I got the 520ST, the Atari 8-bit was my BFF. I can't remember what happened to my VCS. Fast forward almost 40 years to 2020, and I've been re-united with the 2600. Last year, out of nostalgia, I bought a Retron77, but I never opened the box. I discovered AtariAge earlier this year and got a 7800 four months ago. I recently found out that it has compatibility issues with some homebrews and that prompted me to get a light 6-switch 2600 last month. Two weeks after that, I jumped on a nice deal for a fixed up and upgraded 5200. The past month and a half has been a blast reconnecting with the Atari consoles from my childhood and discovering for the first time so many console games that I passed up because I was busy with my Atari 800. I even picked up a CRT TV recently to complete the full retro setup. In case you're wondering, last year I picked up an Atari 800 and 800XL. I also got the devices to load programs from SD card but I haven't set them up yet. After storing them in boxes for many years, I threw away all my Atari computers, peripherals, and software when we moved nearly 20 years ago. Let's not talk about it. This is my Atari story. I don't know much, but I'm a gamer at heart (although I suck at most games) and a life long Atari fanboy. I'm glad to be here and look forward to get to know the community better. Thanks for reading.
  27. 1 point
    socrates63

    Hello from Bothell, WA

    Thanks @Gianna!
  28. 1 point
    Willie!

    Arcade USA

    Defend your planet of fruity goodness from those pesky aliens in Sirius Software's Bandits!
  29. 1 point
    HDN

    Best multiplayer 2600 games!

    @RickR You are 100% correct. Playing Breakout or Pong-style games on modern consoles is pointless. Paddle games are the #1 reason to get a real Atari 2600-compatible system.
  30. 1 point
    Willie!

    Arcade USA

    Zircon's Video Command Controllers!
  31. 1 point
    Just some fun but I think some of you may appreciate the fun music parodies you can find on the Holderness Family Youtube Channel ! My wife and I have been enjoying the Holderness Family music parodies for a few years now. Just some fun entertainment to lighten moods. A nice family who have a lot of fun, they do all kinds of genres of music so you are sure to find some favorites.
  32. 1 point
    Willie!

    Arcade USA

    Lets check out Space Shot by Tandy now that I got it working ๐Ÿ˜›
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    So many good themes! Here's some more:
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    TrekMD

    Memorable T.V. show themes we love

    Newer versions of the Space Battleship Yamato theme... Japanese Version English Version
  37. 1 point
    TrekMD

    Memorable T.V. show themes we love

    I cannot believe I had not posted this before... He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Here is a special version... She-Ra Princess of Power
  38. 1 point
    TrekMD

    Memorable T.V. show themes we love

    Here two versions of the same theme...
  39. 1 point
    DegasElite

    Where have you traveled?

    I love Duluth. Been there many times. I have even been to the Edge Water Park. Fourth-largest city in Minnesota. It used to be the third-largest.
  40. 1 point
    dauber

    Where have you traveled?

    Wow...where have I traveled...interesting thing is that when my wife and I lived in New Jersey and lived within a 1-hour drive of Newark International Airport, we didn't really travel many places! But...destinations: Dauber as a little kid: a few road trips to Florida (from the Chicago suburbs)...the sights were fun, but the drive was excruciating. When you're between the ages of 5 and 17, it's no fun taking road trips with your parents! (or MY parents, I should say!) When I was a little kid, like 3 or 4 years old (either 1977 or 1978), we were in Daytona Beach and a day at the Magic Kingdom and another at Sea World about seven years later, we made another trip down. Parents booked a room in Daytona Beach that turned out to be crap, and we drove all up and down Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach for a couple of hours looking for a place that wasn't trash. Ended up not finding one and spent a night in a Days Inn in Ormond Beach that had a greasy floor, roach in the bathroom, sand in the bathroom sink, etc. and wound up finding a nice Holiday Inn in Orlando, which is fine because we were also going to WDW and Sea World. Before Orlando we spent a day in St. Augustine, and on the way back home we stopped at the Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, GA because my mother was into doll collecting and wanted to check out the place where Cabbage Patch Kids come from. NOT the ideal stop for a ten-year-old boy such as myself! a few more road trips, but to Clearwater Beach, FL. I got sick of dealing with my parents, so by the time I was 17 I put my foot down and said I was staying home. ๐Ÿ˜† Dauber as a single adult: Just a weekend trip to Virginia, MN, to go to a friend's wedding. It was an interesting ten-hour drive. I got to drive through Twig, MN -- literally blink and you'll miss it! Stopped in Duluth on the way home to do some record shopping at the Electric Fetus. Dauber as a married adult: My wife and I have been to Vegas many times. It's weird because every time we entertain the thought of going there, we get frightfully lucky and find a cheap flight, the hotel (Flamingo) has obscenely low rates, etc. Last time we were there I went to the Pinball Hall of Fame. Definitely worth visiting -- and this is coming from a guy who isn't a big pinball fan! (I went because aurcade.com showed that they had Q*Bert's Qubes. Unfortunately, it wasn't out on the floor that day!) I love Vegas, but it's one of those places where when I'm there, I'm ready to come back home after three days. During one of our Vegas trips we took a bus tour over to Grand Canyon. If you've never been there, trust me: the greatest picture in the universe cannot do it justice. Just breathtaking! We took five road trips back and forth to New Jersey to visit my wife's mother, bringing the dog along. When I got my current job, we stopped doing that because I didn't want to blow that paid time off driving. (Now, my mother-in-law comes to us in the summer!) Summer of 2010...I got laid off, and I was at the company long enough that my severance actually funded my entire summer! It was AWESOME! In addition to the road trip with the dog, we took a road trip (without the dog!) to South Dakota and checked out Wall Drug Store, Mount Rushmore, and the Badlands. So, so cool. Went to the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH a couple of times. That's...just about the only thing Cleveland has that's worth visiting, and even then, just one visit will do, unless there's a temporary exhibit you really, really want to see. At least once a year my wife and I do a weekend getaway in New Buffalo, MI. Very small town, but great for a weekend getaway, and a lot of "Harbor country" is an easy drive from there. Easy drive TO New Buffalo, too; an hour and a half from Chicago on a bad day. Went to Door County, Wisconsin last summer. HIGHLY recommend it. We stayed in Sister Bay. We saw a tourism documentary about Door County on the local PBS station and decided to check it out. We effing LOVED IT. We were planning to do it again this summer, but things are shaky with the COVID-19 situation. They actually asked people to not come out to Door County because they don't have a big enough hospital to accommodate a lot of people, should people be affected by the pandemic. We're going to New Buffalo instead -- which is fine because the place where we stay doesn't have any enclosed public areas. Bermuda -- we took a honeymoon cruise there the spring after we were married. Such a cool place. It's good for those who are afraid of change: it's British enough to be a foreign country to Americans, but USA-compliant enough for us Yankees. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you like alcoholic drinks, you GOTTA go to the Swizzle Inn and have their claim to fame: the rum swizzle. If you order one, they plunk the pitcher on your table and you're practically overcome by fumes. ๐Ÿคฃ New Orleans -- my wife and I have been there twice so far, but we've yet to visit anywhere but the French Quarter. Such a good time. Quite humid, but there's enough to keep you occupied so you aren't terribly bothered. I consider New Orleans the #1 WORST place to visit if you're trying to lose weight -- the food there is just effing amazing and plentiful! (#2 - Chicago; #3 - Austin) San Francisco - my favorite place ever to visit. I could go on for so long about it. For details, listen to chapter 9 of Autobiography of a Schnook on your favorite podcast supplier. ๐Ÿ™‚ A few years ago we took a trip to Los Angeles. It was my first time there. I was expecting it to be kind of creepy and not really a fun place to be, but I really really wanted to go just to say I've gone. Oh my GOD, did I have an amazing time. I was shocked at how NOT creepy Hollywood is -- I always heard bad things about it! I think they really cleaned it up in the last ten years. The weather was perfect. The scenery was amazing. We saw Brian Wilson do Pet Sounds at the Hollywood Bowl, which was easily one of the most amazing musical experiences of my life. (When concerts start up again, I'm going to constantly check the Bowl's schedule just to see if I can come up with some kind of excuse to go there again. It's my favorite performance venue. I so wanna go back!) We also spent a day in Disneyland during that trip; neither my wife nor I like Disney, but I have to admit i had a great time! Portland, OR - very cool place. I don't know what more to say. Well...except they have what I consider to be the greatest book store in the world, Powell's City of Books. Toronto, ON -- my wife and I went there a couple of times for a few days. I felt very at home there. Quite a friendly place, easy to navigate, abuts the Great Lakes, good food, and pretty safe. (Kinda like Chicago, I guess!) Can't wait to go again! Washington, DC -- history was always a terrible subject for me, but I maintain that if I had learned US history by spending time in D.C. as a kid, I would have had a much better time with it. So much there. Smithsonian, National Archive, FDR Memorial, the list goes on. Highly, highly recommend visiting. Austin, TX - just a cool place. (Figuratively speaking, that is; it can get pretty hot and humid!) Good music scene and dangerously good food! Nashville, TN -- gonna admit, I didn't like it. At all. Went there for a concert at the Ryman (which actually is a really beautiful place), but...I couldn't wait to leave. Then again, we spent the whole time on Broadway downtown; I'm not averse to going back to see other parts of the town. San Diego, CA -- been there three times, and each time I was there I WAS SICK. Just ONCE I'd like to visit healthy!! We were supposed to go in April, but you can guess how that worked out. We rescheduled for late July, and so far things are looking good for that. Wow...just realized that was a LOT of travels. My wife and I aren't rich by any stretch of the imagination, but I think one thing that contributes to our frequent travels is that she's a teacher, and NEEDS to get away for spring break every year! We live in Chicago now (which I'm going to say now is my favorite place on the planet), and we have easy access to two international airports, and by gum, we use 'em. We luck out a lot with frequent flyer miles, credit card rewards, etc., that keeps our travels affordable. We're saving up for an eventual trip to London and to Hawaii. Maybe by the time we're 90 we'll be able to afford it!
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    TrekMD

    Where have you traveled?

    Oh my, lots of places! I love to travel. Other countries include Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Belize, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Argentina, Chile, South Korea, Cuba, all the Lesser Antilles, Dominican Republic, Spain, France, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, and UK . In the US I've visited several states as well: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California, Colorado, Alaska, Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Arizona, Nevada, Washington, Washington DC, New York, Virginia, Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi. I'm from Puerto Rico and I live in Florida. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    DegasElite

    Where have you traveled?

    My favorite places to visit: Chicago: Brookfield Zoo Willis Tower (I went to the 103rd floor Skydeck when it was still the world's tallest building; then called the Sears Tower) John G. Shedd Aquarium Museum of Science and Industry Duluth, Minnesota: Army Corps of Engineers Marine Museum The Depot Edgewater Resort Bentleyville (during the Christmas months, the City of Duluth gets decked out and creates a Christmas village every year) Wisconsin: Madison Milwaukee (my dad was born there, and my mom lived there when she was a little girl) Wisconsin Dells When I lived in Indiana for two years, during that time I visit its capitol city, Indianapolis, for a day. It was fun. I have been in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, South Dakota, and was born in Minnesota, where I have lived for almost forty-four of my almost forty-six years of life. I would not trade that for anything. :O)
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    The Greatest American Hero... I still remember the episode shown in the intro where he just appears in the car. See, if you haven't seen it, the lead character is a history teacher who is given a super suit by aliens. But he loses the instructions, so he never knows exactly how it works. One of the running gags was that he figured out how to fly, but not how to land. So every landing was a crash landing. Anyway, in that episode, he discovered that he could become invisible with the suit, but he didn't know how to turn it on or off. So the whole episode has him randomly popping in and out. With, of course, him trying to sneak around while invisible and hoping he doesn't suddenly become visible...
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    Hello. With everything that is going on in America and around the world right now because of the Novel Corona Virus Pandemic has great concern. Many of us are scared, concerned for family and friends, and many are out of work. I and along with my team hope that everyone. If you do not need to, stay home if you do not need to go out. I am working as a security guard and my community has not been hard hit yet, and not dealing with much chaos yet. I need to deal with people and travel to and from work by metro bus. My job is considered essential. I try to wear gloves when I can. I know many of us within the Atari Community have been around for a long time and seen a lot. I know many do recover from the illness from Covid-19. The important thing is we keep ourselves safe until a vaccine has been created and more medical infrastructure is in place. These things do take time. Take Care. Stay Home, and enjoy some video games.
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    RickR

    The 80's icon: DeLorean

    Is there a more iconic 80's car that the beautiful stainless steel DeLorean DMC-12? Or is it only iconic because of the Back to the Future movies? Here are some YouTube videos featuring the car. I am the type that will watch these when I find them just because I think the car is pretty cool. Share any videos, pictures, or information you have! First up is a real review from 1981 from the PBS show "MotorWeek". From this video, I learned that you have to pop the front "trunk" to put gas in the car! And here's one from 2019 about a car collector that spent WAY too much buying and fixing one, yet ended up loving it. Hoovie actually has several videos on this car, but this one is the summary.
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    Justin

    The 80's icon: DeLorean

    Thought this would be a good time to share a photo with you guys that I recently shared on our Instagram account. This is our very first refurbished CIB Atari 7800 ProSystem being shipped off to its new owner in September, 2000 back when this website was new (as Atari7800.com) and had a web store. We sold fully refurbished Atari systems with brand new accessories and a 1-Year Limited Warranty, along with other games and accessories. Look closely and you'll see that this 7800 is sitting on the hood of the DeLorean with the door up. A few hundred of our newly refurbished battery systems took a ride in the car to our local Pack-N-Ship back at that time. Wonderful memories of this site being new to me.
  47. 1 point
    Justin

    The 80's icon: DeLorean

    I've owned one for 20 years. It's been wonderful. October 1981, 32,000 miles. (Also that's how I met our old moderator DeLorean) Thanks for the post @RickR
  48. 1 point
    Kid A

    Got me a Ms. Pac-Man cab!

    So a buddy of mine calls me up and asked me if I wanted his non working Ms Pac-Man cab. The deal was that if I fixed it, he could play it whenever he came down, which I had no problem with. This is what the cab looked like when I got it. The cab was pretty beat up. Just running my hand across the sides made the paint fall off of it. Someone had painted the entire cab black. As you can see the cab was in pretty bad shape. So even before I tried to make the thing actually work, I painted it black. I primered it first before doing so. At this point I actually tried to make it work. I found some wires that looked like they were spliced into. I figured these were the connections for power. There was no power plug when I got it. I got a PC power cable, cut the end off and spliced it into the existing cuts in the wiring. When I plugged it in, it powered on...however with some problems.. The screen was all distorted. I had found 10 different knobs in the back of the arcade. I turned all of them to see if it would fix it. Nothing did. I thought maybe they all have to be dialed in perfect. After 3 days of messing with these knobs, I was getting frustrated. I was staring at the back of the cab when I saw this metal bracket with a hole in it. I shined a flashlight through the hole and I saw a potentiometer with a screwdriver slot on it. I grabbed a screwdriver and turned it clockwise and it made it worse. So I went counterclockwise all the way and it made the screen totally clear! ...with some minor distorted on the right part of the screen . Just had to slightly turn it back clockwise to get rid of the distortion After that I spent a few minutes to dial in the colors properly. At this point, I got a proper power cable for the cab and installed it. The control panel overlay was pretty dirty and torn so that got replaced. Put some new buttons too. When I got done with that, I wanted to go all out. I ended up getting a repro glass bezel and installed it. The repro is very high quality. Very happy with it. My friend had got this thinking if he couldn't fix it, he was going to keep the Marquee and get rid of it. Knowing that I got this machine for free, I got a new Marquee and gave him the original. Got a high score save kit as well. Last thing I got was the panel art and new T molding. When I got the art in, I realized that if I were to install the front part as is, the coin door chop off the forehead of Ms. Pac-Man. So I had to raise the coin door 4.5 inches. I also was able to hide the bolts that hold the coin bucket in place below the surface of the wood so I didn't have to shove them to the front of the artwork. Once that was done I installed the art along with the new t molding. When I installed the cab was finally finished! I wish the color of the panel art was a closer match to the control panel overlay, but in the end, I think it came out pretty awesome. I'm forever grateful that my buddy gave me this arcade. It's definitely in my top 3 favorite arcade games of all time. It was a lot of work putting this thing together Here's a side by side of the before and after!
  49. 1 point
    TrekMD

    The 80's icon: DeLorean

    My uncle owns one and they are a headache to maintain. He's spent quite a bit of money fixing it up. He does take it to car shows and people love seeing them. He's even added some mods to make it look like Doc Brown's DeLorean.
  50. 1 point
    Justin

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