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  1. 5 points
  2. 4 points
    Fantastic! That's a great score for someone new to the game. Don't forget to attach a picture to your score. Let us know if you need help with that.
  3. 4 points
    My strategy has been to maximize the points per wave, so trying only to shoot ships in motion and trying to pick off the escorts first before getting the white ship for those that fly in the 3-ship formation. I'm consistently getting 50k tonight so tonight might be my chance to break 60k. But I only have time for a couple more runs. ๐Ÿคž
  4. 3 points
    TrekMD

    The crummy Solaris manual story

    They cut corners when making the manual. The game itself is fine and pretty impressive on the system. The manual is bland with essentially just one color outside of black. I so missed those fantastic color manuals we used to get!
  5. 3 points
    http://www.ataricompendium.com/game_library/easter_eggs/vcs/26galaxian.html Waves 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 have Galaxians that move notably faster than in other waves. There are no more โ€˜fastโ€™ waves after wave 30, but if you lose a ship, the wave youโ€™re on will become a fast wave.
  6. 3 points
    RickR

    Squad Challenge - Galaxian (Atari 2600)

    53,030 - YES! 50k member. I think this may do it for me. I may try again after dinner though.
  7. 3 points
    New contestant! 23,250 Not bad for my first day. Just got the game today so I can compete! Sept 14, 2020
  8. 3 points
    WOW, @socrates63. Very nicely done! I think you're right about it being a matter of focus. That's what I have trouble with. Focusing for the full time it takes to get to the higher level. I usually do really well, and then someone or something distracts me and I lose all my lives almost at once. Work permitting, I'll try once more today to at least break 50k if I can.
  9. 3 points
    Atari 5200 Guy

    I need advice

    Start out simple. Don't go for the full monte the first time out. Take your time, give your first few videos the time to help you discover yourself and how you best represent what you are after. Do a few sample runs, repeatedly watch what you did, see if everything is kosher or if you need to make slight adjustments. Sometimes unscripted things tend to work best for some YT creators. Even if they are old they are going to be your best friends in this adventure. When time and funds allow then work on getting upgrades. If you use a modern PC you might find OBS Studio of value. It's free open-source software that can capture just about anything you throw at it from capture devices connected to your computer to webcams to what ever the computer puts on your computer screen. I've used it to capture games I play on Steam and on emulators for some of the score challenges here. I like it and use it often. I have yet to find a decent editor that is free so I stick with Windows' Video Editor. I have a Sargent USB capture dongle but it sort of sucks. Anything below Dreamcast it doesn't seem to work with. I haven't tried the N64 or Super NES yet but anything that doesn't do 480 resolution is pretty much not going to work. Avoid it if you want to capture 2600 up to Sega Saturn stuff. There is one similar to it I found at Wal-Mart once not too long ago that advertised itself as a way to transfer home VHS videos to digital formats and VHS tapes are way under 480 resolution (I think they are about 220 or something like that) so that one might work with your older game consoles. And even if you find one that works but doesn't support those RF inputs your VCR will become your very best friend in no time. Simply connect your RF game consoles to your VCR, set the VCR to the game's channel, then use your VCR's A/V out feeds to your capture device's RCA inputs. Old VCR's have always worked as a high-priced signal converter because anything that VCR sees or produces goes through both RF and RCA outputs. So your cable channels, per say, when going through your VCR can be sent to a standard video input on a TV or any device that has that input. It might be old tech but that VCR can have a lot of potential for your YT channel when you least expect it. I still have a JVC Hi-Fi VCR I use regularly for movies but I have had to use it for a signal converter a time or two. To give you an example, the video below has a Logitech HD (720p) webcam pointing at the TV to capture the video but the audio is from a 2600 connected to a VCR's RF IN so I could capture the 2600's sounds with a direct connection from the RCA Audio Out (white/red) to the recording computer. When I captured the video I was able to select the audio source as well so I captured both at once in a single shot. The only editing was to add an opening title and end copyrights if present. Maintain a positive spirit and attitude with what you are doing and take any "I don't like this" responses from your viewers as creative criticism. It's going to take a while and you won't be able to make everyone happy. You may also come across those that want to do nothing more than take you down but don't let them. Most YouTubers with high subscribers have been doing those videos for many years and some of them still have not done everything right. Just be yourself, let the world see you, you might even surprise yourself in the process. Any other tricks I can think of I'll pass along as I discover them otherwise I say go for it with what you have. See what you can do with the equipment/software you have. We all got to start somewhere sometime and you won't know until you try. Avoid this and if you capture music from more modern game consoles mute the music or you might find a copyright flag on your videos. I've got one video on my channel (Monster Truck Mayhem on Wii) that had one music track on one of the levels get flagged. I can continue to show the video but if my video ever generates any ad revenue that revenue will go to the creator of the music track and not me. I don't get ad revenue anyway so everything is what I either currently own, donated, or out of my own pocket to support the channel. Good luck with your channel. I hope to see it soon.
  10. 3 points
    81,990 My last run for the night, and it was a good one. Once you get into a groove, I don't feel like the game gets any harder after a certain point. It just becomes a matter of focus. Once in a few waves, the bottom row peons goes a little crazy and increase in speed and zigzag, but they go back to their usual selves in the subsequent waves.
  11. 3 points
    22,520. A slight improvement. I'm trying for the 30k+ club. One more day to go! Good luck everyone!
  12. 3 points
    HDN

    Squad Challenge - Galaxian (Atari 2600)

    Oh, it's okay. Tomorrow is Monday. A new day. My problems are nothing compared to what others are facing in these difficult times. @RickR had much worse problems with the fires. I bet a lot of I/O users on the east coast of the US had much worse problems with hurricanes. I will be okay.
  13. 3 points
    Sorry to hear your home life is hitting some rough patches, Harry. I've seen some co-workers have a difficult time during the pandemic, and one is going through a divorce right now. Hang in there, buddy. We're here for you.
  14. 3 points
    So sorry to hear it. The pandemic can magnify issues like that, sadly.
  15. 2 points
    1Littlebeast

    Hello From Ohio

    Hello everyone Glad to be apart of Atari.io Huge retro and current gen nerd ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. What's Everyone favorite Arcade to play? Mines gotta be Tapper whenever i go to the Barcades i make it a mission to play it.
  16. 2 points
    RickR

    The crummy Solaris manual story

    I found this to be so interesting. Those dang Tramiels! https://dougneubauer.com/atarisolarismanual/
  17. 2 points
    socrates63

    The crummy Solaris manual story

    I guess I should be appreciating the manuals more ๐Ÿ™‚ I've been mostly learning how to play games by watching @nosweargamer's review videos and not reading the manuals. He teaches you how to play a game during the first couple of minutes of the video. I agree that a game of Solaris' caliber deserved better.
  18. 2 points
    RickR

    The crummy Solaris manual story

    I think it's confusing. I've read that manual several times, yet I'm still not sure I'm playing the game correctly. The little drawings don't really match what you see in the game. Finally, note the lack of color and polish that we expected from Atari. It's a cheap two-color fold-out. They also recycled the Star Raiders art! A great game like that deserved better.
  19. 2 points
    Wish I could get some Galaxian in before the night is over, but I can't. The good news is I don't have a Lynx, so I'm just going to keep on playing Galaxian! I'll be sure to make a status update or something if I get into the 30k Club, the 50k Club, or the Jesus-level Galaxian Skills Club that @Scott Stilphen and @socrates63 are in! Thanks for the great game, @RickR. I don't know what's going on with that site, but I hope it gets back up soon. This is quite frustrating. But thanks for the game. If there's another 2600 Squad Challenge with a game I don't have, I'll be sure to let you know and maybe we can make another trade!
  20. 2 points
    You should have put some marshmallows in there; I could have had sโ€™mores when the games arrived ๐Ÿ˜
  21. 2 points
    socrates63

    Mail call -- Atari magazines

    Probably like most, I subscribed to Analog and Antic magazines back in the 80s. I bought a lot on ebay and they arrived today. Some of these issues, I recognize the cover from when I had them originally. I never knew about Atari Connection and picked up a copy (I see they're available as PDF on AtariMania). I also never had APX so looking forward to perusing those as well. I really shouldn't have bought physical magazines because I don't have much space, but... but... ๐Ÿ˜… Eventually, what I hope to do when I set up my 800XL is to start BASIC programming again by entering code for games from these magazines (and Compute!) -- just like I did when I was a kid. That reminds me, I need to get one of those devices that lets you use SD card as a disk drive. Edit: I already have the SDrive Max duh, just haven't set it up yet.
  22. 2 points
    Hi guys! Just a reminder, the site has been updated. If you need any repairs, have any technical questions, or whatever, you can PM Me or use the contact form on the site. Also, if you have any broken harware that can be repaired and needs a good home, I'm your guy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Still Rockin' Atari Paul
  23. 2 points
    I did. It diddnt save it. I fixed it. Sorry about that.
  24. 2 points
    I have always described my interesting classic gaming as a hobby, ever since I was very young. I find myself saying that more and more today, as I have to set priorities, I always treat the forums with love but it holds a position in my life as a hobby, i.e. something I am passionate about and have true love for but is expensive, time consuming and doesn't generate income. However it does generate a sense of personal fulfillment and a sense of community, so it holds a special place in my heart as a very special and fun hobby, but it has to have the priority of a hobby in my life. I think games are a good hobby., and everything kept in balance and moderation.
  25. 2 points
    Of course it is a hobby. For me, especially the "Fixing/Repairing" aspect of it. Tinkering in the garage is what I do to relax. Fixing stuff, using my mind and hands and tools. Harry, we are all here for you. You shouldn't downplay your family issues as lessor than the other issues people are having. It's life impacting and that makes it significant. You let us know what we can do to help. Hopefully, you and your mom can cool off for a bit and you'll get your stuff back. I know a lot of people my age don't really consider video games a "real" hobby because they think we just sit in a room alone. To some, hobbies are things we do with others. Like sports, or clubs at school, or whatever. Maybe it's a matter of offering to join a club or church group or whatever once this pandemic is over. I don't know. I wish you the best.
  26. 2 points
    Atari 5200 Guy

    eBay Finds

    Tunnel Runner I had way back in the late 1980s. It's a very fun and unique game. But it's a bit pricey these days. Sort of crazy how that works; games back then no one could sell for a penny are all of a sudden worth tons of money. Makes no sense to me.
  27. 2 points
    Atari 5200 Guy

    Hello From Ohio

    Welcome to Atari I/O @1Littlebeast. You'll love it here. Favorite arcade game? Gee...you had to play that card? Ummm...lemme think. I have two actually each from different eras. Pre-crash I'd have to pick Galaxian. Post-crash has to be OutRun. Gyruss is good, too. Gotta love the music in that one.
  28. 2 points
    RickR

    eBay Finds

    Tunnel Runner is on that list!
  29. 2 points
    HDN

    eBay Finds

    I've been trying to get this guy to play Tunnel Runner since I got here. If he plays this Pokemon Risk game before it, I swear...
  30. 2 points
    HDN

    I need advice

    Thank you @nosweargamer and @RickR. I'm working on something and I'm thinking of posting it here and getting feedback like Rick said. Nosweargamer thank you so much for the advice. I think I'm ok with the way my voice sounds for the stuff I'm doing here. Not quite sure how I'm going to capture video as I currently have no way of getting VCR hooked up to my ancient computer. I might just have to record off the TV for this "pilot episode". I don't plan on the pilot being very game-centered as the 2600 title I'm covering is very self-explanatory and well known. It's going to be more of a skit than anything (for this episode). I never like having to watch TVs being filmed with cameras for too long so I hope to try do distract the viewers until I can get a capture device (hopefully December). I'm even considering incorporating Flipnote Studio animations into it. I have animated in the past and I think they have turned out okay. This will definitely be interesting.
  31. 2 points
    Just to share a tip that works for me: Once I get around level 7 or so, I'll hold the fire button down during the initial part of the round and mostly focus on avoiding falling bombs. Once you've cleared out most of the green/purple guys, go back to precision firing.
  32. 2 points
    57,100 Playing leap frog ๐Ÿ™‚
  33. 2 points
    HDN

    Hello From Ohio

    I think you may have posted in the wrong neighborhood, @Sabertooth! Unless you want to show the new guy your mad Galaxian skills. If that's the case, go right ahead!
  34. 2 points
    RickR

    Squad Challenge - Galaxian (Atari 2600)

    43,420.
  35. 2 points
  36. 2 points
    19,530. This is way better than I had been doing. Still hoping to get 30k before tomorrow. And, lest I forget; @btbfilms76 enter me to win! (Thank you!)
  37. 2 points
    The most blessed news I've heard in some time: Level 1 reduced to Level Zero Effective immediately (Sunday, Sept. 13), the Clackamas Co Sheriffโ€™s Office is dropping the evacuation level for some of the populated urban areas from Level 1 (Green) back to Normal. This includes Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Happy Valley, Gladstone, Milwaukie, Clackamas, and Tualatin. See map https://bit.ly/35kgtbE for changes.
  38. 2 points
    Nice Svengoolie painting.
  39. 2 points
    54,450 -- trying to put a more little distance but only managed an extra 3,000.
  40. 1 point
    socrates63

    The crummy Solaris manual story

    I don't quite get it -- what's the crummy part? I look at the manual on AtariAge and it looked ok. The content was a bit dense for a 2600 game but it was fine. Was it the header that "scrolled" across multiple pages at the top that was the issue? Or was it the fact that they basically copied the engineering notes to make the manual? Yes, dang those Tramiels -- more reason to despise them. I just watched the review by CGR, and Solaris looks and sounds absolutely amazing! Now I understand the reference to it being the sequel to Star Raiders.
  41. 1 point
    I did know it was on Atari computers, but I haven't seen much gameplay footage. If it's really that good I will totally take your word for it. If I ever get an Atari computer, I will most certainly let you know what I think of that version. Solaris is another game I like that I need the cart of. It's not particularly expensive. I will read that link later. He made POKEY too? That's a pretty talented guy right there. Tell you what, Rick. I will read the manual tonight and when I get one of my Atari systems back I will totally play some Star Raiders. It is pretty much the same as Starmaster. To be fair, Star Raiders came out first. Not many talk about it, but Activision really did rip off lots of games and improve upon them. Dragster, Starmaster, Enduro, Kaboom!, etc. But I will give it a fair shot with an open mind for you, Rick! I will tell you what I think when I play it!
  42. 1 point
    socrates63

    Mail call -- Atari magazines

    Thanks @RickR. I haven't look into the SDrive at all and I also have the Ultimate cartridge. I got them last year and just haven't gotten around to doing anything with the Atari 8-bit other than hooking up the 800XL to the TV once or twice last year to confirm it worked. Thanks for the tip. I'll come back to I/O for help when I get around to setting everything up. I got a batch of 15 or so issues of Analog and a few books back in January for free, and decided to add a few more to the pile. It'll be fun to peruse physical copies and reminisce a bit. That game submission sounds very cool. Share some screen shots if you can.
  43. 1 point
    I never finished this post! Coming soon -- Dig Dug!
  44. 1 point
    My life experience is almost identical to @socrates63. From my father buying me a VIC-20 and considering it mostly a toy, to his realization that maybe it wasn't when I ended up at various user group meetings with adults, to ending up with an engineering degree and making a career out of it. Also, both of my kids were heavily into video games (and I was right there with them for the most part). Older son is now a CPA and still gaming. Younger is a senior in college and still gaming. Mostly, it is important to stay as well-rounded as you can. There are social aspects to video gaming. When I was young, there were always other kids over (or me at their house) playing together. And in my kids' experience, it's similar (but only with old retro systems). On-line gaming is a different beast IMO, as there are a lot of creeps out there. It's not easy with the pandemic, as with most things. We can start up a weekly chat on these forums if you think that would help. It's more "live" than just posting.
  45. 1 point
    Many years ago, my wife told me what my father had said to her about my video gaming as a kid. He had always been supportive in whatever I wanted to do and bought me a 2600 and 800 as a kid. What I didn't know was how he had perceived my interest in video games. To him, they were just toys like any other toy -- meaning, things that little kids play with. His first surprise was when he drove me to the local Atari enthusiast club meeting and it was 99% adults. His second surprise was when that interest I had as a kid led to me getting into the tech industry. I believe those two things changed his perception about the value of video gaming. I still know people who have a very negative view of video games. You hear about kids getting addicted to video games and not fully engaging in their life activities outside of gaming. That's usually what they focus on, but it's understandable. As a parent who has more video games than his kids, even I was initially bothered when I saw Son #2 spending all his free time playing video games (I'm a hypocrite ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜›) because I wished he did more โœŒ๏ธproductiveโœŒ๏ธ things. It's not that playing video games is bad, but as a parent, I wanted to see him expand and grow in other areas as well. But I reminded myself that I was no different as a kid, and I turned out Ok, and I decided to respect his personal choice on how he spent his free time and never bothered him about it (he was a diligent worker in his school work and other obligations). Short answer is --> Yes, video gaming is a hobby. It's a hobby enjoyed by people of all ages and professions. There are even doctors who play, and we have one here in the I/O ๐Ÿ™‚
  46. 1 point
  47. 1 point
    nosweargamer

    I need advice

    Here's my two cents: Philosophical: Be ok with the sound of your voice ( a lot if people hate how their records voice sounds), allow yourself room to grow, don't be discouraged by slow growth, don't engage trolls, just block them & make videos how you want to make ( there's almost always someone who wants you to do things differently). Capturing: I used to capture most of my gameplay using a DVD recorder. This can present challenges as the technology is getting old and a lot of DVD recorders are breaking down. Also some files are difficult to transfer to computer easily. When I have used to DVD recorder recently I've had to use an extra program to transfer files. Also when using DVDs sometimes when something is blinking on screen the DVD does not capture it just right. In the past I've had to transfer some games to a different file type because of this. I have an Elgato video capture device. It's a white older one. I've used it for some live streams. It seemed to work okay, but I ended up getting an Elgato HD. I believe it's an older model and I made sure it came with an adapter for RCA style cables. It's currently what I'm using for most of my game capturing. On the upside it turns my gameplay into a computer file and saves me time transferring stuff. It also doesn't lose flickering Sprites when recording. On the downside some scrolling games can get blurry at times. Also when I plug some older systems into it without using my DVD VCR combo as a bypass, it doesn't it doesn't send the signal to my TV for some reason unless I use splitters on the RCA cables. It's honestly a mess of a setup right now lol but it works. There's also a delay to what you see on the computer screen when recording. So you need to also have a TV near your computer to use this. The Elgato video capture did not have this delay if I recall correctly so I could play it looking on the computer screen but the window on the screen is much smaller. If you're going to invest money into this I recommend putting some of it aside for a good microphone. They really can make a big difference. I have a Blue Yeti that I've used since the beginning it seems to do a good job. That's just for starters. If you want some more advice or have any questions feel free to let me know.
  48. 1 point
    You can do it, Mark! I believe in you! You can beat that rotten @socrates63!
  49. 1 point
    Aw man. You mean I have to try harder?!? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Nice scores guys! I'll try again in a day or two. And... ...is one sexy and clean looking 2600 unit! @RickR's games are pre-trained for the Squad Challenges. ๐Ÿ˜
  50. 1 point
    51,290 Finally broke 50k! It turned out to be a little more difficult than I thought it'd be. I have to admit that I've grown to like Galaxian a lot. I had always ignored it in favor of Galaga both at the arcade and at home and never liked the weak sounding single volley at a time Galaxian gun. The 2600 version of Galaxian has proved to be a very fun game and has become one of my favorite 2600 games.
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