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  1. 4 points
    HDN

    HDN's (Game)Room!

    Here’s what I ended up doing with the tree. I’m still not sure where to put the turntable. There is a speaker there, however. That’s hooked up to the stereo system downstairs. We basically have only used it for Christmas music the past few years. Here is what the shelf of things looks like nowadays. My boxed 2600 games and mini arcades have been replaced by a festive winter village and nativity scene. My DS/3DS/Switch cases have been replaced as well. That streetlight painting you see was painted by 11 year old me. It’s horrible! I could do so much better nowadays.
  2. 4 points
    nosweargamer

    HDN's (Game)Room!

    Decorating the tree can be so much fun!
  3. 3 points
    Alex228727

    NSG's November 2020 Giveaway!

    Pacman plug in play
  4. 2 points
    RickR

    The No Swear Gamer

    Another big difference is speed. Games like Indy 500 and Street Racer are a lot faster on the VCS. O2 is awesome! Get one if you can. I think you'll love it.
  5. 2 points
    HDN

    The No Swear Gamer

    On the surface, to me at least, the Odyssey 2 looks better than the VCS. It seems to have a much higher resolution and whatnot. Just look at the numbers. Literally. Take a look at the numbers used in the score on early VCS games like Air/Sea Battle or Video Olympics. Then compare them to what they were using on the O2 at around the same time. Other graphics in early games on the Odyssey, like Football! for instance, look much better than their VCS counterparts. The default mode in Indy 500 and Spinout! are virtually the same game. Same with Street Racer's first game mode and Speedway!, though on the Odyssey 2 there's no opponent car. Just look for yourself; the Odyssey 2 had much better graphics in the early days. Speedway! on the Odyssey 2 Street Racer on the 2600 Spinout! on the Odyssey 2 Indy 500 on the 2600 But what the O2 lacked was flexibility. It could only draw its in-game characters on the screen. These couldn't be changed. You could combine them to make different shapes, or "sprites", but that would give you that signature blocky look of the Odyssey 2. The 2600, sure, at first it looked much worse. But once developers became well acquainted with it, the machine started producing much better visuals than the Odyssey 2 ever could. It wasn't restricted in the same way. It had its own problems that the Odyssey 2 didn't have to worry about, but as far as visuals were concerned it didn't have to rely on a built-in character set. You could draw basically whatever you wanted on the screen (within reason) and didn't have to construct it out of pre-existing pieces. Such is painfully obvious with the few later third-party releases. The 2600 also didn't have a frame buffer, which seems like a hindrance, but actually was the key to its long life. Naturally, the 2600 could only display two sprites on screen at a time. I'm pretty sure you all know how the 2600 "raced the CRT beam" in order to get more sprites on screen at once. I'm not sure if the Odyssey 2 had a frame buffer or not, but its initial limitations seem to have lasted its entire lifespan and not worked around like those on the VCS were. I'm not sure if this is because the short life of the system or not. Maybe they just never got around to it during the system's initial life. My point is, the Odyssey 2 graphics looked better than the VCS at the start of its life, but by 1983 when the O2 was on its way out, its graphics were considerably worse than those on the 2600's versions of the same or similar games. Again, just see for yourself: Atlantis on the Odyssey 2 Atlantis on the 2600 Q*Bert on the Odyssey 2 Q*Bert on the 2600 The Odyssey 2 looks like an AWESOME system. My dad had one back in the day, and I would really, REALLY like to get one someday. Graphics don't really matter if the games are good.
  6. 2 points
    socrates63

    NSG's November 2020 Giveaway!

    The power of the Pac -- that one seems to be a common gateway into the plug and play world 👍 Welcome to the I/O @Alex228727! Please visit the Introduce Yourself! subforum and introduce yourself to the community.
  7. 2 points
    MaliciousCarp

    HDN's (Game)Room!

    Oh - I just saw the post about the bubble lights- I'm a huge fan of those! My family decided to put up a halloween tree this year (because, why not?) and my wife found these for it: they are awesome, but you have to be really careful to get them mounted on the tree so that they are vertical and don't move around too much.
  8. 2 points
    nosweargamer

    The No Swear Gamer

    A big thanks to @Willie! for sending me a surprise package in the mail!
  9. 1 point
    nosweargamer

    The No Swear Gamer

    The nominations from my Patreon page contained several 3rd party games, so there's a strong possibility Frogger will show up this month. Currently the only official Parker Brothers game I don't own is Qbert.
  10. 1 point
    nosweargamer

    The No Swear Gamer

    Odyssey 2 Month begins with a pretty strange port. Ep 664: Popeye
  11. 1 point
    HDN

    The No Swear Gamer

    Well, unlike the 7800, I won't be getting it! A few months back (pre-COVID), my dad got all nostalgic and got on the list for one at the game store. They said they don't get them in too often. My dad said he'd be calling his brother and cousin over to play some Crypto-Logic! and other games. So it'd sort of be his thing, but I'd use it. So its pretty interesting to think about. We could get the call that the system came in later tonight, next week, in six months, four years, whenever. We technically could get an Odyssey 2 at any time, though its highly unlikely as they haven't gotten one at the store in the last four years.
  12. 1 point
    RickR

    The No Swear Gamer

    I have a multi-cart for Odyssey 2 that includes all of the games (even from EU and Brazil). I highly recommend that for any O2 owner. Games like Popeye, Frogger, Demon Attack, and Atlantis really show the limitations of the system. They tried, but there is no way the O2 had any chance against the VCS or Intellivision. Still, those games are fun to play if you can forget comparisons and enjoy them for what they are. At the same time, some games like O2 KC Munchkin are a lot better than any similar game on the VCS. I think that says more about Atari than anything else. I love the O2. It is a system with limitations...but some of the games are true gems.
  13. 1 point
    HDN

    The No Swear Gamer

    @nosweargamer, thank you so much for reviewing Popeye on the Magnavox Odyssey 2 (or Phillips VideoPac). I have long wondered about that game, but the only videos I could find were a handful of gameplay clips with no commentary, except for one John Hancock video in which he briefly mentioned it. I'm so happy you were able to review it as I was really curious about how it played. It's so cool that there was a Nintendo game on the Odyssey 2! Too bad it's not here. I would love to pick up some foreign Odyssey games from Brazil or something. I heard the third party games are much more common there. If I ever visit Brazil, I'm going hunting, even if I don't have an Odyssey 2 system yet. You should try Frogger! It looks... interesting, to say the least.
  14. 1 point
    HDN

    HDN's (Game)Room!

    Wow! Those are really cool. I tried doing a year-round tree once, but I had to take it down for some reason. I didn't have space for it anymore at some point. I'm not sure what ended up "replacing it" or when. But it's up now and it's all that matters. You're right about the lights. They are a pain to set up, but worth it. I still have to tweak mine. They keep wanting to go crooked. Thank you! I'll have to show y'all the games downstairs sometime.
  15. 1 point
    MaliciousCarp

    HDN's (Game)Room!

    I haven't had a lot of time to be in the forums lately (Halloween goings on and busy at work) - I love this thread! @HDN - you have a great collection there! I am always thrilled to see younger people take an interest in this hobby!
  16. 1 point
    MaliciousCarp

    HDN's (Game)Room!

    I was always told that the upside down tree was an Eastern European thing. It was kind of a trend here a few years back too.
  17. 1 point
    StormSurge

    StormSurge’s Extra Life 2020

    Maybe the last of the prizes:
  18. 1 point
    HDN

    HDN's (Game)Room!

    One thing I've found out about myself over the years is that I don't really move on from stuff like that. I started noticing this around 2018 or so when I got my Switch. I realized that though I did play my Switch a lot, I oftentimes found myself going back to games on the Wii U and 3DS. So I guess I don't really move on from playing systems, I just add more systems into the mix. Thanks for the compliment, but I can't take credit for the whole thing myself! Though these days I would consider them part of my collection, but as I have said previously they're family heirlooms! Many of these were collected by my dad's cousin back in the early 1980's and have since made their way into my collection. I would say about 70 to 80 percent of my 2600 games are from him. What I would like to do in the future is buy a ton of duplicates and re-gift some of his games (and his old Woody). He's got a young kid now (maybe 3 or 4) and I think that maybe he'd enjoy them as well. You know, buy some Pac-Mans and Combats and Space Invaderses, make a nice "starter set" and give him back his old stuff. I do plan on keeping the boxes and manuals though! As for the 7800 stuff, that's all mine. The 7800 is unique among my systems. Not only is it one of the few retro systems that don't have a family heritage, but to me it holds a strong connection to everyone here in the online Atari community. I mean, I only have three games for the thing I didn't get from AtariAge or the I/O. It reminds me of all of the new friends I've made here online. I mean, without you guys I wouldn't have the darn thing! I really enjoy the system so far, and I would go as far as to say it's in my top five systems of all time. Yup. I will have to snap a picture of those sometime. The fun thing about vinyl is just watching it spin for me. Using songs I have downloaded on my DSi is far more convenient, but not as fun. Listening to my vinyl is an event, and collecting it is fun and easy, too. Goodwill and other thrift stores oftentimes have good things in them. I've found singles galore, the John Denver Muppet Christmas album, the Fiddler on the Roof OST, The Best of Peter and Gordon, a double LP Glen Miller memorial album, and an alternate variant of Introducing the Beatles (I now have both versions), all for just a dollar or two. Ironically, the only thing I can think of of the ones I have named were a few Beatles singles (Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane, and If I Fell/And I Love Her) that cost me $2. A lot of my vinyl is second-hand from my parents' family and friends, though unlike with the video games, it's almost all from my mom's side. And I'm glad you brought up vinyl as I wanted to mention this but didn't know where to post it. Remember back in Young's Activision Patch Scores thread where I tried for the Private Eye patch? I believe it was @RickR who posted it (I could be wrong), but someone posted the Private Eyes music video? Well, turns out I own the LP! It was in my mystical "Blue Crate of Records I don't Listen to Often". I actually have a catalog of all that stuff in there so I don't have to dig it all out. I noticed the LP was listed in my little book when I was looking for more K-Tel records for @Atari 5200 Guy. I guess. I mean, I technically did grow up with the stuff as well, same as the lot of you. I guess what I was referring to was that when you all played it back in the day, you didn't know what would happen next. I mean, I know what happened to Atari, what games came out for it, what their failures are, etc. You didn't know for sure what was going to happen. I read in an old (1982 I believe) Atari 2600 catalog about some "upcoming games" once. I remember some obvious teasers in there, like when they said "We'll have a series of adventure games based off of blah, blah, blah," (SwordQuest), or "We'll have a series of the most realistic video sports games you ever did see," (RealSports). Stuff like that. There was also a teaser for "A sequel to Combat", which as we all know never saw the light of day. I'm fairly certain Combat II's prototype surfaced, or maybe it's just a homebrew. My point is, back in 1982 no one knew this game would be shelved. No one knew about the crash. No one knew what hot arcade games would come out for the system. No one knew about ET (until later that year, I guess. Bad example). In this day and age, I know about all that stuff and starting playing the games long after they had lost relevance. There were no schoolyard rumors, or fights with Intellivison or Odyssey 2 owners, or anything of the sort. Which leads me to another thing. All of my Harry-aged friends didn't share my love of retro games. Later, when I got into high school, I met a couple retro fans, but they were more 4th or 5th generation to modern, not so much the older stuff. I don't think I have ever mentioned this, but until I got into the ninth grade, I went to a small private school. There were only about 18 or so kids in my graduating class. I tried my best to make friends and stuff there, and we got along fine. But I was much different. Basically, 17 of those people had the same personality; SPOOOOOOOORRRRTSSS! I just wasn't interested in the same stuff as they were. I wasn't the weird, antisocial kid or anything; quite the contrary. I was definitely weird, no question, but I hung out and talked to them and stuff. I just barely got to talk about the stuff I wanted to talk about. Not to mention, whenever a new cool game came out that EVERYONE was playing, I was always the one out. They all had PS4s or XBOX Ones, but I was the weird Nintendo kid. We joked about it and such, no hard feelings. But I was the only real Nintendo fan in my class at the time. All the "cool games" went to the other consoles and PC while the Wii U was almost always left in the dust. I hung out with those people, we had our fun, but I don't really talk to them anymore. I have found my people in high school, and I wish I had left for the public school sooner. Plus, I've found other people online to talk to about things, which is really nice. So anyways, what was I saying? Oh, yeah, my point was that nobody really cared about retro stuff for a long time. I'd always felt somewhat alone in my retro game playing, but now with new people in my life, I feel like there is more of a community. I'm glad to be a part of all of these online forums, especially Atari I/O. Thanks for being so welcoming to a "kiddo" like myself. On an unrelated note, here's a Holiday Room Update! I have put my record player off to the side in favor of my tree for the time being. I'm still not sure where I'll put the turntable. The tree is decorated and all, and I've even wrapped some "presents" and put them under the tree! They're fake, of course, with one exception. I have a package sent from @socrates63 that I'm not supposed to open yet, so that's sitting there. Last year, I got some bubble lights for Christmas from my grandparents. They went to a year-round Christmas store earlier in the year and got a set for their own tree. I thought that they were so cool. I was so happy to get some for Christmas, even though they could only go up in my room for a few days. Last year, they went on the tree, but I'm thinking of putting them on a wreath this year. I think I'll take down my 3DS cases and put a wreath there. I love these lights so much! I think my room will be completely ready by the end of the week!
  19. 1 point
    socrates63

    NSG's November 2020 Giveaway!

    😆 A Pandoras Box is an uber deluxe plug and play on steroids! Welcome to the I/O @zgillet! Feel free to visit the Introduce Yourself! subforum, and well, introduce yourself 🙂
  20. 1 point
    zgillet

    NSG's November 2020 Giveaway!

    Well, technically it is a plug'n'play - I have a Pandora's Box 9s and it is by far my favorite "just plug in" console. It has a ton of classic arcade roms (from China so legality is whatever) and even modded roms. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PK24H6B
  21. 1 point
    Gianna

    Bagels.. do you love them?

    let’s all have a Bagel Party
  22. 1 point
    StormSurge

    StormSurge’s Extra Life 2020

    Another prize arrived today.
  23. 1 point
    StormSurge

    StormSurge’s Extra Life 2020

    More prizes!
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