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  1. 3 points
    Thank you, @- Ω - for getting this particular forum off of the ground! Also, thanks to @RickRfor his bulleted list of ideas! Re: Emulation, I've been using Mac OS for several years (my better half used to work for Apple) and I struggled at times to find emulators for other platforms as most of them were Windows only. I would also throw Android in there as well as there's a pretty decent Reddit community for Emulators on Android. Another area to explore would be Homebrews as there are new titles developed for classic systems and computers on a regular basis.
  2. 3 points
    Here are my ideas. I think it's important to build the community. I'd love to see existing Atari.io members join in. To that end, we need to keep things simple. For example, bringing up the expert level stuff (Tipi, nanoPEB, etc) is just going to drive casual users away. What's unique about Atari.io? It's friendly and fun! Focus on the games and the fun aspects of this system. Make the content inviting and not intimidating. Some thread ideas: Console buying guide. I remember you telling me when I first got started with the TI to avoid the "tan" colored units. I had no idea! I think we need to spread the most simple knowledge of what to buy, what it will cost, where to look, and "don't panic" information (for example, that one button on the keyboard that temporarily disables the joysticks). Include the details of "why". For example, the newer tan units have a different bios that won't play all games (kind of like the INTV2). Or how you can get a composite cable much cheaper by simply searching for a Commodore 64 or Atari 8-bit 5-pin cable. Game reviews. Maybe spend a month on each game. What is it most comparable to? What makes it better or worse? Example: Parsec is kind of like Defender. But it is a lot smoother and has speech. Better than any other console's version of Defender. Munchman vs. Pac Man. Just more info and maybe some simple ongoing high-score challenges for those most common games on the system. Controller options. What to buy. What to avoid. Is there any way to improve those horrid TI joysticks? How to use the Atari sticks on the system. Emulation. How many people on this forum actually have a TI 99/4A? Me. That may be it. So maybe we drum up interest by having a step-by-step simple guide of how to emulate on PC and Mac. Links to interesting YouTube content. I'll give it more thought.
  3. 2 points
    RickR

    A 3D Printed Battery Cover

    Before I type anything else -- special thanks to @Atari Creep. I wanted to share this little project that Chris helped me out with. I had a Mattel Electronics "Battlestar Galactica" LED game that was in very poor shape. I cleaned it up as best I could on the outside, and also got the game working with a little bit of battery acid cleanup and a new battery connector. It's a fun game, but it wasn't very easy to play while trying to hold the battery in with my fingers! Whoever owned this before me used tape to hold the battery in. But that's not a good idea. There's chemically encrusted tape residue all over the back, and it destroyed the instruction sticker! Well, @Atari Creep made the mistake of posting that he got a 3D printer recently. I asked him if he'd mind printing a battery cover for me. He very graciously said yes, and mailed the final product to me. (Chris, I sent you a little gift today in the mail in return). The replacement cover fit pretty well. Once it was warm enough to go back into my garage, I spent a tiny bit of time and elbow grease filing off the rough spots. Perfect fit! I know it's not a match with the color and texture, and it's a tiny bit too thin. But frankly, I don't care one bit. It does the job of holding the battery in. Furthermore, I think it's good that it's so obviously a reproduction part (in case I ever decide to sell this unit in the future). Here are some pictures of the cover, the simple files I used, and the final product. Again, thank you so much @Atari Creep. As for me, I really want to get myself a 3D printer now. For a bunch of repair projects like this missing battery cover. And also maybe for a little bit of art work. But I have much to learn before getting one. If anyone has experience and suggestions for a beginner, please share.
  4. 2 points
    @- Ω - One of the most important things will be developing activity in the TI forum. That will mean getting the word out to the TI world that Atari I/O is a TI-friendly forum and a nice new place for TI enthusiasts to spend their time 🙂 Good conversations in this new TI forum and inviting TI friends to join us will be key to its growth. The more TI activity in here the better.
  5. 2 points
    - Ω -

    Mega Cartridge?

    Well that's the problem, from what I've been told they are all 'common cartridges' with little to no value, so selling them would be like giving them away for less than what I paid, and keeping them will be out of the question when I downsize.
  6. 1 point
    - Ω -

    Mega Cartridge?

    Well, Defender, Q*Bert, Popeye and River Raid needed a little help. When I got them their labels were totatal trash, so I had to remake the labels. Defender was a little more difficult as I needed to buy special silver cardstock to print the image on.
  7. 1 point
    Sure, you can do that. I think it would be cool. Say, isn't there anything on here about the Dragon's Lair port for the TI99 by Tursi? I thought there was something about it on Atari.io. It looks pretty impressive, from what I have seen. Thanks for letting me share. :O)
  8. 1 point
    DegasElite

    Mega Cartridge?

    They do at that. I have every single title you have except Mario Bros. I still need that one. Thanks for sharing. :O)
  9. 1 point
    Yes. I can take on a few of those ideas. Patience will be needed though. RickR works some long hours most weeks.
  10. 1 point
    No kidding! There can be a lot of "issues" for a Newbie when it comes to getting a beige unit. The worst problem is the keyboard itself, most of those units have a Mitsumi (membrane) keyboard that self-destructs over time. Not being able to run third-part cartridges can be another issue with a good portion of them, so I steer all newbies to the black and silver version that says 1981 on the screen. It took me eight freaking years to FINALLY locate a non-Mitsumi in good condition that would also work with non-GROM cartridges. I'm now using it as my "portable system". Yes, portable, I've been known to take my TI with me when I go places. 😄
  11. 1 point
    You've got some really good ideas there @RickR! All five of those bullet points get a 👍! If you could take on a couple of those, it would be awesome. I also like @Marco1019's idea of emulation under the Mac platform, unfortunately I have no Apple products and will not be of any help there. I've heard of something called Wine, that may be of use integrating some Windows only items, but don't know. @Justin is right on the mark when it comes to this being a friendly place, in fact it's the major reason I'm here. 🙂 If we all chip in and spread the word, I think it'll build things up quicker. No one person can do it all, and some may not like hanging out at a place where one person dominates everything. The more the merrier is one of the major goals right? Yes, again I think @RickR has a valid point, especially as we are starting out, keeping it simple and fun. Later as more come on board if they want, more in-depth topics will probably just come about. Rick, would you be willing to start a thread something like, "A Beginners Guide to Getting into the TI?" You've shown you have a firm grasp on the entry level aspects. If you want, I'd be willing to make some support videos for your posts. A month on each game sounds good, maybe even a poll letting users pick between some choices for the person who decides to take on that role? Letting users volunteer for month might also be an option that will let others feel more involved.
  12. 1 point
    Gray-Haired Gamer

    Gray-Haired Gamer

  13. 1 point
    TrekMD

    Mega Cartridge?

    That's a very nice collection. The carts looks pristine.
  14. 1 point
    - Ω -

    A 3D Printed Battery Cover

    Nice! I like seeing things restored, especially when finished. I had a friend, who has since passed away, who picked up an old used game at a thrift store a few years ago and man that thing looked like garbage to me. But the first thing he did was disassemble the case and stick it in the dishwasher. After that he spent a few days with a bottle of scratch remover and some rags, after that he had me make him up some labels. When it was done it looked brand new... unless you got up real close and inspected it.
  15. 1 point
    The cart LightBlue2222 used for his 63,260 score was the 1987 released version. I have 6 Pole Position carts at the moment, and some of them are the 1987 version. I'll dump them as soon as I can and let everyone know the results. The person from Atariage, "MayDay", who got the same score back in 2014 used the Stella emulator. He wasn't sure where he got the ROM image from, either Atariage or EmuParadise.
  16. 1 point
    Gray-Haired Gamer

    Gray-Haired Gamer

    I recently upgraded my copy of Amiga Forever and saw this in the list of games included with the software and thought I would give it a go.
  17. 1 point
    Gray-Haired Gamer

    Gray-Haired Gamer

  18. 1 point
    RickR

    eBay's new seller requirements

    I doubt they'll change it. FYI - I have an account set up an on on-line bank (CapitalOne360). I simply opened an extra savings account just for this ebay purpose. I did not give ebay my account login info, but instead just gave them the routing and account numbers. If you decide to proceed, I think this is probably the easiest thing to do.
  19. 1 point
    Gray-Haired Gamer

    Gray-Haired Gamer

  20. 1 point
    Gray-Haired Gamer

    Gray-Haired Gamer

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