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  1. ❗Intellicollecovisionary has been banned.
    3 points
  2. I rolled my eyes when I saw the word "purists". Enjoy the music or don't. It's a personal thing and what does it matter if you do or don't like it? My copy is the 40th anniversary CD. One of my kids has an orig vinyl and I don't think it's stereo. Whatever. It sounds good in both formats to me.
    2 points
  3. HDN

    What's new with everyone?

    It's been a while since I've been active here. I had a lot of catch up to do, going back to school and all. Atari.io tends to be a place where I write long, intensive posts and I just didn't have the time for that as much as I used to back in the Ferg. I've stayed on Discord mostly, as it's a lot quicker and easier to do in a couple of minutes compared to this. I've kept in contact with a few of you guys there. Now it's summer, and my schedule is free. I can spend more time here now! I'm happy to be back home. So, what's new with everyone here? Me, I've had a lot happen. I had an AP history test that I hope I did well on (haven't gotten any results yet), went back to school and caught up with my friends and was actually able to learn stuff (virtual school did NOT suit me), got an Odyssey 2, became a Beach Boys fan (thanks to a number of people who "forced me" to give Pet Sounds another shot, which I'm listening to while writing this, actually), went to my first vacation in a year and got horribly sick, tried dating again but decided not to, and most importantly, made it through my sophomore year of high school alive! I haven't been entirely inactive during this time. I've been doing a lot regarding @fergojisan's podcast and the like. Like I have said, I've been in touch with a few of you there. But anyways, I'm back finally. So what's new with all of you? What did I miss? How are you all doing?
    1 point
  4. Seeing that I hardly never really listen to, or understand the lyrics of songs in English either, I've taken to sampling music from around the world. The group called Rolling Quartz has become one of my favorites. Here is their latest video...
    1 point
  5. RickR

    What's new with everyone?

    Good to have you back, @HDN!
    1 point
  6. I wasn’t really considering that aspect. I was thinking more along the lines of new people buying the games for the very first time. Though what you’re saying does make a lot of sense. Like how people would buy new arcade ports so they’d have more things closer to the arcade version compared to their older ports on less capable hardware. Activision’s games were made for home so the only way to get repeat customers would be to add stuff that wasn’t there before. Interesting. Thanks for enlightening me and for the new perspective on this.
    1 point
  7. The answer to this in 1983 was YES. Why would I buy 5200 Pitfall if I already owned 2600 Pitfall? If they'd have enhanced it, there would be repeat customers.
    1 point
  8. I wouldn’t say “lazy”. But Activision’s 5200 games were certainly a lot less technically impressive than they were on the 2600. Think of it like this: the 2600 wasn’t *supposed* to be able to pull off the complex nature that many of Activision’s games had. The 2600 was built with only two player sprites (solid color), two missiles, a ball, a super blocky and symmetrical background, etc. Therefore, a game like Kaboom or Pitfall required incredible knowledge of the VCS and its quirks to make look as good as it did, or even run at all. The 5200 and 8 bit ports, while still rather good looking in most cases, only look primitive because of how far Activision’s crew was able to push the aging 2600. In a vacuum, the 5200/8bit versions would look just fine IMO. However, there is the other issue of Activision not changing anything from the gameplay (in many cases) to do something the 2600 couldn’t do even in the best of hands. Demon Attack on Intv and Tandy are great examples of taking advantage of the more powerful hardware to get more out of the system. Activision simply didn’t do that for their games most of the time on the 5200, which was really a missed opportunity. But really, do you need them? Activision’s games were already so good!
    1 point
  9. Next up for sale from me will be a Mattel Aquarius, including a multi-cart. Please contact me if you are interested. I'll be taking pictures and listing it soon.
    1 point
  10. Can't forget how lazy Activision was on their 5200 ports? Pitfall! II being the standout, but many of their ports didn't look or sound that different from the 2600 versions either. I wonder if Imagic, and Activision did this on purpose so as to keep the games essentially being consistent in look and play regardless of platform? But I'm sure that if both of those companies had enhanced their game ports on the 5200 and 8-bit line better, that it would have possibly helped more 5200s get sold?
    1 point
  11. Your comment reminded me that I like to listen to modern Italian music just to keep my language skills from going dormant. I think listening to foreign music and watching foreign TV is a great way to pick up on languages.
    1 point
  12. I'd never really seen the 8-bit version of Xenophobe before. It is basically the same as the 7800 version but with slightly more detail added to the background and a lot less color. And I'm more surprised how it still basically sounds the same as well minus the begin and end level tune. I know the colors are more limited vs the 7800, but it could have sounded far better and had more options given the larger memory and storage medium available to the 8-bit line?
    1 point
  13. Pengo! I LOVE PENGO! I wrote Pengo comics back in the day
    1 point
  14. For me it has to be one already mentioned, Pitfall II: Lost Caverns kills it. But here's another one I like...
    1 point
  15. Good! I'm glad you didn't need to HUNT for the answer 🙂 Your turn.
    1 point
  16. Although it was designed as a 7800 game, T:me Salvo's title screen music is available as a separate download to be played on the 2600 through a Harmony cart and that is pretty impressive as well! There are quite a few other examples available in the demo scene that have made stuff for the 2600 over the past few years as well.
    1 point
  17. Despite being only a single channel, the Moon Patrol song is such an unkillable ear worm that it has to make the list.
    1 point
  18. Men In Black Universal Studios Florida Difficulty: None High Score: 39,475 March 22, 2021
    1 point
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