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  1. I never owned any of the board game adaptations or card games on any console growing up. My parents were actually heavy backgammon players and played a few games nearly each night when I was kid. But getting it for the 2600 was never a thought or blip on the scope of things. It was the same way with checkers. My friends and I would just use an actual checkers board an play. I own these games now but it was strictly for adding to the collection and never for actual play. But, in the early 90s I did own the first release of Hoyle's book of games that Sierra released and my mom especially really got into playing several games of Hearts on it nearly every night. Now, she mainly plays Mahjong games on her computer. But that is because it is so much easier to just click a few buttons to start a new tile set vs what the real deal would have required LOL.
    3 points
  2. PAC-MAN (Atari 2600) DIFFICULTY: Mode 1; A/A DEADLINE: Whenever the next real High Score Challenge is posted Happy summer, Atari.io! @Justin seems pretty busy lately, and so to keep the spirit of the Squad Challenge alive, I have decided to make a temporary, unofficial replacement until the real deal happens again. I picked a game I know everyone here has! Make sure to include a picture of your score. May the best score win!
    2 points
  3. Is everyone ready? New High Score challenge will be announced on the 15th! 💥🎉
    2 points
  4. I’ve always been interested in 2600 Backgammon. It looks like it would be fun if you knew what you were doing. However, I DON’T know what I’m doing, so I’ll have to check out the manual! I don’t know how they did it, either. I think the crazy part, though, is how they even managed to make the computer think AT ALL with the 128 *bytes* of RAM the 2600 had! Even showing all the pieces on the chess board is a feat in itself!
    2 points
  5. Hey, Harry! Good to see you. It's been quite the roller coaster ride in my life since November last year. Things are stable now, and I'm just now trying re-build normalcy and routine back into my life. I randomly dropped in here on the I/O during the past few months when I felt able, but I'm looking to ease back in on a regular cadence. I look forward to the I/O fun.
    2 points
  6. Casino is actually my favorite Blackjack game! At least it’s the one I go back to the most often. Something about it clicks with me. @MaximumRD that’s ok! Everyone has different interests. I think a lot of people had that opinion, because we didn’t see a lot of board games at all on the 2600 after the early days. Because, when you get down to it, what’s the point? I enjoy them, but why not just play them with other people? Other than games like Slot Machine and arguably Video Chess and Checkers, there is no reason to play the 2600 game over the real deal. But, I personally like most of these games, so there’s no wrong opinion.
    2 points
  7. I'll be honest, I was never really a board game fan. Oh, I played my share, Trouble, Monopoly, Checkers, Snakes and Ladders, various card games etc, with family mostly but honestly it was not until I started seeing pixels animated on a screen that I cared at all about games of any type. Oddly, as big as I was into Fantasy, Horror, Magic, Wizards and the like I was not even into Dungeons and Dragons, at least not the original roll the dice games, it was more like I wanted to like them, that I expected like them more then I actually did since they seemed to have all the ingredients of stuff I was into. So, I would say that, I guess, if I choose to play something like that I would opt for the "Video Game" adaptation of classic games, at least I'd still be interacting with those loving pixels at the very least. Video Checkers, Hangman and various card games were all fun enough to play for sure. Once again so, some years later we all got into Ken Houston Black Jack / Poker on Colecovision and then I guess through the years I would try various interpretations of classic board games on Gameboy, GBS, computer games etc, I was huge into EA Zany Golf on AMIGA and SidePocket Pool on NES. I think overall though, even sticking specifically with Classic VCS I was more into original titles, arcade parts and original 2600 games would be my go to before classic board type games.
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  8. 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.
    2 points
  9. HDN

    What's new with everyone?

    When I dove deep into the Beatles back in 2019, I inevitably stumbled across people online talking about how good Pet Sounds was. I listened to the album on CD back then and I was heavily biased. "There's no way it can be better than The Beatles," I thought. What's more, I was raised in a household that hated The Beach Boys with a passion. So at the time, I didn't really like it much. But nowadays I really quite enjoy it. I recently bought a vinyl copy. It's in stereo, so I'm sure the purists will cringe, but I'll take what I can get.
    2 points
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. BINGO! I actually loved Blasteroids. Doesn't get mentioned much these days.
    1 point
  13. It was also a good opportunity to practice the games without someone more advanced laughing or making fun. I remember joining a chess club at school, maybe 7th grade or so, and not being very good at first. Practicing at home helped!
    1 point
  14. I've always been fascinated with how this was programmed. I can't imagine how hard it would be to program a chess game in 2k or 4k.
    1 point
  15. ☝️this -- being an only child and all my friends after 7th grade not being into video games and board games, having a computer opponent was the reason I played the video games. Having said that, I mostly dabbled with chess games. I do remember playing the video game version of Yahtzee and that was fun. As for the 2600 versions, I haven't played any. I do find it fascinating that the 2600 can play chess and would like to check that out. I'll have to check some out on the GameBoy as well. I recently re-acquired the OG GameBoy.
    1 point
  16. Looks like an upgraded Asteroids, so I'll say Blasteroids
    1 point
  17. Good topic! I really like "Backgammon". I think the reason is that the controls are easy and the games are reasonably quick. There are two card games aren't there? Casino and Blackjack I think. One uses paddles? I'm not a fan of either. Too primitive. The Intellivision "Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack" I like very much. Hey, maybe this is a good idea for a homebrew for me....a remake of Casino that's more lively and good looking. I'm with you on Video Chess. I like how it's got the different skill levels, so sometimes I like kicking butt on the easiest level. Oooh! "Othello". I like that one a lot. Make sure to get the corners!
    1 point
  18. HDN

    What's new with everyone?

    Glad to be back, @RickR! Atari.io has always been such a nice place. I’m so happy to have the time to enjoy it again. Everyone here is the best!
    1 point
  19. 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
  20. For me it has to be one already mentioned, Pitfall II: Lost Caverns kills it. But here's another one I like...
    1 point
  21. 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
  22. 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.
    1 point
  23. Sounds like you had a busy time. And sorry to hear you got sick. That sucks! Interesting you should mention "Pet Sounds". I just went on a plane trip to Omaha for a wedding, and what album did I take with me to listen to on the way? "Pet Sounds"! Serendipity. It's always been good to me. But over the years, I've come to know so much about how it was made with "The Wrecking Crew" studio musicians being directed by Brian Wilson. So my opinion has changed a bit. I don't really consider it Beach Boys as much as a Brian Wilson record.
    1 point
  24. 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
  25. Over on my twitter, I'm giving a copy of The Office Space Game. All you have to do to enter is follow me and retweet it. US only.
    1 point
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