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  1. 🧠 I hope everybody active on here feels like a valued part of a welcoming & active community
    3 points
  2. Yeah, combined, the postal service made a cool Benjamin off of us. Removing the top might save a few buck in shipping too as the top half is HUGE.
    3 points
  3. Thank you for mentioning Atari I/O @- Ω -
    3 points
  4. Well I happen to really like Fractalus as well so it is good game to show the differences between them. Another one that is excellent to use is Jungle Hunt on the last scene with the cannibals and our girlfriend hanging over the large caldron. In composite, the tree almost looks like it is on fire because of the color bleeding and general "compositeness" of the combined signal. But on s-video you can clearly see the difference in the details on each individual pixel and color used. Scene from Jungle Hunt on composite (CVBS) And here is the same scene through s-video.
    2 points
  5. I should have mentioned in the video that the price of the Atarimax is considerably less than the shipping alone would be on a dozen or so separate cartridge purchases. Oh yeah and all those cartridges take up a lot of space. Yes, the Homebrews and Conversions add quite a few titles into the mix. With those two items, three if you need the HDMI converter, one will have everything necessary to bring it up-to-date for maximum enjoyment.
    2 points
  6. Not sure on the 800xl but apparently on the 130xe it has issues out of the box. So I added a UAV into my 130xe to replace the original composite and s-video circuit within the system. Looks really good although on my 130xe I sill have some vertical jail bars. Been told this is due to most of the s-video cables for the Atari systems are crap and don't shield the signals enough. But I'm fine with how it looks as within most games, you don't notice it. And yes, getting a box big enough is difficult and it is expensive to ship. It depends on the carrier used of course. But as an example my last 5200 shipped to Washington state and it ran about $50 to ship it. So it can easily cost half or more just to ship the console one way as it did to have services performed.
    2 points
  7. I thought your part was excellent. The text on Rescue on Fractalus is a really good example.
    1 point
  8. I would imagine it can but I'm not sure how it would handle those games with odd scanline counts which, is what you are alluding too? My only suggestion in regards to the video is two things I noticed: 1st. is that you still have everything stretched widescreen 16:9. As you have a Sony TV same as I do in my game room, Use the WIDE button on the remote to set it to normal or zoom 1 to better fit the game on the screen without stretching it. It also helps with some of the vertical bars that are still able to seen in some instances like when you were showing Chess. 2nd is that the audio appears to be out of sync on that last game that was shown? Was the audio recorded separate from the video? Thank you for including me in your video! I didn't expect that and hopefully I don't come across as some babbling fool in the process?
    1 point
  9. Justin

    The No Swear Gamer

    I keep making this point. Imagine you're a dad Christmas shopping in Target, you have a Nintendo Switch in mind because it will be fun for the whole family, games the wife can relate to and your elementary school-aged children will love it! But WAIT! What's this? "INTELLIVISION"!! "Wow! I remember Intellivision! I didn't realize they were back!" That momentary nostalgia hooks you and grabs your interest. "Moon Patrol, I remember that!" How cool that "Intellivision has a new system out" and got wide distribution into stores like Target. It's sitting on the store shelf next to the Nintendo Switch. You begin comparing the two. The warm fuzzy feelings of "Intellivision" get you excited. But so do the feelings for The World of Nintendo with Mario, Luigi, Donkey Kong, Metroid, etc. etc. You begin comparing the two. They're the same price. "The new Intellivision looks like fun for the whole family, but the kids were really excited about Nintendo Switch, and the whole family would really enjoy that too. I think they wanted to play Mario, Zelda, and Animal Crossing. Plus Nintendo has all these other games." "Maybe if the Intellivision Amico were priced less like a Nintendo Switch and more like a Sega Genesis Mini Console I could buy both systems." Let's say there's a huge Intellivision Amico fan standing there next to you in Target excited about the Amico, what does he say to convincingly sell you on it? What is the marketing strategy for Amico? Is it the video game equivalent of the Jitterbug phone? Would a better strategy for "Intellivision" to have developed new games based on their existing IP and new licenses to release on Nintendo, PlayStation and Xbox instead of developing their own small console (for example: developing a new "Moon Patrol" downloadable game for Nintendo Switch rather than developing their own console, wouldn't they have a much larger user base?)
    1 point
  10. $%&*@! That's horrible. Even packing stuff well, it can sometimes get damaged if they drop the box or something. It makes good sense to take that fragile top half off and leave it at home. One think I've noticed is that it's really hard to find a box big enough for the behemoth 5200, leaving space on all sides for bubble wrap. And if you do, the cost to ship a giant box is pretty high. Don't cheap out! Pack it well!! Question for @CrossBow(although I should probably look it up myself)...what are the options for SVIDEO out for an 800XL? Is it just getting the write AV cable for it?
    1 point
  11. As per your #2, I also highly recommend the Atarimax multicart solutions. The 5200 library is small enough to fit everything on one SD card (including tons of homebrews and XL conversions). They cost about $130 new, and 100% worth every penny. I just sold one. So looking for one used is also an option.
    1 point
  12. When I was a teenager, well young at least, I bought a Realistic APM-200 audio power meter at Radio Shack... because it "looked cool". Over the decades I've had many different stereos, but only one power meter to which I've become rather attached. Problem is, one of the bulbs gave out yesterday and an unproductive Internet search for a replacement bulb has not been going well.
    1 point
  13. Likely possible you can run that power cord from the box and power it off the USB from your TV itself. That way, you don't need to use the separate adapter and it will essentially turn on when you turn on your TV.
    1 point
  14. Well, this was not for me. This is actually one of my client's 5200s they sent to me to get some work done on it. I've advised my clients that they really need to be willing to take a phillips screwdriver and undo the 7 screws on the bottom of it. From there, the entire top half of the shell will lift straight off. From there they can send me the mainboard taped down to the lower case shell using masking or painters tape. Wrap that in lots of bubble wrap all the way around and then send that to me. Costs less in shipping as it weighs less and is far more likely to survive fully intact that way. Proper shipping of a 5200 is no different than anything else. I add padding to the inside of the controller storage so that any pressure exerted from the top of the system doesn't cause the storage door to bend inward and break as easily if it has support pressure from within the storage area. Wrap the entire console in bubble wrap fully. Use a box that is larger than the console and can allow a minimum of 1" of space all the way around the console, top and bottom. Fill the bottom layer with more bubble wrap, packing peanuts or other soft but cushion material. Place the console into the box centered. Fill the space around the console with packing material like peanuts again. Then more bubble wrap sheets above the console until even with the lids of the box.
    1 point
  15. I have 2 5200's. I should mod one of them.
    1 point
  16. 🖖 The 59th Rule of Acquisition: Free advice is seldom cheap
    1 point
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