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  1. I'm honestly excited that you've decided to create a blog. I know it'll be great and I'm excited to see where this goes. Grunge.com posted this awful post on Bubsy in Fractured Furry Tales, they don't seem to think too highly of the Jaguar: http://www.grunge.com/14463/failed-attempts-to-make-video-game-mascots-as-iconic-as-mario/s/bubsy/
    4 points
  2. Looking forward to what you write. Been a Jaguar fan since it was released. It is an awesome console with some of the most interesting games ever created. Not all are the best but each game on the Jaguar were in that transition era in gaming. Jaguar games were the first to attempt hardware-able 3-D graphics. I have to admit that while I loved the Jaguar, and this includes other consoles as well, games being made at that time seemed mediocre sometimes. There were good games but there were also the bad ones. Bubsy on the Jaguar I found very entertaining and difficult. A must-have for
    4 points
  3. RickR

    Please Allow Me to Ramble

    Do not apologize, man. Life and feelings are complicated things. Sounds like you had a difficult childhood. But your kindness and decency is fully intact. It's said that sometimes, it's good to have these type of people in our lives to learn how NOT to be.
    4 points
  4. RickR

    Atari 5200 System

    I love how much you love the 5200. And I really love having and playing one now! My main beef with the 5200 is really the fact that hardware-wise, it's the same as the 8-bit computers that came out in 1979. Most of the games are identical. But 100% agree with you that it's a lot of fun and there are a lot of really great games. And a good working controller is very functional and easy to get used to. I've got two controllers that work perfectly. One just needed the "foil dot" trick. The other needed a new flex circuit. But they are great now that they work. And the track-b
    4 points
  5. MaximumRD

    Post Zero - Intro

    Excellent and thanks for sharing with us.
    4 points
  6. DegasElite

    Small Size, Big Heart

    The A2600 was a definite deviation from the norm in the way we looked at television. It was like you had each game as like an interactive TV channel. Channel Three came alive, with graphics and gaming! Of course, the Fairchild Channel F was the first system to offer interchangeable game cartridges (I believe that was the first), but the A2600 was the system that caused the idea to take off. It was to be reckoned with, for sure, and put Atari in the true mainstream. Definitely a fun system to this very day, 43 years later. I was almost two years old when it came out. My family got their first A
    3 points
  7. After my dad passed my mother tried to find another father-figure so to speak. The first guy wasn't too bad. He was always helping and the main reason I got into Atari and computers in the first place. The guy she found after that, however, was a complete opposite. He almost acted like he wanted nothing to do with me and rarely said anything to me or did anything with me. If he did it was mostly to "correct" me. He never laid a hand on me but he distanced himself from me and, at times, I felt like he was trying to separate Mom and me. The only relief I got was the weekends I would visit
    3 points
  8. Star Raiders on the 5200 is probably a top-3 game for me in terms of how much I played it. The only game deficiency I remember is the lag when an enemy explosion was on-screen, especially one close to your ship. But that was a minor annoyance -- the quality and complexity of the game more than made up for any little detriments. I wish I'd kept track of some of my rankings from back in the day!
    3 points
  9. RickR

    Star Raiders (Atari 5200)

    The computer version is absolutely one of my all-time favorites. I do have the 5200 version, and agree with you that the joystick works well. Plus they fixed a bug or two. But I miss the keyboard, which really gave it that "Star Trek" feel. In fact, it wasn't uncommon to have one player manning the joystick and another on the keyboard with the computer version. Of course, you HAD to call the keyboard guy "Mr. Sulu".
    3 points
  10. Atari 5200 Guy

    Atari 5200 System

    Also, not all of the same-name games on the 8-bits and 5200 are the same. Pac-Man differs a lot on the 8-bits. It lacks the intermissions and the ghost AI is not like the arcade. The 5200 has the intermissions and a better ghost AI. Jr. Pac and Super Pac should have been released for the system because both games really showcased the 5200's abilities well. At least it finally got Tempest. The 5200 was my best friend growing up. I was a single child of a single parent so the 5200 became like a sanctuary to me so to speak.
    3 points
  11. RickR

    Atari 5200 System

    Oh, and I've mentioned it before -- the talking games are spectacular on the 5200! No attachment needed. Realsports Baseball is the very best classic baseball game. I love how the analog joystick is used to great effect in batting. And Berzerk is so much fun with all that robot taunting.
    3 points
  12. RickR

    The End (Or Is It?)

    This is a great story. Never feel bad about giving stuff away. Your heart was in the right place....giving toys to kids you thought would have fun with them. Giving is good for your soul! Yes, you miss those objects. But the memories are yours FOREVER.
    3 points
  13. Justin

    Post Zero - Intro

    Great idea for a blog, StormSurge. This website sits at the crossroads of classic gaming, culture, and fun. I'm very much looking forward to reading your next blog entries.
    3 points
  14. CrossBow

    SHADOWMAN games

    I've heard of the Legacy of Kain games but haven't played them either. It sounds like something I would likely enjoy so I guess I need to check it out on my DC sometime soon. Thanks for your blog post reminding me about it.
    2 points
  15. My story: I was lucky enough to get a haircut right before this mess happened in very early Feb. For whatever reason, I asked the lady for a "2" instead of my normal "3" (which is shorter). So far, I'm in decent shape. But I think when this is over, I'll be sporting a "Gaston". Everything pulled back into a pony of some kind. My hair tends to grown out sideways....like Krusty the Clown. But I have had to trim my wife's bangs once so far. God help me, it's a lot of pressure. I think I did ok, and she says so too.
    2 points
  16. Oh, I expect to have an early 80's look by the time I can get a haircut! LOL A mullet!
    2 points
  17. Glad that you're feeling better. Best to be safe than sorry.
    2 points
  18. RickR

    Been a little sick (don't worry!)

    I'm glad you are feeling better and able to clear out those sinuses. It could just be seasonal allergies, but you are wise to take it seriously and be careful.
    2 points
  19. RickR

    RE: My Tragic C64 incident

    I think that sad story has been repeated millions of times by other kids in every place on Earth. It's called the "stupid tax". The price we pay for the stupid things we do. Hopefully, we all learn from these mistakes the first time they happen!
    2 points
  20. I agree, this is one excellent controller.
    2 points
  21. Wow thank you! I really don't now what else to say. I greatly appreciate your review and thoroughness. I am working on a new variant with a micro-switch that will allow you to switch button modes - so both buttons when pressed will act like port 2 button fire 1 - so you can use it to play spy hunter, star gate and raiders of the lost ark - etc. there is an updated video here to show the example: Thanks again
    2 points
  22. Awesome re-creation! And I agree with you on T1 being the best of the series by far.
    2 points
  23. Thanks for the comments, guys. It was hard for me to decide between a few of them for equal play time. I have Ken Siders' Q*Bert 7800 port and it's a fantastic game! But I tried to stick with official releases on this list. I may do a homebrew one later once I get a few in my collection if I decide to get more. And Ballblazer would have made the list easily taking the number 2 spot for it's fun and original play style but I don't own a copy of that one yet. I have Donkey Kong Junior and One on One, neither of which I'm a huge fan of. While I enjoy the game I just don't get into Don
    2 points
  24. RickR

    Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

    Now THAT'S an aura of foreboding.
    2 points
  25. Justin

    Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

    Here's a nice storm we had roll in off the water in November. It was afternoon with a bit of lightning but it sure looked ominous. Photo taken with Huji.
    2 points
  26. RickR

    Atari 7800 - Top 10 Games

    Your list is great. I'd put "Centipede" a bit higher for one reason: the two player co-op mode. Asteroids has this same feature, and it makes an awesome game even better. Another of my favorite 7800 games is the Dr J/Larry Bird One on One. I absolutely LOVED this game on the Atari 8-bit computers and played it to death. It's amazing the control the designers gave each player using only a stick and one button -- spins, dunks, jumpers, steals, jumps, checks. The 7800 version plays exactly the same, but has much better graphics. From your list, it's hard to find any game I'd replace
    2 points
  27. RickR

    Auntie Em! Auntie Em!

    World of Motion! It made me think of the building in Los Angeles built to look like a stack of records.
    2 points
  28. RickR

    Before & After

    The trees here tell their own story. Some grew, some are gone. So much to see in these two pictures.
    2 points
  29. RickR

    Before & After

    I love this. I agree with @Justin, this blog is one of the best I've seen in a long time.
    2 points
  30. I have nothing against emulators. It was emulators that reminded me of the games I enjoyed and introduced me to games I missed. Because of those my starts of wanting to collect those games and systems was ignited. My only issue with Jaguar emulators...not a one is 100% accurate. There are one or two decent ones but at the time of this writing this is one where emulation comes close but misses. However, given the number of Jag units left, and knowing these systems can fetch a hefty price, emulation would be easier to obtain.
    2 points
  31. @atarilbc Three suggestions for you to throw into the hat: - Ultra Vortek - Raiden - Pitfall
    2 points
  32. @rick - The FPS games on the Jaguar were Doom, Wolfenstein 3D and Alien Vs. Predator. I'll put Doom in the hat unless you would rather see a write up of one of the other two.
    2 points
  33. I don't have any suggestions because I'm not familiar at all with the Jaguar line-up. Are there games that also were made for the other systems of the day? Like Doom or Quake? If yes, I vote for one of those.
    2 points
  34. RickR

    008 - Zoop!

    I've never heard of Zoop. It looks like fun to me. Thanks for your excellent review.
    2 points
  35. Good luck with your YouTube endeavors! We added your channel to our Official Member YouTube Directory: http://forums.atari.io/index.php/topic/377-official-atari-io-member-youtube-directory/
    2 points
  36. @kamakazi20012 - I agree with you that there is fun to be had here. Bubsy is definitely better than the very worst Jaguar games like Checkered Flag. For me, its hard to say that its better than the other Jaguar platformers - Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure, Zool 2, Soccer Kid and Rayman. I think it falls somewhere in the middle of the Jaguar library in terms of quality and fun factor.
    2 points
  37. RickR

    Atlantis (Atari 2600)

    I always thought this game had great graphics and I love the speed of the game. But the limited firing options just don't cut it for me. And once I lose that center gun, the game usually ends pretty quickly. Right on the money regarding the Imagic packaging.
    2 points
  38. RickR

    Secret Quest (Atari 2600)

    Atari.io forums had a Secret Quest challenge a few months back. It was a great way to learn and discover this game. I like the game a lot. It's very Nintendo-esque.
    2 points
  39. RickR

    Atari 2600 Top 10 Favorites

    Very interesting choices. Great descriptions! The only change I'd make here is Super Breakout over Breakout -- just because of the multi-ball options. My list would have to include my all-time favorite Adventure. Anyways, nice job.
    2 points
  40. One person's attempt to improve the explosion particles rendering code: http://playermissile.com/tech/starraiders/
    2 points
  41. RickR

    Star Raiders (Atari 5200)

    I read an interesting article about the game, and specifically about that lag you mentioned. The author of the game wrote a pretty elaborate 3-D rendering algorithm for the explosions that pretty much brought the CPU to it's knees. He says if he had more time, he would have simplified that. I always thought it was kind of cool. Like a crude version of "bullet time" to savor your victory over those Zylon scum!
    2 points
  42. Now that's hilarious! LOL. I had both versions and they are good games. I guess I'm just more partial to the 5200 port. I did like the 8-bit version when you hit the wrong key. "What's wrong?", would pop up on the screen.
    2 points
  43. Atari 5200 Guy

    Atari 5200 System

    I have Countermeasure and it's a LOT of fun! Berzerk on the 5200 is pretty close to the arcade. Kudos to Atari on that. There is also one more game exclusive to the 5200 that no other console I know of got it...Space Dungeon. I agree with the Trak-Ball controller...it is solid and uses quality components. Basically a computer mouse turned right side up and a cue ball installed. My only gripe on it is the fire buttons...those sometimes don't feel right. I prefer the 4-port over the 2-port myself. I believe Video 61 still has Rescue on Fractalus brand new in the box for $20. I plan t
    2 points
  44. The trick to E.T. was to start on Game #3 not #1. For those of us who bought the game brand new (back-in-the-day) there was a poster included inside the box that stated this...... Good write up Kam!
    2 points
  45. I find that I often feel like I need some "special tablets" after playing 2600 Pac-Man. One thing that I felt was inexcusable in the 2600 port were the sound effects. Or, in the case of Pac-Man doing nothing, the lack of one (i.e. no background siren). Cramming better sound into 2K of ROM may have been a herculean task -- I don't know the programming ins and outs, but I imagine that programming any complex sound just takes that much more valuable code space -- but it was a needed one. The game would almost certainly have been much better received with sound effects that at least seem
    2 points
  46. Doctor Octagon

    The End (Or Is It?)

    This was a really special story Storm Surge
    2 points
  47. The Professor

    Post Zero - Intro

    Nice post StormSurge! Sounds like the beginning of an awesome blog
    2 points
  48. Great review Rick!
    2 points
  49. nice list if you want to add 2 more: Laserman 2k3 (great hack of keystone kappers) and Laserman 88 (its a 2600 port of a ti-99/4a game) I should mention that both were done by me I plan on redoing work on 88 (with hope to continue series on the 7800 and on the jaguar)
    2 points
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