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  1. I got my copy and really like it!
    4 points
  2. I have 3 CX40 joysticks, couple of Sega Genesis pads, and recently got a Kraft similar to RickR that have not tried yet. I much prefer using joysticks for Atari since grew up with a PointMaster joystick which was OK back then but don't have one now. I do like the comfort/low force needed of the fire button pressing on the Genesis pad though vs CX40. Recently one of the CX40s started to fail and decided to try solder in the same low profile microswitchs that @Willie! did on his YouTube channel. Did it last night and what a difference in accuracy and reduced force needed for the
    4 points
  3. Here's my best score so far. I'm impressed by this little NES game. It's a lot of character for 8-bits of golf! My Best Score: -11
    4 points
  4. 86 (+14) Some improvement! Playing with the swing type helped.
    4 points
  5. How do you make a Venetian blind? Poke him in the eye!
    3 points
  6. I picked this up for $32.44 shipping include and I am stoked!
    3 points
  7. dauber

    Circus Convoy

    Mine has been stuck in my 7800 since it arrived the day I got home from my vacation two and a half weeks ago.
    3 points
  8. I remember the ACE controllers. Aren't the Gemsticks also basically the same design? I can't recall. I went through lots of different controllers when I was kid. To me the originals were always the best to use (That we were able to afford anyway). But they never lasted me more than a few months at most before some part of the white ring would crack. I think the WORST controllers we ever got that I used back in the day were the Pointmasters from Discwasher. Had two of them and they both broken within a month in the exact same way. The center support that would provide the needed pressure for th
    3 points
  9. I love the stock CX 40, though I’ve used two in my life that were completely different feeling. One was stiff but had a nice clicky button, the other stick was looser and nicer to use but had a mushier button. I like the second one more.
    3 points
  10. Back in the 80s and 90s, my favorite was the Wico Redball. I still have my original, one of the very few 80s items that I've managed to hold on to. I tried several others (Wico Bat stick, Wico Boss, Slik Stick, TAC-2, QuickShot, Kraft...) but none dethroned the Redball. I tried it again last year, but it has now been dethroned by 2600/7800 microswitch joysticks made by Retrogameboyz. Everything else feels mushy in comparison. It uses no-name parts, and the price reflects it, but I've had no issues so far (a year).
    3 points
  11. Jr. Pac-Man Atari 2600 Controller: JOYSTICK / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE Difficulty Level: One Teddy Bear Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / Emulation OK! ✔ Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST April 14, 2021 Objective Play for the highest possible score using the difficulty settings defined in the challenge. Post a photo or YouTube video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between April 1st through April 14th, 2021. Screen captures are not allowed as they are more easily manipulated for falsified scores. Multiple submissions are permitted. The
    3 points
  12. There are two games made during the original run of the 7800 that actually are basically exactly the same on sound between the 2600 and 7800 versions of the games. Those two games are: Kung Fu Master Double Dragon They sound the same to me identically. So that would seem to indicate that the 2600 was/is able to do better than what was originally done in the late 70s and early 80s. Then again, I'm sure these games were given more ROM storage space to allow for better programming of the sounds and music. But for the pinnacle of TIA sound, you should check out Bob's Pac-Man C
    3 points
  13. First post, been lurking for a while. Seems like a nice and friendly forum! Anyway, here is my 32k "In the console" F18 equipped CF7+ Raspberry Pi 400 Mickey Mouse time keeping work and play station. It looks like they were meant to be together. Lol! A quick press of a button on the TV remote and I get full access to the Atari I/O forums and all other Googley stuff. It works for me!
    3 points
  14. 3 points
  15. Well I'm pretty partial to the Epyx 500xj myself. I do like the feel of the slick stick and the TAC-2, but the TAC-2 fire buttons needing constant cleaning really turns me off them. Most of my game playing now is using a modified NES controller but there are some games where I feel a joystick is still be to use. I also have one of those 'Industrial' looking controllers from Newport controls that I think were popular with the Atari 8-bit crowd in the 80s? I've two of them and they work okay but kinda unwieldy to hold onto when using them.
    3 points
  16. I have two favorites. The Slik Stik and the Kraft.
    3 points
  17. OK. Looks like this one is going to be a test of endurance, then!
    3 points
  18. 😏86 or 87 Graduation, the look, to the boom box behind me to the wacky mushroom pattern wallpaper (my room was originally a kitchen) all scream 80’s. Note - the first picture is heading out to high school graduation dance and second showing my t-shirt is my happy return home.
    3 points
  19. For those that grew up in the 80s, this was interesting to see these old stores many of which I went to myself that are no longer around. He talks about the reasons which got me thinking of why I stopped going to some of these stores though I miss browsing around and trying out gadgets.
    3 points
  20. dauber

    Pie Factory Podcast

    Thanks to the response from Listeners Like You™, we decided to go back and address feedback from our previous episode. Your top ten desert island games (assuming your desert island has an adequate power source, of course) and of course all the other heartwarming (or heartburning?) dialog you're familiar with from Jim'n'Sean are discussed in this Very Special Episode®️. https://piefactorypodcast.wordpress.com/2021/03/23/episode-120-revisited/
    3 points
  21. I've played a ton of golf games over the years, but I've never tried this one. It's fun! Here's my quick review: Good Stuff Easy to learn, but difficult to master. I like the games that don't over complicate things. Using a standard hit meter is always a good sign. But it isn't easy to get that swing just right. That's a good thing -- it makes it more realistic Simple putting. Again...why do so many golf games make it so hard? This one is just right. Quick games. 18 holes takes about 30 minutes for me. I love that. Casual gaming at it's best. And not a lot of
    3 points
  22. 90 (+18)! That 18th hole is tough! Never played this one before but used to love the Gameboy version of Golf. Played that one against my friend with the Link cable as a kid. This one is good but I find the Gameboy take on it better.
    3 points
  23. The Gemstick made by Gemini looks similar in form factor but the two sticks are night and day in feel. The Ace was made by Kraft and has an audible click when engaged as does the button. As for the Amiga Power Stick I've had the Colecovision version for 39 years and it still works great. This link I found on vintage joysticks seems to be very accurate. https://www.atarimagazines.com/v7n8/joysticks.html
    2 points
  24. Right now i own 4 CX 40 sticks, one working at optimum and 3 for parts. For what it is, the CX 40 is a darn good joystick but I like this Ace joystick a tiny bit more. It's a bit looser but super accurate and the button is bigger and feels closer to an arcade button.
    2 points
  25. Rick, I hold the controller in my hands while playing, and I find it comfortable. I don't need to set it down on a surface. Initially, I was a little worried because it looks big and bulky. I found that it's not as big as it looks in the photo, and it's very light weight, and comfortably holding it in my hands during play was not an issue. He also makes a joystick in a smaller base. Although this one has two buttons, they're both button1 as it's marketed as a 2600 joystick. I'd think he could wire them up to be button1 and 2 for 7800 compatibility. Take a look. Michael Tarallo is the owne
    2 points
  26. Sometimes it's the little things that give us so much joy in life! For instance last year I bought a beige TI-99/4A, something I thought I'd never do. Well, never say never! A TI'er who goes by the name "wierd_w" online designed and made a couple of 3D printed cases that match the beige TI much better than an original silver and black speech synthesizer unit ever could. The video (from 2020) below shows the preliminary design, WHICH HAS NOW BEEN UPDATED! In the Manuals/Keyboard Strips/Cartridge Labels/3D Printer Files thread, the original and updated bottom for the STL files are link
    2 points
  27. PlayStation - was anyone else impressed with the later revised consoles? I mean, I know they would follow a few years later after many revisions and better implementation, reduction of the chipset etc. basically, improved technology and yet I was pretty impressed with the smaller original PlayStation but man, with the mini slim version of the PlayStation 2? I couldn’t believe how tiny that thing was! 😮😎😍
    2 points
  28. RickR

    The horrible music thread

    I remember Rick-Rolling being big about 10 years ago. At my old job, we had a foosball table for lunch breaks. I'd break out "Never Gonna Give You Up" on my phone after a victory.
    2 points
  29. RickR

    Magnavox Odyssey 2

    Hey, what's your high score? 10! Great, mine too.
    2 points
  30. w00t w00t , I'm on the board \o/ I almost got a silver label Gravitar for free ... but ... I was honest 😇 see if this pic doesn't put the monkey in the wrench
    2 points
  31. 2 points
  32. Congrats on the move. I hope you keep your cool coffee table and setup.
    2 points
  33. Guess I will weigh in for what it's worth. Admittedly, I am very biased with my choice. Now, I would later come to own pretty much most of the "keyboard style all in one" machines, your ST's, Commodore 64 etc. As well later an AMIGA 500 and eventually Amiga 1200 (no of which I currently own sadly) but the one machine that I never owned because when it debuted it was quite expensive and of course would later be succeeded by a lower consumer cost friendly keyboard style follow up the Amiga 500 but I always regretted never owning at any time, the original amazing machine that introduced the world
    2 points
  34. 25430 I did what I don't normally do. Played on a laptop using the keyboard. Well, now my fingers are sore.
    2 points
  35. My brother used to have a Commodore Plus/4. I thought I it was pretty cool looking back then:
    2 points
  36. The Atari 400 makes me happy every time I see it.
    2 points
  37. You got it! That's why it was on my mind, lol.
    2 points
  38. I was pretty sad when Fry's shuttered up. We didn't have Fry's or even MicroCenters here in my state. We only had the Radio Shacks and maybe a few EBs. There was a Babbage's at the local mall when I was kid, but it was replaced with a chain known as Software Etc. in the early 90s which eventually closed that mall space and reopened it a few spaces down in the mall. They are now a Gamestop. We did have Circuit City and I actually was pretty fond of them at the time. Most of my Dreamcast collection and earlier DVD releases came from their stores. My first large flat panel TV I purchased fro
    2 points
  39. Another good guess, but no. Hint: I purposely tried to trick you all. Another hint: launch title.
    2 points
  40. I go by "Omega-TI", "-Ω-", and sometimes just "Omega", My retro interests mostly revolve around the TI-99/4A home computer. I like nice friendly places, people and good conversation. That's about it!
    2 points
  41. @socrates63, sign me up for a Decathlon bronze!
    2 points
  42. I've wanted one of these for a LONG time. Starplex controller for Atari
    2 points
  43. Men In Black Universal Studios Florida Difficulty: None High Score: 39,475 March 22, 2021
    2 points
  44. 2 points
  45. Good luck to all of the participants! This will be mentioned during my show tomorrow night. I hope you get a few gamers who like to hit the links.
    2 points
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