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  1. Have a 5200 game with no manual? Fear not! I have located a large collection of these manuals in PDF format from the Internet Archives, free. So if you are in need of a manual, click on the link. On the right, under DOWNLOAD OPTIONS, you will see a list of file types. Click on the PDF link and it will expand to show all the game manuals up for grabs on a per-game basis. To download the manuals simply click on the game title. https://archive.org/details/Atari5200Manuals_201812
    6 points
  2. 3335- This game is quite difficult on this level! Photo creds to @Justin. I look like an alien! 😯🧐
    6 points
  3. 16,170 whoa, brutal I think I only ever played level 1 on "b"eginner difficulty BITD, mostly 'cause my game selector switch was broked (I did keep a butter knife on top of the TV) To get to level 16, I held both the game selector switch & the game start switch down and it cycled through the levels super quick ! (like Space Invaders)
    6 points
  4. Just made some of these Balloon Girl / Sharkstorm dual carts for the CORGs expo. Balloon Girl is a one button side-scrolling action game. Kinda like Balloon Fight or Flappy Bird. Collect joysticks and pink squares for points while avoiding baddies. The FIRE button is used for everything and should be friendly to accessibility controllers. Sharkstorm is the developer version of Twist R Shark. This is a top down boss rush game with procedural content. The boss characteristics grow and change each wave.
    5 points
  5. A couple of weeks back I was at Too Many Games checking out an indie game for the Switch by Premium Edition Games. It was cool but I didn’t want to buy it because I didn’t have the console yet, even though I knew I’d get one, which I did. When it comes to these Amico boxes that include a coin and lenticular card for games that aren’t finished for a console that’s also not finished it’s simply something I’m not interested in.
    5 points
  6. Heh, oh trust me I am old-school and experienced, I learned the hard way through much tinkering over the years. I know all about the effects on magnets on TUBE TV's, degaussing etc. I appreciate the concern but from what I can see, even with the BOSE speakers literally up against the side there is no ill affect, I suspect it is very well shielded. 😎😉
    5 points
  7. Thank you for mentioning Atari I/O @- Ω -
    5 points
  8. I've been giving my Atari 5200 a little 💖 lately. I got this S-Video to HDMI adapter so I can the UAV mod on the TV that does not have the appropriate connector. There is no lag.
    5 points
  9. First and foremost...this is NOT a way to get games I am after. Please read before making an assumption. I've spent the past few days on my 5200 and its library of games in my collection. As I was playing I got to thinking back to all those ads that mentioned a few games I never could find and compared that to the games I have now. After seeing what I had to choose from I think I have most of what I had before along with those I heard about. I also have a few I never knew were ever made for the 5200. And so I started thinking about games I am still missing and came up with 5 games. They are: Gyruss Star Trek: SOS Star Wars: RotJ Death Star Battle (yea...I didn't know about this one) Dreadnaught Factor Wizard of Wor I consider my collection very satisfactory. I don't necessarily have to find those 5 games. If I never found another 5200 game in the wild or elsewhere it would be no big deal. So, to give this conversation a bit of interest, I'm curious. Not counting the AtariMax carts, if you have/wanted any 5200 game carts, which ones would they be? Is your current library of games missing that one title you wish you could find? I'd like to hear about it. Please tell.
    4 points
  10. 855500 Round 2 - let’s get it! How does this 8bit game look like a Neo Geo game?
    4 points
  11. - Ω -

    eBay FAILS

    I've purchased a lot of things off of Ebay (over 400 items) and only had problems with 2 items. The first PARTIAL fail was a Wico Joystick... the guy showed a stock image, what arrived was a joystick with rust on the shaft, no rubber feet and dirty. He offered a full refund, but since I was able to restore it, I countered with a partial refund and was accepted. Now my biggest FAIL was a DVD set. I should have paid attention to the country of origin, anyway after being a month late, showing it was never even sent, I filed a claim and was awarded a full refund. Then the guy sends it, and asks me to pay, I decided to wait for it to arrive and then pay. I'm glad I waited, because what arrived were DVD-R's with hand scribbled text of a bootlegged home recorded copy... and even missing one DVD with that should have contained 4 episodes. I didn't pay him squat! I figured the delay in shipping was because he had to use a screen grabber to steal all the episodes and that took a long time.
    4 points
  12. Let me just say all the recent 5200 threads definitely reminded me about my own collection packed away like so much of it but also, if you’ve seen my other thread about setting up my own little retro gaming corner well, I think I definitely need to make some time and add some 5200 playtime and appreciation. Been meaning to post in the other related threads but since I just now located the system and games I had stored away I figured I would just make he one big post here. First, apologies for the lazy way I have laid everything out, My wife is currently attempting to sleep at 1am while just a few feet away in our laundry room with the door closed I shuffled through these boxes to set up these pictures all while trying to be quit and likely failing miserably. Since my buying and collecting is at a halt for some years now I cannot say, we’ll I better not 😆as far as games I still want or are missing. I had gotten a huge lot of the console and games probably 10 years or so ago. Later, one of the first things of course was getting an early Atarimax USB flash cart as I figured that would cover me for other games I might want to play. HOWEVER, looking through it just now I got to say overall it’s not to bad a collection of original carts? Definitely some titles like Vanguard I would have wanted anyways and I think even a couple the op mentioned. Really, as far as original cart collections I forgot that this is one of my better ones until I pulled it all out of storage 👍 Also shown a variety of manuals, some catalogs and such, also controller overlays, many are doubles and I thought that was all of them but as I was sorting through I noticed many carts already have an original overlay tucked in the back of them. I am quite pleased with the overall condition especially of the 5200 still having the plastic on the silver label and specially the back storage cover is intact. It’s an original 4 port with the odd power passthrough from box as well I have two original power supplies but see one has heat shrink wrap near the end of the connector so I will stick with the other one. I do know it is compatible with the 2600 add on as well as all 5200 games because it had the fix applied. At some point since it never came with a controller I got one of the original 5200 controllers from BEST ELECTRONICS with the gold contacts inside and a member on atariage, was creating his own db9 pc controller adapter that allows me to plug in both an original controller and PC CONTROLLER SIMULTANEOUSLY, it’s not pretty but I recall it working back when I originally tested it. Pretty sure I picked up the Gravis pc joystick back during my thrift shop days and though we’ll, this is the one to go with my 5200 🧐 So there is my massive post on it, sorry for the novel but I been building up to it and had to find time to put everything together take the pictures as well as have the motivation which comes and goes so easily these days. 🤷🤟
    4 points
  13. RickR

    eBay FAILS

    I remember one guy I sold an Atari 800 to complained about the packing peanuts I used being "dirty". Ridiculous. I asked for a picture and he showed what looked like a tiny bit of grass clippings on a few peanuts. I was at a loss, and asked how that could possibly impact the 800. He then proceeded to call me incompetent, blah blah blah. "If you don't give me a <$XXX> refund, I'll leave a negative feedback". I thought about it overnight, and decided to give the guy his partial refund so long as he promised not leave that negative feedback. After it was done, I blocked him. He then proceeded to contact me using a different account and this time, he told me "no hard feelings, that 800 is only worth (whatever it was he ended up paying)." I blocked that account too. This was a long time ago, and I just decided to keep selling and doing my best. Haven't had many problems since. Sadly, there are too many human wrecking balls out there that cheat the system to get what they want. Block them, and move on. That's what I do.
    4 points
  14. Justin

    eBay FAILS

    Here's a legendary eBay FAIL I came across today from @kingmonkey25 on Twitter. I've had almost the exact same thing happen to me at least once a year since the late 1990s: Sends game in padded envelope rather than a box that would've protected it (and costs the same to mail!) Uses the cheapest possible mailing service (probably saving about $2) Customer service skills? About as awful as you'd expect given the above
    4 points
  15. 😎Yay! Finally my little “retro gaming” corner is pretty much complete! The first image displaying Dragon Spirit on my TG-16 is the final setup after cleaning, rewiring and organizing. Middle image with SuperNES Lemmings displayed was starting to come together, added the little BOSE SPEAKER which packs more punch then the tinny sounding TV speakers, I compared and it provides the rich deep arcade cabinet sound which compliments this sharp little Toshiba crt. Also, added a nice AV SWITCHER with blue LED display, I’ve had it for years doing very little with it, I like it as it match’s the TV and even my Retrobit RetroTrio which are all silver for that classic electronics aesthetic. The last image is what I started with, a mess, cluttered, dusty, unorganized but I spent the day with the goal of getting this long overdue project completed. Finally satisfied overall, it’s not much but at least it’s something! I have literally no room for my hobby stuff but this tiny little retro gaming corner is at least something and I got SNES/Genesis/NES covered with the RetroTrio with a Tg-16 underneath and Everdrives carts for all of them. With this setup I can easily add in my Dreamcast or Ps1/Ps2/GameCube etc when needed. I look forward to actually playing and enjoying my systems.
    4 points
  16. I wonder if that is something we will start to see no longer? Shielded speakers? Today's modern LCD and OLED based display tech isn't affected by this. Similar to how I see people not using magnets within their computer cases to attach their RGB light strips and controller boxes because HDD are mostly flash based SSDs these days? That would present a whole new issue in the future when you have an old CRT display and want to use it but the only speakers you can find are non-shielded? In fact it is one of the reasons I don't have a CRT in my game room now is because my Roland passives I use for my front channel speakers, are from the 90s and not magnetically shielded. Guess everyone needs to start stocking up on mag shielded speakers?! I also own a degaussing coil for use with my arcade cabs because just how they are sitting and aligned can cause natural magnetic distortion on their screens. Cocktail cabinet versions are some of the worst about this.
    4 points
  17. mmaxfit

    Crazy Climber Redux

    It's not very good.
    4 points
  18. I don't post things like this too often as I kinda like keeping what I have in my collection private sometimes. But sometimes I get like Doc Brown and figure... 'What the hell?' These didn't come all at once but are fairly recent within the past month. As I finally installed the UAV into my 130xe it renewed my interest in the Atari 8-bit line so I picked up some stuff there. Also got my Collector vision order in for 2 of the new Intellivision games and 1 colecovision game that are all Halloween theme games I figured. Last in the center of the pic was a game I totally forgot I even ordered from Castlemania games. Retrobit released an official translated version of the previous JPN only SNES game Undercover Cops. It is a side scrolling beat em up and that is one of my favorite genre of games!
    4 points
  19. Here's an alternative that's bigger than the OEM trackball:
    4 points
  20. My latest High Score: 26,120 PS - That's @Gianna in the background admiring my swag
    4 points
  21. The UAV really is a wonder and I say one of the best upgrades a person can make on their classic Atari systems. I also agree that the LHE is no where near the quality of what the UAV can provide, but there are those that believe the LHE is good enough or in some cases still a better option. The LHE is still made but sold under Winzmod on ebay. The UAV does a great job with s-video on the 5200. But it makes sense as the UAV was originally designed for the Atari 8-bit computer line. The 2600 and 7800 were added later with the rC and rD versions of the UAV. The 5200 has the same video as the 8-bits so it makes sense it would work so well with it.
    4 points
  22. I spent some time on the 5200 today and then seen this post. I still say the 5200 holds its own in the mix of things...and it survived the famous game crash along with other consoles. I brought out games I had but never spent any quality time on. Playing these games I was able to discover a side of the 5200 I had never seen before. Games I played were Pengo, Zone Ranger, Blue Print, Realsports Baseball (finally found one), RS Tennis, Soccer, and Football, Popeye (although I had this one many moons ago), Zaxxon, and Jungle Hunt. Zone Ranger was a bit difficult for me but I had fun with it and enjoyed the graphics. It looked like an arcade game. Very nice. I liked the voice in RS Baseball. Nicely done game. I enjoy sports games when it's about the sports instead of the team rosters. Soccer was a bit sluggish but playable. Tennis was hard even on the novice setting. you have to use the keypad buttons to direct the ball which became cumbersome. As much as I love the 5200 I have to say that the controllers were easier to use with my 8 year old hands than they are with my 47 year old hands. I can't spend as much time on the system as I would love to these days. Those controllers just cause hand cramps after a while. Not as bad as the 7800 controllers do, though. Still, the 5200 remains my go-to for some classic arcade fun. And while others will suggest controller alternatives I like to keep things original so I will continue to deal with the originals. That image is my 5200 using just RF on a 17" LCD TV. Doesn't look half bad actually. The 5200 does have a lot offer to those willing to take the time to actually learn the system...by its rules...not everyone else's rules. Harness the system's controls, then learn the games it has. If one can sit and give it and themselves quality time to learn the curve one might be impressed with the 5200's offerings. It's what I did when I received one when they came out and that way of approaching a 5200 for the first time still holds true to this day. It's a very misunderstood console. The controllers, as much as I hate to admit to it, are the system's short comings, but as long as they are working then by all means give them a long overdue exercise and play some 5200 games! Yea...but they look pretty good all lined up on a shelf 😉
    4 points
  23. Nice loot you got there, @socrates63! This is what I got this week...
    4 points
  24. This morning, I drove three hours to pick up my Vectrex from a member of the local gaming group member who cleaned up, recapped, added the no buzz kit, and provided some overall TLC. He even cleaned up the case with car detailing product for that liquidity black finish. My Vectrex is now looking factory fresh inside and out. Afterwards, I drove about 20 minutes to Portland to visit a store called Final Form. I went there for the first time in August (during the trip when I was dropping off my Vectrex for service). It's a very small store but has a good collection of games, music, and movies that I don't often see in other stores. Of the several stores in Portland I visited back in August, this was my favorite, so I went back today and picked up some games and a movie. Love the no sales tax in Oregon 👍 Coraline came with the lenticular slip cover which is pretty cool. The Worms game had the Pink Gorilla price sticker on it. I guess someone bought it in Seattle and traded it in Portland? In any case, it's back in the Seattle area again 🙂 I don't know anything about Coded Gun. It was a cheap game and the Korean version. I asked the store owner if it was related to Coded Arm which I bought from him the last time I visited. He didn't know and just gave it to me for free. Thank you kindly 🙂 I didn't have a lot time today, so I didn't reach out to you this time @RickR. I need to visit your garage 😄
    4 points
  25. 👆 Also a special "THANK YOU" from Team Atari I/O goes out to one of our most vocal champions @RickR for really going above and beyond in getting the word out and inviting new friends to play in High Score Squad recently. And also to @Sabertooth, @Marco1019, @Atari Creep and many others for sharing High Score Squad and Atari I/O in their videos and livestreams. It makes a HUGE difference!! ☺️ 🔥 🔥
    4 points
  26. Congratulations Sabertooth! Congratulations to @Sabertooth on another incredible win! Not only has Sabertooth created a new YouTube channel of his own and a stellar social media presence to bring something refreshing and new to the classic gaming sphere, but he absolutely knocked it out of the park with his Gates of Zendocon score! What a tremendous score! Sabertooth secured the top spot on in our Gates of Zendocon Squad Challenge with his score of 6,145,500 points! I took 2nd Place in our Final Standings with a score of 5,102,100. @AtariSphinx was right on my tail and brought his A-game with a hard-fought score of 4,872,000 points! @TrekMD scored 3,003,800 to take 4th, @Gianna takes 5th Place with 2,753,200 points, and @RickR rounds things out with 1,482,800 points. * @Atari Creep posted a score of 41,932 which may have been accidentally played on Game A instead of Game B. At the 1:25 mark in his most recent video submitted for his high score he correctly states "So all right, I'm going to hit "B", because that is the option in which we are using" and presses a key on his keyboard to begin - although the game appears to play at a slow pace and score points consistent with being played on Game A. In order for scores to be admissible in High Score Squad they must be played on the correct difficulty settings, as easier settings almost always result in an unfair points advantage. Although the game may have been mistakenly played on the easier difficulty settings, I believe it's clear to everyone that @Atari Creep was playing in good faith, just trying to have a good time with the group and participate in the Squad Challenge. There was certainly nothing in the video which appeared to give him an unfair advantage, Gates of Zendocon scores significantly lower on Game A, and no other player's score has been impacted by this as @Atari Creep came in last place, far from having an impact on @RickR 's 6th Place score. Although I have placed an asterisk on @Atari Creep's score, we want to acknowledge his score in our Final Standings for being so enthusiastic in High Score Squad, live-streaming the event and for joining us on this most recent journey through the Gates of Zendocon. Maybe @Atari Creep can give it another go and challenge @Sabertooth's score in the Scoreboard! Congratulations to @Sabertooth on his epic win, and a huge THANK YOU to everyone whose been getting the word out about our community and inviting others to join us in High Score Squad! As always I'd like to encourage @Sabertooth to post his high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on! And a big "Thank You" goes out to @Gianna for helping me keep High Score Squad going! Congratulations to everybody here for being such a great group to spend time with, I hope you had a great time venturing into the beautiful pixelated chip tune world of Atari Lynx! COMING UP: Our next High Score Squad Challenge is for the Atari 2600! Be there!
    4 points
  27. Years ago Robert Wise did a Director's Cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture that was released circa 2001 on DVD. I always preferred II and VI until this version came out. For me, it's the best Star Trek movie and I think perfectly bridges the tone of TOS and TNG. It's a thinker. I also prefer the uniforms here vs. those from Wrath of Khan onward. It might be sacrilege to say so, but these days my favorite Trek is honestly Discovery and Picard. 🖖
    4 points
  28. Probably same as usual! Typically on Halloween my mom makes a bunch of Halloween inspired snacks, and sometimes also orders pizza as well 🙂 My family spends time together and we also help pass out candy as the neighborhood gets crazy. Each year it is super busy!
    3 points
  29. A bit earlier than the 80's but here's my Malibu Grand Prix license issued 12/22/1975.
    3 points
  30. I have 62 of the 69 officially released games and over the years I found that for me, these games are best played with analog control. Blue Print, Centipede (best with CX22 Trak-Ball), Choplifter!, Defender (also plays well the Sega Sports Pad in Sports mode), Dreadnaught Factor, Galaxian, Gorf, Gremlins, Gyruss (best with CX22 Trak-Ball), Kaboom! (best with trimmer/paddle control), Missle Command (best with CX22 Trak-Ball), Pole Position, RealSports Baseball, RealSports Football, RealSports Soccer, Rescue on Fractalus!, Robotron 2084, Space Dungeon, Space Invaders, Star Raiders, Star Wars: The Arcade Game, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Death Star Battle, Super Breakout (best with trimmer/paddle control), Tempest (best with CX22 Trak-Ball)
    3 points
  31. My OCD compelled me to do this unneccessary cosmetic modification to the keypads A,B,C buttons..
    3 points
  32. Only Bounty Bob Strikes Back is the last major big grail I need for the 5200 collection. But I've resigned myself to the fact that isn't likely to ever happen. Of the games you listed, I do consider Dreadnaught Factor and Wizard of Wor to be really good! The stock controller is really good in Dreadnaught Factor in fact. For Wizard of Wor you have to remember that all versions of this game followed the arcade control panel setup so you actually play with the controller in port 2 for a single player game. Since the arcade had player 1 on the right and player 2 on the left. All ports of the game follow this control method and it can be confusing if you don't know that at first!
    3 points
  33. RickR

    5200 Sports Games

    My flashcart also has another "unreleased" but seems finished game....Realsports Basketball
    3 points
  34. I believe that is it (unless someone says otherwise?) sadly, there was supposedly an unreleased prototype of Track 'n Field. https://www.gamesdatabase.org/game/atari-5200/track-and-field love my 5200, I have an excellent conditioned one still, 4 port but with those modifications that give it compatibility for those titles that originally did not work with it. I also have a Atarimax Falshcart but actually have several original carts, I really need to play with it more.
    3 points
  35. I have always thought the Japan version of the Super Nintendo looked way better than what us American gamers received. But there's more here than meets the eye. Believe it or not there's also a bit of a difference in quality, too. For whatever reason the SFC is actually more structurally solid than the SNES is. As much I like the SNES, and I hate to say it, it feels cheap compared to the SFC. Insides are identical so if you take the games out of their shells and pop them in the other unit they will in fact play. But the plastic moldings to each console and their games are very different in quality. For me, personally, the SFC is a more pleasurable experience overall. And, yes, I left the fishing duck sticker on the controller. Someone, at one point, loved this thing enough to put a sticker on it. It's survived this long. I'm not going to be a sticker killer. I forgot to mention...this one was bought as JUNK as well. Fixed and working fine. Nothing was wrong with it.
    3 points
  36. Congratulations Marco1019! Congratulations to @Marco1019 on becoming our new "Ultimate" Missile Command Champion! Marco absolutely knocked it out of the park with his Missile Command score of 75,930 points played on the most difficult settings imaginable! I took 2nd Place in our Final Standings with a score of 26,120. @chas10e had a tremendous showing and takes 3rd with a hard-fought score of 16,170 points! "The Don" @RickR was hot on his tail with an even 15,000 points. @Gianna rounds things out with 3,335 points taking 4th place. Congratulations to @Marco1019 on his decisive win, and be sure to check out his Twitch show "Retro With Marco" every other Tuesday night at 9PM EST! Also, a huge THANK YOU to everyone whose been getting the word out about our community and inviting others to join us in High Score Squad! Participation in this Squad Challenge was pretty low for such a "pillar title" of a 2600 game, let's all do what we can to invite others to join us in our Squad Challenges to keep them fun and vigorous! As always I'd like to encourage @Marco1019 to post his high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on! Congratulations to everybody here for being such a great group to spend time with, I hope you had a great time taking on the ultimate challenge of Missile Command on Atari 2600! COMING UP: Our next High Score Squad Challenge is an intense one for the TurboGrafx-16! Be there!
    3 points
  37. Yes, 16A. The game plan is to protect one city only. I do try to save a few cities on the first wave in order to score a few more bonus points, but it's one city after that. Plus. you can only spray three missiles at a time (unlike the arcade version) so it's best to be judicious.
    3 points
  38. 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.
    3 points
  39. 34140. I played on OpenEmu which uses the Stella core. I've played the arcade version on Antstream this past week or so. The 2600 timing is different, plus you only spray 3 missiles at a time.
    3 points
  40. I have an Atari 8-bit cartridge of the game "M.U.L.E." It's very old, I think I got it 15-20 years ago. I know making limited runs of carts is easier these days, but back then, this was a big deal. It's one of my favorite items in the collection. I can take a picture later if anyone is interested. It's upstairs in a box with all my other 8-bit carts.
    3 points
  41. Pick up today! I drove out to Seattle in the pouring rain to get games I bought from a local gamer last week. He happens to live a few minutes drive from Pink Gorilla and Al's (retro games and music), so I made the rounds there as well. I love soundtracks. I couldn't say no to Battlestar Galactica with the 70s style jacket art. I'm not sure about the music, but the jacket alone makes it worthwhile 🙂 I've heard Love Story is a good movie, so I grabbed the album. As for the games, I'm happy to have gotten the Dead Space Extraction. I hear it's the prequel to the main Dead Space series. I don't know why I keep doing this to myself since I'm a big 🐔. I only managed to play the first Dead Space game for about 20 minutes before quitting due to stress and anxiety 😆. I've heard the Star Trek game is a good one. I picked up Deep Water because it was on my wishlist, and I rarely run into PAL games in the wild. With the cost of shipping from Europe or Australia these days, this was way cheaper than ebay.
    3 points
  42. BTW...there is packing material inside your controller storage section. That is another tip is to fill that up with something so that top pressure on the casing isn't as likely to crack the controller storage door in the middle. Without something there to provide support, it could easily crack in the middle. another tip is to make sure the box you are sending it in, isn't the exact same size around the edges as the console. - Ω - 's box has this issue and so any drop on the corners or banging around and it is likely to make closer contact with the plastic on the corners. Best to use a bigger box with about an inch all the way around. Having said this, I've placed additional bubble wrap material at the corners to cushion this more since I did reuse the same box.
    3 points
  43. That Director's Cut is currently being upgraded to 4K for a Blu-Ray release. That, I will be getting. Nothing wrong with liking Discovery or Picard. I like both shows myself. B5 is on HBO+, I understand.
    3 points
  44. 6,145,500 on the Evercade.
    3 points
  45. 3 points
  46. improved my score a bit - 1,291,400
    3 points
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