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  1. 11 points
    I’d like to share something very special with you guys. This is an Atari Strategy Guide I began writing in 6th Grade. It's all true. Atari I/O started on paper! I was 11 years old when I made this. If you flip through the pages of the Strategy Guide and squint hard enough, you’ll recognize similarities with our Atari I/O Blog posts, particularly the game reviews that I do with BTB. I thought you guys might think this is cool to see. I’ve been talking with @btbfilms76, @Atari Creep and @Gianna about my days collecting Atari games in the early '90s, how some of the most interesting stuff in my collection are documents from Atari, and what it was like trying to do all this before the internet. My conversations with them inspired me to share this as a PDF for all of you to enjoy. It’s more of a sentimental curiosity than anything really useful, but if you read closely you’ll find a helpful tip or two in there. It's also a bit of an artifact from a pre-internet Justin who way back then was just as fascinated and enthralled with the World of Atari as I am today. This little Strategy Guide was absolutely the beginning of what would become my Atari website and would evolve in time to become Atari I/O. It really did start on paper. I scanned the original documents and compiled them in a PDF file as a digital recreation of the real thing. I also added a Table of Contents to help you find your way around, and a Preface which you see above. I didn't get very far with the guide, but the games covered include these 7800 titles: FATAL RUN JINKS ACE OF ACES SCRAPYARD DOG CENTIPEDE The Strategy Guide also contains 2600/7800 cartridge price lists and customer service ordering forms from Atari Corp. from 1993. If you manage to make out my sloppy 6th Grade handwriting, you'll notice that I get some details wrong. I began writing this Strategy Guide before the internet was available to me. Digging up historical info on Atari, we had to get resourceful. Whatever I knew I learned from my own experience of piecing together historical details from Atari catalogs and game boxes, checking out books from the school library, talking with @Video 61 for hours at a time, or calling Atari directly and speaking with Geraldine at the front desk. "Hi is Sam there?" In a way it’s sad that Jack Tramiel’s Atari didn’t give us nice things like expansive Strategy Guides, big beautiful fold-out maps, a magazine as cool as Nintendo Power, or the type of immersive games that would’ve created a huge demand for things like this. Little 6th Grade me took it upon myself to make this, because what else was I supposed to do? I was still excited about Atari, I wanted to share Atari with as many people as I could. I don’t know who I was writing this for at the time, friends I guess, but apparently I was writing it for you guys. It just had to sit in a time capsule first. ⬇️ The PDF is attached below. ⬇️ I hope you guys enjoy this glimpse into the beginning of Atari I/O! Atari 7800 6th Grade Strategy Guide.pdf
  2. 10 points
    Kid A

    Got me a Ms. Pac-Man cab!

    So a buddy of mine calls me up and asked me if I wanted his non working Ms Pac-Man cab. The deal was that if I fixed it, he could play it whenever he came down, which I had no problem with. This is what the cab looked like when I got it. The cab was pretty beat up. Just running my hand across the sides made the paint fall off of it. Someone had painted the entire cab black. As you can see the cab was in pretty bad shape. So even before I tried to make the thing actually work, I painted it black. I primered it first before doing so. At this point I actually tried to make it work. I found some wires that looked like they were spliced into. I figured these were the connections for power. There was no power plug when I got it. I got a PC power cable, cut the end off and spliced it into the existing cuts in the wiring. When I plugged it in, it powered on...however with some problems.. The screen was all distorted. I had found 10 different knobs in the back of the arcade. I turned all of them to see if it would fix it. Nothing did. I thought maybe they all have to be dialed in perfect. After 3 days of messing with these knobs, I was getting frustrated. I was staring at the back of the cab when I saw this metal bracket with a hole in it. I shined a flashlight through the hole and I saw a potentiometer with a screwdriver slot on it. I grabbed a screwdriver and turned it clockwise and it made it worse. So I went counterclockwise all the way and it made the screen totally clear! ...with some minor distorted on the right part of the screen . Just had to slightly turn it back clockwise to get rid of the distortion After that I spent a few minutes to dial in the colors properly. At this point, I got a proper power cable for the cab and installed it. The control panel overlay was pretty dirty and torn so that got replaced. Put some new buttons too. When I got done with that, I wanted to go all out. I ended up getting a repro glass bezel and installed it. The repro is very high quality. Very happy with it. My friend had got this thinking if he couldn't fix it, he was going to keep the Marquee and get rid of it. Knowing that I got this machine for free, I got a new Marquee and gave him the original. Got a high score save kit as well. Last thing I got was the panel art and new T molding. When I got the art in, I realized that if I were to install the front part as is, the coin door chop off the forehead of Ms. Pac-Man. So I had to raise the coin door 4.5 inches. I also was able to hide the bolts that hold the coin bucket in place below the surface of the wood so I didn't have to shove them to the front of the artwork. Once that was done I installed the art along with the new t molding. When I installed the cab was finally finished! I wish the color of the panel art was a closer match to the control panel overlay, but in the end, I think it came out pretty awesome. I'm forever grateful that my buddy gave me this arcade. It's definitely in my top 3 favorite arcade games of all time. It was a lot of work putting this thing together Here's a side by side of the before and after!
  3. 8 points
    Here is my score 🙂 223,400
  4. 7 points
    Gianna

    Do you have any pets?

    I thought this would be a nice topic for a conversation starter 😊 I have a long haired dachshund named Sally who is 7. She is very shy yet super protective. She loves going for car rides, boat rides, and getting occasional Puppacinos from Starbucks (whipped cream in a small cup). 🙂 Sally is so sweet and I don't know what I would do without her! If you have pets, share their pics and a little about them below!
  5. 7 points
    dauber

    Do you have any pets?

    Lola the beagle. Adopted her ten months ago. She's four now.
  6. 6 points
    My fifth book (four in the "volume" series and a holiday book) was just released yesterday and is available thru Amazon! To purchase the $13.99 paperback book in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BDT993Q It is also available in 7 other countries, just PM me for other countries links. To purchase the $3.99 e-book/Kindle version in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08BLR45DR It is also available in 12 other countries, just PM me for those countries links too. All previous books are still available at: https://www.amazon.com/author/brianmatherne Retro Game Network covered the progress of this book here: http://www.retrogamenetwork.com/2020/06/24/the-atari-2600-homebrew-companion-volume-4-now-available-with-paperback-and-kindle-editions/ http://www.retrogamenetwork.com/2020/06/05/the-atari-2600-homebrew-companion-volume-4-aiming-for-physical-digital-release-this-month/ Huge Thanks go out to my readers and fellow gamers, and the Atari Homebrew programmers for making this series a success!!! Brian Matherne https://www.amazon.com/author/brianmatherne
  7. 6 points
    27,554 just a little higher. I’ll have one really good run then 3 that are terrible. I love the risk and reward factor of this game, so many tempting things to get on the ground but you run the risk every time. Keep plugging away
  8. 6 points
    I tried using a single-button controller, and it may not be ideal, but it was playable enough. 62,244 It's been years since I played Desert Falcon, but I don't think I ever got this far before! I got to the third level.
  9. 6 points
    Hi everyone, Your browser may be giving you a malware "security warning" when you visit Atari I/O. I'm aware of this issue and working to resolve it. The forums have been updated with their latest security update this morning and should currently be a safe place to visit despite the security warning. The malware issue is affecting the "main" side of the website (http://www.atari.io) which runs on Wordpress. The forums side of the website (https://forums.atari.io) has always been hosted on a different server and runs on different software, which is more secure. However, because Google has detected the malware issue in the Wordpress part of our website, they have issued a warning for the entirety of Atari I/O until the issue has been completely resolved. Once I've been able to identify and remove the malicious content from the Wordpress side of the site, I will need to request a security review from Google and provide them with documentation showing the changes made to the site. This may take a little time. If there's "a doctor in the house" and you have experience removing malware from Wordpress sites and would like to volunteer your assistance in helping me resolve this issue please send me a PM. I will be working on this and will keep you updated as I reach important milestones. Best Wishes to All!
  10. 6 points
    TrekMD

    Do you have any pets?

    I no longer have dogs (though I love them) but I do have several other pets. Canaries, a parrolet, fish and even hermit crabs. 🙂
  11. 6 points
    Hi Everyone, Update The Malware issue has been identified and will be resolved for Summer, and was limited to the side of the site that’s built on WordPress. The Forums are built on a different, more secure and more expensive platform which has continuously proven to be safe and never infected. Moving forward I would like to make better use of the Forums Platform and move away from WordPress. Here's What To Expect Next The Malware issue will be resolved soon, and we will have a fun summer with events and giveaways. I’m excited for what’s to come and I hope you are too! I don’t expect any downtime for the Forums during the maintenance to resolve the site issue. WordPress has not proven to be a very secure platform. In fact Malware has been a growing issue with WordPress and we don’t want to face a security issue like this ever again. You can expect that I’ll be looking at ways to phase out the WordPress side of the site and rebuilding those pages within the Forums platform. I’m also building some big new areas in the Forums that we’ve wanted to do for quite a long time. I’m always looking at new ways to make Atari I/O a more vibrant community and a useful place to visit and spend your time. New Changes There are some other new changes to the Forums I’d like to announce today! Some of the changes I’m holding back on announcing until they’re ready to roll out. It was a bad idea for Atari to announce amazing new vaporware that never saw the light of day, and likewise its best that I build these things first and then show them to you. Some changes we’ve made in the past week include: Simplified Forums Cleaned up the Forums. Made forum descriptions more clear to make it easier to understand what to post and where. Redundant forums were merged and given new titles and descriptions. Let’s keep the Forums clean and simple. Member Blogs We’re placing added emphasis and increased visibility on the Blogs. Members will have additional abilities for blog creation which will be announced soon. Updated Member Ranking System Updated Pac-Man “Fruit” levels achieved at 2600, 5200, and 7800 posts respectively. Updated Revised Badges for Admin and Moderator Roles We've updated our Role Badges to match the fresh new look of the upgraded Forums. Updated Moderator Roles - Introducing a new member group called “Senior Fellow” Our Legacy Moderators who are not active daily in the Forums will be graduating from their roles as Moderators and moving into new, less active roles as Atari I/O Senior Fellows. This includes The Professor, DeLorean, Zontar and Museum Matt, who will all continue to have a hand in the Forums without creating an expectation that they will be active daily in the Forums. New Atari I/O Moderator Gianna We’re welcoming a new Moderator to the Atari I/O family, @Gianna who will be joining us in the Forums to help me out. She will be active in High Score Squad and will be joining us for Wednesday Night Atari Chat occasionally, and you can expect to see her posting throughout the Forums on a consistent basis. She’s a very nice person and I’m sure everybody will like her. BTB and MaximumRD Are Helping Out Too @btbfilms76 and @MaximumRD will also be more active throughout the summer in helping with the site. MaximumRD has created a new Member Blog, which you can see here, and BTB will be more active in the Forums with posting, helping out, and of course creating new episodes of Jag Bar, Lynx Lounge and 7800 Avenue. Atari I/O Moderator Team 2020-2021 Your Atari I/O Moderator team for the 2020-2021 season will be @Justin @btbfilms76 @Gianna and @MaximumRD The most important thing that could help me though is YOU. All of you, being here, making friends, having fun, posting and playing games. You guys are what make this adventure worth it! Best Wishes and stay safe everyone,
  12. 6 points
    nosweargamer

    NSG's October Giveaway!

    I'm rotating where my viewers can enter my monthly giveaways. This month's giveaway will be right here! Hopefully, it will help some new users join the site! GIVEAWAY RULES Must have a US Address. Not responsible for lost or damaged mail. Must reply to this post by telling me your favorite spooky/scary video game by Monday, October 14th 2019 @ 11:59 pm est. One entry per person. After the winner is selected at random, they have one week to give me their address through the forum messenger. If they don't respond in time, I can select another winner. Watch this video for more details:
  13. 6 points
    Yes! The last missing Atari released game has now been dumped and is playable on Stella 6.0.1!! Pursuit of Pink Panther from Probe 2000 (1983) has been released! Game instructions can be found here: http://www.atariprotos.com/2600/software/pinkpanther/pinkpanther.htm Enjoy!! UPDATE: Pink Panther works on: Stella 6.0.1 or 6.0.2 (claims Stella 4.0 or higher work) Retron 77 console does NOT work on: Harmony cart Harmony Encore cart UNO cart Atari Flashback Portable Pursuit of the Pink Panther.bin
  14. 6 points
    LeeJ07

    My house is burning down

    The shoutout means a lot, man. I do have some good news to share. We already have our new house lined up. Should only be a little while till we'll have our new place.
  15. 6 points
  16. 6 points
    Willie!

    The 2019 Retro Swap Box

  17. 6 points
    chas10e

    The 2019 Retro Swap Box

    The cards are tractor fed but I use an old-timey typewriter
  18. 5 points
    ❗️ Congrats everyone on another great Squad Challenge! We have a brand new Squad Challenge coming tonight or tomorrow! Justin’s moving into a new house right now and will put it up as soon as he can.
  19. 5 points
    Yes, and now all movements look like rainbows.
  20. 5 points
    Video 61

    Putt 18 Miniature Golf for Atari 7800

    hi guys, this looks like it, we are about finished testing, most likely this is the finished version. we will announce it soon. enjoy! thanks for watching, lance www.atarisales.com
  21. 5 points
    With the strategy I'm using for this game, it's more like "Desert Chicken", but here's my score: 211,094
  22. 5 points
    Is it just me or are the levels completely randomized? It feels like every time I play its different - which is cool, but challenging. 38,064
  23. 5 points
    I just played a quick game. Just a score to get started, particularly since it isn't a fantastic score! LOL
  24. 5 points
    Hey everyone. I just rolled the score past 1,000,000 points. A video is provided below showing the score roll over. It's a few seconds long, but you can see the score roll and it's the best I could do playing the game with one hand and holding my cellphone in the other, trying to capture the score roll over. I've also put up a picture I took of my game at 925,800 points while I was still playing. Yes, I'm getting Slipice. No, he is not unlimited. He runs out after a while, so you can't go on forever collecting infinity Slipice. Fireballs still kill you, enemies still eat you alive, you're still going to make mistakes and die and the game is still relentless and you still have to be good to get a good score. There are other things going on at the same time that are like different ingredients baked into the "cake" that has become my strategy. I'm going to stick with this score for now. You'll see in the video I had more than six lives built up and I could've kept playing another 30 mins, but I turned the game off after I captured the score rolling over. I feel like I've played enough for tonight and I still have things I need to wrap up before bed. I'd also rather have one of you beat this score. It can be done and I know all of you guys have the skill to put all of the puzzle pieces together. High Score: 1,000,200
  25. 5 points
    I about killed myself doing it...but 100,400. Shhh, don't tell the boss I played during a work break today.
  26. 5 points
    89,400. I'm going to aim for breaking 100k.
  27. 5 points
    The scores in the one are insane!!! man, I am not sure if its encouraging or discouraging! LOL Just playing. Man you folks are great. Keep em coming.
  28. 5 points
    StormSurge

    Do you have any pets?

    I have two black labs, Winston & Wanda. I’m down to one cat, Poe, & a turtle. 😀 This is Winston. He turned 11 yesterday. We had a nice romp on the beach to celebrate.
  29. 5 points
    My first score for this challenge. I haven't played the 2600 version in forever, I always play 7800 or arcade, or occasionally NES versions. This plays a lot better than I remember it playing. The co-op thing is cool too. Learned a few techniques tonight after watching @Atari Creep's Instagram stream. High Score: 91,200
  30. 5 points
    58400 Using a Retron77 and the Hyperkin Ranger controller, original cartridge. Thanks Justin for taking the screen shot during the stream.
  31. 5 points
    3369 \o/ You could first super glue them bits in to get the "D" back then fill outer cavities with hot-melt glue (or play-doh or epoxy
  32. 5 points
    My goal for today was to break 2,000. 3,041!
  33. 5 points
    Kid A

    Squad Challenge - Dr. Mario (NES)

    Improved a bit. 97800
  34. 5 points
    kamakazi20012

    Do you have any pets?

    Christmas is the furry child I have now. She is my wife's service animal when we are out and about but pretty much my child when we are home. Nothing like Daisy but very unique in her own ways. Never shy...always wants the first to greet and get attention. She makes her presence known. This is the first day we got her and ... \ … 9 years later. She sleeps with me in "my" bed. Yes...that's the same dog. LOL. Love her dearly. The only thing she doesn't like is storms.
  35. 5 points
    BlackCatz40

    Do you have any pets?

    I have a cat. Her name is Yoda. Originally, she was named Diamond. My landlord's son rescued her from a crack house and had her for a while. Eventually, I received her and I take care of her now. She is approximately 12-13 years of age and she is a Himalayan. Very fluffy cat, and nice to me. But, she is a little skittish around other people and can be territorial. I think that she was affected by the drug use in her old place. You can say that she was a rescued cat. Here she is. Thanks for letting me share. 🙂
  36. 5 points
    In case anyone has not seen the Nukey Shay hack that I referred to, there a video of it. @KenJennings you can still go "gonk, gonk, gonk, gonk" with this version. 😉
  37. 5 points
    Best game of Ms. Pac-Man I've ever played on the 7800...and I used a standard controller! See? Real hardware stuff. He he...all the Atari kids came into the out since we humans have been under lockdown 🙂 I reached the fourth maze again but this time did not notice the same lag. The game was a single game started from power up...there were no games played beforehand. I wonder if that has anything to do with it?
  38. 5 points
    Hello everyone, I'm posting my first score. ☺️ I got this score playing 2 player with Justin. High score: 31,600
  39. 5 points
    Jinroh

    Jinroh's Free Stuff

    Here I want to list all the things I have free! Just pay shipping: Wii Fit Board Jillian Michaels something or other for the Wii Wico Joystick - DB9 Connector - Sat in an attic for 25 years could use a bit of cleaning. (Will furnish pictures when I have time. :3 Also have some other things, I will list later.)
  40. 5 points
    On the upside, we're now officially "THE MOST DANGEROUS ATARI SITE ON THE INTERNET"
  41. 5 points
    So I'm just curious does everyone here enjoy hot sauces? If so what is your go to hot sauce that you need to always have a bottle of? Mine has to be valentina (black label) but lately I've really enjoyed El Yucateco's green habanero sauce. Now when it comes to other hot sauces. How hot do you like them? Long story short I think I have been eating too much hot sauce lately and I cant feel any heat from the normal hot sauces or even the "XXX" hot sauces. So I have been watching "Hot Ones" on youtube (great show if you havent seen it) And I just bought a couple of the really insane hot sauces that I saw on the show off amazon. DA' Bomb came first in the mail and I had to get some friends over. DA' Bomb has a scoville level of 135,600. In comparison a regular bottle of Tabasco is 700 scoville units. So we grilled up some chicken and tried it out. This is definitely not your normal hot sauce! My tongue was on fire! It was hot but still I wasnt screaming and running around like all my friends were. So I felt I needed more. So today in the mail I got Blair's Mega Death Sauce with Liquid Rage. This one comes in at 500,000 Scoville units and maybe this one will give me the sting I need. Probably gonna get everyone together again this weekend to try it out. I'm gonna have some milk on the side ready to be used! So again this is one of my things i love and I'm just curious about everyone here. Do you like hot sauce? Do you not? If so how hot have you gone before?
  42. 5 points
    I always knew Atari.io was unsafe. A bunch of enthusiasts getting along without drama? Gotta be a catch!
  43. 5 points
    LSGreger

    Thrift Store Finds

    When everyone shows me their goodwill finds, this is how I feel!
  44. 5 points
    nosweargamer

    NSG's October Giveaway!

    Congrats @LSGreger! You won the drawing! Please send me your address within a week to claim your prize! 👍
  45. 5 points
    Ninja Spirit TurboGrafx-16 Controller: CONTROLLER / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE Difficulty Level: PC-Engine Mode (Press Button I) SINGLE LIFE RUN: Achieve high score using only one life to win challenge Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! ✔ Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST August 14th, 2019 OBJECTIVE: Play for the highest possible score using the difficulty settings defined in the challenge. Post a photo or video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between August 1st through August 14th, 2019. Screen captures are not allowed as they are easily manipulated for falsified scores. Multiple submissions are permitted. The player with the highest score at the end of the competition is the victor! ELIGIBILITY: Anyone can join in. All players are welcome! PLAY RULES: Games may be played on real hardware, Flashback or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following rules and game settings as delineated in the Squad Challenge. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed. DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Press Button I to begin PC-Engine Mode. In the PC-Engine Mode, you begin the game with five energy points and three lives. In the more difficult Arcade Mode, you begin the game with only one energy point. We are playing the game in PC-Engine Mode. SINGLE LIFE RUN: You are only allowed ONE LIFE to achieve your high score in this Squad Challenge. FAIR PLAY: Players should play fairly, be honest, and have fun! Falsified scores will result in your immediate removal from the site. It goes without saying that no use of cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, rewinds, Photoshop, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage is allowed. Everybody hates a cheater. MORE: To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: https://forums.atari.io/topic/1219-high-score-squad-how-to-play/ MESSAGE: Welcome to our 66th Squad Challenge! This time we're playing Ninja Spirit for the TurboGrafx-16! Ninja Spirit was released as a HuCard (TurboChip) for the TurboGrafx systems, and was included as a pack-in title with most TurboDuo game systems sold in the US! I think you'll find that Ninja Spirit is one of the stand-out titles among the US releases for TurboGrafx. It's a fun game with powerful jumps, different power ups and some serious ninja strategy. This has become my go-to game when I'm craving a ninja game. I should also apologize to you guys for posting this Squad Challenge five days late. I always try to post these on time. I have been absolutely swamped with work and have been distracted from the site and from playing games for the past few weeks. I'm here though, and this is going to be a great game for those of you just discovering the TurboGrafx-16. This is a SINGLE LIFE RUN Challenge, and you are only allowed ONE LIFE to achieve your high score in this Squad Challenge. ROM and Instruction Manual are provided below. Good luck to everyone playing! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be for Atari 7800. Be there! Ninja Spirit.pdfNinja Spirit.pce
  46. 5 points
    For starters...20313. Brought JR out for a change. I still need to replace the Power and TV Type switches but it still works.
  47. 5 points
  48. 5 points
    RickR

    The 2019 Retro Swap Box

    Here is what I took. First of all, I feel that this Elmo's 123's was put in there specifically for me by NSG. If so, THANK YOU. It looks good next to my Elmos' ABC's. And it reminds me of my oldest child when he was a toddler. Priceless. And here's the bulk of what I took. I feel like the PSP games were in there for me, and I thank you, mystery giver, for them! Does anyone else collect for PSP? I really agonized over the Wico 5200 stick. It's so cool, but I feel selfish for taking it. At the same time, it took up a lot of real estate in the box! NSG or Willie, if one of you would like it, I'm happy to ship it to you separately. The football homebrew is so cool! It's a 2600 version of the Mattel handheld football. In case you don't know, I'm the weird gamer that really loves sports games. So that game and the SNES baseball will be played a lot. I also hogged the 2600 games, figuring Willie and NSG probably already had them. The boxes are a little rough, but I really dig the price tags. Activision Skiing is a game in which I earned the patch, so having a boxed copy is really nice. Oooh, and an NSG card pack. I'm hoping for a few Oregon Duck players in there! Below is some stuff I took mostly to get the space for more games in the box. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, if anyone wants any of this, I'm happy to ship it separately. Given that, the Star Trek book will be read and enjoyed, I promise. And I really like the ESPN movies. And the multi-system cable is handy. Lastly, I want to say THANK YOU to all of you. Especially NSG for hosting the box. It really is a lot of fun. The box is stuffed full again, and I'll get it out to Willie as soon as I can.
  49. 5 points
    Here's my first attempt. Brutal game! 138,200 points.
  50. 5 points
    chas10e

    The 2019 Retro Swap Box

    Shipped it out this morning before I went to a pinball tournament, & I sent @RickR the tracking info. As always some really cool stuff inside & trying to replace & re-stuff the stuff A couple of homebrews, Fat Albert for 2600 & Gravitrex for the Vectrex, couple of Genesis games, T2 & Cyborg Justice. Wolfenstein New Order for the xb360. Intellivision booklet & a couple teeny-weenie Mario figures
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