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    hi everyone, been in the atari business since 1983, its because of you that i am still here, and i thank you for it every day. merry christmas and a happy new years to all, lance www.atarisales.com
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    This is a fallacy that keeps on getting repeated. The crash came for a multitude of reasons and ET certainly was not the worst games ever. There are plenty other really horrid titles on the 2600 from companies that tried to get easy money from video games. ET wasn't perfect but it could be played and it was rather involved for a 2600 game. You just needed to read the manual. A bit more polish could have made the game better and, in fact, someone has done this and fixed the issues with the game to make it more fun to play.
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    F-ZERO was the only reason why I asked for a SNES when it released stateside. That was one of the launch titles. I didn't care what game it came with...I HAD to have F-ZERO. Wipeout came out on the PS1 and, as much fun as it was, I didn't like it as much as I did F-ZERO. Actually, all of the F-ZERO installments on systems after the SNES were better than Wipeout in my opinion. F-ZERO is one of those games where everything just works. It has a nice balance of easy to pick up and play and track challenges. Each course has its own learning curve that depends on the vehicle one is using. It has managed to retain replay value that most games of this nature don't have. Those that own a Super NES but don't yet own F-ZERO...shame on you! LOL. Zelda on the SNES is very good, too and my favorite of the Zelda series.
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    Well...I meant FINALLY after being able to get my SNES up and running and getting F-Zero for it Second time for you guys, first time for me
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    Free preview of my newest book in the series is now available here: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B082Y71YBY&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_MrbaEbKYW5404 Pages 3-4 will show you all 24 titles included in this issue. To purchase the $12.99 paperback book in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1676947175 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/B082Y71YBY 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 Huge Thanks go out to my readers and fellow gamers, and the Atari Homebrew programmers for making this series a success!!! Brian
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    Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas! Keep on truckin'.
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    Trackmania (PC)

    Hey Guys, I'm posting this here because I found a free racing game with online and party abilities called Trackmania. I thought it would be neat to have a PC game I can play with Atari IO members. You can also design tracks on the free version and it has solo play as well. https://trackmania.com/ Simply visit the page, scroll down to the Trackmania Forever banner and click on that. At the bottom of the next page, on the right, you can get the FREE version or opt to buy the Universe version. The Free one will be above the one to buy. PC Requirements are pretty low. Operating system: Windows XP SP2/Vista SP1/Windows 7 CPU: Pentium IV 1.6GHz / AMD Athlon XP1600+ RAM: 256 MB (XP) or 512 MB (Vista/7) 3D graphics card: 16 MB, 100% DirectX 9.0c compatible Sound card: 16 bit DirectX compatible Hard drive: 1.7 GB free disk space Check it out and I hope to see you guys on the tracks!
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    Thanks for the input guys! I''m adding your nominations into our big list of games! Let's make this a fun year 😉
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    Old VCRs and copy protection.

    Believe it or not, VHS did see a short-lived HD addition to the format...but it was very costly. LD was the better of the analog video formats...it just was a more expensive way of obtaining movies and playing them. I had three movies decades ago on LD before I gave up on the format. Those were Independence Day in a nice, double album-like cover. Gorgeous artwork. Heavy Metal was in a chrome cover with a plan, ordinary, clear plastic sleeve. And I had one more movie I can't remember the name of now. But I do have to hand it to laserdisc for bringing over what people liked about vinyl audio LPs over to LD. There simply isn't another physical format that allows you to enjoy the packaging as well as the movie contained on the disc. The only thing VHS allowed for was recording your favorite shows from their TV broadcasts...something the other formats didn't do for consumers. There were LD recorders but those were mostly used by stations and such. If you use VHS on a standard definition TV they really are not all that bad. Laserdiscs are great for those widescreen presentations but, again, play best on cathode-ray TVs...and there are a few of those that were widescreen models. I know for a fact Sanyo made one with a crap load of connectors on it that eventually became popular choices. Believe it or not, VHS was also used for multi-track audio recording. I knew someone in my home state that owned a 16-track recorder that used standard VHS tapes to record on. Weird gadget but the sound was impressive. Space? Yea, VHS takes up more space than DVD/BD for sure. But take up far less space than those CEDs RCA came out with. I don't how many CED movies my family owned but it was in the 1,000s total as I inherited those when they switched to VHS. Hauling just the movies caused my friend's truck to sag on the backend and we had to make two trips simply because his truck couldn't tolerate the weight of those things. Those things weigh a ton and just 10 movies alone can cause a weak shelf to bow. We never stored those movies on shelving...they were best kept on closet floors. A large tote full of VHS movies is light compared to those things. But I still like the CED format. Some rare movies not found on today's formats resides on that old format. Unlike you, RickR, hi-def stuff is nice but I'm a bit old fashioned when it comes to movies and TV shows. I don't mind having to flip a disc over or dealing with tape-eating machines. I'm use to it. Besides, even the earliest DVDs only put out 480. As long as I have a decent stereo TV I will continue to enjoy VHS and LD. They are nice to have. LDs I only have about 10 movies, some my family and I could never find on VHS. It's the only format I've been able to find The Glenn Miller Story, one of my favorites. And no commercials!
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    I'm trying. So far I am not good at this game at all! LOL
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    Old VCRs and copy protection.

    Indeed, I had a little black box with composite cable in and out, in from playback VCR and out to recording VCR (audio cable passed directly between machines) known as a Macro-eliminator it was pretty much plug and play and did exactly as described. i would rent all the latest hit movies and copy away. 😎Good times. It was just like the one pictured below.
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    How Motherboards Are Made

    Thought this would be interesting for our computer users.
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    Let me know how the weather is where you live comment and give details. This is what I awoke too so I just made a quick video. I live in Kelowna BC. Canada. Surprisingly no, this is not typical for us at least not in this part of Canada. Despite this expecting high of 6c / 42f tomorrow!
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    We are sitting about 50F but it is suppose to start raining tomorrow and then switch over to freezing rain followed with 3-5" of snow. Suppose to last til Saturday or Sunday. We could have went swimming on Christmas Day here. We were in the 60s. Been warm days and cool nights here. Very little to no precipitation.
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    Oh, it's really good in Miami right now. 70's during the day, 60's at night.
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    FREE Games Thread

    Epic Games is giving away three games for free until Jan 9th. Two are part of a series. Darksiders Warmastered Edition and Darksiders II DEATHinitive Edition. The third game is a snowboarding game called Steep. I'm not familiar with Steep but it looks interesting. All three games are for PC and require the Epic Games Launcher app to be installed on the end user's system. I have played both Darksiders on the 360 and have enjoyed them immensely. I never completed the first one yet but I have completed the second one. These were free games as part of XBOX's Games With Gold with the second being free before the first one. That is why I played Darksiders II before Darksiders but I recommend doing it the other way. These games offer a well balanced mix of hack n slash with challenging puzzles and boss battles that follow an interesting story. I highly recommend them.
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    Graphics Card Request

    Every time you say "210", I think of this beauty...the Datsun 210 Honey Bee: I haven't seen one of these in years. I would guess most of them were driven until the wheels fell off, never to be considered as "collector" cars. Yet, for me, I'd love to find one of these to restore. We had a good friend neighbor that bought one of these new in the 70's, so I have good memories. Maybe I'll look for one after the Subaru project is complete.
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    Crystal Castles on the XEGS sounds fun. It would be nice to see more Atari computer games in the challenges.
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    I never have but would love to!
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    2'18"54 It's been a year since I played this. I forgot how good the controls are!
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    Case-less Gaming Computer

    Thanks to RickR for the computer motherboard donation. And power supply, optical drive, and the SATA cables. Without the donations this would not be possible. I ended up with a great gaming computer without a case. That and a graphics card upgrade are going to be my New Year's resolution. In the meantime I spent about two hours trying to figure out how to piece stuff together just enough to hold up until then. What I came up with was poster board and hot glue...and a whole lot of imagination. I guess all of those childhood years playing with LEGOs paid off. Not pretty but it won't overheat. Nothing is fastened down. All I did was cut pieces of poster board to help hold things where I wanted them. My biggest restraint was the power supplies cords as they did not leave room for much play or ideas. But, it works for now and I can pick it up and move it if/when I need to. I even got the plate on the rear mounted. Held in place with tape to poster board so I can remove it easily when I get a case. I like it. Hard drives were a bit of a challenge as mounting screws were way too short to go through poster board and the mounting holes on the drives. So...this is what I came up with. Nothing fancy but it works. We now return to our regularly scheduled gaming already in progress.
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    Graphics Card Request

    If they are getting 30+ fps in BL3 with a GT 630 then that's amazing. The XBone struggles with that game. I don't know how many times the game freezes up for a few seconds, especially when looking at menu items.
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    Graphics Card Request

    Well, surprise! Maybe I ought to go with the 630? It's playing Borderlands 3, a game just released last year. So if it can play that then it should be able to handle the games I play. All I'm after is better frame rates really. Some visual improvements are just a bonus.
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    A view of the RickR sanctum

    I love seeing all of those boxes lined up. So cool. What a nice collection @RickR it's always nice to see other people preserving and playing these gems.
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    PushChocolat.mp4 Tease tease. (Push by Matchbox Twenty used non-profit, just for funsies.)
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    The Mandalorian

    We watched and absolutely love the series, it just got better every episode and Jon Favreau has already announced season 2 for fall 2020 woo hoo! Sure there's a lot of fan service and I certainly don't mind that but so many call backs to series characters, honestly this is the most Star Wars feeling thing Disney has put out.
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    ET was not to blame. Blame Warner if you are pointing fingers. It was their decision to change marketing strategies. Letting engineers have time to do what they do best was working in Atari's favor. Someone didn't get it. It made money because great care went into making sure what was being worked on was top notch stuff. All Warner cared about was turning that ET license into quick cash and it bit them in butt instead. Sadly, it took HSW with them for a while. ET had flaws of course but its still not the worst video game of all time. There are others I can think of that are far worse than ET ever thought of being. ET is easily the ancestor to adventure type games that came long after it. The multiscreens could be influence to Zelda which did a similar thing. It was a puzzle game, you had to find and assemble a phone. Once built you had to find the spot where ETs mother ship was going to land. It had a lot going on for a 2600 game. Full of depth and no two games ever play the same. I honestly believe that the design and the concept done in such short time is incredible. I'd like to see modern game developers try doing a game in that same amount of time...just one developer let alone many. I bet they couldn't. Once I learned how to play it it became a favorite. Tough as hell on skill 1 and 2 but still fun. It is one of my most treasured 2600 games.
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    Arcade USA

    Putting the hammer down in turbo! on this episode of IntelliCade!
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    The Toy Tomb Podcast Videos

    Trekin' through the universe of imagination with Dinky Toys Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise!
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    My house is burning down

    Glad to see you have settled into a new home and that you have a new game shelf!
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    Video 61

    Putt18 on the atari 7800?

    hi all, artisan and i were day dreaming, this is just a mock up, label not perfect. but putt18 has been a super seller on the atari 8-bit, and the 5200, we were just day dreaming perhaps someday on the atari 7800. so we decided to see what a cart might look like. thanks for looking, lance www.atarisales.com
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    Wow, I'm impressed by your dedication! This is no draw, you've definitely earned the win! Has anyone figured out a pattern for the instant replays? I hardly saw any later on in the game, but maybe they don't trigger if you finish a level too quickly.
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    Squad Challenge - Food Fight (Atari 7800)

    660,800. Made it a little further this time. And now my thumb is tired. I'll try again later.
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    IN PROGRESS Paused at 10,017,500 Apparently, the last level is 125. I had a breakthrough in my play strategy so I'm going to see how far I can get. At this point, I'm not really dying so it's all stamina and not making stupid mistakes. I have no idea how many extra lives I have as it only displays the first 6. I'm hoping my 31 year old console and PSU hold out while paused for the holiday. 😂 Here's a hastily set up vid of me crossing 10M. VID_20191128_074111108~3.mp4
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    1,775,400 at level 76. Switched out to my Hyperkin Trooper joystick.
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    1,215,100, Level 61 Tried a new capture device for this one, so I can record straight into my computer rather than using a DVD.
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    576,400 @ Level 37
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    1,108,100 at level 47. Sorry the picture is a little blurry.
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    Well, after viewing the code, I found a server-side error that failed to load. I'm not sure if it is related or not because it doesn't appear to be a part of anything else the site uses. And when I clicked on the link that failed it did return with a "not found" error. When researching what that link did I was surprised to find that it is a direct link to Adobe for using web fonts which are added to the site when a browser "loads" this website. From what I learned in college, we never used Adobe for web fonts because it was unreliable. We were told to use what Google offers instead. Not sure if what I found is relevant or not but I thought it might help beat a path back to the cause of this issue. On a plus note, I didn't get the dangerous alert when I came back to the forums directly. It's only happening on the main portion. Might I suggest remaking the index.html page? That might delete the malware. If you change that you might fool the malware. But I would seriously consider moving away from WordPress for a main page. Instead I would create one using HTML 5 and CSS 3 without WordPress being involved at all. There are some free hosting sites, some with ads, some without. If that is an option then let me know and I will report back with what I know. I used a few free ones before and had good results with a few of them. There's also the option of replacing the main portion with a backup that is dated before all of this stuff happened if that has been done.
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    392,200 at level 24.
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    Atari IO gave me Pac-Man fever. Just sayin.
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    Squad Challenge - Food Fight (Atari 7800)

    Safe travels, @TrekMD
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    128500 Emulating, USB gamepad Some strong language
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    It seems to be fixed at least forums side, I no longer get the red warning on the forum... still do on the main website.
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    Autobiography of a Schnook

    Been a while since I posted about a new episode. There've been three since my last update here! In this chapter: Oh, jeez…another one of those Facebook things again?! Thoughts on two decades of marriage Blank (perhaps the most unusual Music For Schnooks installment yet) https://schnookpodcast.com/audio/Schnook_Chapter014.mp3
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    Thanks so much! I am working as quickly as I can to get it out to you guys. :3 The list is ever dwindling. :3 Oh really neat! I would love to see what you could come up with though once you get more time. I know what you mean though. I work full time, go to university full time, and raise my family so I have only a few hours a week to work on the game bleh. At least it is nearing completion. I just have the last few levels and the final boss to complete and it is done! Plenty of updates, though yes 2 years since the last demo. I was going to release an intermediary demo, but I am within the finish line of finishing the game so I figured let me just push and try to get it out as soon as I can.
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