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  1. 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
  2. 5 points
    Yes, and now all movements look like rainbows.
  3. 5 points
    ๐Ÿ“ž One Friday night as a young man I prank called Jack Tramiel. Had him on the phone for 3 mins. Not my proudest moment, but I should tell that story sometime.
  4. 5 points
    With the strategy I'm using for this game, it's more like "Desert Chicken", but here's my score: 211,094
  5. 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
  6. 4 points
    Astrosmash & Astroblast Double Feature! Mattel Intellivision & Atari 2600 Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! โœ” Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST June 30, 2020 Astrosmash Mattel Intellivision Controller: HAND CONTROLLER / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE Difficulty Level: Single-Shot Firing Mode Astroblast Atari 2600 Controller: JOYSTICK / PADDLE / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE Difficulty Level: Right AND Left Difficulty Switches set to "B" 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 June 15th through June 30th, 2020. Screen captures are not allowed as they are more 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 all rules and game settings defined in the challenge. Choosing between real hardware or emulation, and choosing which controller to play on is part of formulating your strategy. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed. Difficulty Level INTELLIVISION Single-Shot Firing Mode (#2 on Keypad). This mode gives player control over firing. ATARI 2600 Right AND Left Difficulty Switches set to "B". Right Difficulty Switch set to "B" for Regular Skill Level. Left Difficulty Switch set to "B" for manual firing mode. Fair Play Your integrity is everything. 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 we will not allow cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, rewinds, deceitful photo manipulation, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage. Everybody hates a cheater. More To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: Message Welcome to our 81st Squad Challenge, and our second DOUBLE FEATURE! This is going to be a fun one, guys. Astrosmash and Astroblast are essentially the same game published by Mattel for two of our favorite systems: Intellivision and Atari 2600. Yes, both games differ from each other slightly, with Astroblast playing slightly faster. Scoring, however, is the same. Both games share the same scoring formula, so hitting a big rock on the first level gets you 10 points in Astrosmash, the same way it gets you 10 points in Astroblast. Do you perform better in one game and not the other? Is the 2600 joystick what you score best at, but you fumble with the Intellivision controllers? You can play either or both games. Intellivision or 2600? Choose your weapon of choice! Scores from both systems will be combined into ONE Final Standings scoreboard. Playing across two systems will make this Squad Challenge more accessible to members who want to join in, and making this challenge a Double Feature adds an interesting twist. Let's make this a fun one! Astrosmash was originally conceived when an Intellivision game in development called Meteor!, an Asteroids clone, did not fill up the ROM space of an entire cartridge. The extra space was used to create a variation of the game called Avalanche! The Meteor! game was cancelled at the last minute, due to concerns that it was too similar to Asteroids. Programmer John Sohl programmed a "branch" around the opening-screen menu, leading directly to the Avalanche! variation, retitled Astrosmash. The games were compatible, since they were designed together, and used the same sprites and sound effects. In rare instances, if the console's reset button is pressed rapidly, an error can occur, resulting in the game starting in the original Meteor! format. Games and Instruction Booklets for both versions are provided below. I hope you guys are ready for a new season of High Score Squad and good luck to everybody participating! NOTE: Another great Squad Challenge is coming up soon! Thanks for playing, and enjoy! Astrosmash.pdf Astrosmash.int Astroblast.pdf Astroblast.bin
  7. 4 points
    Dug this up just now and thought this might make for something different. Post a photo / picture / image that you are in showing something silly, fun, retro etc. I'll kick off with this one - Here's me at 16 getting a promo Polaroid picture before seeing JAWS. Honestly, I love this shot and there is as far as I am concerned only one embarrassing thing about it, IT WAS FOR JAWS 3 ! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™„
  8. 4 points
    โ—๏ธ Congrats everyone on another great Squad Challenge! We have a brand new Squad Challenge coming tonight or tomorrow! Justinโ€™s moving into a new house right now and will put it up as soon as he can.
  9. 4 points
    hi everyone, as requested, and i was about to do it, food fight comparison. 7800 version, colorful, smooth, good sounds, XEGS version, choppy, almost like its in basic, music pretty good, but some sound effects are almost 2600 like. lance www.atarisales.com
  10. 4 points
  11. 4 points
    I think I am obsessed with mini M&M's ๐Ÿคช
  12. 4 points
    104,730 On my original INVT from 1981, still works great.
  13. 4 points
    btbfilms76

    7800 Avenue

    Duel of the light guns! We had some fun filming some light gun episodes - check it out!!
  14. 4 points
    You found an unopened box of Pac-Man cereal and ate all the power pellets out of it, didn't you?
  15. 4 points
    In my honest opinion Atari should have released the 5200 games they had completed even when they stopped 5200 production. The games they had could have been the grand finale because Atari had some fabulous games they had worked hard on finished, or appeared finished, and would have given the 5200 games no other console had. Super Pac-Man Jr. Pac-Man Millipede Sinistar All of those games I remember playing in emulation during the early 2000s when I first discovered emulators. What I played blew my mind. The sounds on all games were spot on with the arcades and all of them played very well. These four should have been released. It definitely wouldn't have hurt Atari to try because these games were very well done. No other console received Super Pac-Man or Sinistar so those could have been seen as 5200 exclusives. It's a shame they couldn't milk the 5200 for what they could. Any new Atari 8-bit games could have been easily converted to the 5200 and, BOOM!, you have two releases, side by side, to make money from. That's what I would have done.
  16. 4 points
    Astrosmash using OpenEmu and USB game pad. Peak was 112985 Final 111845 Might jump over to the Atari port though. Thats the one I grew up playing for hours. We will see.
  17. 4 points
    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
  18. 4 points
    Congratulations RadioPoultry! Congratulations @RadioPoultry! RadioPoultry's score ran away with the top spot on the scoreboard! I hope everyone enjoyed getting into Desert Falcon on Atari 7800. Desert Falcon is a unique 7800 game that adds Egyptian motifs and deeper strategy to Zaxxon-style gameplay. Some of the color choices throw me off or feel limited, but overall I think this game looks really good on the 7800 and is a fun play. RadioPoultry takes the 1st Place spot with a mind boggling score of 211,094. Incredible! RadioPoultry, you gotta tell us more about this "walking around" strategy! @atarilbc takes 2nd Place with a terrific score of 53,125, and @btbfilms76 came with his A-Game, claiming 3rd Place in our Final Standings for this Squad Challenge with 38,064 points. @RickR, @TrekMD, @Gianna, and @Atari Creep great showings, and hopefully had a fun time playing in this challenge. Congratulations to everybody on an exciting run, and to everyone who joined in this Squad Challenge and shared a score! I'd like to encourage RadioPoultry to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be an Atari 2600 / Intellivision Double Feature! Be there!
  19. 4 points
    When I got my DS in 2016 I quickly became addicted to Animal Crossing: New Leaf. Any free time I had I would play it. In early 2018 I became burnt out and no longer had that desire to play, it felt like it became a chore. The other day I got an urge to play again, so I charged up my DS and inserted the game. After not playing in so long I totally forgot what the game was like, despite playing it before all the time! Other DS games I really liked were Tomodachi Life, Nintendogs, Mario Kart, and Pokemon Sun. I know now not to get so into a game that it eventually feels like a chore and is no longer fun. I did the same thing with Sims 3. I want start playing games on my DS again. I still have that "burnt out" feeling for ACNL but the others I enjoyed I look forward to getting back into. Anyone else ever played something so often it almost became a "chore" to play any longer, or was no longer fun? If so, what game was it?
  20. 4 points
    Yes, this is on my main daily driver desktop, Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview because I live on the edge baby! ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†I AM JUST THAT HARD CORE ! I take risks, I am a rebel, you can't tell me what to do !
  21. 4 points
    Trying out my just arrived Blaze Evercade. Look for hardware and cart impressions on blog in the next few days. Pumped!
  22. 4 points
  23. 4 points
    I think it's really difficult too. It's hard to judge when you're going to run into something (in the air or on the ground). I do really like the end-boss battle (although I rarely make it that far).
  24. 4 points
    ๐Ÿ† BIG THANKS to @RickR who generously donated a pile of unused Combat cartridges to the site for use on future projects.
  25. 4 points
    This has to be here...
  26. 4 points
    That is some score! Wow!
  27. 3 points
    Congratulations Atari Creep! Congratulations @Atari Creep on winning the top spot on the scoreboard! Great performance, and nice to see you win one of your first Squad Challenges! I hope everyone enjoyed our Double Feature and going between the two games. Astrosmash/Astroblast was a nice twist on Asteroids and is a fun play. @Atari Creep takes the 1st Place spot with an impressive score of 111,845. @btbfilms76 also showed up with his A-game in a near-win with a score of 104,730 to take 2nd Place on the board. @RickR takes 3rd Place in our Final Standings for this Squad Challenge with 51,345 points. @TrekMD @atarilbc and @kamakazi20012 all had great showings, and hopefully had a fun time playing in this challenge. Congratulations to everybody on an exciting run, and to everyone who joined in this Squad Challenge and shared a score! I'd like to encourage Atari Creep to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be for the Sega Master System. Be there! I'm currently moving into a new house and don't have access to my computer, I will update Final Standings with a nice graphic when I'm able to return to my computer. FINAL STANDINGS ATARI CREEP 111,845 BTBFILMS76 104,730 RICKR 51,345 TREKMD 5,030 ATARILBC 4,415 KAMAKAZI20012 4,120
  28. 3 points
    Gianna

    My Universal trip this weekend!

    This weekend I went to Orlando with my family. It was a great! On Saturday I went to Universal & Islands of Adventure. Currently it is required you wear a mask unless eating or drinking while in the parks. Before you exit the parking garage your temperature is taken. The park felt crowded and very busy but wait times were low as compared to a typical Saturday. I think the longest I waited for a ride was 30 minutes at most. Each ride required social distancing, so for each car, or whatever the ride has, it would be one family/group of people at a time. I got front row on every ride I went on because of this! That was cool. Lines required social distancing as well. Stickers on the floor indicated where to stand. Before your turn on a ride an employee gives you hand sanitizer. Wearing a mask all day in FL summer heat was difficult, and I donโ€™t plan on doing it again. I would love to return to Universal hopefully not too long from now but not until it is safe to no longer wear masks. I have never felt so hot ever! The water rides had the longest wait times, it had to be at least 98 degrees out. ๐Ÿฅต Overall, it was a fun trip! I liked Universal better than Islands of Adventure btw ๐Ÿ˜„
  29. 3 points
    I haven't had a chance to really play this game to properly participate. So, here is the only score I was able to get in the few minutes I was able to play.
  30. 3 points
  31. 3 points
    I found a neat car video series to watch on YouTube. I loved tinkering with cars in the past when I had the "freedom" to do so because it was interesting to find a $100 car that was crap and get it going enough to drive around town. It's how I found a Mazda 323 coupe with moon roof that was a lot of fun to drive. $50 for the car, replaced windshield, bondo the hole in the hood, replace the tires all the way around. I got 40,000 miles out of it before the computer went out in it. 5 speed, too. It was a fun little car. I think I miss that car more than any other I had. It was suppose to be totaled but it ran fine...just needed some TLC. I still remember my Grandmother getting on to me for buying it. Then when it died all I head was "ahhh...that was such a good lil' car." Yeah...exactly what I thought LOL. Anyway, here's one of this channel's videos for you guys to check out. Pretty interesting stuff. Kinda makes me want to go and try to find some old barns or junkyards to go through. Enjoy!
  32. 3 points
    Switched over to Atari. 9560 and I am embarrassed to post that score. Just a quick warm up though. STRONG LANGUAGE
  33. 3 points
    Not an entry, but if you really like this game I recommend Meteor Shower for the 7800 by Bob Decrescenzo. Its personally my favorite version of the game and is nicely updated in terms of graphics and sound. Check it out over on AtariAge.
  34. 3 points
    Barnyard Blaster on 7800 Ave - New Episode
  35. 3 points
    Are you drinking or eating something "special" to give you those playing abilities? ๐Ÿ˜„
  36. 3 points
    I need to try the Intellivision version. I remember it being a lot slower to ramp up the difficulty. Those two scores I posted were the first and second attempts. My kids scoffed, tried the game themselves, had trouble cracking 1000, and then seemed slightly impressed with my ability. I'll take that very small victory.
  37. 3 points
    I've got a sealed copy. Should I open it?
  38. 3 points
    Got top 5 in the state for an individual!!!! THANK YOU ALL for all the support.
  39. 3 points
    I had a DS Lite that I picked up in '06 or so. I got really into the Castlevania games and Etrian Odyssey series. In terms of "burnout", Elder Scrolls Oblivion comes to mind. I really like RPGs but I prefer them to be slightly more linear/guided and story driven. At first I was really excited by Oblivion but by the end, I was over it. When Skyrim came out, I picked it up anyway (hype machine) and couldn't spend more than a few hours on it. The memory of Oblivion just made it taxing. Hope you have fun getting reacquainted with the DS. A lot of great titles for sure!
  40. 3 points
    ๐Ÿ•น๏ธ We're a champion of original Atari games because we genuinely like these games. We love these games for what they are the way we love Drive-In B-movies
  41. 3 points
    To atone for my prior status, here's a picture of the REAL BTTF DeLorean. Just for you @Justin
  42. 3 points
    I think I need some BTB Kahlua to help with this game.
  43. 3 points
    29,895 via emulation on a Logitech controller. Its a start. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  44. 3 points
    More prizes announced. Some great stuff here friends.
  45. 3 points
    MaximumRD

    Bill & Ted 3

    I had just made a topic about the trailer when I noticed this thread so I will simply paste my reaction. Happy for actor Alex Winter, nice Keanu remembers the movie that helped launch his career, yes he did other things before but let's face it average person thinks of Bill & Ted. PARTY ON DUDES ! ๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿฅณ
  46. 3 points
    Do you want to know a little more truth? The 5200 was literally what was costing Atari money. I got this info from a trusted friend. I won't say any more and leave the details up to them to share when they are ready. But it's hard to think the one console I favor above all others was killing Atari. At least the 5200 got more games in 1984...I just never seen or heard about them until the internet became a necessity instead of a luxury.
  47. 3 points
    My start. 15730 Played live on IG using emulation and a USB game pad
  48. 3 points
    15,832 I find this game difficult! I feel like there's a lot going on. This is my score so far.
  49. 3 points
    Marco1019

    Memorable T.V. show themes we love

    Since this thread is heavy on Knight Rider - and rightfully so - here's a cover from cellist Samara Ginsberg:
  50. 3 points
    The Creeps 2020 Walk to END Alzheimers Tee is now available to purchase. ALL proceeds go to the Alzheimers Association. You can also get the design on stickers, mugs, face masks and much more. Thanks to you all for your continued support and helping to make this bigger and bigger every year. *This site is an OFFICIAL sponsor and without Atari.IO my campaigns would not be as successful as they are. Unfortunately because the name "Atari" is in the title of the site I am unable to place you folks on the shirt. It got removed because of a trademark thing. I want to be very clear!!!! Atari IO is such an important member to my campaign and it hurts to not be able to thank acknowledge that on things like this. This community has my utmost respect and love. THANK YOU ALL!!! GET YOUR SHIRT TODAY>>> https://www.teepublic.com/user/atari-creep <<< GET YOUR SHIRT TODAY
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