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    What's Next

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    Great choice @Justin. This is going to be fun! Here's a picture of my boxed copy (and the extra copy I have that I think I'm trading to @HDN) Something interesting I just noticed is that it has an "N" sticker on the top (indicating NTSC I assume). Weird! One more interesting story about 2600 Galaxian...it's one of the games that does not work with the Atari Flashback 2. When I did the cartridge port mod on a FB2, guess which game I grabbed to test with? Yep. Galaxian! I pulled my hair out a bit before I figured maybe the game was incompatible.
  4. 8 points
    Congratulations Racers! Congratulations to everyone who joined in the big race!! We had our BIGGEST TURNOUT EVER for this Grand Prix! Absolutely incredible! Seaside was the perfect track to race, difficult enough to provide tremendous challenge to us adult players but still fun to play. One of the points of criticism I see the Atari 7800 receive fairly often is that it came with Pole Position II as its pack-in. I thought this was a really fun game. I hope you did too! I came in 1st Place to take the top spot on the podium, crossing the finish line with a high score of 73,500. I feel like the game has a few hundred more points to give, but who knows. Apparently my score would be a new World Record for Seaside on Twin Galaxies and HighScore.com, so I'm going to do what I need to do to submit my score to them. @nosweargamer is back in action and takes 2nd Place on the big podium with a final score of 68,500, and it was a photo finish with @RickR just 100 Points behind NSG with 68,400. @MaliciousCarp @Atari 5200 Guy and @Sabertooth join a very tight pack of racers with very close scores and incredible performances. @RadioPoultry @socrates63 @Kid A @LinkYoungPS @Atari Creep @TrekMD @DarylJ @Gianna and @GoldenGalaxiesGaming followed behind, all of whom posted real scores that took effort and skill to achieve. BRAVO everyone!!! As I always encourage others to do, I'll be posting my new high score on the Scoreboard to make sure this Challenge continues on! Did you enjoy this Squad Challenge? If so, keep practicing your racing skills throughout the year and we'll see you back here on the track again next summer for the 2021 Pole Position II Grand Prix! Also, to keep a running list of who's entered into BTB's Atari 7800 Paddle Controllers Giveaway Contest, so far the following Members have asked to be entered and are permanently enrolled through the rest of the contest: @RickR @Sabertooth @nosweargamer @TrekMD @socrates63. If you don't see your name listed and would like to enter to win the pair of 7800 Paddle Controllers, be sure to say "Hey BTB, enter me to win!" when posting your next high score! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be an Atari 2600 game! Be there!
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    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial for Atari 2600 is not the worst game ever made, that's just something people like to say. @GoldenGalaxiesGaming just posted a brilliant new video taking us on an Atari E.T. playthrough, showing: HOW to play the game What the symbols mean How to get E.T. home How to get a high score and explaining why E.T. is NOT the worst game ever. I'm such a strong believer in this, I'm considering pinning this topic to the top of the Atari 2600 Forum.
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    Squad Challenge - Galaxian (Atari 2600)

    Congratulations Scott Stilphen! Congratulations to @Scott Stilphen who just became Master of the Galaxians!! We had one of our BIGGEST TURNOUTS which was just about on par with our recent 2020 Pole Position II Grand Prix!! Amazing! Galaxian is one of the funnest arcade ports on the Atari 2600 and turned out to be one of our most fun Squad Challenges too! I want to thank EVERYBODY for joining in High Score Squad and for making this a fun place to play games with friends, old and new. @Scott Stilphen almost broke into the 100,000 Points Club with his impressive score of 96,830 to clench the top spot and come in 1st Place on the board. @socrates63 also played a very impressive game and scored 81,990 points to take 2nd Place. @RickR takes 3rd with a hefty 53,030 point finish. Way to go, guys! And lets all give a GIANT Atari I/O Welcome to our new friends @James Campbell Jr. and @GoldenGalaxiesGaming who joined us in High Score Squad this week, it's great to have you guys here! This was a fun week with a tremendous turnout. @MaliciousCarp @Atari 5200 Guy @HDN @Sabertooth @RadioPoultry @Kid A @TrekMD @Atari Creep and @Willie! all turned out this week with their best scores! Congratulations everyone on joining in this challenge and checking out one of Atari's best arcade ports. As always I'd like to encourage Scott Stilphen to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on! Also, to keep a running list of who's entered into BTB's Atari 7800 Paddle Controllers Giveaway Contest, so far the following Members have asked to be entered and are permanently enrolled through the rest of the contest: @RickR @Sabertooth @nosweargamer @TrekMD @socrates63. If you don't see your name listed and would like to enter to win the pair of 7800 Paddle Controllers, be sure to say "Hey BTB, enter me to win!" when posting your next high score! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be an Atari Lynx game! Get those Sun Visors out and those batteries charged! Be there!
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    Hello From Ohio

    Hello everyone Glad to be apart of Atari.io Huge retro and current gen nerd 😃. What's Everyone favorite Arcade to play? Mines gotta be Tapper whenever i go to the Barcades i make it a mission to play it.
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    I got 43,950 and maybe stage 15 but I'm going for 50K. Ships are worth more points in flight but the main thing is to shoot the emissaries first, the purple ones. And you can sort of steer the direction they move by positioning yourself so they fly back towards you. Once you get rid of them the green ships are easy and slow moving. When you see the red escorts shoot them first followed by the white flagship. It's not easy to do but it gives you 800 points. I really focus more on the purple guys then shoot everything else whether it's in flight or not.
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    I can't believe these amazing scores! I've yet to break 10,000. At least I have time to improve. I'm using this as an opportunity to get used to OBS. I won't post a score yet, but this is how Galaxian is making me feel! Also, does anyone else think the sprites in this version are more reminiscent of the sprites in Galaga than Galaxian? Compared to the arcade, A8 and 5200 versions - the shapes have a much more Galaga vibe to me.
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    My first entry for this one: 22,930 This is another game that I have had in my collection forever, but hardly ever play. I forget how fun it can be when you get into the zone 🙂
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    Playin' some Galaxian on my 2600 as part of the Atari IO High Score Squad Challenge 😛 (spoilers, I am terrible :P)
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    Yaay! It's here!

    I finally got my 7800 today. It's a bit disappointing that it only came with Pole Position II because they said they'd put a few games with it, but I don't really mind. I like PP2 quite a bit. I wish I had Food Fight though. I also like the ProLine controllers. I tested them with a few games. It worked good with PP2 and Pac-Man, but not so good with Defender and Tunnel Runner.
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    40880 using OG hardware and Hyperkin Ranger controller.
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    I did a little research on Twin Galaxies and found the highest score they had for Seaside on Pole Position II was 73,350, below my current high score of 73,500. I felt like I had more in me when I got that score, but potentially 73,500 is the highest score possible on that track. I'm going to keep trying, and at some point film my score for YouTube and maybe submit to the high score sites.
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    I humbly submit my effort! Not the greatest, but it was a blast!! Looking forward to the next one! Link: Hey All! It's that time again! It's Atari/io High Score Squad Challenge! This time it's the Atari 7800 game, Pole Position II! Hop in those comments, and enjoy! Don't forget about the giveaway! (In the description) Link:
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    Wow, I’ve never won anything better than a few bucks on scratch off lotto tickets before! Thank you!
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    I'm ready. I have my stretchy pants ready to go.
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    Congratulations to all the participants! This was a very fun one with many folks improving their scores as time went on. Personally, this high score challenge made a Galaxian lover out of me, so I'm very happy for that outcome as well. For the next challenge, I don't own a Lynx. I'm going to fire up my RetroPi 3 and hope that the image has it.
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    Homemade or Custom Controllers

    I really love the idea of building my own controllers for various systems. This is a topic for showing off your own creations. I want to start off with my 4 player Warlords controller! I built this to force everyone to crowd in for 4 player warlords for some shoulder to shoulder competitive play. Of course it had to be retired for now due to COVID because it is not social distancing friendly, but I am confident that it will see action once again someday! Here is a video that I made a while ago showing it off:
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    Per Justin's comment, I made a table of Activision games officially released for the Atari 2600. I reviewed the game manuals for all the games listed to gather the patch requirements. I also listed games that do not appear to have patches. If you're interested in what the patches look like, AtariAge forum has an Activision Patch Gallery page. If you have a patch-worthy score, reply here, and I'll add your name to the I/O Member column. I've only managed to get qualifying scores for two games, Stampede and Freeway. I am closing in on Beamrider. I posted my scores for the three games in the Scoreboard sub-forum. Should I include Activision games for other consoles that had patch awards? 2600 Game Patch Score Patch Name I/O Member Activision Decathlon 8,600 9,000 10,000 Bronze Silver Gold @socrates63 (9,961) Barnstorming < 33.3 sec (game 1) < 51.0 sec (game 2) < 54.0 sec (game 3) Flying Aces @RickR (33.17 sec, game 1) Beamrider 40,000 and sector 14 Beamriders @socrates63 (49,400, sector 19) Boxing --- --- Bridge --- --- Checkers --- --- Chopper Command 10,000 Commandos @nosweargamer (279,600) @RickR (115,100) @TrekMD (56,400) @Atari 5200 Guy (36,300) @socrates63 (11,900) @dauber (11,400) Cosmic Commuter --- --- Crackpots 75,000 Crackpots @HDN (81,160) Dolphin 80,000 500,000 Friends of Dolphins Secret Society of Dolphins Dragster < 6.5 sec World Class Dragster Club @RickR (5.97 sec) @HDN (6.44 sec) Enduro 5 days Roadbusters @Atari 5200 Guy (10 days, 1,665.9 miles) @Ballblaɀer (6 days, 923.9 miles) @TrekMD (patch holder) Fishing Derby --- --- Freeway 20 (game 3 or 7) Save the Chicken Foundation @socrates63 (20, game 7) @RickR (20, game 3) Frostbite 40,000 Arctic Architects @nosweargamer (46,270) Ghostbusters --- --- Grand Prix 0:35 (game 1) 1:00 (game 2) 1:30 (game 3) 2:30 (game 4) Grand Prix Driving Team H.E.R.O. 75,000 Order of the H.E.R.O. Ice Hockey Game 1 victory All-Star Hockey Team @RickR (18-4) @nosweargamer (15-14) Kaboom! 3,000 Bucket Brigade @HDN (3,385) Keystone Kapers 35,000 Billy Club @HDN (40,950) Laser Blast 100,000 Federation of Laser Blasters @RickR (101,520) MegaMania 45,000 MegaManiacs @socrates63 (79,580) @Atari 5200 Guy (69,700) @HDN (50,380) @RickR (48,590) Oink! 25,000 (game 1) Oinkers Pitfall! 20,000 Explorers’ Club @nads (114,000) @nosweargamer (113,332) Pitfall II 99,000 Cliff Hangers @TrekMD (patch holder) Plaque Attack 35,000 No Plaque Pack Pressure Cooker 45,000 Short-Order Squad Private Eye Solve case 3 Super Sleuth River Raid 15,000 River Raiders @Kid A (85,970) @nosweargamer (56,970) @Starbuck66 (44,890) @btbfilms76 (35,410) @Atari 5200 Guy (26,480) @greenween (25,370) River Raid II --- --- Robot Tank 48 tanks 60 tanks 72 tanks Medal of Merit Cross of Excellence Star of Honor @Atari 5200 Guy (56 tanks) Seaquest 50,000 Sub Club @nosweargamer (70,390) Skiing < 28.2 sec (game 3) Activision Ski Team @RickR (28.12 sec) Sky Jinks < 37.0 sec (game 1) Sky Stars Space Shuttle 4 dockings with 4,500 fuel 6 dockings with 7,500 fuel Space Shuttle Pilot Space Shuttle Commanders Spider Fighter 40,000 (left Difficulty A) Spider Fighters Stampede 3,000 Trail Drive @socrates63 (3,528) StarMaster 3,800 (game E) 5,700 (game L) 7,600 (game W) 9,000 (game S) Order of the Supreme StarMaster Leader Wing Commander StarMaster @HDN (5,369 game E) @HDN (7,757 game L) Tennis --- ---
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    I drove the family to visit Mount Rainier today. My wife and I have been there maybe one time before today and that was before we got married. My parents also came with us. It's a 2 1/2 hr drive from where we live to get to Mt. Rainier. We stopped on the way for lunch and arrived around 3pm. I bought America the Beautiful pass for national parks two months ago during my family road trip to Texas. Today was the third time I used it, so now I've gotten my money's worth, and it's bonus time from now until next July. The most popular spot at the park that gives you a close-up view of the mountain is Paradise Jackson Visitor Center. That's was our destination today, and there were a lot of people there. My wife and I are indoor-sy and don't visit parks on a regular basis. We didn't realize how popular Mt. Rainier was. We were, however, fortunate to find a good parking spot (the lot was full according to the sign). My parents have difficulty walking more than 10-20 ft without having to rest. There were several benches next to the passenger load/unload area, and my mom said she wasn't going any farther. There goes the idea about a brief hike for a better photo op. I guess it didn't really matter too much since the top of the mountain was shrouded in clouds, and only the base of the mountain was visible from Paradise. I set up the tripod and took some photos and we were done. After a restroom break, we got back in the car and headed down the mountain. A few minutes down, we did stop at a vantage point which gave us a good view of Mt. Rainier including the peak, so all was not lost. I joked in the car that the reason we we drove up to Mt. Rainier today was to use the restroom. That's was about the extent of our visit. At least the lunch and snacks were good, and when we arrived home at 6pm, we had Korean BBQ for dinner. My wife and I intend to get an RV in about 8-10 years, and today, we added another destination for us to visit and explore when our RV life begins. Since it's relatively close, Mount Rainier National Park might be a good place to practice living in an RV.
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    Hi from Winnipeg, Canada

    Greetings fellow Atari fans. I am excited to see that this awesome childhood memory hasn’t died. I just dug out my collection of cartridges and am adding to it. I am hoping to find some people willing to sell and trade games so I can build my collection. Thanks everyone!
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    No fair, @MaliciousCarp is using coffee! I'm kidding of course. Hey, get us a picture of that sweet looking controller you're using. Looks pretty nice.
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    NSG's September 2020 Giveaway!

    Congrats @briggsy911, Chief Jay come out victorious to help you win the drawing! You have one week to send me a U.S. address through the messanger here to claim your prize!
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    I got off emulation, which is what was used to create the videos before, and tried on real hardware. HUGE difference. 34,510! My best yet. Nothing beats the real deal.
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    Played a little bit the regular version and the Galaxian Arcade hack. Pictures of both for those who may not have seen the hack... Hey @btbfilms76, enter me to win!
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    31,150 Finally broke 30k
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    26,560 Getting better 💪
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    Just a warm up!!! 12220 Using OpenEmu and USB game pad. Real hardware coming soon! STRONG LANGUAGE
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    We've received a clean bill of health from Google. It's over. Here's What To Expect Next So where do we go from here? We move forward keeping you guys involved in the process. The world has changed and it may be a while before we can enjoy classic gaming expos in person again. But that doesn't mean we can't share in that experience virtually, every night, from the comfort of our own homes. I discuss the future of the site, and what to expect next in this important post: Best Wishes everyone,
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    NSG's September 2020 Giveaway!

    Thanks for bringing more people over to the site, @nosweargamer. My favorite wrestler is nobody, so make sure not to enter me in! Give it to someone who really wants it! But thanks for bringing some traffic this way, like you did last month.
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    Gotta head out to work and felt the energy to knock out a quick round. Crashed out on my first round. 2nd round was a winner. Qualified with the Pole Position, got to the end, no accidents. My New High Score: 73,500
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    53,290. A slight improvement using the Europad. I gotta say, this challenge has really changed my overall opinion of this game for the better. It's a really wonderful conversion.
  38. 6 points
    Here are a few Pro-Tips for breaking 70,000 Points on Seaside in Pole Position II: Qualify By Getting The Pole Position First The difference between Qualifying in 2nd and Qualifying with the Pole Position is starting the race with an extra 2,000 Points. That makes all the difference at the end when you're trying to squeeze every last point you can out of the game. Passing Cars Is How You Rack Up Extra Points Get to the end as quickly as you can (banking time gives you bonus points for every second left on the clock!) and pass as many cars as you can on the way. At the end of the game you receive a bonus of 50 Passing Points for ever car you pass. Those points really add up. Driving On The Grass Is Okay Sometimes there's no choice. You quickly approach two or three cars that are blocking your path. You can either squeeze through, crash, slow down, drive on the grass to pass them. Driving on the slows you down, but if you only do it for a second to get around a cluster of cars it's not that bad. Upshift at 100 mph Shift it into Hi Gear when you hit 100 mph for the optimal shift. This really needs to happen at 120 mph, but you accelerate so fast that the hand/eye coordination time it takes to hit 100 mph and press the d-pad or joystick to upshift times it perfectly. Doing this will give you smooth, orchestral acceleration for optimal shifting and better time. Watch Out For Signs Signs are conveniently placed at the outer bend of the trickiest curves. Memorize where the signs are, drive into the curves and let off the gas for a sec so you don't slide into them. And if you drive on the grass, look out for signs! They'll end your great run quickly. You Might Have To Crash To Reach 70,000 Points This is the most intriguing thing about reaching 70,000 Points on Seaside. I raced five times last night, and did really well each time. The first four tries were near-perfect runs. I Qualified with the Pole Position and started the race with 14,000 Points already racked up. I drove swiftly through the course. I passed a ton of cars. And I never crashed. It was on my fifth and final run that I rubbed tires with another car and crashed out. "I still have plenty of time banked on the clock, I might be able to finish this!" I thought. So I kept going. I drove through the next two laps and got to the end with time to spare. When the bonus points were added up at the end, it looked like I had passed a few more cars than on my previous runs. Is this because I crashed? Is there something in the game that gives you more cars to pass as you're getting back up to speed after a crash? 🤔
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    Hi from Florida

    Hello atari.io, Checking in from Central Florida. I've been playing Atari 2600 games for about 7 years. I built up a decent collection of 2600, 7800, and 8-bit hardware and games, but sold most of it when I stared a family. I still have a light sixer with a Harmony cartridge, though. Most of the time I play using Stella or Ataru800 through OpenEmu on my Mac. My favorite games are Kaboom for the 2600 and River Raid for the 800. One of these years I may finally get around to writing a 2600 game.
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    I'm so happy. I never thought I'd get my 7800 in time to join you guys! I'm not half bad at the original on 2600, but I don't think I'll be able to beat @nosweargamer.
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    There's something that really bothers me about this game: The shifting. They made "High" up and "Low" down. Should have reversed them. Otherwise, no complaints. It's a game that demands precision. It's tough, but not unfair. And that makes it fun.
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    Came close to topping @nosweargamer but no cigar My High Score: 66,100
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    OK, I have played again and I've improved my score! By the way, @atarilbc that is a good question. I believe someone in Atari Age was trying to hack the game to improve the car graphics and add more colors. Oh, before I forget again! Hey @btbfilms76, enter me to win!
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    I always thought it was ironic that Atari, the company that would sue anyone that made a game that even barely resembled Pac Man, released a port that barely resembled Pac Man.
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    I was expecting 'socrates' to come storming back at the end. I posted in the scoreboard thread. Let's see who can break 100k first! This is actually a pretty good port of the arcade game, aside from the strange border around the screen. Current WR champ George Riley has some videos of his Galaxian gameplay that are worth watching: https://www.youtube.com/user/Disjaukifa63
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    The No Swear Gamer

    Time for another Recent Pickups Video. This one includes rare games for the Lynx & Intellivision, plus more cool stuff including a trade from @RickR!
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    Next up I have my 7800 arcade sticks. As I said earlier in this thread: For my 7800 arcade sticks, the joysticks were $9 each, the arcade buttons were $1.50 each, and the cables were $15 for the pair. (I printed the cases, so they were probably about $10 worth of filament combined) My wiring looks really messy, but it works. I would like to redesign the cases at some point to have rounded edges and corners, but they work great for now. If/When I make new cases - I will clean up the wiring too. As an added bonus - they fit perfectly in an Ikea spice rack (using Atari Carts as spacers, and a bit of rope to secure them in place) for playing some twin stick Robotron!
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    Today I took my Family to Como Zoo in Saint Paul MN and they actually had 2 of their 4 Mold-A-Rama machines up and running! I remember seeing them there when I was a kid, so it was really cool to let my kids see the magic that is Mold-A-Rama!
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    Activision Patch-worthy Scores of Atari I/O

    I can post the picture of the patches but not the pictures of the scores! Activision kept those! LOL
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    Video 61

    What was up with Froggo?

    hi guys, thanks all! lance www.atarisales.com
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