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  1. I also bought Suite Macabre for the CV but haven't even opened it yet. I ordered it along with Gooninuff and Death Race. Gorf was the only one I wasn't quite as interested in when they were offering them up at Collectorvision. My latest hauls are pretty cool though! For my birthday I received 2 toys and a set of digital calipers. The calipers have already been put to some work with me designing up some new PCBs to help me and I guess others with DIY work in the future. The toys are in fact 2 Transformers! Hehe. I don't normally collect Transformers, but like a lot of kids in the 80s I certainly owned quite a few of the G1 series of 'bots. Anyway, these two were just too cool to not own and my incredible wife tracked them down and here we are! Pen is shown to provide scale.
    5 points
  2. Just made some of these Balloon Girl / Sharkstorm dual carts for the CORGs expo. Balloon Girl is a one button side-scrolling action game. Kinda like Balloon Fight or Flappy Bird. Collect joysticks and pink squares for points while avoiding baddies. The FIRE button is used for everything and should be friendly to accessibility controllers. Sharkstorm is the developer version of Twist R Shark. This is a top down boss rush game with procedural content. The boss characteristics grow and change each wave.
    5 points
  3. A couple of weeks back I was at Too Many Games checking out an indie game for the Switch by Premium Edition Games. It was cool but I didn’t want to buy it because I didn’t have the console yet, even though I knew I’d get one, which I did. When it comes to these Amico boxes that include a coin and lenticular card for games that aren’t finished for a console that’s also not finished it’s simply something I’m not interested in.
    5 points
  4. Food Fight is what first got me interested in the Atari 7800. I built this Atari 7800/Genesis hybrid twin stick. It consists of 2 Sanwa JLW joysticks. The buttons are Crown SDB-202MX with Cherry micro switches. The first stick has a Sega MK-1470 6 button controller PCB with the Edladdin Seagull 78 adapter attached. The second stick has an Edladdin Easy 78 PCB. The ball tops are Kinu rubber coated and they feel great. Dual stick games like Robotron 2084 and T:me Salvo play wonderfully. The case is made from and old oak TV tray and the back of an old corkboard.
    4 points
  5. These are my latest arrivals...
    4 points
  6. 🥨 I fixed the Rank Pips in the Forums, and added a new rank at 10,000 Points - The Gold Key!
    4 points
  7. 855500 Round 2 - let’s get it! How does this 8bit game look like a Neo Geo game?
    4 points
  8. - Ω -

    eBay FAILS

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

    eBay FAILS

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

    eBay FAILS

    Here's a legendary eBay FAIL I came across today from @kingmonkey25 on Twitter. I've had almost the exact same thing happen to me at least once a year since the late 1990s: Sends game in padded envelope rather than a box that would've protected it (and costs the same to mail!) Uses the cheapest possible mailing service (probably saving about $2) Customer service skills? About as awful as you'd expect given the above
    4 points
  12. I wonder if that is something we will start to see no longer? Shielded speakers? Today's modern LCD and OLED based display tech isn't affected by this. Similar to how I see people not using magnets within their computer cases to attach their RGB light strips and controller boxes because HDD are mostly flash based SSDs these days? That would present a whole new issue in the future when you have an old CRT display and want to use it but the only speakers you can find are non-shielded? In fact it is one of the reasons I don't have a CRT in my game room now is because my Roland passives I use for my front channel speakers, are from the 90s and not magnetically shielded. Guess everyone needs to start stocking up on mag shielded speakers?! I also own a degaussing coil for use with my arcade cabs because just how they are sitting and aligned can cause natural magnetic distortion on their screens. Cocktail cabinet versions are some of the worst about this.
    4 points
  13. I've been racking them up over the last 24 hours. <--- And this just now. So, how you guys doing?
    3 points
  14. I figgered I'd react to your award for reacting well. I also noted we had been here over six years ... I like the new badges
    3 points
  15. Gianna

    Happy Atari day 🙂

    Happy Atari day 🙂
    3 points
  16. 991800 OpenEMU w/USB PS4 controller. STRONG LANGUAGE
    3 points
  17. A great way to spend Halloween
    3 points
  18. @Gianna This is probably more retro than you're going for, and of course I enjoyed the original on Atari 7800, but I had Impossible Mission on Nintendo DS about 10 years ago and remember it being loads of fun. I would play it at night in my hotel room when I was traveling. Interesting puzzle platformer that stays pretty true to the original.
    3 points
  19. Probably same as usual! Typically on Halloween my mom makes a bunch of Halloween inspired snacks, and sometimes also orders pizza as well 🙂 My family spends time together and we also help pass out candy as the neighborhood gets crazy. Each year it is super busy!
    3 points
  20. I plan on getting involved in this later this coming week.
    3 points
  21. Far as I know the Wife and I have the same plan as always. Turn off all the outside lights and interior lights and hide in the back bedroom to watch movies.
    3 points
  22. Something I just remembered and didn't mention in this pic is two things: It is a rare pic that shows when my ear was pierced. That tells me I was about 9 in this pic as that is when I got my ear pierced. The second thing I know about this picture, is that you can see there is what looks to be a mirror behind my right shoulder. That is actually where a window used to be as that house had a large Den added to the back of it and that was now an opening between the kitching and the Den. In that den just in the corner of where that opening is on the other side of the wall, is where my Grandma's Ti-99 computer setup sat.
    3 points
  23. A bit earlier than the 80's but here's my Malibu Grand Prix license issued 12/22/1975.
    3 points
  24. I played Guitar Hero on Wii yesterday! 🎸 First time playing it in so long! It is one of my favorite Wii games 🙂
    3 points
  25. I was very late to the 5200 party myself. I didn't get my first 5200 until the early to mid 2000s. I only knew one kid growing up that had a 5200 and he was several years older than the rest of us and honestly a real jerk. So yeah, didn't know him well and didn't care to. So my first experience with the 5200 and 8-bit systems in general wasn't until emulation when I found out just how awesome Star Raiders and Rescue on Fractalus were. I can't recall the emulator at the time but it was likely Atari800win or something along those lines. Anyway, found a 5200 at the local flea market one weekend for like $20 that had 2 controllers, PSU, and the switchbox. The switchbox didn't work and I was able to repair it when I found a blown transistor inside it. (Likely caused from plugging it in while already powered or using the wrong PSU on the box). Then of course I had to fix the controllers and that is when I came up with using some left over bits of a sticker sheet my kids had. It was foil stickers and I checked and found the foil was conductive and... here we are today. I believe I'm still using both of those controllers to this day although I did have to replace out the 5200 about 5 or 6 years later when that original one just up and died for no reason. That original board has since gone on to provide parts to keep other Atari and retro systems alive. The 5200 is my second favorite Atari console next to the 7800.
    3 points
  26. I replied in your AA thread on this as well. That appears to be a later made 4-port that hovers just between the Atari Inc and Atari Corp timeframe. Many of the Atari Corp made 4-port units I've seen have a newer revision of the 4-port board that has a standard power port on it and works just like the 2-port does without the need for the special switchbox. My guess is that you have one that was made at the tail end of the Atari Inc era or right at the beginning of the Atari Corp era when they putting together whatever they had on hand. Also interesting to see the plastic on your silver strip on the console is clear? I have a mint 5200 4-port in the box that has the piano finish plastic on it and the plastic protection over the strip is pink like it is on your controller. It being a later made 4-port would also explain why it has the VCS adapter fix built into it. I assume it has an " * " on the serial number label on the bottom? BTW the power supply with the shrink wrap I would likely trust more than the non shrinked one. Why? Because that cord obviously frayed and had to be repaired. The shrink if done properly, would isolate the repair properly to prevent shorts and would provide additional strength to that end of the plug to prevent fraying in the future. BTW the 5200 PSUs have a slow blow fuse in them so in most cases, a short in the system or the power in general will cause the fuse to go and it can be replaced out. Not always easily though as some of the newer PSUs were sonically welded while earlier 5200 PSUs (Those that came with 4 port units) have screws to open them up.
    3 points
  27. Sabertooth

    eBay FAILS

    I've been on eBay since 1998 and I've had a couple of "fails" over the years. Most due to poor packing, one for a bogus description. The most egregious was a new, sealed copy of Alien Brigade that was pristine in the photos. The seller packed it in a cereal box (Lucky Charms, IIRC), wrapped that with a paper grocery bag and shipped it from Hawaii. It arrived with that new copy of Alien Brigade absolutely crushed. I got a refund with no problems but what a waste! I still don't have a physical copy of that game.
    3 points
  28. I got rid of my DS long ago but I absolutely loved the Etrian Odyssey series. They are fantastic dungeon crawlers from Atlus. Castlevania had some great entries as well: Dawn of Sorrow, Portrait of Ruin and Order of Ecclesia. Some of the best entries in the franchise IMHO. Lastly, the Final Fantasy III and IV remakes on DS were sublime. Just realizing typing this that I still had time to play RPGs at one point. 😂🤣
    3 points
  29. For DS, I highly recommend: The "Professor Layton" series - they are brain puzzles set inside a story. Warning: Some of the puzzles are really hard. Use a walk-through if you get stuck. The "Phoenix Wright" series - it's very Japanese "solve the crime" type of game. Very funny and not too difficult. When I'm in Reno this weekend, I have a goal of finishing up the second Phoenix Wright game while relaxing.
    3 points
  30. Gianna

    eBay FAILS

    This is not related to gaming. I haven't sold much on eBay but I used to occasionally list clothes, and one day years ago someone bought a shirt I had listed. This was a nice shirt that was worn once or twice, accurate in size and priced low (maybe even too low). After the person received the shirt, they sent uncalled for and inaccurate messages. Followed by those was a request for a refund and I was supposed to receive the shirt back as a return. They got their refund but I never got the shirt back. Intentional?? 😒😠
    3 points
  31. A Neo-Geo Mini! I totally stumbled into this one. I had no idea these even existed. And the built in screen is really nice.
    3 points
  32. Here are a few links to share... This ghost story was posted on the LongForm Reddit. Please note the content warning at the beginning of the article: https://bittersoutherner.com/we-salted-nannie-southern-ghost-story/ Re: UFOs - I recall reading an article about a UFO but I cannot locate it due to a hazy memory. I do recall there was accompanying video of the object in question. It was caught on film by a camera which was being tested. The camer would change direction every 15-30 seconds. The camera caught the UFO twice. It also caught the UFO emit a substance of some sort. (I'll circle back to the substance shortly.) I want to say this took place of Buenos Aires but, again, my memory is hazy. Anyway, there was a massive investigation which followed the event. No one was arrested or jailed. Rather, everyone who witnessed the event was questioned, examined, etc. This meticulous investigation took two years to complete. There was a press conference following the investigation. The person who hosted the press conference concluded, "We cannot tell you what it is. But we can tell you what it is not." Weather balloons and other known objects were ruled out. A French scientist asked about the substance emitted by the UFO and then concluded it was precipitation. However, it was pointed out that the substance which shot into the air vertically never fell to the ground. If I ever come across that article and/or video, then I'll post it in this thread.
    3 points
  33. Take a look at raw footage from the golden age of arcade gaming -- a classic arcade in Tokyo, Japan from 1979. This news story features Tokyo’s "World Game" arcade full of people pumping coins into the popular arcade machines of the day!
    3 points
  34. I have 62 of the 69 officially released games and over the years I found that for me, these games are best played with analog control. Blue Print, Centipede (best with CX22 Trak-Ball), Choplifter!, Defender (also plays well the Sega Sports Pad in Sports mode), Dreadnaught Factor, Galaxian, Gorf, Gremlins, Gyruss (best with CX22 Trak-Ball), Kaboom! (best with trimmer/paddle control), Missle Command (best with CX22 Trak-Ball), Pole Position, RealSports Baseball, RealSports Football, RealSports Soccer, Rescue on Fractalus!, Robotron 2084, Space Dungeon, Space Invaders, Star Raiders, Star Wars: The Arcade Game, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Death Star Battle, Super Breakout (best with trimmer/paddle control), Tempest (best with CX22 Trak-Ball)
    3 points
  35. I just ordered this joystick today, so I'm going to have to wait for a couple of weeks for it to arrive... ... when it arrives, I'll finish that Bosconian video.
    3 points
  36. Heh, oh trust me I am old-school and experienced, I learned the hard way through much tinkering over the years. I know all about the effects on magnets on TUBE TV's, degaussing etc. I appreciate the concern but from what I can see, even with the BOSE speakers literally up against the side there is no ill affect, I suspect it is very well shielded. 😎😉
    3 points
  37. 713,300 This game is awesome! So satisfying to blow everything up.
    2 points
  38. RickR

    RickR Trip Blog - Reno

    This is a quick blog entry with just a few pictures from a short trip to Reno, NV. I'm not a gambler, so I visited several museums in the area and had a great time. Here are a few pics appropriate to this site from the National Automobile Museum (highly recommended if you like cars). They had tons of cars, all drool-worthy. But here are a few of the TV-based pieces they had.
    2 points
  39. 💥 NEW! CLUBS are now available! Create & manage your own groups within Atari I/O! Start your Club today: https://forums.atari.io/clubs/
    2 points
  40. Should I be honored or dismayed at my sad life 🤔😆🤷‍♂️ Either way, see? I may not always comment or participate BUT I AM HERE OFTEN. 😉
    2 points
  41. Since I'm waiting on the joystick to finish the video, I thought I post a sneak peek of the videos intro... just for Atari.io members ONLY.
    2 points
  42. I've only made one joystick, and that was for the TI-99/4A back in 1985 or 1986, I cannot remember which. Of course I don't do any woodworking anymore.
    2 points
  43. RickR

    Time to practice my legal skills.

    Time to practice my legal skills.
    2 points
  44. My high score - 697,300 I really enjoy this game ☺️
    2 points
  45. Awesome Crossbow 😮 thanks so much for your reply and all that additional info! I I’ll keep it in mind! Yes, the cover and front does have nice a textured feel and indeed the label reads Atarimax Inc ! I will reply with the label on AA AS WELL so feel free to ignore or whatever, when I make the effort for such a post I like to share on several sites and platforms and tailor it accordingly. Thanks again, so glad I posted now 👍🙂
    2 points
  46. Here's one of my favorite ghost stories. By sports writer/vlogger Bill Simmons. http://www.espn.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmonsnfl2010/week17picks&sportCat=nfl I've copy/pasted the sidebar story below: I flew to Oklahoma City on Wednesday to cross "See Durant play a home game" off my bucket list. After the Zombies thrashed the Nets, I joined some friends at Mickey Mantle's (a local restaurant) for a late dinner and a few beers before heading back to my room. I was staying at the Skirvin, a local hotel that's supposedly inhabited by a ghost named Effie. As legend has it, Effie got knocked up by the guy who owned the hotel back in the 1920s, then jumped out of a window with the baby. She's been allegedly haunting the place ever since. When we were checking in, I jokingly asked the clerk to put me on one of the haunted floors. She claimed that she did. We laughed and that was the end of it. That night, I was so tired that the ghost stories never entered my mind. I got ready for bed, called my wife, watched 10 minutes of "SportsCenter" and fell asleep. So you know: I am a heavy sleeper. Once I'm out, I'm out. That's what made it so strange when I woke up at 4:30 with my heart pounding. I swear on Tom Brady's ACLs that the following happened: At first, I heard a baby crying and realized that was why I woke up. I thought it was one of my own kids before remembering that my kids weren't babies anymore, then remembering that I was in Oklahoma City and not Los Angeles. Suddenly, it dawned on me that I wasn't alone. I had an overpowering sensation that someone else was in the room. Until you've experienced that feeling, you can't understand what it's like. Your blood is swishing through your veins at 200 miles an hour, only you don't understand why -- your body reacts a few seconds before your brain does. I decided to turn on the light. Stretching to my right for the switch, out of nowhere, I heard the sound of (what sure as hell sounded like) a baby crying urgently to my far left (right near the window). Wahhhhhhh. Wahhhhhh. Wahhhhhh. Wahhhhhhh. The urgency freaked me out just as much as the crying itself. I fumbled for the switch, couldn't find it, fumbled, fumbled some more, then finally turned the light on. The crying sound stopped. I hopped out of bed and turned on every other light in the room. I turned on the television and jacked up the volume. Then I grabbed my BlackBerry and Googled "Skirvin crying baby." A slew of results came up. See for yourself. I kept the lights on. And the television. And that's how I spent the next three and a half hours -- half-asleep, half-awake and totally spooked. The words "Man Up" did not enter the equation. Not even a little. I came to Oklahoma City for Durant and Westbrook and left telling stories about Effie's baby. Just know that the next time someone tells me a ghost story, I will believe them.
    2 points
  47. That's me now! 🤷‍♂️😆
    2 points
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