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  1. 3 points
    You motivated me to download an Atari 7800 emulator onto my laptop so I could join the fun! Truth be told, on the second-to-last lap, I had just run out of time when I coasted over the start/finish line, qualifying me for the final lap. Luck of the draw! Oh yeah, my score is 65,000
  2. 3 points
    70,100 I'm playing on the MESS emulator. This was my 5th try and I only crashed once on this run. Never hit the brakes and only let off the gas to get past that sharp left turn.
  3. 2 points
    70500. Played on my freshly AV modded 7800. Really happy with the picture quality! Look what it looked like before. Very happy with the results! No more squiggly lines!
  4. 2 points
    I love taking something old and giving it new life. That said when it is a creation from someone else past it can be a bit touchy. Anxiety on red alert. This kit was someones work of art, their creative outlet in the time in witch it was created. No matter, some things need to be restored and given new life. I am more than happy to do so. In fact it's an honor. Someone its giving you something VER PERSONAL regardless if they feel so or not. Regardless of the extent I do or do not put my spin on a restoration I try to retain something, even a small part of what was there to start with. Thanks to @btbfilms76 for entrusting me with small slices of your childhood, even if you do not take it as serious as I do.
  5. 2 points
    Well..I took the plunge about a week ago and bought quite a few new components for my new PC home workstation/server/gaming setup. Just ran the user benchmark and these are scores... UserBenchmarks: Game 96%, Desk 152%, Work 129% CPU: Intel Core i7-9700K - 105.1% GPU: Nvidia GTX 1070 - 84.2% SSD: Samsung 970 Evo Plus NVMe PCIe M.2 250GB - 283.6% SSD: Intel Raid 0 Volume 2TB - 177.7% HDD: Intel Raid 0 Volume 2TB - 195.1% RAM: Corsair CMW16GX4M2Z3600C18 2x8GB - 111% MBD: MSI MPG Z390 GAMING PRO CARBON AC (MS-7B17) So I should be good to go for awhile and ready for Cyberpunk 2077 next year!
  6. 2 points
    This should be on my blog here on Atari I/O but I thought I would do one here that's easier to find. I will do another more in depth review of these items for my blog. In the meantime get your notepad and pen out. You may want to take notes. AC Adapter First up is this fine AC Adapter. For a China-made product it actually feels like a nice quality product and it does work with one limitation. Look at the image below and see if you can spot something. Look really hard...take your time, I'll wait. The issue is this adapter is advertised as being able to work with three consoles: The NES, SNES, and Model 1 Genesis. There's only two plugs. The idea is to use the same plug for the NES on the Genesis. However, someone must have fell asleep at the drawing board. The NES draws AC power which is then converted to DC current inside the NES itself. The Genesis is a DC-only system with it's power supply converting to DC for the console. The adapter is outputting DC current and does work well with the SNES and NES consoles (I tested it on the NES but I have an original NES power supply so I will stick with that). The NES and Genesis consoles, however, also have variants on polarity coming in to them through the power port. If it hasn't sunk in yet the Genesis' polarity is opposite that of the NES. Using this on a Genesis console can FRY THE SYSTEM! Bottomline: For an SNES/NES power supply replacement this will work however I can't recommend it for the NES knowing its internal AC/DC nature. For the Model 1 Genesis avoid this at all costs as it is being falsely advertised as working with that console when it does not. The plug does fit but the polarity is reversed. It's simply too risky to even attempt. Off-Brand SNES Controller Along with the adapter I picked up a controller. This controller is not the Nintendo-issued one or of a decent 3rd party during the SNES' production cycle. This is a cheap knock-off that does serve the purpose but also has a few issues that might be worth noting. The controller itself is comfortable and doesn't feel much different than the originals other than it might be a bit lighter. The D-pad, four function buttons, and the Select/Start buttons do feel OK and perform well. The button issues reside with the two shoulder buttons L/R. These require a lot more force to use than those on the original SNES control pads. And I used them a LOT playing F-Zero hoping that they would get broke in enough to soften up a bit. Nope. Never happened. In a way that's a good thing but it would have been more comfortable to use if they would have softened just a bit. The second issue I had was plugging the controller into the console. I am not sure what is off but the connector on the controller going into the console was such a tight fit that I almost thought I was going to break the control ports on the console loose somehow. They are also very hard to unhook from the console if one wants to switch controllers. I only recommend these for those that have broken or no controllers, the latter of which was my situation. They are a cheap alternative to the more expensive used original controllers and they do perform well. Just be aware of the issues I ran into if these become a part of your gaming collection. Otherwise, try a different knock-off controller. There might be some with buttons easier to use and will fit the console without trying to break it. Final Thoughts Both of these products work as replacements for anyone with a Super NES in need of them. If used only for the SNES the adapter alone is worth the price at about $8 average brand new. The controller could use some softer pads under those shoulder buttons and the connector really needs to be corrected so it is not such a chore to connect/unhook from the system. Otherwise it performs well and as expected. It will allow for some length game time on favorite SNES games. For Model 1 Genesis owners, however, the AC Adapter is a buyer avoid.
  7. 2 points
    69500. Emulated on my lap top, USB game pad playing live on IG tonight. Video will he posted sold
  8. 1 point
    kamakazi20012

    The Atari Creep

    I have to agree that today's console wars are not as exciting as they were when our generation was growing. Truth be told those console wars are probably why we have gray hairs and aches and pains today. As I already mentioned in a comment on your video the first console war I remember well was between an old school friend and myself. His 2600 vs my 5200. Granted my games looked better but his was getting better third party support. Once he played that card where his system was getting games mine wasn't he pretty much hit the nail on the head. Yea I got a better looking Pac-Man but he was getting Enduro, Atlantis, Tutankham, Yar's Revenge...things like that. Even after the game crash the 2600 continued to get software, the 5200 became a has-been. I still say the 5200 did things somewhat better but its all about the games and that's where the 2600 remains the king.
  9. 1 point
    Pole Position II Atari 7800 Controller: CONTROLLER / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE Difficulty Level: FUJI Achieve high score to win challenge Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! ✔ Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST August 31st, 2019 OBJECTIVE: Play for the highest possible score racing on the FUJI Track in Pole Position II. Post a photo or video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between August 15th through August 31st, 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: Achieve high score to win Grand Prix Challenge. 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: We are racing on the FUJI Track on Pole Position II. Players will select FUJI at the title screen. 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 67th Squad Challenge, the 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix! This will be our second Pole Position II Grand Prix Event! This year the Grand Prix will be a little different: This year's challenge will only be for half a month and we will only be racing the FUJI Track in an attempt to achieve your best high score! Last year the Grand Prix lasted for the entire month and we raced all four tracks for the best lap time. This year we are keeping things simple: We are racing for the best possible score on the FUJI Track. Pole Position is one of the most iconic arcade games released by Atari and was genre-defining for its time, setting a new standard of what racing gameplay could be like. Pole Position II of course was the pack-in title for the Atari 7800, and is often remembered as the first game 7800 owners played on their new game system. I have so many wonderful memories of playing Pole Position at Chuck E. Cheese's with my family, shifting gears and whipping around corners with a cheese stick in my hand and a cup of root beer on the floor under my feet. Pole Position II was also one of my favorite games to play at home and a wonderful memory on the Atari 7800. ROM and Instruction Manual are provided below. Good luck to everyone playing! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be for Sega Genesis. Be there! Pole_Position_II.a78 Pole_Position_II.pdf
  10. 1 point
    GRay Defender

    Gray Defender

    Commodore 64 Chopper Command has arrived!! My Mini-review:
  11. 1 point
    Take that left turn at full speed at your peril. If there's a car there, you will crash for sure. Simply no way to maneuver. Slow down instead and catch any cars on the other side of the curve.
  12. 1 point
    That sharp left can be taken full throttle if tackled from the inside and let your car slide to the outside. Be mindful of where on coming cars are located before going into the turn. And if you have to, instead of braking, downshift for a split second then slam it back into hi gear. It's surprising to think Fuji and Suzuka are actual real-life tracks although both have gone through some changes. Those tracks are also available on many other racing games including Gran Turismo, MotoGP, Forza, R Racing Evolution, and I'm sure that there are more I have not heard of yet. Suzuka has a history of claiming the life of a 23-year old MotoGP Champion in 2003. That rider's motorcycle and number were permanently retired after. The track is owned by Honda and went through many changes before that 2003 race. I am unsure if Seaside is a real-life track or an original track for PPII.
  13. 1 point
    I think it needs the whole engine...I think it blew. "She can't take much more of this, Captain!"
  14. 1 point
    I managed to play and get a screenshot but I'm having issues with my cart. On the Title Screen the game will often turn to pastel colors and freeze. I'm not sure what's causing it but I'm going to try cleaning the contacts on the cart and machine to see if that solves the issues. Played with a Europad controller. I made it to the 3rd lap. I kept finding cars who wanted to move over in front of me all of a sudden. How nice of them. Played on real hardware of course.
  15. 1 point
    OH MY!!!! I have been so busy I miss this. I know what tonights Sunday Night Instagram Live will be!!!!
  16. 1 point
    WOW. These scores are amazing. Sorry guys, I have been CRAZY busy to keep at it. I did squeak 2 videos and 1 day of just play time out of it. Wicked fun game that I will continue to jam on.
  17. 1 point
    RickR

    Kid A's game room.

    You've done a really great job. I think it's inspiring. I'm still a couple of years out from trying something that nice (I'm waiting for the kids to move out). Most of my good junk is boxed and stored in the attic and comes out one system at a time to play.
  18. 1 point
    Kid A

    Kid A's game room.

    So after 1 year and 4 months later (and me forgetting about this thread 😖), here's the current setup in the gameroom!
  19. 1 point
    Congratulations btbfilms76! Congratulations @btbfilms76 on your high score! I hope you guys enjoyed checking out Ninja Spirit on TurboGrafx-16! How does this ninja game compare with Shinobi on Sega MasterSystem? @Atari Creep and @atarilbc likened Ninja Spirit to a shmup, I've never thought of it that way but that's a great point. There's a ton of action and a ton moving around the screen at the same time, especially once you get some powerups and body doubles. You guys posted some seriously impressive scores on a very challenging Single Life Run. @btbfilms76 topped out at 264,200, I came in 2nd with 244,800, @Control Issues had 156,700, @atarilbc with 128,900, @RickR with 105,500, and @Atari Creep rounds things out with 104,500. Congrats to everyone who played! I'd like to encourage @btbfilms76 to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and maybe this Challenge can continue on! Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be for the Atari 7800! NINJA SPIRIT SINGLE LIFE RUN FINAL STANDINGS 1 BTBFILMS76 264,200 2 JUSTIN 244,800 3 CONTROL ISSUES 156,700 4 ATARILBC 128,900 5 RICKR 105,500 6 ATARI CREEP 104,500
  20. 1 point
    I'm glad you liked it @RickR! It's a fantastic game, and another example of the kind of fun games they had on TurboGrafx that were unfortunately overlooked at the time. So glad you were able to join in on this and try this game out!
  21. 1 point
    Hey guys, glad to see so much participation in a TurboGrafx challenge! This is a really great game and I was hoping you guys would like it. I spent hours playing and this is the best I could do. I've been meaning to do a livestream but it didn't work out. I may go back and play this game live on Instagram and YouTube later in the week. My High Score: 244,800 Played the real game on real hardware using real Duo Pad controllers
  22. 1 point
    RickR

    Thrift Store Finds

    Hey, that was me! So cool.
  23. 1 point
    Well, while my current 7 year old rig can still play most modern games at high to ultra settings at 1440p, the real issue is how long it takes to edit and render videos. I have a 4k camera but my PC just cannot handle trying to edit large 4k video on the fly. Scrubbing the video is next to impossible and I end up having to put the preview windows at very low resolutions. That sucks because I sometimes cannot see something that might be off in the video because the resolution isn't clear enough to see if in the preview. Also, all effects such as the fades cause the CPU to hit 100% for a seconds making it impossible to view such effects in the preview in real time. Most of the stuff I do or edit into the video, I don't even get to really see until I render them. Also the video card is not on the list of components to be changes. I really only have to change out the mother board, CPU and RAM as the old case and pretty much everything else I have can still be used. But damn..just getting a nice high end i7 with a modern motherboard and 16gb of medium speed DDR4 RAM is basically a grand. Eventually I would like to get an all different and smaller case as my Antec 902 is beast along with an nvME SSD as a new boot drive in place of my aging Intel 320 series SSD I've been using for like 4+ years now? I currently have a 1050w Corsair PSU in my PC..yes...that is 1,050watts and I know that is still usable. But it too is 7 years old and not nearly as efficient as a newer 850w gold rated one would be these days. And if I were to basically build an all new PC, then my youngest can have this current one that would still be faster than his 2 year old gaming laptop he now uses. I know the newer AMD CPUs and chipsets seem to be wiping the floor with Intel these days, but I've never had very stable AMD setups in the past whereas all of my Intel based builds have been solid with this current one simply the best I've pieced together.
  24. 1 point
    CrossBow

    Thrift Store Finds

    This was mentioned by someone on the AtariAge FB group, but someone also tagged me to tell me about it as well. It has been a long time since I bought anything from a thrift store, but one of these from the local Salvation Army... Now resides here... ... at the Ivory Tower Collections game room.
  25. 1 point
    jmjustin6

    Show Off Your Successful Trades!

    Got this in the mail today! Thanks to rockyraccoon. This thing works great and I cant wait to play some of the greats on this thing. First things first though I need to hunt down a battery cover
  26. 1 point
    jmjustin6

    Thrift Store Finds

    Todays goodwill finds. Was super excited to find mecha Godzilla. Then right under him was a smaller Godzilla I almost over looked. This Godzilla is kinda cool it has a ball in its stomach that you can control its tail with
  27. 0 points
    Still doing it. I'm beginning to think this cart is going out.
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