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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!
  3. 7 points
  4. 7 points

    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.
  5. 6 points
    I'm ready. I have my stretchy pants ready to go.
  6. 6 points
    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.
  7. 5 points
    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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    19,530. This is way better than I had been doing. Still hoping to get 30k before tomorrow. And, lest I forget; @btbfilms76 enter me to win! (Thank you!)
  10. 5 points
    54,450 -- trying to put a more little distance but only managed an extra 3,000.
  11. 5 points
    Whole e-Carp... I don't know how I did it, but I broke 40K!!! I just kind of got into a rhythm and I was there before I realized it. Will I break 50K? I doubt it, but it sure will be fun to try! 44,860
  12. 4 points
    Today I was reacquainted with the Atari 2600 version of Crystal Castles using an online emulator. I fist played the arcade version of Crystal Castles around 2013 on the XBOX collection Atari Anthology. I thought it was a bit odd. Here was a game I had never heard of surrounded by true classics: Centipede, Asteroids, Pong, Super Breakout, Tempest, and more. I played this "weird 3D Pac-Man clone" with a D-Pad at the time, and I'm not sure if I knew I could jump until later! I thought it was just okay. Little did I know that the reason I didn't like it was because of the D-Pad! I'm not a fan of analog sticks with old games, so I almost never use them. Not that the analog stick is any better for Crystal Castles. Until I found the cabinet in person, I didn't even know it was a trak ball game. After playing the cab, I grew to love the game. A ton. If I could get any arcade cabinet, Crystal Castles would be it. I played it on an Arcade 1up machine in a game store in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. I don't know if the machine was broken, but the minuscule trak ball was puny, imprecise, and honestly horrible. I want to say it was the Asteroids cab. Nevertheless, if it was cheaper I would totally pick it up. I think @MaliciousCarp might have one, but maybe I'm thinking of someone else. I love the arcade game so much, I went and got the high score. This was on the cab I found while staying at a hotel. We went back, and YEAH! High score still standing! Sadly I didn't snap a pic of the score itself, but I did take a picture of my initials on the first level. Anyone else know the warp in level one that nets you 140,000 points? The 2600 port I played shortly after I first played the arcade game, also on Atari Anthology. For me, it has always been a "you get an A for effort" kind of game. It's very impressive for the system, yes, but I never liked the controls or hit detection on the video waf-- I mean, gems. This morning, however, I was reading through my first ever topic on this site asking your top ten 2600 titles. I saw that some people really liked this port. I thought I'd give it a second chance like I did with ET and Dragster. I don't have the physical cartridge for it (shocker), but I did have my old Windows Vista machine out, so I looked up an online JavaScript emulator and started playing with the keyboard. I don't normally like using the keyboard for games, but it really does work well for this title. I didn't like the D-pad controls, but I imagine it would work well with the 2600 joystick, which is what I normally use. I got a pretty decent score I feel. The level design is much, much simpler here, but it doesn't hurt the game at all. There are loads of 3D levels crammed into the cart, and that's very impressive. They're all symmetrical, too, but that is very typical of the 2600's backgrounds, as seen in Adventure, Combat, Pac-Man, and many others. Like ET and Dragster, I had a blast playing 2600 Crystal Castles again. It's on my new wish list. Sadly my local game store is selling for $10, nearly twice the amount on price charting.com without shipping. Would I get my money's worth? Yes, but that's still a bit much in my opinion. Overall, I would say it's an A-tier Atari 2600 title when played with the right controller. I would definitely buy it if it were just a little cheaper. I think $5 would be a good price. To me, not many 2600 games are worth over that. Tunnel Runner, Pitfall II, Montezuma's Revenge, maybe Mountain King. Price charting.com puts Crystal Castles at about $5 at the time of writing this. Special thanks to @1Littlebeast for getting me thinking about Crystal Castles, and for recommending the 2600 version I thank @TrekMD and@Atari 5200 Guy
  13. 4 points
    Chip's Challenge Atari Lynx Controller: LYNX D-PAD / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE Difficulty Level: PLAYER'S CHOICE, No Points Pressing Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! ✔ Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST September 30, 2020 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 September 15th through September 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 / Mini console, 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 PLAYER'S CHOICE, No Points Pressing. Chip's Challenge features a "Save Feature" that allows you to continue your progression through the game by entering a four-letter Password to skip levels and start where you last left off. Your choice of Password and Level is the only Difficulty feature for Chip's Challenge. For this Squad Challenge we are allowing for PLAYER'S CHOICE, enabling you to choose whichever Level you'd like to start your game at. The object of this Squad Challenge is not how far you progress through the levels of the game, the objective is to achieve the highest score possible. If you believe starting at Level 12 gives you the best opportunity to score points, or starting back at Level 1, that decision is up to you and will be part of formulating your strategy to win the Squad Challenge. Points Pressing is not allowed. Scoring You can earn points two different ways in Chip's Challenge. On each level, time bonus points and level bonus points combine to give you your level score. During each play session, your level scores add together and display as your total score. The number of level bonus points you earn depends on how many times you have to repeat the level before successfully completing the level. If you complete the level on the first try, you receive 500 points multiplied by the level number. Each time you die or have to restart, the number of points you receive deceases by 20%. The minimum level bonus is 500 points or 20% of the level number x 500, whichever is greater. You receive 10 time bonus points for every second remaining on the timer when you complete a level. On levels that are not times, the bonus is always zero. Your scores for each level are added towards your cumulative total score for the game. 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 88th Squad Challenge! We just wrapped up another amazing Squad Challenge with Galaxian on Atari 2600, and now we're spicing things up with a game for Atari Lynx! For this Squad Challenge we're playing Chip's Challenge, one of the Epyx launch titles for Atari Lynx! Chip's Challenge is a wonderful puzzle game that makes you think and work out your next steps. It was one of my very first games on Atari Lynx and it's grown to be one of my favorite video games of all time. I really believe this is an underrated classic that's been overlooked by some Lynx gamers who maybe just aren't into puzzle games. I got Chip's Challenge on a whim, there were very few Lynx titles available at Toys R Us at that time. I had seen Chip's Challenge before in Lynx ads and knew what it was, but wasn't as excited about it as other games, like Blue Lightning. I ended up getting the game anyway, and it quickly became on of my favorites for Lynx, and for any game system. Chip's Challenge reminds me of summer vacations more than almost any other game! I played it in the car so much that summer, and even after I got home. Chip's Challenge and California games went with me everywhere. It's bright, colorful graphics, silicon chip world, and unique Lynx chip tunes and sound give Chip's Challenge a ton of character. I hope you guys find this game to be as enjoyable as I did. And because this is a Lynx Squad Challenge, I would encourage ALL OF YOU to join in the best you can! The Atari Lynx isn't as readily available as the 2600, but Lynx emulation is pretty decent these days and I hope all of you will find a way, ANY WAY to play. Chip's Challenge will be a fun Atari Lynx game to play among friends in the forums! PDF Instructions are provided below. And a special WELCOME to all our new Members playing in this Squad Challenge! Good luck to everybody participating! NOTE: Another great Squad Challenge is right around the corner! We'll be playing a "black box game" for the Nintendo Entertainment System! Be there! Chip's Challenge.lnx Chip's Challenge.pdf
  14. 4 points
    READ THE FORUM POST RICH!! :0P Sorry all! I missed the deadline, but thought I'd release this anyways, because it's fun! Catch you on the next one hopefully! Link: https://youtu.be/hJSrlXanLlo
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    Squad Challenge - Galaxian (Atari 2600)

    I am soooo bad :P
  16. 4 points
    13 is a great number!!!!!! I'm good with that. What a turn out! This was wicked fun. Good job everyone.
  17. 4 points
    "Constable" RickR has the same disposition as Constable Odo from DS9: Grouchy yet trustworthy.
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    I can assist with emulation if anyone needs help. "MESS" does a fantastic job of Lynx emulation, and it's available for Windows or Mac.
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    Good luck everyone!!
  20. 4 points
    One More Thing Here's a nice 6 min. overview of Chip's Challenge from @btbfilms76 Remembering Dave Needle, discussing "Geek Shiek", walking on water and getting familiar with Chip's Challenge:
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    http://www.ataricompendium.com/game_library/easter_eggs/vcs/26galaxian.html Waves 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 have Galaxians that move notably faster than in other waves. There are no more ‘fast’ waves after wave 30, but if you lose a ship, the wave you’re on will become a fast wave.
  22. 4 points

    Squad Challenge - Galaxian (Atari 2600)

    53,030 - YES! 50k member. I think this may do it for me. I may try again after dinner though.
  23. 4 points
    Fantastic! That's a great score for someone new to the game. Don't forget to attach a picture to your score. Let us know if you need help with that.
  24. 4 points
    New contestant! 23,250 Not bad for my first day. Just got the game today so I can compete! Sept 14, 2020
  25. 4 points
    My strategy has been to maximize the points per wave, so trying only to shoot ships in motion and trying to pick off the escorts first before getting the white ship for those that fly in the 3-ship formation. I'm consistently getting 50k tonight so tonight might be my chance to break 60k. But I only have time for a couple more runs. 🤞
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    The most blessed news I've heard in some time: Level 1 reduced to Level Zero Effective immediately (Sunday, Sept. 13), the Clackamas Co Sheriff’s Office is dropping the evacuation level for some of the populated urban areas from Level 1 (Green) back to Normal. This includes Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Happy Valley, Gladstone, Milwaukie, Clackamas, and Tualatin. See map https://bit.ly/35kgtbE for changes.
  28. 4 points
    Nice Svengoolie painting.
  29. 4 points
    I picked up a Samsung GX TV in working order and decent cosmetic condition. I remember when these came out and it's as ridiculous now as it was then! Pretty pumped on the sound and picture.
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    Nice job, @MaliciousCarp and @socrates63! I need to try to catch up to you guys this weekend. @HDN, my old cart is good luck, so I'm hoping you can win this thing!
  31. 4 points
    woohoo! I finally made the 30K club! Time to work on 40 32,200
  32. 3 points
    You know I'm always down for one! It'd be cool to see another one happen here! Thanks for hosting! BTW, for those of you who are new to this, here's a video of a previous one we did here on the site last year. This should give you a good idea of what the box is about and what kind of items might make good contributions:
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    socrates63's gaming collection and setup

    As we weren't wanting to rent a car while we were there, we used the trains from the airport to the convention center and then just made sure to stay at a hotel nearby. The airfare was the largest expense for the two of us as the hotel was only about $150 a night as I recall which for the hotel we were in and the proximity to the convention center, we felt was reasonable. We would use an Uber for anywhere else we might want to venture that wasn't within a few blocks of walking distance while we were there.
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    Just please play Tunnel Runner

    Good idea to watch the nosweargamer review. I'll do that. No, I didn't realize there was a compass. I shall try again with that in mind. I also didn't realize there was a timer! Whoops. Thanks!
  35. 3 points

    The No Swear Gamer

    Sega Genesis Super Hero Games Month continues as I hit another milestone! Ep 650: Superman
  36. 3 points
    Space Invaders Atari 2600 Difficulty: B, Game 1 High Score: 13,740 September 16, 2020
  37. 3 points
    Scott Stilphen

    Galaxian - Atari 2600

    Galaxian Atari 2600 Difficulty: B High Score: 96,830 September 14, 2020
  38. 3 points

    The No Swear Gamer

    Today I look at one of the better "Great" sports game for the Sega Master System. Ep 649: Great Baseball
  39. 3 points
    Here's some good info on how to emulate the Lynx. The web emulation works fine. If you decide to use an app on your PC, Justin has attached the rom file in the first post. https://atarigamer.com/pages/atari-lynx-emulation
  40. 3 points
    I GUESSED IT! I could read you like an open book, @Justin! Like @RickR, I am also ready. I don't have a Lynx or anything to competently emulate it on at the moment. I'm going to play some Galaxian. I found this cool 2600 ROM website that my stone-age computer can barely run. But it's good enough for now. I've been playing Crystal Castles and Video Chess on there. Both games I would love to get someday. Too bad Crystal Castles goes for way too much at my local game store and I can never find Video Chess. Speaking of things I want, be sure to check out my new Wanted List! I can't buy anything or trade at the moment, but you can check it out to see what I'm looking for at the moment by clicking this link. I wonder what the Black Box game is. I went through a phase where I collected Black Box games. I think I have Golf, Kung Fu, the amazing Baseball and Ten-Yard Fight (both hated games that are actually my favorite games based on their respective sports), Slalom, Duck Hunt (I'd be happy if it was Duck Hunt), and Super Mario Brothers. I may have some more I'm forgetting. I love Black Box titles. Next one I want to get is Pinball. I hope it's Duck Hunt, the original Mario Brothers, or Clu Clu Land! Let's get back to the Squad Challenge! This game looks fun. If I get a Lynx, I will have to get this ASAP! I will see if I can't emulate it sometime in the next two weeks. Happy gaming, everyone!
  41. 3 points

    The crummy Solaris manual story

    They cut corners when making the manual. The game itself is fine and pretty impressive on the system. The manual is bland with essentially just one color outside of black. I so missed those fantastic color manuals we used to get!
  42. 3 points
    You should have put some marshmallows in there; I could have had s’mores when the games arrived 😁
  43. 3 points
    I have always described my interesting classic gaming as a hobby, ever since I was very young. I find myself saying that more and more today, as I have to set priorities, I always treat the forums with love but it holds a position in my life as a hobby, i.e. something I am passionate about and have true love for but is expensive, time consuming and doesn't generate income. However it does generate a sense of personal fulfillment and a sense of community, so it holds a special place in my heart as a very special and fun hobby, but it has to have the priority of a hobby in my life. I think games are a good hobby., and everything kept in balance and moderation.
  44. 3 points
    WOW, @socrates63. Very nicely done! I think you're right about it being a matter of focus. That's what I have trouble with. Focusing for the full time it takes to get to the higher level. I usually do really well, and then someone or something distracts me and I lose all my lives almost at once. Work permitting, I'll try once more today to at least break 50k if I can.
  45. 3 points
    Atari 5200 Guy

    I need advice

    Start out simple. Don't go for the full monte the first time out. Take your time, give your first few videos the time to help you discover yourself and how you best represent what you are after. Do a few sample runs, repeatedly watch what you did, see if everything is kosher or if you need to make slight adjustments. Sometimes unscripted things tend to work best for some YT creators. Even if they are old they are going to be your best friends in this adventure. When time and funds allow then work on getting upgrades. If you use a modern PC you might find OBS Studio of value. It's free open-source software that can capture just about anything you throw at it from capture devices connected to your computer to webcams to what ever the computer puts on your computer screen. I've used it to capture games I play on Steam and on emulators for some of the score challenges here. I like it and use it often. I have yet to find a decent editor that is free so I stick with Windows' Video Editor. I have a Sargent USB capture dongle but it sort of sucks. Anything below Dreamcast it doesn't seem to work with. I haven't tried the N64 or Super NES yet but anything that doesn't do 480 resolution is pretty much not going to work. Avoid it if you want to capture 2600 up to Sega Saturn stuff. There is one similar to it I found at Wal-Mart once not too long ago that advertised itself as a way to transfer home VHS videos to digital formats and VHS tapes are way under 480 resolution (I think they are about 220 or something like that) so that one might work with your older game consoles. And even if you find one that works but doesn't support those RF inputs your VCR will become your very best friend in no time. Simply connect your RF game consoles to your VCR, set the VCR to the game's channel, then use your VCR's A/V out feeds to your capture device's RCA inputs. Old VCR's have always worked as a high-priced signal converter because anything that VCR sees or produces goes through both RF and RCA outputs. So your cable channels, per say, when going through your VCR can be sent to a standard video input on a TV or any device that has that input. It might be old tech but that VCR can have a lot of potential for your YT channel when you least expect it. I still have a JVC Hi-Fi VCR I use regularly for movies but I have had to use it for a signal converter a time or two. To give you an example, the video below has a Logitech HD (720p) webcam pointing at the TV to capture the video but the audio is from a 2600 connected to a VCR's RF IN so I could capture the 2600's sounds with a direct connection from the RCA Audio Out (white/red) to the recording computer. When I captured the video I was able to select the audio source as well so I captured both at once in a single shot. The only editing was to add an opening title and end copyrights if present. Maintain a positive spirit and attitude with what you are doing and take any "I don't like this" responses from your viewers as creative criticism. It's going to take a while and you won't be able to make everyone happy. You may also come across those that want to do nothing more than take you down but don't let them. Most YouTubers with high subscribers have been doing those videos for many years and some of them still have not done everything right. Just be yourself, let the world see you, you might even surprise yourself in the process. Any other tricks I can think of I'll pass along as I discover them otherwise I say go for it with what you have. See what you can do with the equipment/software you have. We all got to start somewhere sometime and you won't know until you try. Avoid this and if you capture music from more modern game consoles mute the music or you might find a copyright flag on your videos. I've got one video on my channel (Monster Truck Mayhem on Wii) that had one music track on one of the levels get flagged. I can continue to show the video but if my video ever generates any ad revenue that revenue will go to the creator of the music track and not me. I don't get ad revenue anyway so everything is what I either currently own, donated, or out of my own pocket to support the channel. Good luck with your channel. I hope to see it soon.
  46. 3 points
    Sorry to hear your home life is hitting some rough patches, Harry. I've seen some co-workers have a difficult time during the pandemic, and one is going through a divorce right now. Hang in there, buddy. We're here for you.
  47. 3 points

    Hello From Ohio

    I think you may have posted in the wrong neighborhood, @Sabertooth! Unless you want to show the new guy your mad Galaxian skills. If that's the case, go right ahead!
  48. 3 points
    A lot of these duplicates are heading to my house as we speak 😁
  49. 3 points

    socrates63's gaming collection and setup

    I have a complete 7800 collection that is CIB as most of the games I bought originally I kept the box for. Any titles I missed, I also got CIB and was able to find them sealed too!
  50. 3 points
    Mail call -- got a couple 7800 heavy hitters, not the heaviest but still uncommon 🙂 I'm about 17 short of the complete NTSC official 7800 releases, and they're all the expensive variety. Seeing @nosweargamer's 7800 games ranking video re-ignited a small fire. My wallet hates you, too, @HDN for nudging NSG to release the video. I've always been about CIB games but decided that if I can find affordable loose carts, I'd be happy with that since the remaining games are usually $100-$200 for CIB copies. Commando is from a local game store couple of hours away, and Fatal Run is from ebay. I hate buying sealed games but the price was good (fingers crossed that it's NTSC).
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