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  1. Cool. Here are my arrivals from last week...
    5 points
  2. I'll start with this collection of stuff I got very recently. 3 plug & plays, Bioshock Infinite for PC, and a broken 3DS.
    4 points
  3. A gamer/reseller in a local group is having a garage sale today. Turns out he lives only 5 minutes from me, so I stopped by this morning. There was an in-the-box Odyssey 2 for $20 that was calling me, but I paused to think about my collecting rule not to go older than the 2600. While I was thinking about it, someone snagged it--how rude 😆 but moral crisis abated 🤣 I've been on a Dynasty Warriors kick lately. When I mentioned that I enjoyed the combat in Drakengard, someone recommended that I give Dynasty Warriors a look. Turns out he was right. I'm currently playing Dynasty Warriors Gundam on the Xbox 360.
    3 points
  4. I love this game. I’m happy to finally own a copy.
    3 points
  5. Some recent pick-ups with the most notable one being the Intellivision 1 in the Super Video Arcade shell. Crossbow recently posted this for sale. All the games came from two visits to Pink Gorilla this month. It was cool seeing CIB Jaguar games. There was another one or two that I left in the store. If they're still there the next time I visit, I'll grab them. I now have three CIB Jaguar games (Tempest is the third one).
    3 points
  6. I've picked up a lot lately. Mostly replacements for my collection I lost in the fire. Wii Sports Resort, Fable 3, Fallout 3, Forza Motorsport 4, Odama, just to name a few, are new games I've never owned before. Also went and got an original gold cart of The Legend of Zelda for the NES just because I've always wanted one.
    3 points
  7. I had a lightsaber game that was like that but it had a lens to read the special lightsaber controller. It was cool. Here's a pic of it.
    3 points
  8. I have not tried it yet, but apparently, the Lord of the Rings plug/play uses the sword. You swing it to hit on-screen bad guys.
    3 points
  9. One option for the 5200, is to sent it without the top half of the console shell. The way I do the UAV I would only need the mainboard and the lower portion of the case. That is what Al did when he sent me his 5200s to get the old AV upgrade in them redone as the original wiring had some loose in a few places. He also wanted me to power convert them so they didn't need the switch box anymore. The point was to reduce the weight slightly in shipping, and make it less prone to breaking since the top half is what is usually most a risk. Al used some painters tape to hold the mainboards in place of the lower case shell during shipping. Although I don't like the idea as much. If you just sent the mainboard and the expansion plate, I could fully mod up that much and it could be reassembled into the case plastics after. But the expansion plates once removed, tend to pop out really easily after that and I usually apply some epoxy inside around the edge of the plate to make sure it doesn't come loose afterwards. And @- Ω - you do know about the Sophia upgrade right? While not VGA, it does provide a DVI digital output and you could use a DVI to VGA adapter or whatever you needed at that point. The Sophia is expensive though. And while I haven't installed one, it doesn't look to be that bad. Worse part is where to route the DVI connector. Most seem to route it through the center back through the controller storage area but I' don't like that idea at all and would rather route it to the expansion plate or something.
    3 points
  10. This weekend, the good guys at Atari 7800 Forever churned out 4 reviews of classic 7800 games for your azzes... We found a great one, a good one, and a couple of stinkers. Find out what we thought of Water Ski, Super Pac Man, Tank Command and Pac Man Collection on the Atari 7800 Mothership! www.atari7800forever.com
    3 points
  11. I'm planning on making an Atari 5200 video to post on YouTube, and am requesting your input for "side topics" to include that might draw in new people. Also, I'm planning to include a few screenshots of games for the 5200 that can "grab someone's attention". Of course I'll include one or two standard games, but I'm curious about what third-party or homebrew games you would recommend being showcased. After thinking about it so far, the main topic will be the UAV modification and associated information, with honorable mentions going to the Atarimax cartridge and Atari.io... but is there anything else you would include? The 5200 can give one an awesome "bang for the buck" with a limited investment (compared to other systems), so why not tell the world?
    2 points
  12. Give me a thumbs up if you approve of this as the intro for the future video...
    2 points
  13. New high score 5.91 on Dragster
    2 points
  14. A thread to post and boast about your latest pickups!
    2 points
  15. Well, I think if you want to impress new comers to the 5200, showing them some of the common games and how they compared to the 2600 is one way to do it. After all, that is exactly what Atari did in their marketing for the 5200 back in the day. The difficult part of this will be to convince them on why they should with a 5200 over one of the 8-bit computers since they share much of the same hardware and games between them look nearly identical in most instances. But if you want to wow them here are few suggestions: - The Last Starfighter (Never released for the 5200 although the game was completed.) It became the basis for what would become Star Raiders II for the 8-bit line. - Blaster (Also completed but never finished.) It would have been an exclusive in the 5200 library and it is a shame this didn't get released. It is really impressive and fun. - Star Raiders (Playing this in emulation is what made me want to get a 5200 because the 3D effect of the explosions is crazy impressive for the hardware.) - Tempest (Although I don't own it, I hear this is great conversion of the arcade classic. Especially with the trackball controller.) - Rescue on Fractalus (Another game that made me want to get a 5200.) Visually amazing then and still impressive now. - Motion video (Yes there are motion video demos that can be played through the AtariMax Ultimate SD version). There is the usual Bad Apple Demo and my favorite being Dragon's Lair videos.
    2 points
  16. 3 SMS sports games. They must be great, since they all have the word "great" in the title, right?
    2 points
  17. I got it and will get you the estimate invoice out later when I'm home from work. And I was serious above about shipping it without the top half of the shell. If you have ever removed the top cover of the 5200 before, you will find that 75% of the entire main board is pretty much within a large RF shield. So if you remove the top cover, it is easy to just use some painters tape or other masking tape to tape it all down from the RF shield and then around the sides to the bottom of the console to help keep it all in place and then wrap that up in bubble wrap. This way, the controller cover and front controller cover plastics aren't at risk for getting damaged in shipping. And in the case of these older consoles, softer padding using material that can absorb shocks is best. I've had a few clients send me their 5200s and other consoles using stiff Styrofoam, and then wonder why the consoles arrived in pieces.
    2 points
  18. My guess on this is that these controllers were not part of the system originally. There ins't any difference between the controllers of the SVA and the standard 2609 other than the cords themselves. But those are EASILY swapped out. So I'm sure these are standard 2609 controllers that someone put the sears cords into. As for the diagnostics failing...hehe. The actual SVA units have a slightly different rom and character set in them. As a result, the fonts are a little different on the title screens and games that used the font characters. And the Mattel presents... portion in most of the title screens doesn't appear on the SVA units. Point is, a standard MTE-201 test cartridge will show failures on two of the rom chips in the SVA because of the differences. To properly test the SVA you need to use a newer version of the Rom diagnostic. I can't recall which one, maybe v3? I have an actual v1 MTE test cart and my SVA fails that test. I have a rom image of the v4.1 test cart and all variants of the Intellivisions will pass in that test as it knows the difference between the various models.
    2 points
  19. I got my Sears Super Video Arcade 2 years ago now. It's in good shape and I really do like the design more than the original Inty.
    2 points
  20. Here's a picture of mine. It's in good shape. Interestingly, my controllers aren't white like yours/Young's. I got this one a LONG time ago (I want to say 20 years ago) from a local guy who sold it pretty cheap because he said it was broken (it failed some diagnostic cart he had). I've never had an issue with it. It works perfectly. No idea what he was talking about. At the time, I had a regular brown Intellivsion that was pretty beat up. I loved this one so much, I sold off the other. I forgot to mention the other reason I like the Sears model so much is the lack of coiling on the controller cords. I hated that on the regular Intv...it felt like the controller was being pulled out of your hand no matter how close you sat to the console.
    2 points
  21. Don't know if I can come anywhere near to 800k (wow), but I'm going to try to live stream it in a few minutes. I put the link here, so you may be able to watch it live in the thread. Final Best Score from the Stream: 128,280
    2 points
  22. Fresh arrivals! I picked these up from AtariAge Marketplace on Facebook. Only took a couple of days. I really need to set up my 800XL. I can't wait to type in BASIC code from books and magazines and relive those days as a kid when I spent an entire Saturday entering code and debugging. It took me an hour to enter a page worth of code from magazines as a kid.
    2 points
  23. Yes, I think the filter I used to make the colors pop a little created the darkness. Here's a photo with no edits by me, and it's naturally lit from the window on the side. It is very difficult to tell whether something yellow or the original color. I have to stare at it pretty closely and intently to tell. Jesse, you did a great job of removing the yellowing. It looks great. I think the yellowing is more prominent in this photo (iPhone 6s Plus camera) than it actually is.
    2 points
  24. It's got no batteries, so it isn't like a Wii-mote. It will be interesting to see how it works.
    2 points
  25. 2 points
  26. Funkmaster V

    Atari 7800 Forever

    This weekend, the good guys at Atari 7800 Forever churned out 4 reviews of classic 7800 games for your azzes... We found a great one, a good one, and a couple of stinkers. Find out what we thought of Water Ski, Super Pac Man, Tank Command and Pac Man Collection on the Atari 7800 Mothership! www.atari7800forever.com
    2 points
  27. Now THIS is "entertaining"...
    2 points
  28. 2 points
  29. For whatever reason, I sometimes cannot see some of your images, @MaximumRD. It gives me a link that says "No photo description available" and if I click on it, shows a broken image icon.
    1 point
  30. 👏👏👏 🏁 I updated your score
    1 point
  31. I did even better for a facebook high score contest. 5.91
    1 point
  32. Let me know what games you plan to film as a before, and I can get you direct captures from the After through my AV setup.
    1 point
  33. That is good info, thank you! You know, I have an LTO cart for Intellivision. I guess I could find the diagnostic rom images and try out this theory myself. And you're probably right about the controllers. It's weird, though, that I never really noticed the controllers were "wrong" before. It doesn't bother me in any way. I think it makes my system a tiny bit more interesting.
    1 point
  34. @- Ω - I will send you a PM on this with the specifics of requesting services. Thanks!
    1 point
  35. Beautiful set, Rick. I totally agree about the coiled cable. I'm glad the SVA controllers did away with that. I had been thinking about picking up the original Intellivision, but now that I have this one, I won't be looking.
    1 point
  36. You know what is really strange though about every single SVA I have come across? They all..and I mean they ALL seem to have a section of the brown scraped away in nearly the same pattern and place on them on the back behind the player 1 controller? Why is that I wonder? I've wondered if it was due to the controller cable being left unwound and laying ontop of the back section there and interacting with the plastic over time? But yeah, I've got two other SVAs and they have nearly the same scruff marking in the same place along the back grill behind controller 1. So strange... That SVA is actually nicer than my other 2. The other two don't have much brown paint left on the Super Video Arcade wording in the lower left of the top case shell or they have warping forming around the power and reset buttons on the woodgrain vinyl sticker they used there. If I could get another pair of matching SVA controllers, I could kick out another one for the masses.
    1 point
  37. On the contrary, I think it looks nice. I have the same Sears unit myself, and it's an off-color white (not quite beige). Looks like we maybe got a partial shadow of Mr. @socrates63that makes it look a little darker. I love the SVA version of the Intellivision because the controllers are detachable. I'm able to use one of the controllers from the Intv flashback (with a converter cable), and it works great.
    1 point
  38. Man the lighting doesn't do the SVA justice. I cleaned that sucker as well as I could before offering it up. Then again, we keep it on the darker side of lighting in my house so the yellowing is likely accurate since that wouldn't stand out as much here.
    1 point
  39. Some seriously cool stuff! 👏 👍 ❤️ @RickR what's that little sword?
    1 point
  40. Can I mention Andre From Pagefire on a technicality? Most of his stuff is in English, but he is Norwegian. He does a lot of songs in different genres of rock and metal and they usually end up being great examples of that genre... even though they are from a video mostly making fun of said genre. Also, I'm not sure if I need to mention bands like Rammstein or Entombed here... pretty sure most metal fans already have opinions of them, but they are the bands that got me into metal in the first place.
    1 point
  41. You've got some great games for your 5200! I see Tempest, an instant winner. I'm digging those end labels.
    1 point
  42. woah, now that is a hold-my-beer kind of score @Justin 👏👏
    1 point
  43. That is some score! Nicely done @Justin!
    1 point
  44. Here is my best score so far. I'll play again, we'll have to see if I top this. No strategy, just patience and a good run. My High Score: 823,560
    1 point
  45. Super Pac Man is a super hero version of good ole Pac Man, but I find this Avenger more Hawkeye than Hulk. http://www.atari7800forever.com/superpacmanr.html
    1 point
  46. You will get the best response if you actually call Bradley instead of email. Just my .02 cents here.
    1 point
  47. I've seen lots of newbie Atari 5200 owners complain about the spark from connecting the RF cable to the automatic Switch Box that comes with the 4-port 5200 model. Usually by that step most people have the power supply plugged in to the wall AND the RF Switch Box. So...for newcomers to the world of Atari 5200 gaming I thought I would write a post on how to properly connect the 5200 to the RF Switch Box and to the TV. If you get the spark then it's being hooked up wrong. That's why I keep these: The one on the left is for 4-port models and generally came with unmodified (for VCS adapter) 4-ports. The one on the right came with most other 5200 systems. We are going to use the one on the left. Ready? This is the first step. Simply attach the Atari 5200 4-port's RF Switch Box to the back of your TV. Simple enough, right? Wrong. Make sure you connect ONLY the Switch Box, do not have anything else connected to it and make sure the power supply is unplugged from the wall. We haven't made it that far yet and plugging everything in before you connect the Switch Box to the TV is jumping the gun. Slow and steady wins the race! See? Now we can connect the Atari 5200 to its Switch Box that should be connected to the back of the TV. Also, make sure the switch on the Switch Box is in the NORMAL position. We're almost finished...hang in there. This is why I say it was done wrong if you get the spark. See that WARNING section? It says "Verify that the Game Cable is plugged into the TV Switch Box before plugging the Power Adapter into the TV Switch Box." Yep...it's that way for a reason. Not only to avoid the spark but to also avoid a sudden jolt going to the system and/or the TV it's connected to which could lead to either one or the Switch Box failing. Remember, this system is almost 40 years old now. It was this way before and it has been this way for many years. It still works and is the best practice to keep in order to maintain a fully functioning Atari 5200 setup. So now connect the power supply to the Switch Box. After doing this step simply plug the power adapter into your wall outlet. You should hear the Switch Box make a click sound. That's normal. If it's making a constant clicking noise immediately unplug the system and check to make sure the right power adapter was used. The Atari 5200's power adapter looks just like the same power adapters used on most Atari 400/800 computers and accessories, and it's easy to get them mixed up. If the wrong adapter was used, or if for whatever reason the Switch Box made that constant clicking noise, I recommend replacing the Switch Box to be safe. And now on to something else. Most gamers know that the Atari 5200 has a controller storage area. For as long as I could remember I always thought those holes on the sides were for air, you know, to allow for things in there to "breathe." It took me until a few years ago to finally realize what those were for. To start this conversation off let's start with a page out of that same owner's manual I posted above. See that? Atari wanted you to wrap the controller cable around the joystick handles and then put them away. They couldn't think of anything else to do, right? I've flipped through this manual and the other manual and not a one of them mentions what I'm about to share with you. It's probably safe to say that most Atari 5200 owners do well to have one working controller. It's rare to have a 5200 with two working controllers and you might as well be looking for dragons in the wild if you expect to see a system with all four working controllers. So...why not leave the controllers connected? Yes, you can do that and you don't even have to wrap the cables around the handles. What you will do is place controller 1 on the right side of the Controller Storage area and controller 2 on the left side of the Controller Storage area, both face down like Atari says. Now, run the cords through those dips, or holes, I was talking about earlier. Now close the lid. Easy as pie! You can store your controllers AND keep them connected so they are ready to go, all you have to do is pick them up. I really recommend not wrapping the cables around the handles any more because these things are nearly 40 years old at least. The cables have very thin wire strands in them. Bending them over time can cause them to break which can result in controller failure and/or short circuits. And the less damage that can be done the better. It is only a recommendation to help prolong the life of the 5200 and its parts including the controllers. How you care for your 5200 is up to you. These are simply precautions to consider as an Atari 5200 owner. It's all about sharing the knowledge. ⬇️ 4-Port & 2-Port PDF Owner's Manuals Attached Below ⬇️ Atari 5200 2-Port Owner's Manual.pdf Atari 5200 4-Port Owner's Manual.pdf
    1 point
  48. The 5200’s native controllers are prone to failure, and they hurt your hands when used as intended. The fact that you have to buy a cable from Greece and hook up another consoles controllers, though worthwhile, is a giant kludge inconvenience. Many players have abandoned this console due to the controllers. I’ve rebuilt two myself. They are fully functional yet horrible. Honestly, I don’t see how these controllers got past play testing at Atari.
    1 point
  49. Check out Babymetal (correctly pronounced "bey b metal" a play on hea vy metal). Here...I'll get you started: When you are done listening to that...try listening to "The One", "Road to Resistance", "Distortion", and then try this... The band in the first video was fake playing but it's still an awesome song. The band in the other songs I suggested and with them performing with Rob Halford of Iron Maiden is their real band and they are sick! That drummer is awesome as was the rest of the members. I especially loved their lead guitarist.
    1 point
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