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    The Shah of Atari
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    Atari 7800
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    Faded Out Podcast
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  1. New personal best: 107,287,300 Thanks to @Atari Creep for coming out to the livestream on Instagram tonight and watching me play for a while. We've been doing that a lot lately and it's been fun! Heads up about this score: You can do it too! You may have noticed playing this game you can hit things that award you "Special Points". When I was playing the game tonight, something interesting happened when my pinball hit the left side of the screen. I think it was on the 2nd board, the middle one. I hit something or did something on the left, and the game awarded me 100,000,000 specialty points. This was, for the most part, one of my better-than-average games, plus the bonus award. If that bonus award exists, others must exist too. Let's keep playing and see what we can come up with!
  2. Justin

    Anyone have an Apple Pippin?

    Apple's original web page for Pippin: https://web.archive.org/web/19970414095621/http://www.pippin.apple.com/
  3. Justin

    Anyone have an Apple Pippin?

    I had a Pippin. It was charcoal black. On the controller it said "@world" where it says "atmark" in the photo above. I don't know what the difference is. I bought it in 2000 and I think I sold it in 2011. I thought of it as being just as much of a Bandai console as Apple. If it had an Apple logo on it I probably would still have it, if only for an interesting piece of history. It never really fit in alongside my Newton or 20th Anniversary Macintosh. This was just before Apple became "cool" again. Pippin was one of those Gil Amelio things that Steve Jobs saw when he came back and probably thought was stupid and shook his head at. Had Apple introduced a dedicated video game system during the age of iPod and sold it in Apple stores it would've been a big deal. Pippin never benefited from any of that, it was just a little too early. I only played it a few times, I found it to be quite bland. The best way I can describe it is to say that I had WebTV at the time (remember that!) and Pippin felt exactly like trying to play computer games on WebTV and then go "hey look I'm playing video games now!" Pippin felt very much like one of those late '90s attempts to merge home computers and the internet with television. Imagine a world where you could answer an email on your TV screen, connect with friends, watch Seinfeld and explore the world of Multimedia! I only had 3 games, one was a racing game called "Racing Days". I absolutely love racing games. From the jewel case "Racing Days" looked pretty lame, and it was. Think of "Need for Speed" on 3DO, with the awful frame rate of Redline Racing on Jaguar. I wanted to like it, but it felt like a bland computer game and I'd much rather play Ridge Racer, Sega Rally Championship or Crusin' USA. That was the only game I really played at all. Then there was a game that was kind of like Myst and actually seemed very cool and mysterious. I forget the name of it, but it was like you were finding your way around and unravelling a mystery. My third game was a Power Rangers game which I had no interest in whatsoever. I bought the unit used and it came with all three games. My suggestion is if you're an Apple or Bandai fanatic and you have the opportunity to add something really unique to your collection, do it. Otherwise don't dive down that rabbit hole. It's not like TurboGrafx-16 or Lynx or Neo-Geo where there are some really great games to play and enjoy that seem to get better with time. This is more like WebTV.
  4. Justin

    I finally got a TG-16!

    Not so much with the Duo as with the standard TurboGrafx-16 system vs. PC Engine Correct! EXCEPT the American version of the TurboDuo had the smaller "PS/2 style" controller port that was used in Japan on the PC Engine and Duo systems over there. American TurboDuo controllers are interchangeable with Japanese ones. What really threw us TurboGrafx fans off at the time here in the US was that although the TG16 and Duo controllers looked the same, all the TG16 stuff had the larger "PC AT style" control port, so nothing was interchangeable. When I bought a Duo I wanted to use my TurboStick arcade-style joystick controller, but since it was for TurboGrafx-16 it didn't fit the TurboDuo. Turbo Zone Direct made "Reverse TurboTaps" and "Reverse DuoTaps" which were 5-Player adapters that also served as TG16-to-Duo controller adapters, so you could use all of your TG16 stuff on the Duo. I have photos I will have to post. TurboGrafx-16 is the only one of the consoles that uses the larger controller port, TurboDuo uses the smaller controller port from the Japanese systems. My understanding is when they were planning the release of the PC Engine in the United States, it was determined that American audiences would perceive the tiny PC Engine as being toy-like and looking underpowered, as well as not receiving enough "bang for the buck". Focus groups told Atari the same thing about the Lynx which is how the first model ended up being so big! In beefing up the PC Engine into the TurboGrafx-16, they also realized that the small controller ports could potentially be too fragile for rough and tumble American kids who might bend or break a pin. Instead they used the larger connector which was more beefed up and less likely to be damaged. However when the TurboDuo showed up a few years later, the circumference of the larger connector was too big for the face of the Duo, so the US TurboDuo retained the smaller controller port from the Japanese counterparts.
  5. ⏱️ Got caught up approving scores in Scoreboard, it's a fun way to share high scores in the forums! PM me if you need help posting or have questions about how the Scoreboard works! https://forums.atari.io/forum/70-scoreboard/

  6. Justin

    I finally got a TG-16!

    I think people are hanging onto them. They tend to be a special piece of people's collection and also get a lot of play. I can tell you that in 1993 TurboGrafx-16, TurboExpress and TurboDuo were readily available in the little glass case at every Toys R Us I would stop at along the eastern seaboard, Lynx was a bit more elusive and it was the Jaguar that needed special ordered. TurboDuos are out there but I don't think people are giving them up easily. I know Lost Ark Video Games in NC usually has a nice selection at a fair price, fully serviced, and Pixel Vault Games in southern CA gets them in as well. Ebay prices can be brutal but keep an eye out. Japanese Duos almost seem to be easier to get your hands on than the ones we received. It absolutely does! Half of the fun games to play were released in Japan and never made it to US shores. I don't think they were as good as Nintendo was at picking and choosing the best titles to translate and bring over. It's unbelievable how many fantastic titles they had that never made it here. It's very easy to play those games on the Turbo EverDrive. You just select the PC Engine folders with PC Engine roms in the menu and they load like the normal games. The EverDrive is essentially region free, there's a little switch you set to tell it if you're using a US or Japanese system and it does the rest.
  7. Justin

    Bill & Ted 3

    It's been almost 30 years and I'm still holding out hope to see these bodacious time travelers back on the big screen one more time, and done the right way!
  8. Justin

    Welcome, New Users

    🙌 I want to welcome new user @ThatBuffGamer to the forums! He is from the Netherlands and has been very active on our Instagram account and in our livestreams over the past few weeks. We've had a few new people signing up in the forums who've come to us from Instagram, I want to extend a huge WELCOME to ThatBuffGamer and all of our new users who've recently joined the forums!
  9. Justin

    RickR - Selling good junk thread

    Thinking about a Sega Master System maybe!
  10. Justin

    I finally got a TG-16!

    They put a headphone jack on the TurboDuo ☺️ I thought that was super cool at the time
  11. Here's where I'm at right now: 7,521,100 @Atari Creep got to sit in on this one
  12. 😎 A huge welcome to the Turbo family & congrats to @RickR for getting his first TurboGrafx-16!

    1. RickR


      It was the first time I've ever seen one at a show for a decent price.  I feel very lucky!  I sure do appreciate your enthusiasm Justin.  I'm really hoping that Everdrive arrives before the high score challenge ends. 


    2. Justin


      🙌 Even if your EverDrive doesn't arrive in time I'm certain this will continue in the Scoreboard forum, and with you able to participate I sense more Turbo Squad Challenges coming in the future pretty consistently

  13. Justin

    I finally got a TG-16!

    Hey Rick, shoot me a picture of your SMS if you're thinking about selling it. I wasn't really in the market for one but if it's coming from you and in good shape maybe I should think about it! That's what it's all about! Sounds like you had a blast.
  14. Justin

    I finally got a TG-16!

    I should also add that the Sega Master System is also an incredible 8-Bit console and is one of my all-time favorites. The Master System II wasn't as common in the U.S. as the original, but it's the one I grew up with. Mine had Alex Kidd in Miracle World built in. The color and sound on Sega Master System are pretty nice for an 8-Bit system, lots of fun games to explore if you're new to the world of Master System.
  15. Justin

    I finally got a TG-16!

    RICK!! THAT IS SUCH FANTASTIC NEWS! I'M SO THRILLED TO SEE THIS! Any time someone jumps into the world of TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine I'm super excited to have one more new person on board. Same with new people coming to Atari. I can't promise that this will become your favorite video game system, especially if Keith Courage is your only game (it's not a bad one but not a strong reason to get the system either) but if you give it time, explore what games are out there, maybe spring for a Turbo EverDrive and also check out some of the games that were never released in the US, I think you'll find it an interesting game system that almost got lost with time in the dominance of Nintendo and Sega. @RickR I am truly excited to see that you picked one of these up and will be giving it a good home. If you find yourself looking for TG16 suggestions I'm always around. It was always one of my favorite game systems and for so long it felt so overlooked. I thought the HuCards / TurboChips were so cool, especially the fact that the games that played in the home console that you have were also the games that played in their TurboExpress portable handheld. I hope you'll find a lot to enjoy with this system. CONGRATULATIONS RICK!! Welcome to the TG16 club!