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  1. 🥊💥 Alex Kidd in Miracle World High Score Squad Challenge is up! 

     

  2. 🤯 PS5 looks like a 2050 maxi pad dispenser. Disappointing!

    1. RickR

      RickR

      You know, I think it looks a lot better in the horizontal position.

       

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    2. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      It looks like a flatbed scanner.

  3. 🚀 Astrosmash / Astroblast Double Feature is UP!! 

     

  4. 📞 One Friday night as a young man I prank called Jack Tramiel. Had him on the phone for 3 mins. Not my proudest moment, but I should tell that story sometime.

    1. RickR

      RickR

      Did you ask about the SwordQuest sword over his mantle?

       

    2. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      Good going, Justin. XD

  5. 🕹️ We're a champion of original Atari games because we genuinely like these games. We love these games for what they are the way we love Drive-In B-movies

  6. 🖖 Science fiction has always been the frontier for legitimate future predictions. Technology is what changes us more than anything else. Imagining what could be created, and what the effects are on culture and behavior, thats where genuine insight is found.

  7. 🏆 BIG THANKS to @RickR who generously donated a pile of unused Combat cartridges to the site for use on future projects.

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      Yes.  There's also some SNES and Atari 8-bit. 

       

    3. Justin

      Justin

      Sounds good Rick! If you'd like to set aside the Atari manufactured ones I would be grateful. 

    4. kamakazi20012

      kamakazi20012

      I'd give the SNES non working games a home.  What games are they?

  8. 🎧 Currently listening to Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls (New Lockdown Version) 

     

    1. Gianna

      Gianna

      yesss!

  9. 💎 Desert Falcon High Score Squad Challenge is up! 

     

    1. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      Since I have Desert Falcon for the A7800, I might try this. Thanks, Justin, for posting. :O)

    2. Justin

      Justin

      That's great news @BlackCatz40 I hope you do!

    3. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      Thanks. I will see what I can do. :O)

  10. 💀 Why does Skeletor have muscles?

  11. Get ready! We have Squad Challenges coming up for Atari 7800 and TurboGrafx-16

    1. RickR

      RickR

      Sweet!  Looking forward to it. 

      I see a lot of TG-16-Mini reviews on YouTube, so hopefully we'll get a nice turnout for that system. 

       

    2. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      Which games for the A7800? I am curious because I have a lot of them. If you are not sure that is OK. Thanks. No worries. :O)

  12. 🕹️ HAPPY ATARI DAY!! 🎉

    1. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      Happy Atari Day to you, too, Justin. :electrocop:

  13. 🍄 I think the Mario character looks better in the 2600 version than in the NES. He's bigger, he has more detail. It's a less iconic sprite but he's big and has a larger Bonk-esq head.

    1. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      This is true. I like the XE version of Mario Bros. It is because of the intermissions. No other game system has them other than the XE/GS. But, the A2600 version is pretty good, too. :O):nintendo_mario_sidestepper::nintendo_mario_fighterfly:

  14. 🤔 Bruce Willis did that gimp wrong. It’s not like it was Neverland.

  15. 🎈 Working hard to keep the timeline positive lately. Lots of people feeling uncertain, Atari I/O will always be a positive place to escape to

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    2. Gianna

      Gianna

      Nice job Justin 🙂 I love that we always try to keep Atari I/O a positive place to escape to. ☺️

    3. Justin

      Justin

      @RickR just saw it! Looks amazing! I'm glad you think of this as a safe haven.

    4. Justin

      Justin

      @Gianna thank you! Keeping things positive is the only way a place like this can thrive.

  16. “We’ll be best friends forever, wont we, Luigi?” The greatest stories always begin with humble beginnings. This is one of the most prized items from my collection. All great adventures have to begin somewhere.

    Mario & Luigi started their adventures together here in these socketed EPROMS. Not many people in this world get to say they have a “prototype Mario” anything, for any system. How do I even have this? It should be in the Smithsonian. I count myself among the very fortunate few to have something this special, where it all began.

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    1. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      It even has the checksums on the EPROM stickers. Interesting. Nice find. :Howard_Scott_Warshaw:

    2. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      By the way, does this prototype work? I assume yes. Thanks for sharing.

  17. 🕹 Quarantine’s had me watching a lot of @btbfilms76 on YouTube and finding new reasons to appreciate the Atari 7800. At its heart is the soul of the 2600 and so much untapped potential. 

    It’s a shame the people who bought Atari just as the 7800 was about to be released didn’t see it as a priority or invest in further development of the system and develop games that would push the boundaries of what this insane machine could really do. 

    Releasing an updated system bundle by 1987 also would’ve helped, something that included two of the 7800’s D-Pad Controllers, the light gun, and an exciting game or two that would really make Atari shine in the minds of gamers everywhere.

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    1. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      I have the version of Pole Position II with the graphic showing the two cars. It was manufactured in Mexico. I have the instructions in English and Mexican Spanish. It really was a cool add-on to the collection.

  18. 🤔 TV connections and Control Pads for 2-Players would’ve stepped up the Lynx’s style to a true game system! And Atari would’ve had a true home console to fight in the 16-Bit wars!

    I have this theory that most handheld gaming wasn’t done walking around with a portable in your pocket.

    I think the best handheld gaming was done at home, lying on the floor with snacks and a movie playing on the tv in the background on a cozy Saturday afternoon. Or on long car rides during summer road trips, chilling out in the back seat with a drink, and holding it comfortably in your lap. So how much did “pocket size” really matter?

    Lynx and Switch share a similar take on portable gaming, the idea of a full-blown game system portable enough to stuff into your bag and take with you anywhere. 

    GameBoy came out at about the same time as Lynx, but they had two different ideas of what a portable game system should be. GameBoy became popular using the WalkMan approach of being tiny, simple, and sorta inexpensive. Lynx couldn’t fit into your pocket as easily, but offered more in terms of graphics and a full-color screen.

     

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    1. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      Atari were working on a Lynx-to-TV adapter, but it never left the prototype stage. It is possible, however, to get a VGA interface on a Lynx to play it on a TV with VGA or monitor, but I would not recommend it for purity reasons. It would be like defacing the Statue of Liberty to me. Maybe, if I had three Lynx systems, I would convert a Lynx II to VGA, but I am not keen about that. It feels like sacrilege to me. XD

    2. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      By the way, Zaku (the game shown in the Lynx screen) is VERY challenging. I own it. It is a great game. :O)

  19. 👽 There’s a lot of hate for E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and yet so many of us have wonderful memories of growing up playing this game. Nothing has left its mark on the legacy of Atari quite like E.T. It may not be the top 2600 game, but it has a lot of heart. 

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      PS - I also think that "Raiders of the Lost Ark" is a far bigger stinker (but still had fun with it),  

       

    3. Marco1019

      Marco1019

      IIRC, there was a guide for Raiders of the Lost Ark in one of the classic video game magazines. That made it MUCH easier to play and complete, which likely led to its popularity at the time.

    4. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      Well, someone improved the A2600 E.T. binary. It looks better and has better collision detection. I do not have the info ready for that, and I don't know if it is appropriate to put it on here. It could be deemed piracy. So, there you go. Someone spruced it up. It does play better that way.

  20. Even through a national pandemic, Atari survives. Bringing the fun and joy of new memories into homes across our great land for almost 50 years. Yars’ Revenge is one of my favorite games on the current Flashback consoles we found today at Sam’s Club. Who remembers The Walking Dead episode with Eugene playing Yars’ Revenge after the zombie apocalypse telling of the Yars’ attempt to exact revenge on the evil Qotile for the destruction of Razak IV?

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    1. kamakazi20012
    2. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      It's cool that we can emulate the games on dedicated hardware, but if we can find a way to reverse-engineer and replicate the old hardware with real and more advanced hardware, it should run even more smoothly and maybe faster. I am talking about besides just FPGAs and emulation software. It's all cool that we can do that and all, but real hardware should be built on real hardware, with emulation together just in case it can't be reproduced with real hardware. That's my take on that. Nice find, by the way. :Howard_Scott_Warshaw:

  21. 😎 Too big?

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    1. kamakazi20012

      kamakazi20012

      The one on the left: Check out my new smartwatch!  It plays games, too!  LOL.  Only in a time when bigger was suppose to mean better.  To their defense, the bigger units seem to outlast modern electronics these days.

  22. 🏸 Super Breakout Squad Challenge is up! We're playing Double Cavity Breakout on Game 5, this will be fun! 

     

  23. 🤖 The Atari 7800 was made to play our favorite arcade games like Robotron: 2084. It can push a ton of sprites all over the screen with rarely any slowdown or flicker. It’s an overlooked treasure that’s capable of so much more than you might think. What are your favorite arcade games on home systems?large.1502184670_Robotron2014forAtari7800.jpg

    1. RickR

      RickR

      When Pac-Man on the Atari 8-bit computers came out, it was really something special.  A game that you could proudly show off to your friends. 

      I think Colecovision Donkey Kong was also pretty special. 

    2. RickR

      RickR

      And to think....I never even knew the 7800 EXISTED until the early 2000's!  What a shame. 

    3. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      Kung-Fu Master for the A2600 and A7800 is actually quite accurate to the arcade on BOTH systems. I like the A2600 version, which I own. I wish that I had the A7800 version. Never played or owned it.

  24. 🚘 What’s your favorite thing to bring with you on a summer road trip? Atari Lynx has a small game library, but many of the games are really good! Once things return to normal this will be my 31st summer bringing the Lynx on my summer road trip. I do more driving than riding in the back seat these days, but summer wouldn’t feel complete without rainy afternoons playing California Games, RoadBlasters, Ninja Gaiden or Blue Lightning.

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    2. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      Amazingly long life-span is a character trait of the Atari games and system. They are usually so well-built. I have games over forty years old in my A2600 collection that will still work. It's just astonishing.

    3. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      One of my favorite games for the Lynx is Ninja Gaiden Arcade. It is spot-on except for one thing. The game is missing a level in the middle of the game. Level Three is missing. It is the level where the Ninja has to cross the roads in traffic. There are supposed to be five levels. The Lynx version only has four. Still, it is a great game. It plays well and it is very difficult. It is the only US home version that is close to the arcade version of the game.

    4. BlackCatz40

      BlackCatz40

      Another good Lynx title is Rygar. That is also closer to the arcade version of the game. Nintendo's version is more RPG-like. It's a different game entirely for the NES. But, the Lynx version is faithful to the original game. Toki is pretty good, too. Atari were very good at arcade conversions on the Lynx. :)

  25. 😎 Had a nice conversation w/ BTB & Atari Creep yesterday. Starting interesting new projects. The coming year is going to be fun.

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