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  1. ⚠️ When creating a thread, be sure to start a real conversation. Include content and not just links that redirect to your site.

    1. Justin


      You got it @DegasElite. I want to make sure people understand this is a community, we're all here for the conversation. In the context of starting a thread to promote a Member's YouTube videos or Podcast, we encourage that! We have forums here set up for that very reason, we encourage our Members to create their very own dedicated thread and share their new videos and Podcasts to it in series. If a Member has a website, a new project or game they want to promote, we encourage that too! It needs to be conversational though. Atari I/O is not the place to post a teaser with a link elsewhere, or only show up to promote your own wares. It's got to be conversational.

      Here's an I/O ProTip: Think of the Forums as a holiday party. You've been invited over, there are Snacks and hors d'oeuvres being served, everybody is in the spirit of things and having a great time. You walk up to everyone and say "Here's 10 Reasons Why Atari 5200 Sucked Hard" and give a link to your video. That's clickbait-y and hucksterish. Instead, when creating a new thread, be sure to start a real conversation. It's great to share links to your stuff! We encourage that! We support everybody who helps make sure this hobby continues on. But you have to include substantive content in your new topics, not just clickbait links or sales pitches. 

    2. DegasElite


      I see. Understood. :O)

    3. Justin


      Redirect only stuff should be limited to status updates and the like. To me, this is a bit misleading and only clogs up the forums.

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  2. Thanks for sharing some great tips and tricks with everybody here! It's all about friendly competition and having a fun time with friends new and old
  3. @RickR I went with the AV Famicom which is essentially the 1993 "Dogbone" NES with Composite AV Output. The AV Famciom uses the same AV cable as the Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and GameCube. It lets me play Famicom games natively without an adapter, and plugs right into the AV ports on my TV so there's no messing around with channel 95 or whatever. Plus it's compatible with the Famicom Disk System. It's a nice little unit. I made a video about it years ago, I should try to get more of this stuff back up on my newer YouTube channel.
  4. Welcome to the forums @ZilchSr! Thank you for the site shoutout. Incredible score
  5. Thanks @RickR!! I think I understand the strategy, but it's tricky to implement!
  6. Great score @Marco1019! In the future you'll want to make sure you're uploading actual photos of your score instead of screenshots 😉
  7. You guys are posting scores that are out of this world! 🚀 I'm trying to up my game and have been reading through all your pro-tips, and gave No Swear Gamer's review another watch to pick up some of his strategy. I'm practicing and putting these tips to good use, but I've only been able to increase my score by a few thousand points. I have a feeling this super basic Atari VCS game could end up giving us our widest spread of high scores at the end of this challenge. I can barely break 25,000 on an average game, some of you are rolling past one million points! What a rush. My High Score: 53,147
  8. Wonderful to see your Odyssey 2 rankings at Atari I/O @nosweargamer! We made a new addition to the Forums recently and created a dedicated subform for Magnavox Odyssey 2 High Scores in the Scoreboard Forum in part due to your activity there. Enjoy!
  9. I have to go with Video Pinball! I've owned it for decades but never grew an appreciation for it until now.
  10. 🌎 We’re all citizens of Atari I/O

    1. DegasElite


      Indeed. Enjoying every minute of it, too. :O)

    2. RickR


      Welcome to the Hotel Atari.io


  11. @RickR @chas10e Do you guys have tips on how to get such high scores?
  12. Man oh man this game is challenging. Even though it doesn't match up to Midnight Magic on the 2600 in terms of graphics, I enjoy it just as much. Here's my first score: My High Score: 51,727
  13. WINNER: @Justin Victory Run TurboGrafx-16 January 2, 2021 ROUND 1: @Justin ROUND 2: @Justin @btbfilms76 and I got to talking about Victory Run and ended up doing a 2-Player Battle over Christmas and New Years. Since the game is so challenging we decided to race for best time on the first lap only. I won best 2 out of 3. The first match I beat him with a lap time of 2° 05' 00" to BTB's time of 2° 37' 52". The second match I beat him with a lap time of 1° 57' 56" to BTB's time of 2° 12' 25". We chose Victory Run to celebrate the 2021 Dakar Rally happening January 3rd - 15th. BTB and I got to talking about how certain video games had impacted and inspired our lifestyles. Victory Run is definitely one of those games. It inspired my interest in the annual Dakar Rally (which in turn inspired our annual Pole Position and F-ZERO rallies in the forums) and we agreed Victory Run is a "Gentleman's game". When I was young and Victory Run was brand new, I saw it in Toys R Us, with the red Ferrari convertible on the cover racing towards the Eiffel Tower, and I thought Victory Run would be like Out Run for the TurboGrafx. To a great degree that's true. But it's tough as nails! Even now, as an adult, the game is incredibly challenging. What I really appreciate about Victory Run is that it stays true to life, especially for an 8-bit or 16-bit game. All of the details are there. You have to shift manually through four gears. Your tires and shocks wear out. Steering is difficult. Speed matters. The sun rises and sets, and if you're late to the finish line you find yourself racing through the pitch black night. Your race car is a pixel-perfect rendition of the winning Porsche 959 that set new Paris-Dakar records back when Victory Run was brand new. And BTB also pointed out that the yellow car you pass so often in the game is a spot-on rendition of Mad Max's yellow Interceptor. The attention to detail is masterful. It's a challenging game, and I would imagine it frustrated a lot of younger players who were expecting Out Run, Rad Racer, Pole Position or Hang-On. However when we picked this game up again a few years ago, it inspired new interests for me. "Where's that red Ferrari convertible from the box art? What's this white Porsche 959? Why does it look like a 4x4 truck? This doesn't make sense?" It makes perfect sense if you read the manual and understand that you're racing the Paris to Dakar Rally. I never knew a sports car could do this! I never knew there were support trucks and crews that had to race to keep up with the cars. This is the coolest thing! Ever since then I've had a few new interests stemming from my love of Victory Run, primarily a fascination with these interesting cars, the fantastic Dakar Rally, and this idea of a multi-day expedition into new lands. If you're new to the Dakar Rally or wondering what I'm talking about, check out this new video that just came out today "The Dakar for Newbies":
  14. Would anyone be interested in joining a Weekly Ring Fit Club in the Forums? Think of it like a workout class in the Forums. We'd meet every Wednesday here in a thread for a new Ring Fit mini game challenge, much the same way we do High Score Squad. We'd post our progress throughout the week. At the end of the week we'd congratulate each other and begin a new mini game challenge. I received a new Nintendo Switch this year as a wonderful present (thank you @Gianna!) and I absolutely love Ring Fit! I thought it would be fun to start a Weekly Ring Fit Club, it would be a fun way for us to be active and fit in the Forums. I'm going to create the club and a schedule of events for 6 weeks and see how it goes. Even if its just 2-3 of us it will be fun!
  15. I never knew that! Great info @Sabertooth‼️ Good looking out @nosweargamer, everybody take note. We're on the honor system.
  16. Pulling back on the D-Pad also increases your chances of falling off either side of the track, so be careful doing that.
  17. One to three four five, six seven eight nine ten, ELEVEN TWELVE!
  18. @nosweargamer has an excellent review of Video Pinball. It's a great place to start if you're new to the game!
  19. 🏓 VIDEO PINBALL Squad Challenge is LIVE! Happy New Year! 🍾 


  20. Video Pinball Atari 2600 Controller: JOYSTICK / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE Difficulty Level: Game 3, Difficulty A Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / Emulation OK! ✔ Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST January 14, 2021 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 January 1st through January 14th, 2021. 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 Game 3, Difficulty A. This is the most challenging configuration. These settings allow for nudging and applying body English on the ball, TILT, bumper values are reset with each new ball, and two extra drain holes are added at the bottom of the playfield. 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 HAPPY NEW YEAR SQUAD! Welcome to our 95th Squad Challenge! We're ringing in the new year right, starting back at the beginning with an early game for the Atari 2600. What more can you say about Video Pinball? It's a fun pinball game that brought a lot of fun to early Atari Video Computer System players. Although it's more rudimentary than later games such as Midnight Magic on the 2600, and Pinball on the NES, Video Pinball is one of my favorite early VCS games and it has a lot of that early Atari charm. The bumpers, the sounds, the artwork, it's all there. It's a great game for a Squad Challenge. As @nosweargamer says, Video Pinball is very simple with square bumpers and a square ball and targets that look like they were poured out of a box of Chex cereal! This game is widely available as loose original cartridges on the 2600, the ROM is available, and you can go out today and buy this game on a Flashback console at almost any Walmart, Sam's Club, Costco or Target, so everybody should be able to join in. Do you love Pinball games? ROM and Instructions are provided below. Good luck to everybody participating! NOTE: We have TONS of great exciting Squad Challenges coming for the 2021 season! Don't miss a thing! Video_Pinball.bin Video_Pinball.pdf
  21. You got it! F-ZERO tips are easy to give but hard to master 1. Rapid-Tap the gas button at the starting line for a boost start. 2. Keep laps tight. That means straight lines, short corners, hugging the wall where it counts. Imagine placing down a line of string in the course, pulling it tight and tying it in a knot to create the shortest length possible. Follow that tight line. (This is true for many racing games we do in High Score Squad!) 3. Keep your energy level high. Avoid walls, recharge in the Pit Row every lap, and no matter what - avoid the glowing exploding cars that kill your energy! Your top speed decreases as your energy goes down, do your best to keep your energy up and stay at high speeds. 4. Skirt Jump Plates where possible. Jump plates are fun, but they slow you down from your top speed by a good 20%. If you're going for the best lap time, it's best to avoid them all together. Usually you can skirt past them on either side by hugging the wall. When shaving milliseconds counts, this is a strategy that adds up. 5. Use Super Jets (turbos) regularly at the same spot every lap. Find your safest stretch of track and unleash one Super Jet every lap. Saving them up doesn't really help you. Using them regularly each lap, at a good spot on the track, adds up to saved time.
  22. Congratulations HDN! Congratulations to @HDN on a triumphant win! HDN has become our 2020 F-ZERO Champion, he takes the top spot in the Final Standings with an outstanding time of 2' 13" 92. Legendary High Score Squad champ @RadioPoultry was hot on HDN's tail with an amazing time of 2' 14" 14, claiming 2nd Place on the Final Standings. Another HSS hotshot @nosweargamer dominated with a superb showing, taking our 3rd spot on the board with a time of 2' 18" 45. I took 4th Place with a time of 2' 18" 88. @RickR came in 5th Place with his impressive time of 2' 19" 95, @Sabertooth takes 6th with 2' 20" 80, @socrates63 takes 7th with 2' 24" 51, and @Gianna gave it her all with her first time playing in the F-ZERO Championship with a time of 2' 42" 38. Congratulations once again to @HDN for the win, and as always I'd like to encourage HDN to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on! And a big congratulations to everyone on their amazing runs! Here's to everyone who gave it their all to shave off every last millisecond from their time. I hope everybody had fun with this game over the holiday season, and we'll see you back here on the F-ZERO track this time next year! NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge is Video Pinball for Atari 2600! Be there!
  23. Little note on this, @RickR. I improved my strategy on this by not simply timing my "stomp on the gas" about halfway between 1 and the start, instead I rapidly tap the button between 1 and the start which guarantees a boost start.
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