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  1. I really like the animation on the axe. That's a pretty nice looking sprite on the 8-Bit.
  2. My feedback for Wasp!, other than it being an enjoyable game, is that Mark was able to complete and ship this game almost ten years ago. This is one of those games that could have easily ended up in development hell, being announced and shown off and then taking years to come out. That did not happen. That was good action and a good decision making on his part, and I think the author of the game deserves credit for that. Great job
  3. Hey guys, thought I'd share this with you. I picked up a new record player, a "Victrola Modern Bluetooth Stereo Turntable" with speakers, for $30 at Marshall's, marked down from $100. I saw these over the Christmas shopping season for $100 at Dillard's, which is a department store similar to Macy's which you'd find at most malls in this region of the country. Dillard's had an entire section set up just for vinyl during the holidays, and they had a pretty decent selection of new vinyl records. It was a nice mix of classic and modern music, and I thought it was really cool that a department store chose to have a seasonal set up with vinyl records and record players as gifts. Nearby Dillard's also had Atari Flashback consoles and handhelds, which was extra cool to see. Dillard's had two styles of record players, the first was the cheapy, retro-themed, all-in-one record player for $60 that opened up like a small piece of luggage, with an internal speaker built-in. The other was the Victrola for $100, which was a traditional turntable with stereo speakers and the ability to stream the music via bluetooth to your computer or other speakers. I stopped and looked through the records at Dillard's three or four times over the holiday shopping season, chatting with the sales clerk and came really close one day to buying one of these record players. I decided against it though, thinking that $100 is a lot of money for what most audiophiles would classify as a "junk" turntable. I thought that if I were going to get into vinyl I should do it the right way, get a quality turntable and start a real collection. That was the plan anyway, until I found the same exact turntable at Marshall's for $30. Let me relate this back to video games. You see, growing up I always had this habit of saving up my money to get a new video game system, but then running out of money and only getting a few games for it, before saving up to get the next game system. I wanted 7800, Lynx, Jaguar, TurboGrafx-16, then it was TurboExpress, Super NES, Sega Game Gear, Sega CDx, and on and on. I wanted access to all of those little worlds of adventure, and I had to pay for all of that. So it’s like once I got my Lynx, did I really want to spend $49 for Super Asteroids / Missile Command when I’m already half way to saving up for my TurboExpress? The end result is I was able to save up and pay for most every game system that I truly wanted growing up, but there were always a ton of games I wanted for them that I never had. And that brings me to vinyl. I’m just getting started. I’d really like to spend some money exploring vinyl, buying some new records and collecting some old ones, before plunking down a more serious amount of money on a top quality turntable and speakers. Taking all of that into context, I think dropping $30 at Marshall’s on a record player and speakers sounds like a good deal, and a good entry into the new world of vinyl. Now I have some extra cash to spend on records, and if I build up a nice collection and I'm really that into it, then it would be worth upgrading to a higher quality turntable later on. For $30 I think this is awesome
  4. I've been posting polls on our Instagram account (@atarigames) all this week about Winter Games and the 2018 Winter Olympics. I thought it would be fun to post the same polls in the forums and see how our results compare! I'll post results next week Don't forget to post your Winter Games scores in our 2018 Winter Olympics High Score Squad Challenge! http://forums.atari.io/index.php/topic/3661-squad-challenge-winter-olympics-special-winter-games-atari-7800/
  5. Pac-Man 4K (By Dennis Debro) Atari 2600 Difficulty: Default High Score: 25,860 November 26, 2017
  6. Pac-Man 4K (By Dennis Debro) Atari 2600 Difficulty: Default High Score: 19,380 November 24, 2017
  7. Pac-Man 4K (By Dennis Debro) Atari 2600 Difficulty: Default High Score: 13,840 November 22, 2017
  8. Pac-Man 4K (By Dennis Debro) Atari 2600 Difficulty: Default High Score: 13,640 November 19, 2017
  9. I love when guys in the community create stuff like this. Translating the Game-n-Watch feel to the 2600 is a novel idea. I'll have to check this out.
  10. SPOILER WARNING: This is a discussion on the entire second season of Stranger Things. It may contain spoilers for the series from its inception through the end of Stranger Things 2. Please be courteous when posting to include spoiler warnings when necessary. Stranger Things 2 A General Discussion about the 2nd Season Season 1 Discussion begins here: http://forums.atari.io/index.php/topic/2276-stranger-things-chapter-one-the-vanishing-of-will-byers/page-1 Stranger Things 2 just dropped on Netflix and it's going to be a wild ride! Last year we posted episode-by-episode recaps of the show and dove into the deep end with lengthy discussions. For Stranger Things 2 I think it will be fine to keep the discussion to one thread so long as we're all mindful about spoilers. Who here will be watching Stranger Things 2?
  11. b*nQ Atari 7800 Controller: PLAYER'S CHOICE Difficulty Level: Normal Achieve high score to win challenge Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / Emulation OK! ✔ Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST September 15th, 2017 In Memory of Ken Siders b*nQ : : September 3rd - 15th Beef Drop : : September 16th - 30th Objective: Play for the highest possible score using the difficulty settings defined in the challenge. Post a photo or video of your score in this thread. Scores must be achieved between September 3rd through September 15th, 2017. Screen captures are not allowed as they are easily manipulated for falsified scores. Multiple submissions are permitted. The player with the highest score at the end of the 1-month competition will be crowned the victor! Eligibility: Anyone can join in. All players are welcome! Play Rules: Games may be played on real hardware or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following rules and game settings as delineated in the Squad Challenge. Enhancements and hacked versions of this game are not allowed. Difficulty Level: Normal Fair Play: 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 no use of cheats, hacks, cartridge frying, enhancements, Photoshop, subterfuge, or any other unfair advantage is allowed. Everybody hates a cheater. More: To review detailed rules on how to play, please visit the High Score Squad page here: http://forums.atari.io/index.php/topic/1219-high-score-squad-how-to-play/ A Word about Ken: We're dedicating the month of September to the memory of homebrew artist Ken Siders. In celebration of Ken's life and work, we will be hosting two High Score Squad Challenges during the month of September. What better way to celebrate Ken than to play and appreciate what he left behind? The first Squad Challenge is for b*nQ and will run through September 15th. The second Squad Challenge will be for Beef Drop and will run from September 16th through September 30th. Special Thanks: A very special thank you is in order to atarilbc for making this happen. Thank you atarilbc for your help! bonQ.a78
  12. That's an awesome application for this, MaximumRD! This should work perfectly as a replacement for the aluminum stickers on top of ColecoVision joysticks. I hadn't thought of that but I may give that a try as well. Don't forget to burnish the aluminum tape once it's on, see below for my comment to RickR. That's great Rick! Aluminum tape for dryer vents is just what you need. Burnishing is the key to making this work, I should have gone into further detail about this: The purpose of the burnishing is to harden the aluminum to the plastic and make the aluminum durable and more resistant to dents, dings and deformations. The aluminum is very soft and pliable, so it's easily deformed. Tossing the controller into a box with your other controllers or hardware could result in the aluminum getting marked up or peeling off. Even letting an NES controller rest against it in a box would likely leave a crease. "Burnishing" the aluminum prevents this by hardening and adhering the aluminum to the plastic more firmly. The first two times I made this mod the aluminum didn't last through the weekend. Once I figured out the "burnishing" it's lasted since 1994 and still looks great. I use the side of a Q-Tip pressed firmly against the aluminum, going with the grain, but a soft cloth or cotton ball applied with gentle pressure will do the trick.
  13. I don't live in an area with a lot of dead malls or abandoned places, but what there is is interesting. I'm going to start sharing some of my pictures on here once I sort through them. Also of interest may be "abandoned" theme park attractions and pavilions that really aren't all that off-limits or hard to get to.
  14. Here’s A Quick And Easy Cosmetic Mod That Anyone Can Do! I posted this photo of an Atari 7800 joystick on our Instagram this week. You may notice it’s a little different, and I had a few people comment asking about the controller. Robert has a good eye. I wasn’t even thinking about it when I took the picture. I have a small stockpile of Atari 7800 joysticks, but the one I grabbed for the picture happened to be one of my original 2 joysticks from my Atari 7800 with the cereal in it that I talk about here. I was never that happy with the stock 7800 joysticks. (was anyone?) I always sought ways to mod the controller or make it better. One of the earliest mods I made was when I was 12 years old: a cosmetic change to extend the aluminum “streak” from the handle all the way through the top of the controller. I thought the Atari 7800 joystick looked and felt kind of cheap, as though something better had been designed and the guys in the accounting dept. took a look at it and said “Nope, nope, nope. Too expensive. Let’s save money by cutting costs here, here, and here.” The aluminum band on the console spans the full width of the 7800, shouldn’t the aluminum band on the joystick span the full length of the controller? Below is an abbreviated version of the slideshow I posted on Instagram as a response to the questions I received about the controller. Obviously this is only a cosmetic mod and won’t improve joystick responsiveness (there are other things you can do!) but this is a quick and fun DIY mod that anyone can do. It looks good and has stood the test of time. If you’re into it and up to it, here’s how to do it: What You'll Need: ☑️ Atari 7800 Pro-Line Joystick (cleaned with alcohol) ☑️ Aluminum Tape (HVAC Duct Joint Foil Tape) ☑️ X-Acto Knife ☑️ Q-Tip In Pictures, Here's What To Do: And that's how it's done! Now you have a unique Atari 7800 joystick that looks like it was always meant to look that way. Enjoy!
  15. Photographer John Margolies spent nearly 40 years documenting what we now know as “roadside Americana”—the gas stations, motels, drive-ins, and diners that attracted road trippers with quirky signs and kooky architecture. In 2017, a year after Margolies died at the age of 76, the Library of Congress made its Margolies photographs available online—more than 11,000 color photos of food-shaped restaurants, catchy neon signs, and an intriguingly large number of dinosaurs. From Atlas Obscura: Documenting America’s Long, Venerable Tradition of Roadside Dinosaurs Welcome to Jurassic parking lot. http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/roadside-dinosaurs-concrete-americana
  16. Very cool! I've been getting into this sort of thing recently, ever since I started watching the Dan Bell videos posted in here. Very interesting stuff.
  17. It's wonderful to see you posting in the forums PacManPlus! It's a real honor to have you here I second that! Thanks for all you've done to breathe new life into my favorite system! It's much appreciated. PS - Atari Age links are always welcome here
  18. Jag Bar LIVE! - Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands CD
  19. I like Target too! I've found the Wal-Marts in our area usually have the best prices, but they're also pretty sketchy. Dirty floors, dirty shelves, rowdy people. I've been to Wal-Marts in other states that are nice. I really like our Sam's Club, which is a subsidiary of Wal-Mart. It just won "Club of the Year" from Sam's. It's clean, well-stocked, great prices usually, and even the food in the "food court" area is pretty good. I'll usually grab a hot dog, slice of pizza, or salad from there about once a week. Rarely do I pay over $3 for my meal! I really like going to Target. Their prices are usually pretty decent (though sometimes not as low as other places) but our Target stores are always clean, well-stocked, brightly lit, and the people there are pretty nice. I also like that Target seems to carry a lot of nice stuff and a lot of it is their own. They'll have some decent clothes, some nice stuff for the home, even special edition board games etc. that you can't find anywhere else. I like the vibe there, and it's not a place that I dread going like I do Wal-mart at 2am. I'm surprised to hear that! I thought Target was almost everywhere Wal-mart is by now. Meanwhile poor K-Mart is disappearing from towns all across the country. So true! I'd like to think I'd be nostalgic for these times at Target -- but it's hard to beat the nostalgia of places like Woolworths, Hills, and for me K-Mart where I was growing up. So many good memories of eating in the little restaurants there, or at the mini Little Caesar's Pizza Place inside of K-Mart.
  20. THANKS RICK! I agree.. Sounds like a number of people in here have tried Harry's and gone back to Gillette. I was worried that would be the case! This is true! I learned this a few years ago and was super skeptical at first. "It's water that dulls the blade, not the actual shaving?" Seemed weird. But it's true and drying the blade first really does make a difference. I was changing blades on the 1st and 15th of the month and the blades would that long without a problem. I'm hoping I can too. My Gillette blades could do that, I'd like my Harry's blades to go that long too, to make the price difference worth it. Not gonna cut my face up though. I agree! I was buying Fusion Power blades at The Art of Shaving a number of years back when Fusion was new. Then Sam's Club and Costco started carrying them in bulk packs, so I started getting them there. But running out of razor blades and randomly having to drop $50+ one weekend on new razor blades felt like a bigger commitment than it needed to be. $7 every now and then for a pack of 4 Harry's blades is a lot easier of a bite to chew. Me too! I'm finding that to be the case. Today is my second day shaving with Harry's. So far it's not as good as Gillette Fusion but it's close enough and half the cost. Seems worth it so far.
  21. Today is Day #2 shaving with Harry's. I really like the Harry's blades so far. They're not as good as Gillette Fusion, but they're close enough that at half the cost it feels worth it. Let's see where we're at after 2 weeks of use, but so far so good. I've been taking my time shaving in small repeated strokes, applying shave balm afterwards, and drying the blade well after each shave. I have sensitive skin and have to say that even after applying shave balm my face still feels more raw than with the Gillette Fusion Power blades I had been using, but it's not terrible. (It could also be that I'm over-shaving and thinking too much about it afterward. I've never turned shaving into an Atari I/O post before.) I'm happy though and really want to like these blades.
  22. Haha me too! I was afraid you'd say that! You generally get what you pay for. Their presentation is really nice and I like that they're literally half the price of Gillette. It really is a small fortune for a pack of 4 Gillette Fusion blades. I'm going to give Harry's a try in the morning and see if it's passable.
  23. Also, it's worth mentioning how much I've really enjoyed going to Target during this move from one home to another... and I think it's because we've been talking about discount stores in the forums. Targets in my area seem to go the extra mile with decorating the store for new video games, dressing up end caps, etc. Prices are pretty good and it's great to grab a bite to eat in one of the little "restaurants" at the front of the store. There've been more than a few times that I was in Target and thought of BTBfilms' post on K-Mart in store music, and Professor's post on Caldor's Atari & ColecoVision "Price Break" ad. I think Target is for me today what those stores were for me back then. Seems like I'm creating new memories every time I go to Target or Sam's Club. I think 30 years from now I'll look back on these times nostalgically just as we do now with K-Mart and the rest. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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