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    Justin got a reaction from TrekMD in Clear Mario Bros. Atari 2600 Prototype Game Cartridge   
    Here's a cool bit of gaming history I picked up this week for our growing Atari I/O classic gaming museum...
     
    This is a prototype Mario Bros. game cartridge for Atari 2600. There are a few reasons (obvious) that make this a great addition to the museum:
     
    This is not the retail release. The game is playable, but not entirely complete. 
      It's essentially two prototypes in one. This isn't just a prototype of the game, it's a prototype of the physical cartridge itself. Or rather an engineering sample. Most Atari prototypes were placed in black "Lab Loaner" Atari cartridges. I'm sure we've all seen these at some point. This cartridge is different, because it's half clear.

    When Atari redesigned the game cartridges to house both 2600 and 7800 games and removed the dust cover mechanism, they likely shot off a few samples in clear plastic to test the molds. This is one of those clear cartridges. So it's a pre-production engineering sample of a clear cartridge with a prototype game inside of it. This cartridge was originally found among the clear Atari 7800 console shells.
      It's not just any prototype, it's Mario Bros.! How cool to think that this would be one of the very first game cartridges in the world to bear the "Mario Bros." name and take Mario & Luigi on their first adventure together   
    Pretty cool stuff. I've made this image openly available so feel free to use it and share it in any way that you'd like:

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    Justin got a reaction from Atari Creep in Squad Challenge - Alleyway (Game Boy)   
    Alleyway
    Nintendo Game Boy
    Controller: CONTROLLER / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE
    Difficulty Level: Default (Press Start To Play)
    Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! ✔
    Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST November 14th, 2019
     
     
    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 November 1st through November 14th, 2019. 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 competition is the victor!
     
    ELIGIBILITY: Anyone can join in. All players are welcome!
     
    PLAY RULES: Games may be played on real hardware, Flashback or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following rules and game settings as delineated in the Squad Challenge. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed.
     
    DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Default. Press Start to Play.
     
    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, rewinds, 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: 
     
     
    MESSAGE: Welcome to our 72nd Squad Challenge! November kicks off the Holiday season, which often times reminds us of traveling, road trips to see family for holiday gatherings, and many hours spent in the back of the car playing video games. We're starting things off with Alleyway for Game Boy! Alleyway was one of the first Game Boy games released in the USA, and one of the first games I can remember playing for Game Boy. Alleyway is a nice Breakout clone. I loved Breakout and Super Breakout on Atari 2600, and although it lacks the Arkanoid-style power-ups, Alleyway still proves to be a fun game. I hope you guys enjoy this Squad Challenge! ROM and Instruction Manual are provided below. Good luck to everyone playing!
     
    NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be a Thanksgiving challenge for the Atari 7800. Be there!
     
     

     
     
     
    Alleyway.pdfAlleyway.gb
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    Justin got a reaction from Atari Creep in Squad Challenge - Splatterhouse (TurboGrafx-16)   
    Fellas, Splatterhouse is kicking my butt beyond belief. I've played it twice now, for an hour at a time. This is my best score. I scored 200 points more at the very end right after I took this photo. I'm going to celebrate Halloween with a little more Splatterhouse so we'll see if I can top this score. I had to jump in on this though!
    My High Score: 15,400

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    Justin got a reaction from Atari Creep in Squad Challenge - Splatterhouse (TurboGrafx-16)   
    Congratulations btbfilms76!
     
    Congratulations @btbfilms76 your astounding score! I hope everybody had a fun and safe Halloween and enjoyed the heck out of Splatterhouse! I was never great at Splatterhouse but I remember picking it up for the first time and how it felt so advanced compared to the games we had gotten used to by then, like Mario Bros. Plus how graphic everything seemed at the time. I was glad to see everybody in "the TurboGrafx club" show up for this! Even despite the malware issue, which I am working to resolve quickly. You guys posted some great scores and I'm happy to have come in dead last in one of these Squad Challenges! You guys posted some impressive scores on a very challenging game. @btbfilms76 posted an astronomical score of 101,800 points, performed live in front of an audience on YouTube! Unreal! @Atari Creep ranked 2nd on the board with a score of 28,100 points, also performed live in front of an audience on Instagram Live! @RickR takes the 3rd position with a solid 16,400 points on his first try, and I round things out in 4th place after playing for a few hours to get 15,400 points. Congrats to @btbfilms76 and everyone who played in this squad challenge and shared a score! I'd like to encourage @btbfilms76 to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on!
    NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be for the original (DMG) Nintendo Game Boy. Be there!
     
     
    SPLATTERHOUSE FINAL STANDINGS
     
    1   BTBFILMS76                       101,800
    2   ATARI CREEP                        28,100
    3   RICKR                                     16,400
    4   JUSTIN                                   15,400
     
     

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    Justin got a reaction from RickR in Squad Challenge - Alleyway (Game Boy)   
    Alleyway
    Nintendo Game Boy
    Controller: CONTROLLER / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE
    Difficulty Level: Default (Press Start To Play)
    Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! ✔
    Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST November 14th, 2019
     
     
    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 November 1st through November 14th, 2019. 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 competition is the victor!
     
    ELIGIBILITY: Anyone can join in. All players are welcome!
     
    PLAY RULES: Games may be played on real hardware, Flashback or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following rules and game settings as delineated in the Squad Challenge. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed.
     
    DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Default. Press Start to Play.
     
    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, rewinds, 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: 
     
     
    MESSAGE: Welcome to our 72nd Squad Challenge! November kicks off the Holiday season, which often times reminds us of traveling, road trips to see family for holiday gatherings, and many hours spent in the back of the car playing video games. We're starting things off with Alleyway for Game Boy! Alleyway was one of the first Game Boy games released in the USA, and one of the first games I can remember playing for Game Boy. Alleyway is a nice Breakout clone. I loved Breakout and Super Breakout on Atari 2600, and although it lacks the Arkanoid-style power-ups, Alleyway still proves to be a fun game. I hope you guys enjoy this Squad Challenge! ROM and Instruction Manual are provided below. Good luck to everyone playing!
     
    NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be a Thanksgiving challenge for the Atari 7800. Be there!
     
     

     
     
     
    Alleyway.pdfAlleyway.gb
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    Justin got a reaction from RadioPoultry in Squad Challenge - Alleyway (Game Boy)   
    Alleyway
    Nintendo Game Boy
    Controller: CONTROLLER / KEYBOARD / PLAYER'S CHOICE
    Difficulty Level: Default (Press Start To Play)
    Play on: Real Hardware / Dedicated Console / MAME / Emulation OK! ✔
    Squad Challenge ends 11:59 pm PST November 14th, 2019
     
     
    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 November 1st through November 14th, 2019. 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 competition is the victor!
     
    ELIGIBILITY: Anyone can join in. All players are welcome!
     
    PLAY RULES: Games may be played on real hardware, Flashback or emulation, using any controller or keyboard, following rules and game settings as delineated in the Squad Challenge. Enhancements, rewinds and hacked versions of this game are not allowed.
     
    DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Default. Press Start to Play.
     
    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, rewinds, 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: 
     
     
    MESSAGE: Welcome to our 72nd Squad Challenge! November kicks off the Holiday season, which often times reminds us of traveling, road trips to see family for holiday gatherings, and many hours spent in the back of the car playing video games. We're starting things off with Alleyway for Game Boy! Alleyway was one of the first Game Boy games released in the USA, and one of the first games I can remember playing for Game Boy. Alleyway is a nice Breakout clone. I loved Breakout and Super Breakout on Atari 2600, and although it lacks the Arkanoid-style power-ups, Alleyway still proves to be a fun game. I hope you guys enjoy this Squad Challenge! ROM and Instruction Manual are provided below. Good luck to everyone playing!
     
    NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be a Thanksgiving challenge for the Atari 7800. Be there!
     
     

     
     
     
    Alleyway.pdfAlleyway.gb
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    Justin got a reaction from RickR in Squad Challenge - Splatterhouse (TurboGrafx-16)   
    Congratulations btbfilms76!
     
    Congratulations @btbfilms76 your astounding score! I hope everybody had a fun and safe Halloween and enjoyed the heck out of Splatterhouse! I was never great at Splatterhouse but I remember picking it up for the first time and how it felt so advanced compared to the games we had gotten used to by then, like Mario Bros. Plus how graphic everything seemed at the time. I was glad to see everybody in "the TurboGrafx club" show up for this! Even despite the malware issue, which I am working to resolve quickly. You guys posted some great scores and I'm happy to have come in dead last in one of these Squad Challenges! You guys posted some impressive scores on a very challenging game. @btbfilms76 posted an astronomical score of 101,800 points, performed live in front of an audience on YouTube! Unreal! @Atari Creep ranked 2nd on the board with a score of 28,100 points, also performed live in front of an audience on Instagram Live! @RickR takes the 3rd position with a solid 16,400 points on his first try, and I round things out in 4th place after playing for a few hours to get 15,400 points. Congrats to @btbfilms76 and everyone who played in this squad challenge and shared a score! I'd like to encourage @btbfilms76 to post his new high score on the Scoreboard, and let's make sure this Challenge continues on!
    NOTE: Our next High Score Squad Challenge will be for the original (DMG) Nintendo Game Boy. Be there!
     
     
    SPLATTERHOUSE FINAL STANDINGS
     
    1   BTBFILMS76                       101,800
    2   ATARI CREEP                        28,100
    3   RICKR                                     16,400
    4   JUSTIN                                   15,400
     
     

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    Justin got a reaction from RickR in What's everybody doing for Halloween this year?   
    I'll probably get in a few rounds of Splatterhouse on TurboGrafx-16 and hand out Halloween candy. Will I dress up as a ghoul? A zombie? Nicki Minaj? Possibly! What are you guys doing? 🎃 
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    Justin got a reaction from MaximumRD in Squad Challenge - Splatterhouse (TurboGrafx-16)   
    Fellas, Splatterhouse is kicking my butt beyond belief. I've played it twice now, for an hour at a time. This is my best score. I scored 200 points more at the very end right after I took this photo. I'm going to celebrate Halloween with a little more Splatterhouse so we'll see if I can top this score. I had to jump in on this though!
    My High Score: 15,400

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    Justin reacted to RadioPoultry in Battlezone - Game Boy   
    Battlezone (from Super Breakout/Battlezone)
    Game Boy
    Difficulty: None
    High Score: 617,000
    October 24, 2019
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    Justin reacted to StormSurge in El Camino   
    I did & loved it as well. It's always nice to spend time in the BB universe.
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    Justin reacted to jmjustin6 in El Camino   
    Has anyone seen El Camino yet? I just got finished watching it and I thought it was great. It picks up (more or less) right where breaking ends and it's all about Jesse. I'm not gonna spoil anything if you havent seen it yet just wanted to get yalls thoughts. 
    For me I liked it and if it went on for another hour I wouldnt have complained. 
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    Justin reacted to btbfilms76 in Squad Challenge - Splatterhouse (TurboGrafx-16)   
    101,800 played on my original TG-16.  
    Took this pic going into the second to last battle and sure enough, was dead soon after.
    RickR is right, get your cameras ready - death comes quick.
     
     

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    Justin reacted to RickR in Squad Challenge - Splatterhouse (TurboGrafx-16)   
    16400 first try.

    Woooweee, this is a perfect game for Halloween.  There is NOTHING more satisfying that smacking the living with a board.  I'm going to find time to play this one more.
    Warning:  This is another game that doesn't show your score after you die.  You gotta be careful and hit that pause button, get your camera ready, then unpause and snap!
     

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    Justin got a reaction from StormSurge in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue   
    I definitely will! Hopefully Saturday or Sunday I'll have a chance to sit down and play. I plan on it! Maybe on Halloween night as well! I'll also remind BTB and see if he can get in on this, he's a big TG fan.
    Thanks everyone for your help!
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    Justin got a reaction from StormSurge in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue   
    I should also post a big public thank you to @kamakazi20012 who has been very generous in offering a helping hand behind the scenes in getting this Malware issue resolved. Huge help! Thanks Kamakazi!
    It's possible. I usually don't like doing that but we'll take a look at it. We have other Squad Challenges scheduled out for the rest of the year and this was meant to be a Halloween themed challenge, but maybe we can bump it back an additional 15 days if more people are going to jump in.
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    Justin got a reaction from StormSurge in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue   
    Thanks for all the feedback guys! This malware issue is a real headache. Turning out to be time consuming and expensive.
    I'm sure most of you know that classic gaming and this website is a hobby for me. Because Atari I/O isn't a "business" I'm not always at my computer like a customer service attendant with the ability to immediately address issues as they arise. I'm probably in the middle of my work day, out somewhere with a lot to do and the rest of life to live outside of the site, just like the rest of us. You have to find a nice balance between spending time in the site, work life, spending time with loved ones and family, etc. I wish I could be in here 24/7 but this has to remain a hobby for me.
    And because it's a hobby I've kept things simple. Atari I/O doesn't generate revenue. We don't sell homebrews, we don't have a merch store, we don't charge for premium memberships, we don't run ads, etc. (Although t-shirts and stickers would be a fun thing  that I'd like to do soon!) The site is a passion project of mine and I keep things simple since I'm maintaining the site on my own. Moderators help keep things going in the forums and weed out negative people, but everybody gets along here for the most part so that job ends up being pretty easy. It's keeping the site online, maintained, paid for, approving new members, and putting out "fires" that becomes my sole responsibility.
    Remember when the chatroom used to go down occasionally? Or the big forums upgrade about a year ago? Things like that are kind of a big deal when I'm in the middle of my work day, far from my computer, without the time or ability to suddenly drop everything and focus on Atari stuff. It's a lot like taking care of a small child when it calls from the school nurse's office and needs to come home sick. Suddenly and unexpectedly you've got to drop everything you're doing and pay attention to it.
    Because Atari I/O isn't a "business" and doesn't generate revenue, it doesn't pay for itself. I'm fine paying to keep the site hosted and online month after month, but when something like the malware issue comes up it can be costly. Suddenly it's hundreds of dollars to get it fixed and it's like something going bad on your car and blindsiding you. "You'll need two front wheel bearings, new shocks, plus labor and an alignment fee, that'll come to, oh about $800". 
    I have to address issues as I'm able to and as time permits. Right now the site demands it. I really wanted to get into the Splatterhouse Squad Challenge this week, most of my Splatterhouse time though is getting chewed up by this dumb malware thing. I'm working on the issue and trying to get it taken care of asap. Doing the best I can with it. The forums themselves are not infected, it's only the portion of the site hosted on Wordpress. I'll keep you guys apprised.
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    Justin got a reaction from StormSurge in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue   
    ⬆️ This is how you do it. Thanks @CrossBow!
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    Justin got a reaction from StormSurge in What's everybody doing for Halloween this year?   
    I'll probably get in a few rounds of Splatterhouse on TurboGrafx-16 and hand out Halloween candy. Will I dress up as a ghoul? A zombie? Nicki Minaj? Possibly! What are you guys doing? 🎃 
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    Justin got a reaction from StormSurge in StormSurge's Extra Life Giveaway   
    This is wonderful @StormSurge. You're so good with events like this. I'm going to feature this thread on the home page.
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    Justin reacted to RickR in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue   
    Let me know if I can help in any way.  Monetarily or whatever.
    I do plan on jumping in on the challenge this weekend. But extend if it means you'll also jump in, Justin!  
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    Justin reacted to kamakazi20012 in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue   
    As I've said before Atari I/O is my home.  I will do what ever it takes to help keep this place safe and online for every fan of not just Atari but video games in general.  Besides, I got to make good use of my college studies.  
    You're welcome.  Any time I can be of help let me know.
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    Justin reacted to Atari Creep in Squad Challenge - Splatterhouse (TurboGrafx-16)   
    28100 live tonight on IG. Thanks @Justin for popping in for a few min.
     

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    Justin reacted to kamakazi20012 in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue   
    Since we had this issue why don't you extend that Squad Challenge for the entire month.  I don't think the rest of us would mind.  I'm trying to participate.  This time of year is hectic for me.  If I can find time I will.
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    Justin got a reaction from RickR in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue   
    Thanks for all the feedback guys! This malware issue is a real headache. Turning out to be time consuming and expensive.
    I'm sure most of you know that classic gaming and this website is a hobby for me. Because Atari I/O isn't a "business" I'm not always at my computer like a customer service attendant with the ability to immediately address issues as they arise. I'm probably in the middle of my work day, out somewhere with a lot to do and the rest of life to live outside of the site, just like the rest of us. You have to find a nice balance between spending time in the site, work life, spending time with loved ones and family, etc. I wish I could be in here 24/7 but this has to remain a hobby for me.
    And because it's a hobby I've kept things simple. Atari I/O doesn't generate revenue. We don't sell homebrews, we don't have a merch store, we don't charge for premium memberships, we don't run ads, etc. (Although t-shirts and stickers would be a fun thing  that I'd like to do soon!) The site is a passion project of mine and I keep things simple since I'm maintaining the site on my own. Moderators help keep things going in the forums and weed out negative people, but everybody gets along here for the most part so that job ends up being pretty easy. It's keeping the site online, maintained, paid for, approving new members, and putting out "fires" that becomes my sole responsibility.
    Remember when the chatroom used to go down occasionally? Or the big forums upgrade about a year ago? Things like that are kind of a big deal when I'm in the middle of my work day, far from my computer, without the time or ability to suddenly drop everything and focus on Atari stuff. It's a lot like taking care of a small child when it calls from the school nurse's office and needs to come home sick. Suddenly and unexpectedly you've got to drop everything you're doing and pay attention to it.
    Because Atari I/O isn't a "business" and doesn't generate revenue, it doesn't pay for itself. I'm fine paying to keep the site hosted and online month after month, but when something like the malware issue comes up it can be costly. Suddenly it's hundreds of dollars to get it fixed and it's like something going bad on your car and blindsiding you. "You'll need two front wheel bearings, new shocks, plus labor and an alignment fee, that'll come to, oh about $800". 
    I have to address issues as I'm able to and as time permits. Right now the site demands it. I really wanted to get into the Splatterhouse Squad Challenge this week, most of my Splatterhouse time though is getting chewed up by this dumb malware thing. I'm working on the issue and trying to get it taken care of asap. Doing the best I can with it. The forums themselves are not infected, it's only the portion of the site hosted on Wordpress. I'll keep you guys apprised.
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