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  1. Like how all systems are hidden (I think) except for the matching woodgrain VCS. Taste!
  2. Love classy displays like so. Recessed accent lighting always gets me.
  3. Emulation will always be something I do. More now than ever it's become complementary to many (real hardware) Apple II activities - like preparing disk images or verifying concepts and ideas. And it keeps wear and tear off 40+ year old hardware. For other systems and arcade cabs it's the only practical solution for experiencing them. It's the only way (4me) to bring the experience into this modern era. So I say use it for what it's good at. True enough. It's all over. And many implementations belong in the bargain barrel. Quality and hi-fidelity emulation exist like with Altirra being spot-on in color rendering colors. A huge amount of work has gone into making just right.. I see a time when old systems' custom chips will become impossible to find. Think the SSI-263P speech chip. Hadn't seen one for sale in over 5 years. The only way to experience it is through something like AppleWin. A niche example, sure, but stuff is heading that way eventually. I do hold out hopes that a CPLD or FPGA version of the SSI-263P will be made someday. Like they did with PokeyOne and the CPLD in the C64. Now I'll go watch the video!
  4. Many many things as long as its something I hadn't seen in a good number or years. Literally anything. Sometime I may expand upon that.
  5. Dealing with wonky equipment is certainly a downside of this hobby. I learned 'tronics at an early age and continued on through college. So it's all second nature. But there are things that formal training doesn't teach you. It's like that in every career. Formal training never ever covered vintage electronics and the special techniques & requirements when working with something 40 years old. Early on I learned how to correctly discharge static electricity, and exactly what it was, and why we were doing it. This from the Apple manuals that came with my II+ back in the day. Those manuals also taught us to check the power switch before pulling out cards. I only made that mistake once ever in the course of working on thousands of machines. Other tricky things might be turning on a CRT or power supply that has been sitting for 40+ years. Or repairing intermittent things - the worst kind of repairs. Point is this hobby will teach newbies and veterans alike new tricks.
  6. I grew up with Atari VCS, Intellivision, Colecovision, Astrocade, Odyssey2, Commodore64, Atari 400/800, Vectrex, Amiga, Ti-99/4A, CoCo, and other pre-NES stuff. I kind of skipped the NES, PS1, SMS, Genesis, NeoGeo, and SNES generation while it was happening. Today I just have my original Apple from bitd. And all my gaming is done on a state-of-the-art PC, both vintage through emulators and a few select native modern titles.
  7. I never liked Pac-Man in the arcades. Too difficult. But I was happy to see it come home on MAME. Enjoyed Snack Attack and Microwave on the Apple II equally.
  8. Definitely Star Raiders for all the reasons stated above. And optionally Moon Patrol because driving a moon buggy and blowing stuff up has got to be tons of fun in real or fantasy life.
  9. I don't believe the actual playing of videogames is a hobby at all. It's just an activity, a pastime. A competition. But everything surrounding them is, such as: collecting, maintaining hardware, creating content, curating, reading and writing stories about them, discussions, putting together a gaming computer, and more.
  10. My gramma liked it when I'd play Doom. She'd always bounce around on the end of the bed grunting as I worked through a level. That's about as close to any older relative of mine liking gaming. They just couldn't see the point or were distracted by other adult concerns.
  11. "It's a whole new challenge for your Atari VCS!" We used to mock that slogan so much because it was a challenge for my VCS to play those games. For whatever reason I found M-Network carts to be unreliable. Seemed like 2 out of 3 never worked, or worked for a while and then stopped. Ohh I was too young to troubleshoot and clean contacts. Besides, having been reading Omni and Popular Science and other pulp magazines of the era which glorified future tech as being the end-all be-all, I firmly got it my head that electronics were 100% reliable. They either worked forever or did not work at all.
  12. Console-wise I started with dedicated pong unit, and moved into the VCS on release day. Since then I owned practically every cartridge based system of the day. But I had always wanted an all-in-one system that'd play every game ever made. Today that is possible through a standard emulation box. And that means yes, despite it being virtual consoles. This enables me to sample and enjoy NeoGeo. Something I didn't like bitd, but do now.
  13. 2 of the malls of my childhood are still around and flourishing. The arcade/mall where I met the wife has long been abandoned. The Toys'R'Us I grew up with was still there as of last year, and while the Venture is long gone, another department store took its place. So it isn't all that bad in my area. What I do miss are the hobby shops with model rockets and remote control cars - those were loads of fun!
  14. I clearly remember the woodfield one, while they didn't actually have EVERY cart, they did have a huge selection. They were good at stocking multiple systems. Whatever was current. Everything except the Apple II it seemed. I even got my Epson MX-80 printer there.
  15. I loved going to the toy stores of the 70's and 80's. I felt toy stores of that era were custom-made for kids. They were OUR store. OUR domain. And I even remember making rudimentary maps for each major store. Oft times going to those places was the "reward" for having had to tag along with mom at the cosmetic shop, the bedding store, the appliance warehouse, and god remembers where else!
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