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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Harry's Adventures in 7800 Collecting   
    I've been actually collecting since the late 90s. I have well over 2,000 games but no complete collections for any one system. Although the closest are likely my 5200 and 7800 collections As I really only need the heavy hitters for those. But the point is that I do lack the space to add much more without it starting to look like being a horder so I did trade in last year about half of my PS2 collection and might do the same with my 360 and PS3 games as well only keeping ones that I'm likely to want to play again in the future that don't have a remaster available on something newer or that I might now own on PC. 
    And I need to get rid of my 150 or so LDs that I still have taking up shelf space...ugh. 
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Harry's Adventures in 7800 Collecting   
    I've been actually collecting since the late 90s. I have well over 2,000 games but no complete collections for any one system. Although the closest are likely my 5200 and 7800 collections As I really only need the heavy hitters for those. But the point is that I do lack the space to add much more without it starting to look like being a horder so I did trade in last year about half of my PS2 collection and might do the same with my 360 and PS3 games as well only keeping ones that I'm likely to want to play again in the future that don't have a remaster available on something newer or that I might now own on PC. 
    And I need to get rid of my 150 or so LDs that I still have taking up shelf space...ugh. 
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Harry's Adventures in 7800 Collecting   
    For the time, I always felt that the 7800 version of Xevious was pretty darn close to the arcade version. But I was also a teenager so my view might have been skewed a bit. Galaga I happen to like, but you have to be ready for that sudden speed up that hits at level 10 if memory serves. Eventually you learn the patterns between the waves of the enemies as they fly in to form up and that makes it easier to know where they will be coming in from and where to go to dodge incoming fire. 
    Food Fight I bought when it was originally released and didn't know anything about it because I've honestly never see the actual arcade cab in person I don't believe. I know I had never heard of it back in the day when arcades were still a place my buddies and I hung out. Having said that, I ended up  being very surprised by the game and having a lot of fun with it. Especially on higher levels when ever step and throw of food you make counts due to lower supplies of food to throw, faster chefs coming after you, and the ice cream melting at blazing speed.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in Harry's Adventures in 7800 Collecting   
    For the time, I always felt that the 7800 version of Xevious was pretty darn close to the arcade version. But I was also a teenager so my view might have been skewed a bit. Galaga I happen to like, but you have to be ready for that sudden speed up that hits at level 10 if memory serves. Eventually you learn the patterns between the waves of the enemies as they fly in to form up and that makes it easier to know where they will be coming in from and where to go to dodge incoming fire. 
    Food Fight I bought when it was originally released and didn't know anything about it because I've honestly never see the actual arcade cab in person I don't believe. I know I had never heard of it back in the day when arcades were still a place my buddies and I hung out. Having said that, I ended up  being very surprised by the game and having a lot of fun with it. Especially on higher levels when ever step and throw of food you make counts due to lower supplies of food to throw, faster chefs coming after you, and the ice cream melting at blazing speed.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    ITC# 71 was released this morning and once again focuses on the Colecovision. This time I show you the process I use to install one of the common composite upgrades into a Colecovision console. There are several kits available through online resources, ebay..etc. But from what I've seen, they all seem to use the same circuit design for amplifying the composite video within the RF modulator and use essentially the same installation instructions. As I like to keep wiring simple I do show you some alternate points that I use in this video for attaching to the composite video board but like all things in my videos, the DIY types can find other places to mount the board and locations from which to attach the wires for voltage, ground, etc. I also have a card in this video that pops up taking you to a specific ITC short on how to disassemble the Colecovision. I extracted it from a previous video I released on the Colecivision. There will be at least one more tech related video to be released within the next few weeks on the Colecovision so if you find these interesting, be sure to look out for that one in the coming future. Thank for watching and enjoy!
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    ITC# 70 is now available for viewing. What?! Two videos in the same month?! Well, this one was meant to originally be done as one of my shorts, but during editing I quickly realized that it would end up being a much longer video and decided to add it to my ITC main video series. So do please forgive the horrid camera work with this one as I was using my cell phone for all of this footage and audio. The issue in this video was interesting because initially I didn't know there was a problem with the system or else I wouldn't have bothered to have already installed a UAV etc into it until I had that corrected. This was because all other games I had tested with it, worked fine and didn't exhibit any graphic issues or lockups. It wasn't until another AA forum member posted about flickering issues on an early revision 7800 specifically with Ballblazer and Pole Position II that I decided to check out those two games. I'm glad I did as this issue could very well have escaped me since again, it wasn't manifesting on any other games I tried on this system. This video also shows you the importance of schematics (Up to date ones), that still play a needed role in helping to troubleshoot and diagnose issues today. Enjoy and thank you for watching!
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Ivory Tower Collections - Tech, Game and More Videos!   
    ITC# 71 was released this morning and once again focuses on the Colecovision. This time I show you the process I use to install one of the common composite upgrades into a Colecovision console. There are several kits available through online resources, ebay..etc. But from what I've seen, they all seem to use the same circuit design for amplifying the composite video within the RF modulator and use essentially the same installation instructions. As I like to keep wiring simple I do show you some alternate points that I use in this video for attaching to the composite video board but like all things in my videos, the DIY types can find other places to mount the board and locations from which to attach the wires for voltage, ground, etc. I also have a card in this video that pops up taking you to a specific ITC short on how to disassemble the Colecovision. I extracted it from a previous video I released on the Colecivision. There will be at least one more tech related video to be released within the next few weeks on the Colecovision so if you find these interesting, be sure to look out for that one in the coming future. Thank for watching and enjoy!
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from MaximumRD in socrates63's gaming collection and setup   
    Good job on that starplex controller and even better that it doesn't have the woodgrain vinyl sticker starting to peel yet?! I actually have two Starplex controllers. One is mint in the box and purchased a few years ago from a guy at AA that apparently found a case of them and was letting them go for like $25 shipped each at the time I think? The other I got before that and is badly peeled on the sticker but I only paid like $5 for it from some game store in Houston when I was visiting relatives.
    7800 Alien Brigade is an excellent game, but it was really more designed for the XE light gun. I've never managed to beat the game with a joystick but have with a light gun without much trouble.
    Also that Track n Field set is very nice! I've only seen the cart twice in the wild and bought it both times. But they both had been 'coxed' in their earlier lives so they aren't very minty at this point. I also have the controller but it had a corner broken out of it. But again..it was a cheap purchase for like $10 if I remember at the time?
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in socrates63's gaming collection and setup   
    Good job on that starplex controller and even better that it doesn't have the woodgrain vinyl sticker starting to peel yet?! I actually have two Starplex controllers. One is mint in the box and purchased a few years ago from a guy at AA that apparently found a case of them and was letting them go for like $25 shipped each at the time I think? The other I got before that and is badly peeled on the sticker but I only paid like $5 for it from some game store in Houston when I was visiting relatives.
    7800 Alien Brigade is an excellent game, but it was really more designed for the XE light gun. I've never managed to beat the game with a joystick but have with a light gun without much trouble.
    Also that Track n Field set is very nice! I've only seen the cart twice in the wild and bought it both times. But they both had been 'coxed' in their earlier lives so they aren't very minty at this point. I also have the controller but it had a corner broken out of it. But again..it was a cheap purchase for like $10 if I remember at the time?
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in socrates63's gaming collection and setup   
    Good job on that starplex controller and even better that it doesn't have the woodgrain vinyl sticker starting to peel yet?! I actually have two Starplex controllers. One is mint in the box and purchased a few years ago from a guy at AA that apparently found a case of them and was letting them go for like $25 shipped each at the time I think? The other I got before that and is badly peeled on the sticker but I only paid like $5 for it from some game store in Houston when I was visiting relatives.
    7800 Alien Brigade is an excellent game, but it was really more designed for the XE light gun. I've never managed to beat the game with a joystick but have with a light gun without much trouble.
    Also that Track n Field set is very nice! I've only seen the cart twice in the wild and bought it both times. But they both had been 'coxed' in their earlier lives so they aren't very minty at this point. I also have the controller but it had a corner broken out of it. But again..it was a cheap purchase for like $10 if I remember at the time?
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from RickR in Wizard of Wor - How IS the 5200 version?   
    Odd that the conversation of modern gaming vs retro and the appeal and changes for us over the years. I do have a PS4 Pro but most of the games I've purchased for it are either remakes of games I had on the PS3 or LRG releases of the Indie titles. The last modern game I really put a lot of time into was Horizon Zero Dawn as I just couldn't stop playing that game. But then BOTW on my Wii-U just doesn't seem to keep me as engaged as Horizon did. I have a pretty decent PC for gaming these days, but most of the games I play on it are modded versions of DOOM or Quake and just recently started playing Doom64 that was released to the PC with enhanced visuals. 
    However, when it comes to HALO I do like the series. I was pretty jazzed when the Master Chief Collection was released for PC back in March for such a low price. Some of the games in that collection I'd never actually played yet so it has been fun to fire them up and visit the remasters of the classic games and play the newer ones I hadn't yet. But I only like single player FPS games. Borderlands and HALO might be the only modern FPS series I've played.
    I do own and have played Doom 2016 on my PS4, but it was just kinda 'meh' for me and I didn't go out and purchase Doom Eternal. Will I? No idea...maybe if I see it in the future on Steam for uber cheap I'll likely grab it.
    But no..most of my game playing these days is retro games on my retro consoles and the newer home brew releases for our beloved classics are really both impressive technically and a lot of FUN as well! And that in the end...is all we want. To escape for a bit from reality for a bit of engaging fun. Welcome to your 'Ivory Tower'!
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from socrates63 in Wizard of Wor - How IS the 5200 version?   
    This is 100% accurate. You have to plug a controller into port 2 for a 1 player game. This is mimicking the original arcade where player 1 was on the right and player 2 on the left. So yeap..plug a controller into port 2 and you will find you can start the game and play that way.
    If you must plug a controller into port 1 to play this game, then you have to select a 2 player game so you can play as the blue/purple guy instead of the yellow.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from MaximumRD in Wizard of Wor - How IS the 5200 version?   
    This is 100% accurate. You have to plug a controller into port 2 for a 1 player game. This is mimicking the original arcade where player 1 was on the right and player 2 on the left. So yeap..plug a controller into port 2 and you will find you can start the game and play that way.
    If you must plug a controller into port 1 to play this game, then you have to select a 2 player game so you can play as the blue/purple guy instead of the yellow.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from LeeJ07 in My Intellivision Doesn't Seem to Work   
    Do you feel comfortable enough to at least be able to remove the power board, ribbon cable, and main board assemblies from the case? Though it isn't what I normally advise, but it would be cheaper to send the 'guts' of the system to someone to have them checked out and repaired vs the entire console. The mainboard of the intellivision only takes up half of the entire console space with the power board and transformer only taking up 1/4 of the remaining space. Most of the intellivision model 1 units on the left hand side is empty air space that was designed for the power cord to be tucked into when the system wasn't in use.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in Wizard of Wor - How IS the 5200 version?   
    This is 100% accurate. You have to plug a controller into port 2 for a 1 player game. This is mimicking the original arcade where player 1 was on the right and player 2 on the left. So yeap..plug a controller into port 2 and you will find you can start the game and play that way.
    If you must plug a controller into port 1 to play this game, then you have to select a 2 player game so you can play as the blue/purple guy instead of the yellow.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in My Intellivision Doesn't Seem to Work   
    Totally up to you, but I find the Intelly2 units to be less reliable overall. Their goofy AC output adapter doesn't help that much and increases the complexity of the power supply boards in them.
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    CrossBow got a reaction from chas10e in My Intellivision Doesn't Seem to Work   
    Yeap the NES and Sega RF boxes do not usually have the ability to switch on as they don't detect a strong enough signal from the atari consoles. Best to remove those boxes completely from the equation. While it isn't the proper cable, you can at least use any RCA cable in a pinch to at least get something on the screen. Would likely be snowy as all get out and fuzzy but you would at least know if the console is powering on or not.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from MaximumRD in My Intellivision Doesn't Seem to Work   
    I actually have found that at least on the original early model 1 units, that you can insert the carts a little further in than the Line on the cart states to. So if you literally just insert the cart in far enough to where the "Insert to this Line" is right at the edge of the cart opening, that should be enough.
    Oh...and I've seen this on an Intellivision I serviced several months ago. Turned out to be the 3906 transistors above the CPU I believe that were cooked. In fact it is common to actually see where the board has heated up and turned color due to the heat off those transistors so they do blow out. I think Console5 even includes them as part of the cap kit now since they are a very cheap part and pretty much free to toss into the kits in most cases.
    So, that is another possiblity but before going that route, you have to take the top off the thing and take some voltage measurements off the power supply board going into the main board to be sure that the power is at least good.
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in Broken Atari Lynx   
    The Lynx II uses a similar flex circuit design like the 5200 controllers. The actual buttons however, are just your usual rubber carbon/graphite pads that make contact on a set of carbon traces on the flex circuit. My guess is that either the rubber button itself has possibly developed a tear in it causing it to no longer pop up on its own, or there is some odd short in the flex itself. If the flex is to blame, then honestly it is best to replace it and Best-Electronics still has those available by themselves (Or did last time I ordered up a few). It isn't difficult to replace out but do watch a vid on the tube somewhere on how to disassemble the Lynx II before hand so you know how do go about it.
    Be careful trying to clean the flex as again they are graphite coated very thin aluminium traces and it is easy to damage them in the process.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Justin in 7800 Avenue   
    Perhaps. I feel that when the revival in the late 90s came about and when the 7800 was actually getting new games, that some of the actual newer arcade games of the time like Paperboy etc. would have done far better for the 7800. I know that newer arcade games were in the works and ultimately never happened, but still. Also would have helped if more unique games like Midnight Mutants had been released or better quality control for games like Planet Smashers and Scrapyard dog.
    Ultimately, only Atari could save Atari, and they didn't really seem to have a clear idea on how exactly to do that or stay focused on any one thing long enough to really make them stand out more.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from HDN in My Intellivision Doesn't Seem to Work   
    Yeap the NES and Sega RF boxes do not usually have the ability to switch on as they don't detect a strong enough signal from the atari consoles. Best to remove those boxes completely from the equation. While it isn't the proper cable, you can at least use any RCA cable in a pinch to at least get something on the screen. Would likely be snowy as all get out and fuzzy but you would at least know if the console is powering on or not.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from Sabertooth in 7800 Avenue   
    Perhaps. I feel that when the revival in the late 90s came about and when the 7800 was actually getting new games, that some of the actual newer arcade games of the time like Paperboy etc. would have done far better for the 7800. I know that newer arcade games were in the works and ultimately never happened, but still. Also would have helped if more unique games like Midnight Mutants had been released or better quality control for games like Planet Smashers and Scrapyard dog.
    Ultimately, only Atari could save Atari, and they didn't really seem to have a clear idea on how exactly to do that or stay focused on any one thing long enough to really make them stand out more.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from btbfilms76 in Lynx Lounge   
    You are talking about Todd's Adventures in Slime World here I assume? Convenience mainly. I keep one Lynx in the display case and the other in a Lynx padded case. So again, it is just easier for me to pop in the Genesis version of most of these games as it is more at the ready. I also tend to prefer the YM synth music/sound over the chiptune music/sounds of most games as well. I also prefer the controls in the Genesis version of Slime World.
     
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from btbfilms76 in 7800 Avenue   
    Alien Brigade is really the only game that can use both joystick/light gun that pretty much requires the light gun in this case. At least with Crossbow it is easy to line up along the line of something that you know can cause serious harm to the party member walking across the screen and just move left and right to take them out quickly. But with Alien brigade there is way too much happening all over the screen at once. I've never been able to beat AB with joystick but have gotten quite far in it. However, once I got me an XE lightgun about 3 years ago and plugged it up to my CRT. I actually beat it on my first run through. Surprisingly, I didn't do as well with Crossbow with a light gun as I've come to using the joysticks.
    Alien Brigade is one of the most impressive overall games for the 7800 as far as the graphics and use of the sound. Too bad more games with as much complexity didn't get developed.
     
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    CrossBow got a reaction from btbfilms76 in Lynx Lounge   
    I could never get into Shadow of the Beast for any platform. I own the Genesis version and there was a version released for the PC as well back in the day. Just...never clicked with me. I think the main issue is that the combat is more about single timed punches or kicks and I've never been fond of games with cheap deaths of which, Shadow of the beast is famous for. 
    The previous game you covered, Todd's Adventures in Slimeworld is a different story. I think that game is great! Although I do tend to play my Genesis release of it more than the Lynx version.
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