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    MaximumRD reacted to 1Littlebeast for a blog entry, Dreamfall Chapters   
    Dreamfall Chapters is an episodic adventure game developed by Red Thread Games and Published by Deep Silver. It came out for PC, Mac, Linux, PS4, and Xbox One. It is apart of the game series The Longest Journey. ( I haven't played the previous games yet but I bought them recently) I discovered this game in 2018 and absolutely fell in love with it. From its Amazing Soundtrack. (Soundtrack YouTube) To its Beautiful Sci-Fi Futuristic level design and environment. (Which I enjoyed exploring every inch of)
    All the way to its core. Its Chose your own adventure style gameplay gives it a high replay value and its story is bound to take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. My friend and I played it roughly at the same time (He started playing a week after I did) and because of choices we made, we had different story's and even a different character. I give this game a 10/10. I have played it multiple times and have had fun every time. If you would like to watch my playthrough of it Click Here. ( Lightning Wolf Corp is a defunct thing I tried if you are curious about it maybe ill make a blog post) You can get the game for $20 on PlayStation and Xbox and $25 on steam. I hope you guys enjoyed my first review I decided not to go to much into the story as to avoid spoilers for those that want to play it. If you want to know more about the story here is the official Website.
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    MaximumRD got a reaction from RickR for a blog entry, Hair grooming during self isolation.   
    So yeah, hair care IS a thing since we cannot go out and social distancing blah blah. I just recently SHAVED my beard off 😮 because I like to "reset" every now and then, let my face breath etc, it's cool, I will have 5 o'clock shadow by 3 o'clock again 🙄 I mention this only because I am posting these silly low res images I took in Linux on one of my low end craptops recently and so you can see my before and after. I used a webcam effect in the after image because I was MAD LIKE HULK or something 😆 Now, as for the hair on my head well, who knows? We don't have clippers and I am not hacking away at my head for over 2 hours with disposable razors like I did my face so, I am expecting my hair to get longer than I have allowed it in years, I will likely have the Mod Squad Clarence Williams III / Linc Hayes Afro going before this is all over. 😎
     


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    MaximumRD got a reaction from Justin for a blog entry, Been a little sick (don't worry!)   
    I been suffering severe sinus issues past 3 days. FINALLY everything that was jammed up in my nasal passages released into my nose and I was able to blow it out, required much sudafed, inhalation and mostly ibuprofen and Tylenol because I get a severe sinus headaches from it, the first day really bad and painful but the next couple days even after doing everything still experiencing a constant low underlying headache which clearly was wearing me out. Today is the first day I actually feel relief. Blew a bunch a shit out of my nose and throat in a hot steamy shower, unclogged finally!  I will continue on sudafed for the rest of the day until I go to bed then hopefully I can do without it after that, knocks me on my ass though, I hibernate like  bear but it makes me dream like crazy and I feel it helps in the body healing process. First thing I noted was no cough or any other symptoms so not jumping the gun or being paranoid about Covid but at the same time need to be careful, don't want to be compromised by anything that might cause me to be even more susceptible to virus. Would not be the first time where I was sick and got through it only to be knocked on my ass by something even worse! But yeah, feeling much more like my old self which may never be GREAT these days but at least it allows me to be functional and for that I am thankful.

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    MaximumRD got a reaction from Justin for a blog entry, RE: My Tragic C64 incident   
    RE: Commodore 64. Once (I learned a lesson 😎) back in the early days, my first C64, the classic breadbox model, I loved it so, I even painted the case a cool shiny BLACK with spray paint. NOTE: Image show is not mine and included for descriptive purposes only. Sadly, I had more balls than knowledge and was always tinkering, wanting to see the guts of a machine etc. Do you know where this is going? I disassembled the machine BUT, and I think this was my biggest mistake in all this, with the cover and shielding OFF for some reason I still had it plugged in and turned on and poking around looking at the chips with screwdriver in hand I explored the guts noting numbers and labels when suddenly I dropped my tool (I MEAN MY SCREWDRIVER!) and there was a pop sound followed with a spark. It all happened so fast, I do not recall seeing any obvious damage but....well after putting everything back together, at first I was happy to see the machine start up and at first thought eh, everything fine but.....nope. Turns out everything I loaded, whether form cassette or disk just ran at the wrong speed, I don't recall if it was super sped up or super slow, IF I had to pick one I am pretty sure it was super slow, as if every process went from normal to the speed of a snail crawling through molasses, it seemed to work normally otherwise from what I recall but nothing was playable or usable after that. Oh man I was soooo upset and mad at myself. Such things were rare commodities for me at that young age and I was never going to get a replacement that's for sure, I had gotten it used as a hand me down. I learned a valuable lesson that day I can tell you. Oh I still tinkered, took things apart and explored every electronic item I would be lucky enough to get, MOST reassembled and working again successfully. Anyway, there was a time I got ONE hell of a shock that I think made my heart possibly stop temporarily while working at the back of a 26' cabinet RCA CRT Television but that's another story 😛 
     
    Note mine (it's long gone 😢) but similar


     
     
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    MaximumRD got a reaction from RickR for a blog entry, RE: My Tragic C64 incident   
    RE: Commodore 64. Once (I learned a lesson 😎) back in the early days, my first C64, the classic breadbox model, I loved it so, I even painted the case a cool shiny BLACK with spray paint. NOTE: Image show is not mine and included for descriptive purposes only. Sadly, I had more balls than knowledge and was always tinkering, wanting to see the guts of a machine etc. Do you know where this is going? I disassembled the machine BUT, and I think this was my biggest mistake in all this, with the cover and shielding OFF for some reason I still had it plugged in and turned on and poking around looking at the chips with screwdriver in hand I explored the guts noting numbers and labels when suddenly I dropped my tool (I MEAN MY SCREWDRIVER!) and there was a pop sound followed with a spark. It all happened so fast, I do not recall seeing any obvious damage but....well after putting everything back together, at first I was happy to see the machine start up and at first thought eh, everything fine but.....nope. Turns out everything I loaded, whether form cassette or disk just ran at the wrong speed, I don't recall if it was super sped up or super slow, IF I had to pick one I am pretty sure it was super slow, as if every process went from normal to the speed of a snail crawling through molasses, it seemed to work normally otherwise from what I recall but nothing was playable or usable after that. Oh man I was soooo upset and mad at myself. Such things were rare commodities for me at that young age and I was never going to get a replacement that's for sure, I had gotten it used as a hand me down. I learned a valuable lesson that day I can tell you. Oh I still tinkered, took things apart and explored every electronic item I would be lucky enough to get, MOST reassembled and working again successfully. Anyway, there was a time I got ONE hell of a shock that I think made my heart possibly stop temporarily while working at the back of a 26' cabinet RCA CRT Television but that's another story 😛 
     
    Note mine (it's long gone 😢) but similar


     
     
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    MaximumRD reacted to StormSurge for a blog entry, Please Allow Me to Ramble   
    My apologies in advance for this post. You may think this is a strange place for this but I can't think of another outlet for it and I can make an Atari connection.
     
    My stepfather is dying. Quickly. I'm not even sure if he's technically my stepfather, but he might as well be.
     
    Growing up, I hated him. I realize hate is a strong word but I HATED him.
     
    Now, I'm pretty devastated by this.
     
    My parents divorced in 1979, when I was six. My mother remarried a true a-hole a year or two later. I'm not certain of the exact date but it was in my 2600 heyday. Those were not good times for me but that's not even worth sharing. They would be divorced by 1983. That's when she met the subject of this post.
     
    She was working for the local newspaper in the classified department and he was the local dog warden. He would place ads for dogs they rounded up and they hit it off.
     
    The summer before I started sixth grade (1984), they moved in together. (This would be my fifth different elementary school since kindergarten.) My disdain for him was immediate.
     
    He had a son and daughter from a previous marriage. The daughter lived with her mom & would visit every other weekend. The son was a year older than me but we didn't get along that great.
     
    He was ridiculously strict. It honestly felt like I was in prison. No candy, no soda, being sent to bed super-early, etc. There was one TV in the house & we had to watch whatever he wanted. (A vivid memory is me coming home from school, finding a cartoon to watch or even an afternoon playoff baseball game (Cubs/Padres), him driving in the driveway, eventually sitting down in his chair in front of the TV & snapping his fingers, demanding the cable box. He would promptly change the channel & eventually settle on some horrible kung fu movie.) My Atari, which I used to shuttle back & forth between my father's house & my mother's was no longer to be connected to the TV.
     
    I remember him arguing with my Mom about my father. Things like the child support check, or him calling to talk to me, etc. Stuff that made me super uncomfortable.
     
    The best times would come from when he would go play cards with his friends. I'd have a few hours with him not in the house but he would come home drunk. If everything would work out, I would be asleep before he came home.
     
    My mom never married him but I'm not sure how the common-law marriage thing works in my state. Regardless, they never split up. He was present in my life until I graduated high school.
     
    I learned quickly to keep my mouth shut & do whatever he ordered me to do. Chores, eating every last bite of foods I despised (I haven't eaten a pea in 25 years and I never will again.) He never hit me, although there were times I wish he did so I could find a way to leave. I used to fantasize about walking the 85 miles to my father's house, while not being exactly sure how to get there.
     
    I do remember blowing up during my senior year of high school. I had a girlfriend (SHOCKING!) and he would limit my time on the phone with her. I don't remember exactly what happened but I remember being in my bedroom with the door shut and hearing him outside complaining about something. I threw a Trapper Keeper (or something similar, it was a notebook/folder) at my dresser, which left a mark. The details are hazy now, but I remember just finally yelling back at him. I knew my days of being under his thumb were almost over.
     
    My escape from him was visiting my Dad every other weekend, vacations & summer. I can't even begin to describe how amazing it felt to be picked up on a Friday after school or Saturday morning. And the feeling of dread I had when I had to return...
     
    Once I graduated high school, I went to a college close to where my Dad lived and I never looked back. To this day, I hate visiting the town where my Mom lives and I'm pretty certain it all stems from these experiences.
     
    Since I left, I would visit my Mom & him on holidays, etc. He would always give me $100 for Christmas and our relationship became amicable. He seemed to love my daughter and she had no problems with him. Things were fine.
     
    This past February, my Mom called me during the middle of the day, which was bizarre. I assumed it was bad news about her Mom, my amazing grandmother, who has Alzheimers and isn't in good shape. It wasn't that. Howard has cancer, it's aggressive and the doctors give him six months to live.
     
    I was shocked & saddened but I wasn't sure how to respond to that news. As much as I hated him, I certainly didn't want this to happen. And I was heartbroken for my poor Mom, as now she has to deal with this.
     
    Since the diagnosis, I've only seen them one time, around my birthday in May. I kept saying that we'd do some things during the summer but it never worked out.
     
    Just this past weekend, the pain of chemotherapy and everything else became too much for him. He decided to stop fighting and is now in hospice care.
    I'm going to visit him tomorrow. I'm not sure if my daughter or wife (not my daughter's mom, that will be a WHOLE other series of blogs ) will join me but I'm going.
     
    Again, the feelings I have are so conflicted. How can I be so upset about someone who caused me so much pain? Yet, here I am, extremely upset. Part of it is pain for my Mom, imagining how she must be feeling. When the calendar turned to 2016, everything was fine in her world. Now, before Thanksgiving, completely turned upside down.
    As I spend time thinking and reflecting, I'm continuing to remember things that weren't so bad. How he attended my Student of the Month ceremony in seventh grade when no one else could. How he coached my Babe Ruth teams. How he took me fishing & camping.
     
    It's so strange, so bizarre and so painful. I apologize if this isn't the proper use of the blog but I consider myself amongst friends here and I don't feel like going back to a therapist. I have no interest sharing something like this on Facebook, so here I am.
     
    Thanks for listening to me ramble.
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    MaximumRD reacted to StormSurge for a blog entry, Post Zero - Intro   
    My long-term memory is impeccable, at least when it comes to positive memories. My short-term, not so much.
     
    I had been kicking around the idea of starting to document some of these positive memories in a journal, especially the random ones that pop in my head out of nowhere.
    Then I thought, why not wrap those memories up in a retro-themed bow and create a blog here. So that's what I'm going to do!
     
    I'll focus on video games, considering the site this is hosted at. But I'll occasionally throw in some other random retro memories from time to time. TV, music, movies, toys, games, etc.
     
    I hope that my posts will entertain a few of you. At the very least, they'll be a repository for the day my long-term memory is gone...
     
    (That's not a photo of me, but that's pretty much my recollection of falling in love with the 2600 right there)
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    MaximumRD reacted to Arenafoot for a blog entry, 2015 Atari 2600 homebrews as of 5/20/15   
    This is just this year and just for the 2600.............
    2015
     
    Homebrews released
    Jan 11, 2015 - Headkicker 2.0 (Retro Lord - AtariAge forum)
    Jan 12, 2015 - Nutkicker (Retro Lord - AtariAge forum)
    Jan 12, 2015 - Knight Kuest (Retro Lord - AtariAge forum)
    Jan 14, 2015 - Pro Football 1770 (Retro Lord - AtariAge forum)
    Jan 22, 2015 - Crazy Bird (gameblabla - AtariAge forum)
    Jan 23, 2015 - USSR Supreme Lifting Weights (Retro Lord - AtariAge forum)
    Jan 24, 2015 - Mallard Hunt (Retro Lord - AtariAge forum)
    Jan 25, 2015 - Monkey Obesity (http://xayax.net/)
    Jan 26, 2015 - Loaded4Bear (http://alienbill.com/loaded4bear/)
    Jan 29, 2015 - K.C. Munchkin (Mr SQL - AtariAge forum)
    Feb 12, 2015 - Wipeout 2600 (Retro Lord - AtariAge forum)
    Feb 21, 2015 - 2nd Dimension, The (Gray Games - Good Deal Games)
    Feb 21, 2015 - E.T.: Return to Earth (Good Deal Games)
    Feb 21, 2015 - Sunset Drive (Good Deal Games)
    Feb 21, 2015 - Smoke Gun (Retro Lord - AtariAge forum)
    Feb 26, 2015 - Star Rescue (Retro Lord - AtariAge forum)
    Feb 27, 2015 - T-Rex Simulator (KaeruYojimbo - AtariAge forum)
    Mar 6-8, 2015 - A.C.I.D. 2: Your Face is Goo (released at the Louisville Arcade Expo)
    Mar 10, 2015 - Diamond Drop (Atarius Maximus - AtariAge forum)
    Mar 11, 2015 - Planet Doom 2600 (Retro Lord - AtariAge forum)
    Mar 13, 2015 - The Deep (winkdot - AtariAge forum)
    Mar 28, 2015 - C@tacombs of Chaos (aka Atarowg) (released at the Cowlitz Gamers For Kids Expo)
    Apr 11, 2015 - Traffic Cop (Good Deal Games) (will be available to Hozer Video Games & Packrat Video Games soon)
    May 9, 2015 - Orb (winkdot - AtariAge forum)
    May 19, 2015 - Pigs in the Castle (Rudy J. Ferretti) [pre-orders begin]
     
    Hacks released
    Jan 18 2015 - Commavid's Magicard [PAL conversion + enhanced version] (AtariAge forums)
    Jan 23 2015 - Doctor Who Berzerk w/ speech samples (AtariAge forums)
    Jan 28 2015 - Atari Pacman (AtariAge forums)
    Feb 2 2015 - Freeway - No Traffic (AtariAge forums)
    Mar 13 2015 - Worms (AtariAge forums) hack of Artillery Duel
    Mar 22 2015 - Enduro Trainer (AtariAge forums)
     
     
    Releasing Soon
    carts signed Feb 2015 - Demons (based on the 1985 movie) - NeoGames
    BOXES arrived on 3/10/15 for: L.E.M. Lunar Excursion Module, Star Castle, Wall Jump Ninja &
    "boxes for already released carts": Stay Frosty 2: Stay Frostier & Omicron - all from AtariAge
    1st Qtr of 2015 - Super Trash Truck - Sadai Games Corp.
    ??? 2015 - Hunger Shark - NeoGames [delayed due to new board design - price increase]
    ??? 2015 (after Hunger Shark) - Twist'r-Shark (was "Sharknado") - NeoGames
    ??? 2015 - RAM-Pong - Packrat Games
    ??? 2015 - Titan Axe - Papa
    ??? 2015 - Brik, Brik 180, Jump VCS - repixel8.com/AtariAge
    ??? 2015 - Galactopus - NeoGames
    ??? 2015 - Ninja Wall Jump, Zippy the Porcupine, Panky the Panda - AtariAge
    ??? 2015 - D.K. VCS, DK Arcade 2600 - AtariAge
    Nov 2015 - Alien Menace - NeoGames (to be released at Free Play Florida 2015) comes with Deluxe card game - Prototype card game reserves started 4/18/15 w/ no game cart
     
    WIP
    Dec 28 2014 - Larry the Lemon (formally known as "Black Friday) (back working on it)
    Dec 31 2014 - Pac-Action
    Jan 1 2015 - Moto X
    Jan 4 2015 - Cows
    Jan 14 2015 - Tumulus (back working on it)
    Jan 16 2015 - Aaron the Aant
    Feb 2 2015 - Alien Greed 5 (back working on it)
    Feb 7 2015 - F40 (aka Ferreira 4.0 KB) (back working on it)
    Feb 13 2015 - Alien Pinball
    Feb 13 2015 - Puncher (Demo)
    Feb 14 2015 - Dragon Defense
    Feb 25 2015 - Titan Axe (Beta demo released)
    Feb 26 2015 - Balloon Girl
    Mar 6 2015 - Expedition Island
    Mar 11 2015 - Atomic Disco
    Mar 15 2015 - Surtr's Sword aka "Sword of Iffrit" (back working on it)
    Mar 25 2015 - Castle of Doom (back working on it)
    Mar 25 2015 - Hysteria / renamed "Lost Cat" - completed 5/5/15
    Mar 27 2015 - Project LEM
    Apr 7 2015 - Arkanoid (port) (back working on it)
    Apr 12 2015 - Prince of Persia (port)
    Apr 15 2015 - Space Shoot
    Apr 17 2015 - Pepsi Invaders Graphic Mystery - Hack
    May 1 2015 - 2048_4vcs (port) (beta version)
    May 6 2015 - Pac Man 2 (hack of Ms. Pac-Man)
    May 10 2015 - Laundry Hero Chapter 2
    May 12 2015 - Gauntlet (hack of Dark Chambers)
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