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    MaximumRD reacted to chas10e in Possible to whiten 5200 Trackball ? Worthwhile?   
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    MaximumRD reacted to Atari 5200 Guy in Virtual Barn Find - Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 (Steam)   
    I got sick back before the holidays.  Just before Christmas I started to feel a bit better but couldn't do much without tiring out easily.  So I found a new hobby: rebuild a car...virtually.  I thought I would share pics of what I've done so far.  This is the game's version of a Chevy El Camino...a car I would very much love to own.

    The rear portion of the car is still in its original color (silver) and where it's black is where new body parts have been replaced.  The engine is a 6 cylinder pushing almost 300 HP with the addition of high performance parts.

    Everything you see here had to either be rebuilt or replaced.  Where I could put high performance parts I did including the transmission.  The tires you see are exact replacements to what the car came with which I thought were a bit wide but they are 215/70 15".  

    I have spent over a month rebuilding this car playing it when ever I had a bit of energy or those times I had where I couldn't sleep well.  I'd get up for a few minutes and work on this to help.  Unfortunately my shop funds are low now and is not yet equipped to handle body rust and painting.  Yes, I have driven the car around the test track and race track in the game and, WOW...normally the idea is to fix up cars and sell them (with the exception of customer orders of course).  I spent $15,000 on this car as it sat in a barn.  I had ~$13,000 to rebuild it with, ignoring customer calls completely.  I have barely $4,000 left.  Car is now worth about $40,000 as it now sits.

    I know this is not the real thing but cars and how they are presented in the game come randomly.  This car was an extremely nice find.  I know I could use the $40,000 in-game cash and possible hope to see another one like it but I'm not risking it...this one stays with me.  This is one car in the game I wish was real.

    The one above is to show how random the game generates these cars.  Same model car but different setup.  Off-road tires and a V8 engine.  I found this one in a junk yard for under $4,000.  I'm holding on to it to rebuild it.  This one I plan to sell.  Next to it is an imitation Superbird.  My car is behind that.
    Sorry for the lengthy post but I wanted to share these pics.  It's hard to find plastic models in my area and even harder to find an El Camino running around.  Rebuilding these is relaxing, I don't run out of parts, paint, or glue, and I never know what I'm going to find in those barns and at the junk yard.  Sort of my zen garden if you will.  I hope you all enjoy the pics.
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    MaximumRD reacted to Scott Stilphen in Possible to whiten 5200 Trackball ? Worthwhile?   
    Atari's were never white, they were always an off-yellow.
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    MaximumRD reacted to Atari 5200 Guy in Possible to whiten 5200 Trackball ? Worthwhile?   
    Those trakballs are your standard cue ball from a billiard ball set.  Yours has yellowed from age and trying to use chemicals on it can cause it to yellow even more.  It is made of ivory and of the same quality Atari used in their arcade trakball designs.  That controller is one of my favorites to use with the 5200 system.  It's a solid design.  As long as it works I wouldn't mess with it.  But...if the yellow ball bothers you buy a new cue ball from a store, pop the top off, remove old ball, put new ball in, put the top back on.  Yes, it really is that simple and I've done it in the past.
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    MaximumRD reacted to socrates63 in socrates63's gaming collection and setup   
    I posted photos of the Data Age subset from my Atari 2600 collection in response to Rob's thread. I collected Data Age games for two reasons -- I liked the box designs and because I wanted the Journey game. I know almost all Data Age games are usually panned for being bad, but I haven't played any yet myself. 
     
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    MaximumRD reacted to socrates63 in Data Age Mindscape FlexiDisc - Woah! Trippy man!   
    Thanks for sharing your video, Rob. Woah, that is trippy and even a little creepy. It certainly has a strong 60s/70s sci-fi vibe going on. I actually came across this promo record on ebay last year. At the time, I didn't know that it was a vinyl recording and thought it was a poster. I see it's currently available on ebay. I may have to add it to my Data Age collection 🙂 
    While collecting boxed 2600 games, I became a fan of Data Age box designs. I even bought a repro box of a game that was never released (Secret Agent) as well as the repro cartridge of the prototype. I've yet to play any of the games to confirm how bad they may be though 🙂 


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    MaximumRD got a reaction from socrates63 in Data Age Mindscape FlexiDisc - Woah! Trippy man!   
    😎Airlock? I posted THIS video in 2010. Promotional tie in for DataAge - MINDSCAPE
     
     
     
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    MaximumRD got a reaction from Justin in Data Age Mindscape FlexiDisc - Woah! Trippy man!   
    😎Airlock? I posted THIS video in 2010. Promotional tie in for DataAge - MINDSCAPE
     
     
     
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    MaximumRD got a reaction from GRay Defender in Data Age Mindscape FlexiDisc - Woah! Trippy man!   
    😎Airlock? I posted THIS video in 2010. Promotional tie in for DataAge - MINDSCAPE
     
     
     
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    MaximumRD reacted to Justin in The Famicom-to-NES Adapter   
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    MaximumRD reacted to Justin in The Famicom-to-NES Adapter   
    Yes there is. I bought one when I bought the AV Famicom and I've used it quite often over the past 15 years. Works great.
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    MaximumRD reacted to Justin in The Famicom-to-NES Adapter   
    I'm a little frustrated that I made a YouTube video about this very topic about 10 years ago that had tens of thousands of views and my YouTube account was killed for no apparent reason, no warnings no explanation. I have the video somewhere but it will take some looking. 
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    MaximumRD reacted to HDN in A view of the RickR sanctum   
    Here you go. I don’t know what was happening but for a while I was having some trouble uploading things.
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    MaximumRD reacted to Atari Creep in The Atari Creep   
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    MaximumRD got a reaction from Justin in More booting AtariOS on other hardware fun and experiments   
    It has been shown the AtariOS can be booted on hardware, images and videos have been shown it booting on laptops and desktops with various degrees of success, meaning issues with networking, sound etc, sound is sometimes fixed plugging in a USB audio device etc. 😜😎more surprises, while the AtariOS USB stick I created worked on my desktop and a up laptop to various degrees it didn’t work on my old bedroom desktop, due to no no uefi boot options. I also imaged this Sata drive, plugged into 2011 MacBook Pro and held down option key when booting, displayed a drive called efi and it booted, Bluetooth even seems to be working though I have no Bluetooth controller, no network though I am sure it would be fine if I plugged in Ethernet. Figured would not hurt to try 😆Nice use for the old recycle bin find MacBook! I had yet to see this done on Apple hardware so thought I would share.
     


     

     
     
     
     
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    MaximumRD got a reaction from Marco1019 in More booting AtariOS on other hardware fun and experiments   
    It has been shown the AtariOS can be booted on hardware, images and videos have been shown it booting on laptops and desktops with various degrees of success, meaning issues with networking, sound etc, sound is sometimes fixed plugging in a USB audio device etc. 😜😎more surprises, while the AtariOS USB stick I created worked on my desktop and a up laptop to various degrees it didn’t work on my old bedroom desktop, due to no no uefi boot options. I also imaged this Sata drive, plugged into 2011 MacBook Pro and held down option key when booting, displayed a drive called efi and it booted, Bluetooth even seems to be working though I have no Bluetooth controller, no network though I am sure it would be fine if I plugged in Ethernet. Figured would not hurt to try 😆Nice use for the old recycle bin find MacBook! I had yet to see this done on Apple hardware so thought I would share.
     


     

     
     
     
     
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    MaximumRD reacted to DegasElite in More booting AtariOS on other hardware fun and experiments   
    Interesting stuff. Thanks for sharing. :O)
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    MaximumRD got a reaction from Gianna in More booting AtariOS on other hardware fun and experiments   
    It has been shown the AtariOS can be booted on hardware, images and videos have been shown it booting on laptops and desktops with various degrees of success, meaning issues with networking, sound etc, sound is sometimes fixed plugging in a USB audio device etc. 😜😎more surprises, while the AtariOS USB stick I created worked on my desktop and a up laptop to various degrees it didn’t work on my old bedroom desktop, due to no no uefi boot options. I also imaged this Sata drive, plugged into 2011 MacBook Pro and held down option key when booting, displayed a drive called efi and it booted, Bluetooth even seems to be working though I have no Bluetooth controller, no network though I am sure it would be fine if I plugged in Ethernet. Figured would not hurt to try 😆Nice use for the old recycle bin find MacBook! I had yet to see this done on Apple hardware so thought I would share.
     


     

     
     
     
     
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    MaximumRD reacted to Atari 5200 Guy in The NEW AtariVCS AtariOS already cracked?   
    I remember one of the "updates" "Atari" mentioned a while back where the OS planned was suppose to be Linux based.  Linux at its roots can be a bit overwhelming and Greek to some.  I seriously doubt that anyone in-house at "Atari" knows how to program on that level.  The guys that would have been able to do it are from the past "Atari" era.  Definitely not the group they have now.  If they can then color me impressed.  With all the modern apps we have now that do the code work for us I seriously doubt anyone at modern "Atari" even know what BASIC is let alone how to use it.
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    MaximumRD got a reaction from socrates63 in Memorable T.V. show themes we love   
    "Please Stand By" - The ORIGINAL opening titles to "The Outer Limits!!"
    As a child I would stay up into the wee hours of the morning to catch this in reruns. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    MaximumRD got a reaction from Rocker67 in Memorable T.V. show themes we love   
    "Please Stand By" - The ORIGINAL opening titles to "The Outer Limits!!"
    As a child I would stay up into the wee hours of the morning to catch this in reruns. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    MaximumRD got a reaction from Rocker67 in Games your parents liked   
    Admittedly, I am parroting this topic I seen over on Atariage because I think it could be really interesting. 
     
    "Games your parents liked"
     
    Instantly when I read that I recalled a few. Keep in mind I grew up a only child in a single parent family. That said, my MOTHER though not 
    really into videogames, she DID enjoy and even got really good at a few back in the day. 
     
    Colecovision. - Mr. Do! and Ken Uston BlackJack/Poker. The Black Jack and Poker was pretty much a given but she also took to Mr. Do! 
    to the point that we were pretty competitive. We both got to the point we could roll the score and so it was more about how many times you could roll the score, so for example if I rolled the score 3 times, I would come home and she would have beaten that and I would immediately go and beat that, over and over. At some point we pretty much just had to agree that we were both pretty amazing at Mr. Do! lol. 
     
    Some time later after getting the Nintendo 8 bit system there was the usual family Duck Hunt competitions. After those systems though she pretty much lost interest.   
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    MaximumRD reacted to socrates63 in Games your parents liked   
    My parents never played. It was always a mystery to them why I would waste my time playing video games growing up. Thankfully, they never discouraged me or prevented me from playing. My father was always about enabling me to pursue whatever I was interested in.
    As for my kids, dad was the one who introduced them to video games. My kids still talk about the time I played Halo on my PC with them sitting on my lap (I turned off the blood). They also mentioned sneaking out of bed to watch me play. When they were older, we played multiplayer Halo but that lasted less than a year. I asked them why they don't play with me, and they said and I quote, "You suck, dad." They'd probably answer that I liked Halo games and games with old blocky graphics.
    Mom doesn't play games, and her favorite pastime is watching Korean shows on your iPad. Wii Sports was the only game that we played regularly as a family that included my wife. This would have been when the kids were 6 and 3, so they probably don't remember much if at all. The only other game that she plays when given a chance is Galaga, a game my kids know nothing about.
     
     
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    MaximumRD reacted to HDN in Games your parents liked   
    My dad introduced me to a lot of the games I play. Without him, I would most certainly not be here. So we played a lot of things together, like Combat, Mortal Kombat, Super Metroid, Mario Kart, NES Golf, and more. For a while, he was busy and we didn’t play many games together, as I always wanted to play things like Super Mario Brothers 3 and he wanted to play more competitive games like Madden 93. However, over the past year we have been playing a lot more, as we found many  games we could agree on and his schedule better accommodated these faster and more competitive games. 10-Yard Fight, NES Baseball, and Video Olympics are a few of our new favorites. In fact, just the other day we played some Fishing Derby and Jedi Arena. Two awesome games, by the way.
    As for my mom (and most other adults in my family), well... *cough cough*

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    MaximumRD reacted to Justin in Games your parents liked   
    My dad really loved the original Donkey Kong arcade machine. I remember playing the Donkey Kong cocktail table with him at Chuck E. Cheese, he was a master.
    My family also was pretty enamored with my Power Pad (World Class Track Meet), and years later my family also liked playing Wii Sports when the Wii was brand new.
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