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  1. I'm so sorry for missing the weekend pizza party. The irony is that we ordered pizza for dinner on Friday night, but I was so fatigued that I not only forgot to take pics of the pie (it was a small 'special', fully loaded), but I played MAME instead of Atari! Oops!

    1. Justin


      Hope to see you back here next year for our next Pizza Party Weekend!

  2. A new night & a new time as we close in on Episode 15 of Retro With Marco! Some of the shoutouts will feature:


    • Who beat a world record that stood for nearly 18 years
    • Which gamer went from 1st to 20th in 3 weeks
    • Who broke a world record by a full 6 minutes


    I will also take a look at Darkula: A new platformer with an old school look.


    Plus, Mr. Do!...for the ZX Spectrum!


    This Tuesday night, June 18 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT:




    See you then!

  3. It's official: Retro With Marco is moving to a new day & earlier time! The show will air on Tuesdays at 9pm ET / 6pm PT starting June 18!




    See you then!

  4. A looming programming change:

    I will be moving Retro With Marco to every other Tuesday at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. This is for non-gaming reasons as my Wednesdays won't be providing as much flexibility as my Tuesdays. I'm also hoping that starting an hour earlier will also draw a few more viewers.

    As of now, Episode 15 is slated for June 19. I'll make an announcement once my programming change is official.

    1. Justin


      That will make it easier for me to watch your show, thanks for the heads up! Good luck with your new schedule.

    2. Marco1019


      Thanks, Justin! I also talked about it with a few other gamers recently, including Michael of Settle It On The Screen. Michael will have to scale his show back to monthly and is cool with my moving to another night; we had originally agreed to stream on alternate Wednesdays.

  5. Back from vacation, back into the groove, and back for Episode 14 of Retro With Marco!

    Tonight's episode will include:

    • A few speedrun and high score shoutouts
    • News and notes, including NASA (not that one)
    • A look at 1NVADER for the C64

    Tune in tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT following tonight's weekly chat:




    See you then!

  6. I'm taking this week off for some R&R. I'll be back just in time to figure out what in the heck I will line up for my show lol.


    Hint: I'll probably just shoot the breeze for 25 mins.

  7. There's plenty of good streaming on Twitch this weekend, including the Gala Gala tournament from Australia, and Competithon which is a 100% speedrunning marathon event. Check them out & show your support!

  8. Busy weekend & lots of work = It's almost Tuesday!

    It's a good thing I had last week off from streaming lol. Nonetheless, Retro With Marco returns this Wednesday night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT!

    Episode 13 will reveal the following:

    • Who set 4 new WRs in a span of 22 days
    • Who beat a long-standing WR set back in 1986
    • Which speedrunner emerged from a flurry of runs to set a new standard

    All this, plus a look at the upcoming Gala Gala tournament.


    See you then!

  9. I managed to get PlayStation running on OpenEmu and I'm going to play Wipeout XL for the 1st time in about 20 years. This should be fun lol.

  10. It's always when you least expect it / don't plan for it...


    I got in some MAME Punch-Out before I had to step out for dinner. I ended up with a new PB of 1.4MM. I reached Fight #50, something I hadn't accomplished in 3 decades. Go figure.

    1. Marco1019


      I'm up to 1.7MM, having won close to 70 fights. I'll have to improve on that average if I'm ever going to make a run at the scoring WR.

  11. Long work week is over and I've finally - FINALLY - installed MAME on my iMac. I played Punch-Out for the first time in about two years & had a lot of fun. It'd be nice to break 1MM. I reached 850K before I had to put gaming on the back burner for a long stretch last year.

  12. Work has ramped up since the beginning of May and my gaming/streaming has slowed. However, I'm back to playing Raid on Bungeling Bay for the C64. What do you think of the cover art?


    C64 raid-on-bungeling-bay.jpg

    1. RickR


      Great game. That box art doesn't do it justice. 

  13. Episode 12 of Retro With Marco this Wednesday at 10pm ET / 7pm PT!


    Some of last week's shoutouts included new records from @Garrett Holland , @linuxriverrat , and @fredb999 , along with a trio of GTA; San Andreas speedruns by lelreset. This week's shoutouts will include:

    • Another trio of WRs by a total of 35 seconds
    • A decade-old WR beaten by 350K
    • A Nintendo Switch WR that is a feather in the cap for one particular gamer


    See you on Wednesday night!

  14. I took apart one of my Atari 2600 joysticks and discovered that the up and down buttons still "click", but the left and right ones do not. It may explain why I wasn't able to turn corners in Ms. Pac-Man. 😂🤣


  15. Tune in this Wednesday night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT for the next episode of Retro With Marco! I'll have some of the latest high score & speedrun records, including:

    • Which gamer recently ran three new speedrun WRs by a combined seventy minutes
    • Which gamer broke a record set back in 2006

    I'll also take a look at a Kickstarter for the unofficial Atari Visual History.


    See you then!

  16. I need new controllers. I'm open to all suggestions.

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    2. Marco1019


      I'll use your rubber band idea in hopes it will get one of these controllers open. Thanks!

    3. RickR


      I learned that trick from Norm Abram on the PBS show "New Yankee Workshop"....and dad-blast-it, it actually works!


    4. Marco1019


      I had a little bit of success with that rubber band idea. I managed to open 1 of the 2 Slik Stiks I own. I may just rip apart the other one, I don't know. I also have a Wico bat handle that is a little loose but I'll try to open that one another day.

  17. After playing yesterday & today for the 1st time in 30+ years, I beat Karateka.


    That's it. That's my update lol. I'm going to bed now.

    1. GRay Defender

      GRay Defender


  18. Tune in tomorrow night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT for Episode 10 of Retro With Marco! (We made it to double digits!)


    During the Shoutouts segment, you will learn the following:


    1. Which WR was broken three times in the same day
    2. Which gamer scored a Daily Double (NTSC & EMU)
    3. Which gamer broke a speedrun record by a grand total of four frames


    I'll also take a quick look at SMB for the C64 and the unfinished demo of Superman for the SNES.




    See you then!

  19. Re: Episode 10 - I'm just about set with the Shoutout segment; I will be adding more video highlights to the segment as I continue to tinker with the segment & show as a whole.


    The challenge I face currently is scheduling guest interviews. It's not the lack of guests, but rather the timing.


    I may end up with a last-minute guest this Wednesday at 10pm ET / 7pm PT:




  20. I just learned that Settle It On The Screen will likely not air on May 1, so I will be going weekly through that date at minimum. I streamed this past Wednesday at 9:30pm ET in case Settle was going to air at 10pm ET; I learned that travel issues prevented that from happening.


    So my upcoming show schedule is as follows:

    April 24

    May 1

    May 8

    The show times for those three weeks will be 10pm ET / 7pm PT.


    It'll add to my learning experience & it'll be a good litmus test to see whether I can handle a weekly show with my other non-gaming responsibilities.

  21. Super Mario World ported to C64:




    Dan Salvato wondered if the "Minus World" glitch was possible. Check out the result:





    1. Justin


      The more SMB ports I see to other 8-Bit systems the more I believe the collapse of the video game industry and the success of the NES have less to do with tech and more to do with creativity and the philosophy of "what can video games be?". The way the first few waves of NES games reset the way we think about and play video games speaks volumes to what Atari and others should have seen. It was far more in line with being a toy company with games like SMB becoming franchises, than what Atari was doing with a focus on computers and being the next IBM.

    2. Marco1019


      To your point (somewhat, I think): I've had discussions with other gaming friends about the C64 & some ports that were rushed & turned out awful. By the time the C64's capabilities were truly explored and pushed to some of its limits, it was too late. (There were other factors to Commodore's demise, but I digress).

  22. Retro With Marco will air TONIGHT at 9:30pm ET / 6:30pm PT:


    High Score & Speedrun Shoutouts

    A look at Retrothon 2019

    Final Fantasy VII Concert




    See you then!


    (I know it cuts into the weekly chat here, but hopefully you will stop by for a bit.)

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  23. I'm leaning towards a Special Episode of Retro With Marco tonight. Michael Sroka of Settle It On The Screen just returned from a business trip and I don't know whether he will stream tonight. So I'll have an update in a few hours regarding Episode 9 which will feature:


    High score & speedrun shoutouts

    A look at Retrothon 2019

    Final Fantasy VII - A Symphonic Reunion

  24. A few more Pac-Man 8K attempts as I'm going for 150K before the deadline.

    1. Justin


      GOOD LUCK! I need to work on my high score too! :pac_man:

    2. Marco1019


      I got to 106K but no further. I may try one last time either later today or tomorrow morning.

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