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  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. I owned the XBAND modem for the Genesis and it was a lot of fun for myself & my friends. We would play each other & other gamers nationwide on Madden NFL 95. We were usually in the Top 10 for wins every week; there was one week when there were three of us on the Top 10. I start chatting with one Madden gamer who, it turned out, lived in Manhattan at the time. He figured I was into anime - my handle was Vegeta. (I'm glad I snagged it early because there were a lot of DBZ fans who wanted my handle.) We talked anime & football when he told me about an anime convention called AnimEast '95. It was held in NJ and he was planning on going to meet with a few other XBAND users. I took a NJ Transit bus to New Brunswick which turned out to be fortuitous as the bus stopped at the parking garage of the hotel where the convention was held. It made for a fun time meeting everyone in person & hanging out. We would then get together in NYC to shop for games and also play at a friend's apartment.
  5. 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.

  6. 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. 

  7. 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!

  8. I came across this article from Hackaday which was posted on Thursday: https://hackaday.com/2019/05/02/twenty-five-years-since-the-end-of-commodore/ The article also contains a link to a YouTube video showing the last day at a Commodore Amiga Factory in Pennsylvania.
  9. 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. 😂🤣


  10. I will try to give this one a go on the emulator side. OpenEmu uses the Bliss core which appears to be the only emulator available for Mac OS X. I just noticed that @Atari Creep used OpenEmu so I'm leaning strongly towards submitting a score.
  11. I just learned of the sad news a short while ago. This is a gut punch. RIP.
  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. I posted an update a few days ago announcing that I beat Karateka for the first time ever. I hadn't played that game in about 30 years until earlier this week. I streamed a run the other night and actually completed the game by defeating Akuma and rescuing Mariko. I was stunned.
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