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    DegasElite got a reaction from socrates63 in Hello From Ohio   
    There are also XEGS and ST computer ports of "Crystal Castles." I have three Atari home versions of "Crystal Castles." I have them for A2600, XEGS, and ST. The ST computer version looks the best out of the three, but HDN is right about one thing. To experience it the best way possible, experience it on the arcade. The arcade is also extremely difficult to play. It is the most difficult of the versions of the game, but definitely very well programmed and fun.
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    DegasElite got a reaction from HDN in Squad Challenge - Demon Attack (Atari 2600)   
    Well, the Jaguar emulation isn't on there yet. They are working on it and it is in development. From what I understand, anyway. It should come, but the Jag is a beast to emulate, literally. I have VJ for Mac. It's fast enough, but the sound suffers. Sometimes, depending on the system, it gets a little choppy. Its complicated chipset is hard to emulate, and that is saying a good thing about the Jaguar because it is so well built as an early RISC machine on the inside. Emulation is a different story, though. 
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    DegasElite got a reaction from HDN in Squad Challenge - Demon Attack (Atari 2600)   
    I wonder, being an OpenEMU guy myself, if they can master Jaguar game emulation on it. I think that they are working on it. Great emulator otherwise. :O)
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    DegasElite reacted to Atari 5200 Guy in Going Through A Life Change   
    Another update.  
    I went back to get some of my stuff, yet again, and I did get the Atari stuff.  That was most important to me.  Those are things which mostly didn't come from her...those items came from others including Atari I/O friends.  But while I was there both of us had a good long heart to heart.
    The bible says everyone deserves a second chance and I completely agree.  I've had time to think things through and figure out what I want.  I need to be able to work where money or lack of it isn't a problem.  I gave up working to take care of her full time.  Unfortunately it took its toll on me physically and mentally.  For eleven years we were very rarely apart from one another and I honestly believe, as much as it breaks my heart to say this, I grew tired of even looking at her or hearing her.  And when the yelling and physical threats started I just shutdown.  There's an old saying that I believe applies here: absence makes the heart grow fonder.  That was something that was honestly never done.
    And, yes, I did shut her out of my world that she has said she wanted to be a part of and tried to be a part of. The problem there is my world, my hobbies, were no longer my interests...they became my escape, my way of trying to get a break from everything.  Her, her ways, her yelling, and when her brother go here, from everyone.  Video games no longer became my escape because I had intruders.  Two or three of them.  My video game world, even though I tried to include them, was no longer safe to me.  And it should have never felt that way but it did.
    The one world I never brought in was my music world.  Not listening to music....playing music.  My dads side of the family has a long history in music.  Not famous for the most part but was still a part of the music industry.  My great uncle Red Gale was the only one who made something of himself in the music business.  He was a guitar player for Porter Wagner.  The rest, my grandmother, great aunts and uncles, were friends to some classic well-known country musicians.  My grandmother made her money waiting tables and got an Arkansas award as the best waitress in the state. Ive seen the award.  She served Elvis!  The woman served Elvis on a few times he was traveling through my hometown on tours.  He would always request her if he stopped by to eat.  Those are stories I was told by my family and hold dear.  But it was stories and a family heritage I felt I had to protect.  I'm very proud of that heritage and I never should have shut her out of it.  Sadly those aunts, uncles, and my grandmother are all gone now.  I miss them dearly.  But that heritage is why I love music so much and I should have included her in it.  I miss playing keyboards and bass.  But instead I kept her from it.
    As for my wife and I....well...its complicated at the moment....for me at least. I still need time to heal.  I still love her, there's no doubt about that, but I need time for me at the moment, to get me back together and to take care of what has been neglected for too long.  We had a good long talk last night and all the cards were put on the table.  For US to work I feel we should start over completely.  Not get a divorce but we really need to start over and definitely make some serious changes.  Things are going to have to change or we will not make it as a couple. 
    The eleven years we were together are still there but are dead to me for the most part and I don't want that to be carried over to where old problems will rear their ugly heads.  The past needs to stay in the past.  We need a new solid foundation to stand on built on trust and love for this to work...and then let it grow from there with a new understanding of one another.  We are different now but he love is still there.  I've seen it.  I can tell she's a better person now than when I got here and met her.  But I also need time for me, to heal, to take care of myself, and in a different place than where we lived.  I simply can't be back in that building.  That place sucks the life out of me.
    On a positive side, we went and grabbed dinner and had a first date again.  It was nice and I got our dog to eat a plain cheeseburger who hasn't ate anything since I left.  I'm not a bad person and I don't mind second chances.  And I don't like not helping people.  Its who I am, its what has served me well through life, its what I want to continue to do.  As long as I don't get backstabber I will be a friend for life, give you the shirt off my back, and never ask for anything in return.  I'm mean, come on, I'm still good friends with my ex who cheated on me.  Just because that happened doesn't mean I didn't want to be friends with her.  That's just not me.
    So...new game plan.  I'm going to give my wife a second chance but I am requesting a fresh start on new grounds.  No rules or anything like that but we need to build something new that is just us, no one else getting involved in any disagreements we may have. Disagreements need to be taken care of in a civil manner, no more yelling, and should it get out of control I'm out the door for a while.  Not to leave for good but to give time for things to calm down and try again with a level head.  I miss my Sniper Elite 4 buddy...I miss involving her in the projects I would work on, but there will also be times i will have projects I will not want her a part of to give me a break from everyone and everything.  I will need ME time.  Because THAT is a healing process.  And we both need healing.
    See guys, I got this.  And I thank each and everyone of you here, my family spirit that has been guiding me, and the friends who took me in for allowing me to escape when I needed it so I could have the time I needed and to listen to things I have needed to get out for a very long time when I felt no one would listen.  You all mean a lot to me and that does include my wife, too.  She has been there when no one else was ... We just simply grew apart and for all the wrong reasons.  She knows what she has to do and I know what I have to do for is to work.  When I left I was ready to give up on my marriage with no regrets.  I simply didn't care anymore.  Now I'm not ready yet.  I'll give it a second chance...but the first sign that things start going back to the way things were...I'm out.  I can't put it any simpler than that.
     
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    DegasElite reacted to Justin in FINALLY GOT ONE!!!!!   
    Here we go. Strap in kids. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say battery life doesn't matter. 🔋
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    DegasElite reacted to HDN in Do any of you play?   
    My sister has been teaching herself to play piano. She watches Synthesia videos on YouTube to teach herself how to play virtually anything she wants. She just pulls up a video on her tablet (mostly Zelda and Animal Crossing stuff) and puts that above the keys where sheet music usually goes. The videos themselves remind me a lot of Guitar Hero but for pianos. I have tried using them, but my brain can't concentrate on so much at once. That's why I like playing the guitar; all I have to do is remember the chords.
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    DegasElite got a reaction from HDN in Do any of you play?   
    I would like to learn piano. I have the fingers for it. Honestly, I never learned to play the piano, but I might want to someday. Just wishful thinking, of course. :O)
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    DegasElite got a reaction from HDN in Who had one of these back when they were new?   
    Can the XE systems be reinforced by re-soldering the components so they have a stronger hold in the sockets. I didn't know that about the XE/GS. Interesting.
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    DegasElite reacted to Gianna in Going Through A Life Change   
    Wow, I wish you the best. It sounds like you made the right choice.
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    DegasElite got a reaction from MaximumRD in Happy retirement Cassandra Peterson / aka Elvira!   
    I always liked Cassandra Peterson. She is a good person. Elvira was always funny. I liked the character that she played. Awesome. :O)
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    DegasElite got a reaction from socrates63 in Happy retirement Cassandra Peterson / aka Elvira!   
    I always liked Cassandra Peterson. She is a good person. Elvira was always funny. I liked the character that she played. Awesome. :O)
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    DegasElite got a reaction from socrates63 in Going Through A Life Change   
    It is an Infogrames game. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai for the PS2 was also Infogrames. I know because I used to own it. Budokai was a fun game. :O)
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    DegasElite got a reaction from Gianna in Who had one of these back when they were new?   
    I received my first and brand new A7800 around Christmas 1987. I hugged the thing. I was upset because I thought it was not there. But, my parents hid it behind the stereo. Funny. I was pleased, though. :O)
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    DegasElite got a reaction from HDN in Going Through A Life Change   
    It is an Infogrames game. Dragon Ball Z: Budokai for the PS2 was also Infogrames. I know because I used to own it. Budokai was a fun game. :O)
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    DegasElite got a reaction from socrates63 in Favorite Breakfast?   
    I like for breakfast:
    Scrambled eggs and bacon
    Quiche (at times), or egg bake
    Toast with peanut butter
    That would be about it, really.
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    DegasElite got a reaction from socrates63 in Favorite Breakfast?   
    I have been to Giordano's Pizza, Pizzeria Uno, the ESPN Zone, and Buca di Beppo in Downtown Chicago. It was a fun time there. :O)
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    DegasElite got a reaction from HDN in Who had one of these back when they were new?   
    My sentiments exactly.
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    DegasElite got a reaction from socrates63 in Who had one of these back when they were new?   
    My sentiments exactly.
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    DegasElite got a reaction from socrates63 in Who had one of these back when they were new?   
    I received my first and brand new A7800 around Christmas 1987. I hugged the thing. I was upset because I thought it was not there. But, my parents hid it behind the stereo. Funny. I was pleased, though. :O)
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    DegasElite reacted to HDN in Who had one of these back when they were new?   
    It is quite apparent. It looks more like the 7800 than the 5200 to me (probably because they were being marketed simultaneously). Personally the Junior looks a bit too flat to me and it looks a bit strange compared to the other two with its switches. I didn't know there were multiple variations of the Junior.
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    DegasElite got a reaction from HDN in Who had one of these back when they were new?   
    Yup. Short and Long Rainbow versions. The Short Rainbow was manufactured first, I believe.
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    DegasElite got a reaction from HDN in Who had one of these back when they were new?   
    Yeah. I used to have an A2600 Darth Vader as well. I don't remember what happened to that system. But, that is gone, too. Unfortunately. Here are the A2600 systems I want to find:
    Heavy Sixer
    Light Sixer
    Darth Vader
    A2600 Jr Long Rainbow
    Those variations of that system would be happy campers in my Atari collection. Let me tell you. :O)
    They only redesigned the A2600 as the Junior to make it look like the A5200 and A7800. That's what I noticed anyway and it seems pretty obvious.
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    DegasElite reacted to HDN in Who had one of these back when they were new?   
    Wow, I turn around to go see @James Campbell Jr.'s Spider Fighter stream and this thread is blowing up!
    @TrekMD That's a cool TV. I've never seen one like that before. Both of my 12 inch CRTs have spent time in UW Stevens Point.
    @DegasElite sorry about your stolen 2600. A2600Jr. is either really ugly or super cool to me, depending on my mood. I am a Vader fan, personally.
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    DegasElite got a reaction from HDN in Who had one of these back when they were new?   
    I received my first and brand new A7800 around Christmas 1987. I hugged the thing. I was upset because I thought it was not there. But, my parents hid it behind the stereo. Funny. I was pleased, though. :O)
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