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  1. You should check out our new series of Let’s Play videos! Our most recent was Yo! Noid for NES, which I’ll link here. I made a thread in YouTube community a while back (called GoldenPhonautogram) with more videos.

     

  2. HAPPY ATARIVERSARY! One year ago today, I finally got the system of my dreams after wanting one for years and years. I'm very happy to finally have these systems and I can't believe it's been a year already!

    I've gone a little cuckoo for Atari collecting these past 365 days. I've collected close to 100 Atari 2600 cartridges! I also have around 25 games for my 7800 (thanks to the site for convincing me to get that awesome system). Many of the games I've gotten from Atari.io. Special thanks to @RickR, @chas10e, @socrates63, @cjherr, and @Scott Stilphen (I really hope I'm not forgetting anybody). A lot of you sent me free games completely out of the blue, which you didn't need to do. I'm very grateful, and I'm trying to find a way to repay you.

    Some of my accomplishments thus far:

    I finally found in the wild (and bought) my favorite game, Tunnel Runner!

    I lucked in to getting Flag Capture and Adventure, which had been hard to find for me (thanks Young!)

    I revived a broken Atari 2600! It was super corroded and needed a good scrubbing.

    I gave games a second chance and grew to like them, like GORF and Dragster to name a few (thanks Rick for teaching me how to play Dragsterand Chas10e for sending me GORF out of the blue!)

    I got my first-ever CIB retro games (thanks Jon for saving your boxes from forty years ago, and thanks Young for sending Gravitar!)

    I have been working on building a decent collection of home arcade ports for my 2600. I'm proud of it so far! I hope to expand further in the future!

    I joined various Atari communities, including this one (especially this one)!

    I wrote in to an Atari podcast! (thanks @fergojisan for putting up with me)

    I got an Atari 7800 as well! (thanks to CJ for sending me so many games! Some were pretty rare and it was very kind of you to do that!)

    I participated in many Atari-related challenges here at Atari.io! (thanks @Justin for setting them up, and thanks Rick for trading me Galaxian for one of said challenges!)

    I hacked my DSi, so for the first time I can play all the Atari 2600 I want WHEREVER I want!

    I taught myself how to fix controllers because I was a cheapskate with the Atari and didn't want to buy new controllers! I also know new methods of cleaning games and systems.

    After wanting to do it for some time but not having the equipment to do so, I finally starting making gaming videos, including Atari videos! I hope to shoot Atari Night ep. 2: 7800 games, soon! There have been a few delays this weekend.

    I started a blog!

    I discovered some great new gaming channels on YouTube with lots of Atari content, like @nosweargamer and @Atari Creep! (I already knew about @Willie!)

    But, most importantly, I made a lot of new retro gaming friends along the way! People who will listen to my silly rants about games from before my time and talk about it with me. Seriously, YOU GUYS ARE THE BEST! THANK YOU ALL!

    My Atari journey is far from over. What do I hope to accomplish on year two? Here are just a few select things.

    Complete my Atari 2600 and 7800 Nintendo subsets. I love Nintendo, and I'm really close to having all of their games for my 2600 and 7800! All I need is Donkey Kong Junior on the 2600 and Mario Brothers on the 7800. Should be easy! I just have to keep my eyes peeled.

    Collect more home arcade ports!

    Maybe get some homebrews? If I can afford it, that is!

    Build a real arcade-style controller? I know I've wanted to for some time now.

    Give one of my 2600s back to its original owner! I have wanted to do this pretty much since I got my first two 2600s, but with the pandemic I haven't been able to visit Jon and give it back. I have been slowly collecting parts like adapters and controllers for him, and I plan on buying some games from somebody here for him. He said that he would maybe like it back someday, just not with the pandemic. I think that it'll be safe to return it before March 1st of 2022.

    Get some keypad controllers, and games to go with it! I only have a video touch pad now.

    Keep on collecting!

    Really, thank you all for being there. This has been a fun journey to go on, and I'm happy to have people willing to join me. You're the best, all of you.

    Take care and best wishes,

    Harrison D. N.

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      It's incredible how easy it can be to collect the old stuff if one sets their mind to it.  Very good job. 

      Speaking for myself only, I find it really nice to see others starting the journey.  I'm one of those oldsters that rarely finds anything "new" to buy.  Homebrews are a good way to keep going.  But then again, I'd rather have fun playing old favorites.  Keep on telling us about it.  I find it fun to talk to you about it. 

       

    3. HDN

      HDN

      Well, if you want me to keep on talking about it I will!

      So far I have collected 91 Atari 2600 cartridges. I'd say around 50 of those didn't cost me anything (so either they came with the Atari or were gifts for birthday, Christmas, no reason), even more if you count the ones I got with my $5 discount. Most of the remaining 41-odd games were dirt cheap. About $1-5. Only two were above five bucks: Tunnel Runner and Mario Brothers. Both worth it in my opinion.

      It may sound like I'm foolish with my money, but really I'm not THAT bad. A lot of that which I spent on those games was Christmas/birthday money, and I feel it was worth it. With my job now, I save 80% of my earnings for college and other future expenses and I save the other 20% for HDN-things like Atari. For every game I buy, I stop and think, "is it worth it?" That's why I don't have Math Gran Prix or Sprintmaster. I'm only getting the things I want (and if the price is decent).

      The rarest game I have for my VCS (according to the AA rarity guide) is Private Eye. I kind of hate that game. Anyways, I'm not sure how accurate that is. I've seen a lot more Private Eyes out in the wild than Tunnel Runner. The only Tunnel Runner I've seen in the wild is the one I bought, and I don't think that should be the same rarity as Mario Brothers, which the game store has about 15 copies of at all times. 

      On the "professional" side of things, my 7800 now has 25 games under its belt. However, I only bought 3 of them myself. PPII came with the system, I got One on One with my discount, and the game store just gave me Karateka. The only games I got were from chas10e: Food Fight, Xevious, and Galaga. The other 19 games were gifts. 18 of them were from cjherr, which was very nice of him. And one of the games, a homebrew, was from Young! Thank you guys!

      The 7800 is also the home of my first ever duplicates for a home console. Cjherr also sent me two Xeviouses, PPII, and another Galaga. I want to give them away but I haven't been able to. The only one I have successfully given away was the PPII.

      The rarest 7800 game I (according to the guide on AA) is Rampage, scoring a 5 just like Private Eye. HOWEVER, the most valuable 7800 game I have is Commando. It's a great game, and I'd highly recommend it if if wasn't, like, $70.

    4. Willie!

      Willie!

      Awesome!

       

  3. Two great new finds.

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    1. socrates63

      socrates63

      👏 You got the Mario game! I know you’ve been looking for a while. Nice!

    2. HDN

      HDN

      I’ve been trying to get it since day one, in fact! 
      Wait a minute... today’s day one! I need to make a status update or something! 

  4. Spring is upon us, finally! HERE COMES THE SUN, DO DO DO DO!

  5. Anybody up for Wednesday chat tonight?

     

    1. RickR

      RickR

      I will try to drop by for a few while making dinner. 

       

  6. Stay tuned for my new video series: Atari Night! Join me for, oh, about an hour as I play several of my favorite Atari games! The premiere episode will be released shortly. Hope you guys enjoy. It's going to be pretty laid-back and low effort on my end.

  7. I apologize for not being too terribly active as of late. I have no real excuse.

    1. RickR

      RickR

      Hibernating is normal for this time of year.

       

    2. Justin

      Justin

      You're doing great 👌

  8. When @Justin features your topic.

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    1. Justin

      Justin

      Atari Force is an important topic! 🦸‍♂️

  9. What a depressing Valentine’s Day. It’s been so long since we’ve been quarantined. I imagine we’re all struggling right now. Hang in there; it’s almost over.

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      They took liberties. Many changes were made to the story.  Many characters combined or missing entirely.  That's fine, though.  I appreciate that the movie is 90 minutes, and to do that changes had to be made. 

      In general, the spirit of the book is all there. 

      I just found the CGI dogs to be fake looking. 

    3. Justin

      Justin

      We had a wonderful valentines day here, we went to play 18 holes of mini-golf and then later in the day we went out to eat at a favorite restaurant. It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun. I hope this year is tremendous for you 🌞

    4. RickR

      RickR

      We also had a very nice day, @Justin.  We could not leave the house due to the weather conditions, but that's ok.  A Sunday spent with family, doing whatever we please is always worthwhile.  We had a team effort on dinner, watched the Blazer game, and caught up on WandaVision.  Have you been watching that?  It's really good. 

  10. My mom FINALLY budged and let me take Drivers Ed. YES! 
    However, there is one problem. I can't stop thinking of Night Driver. Beep beep!

    1. RickR

      RickR

      Lesson 1:  Learn and master the universal gesture for drivers.

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      I told this same thing to the people on the Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast Discord server. One of the responses I got was "Better than Dodge 'em, I suppose".

  11. Wednesday night chat! I hope I can make it tonight.

  12. Anybody know where I can find a relatively inexpensive copy of 2600 Mario Brothers?

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      Thanks but no thanks, Phil. That's actually a lot more than the one I was looking at at the game store.

      Why is this game so pricey?

    3. nosweargamer

      nosweargamer

      I thinks it's mostly due to the the novelty of Mario Bros appearing on an Atari system and not being as common as Space Invaders or Pac-Man. It you think that is bad, you should see how much the XE version sells for!

    4. RickR

      RickR

      The least expensive Ebay copy needs a RickR end label. 

       

  13. I only buy my boxed games in mint condition.

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      That will work.  And you can get them free at your local post office. 

      The good news is that the box art looks perfect.  Once you square up the sides, that box will look great. 

       

    3. RickR

      RickR

      Here you go, Harry.  This Yars' box is probably the very worst in my collection.  Here's a picture of the innards to give you an idea.  I can't pull the liner out, as I Elmer's glued the bottom shut. 

       

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    4. HDN

      HDN

      Last night I sat down and devoted some time to this game. I had played it only to test it out before this.

      And, it's great! I love all the different variations. I'd have to say my favorite is #3, the one with two balls and two paddles. I really, really like the graphics, colors, and sound in this game as well. 

      @Gianna would be proud.

  14. For absolutely no reason, I watched Little Shop of Horrors yesterday in the middle of the night. Just out of nowhere I decided to watch it on my phone.

    I should clarify that this is the 1960 version I watched, not the musical. I've never seen the musical/movie adaptation of it before.

    I honestly loved this movie so much. It's not good, mind you, but it's entertaining. It's campy and corny as all hell. I laughed a couple of times actually. It's nice that it doesn't take itself too seriously. There's one scene in the movie when Audrey comes over to Semour's mother's house for dinner. She takes a drink of something and says something along the lines of "This tastes like cough syrup". Without skipping a beat, the mother says "Doctor FLYNN'S cough syrup!" That got a chuckle out of me. There are a lot of little moments like that and plenty of slapstick as well. That stuff just makes this low-budget film burst with charm.

    This movie reminds me a TON of Help!, the Beatles film. The humor is very similar in the two. 

    I highly recommend watching this "so bad it's good" movie. I love this. I know it isn't everybody's cup of tea but it's at least worth a shot. It's up on YouTube in its entirety.

     

  15. Pitfall II is good. BallBlazer is good. The friend zone is NOT good.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have BallBlazer or Pitfall II, but I AM in the friend zone. Life’s a bitch, ain’t it?

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      Listen, bud.  I'm telling you straight away.  You did something amazing.  Putting yourself out there is not easy.  Many don't.  And they regret it.  You feel bad today, and that's perfectly normal.  But keep on going.  Keep your eyes open.  Make friends with as many people as you can.  Be you.  Keep growing and learning.  Trust me, that special person just for you will come along. 

       

    3. nosweargamer
    4. HDN

      HDN

      Things aren't as bad as I thought. They certainly aren't IDEAL, but it could be much worse.

  16. Here are the games that arrived today:

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    1. RickR

      RickR

      All are awesome. Enjoy. 

    2. socrates63

      socrates63

      👏👏🕹️ great haul, Harry. Enjoy!

  17. I'm so excited. My thirteen games from Scott (which I mentioned earlier) are finally on their way here. The USPS has been super slow recently, but I don't mind waiting. I'm excited to share them with you when they arrive tomorrow (according to the USPS tracker, though it may be delayed).

    1. RickR

      RickR

      USPS has been hammered by, well, politics.  Hopefully they'll get back on their feet soon.

       

  18. I guess it's confession time.

    I've never told anyone about this before because I felt a little embarrassed about it, but ever since Algebra class last year, I've had a crush on this girl who was at the same table as I. We used to laugh and fool around and have all the fun. I have no idea how I even passed that class. We messed around the entire period every single day.

    I've never quite felt this way before, and I've kept it completely to myself for the last year. This was one of the tougher parts of the pandemic for me, as silly as that sounds. We've kept in touch the whole time, though it really isn't the same. I was always scared of asking her out at the time because I was scared of rejection, though I was pretty sure she liked me back. I think that it's damn time I do something about it all, virus permitting. Even if I do get friendzoned or something, I would have at least put myself out there. Nothing will come of sitting here wishing for things.

    I figure just talking about it would probably help me feel better about it. Like I said, I haven't said a word to anybody about this. Talking about it to another person will probably help me feel a bit more confident about it all. Sorry for the excessive blabbering about high school garbage like this.

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      GOOD LUCK

       

    3. socrates63

      socrates63

      🍀

    4. HDN

      HDN

      Looking forward to Sunday, though it’s a little scary. But I’m confident I’ll be okay. Let’s just hope I don’t screw anything up.

  19. So Mothman Prophecy. That was... awesome. I watched it today. Holy hell is that a good movie. I mean wow.

    1. socrates63

      socrates63

      Scary movie? I'm out 🐔

  20. Birthday games and a video capture device! What do you guys think?

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      Looks and sounds good.  Very professional if you ask me. 

    3. HDN

      HDN

      New test video. This one worked out loads better. The Doki Doki one had something like 435 dropped frames in a four minute video (I assume most were in that birdo fight). This one had only 5, all of which showed up pretty much as soon as I clicked the “Start Capture” button. It sounds much nicer now! I haven’t noticed any times when it was out of sync yet.

       

    4. socrates63

      socrates63

      I love the music and sound design of SMB and this coming from someone who hasn’t played the games. 

  21. My grandfather in the nursing home with COPD got coronavirus days before the vaccine. This may be the end. A priest was there earlier today. I trust God knows what he’s doing, whether he lives or dies it is His plan.

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      He was on my dad’s side. The grandfather I mostly talk about on here is still alive. If he had died of COVID I would feel really, really guilty as we have gone over to visit recently and I would blame myself for killing him.

       I haven’t seen my dad’s dad in about a year (kind of sad that coronavirus has been going on for so long).

      I had no idea that when we went to visit in late December 2019 that that would be the last time I saw him. It’s pretty depressing when I think about it.

      Thank you all for the prayers and kind words and thoughts. I truly appreciate it.

    3. socrates63

      socrates63

      My condolences to you and your family, Harry. 💐

    4. DegasElite

      DegasElite

      My condolences as well. My mother died of COPD in November of last year. I know how it is. She did not have COVID, but she did have COPD and heart failure. So, I can understand the COPD aspect of it.

  22. Daniel LaRusso’s gonna fight?!?

  23. Today I ordered a whole THIRTEEN Atari VCS cartridges from @Scott Stilphen of Atari Compendium fame. What a great deal— all these games for less than $25.00! I’m looking forward to sharing these games with you all when they arrive. Some of these games I ought to have gotten a long time ago.

    1. socrates63

      socrates63

      Awesome -- looking forward to seeing what you've added to your collection.

      I'll also encourage you to save up and buy a Harmony cart for the 2600 or Concerto for the 7800 so you can play homebrew rom files.

    2. RickR

      RickR

      Scott's a good dude and a fine seller.  Enjoy your games. 

       

    3. HDN

      HDN

      Glad you’re looking forward to it. I call myself an Atari fan, yet for nearly a year I haven’t owned some of these for my system!

      Maybe I should get a Harmony cart someday.

  24. Something amazing happened. I found an RPG that I actually like!

    1. DegasElite

      DegasElite

      If it's in the Phantasy Star series, that is a great JRPG. Which one, anyway?

    2. HDN

      HDN

      No, not Phantasy Star. I tried PS 2 and 3 on Genesis and didn’t much care for them.

      This game is Final Fantasy Legend, on Game Boy. It’s really interesting, straightforward, not too cryptic, and has some mechanics that go well with my playstyle.

    3. DegasElite

      DegasElite

      The Final Fantasy series is pretty good, too. I beat the original NES Final Fantasy in a year. Interesting JRPG. :O)

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