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  1. There’s going to be a slight delay on the Metroid 2 review, but it’s going to be out soon!

    1. RickR

      RickR

      I am familiar with such delays. 

       

  2. Happy Month of Metroid, everyone! Today was my first day at school and tonight I finished the first blog for the month! You'll see it at Noon on Friday the third. Have a great day and ONLY 37 DAYS UNTIL METROID DREAD!!!!

    1. socrates63

      socrates63

      Happy return to school, Harry. Best wishes on your new academic year.

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  3. I’ve been absent for a week or so because I was on a fishing trip on the Chippewa Flowage! And guess what? I didn’t have a single bite! It was still fun though.

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      Our combined total of the seven of us (my family plus grandparents and uncle) was two fish.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      Well, that happens sometimes.  You can always get some fish from Safeway or something 🙂 

    4. socrates63

      socrates63

      Glad you had a great time regardless, Harry! Being in good company is always best.

  4. Month of Metroid is officially coming to my blog next month! Do you guys like Metroid too?

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      Metroid Fusion is a lot of fun. It’s linear enough to be good for a portable game yet has plenty of exploration too. The new game is a direct sequel to Fusion. It’s about time!

    3. DegasElite

      DegasElite

      I enjoy Metroid, but I haven't played it in a while. It's pretty fun. :O)

    4. socrates63

      socrates63

      I haven't played it enough to form an opinion on Metroid, but of course, it's considered a classic. Having said that, platform games beyond the complexity of Mario Bros. (especially Metroidvania types) sadly are not my thing. I do have many of them though because I want to try them but I don't gravitate towards them naturally.

  5. Thank you all for one wonderful year on the IO! It’s been a pleasure meeting you all. Here’s to many more years.

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      @socrates63 We should celebrate by… playing Atari!

    3. RickR

      RickR

      Suggestion:  Asteroids level 8/a! 

    4. HDN

      HDN

      I’m game.

  6. Anybody have Atari Flashback Classics for switch? I just got it from the library. I’d love to play some online Atari with you guys!

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      They come on cartridges!

      I can’t begin to tell you guys how much I HATE that we’re moving away from physical media.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      Thanks, Harry.  I know I've asked before, but is there a model of Switch I should avoid?  I think you said to avoid the cheaper model that does not have the detachable joy-slidey things, as they tend to break after a year. 

       

    4. HDN

      HDN

      Yeah. Avoid the “lite” model.

  7. “Summer! It turns me upside down. SUMMER! It’s like a merry-go-round!” Every time i hear the word “summer”, I’ll always think of the song Magic by The Cars. My summer of 2017 was fueled by their greatest hit compilation. I listened to that thing on cassette 24/7 (this was back before my Walkman broke). Sadly, I never really listened to any of their actual albums and I still haven’t. I do have that greatest hit collection on CD nowadays, though. I ought to listen to that for a nostalgia trip soon.

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      I would have to go with Ric, as most if not all of those songs on that cassette featured him on lead vocals. He had such a distinct voice.

      I almost picked up a Cars album once a few years ago at the record store, but decided against it for whatever reason. I’ll have to borrow some from the library or something and listen to more of their stuff sometime.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      Interesting.  When I (and they) were young, I preferred Ric too.  But as I aged, Benjamin Orr is my favorite.  I remember being so sad and shocked when he passed away too young. Let's see...just from memory:  "Just What I Needed", "It's All I Can Do".  OK, I think I know what will be on my playlist this weekend. 

      There's no right/wrong answer.  They both are great. 

      I never did see The Cars live.  Maybe they were part of one of the big "Live Aid" shows?  But that was on TV, so doesn't count.  I'm glad you brought this up, as it's good to remember. 

       

    4. RickR

      RickR

      If your library has some, you should.  These guys were one of the great bands that pulled New Wave music more into the mainstream. 

       

  8. Happy summer, Io! It’s been busy these last few months, but I’m BACK! Expect to see me a lot.

  9. What happened to the Squad Challenges? Is everything okay? I've noticed we haven't had one in months and I'm a little concerned. Is Justin okay?

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      First things first! We don't mind. 

    3. RickR

      RickR

      @HDN, all is fine, as far as I know.  But this is a reminder:  As in life in general, enjoy the good while it's there.  Take care of friends -- even just to say hello.  I think we all know full well that life is full of ups and downs.  People like you and me must keep the IO spirit alive while the boss is busy.

       

    4. DegasElite

      DegasElite

      Thanks, Gianna, for telling us about Justin. We were concerned about him. :O)

  10. So I was watching the F-R-I-E-N-D-S reunion and apparently a dude named David Crane worked on it? So THAT'S what he did after the Atari days were over!

     

     

    And yes, I know Friends's Crane was a different person. But he's not as cool as our Dave Crane!

    1. HDN

      HDN

      "Fred Fuchs! Oh, Fred Fuchs!"

  11. @RickR I beat you at the card game!

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    1. HDN

      HDN

      @RickR blinded me with SCIENCE!!!

    2. RickR

      RickR

      It actually does look like me.  Plus I do love science.  Well-played. 

  12. Greetings from Door County!

  13. Does anyone here have a Nintendo DSi that is not in working order? If so, please DM me and we may be able to work something out. My system has a faulty battery and the one I ordered off Amazon doesn’t work. I’d rather source one from an original system than risk Amazon again. Thanks.

    1. RickR

      RickR

      I hope you're getting a refund for the non-working item from Amazon. 

      Try ebay.  I've had good luck there (look for sellers with high ratings). 

       

  14. @MaximumRD love the new profile picture.

  15. Please excuse me if I haven't been posting as often as I used to recently. Life has been in the way a little bit. Being back in school and all, I don't have as much free time as I used to! Expect more HDN posts once the school year is over.

  16. I've become addicted to Animal Crossing: Wild World on the DS... again! What do you guys think of the game? Have you ever played it? Have you ever played ANY Animal Crossing game (please do if you haven't)?

    I'm thinking of blogging about one of the AC games soon. New Leaf is one of the most sacred games to me, along with Super Metroid and Luigi's Mansion.

  17. My unocart came! Yay!

    1. RickR

      RickR

      Sweet!  You have fun with that thing. 

       

    2. HDN

      HDN

      I was playing some Princess Rescue yesterday. I love when I get to play new Mario games since I’ve beaten all the 2D ones I have. It’s crazy that they got it to work with two buttons on the Genesis pad. Worlds 3 and 4 were super hard!

  18. image.jpg.5733416a97262efba03f1676684e6876.jpgOh no! I’m about to be sued by Atari for copyright infringement!

     

  19. Defeat is at hand!

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      You can print one out yourself now!

    3. RickR

      RickR

      Yes I can!  I am limiting myself to weekends only for now.  Work gets the priority for now.  I also need to buy different color filaments. 

    4. RickR

      RickR

      This guy also agrees that de feet is at hand. 

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  20. Listeners of the Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast may know that the 200th episode was released the other day. There were a few contests and giveaways from different people to mark the occasion, and I was fortunate enough to win one of them. My prize? A beautiful 2600 Unocart. You all have no idea how amazing this is! Now I can play ALL my 2600 games on original hardware! To a broke teenager like myself, this is amazing. I'm very fortunate. Thanks to Doug for hosting the giveaway, and congrats to the two other winners!

    1. RickR

      RickR

      That is awesome!  Congrats.  The UnoCart is really good, and I'm sure you're going to love it.  And Doug Venner is a really great and nice person.  Make sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel.  I like his videos a lot, and he deserves a lot more subscribers. 

      Tip:  Get the Rom Hunter pack of roms here:  http://www.atarimania.com/rom_collection_archive_atari_2600_roms.html

      I'm sure you already have them all, but this pack is special because they are pre-arranged in logical folders and will be usable on the UnoCart (or Harmony) just by unzipping to an SD card. 

       

       

    2. HDN

      HDN

      I’m already subscribed! You’re right though, he has some very good videos there.

      What’s all in the Rom Hunter pack? Just released games or home brews as well?

       

    3. RickR

      RickR

      I don't think there are any homebrews, but it's the entire 2600 commercial library in both raw and arranged forms. 

       

  21. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU @nosweargamer FOR THE MAGICAL MYSTERY ODYSSEY 2 GAME PACKAGE! My dad sends his thanks as well. It was an awesome surprise and my dad was really happy to get Alpine Skiing after 40 years! I was really excited that we got Alien Invaders Plus, one of my favorite games on the system. We also played some War of Nerves and Armored Encounter, which was a lot of fun.

    1. RickR

      RickR

      That is AWESOME.  Even I want to thank you, @nosweargamer.  

      Have fun and enjoy that time with your dad. 

       

       

  22. Mail call!

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    1. socrates63

      socrates63

      Nice lot! What is your 2600 cartridge count now?

    2. HDN
  23. I wonder what the arcade ports of Pac-Man, DK, etc would look like had early (80-84) Activision done them for the 2600.

    1. socrates63

      socrates63

      Well, the 2600 version of Donkey Kong was done by an Activision co-founder Garry Kitchen in 1982. It seems the business constraints trickled down to constrain project resources (reduced memory size, development schedule). I'm not sure Activision developers would have done any better given the same requirements. Here's a Donkey Kong making-of written by Garry Kitchen himself.

      Similarly with Pac-Man, if the non-game designers would not dictate game design requirements (only space games can have black background), we'd have a better game.

  24. Hey guys, look! My dad has been reunited with his childhood system, the Odyssey 2! Only other person I know who grew up with one is @nosweargamer. This thing rocks! I love it so much!  
    My dad is looking for a few games in particular. If anyone has duplicates for the system, please DM me.

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      @nosweargamer anything he had as a kid, like Armored Encounter/Sub Chase, War of Nerves, Matchmaker/Logix/Buzzword, Volleyball, Pocket Billiards, and Computer Golf. That’s all I can remember now. He also wants Alpine Skiing, which he said he always wanted as a kid but never got.

      As for me, I’m pretty happy with what I have right now for the time being. Eventually I’d like to get Alien Invaders Plus, KC’s Krazy Chase, and ESPECIALLY Electronic Table Soccer. But for right now, I’m pretty pleased with what we all have.

      What an awesome system this is!

    3. nosweargamer

      nosweargamer

      I'll check my duplicates in the next day or two and get back to you.

    4. HDN

      HDN

      @nosweargamer seems like the type of collector to have duplicates of Air Raid.

      In all seriousness, thanks for looking. 

  25. GUYS, OUR ODYSSEY 2 FINALLY SHOWED UP AT THE GAME STORE! WE’RE FINALLY GETTING AN ODYSSEY 2!!!!!!! WAHHOOOOOO!

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