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  1. This thing, this is laughably bad. Though I am very happy to own the Coleco 10-in-1 Sports unit, I have to say this is the worst game system I have ever played in my life! Fortunately, I had a compatible AV cable laying around. This thing has a ridiculously small jack on it. I’m not 100% sure where this cord came from; maybe my old camcorder? Anyways, the games on this unit are really, REALLY bad. And there’s only ten of them. I have seen cheap handhelds not dissimilar to this one with equally terrible games (like the GoGamer Portable), but at least those had dozens if not hundreds of crappy games on them. And to be honest, many of those cheap bootleg games are of higher quality than the ones on the Coleco unit! Some, not all. I am honestly surprised that @nosweargamer managed to, well, not swear while reviewing this! Even though this unit is frankly terrible, I am proud to own this piece of “YouTube History”. Didn’t you say that you got this from @Willie!, NSG? No wonder I am like the 79th owner of this thing. Either way, this Coleco handheld will look nice on my shelf and has a really cool story behind it. Thank you, @socrates63! You didn’t have to send this. I hope I am not offending anyone by making fun of the poor Coleco, but do know that I am really happy to have this in my collection. I would have to say the “least bad” of the games is the deep-sea diving one, followed by air hockey.
  2. Good point. According to my dad, here are a few games that the two of them enjoyed when they were younger. You can use these to help form your lists if you want. Keystone Kapers Pac-Man Space Invaders Frogger Video Pinball
  3. I decided to color it in as well. I think I might buy a few of these games next time I visit the local store. I might even include one in my upcoming giveaway, though I am not sure about that. Speaking or visiting the game store, I have been thinking about what present I should get myself. Initially, I had a list of 2600 games I considered getting, but @socrates63 sent me nearly all of them! Missile Command, Popeye, Adventure, Maze Craze; yeah, I had to rethink that one! So I think I will get myself a Game Boy/Color/Advance game. I’m not sure yet. Perhaps Superstar Saga or Metroid II if they have it. I also plan on getting a few other things for some other people. The rest of the money, and most of my future earnings, I will save away. I don’t want a repeat of the Pokémon fiasco (read my (Game)Room thread for that) where I blow all my money in one spot. Eventually, I would like to be able to afford some duplicate games for the 2600 I have been planning to re-gift for quite some time now. Just some thoughts. I hope you are all are having a wonderful day.
  4. Wait, what? You have shields? I have been playing this game for years and never knew that. Now I can kill the evil sparks and purple dudes! This makes the game much, much, MUCH easier. I felt I could go much farther before, but now I feel I might even have a shot at winning this! I still have a ways to go first to beat @RickR. 73,426 is my first score while playing a full game with shields. Over 10,000 points better than my next-highest score (not posted).
  5. Hey everyone! So as a few of you might already know, I have a spare 2600 lying around that I would like to give back to its original owner in the future. One thing I would have to do is come up with a few games to get for him. Duplicate games. While I was thinking of what exactly I should get him (this would be in the future but I like to plan ahead), I realized that this may be a fun challenge for us on the forums. There's no prize for the challenge winner, but some of you may have a little fun with it. Make your list below and may the best "starter set" win! "Challenge" Rules: You may only pick 10 games for your starter set. The games you pick must be cheap and common titles. I leave the judging on this part up to you and won't be setting a price or rarity limit. In your set, there must be at least three multiplayer games, like Combat, Basketball, Outlaw, Air/Sea Battle, etc. All games in your starter set MUST use Joystick controllers. I hope you enjoy my little challenge! Like I said, I won't be offering a prize (that's for a different time) for this challenge's winner, but I do plan on picking a winner. I won't be sharing my own list yet, but I will within a couple of days. Best of luck to you all and have fun with my silly little challenge!
  6. I decided to make my own end label for the copy of Adventure (or “dventure” according to the damaged front label) that @socrates63 sent me. For this, since I couldn’t find my labeler (haven’t seen it in years, but I don’t know where it could have gone), the best I could do was a sharpie and some masking tape. I decided to make the most of my lack of proper labeling materials and create something a bit more special and personalized. And, I like it! I added a few drawings of some of the items and characters as well as the name of the game (with Odyssey 2-inspired exclamation point), name of the system (I debated between VCS and 2600 but ultimately chose the latter), and the Atari Fuji symbol. This label didn’t take me long to make, and aside from the fact that it is drawn on masking tape I think it turned out well and looks nice. Here’s my custom HDN label next to a genuine, limited edition copy of Galaxian with a special @RickR end label. Here’s what the front label looks like on Dventure. Did you know that Dventure is a jame program that you e with joystick controllers? I didn’t, but according the the label that’s what it is. Unfortunately, the label doesn’t tell me what a jame program (trademark) is, or what is is to “e” something. Overall, I like my new label for Adventure. I think I am going to start buying more games without end labels in the future. They typically run cheaper than the others at my local store by a couple of bucks. I enjoyed doodling on the Adventure label as well. It isn’t terribly professional looking, like Rick’s labels are, but I think it adds a touch of personalization to my collection.
  7. Honestly, this might sound a little crazy and a bit funny to you all now that I am so comfortable here, but when I first joined Atari.io back in August, I was super hyped to see that THE No Swear Gamer had responded to my silly Metroid post. This YouTuber with nearly 15,000 subscribers had responded to MY stupid 2D Metroid post. It sounds silly and a little bit embarrassing now that we all know each other, but at the time I was super hyped to see that!
  8. I have a few: SUPER METROID, of course, was a really big one for me. This was a game where I could explore to my heart’s content, find secrets, and explore incredibly atmospheric worlds on the planet Zebes. From the moment I first saw the game I was blown away and intrigued. Not only did this game shape my gaming tastes, but it in a way helped shape me as a person. Ten years after first playing it, Super Metroid is still my favorite video game of all time. LUIGI’S MANSION is incredibly nostalgic for me. My sister and I spent many hours combing through the mansion for everything we could find. Building upon my tastes established in Super Metroid, Luigi’s Mansion had an atmospheric and foreboding (yet still friendly in a twisted way) mansion to explore, filled to the brim with portrait ghosts oozing with character. The lore of this game, as silly and one-dimensional as it seems, is what really drew me in. And for my final two picks, VS. SUPER MARIO BROTHERS and SUPER MARIO BROTHERS (ALL-STARS EDITION). These two had arguably the most influence of them all; the former for introducing me to video games and the latter for making me fall in love with them. One day in 2010, my godfather was visiting from out of town for a couple of days. We live in a duplex that my grandfather owns, and at the time nobody lived in the other side of it so he stayed next door. My dad, to commemorate the occasion, hauled over a 27” CRT television (we had only recently stopped using it and switched to flatscreen) and his Super Nintendo. I stayed up late (for a five year old anyway) playing Super Mario Brothers with my dad, my godfather, and his two kids. I was so excited to finally be able to play this game at home! I repeatedly died at the first Goomba and his nearby friends, but I had a blast. Nothing I had done up to this point was like this. Sure, I had played a little VS SMB in a resort’s arcade room beforehand, but not nearly as much. The music, the graphics, the characters, everything was jaw-dropping to me. If it weren’t for that day, that game, or that Super Nintendo Entertainment System, I would have lead a very, VERY different life and probably wouldn’t have ended up on Atari.io. Super Mario Brothers, without a fraction of a doubt, of any digital medium has influenced not only my gaming tastes but my entire life up to this point the most.
  9. It will work, but you will need a Flashcard for that one. I forget what the one is called that goes in Slot 1. But if you got one, it should be just as compatible (if not more so as you can use DLDI drivers on flash cards) as mine is. I used a DSi, which has a built-in SD slot. That way I wouldn’t have to spend any money on it. I will have to see what the card is called. I will get back to you on that. But the short answer is yes, it’s good for hacking, though you’ll need to spend a bit more money on it than if you hacked a Wii or DSi or the like. You need more than just an SD, but not much. You will have fun with it and I can help you out.
  10. Oh, I’m actually a big fan of beat-up games. I sometimes purposely go out of my way to get the ugly ones, even if there’s no price reduction. You should take a look at my copies of Moon Patrol or Defender. You should make a wanted list yourself, @socrates63. Who knows, maybe I’ll find one of the items in my travels and could send it your way. About the below quote (can’t delete and reposition it on my phone): My dad got a kick out of some of those old trading cards. His quote of the day is as follows: ”[Daryl Strawberry] was almost as good at baseball as he was at doing cocaine.”
  11. WOW!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH @socrates63!!! You really didn’t have to do this. Thank you so much! This is AMAZING! Young here has really helped my collection grow! These are all excellent titles! I am especially excited for Adventure (the one with the missing label), which I could never find for a reasonable price at my local store, and Flag Capture, which isn’t terribly expensive but I could never find it at the store. I am also really excited to play Super Pac-Man! My first 7800 Homebrew. I really enjoy Super Pac-Man, and I am looking forward to seeing what they did with this version. And the handheld is very nice too! From watching @nosweargamer’s video a while back it doesn’t look too fun, but I’m glad to have it as a bit of a “movie prop”. The NSG card pack will be interesting to open, and the Creep pin is also really cool. It’s awesome to have these things from YouTubers that I watch regularly. Pink Gorilla! As a watcher of Metal Jesus, this is also kind of trippy for me to actually have! I’ve heard they’re a pretty good store. Good enough to make hats at least. This is good timing as I can’t seem to find my winter hat anywhere... I didn’t know there was a Prince of Persia movie! This ornament will be proudly hung on my mini-tree in my room. And lastly... the item that was in the mystery box! This thing has sat there for a month now, just begging to be opened. Turns out it was CIB Gravitar! Another game I wanted to get. This is my first red-labeled game. Honestly, Young, I can’t thank you enough! Next year I will have to fully participate in the box now that I have a job. Thanks!
  12. I decided to go with none of my options and play the game on my jailbroken DSi on that Atari collection. 60,811 is the best I did so far. I feel I could get much higher with a bit more practice.
  13. Oh, have I not introduced my pet yet? Well, here he is. This is Fluff, our betta fish. See, Fluff works as a name as he’s not fluffy at all. Bettas are interesting fish. You can actually train them to do things. They’re very unique. Fluff can’t do anything too terribly fancy (so far), but we love him just the same. He will come up to greet you from the bottom of his bowl and look you in the face with his weird (but cute) fish eyes.
  14. Stupid Apple! This app seems amazing, and I wish I could get it! Oh well. Thanks for sharing with us! If I ever try it out, I will certainly let you know.
  15. Guys, I did it. I GOT A JOB!!!

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    2. HDN


      No. I meant the Seattle area. Sorry for the confusion.

    3. Atari 5200 Guy

      Atari 5200 Guy

      Congrats!  I spent my very first paycheck on my Mother and got myself a 2600 junior with a few games. Celebrating that first paycheck is expected.  

    4. Atari 5200 Guy

      Atari 5200 Guy

      Congrats!  I spent my very first paycheck on my Mother and got myself a 2600 junior with a few games. Celebrating that first paycheck is expected.  

      A bit of advice.  After your first paycheck, whatever you decide to do with it, subtract 20% of your take home pay.  Stick that 20% you subtracted in your pocket, save the rest.  That 20% is to pay yourself and you should always pay yourself first.  If 20% is too much then find another lower percentage that works best for you.  

  16. That seems to be @chas10e’s trademark. I got one of his nice typewritten letters a while back from him. A very nice touch!
  17. Sad to see this. Astrology is so fascinating to me; we know so little in the grand scheme of things. I’m placing my bets on @CrossBow!
  18. I briefly touched upon this topic in a thread I created a few days ago. Let me fill those of you who didn't read it in: I got my light blue Nintendo DSi at the tail-end of its lifespan, on my eighth birthday in January 2013. I didn't realize this until the other day when I was researching the system, but I had actually gotten mine after they were discontinued. So this puppy one of the last-ever DSi systems. "Why did I get a DSi?" you might be asking. That's a fair question; the 3DS had been out for almost two years at that point. The reason I got a DSi instead was because I chose it over its successor. The 3DS, from what I had seen at that point, had a gross-looking circle pad and a dinky little D-Pad. That's why. Not terribly smart, but I really don't regret getting a DSi at all. Never did, even back then. If you know me, you'll know I'm not one for analog sticks. I'll oftentimes take the D-Pad route unless it's a 3D game or something. Younger me hated them even more. I eventually did get a 3DS XL a few years later in 2015, and later a New 3DS XL. I never did stop using my DSi, however, be it for animating with Flipnote Studio or listening to music. All three of said DS's have seen better days. The OG 3DS XL hasn't worked in years. That one's legitimately broken. The New 3DS XL, which has probably gotten the most use of the three, has the "X" and "B" buttons broken. They'll work if you'd press down hard enough. As for the DSi, both the "L" and "R" triggers are dysfunctional. "L" probably works once every 50 presses while "R" is more like once every 200. I would like to fix them, but I'm too scared to take my systems apart and accidentally break something. Furthermore, many of you knew that I grew up with a hacked Nintendo Wii in the household. I wasted many an hour playing emulated versions of NES and 2600 games in particular. Ever since I got my DSi, I've wanted to find a way to take those games on the go with me. I recently started softmodding some of my Nintendo systems like my Wii U and adding more content to the original Wii, so I thought I would finally make this old dream a reality. So why did I choose to mod the DSi over the 3DS? I chose to do this for multiple reasons. For one, the DSi was indeed the system I used to fantasize being able to do this on, and I kind of wanted some closure, however silly that sounds. The 3DS also had Virtual Console (which blew me away back in the day), and unless you could the Game and Watch games, DSi didn't. The biggest reason, however, is that the DSi had an easily accessible SD card slot. My New 3DS's microSD lies behind the back plate, which is so beat up I'm afraid it won't go back on if I unscrew it. I highly recommend trying this softmod out. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. I plan to make later posts in this thread as tutorials for anyone wanting to do this.
  19. Young, don't apologize! This is a very nice thing you're doing here. I don't mind the wait and never really did. I was only kidding when I said this unopened box here was torture! Thank you very much. I appreciate it.
  20. Oh, no, everyone! MAME Wii doesn't like this one! It's not emulation issues. It's that it doesn't like the game at all. Like, it won't even show up on the menu. I've tried moving everything into a separate folder so it's the only game in the MAME directory, but it still won't show up. I don't understand why. It's not the file type; all of the rest of the MAME files are .zips. I can't miss out on this challenge. I just love the game so much. So, from what I've seen, I have three options: I can try to download a different ROM for the game off of another site. I'm using the one Justin posted. I can play the game on the Atari Anthology disc on my XBOX. I'm assuming it's the original ROM as all of the others (besides Pong) appear to be the same as their arcade counterparts. I can set up some emulation on my new Raspberry Pi. I'm very frustrated with the thing at the present as it doesn't seem to do anything I want it to. My godfather was correct with his description when he sent it: it's my heaven and hell at the same time. Right now, my main problem is getting composite out on the thing and trying to access the NOOBS menu again. Anyways, I'm getting off track. Don't worry: though I'm going to be a bit late, I'm going to join! I love this game! Thanks again @Justin for picking this! This game and Elevator Action are very similar in my eyes. They were both some of my favorites from childhood that I played on XBOX. I've always just used the XBOX for retro compilations, mostly. Nothing else on the platform really sticks. I can enjoy some games, but they aren't really my cup of tea and I don't go back to them often.
  21. Congrats, @socrates63! I was watching you play this and was really surprised. Here I was with 6 or 7 thousand points while you over there were just killing it! How did you do it?
  22. HDN

    Two new cool things!

    Yeah, I'm quickly finding out that this isn't as simple as the Wii or DSi. The thing was designed to teach programming and computer skills, so that makes sense. I'm pretty sure the emulation on this thing is going to be great. It's a very popular device for that. I hope to find an O2 emulator that supports two controllers!
  23. Is Qubes really that rare? According to the AA rarity guide, my rarest VCS game is Private Eye. However, I don't agree with that. I've seen a lot more Private Eyes in the wild than Tunnel Runners or Planet Patrols. Not that those are particularly rare, either. Perhaps my frequency at which I see Private Eye is just luck? It's not common, but I'd give it a four at most. That rarity guide could use a good update.
  25. Hello, everyone! To those who aren't aware: I have fallen down a deep, deep rabbithole of modding my Nintendo systems. I'm assuming y'all know my history with Atari already with my hacked Nintendo (Vader) Wii. I used to emulate those games all the time. Furthermore, some of you might know that I modded my Wii U and added a few emulators to my Wii just last week. Today, I have two new cool things to talk to you about. Both of them happened yesterday, and while I initially wanted to post about them then, I was just too busy tinkering with them. Let's start with the one I did first: Ever since I was around eight years old or so, I had wanted a way to play my Atari games on my Nintendo DSi. Well, yesterday that dream became a reality. I used the Memory Pit hack on my DS and got StellaDS to load in Twilight Menu ++. The emulation isn't great; it's a far cry from the Wii even. But I'll take what I can get. The colors are off, the sound can glitch, the screen is shriveled, and I can't seem to flip the difficulty switches, but I'm very happy to have a modded DSi system. A childhood dream come true. A surprise arrived in the mail as well! It was from my godfather (who I'm trying to get to join the site). This is the dude who hacked my Wii way back in 2011, and he's been guiding me through the process of softmodding my systems. He kindly sent me an assembled Raspberry Pi 4! I have only used one of these once before many years ago, and I don't think it was a 4. He said that it had just sat there gathering dust over at his house, so he just sent it over here. Thanks! I haven't used the Pi much yet. It's very finicky and I can't seem to know how to get a composite signal. I've tried various methods, but none of them seemed to work. I'll use HDMI for now and see if I can't try again later. I have something I need to try that might help me get a composite signal.
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