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    M-m-m-m-mail call!

    A kind soul in another Atari group sent this to me. If you’re reading this Tim, thank you so much!

    Some brief thoughts on these games:

    LASER BLAST: This game is monotonous and repetitive as all get out. But, I’ve found myself having a lot of fun with it recently! It’s brain dead, but it can be fun in spurts. I’m going to go for the patch.

    SUPERMAN: I never liked this game as a kid because I had no idea what to do. A few months ago I gave it another shot and had a blast! So happy to have this great game in my collection.

    SWORDQUEST FIREWORLD: Blech. Unlike Laser Blast, this is way worse than I remembered. It might be worse than Gangster Alley even.

    BANK HEIST: A real hidden gem on the system. It’s a very good Pac-Man style maze game. Give it a go if you can find it!

    3D TIC-TAC-TOE: Carol Shaw’s first released game is a lot of fun. I’m not good at it at all, but I really enjoy playing it. Like Video Chess, it’s a nice relaxing game for the times where action games don’t seem appealing.

    GRAND PRIX: One of the best Activision games. I have some great memories of this game and it’s still fun today. Maybe the best game in this lot.

    COMMANDO: There was an attempt here, but...

  2. I remember an old show that I used to catch the beginning few seconds of my DVR’d Scooby Doo Where Are You episodes on the channel Boomerang, which played a bunch of old cartoons. When I first played Private Eye, I thought it was based off this mystery show. Now I know that Private Eye wasn’t affiliated with any particular TV show nor was one made based on the game. What show was this?

  3. 2 hours ago, RickR said:

    Do you have friends that drive?  Or maybe it's close enough that you could walk and take a hand truck. 


    I do, yes. But there will still be the matter of getting the 10,000 pound box in the basement, and with my parents home 24/7 until May that will be difficult. I’ll just wait until then.

  4. Thanks @RickR. I’ll try that.

    Maybe I should just hook up my flatscreen finally. It’s been sitting down there for months but I haven’t been motivated to hook it up yet. I much prefer to play the older games on CRTs, and 99% of games I play on a regular basis are old. I could do what I did in the past where I hooked up a small CRT next to the big TV, but it’s not as good as a big one.

    Craigslist has a Trinitron near me for free but my parents don’t want to be bothered with helping me pick it up. It sucks not being able to drive. 

  5. I need some help, guys:

    My CRT has some problems nowadays that it didn’t use to have before. I’ve put up with these issues for a few months now but I’m starting to reach the end of my rope! 

    What the TV does is shut itself off when there is no signal, which it has not done in the past. The real problem is even if I turn the system on before the TV, if the game itself is too dark (ie a black background), the TV will also shut itself off. What I have to do is turn on something bright (like the blue screen of a VCR) and let the TV warm up for 10-30 minutes before I can play something with a dark background.

    Does anyone know what might be causing this and if there is a way to fix it?

  6. 10 hours ago, nosweargamer said:

    Pick Axe Pete

    I'll accept that Alien Invaders Plus is a knock off, but Pick Axe Pete? No way! It's so different than Donkey Kong. It's about as much of a rip off of Donkey Kong as Donkey Kong was a rip off of Space Panic. Which is to say, not much.

  7. 9 hours ago, nosweargamer said:

    I'll be honest, I didn't realize what the whole Rick Roll thing was until recently. And I do think it's overdone and kinda dumb. However, that being said, the GBA version is a gem!

    I think from now on, it should be a default anti-piracy setting. Programmers should program games so if it detects a pirated copy, when you head to the last boss, you get Rock Rolled instead. 😅

    Rick Rolling was before my time. It was this past summer when it got reasonably big again when I started doing it. I love stupid garbage like this.

    But yeah, far and away the GBA is the most clever way to do it!

  8. The Odyssey 2, man. I've heard nothing but good things about this system my entire life, as this is what my dad had as a kid. We got one just the other day and we're having a great time with it. 

    On 5/22/2016 at 10:03 AM, RickR said:

    But to be honest, there are a LOT of really bad games for the O2.  The library is dominated by really bad versions of games you are familiar with on other systems.  O2 "Alien Invaders - Plus" (a copy of Space Invaders) is laughably bad, for example.  And like Retrogamer mentioned, most games only give you one life, which is really frustrating and weird.  "Demon Attack" is pretty pared down, showing that even Imagic couldn't get much out of the limited hardware.

    I would have to disagree a bit. Magnavox gets points for being creative with their clones. Look at Alien Invaders Plus next to other Space Invaders clones of the time like TI Invaders and Space Armada. Those are a lot more clone-like than the Odyssey rendition, which almost seems like its own thing (almost). I myself rather enjoy Alien Invaders, but I can totally see why many would not. It has its quirks. I personally don't mind the one life aspect of most games very much, but again I can see why many wouldn't care for it.

    Though I'll give you Demon Attack. Yuck! It's a terrible game from the same system that gave us Attack of the Timelord. But Atlantis makes up for it. Atlantis on the O2 is amazing.

    On 5/22/2016 at 1:42 PM, RickR said:

    Timelord is just an ok game really.  It's the voice that takes it over the top.  You must complete the next level just to hear the next taunt from the timelord. 

    Just OK?!?! Dude! You commited Odyssey 2 treason!

    I'm kidding of course, but I think this game is seriously great! I don't have the Voice yet, but I think its still an amazing cartridge. I love the gameplay and really wish there was a decent version for the 2600 that captured that. Without the voice, I have to make my own, and that's a surefire way to get weird looks from your parents and siblings.

    On 5/22/2016 at 2:32 PM, nosweargamer said:

    My favorite game was Pick Axe Pete, but again it's been years.


    One of the best. Anyone who likes Pete should try out Fast Eddie on the 2600. It's very different, but it really reminds me of Pete for some reason.

  9. Okay, it's hard to beat rescuing the aliens at the end of Super Metroid, @nosweargamer. For this, I was trying to think of easter eggs I do every time when I play a game and this is the one.

    Also, there are so many hidden in the backgrounds, etc. in the Luigi's Mansion series. Especially in the first one. My sister and I explored every inch of that place when we were little.

    Of course, all of Link's Awakening is basically an easter egg. Wart, Kirby, Goombas, Bowser, Yoshi, Mario, Luigi, and even more all make an appearance. What a fantastic game that is!

  10. To accompany the horrible music thread, here's the great music thread! Post your favorite songs here and share them with everyone to enjoy. 

    I'll start with my favorite song of all time, "Real Love" from the Beatles Anthology II.


  11. Just now, RickR said:

    Hold the phone, Harry.  There's a GBA video of Rick Astley?  For real?  If true, I NEED a copy. 

    I found a video online of another unlucky soul's experience. I think my friend said this was from Ebay, but I could be wrong.

    By the way, said "friend" is the same guy who you gave the DS Lite. Thanks for empowering this jerk.

  12. @nosweargamer why did I even click on that when I was almost 100% sure I knew what it was going to be?

    Joke's on you though-- you can't be Rick Rolled if you are already listening to the song! Funny story about that. Yesterday my friend gave me a copy of Pokemon Emerald for the GBA. When I turned it on, it was just a GBA video version of Never Gonna Give You Up in disguise. I couldn't be mad because of how clever that was.

  13. I'm all about sharing everyone's favorite songs, so maybe I'll star a "great music" thread in the future. For now, post those songs that just get under your skin in the worst way here!

    I'll start with Disco Duck. I actually used to like this song when I was little. Now I don't like it at all.


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