Jump to content

RickR

Constable
  • Content Count

    6,523
  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won

    637

Status Updates posted by RickR

  1. Nintend-OH-NO!!!

    FB_IMG_1600868318893.jpg

    1. DegasElite

      DegasElite

      Interesting. :donkey_kong_big:

      I see it is in Finnish. I wonder if it is a market in Espoo, Helsinki, or Turku. Funny. XD

  2. Have you guys seen the new Paul McCartney 5200 game? 

    pm 5200 game 004.JPG

    1. Show previous comments  2 more
    2. HDN

      HDN

      I did some research. That's an early example of a kart racing game loosely based on the album of the same name. 

    3. RickR

      RickR

      George's game was called "Here Comes the Fun".  But there was legal trouble -- supposedly he stole it from Eric Clapton. 

       

    4. HDN

      HDN

      There was a prototype leaked a couple years ago for "Pete Best Western", a hotel management simulator on the Magnavox Odyssey 2. It even used The Voice to make snarky remarks about being kicked out of the band before they got big.

  3. The most blessed news I've heard in some time:

    Level 1 reduced to Level Zero

    Effective immediately (Sunday, Sept. 13), the Clackamas Co Sheriff’s Office is dropping the evacuation level for some of the populated urban areas from Level 1 (Green) back to Normal. This includes Wilsonville, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Happy Valley, Gladstone, Milwaukie, Clackamas, and Tualatin. See map https://bit.ly/35kgtbE for changes.
    1. Show previous comments  1 more
    2. nosweargamer

      nosweargamer

      I want to like this 100x.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      I just made a nice donation to our local Red Cross.  I'm very happy to report that my work MATCHED it!  How cool is that?

    4. socrates63

      socrates63

      For a second there, I thought things had gotten worse from Priority 1 to Priority 0 😅 Great news! Now go relax and play Galaxian.

  4. We're still in a very bleak place in Oregon, as wildfires continue to spread.  The sun is pink, and everything is grey outside.  It's difficult to breathe with all the smoke in the air.  At the moment, my area remains at "Level 1" of alertness with fires just a few miles to the south and east.  My family is fine, and we have a few options of places to go if we are forced to evacuate. 

    The advice I gave my children is what I really believe.  I told them that our bodies and our memories and knowledge are all we need.  "Stuff" is unimportant.  We will be fine. 

    I'm ending this status with a picture from a small town south of here.  It's a complete loss for many, and our entire community is in shock.  We will support each other as best we can.  I plan on making a giant donation to our local Red Cross. 

    Thanks to all for your kind thoughts.  I do appreciate it very much.  I appreciate the few moments of normalcy and distraction from you all here in the forums. 

    phoenix or burn.jpg

    1. Show previous comments  5 more
    2. RickR

      RickR

      You are too kind, thank you.  My collection is nice, but it is just stuff.  I was just thinking that when this ordeal is over, I should probably get rid of a lot of this stuff so I don't feel so anchored or attached.  I have two backup drives with all our pictures and taxes and files.  They are packed and ready by the door. 

      Thanks very much.  I'm a "spiritual lot" too, so I believe it helps.  THANKS!

    3. RickR

      RickR

      Guys, a good update.  Things are turning positive today.   The wind has died down, and the temperature is lower.  They are now saying the fires won't spread any further.  We'll have plenty of smoke still, but that's OK by me. 

      THANKS for the well wishes.  It does help!

    4. HDN

      HDN

      Great news, Rick! I believe it helps, too. I'm glad that it's starting to die down. Any updates so far or is it still going OK?

  5. Sorry to be a downer, but out here in Oregon, things are very bleak.  Fires throughout the state are devastating lives and homes and entire communities.  As I type this, the sky outside our home is an eerie orange.  Fires loom only miles away.  It's windy and dry and hot.  I'm terrified.  We are packing bags tonight in case the call comes to evacuate.  I've lived here my whole life, and never experienced anything like this.  Take care of yourselves, everybody.   

    1. Show previous comments  5 more
    2. socrates63

      socrates63

      Oh my... didn't realize how bad it was. If you need anything, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm only 3 hours away.

    3. Atari 5200 Guy

      Atari 5200 Guy

      I will be praying for your safety, man.  Crazy.  Hurricanes on one side, blazes on the other, and snow up north.  2020 has not been a good year.

    4. StormSurge

      StormSurge

      I hope you're doing okay Rick. Please update us when you're able to.

  6. Jet boat tour in Portland.  A nice way to end the holiday.  Visibility was terrible due to forest fires nearby,  Thank you global warming. 

    DSCN9494.JPG

    DSCN9499.JPG

    DSCN9516.JPG

    DSCN9520.JPG

    1. socrates63

      socrates63

      Is that along the Columbia?

      Forest fire smoke — keep safe

    2. RickR

      RickR

      It's the Willamette River (which feeds into the Columbia) and the falls are at Oregon City. 

      We are having a freak wind storm here, and it's getting scary. 

  7. I'm playing "Golf" on the Virtual Boy.  It's fun!  A very effective use of 3D. 

     

    1. Justin

      Justin

      I have a background in AR/VR and we studied this game in particular in 2005. I think it was one of the strongest titles for Virtual Boy and I agree TOTALLY that it was a very effective use of 3D. Sometimes going back to simple ideas give the best results in new worlds of AR and VR.

    2. Atari 5200 Guy

      Atari 5200 Guy

      I loved the Virtual Boy!  Mario Tennis and Galactic Pinball were my faves.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      I think the Virtual Boy and Vectrex are my favorite things in my collection.  Probably because they are so unique and it's not easy to emulate them well.

      The very first VB game I ever played was "Nestor's Funky Bowling" at a retro gaming exhibit probably 15+ years ago.  It was at a science museum.  I was so impressed with the 3D effect and the sharpness of the graphics (even though they are only red/black).  I bought a system right away after that and have loved it ever since.  

      I have always believed that if Nintendo had named it "3D Boy" instead of "Virtual Boy", they may have found more success.  

       

       

       

  8. A helpful hint for those of you who got the Ebay 25th Anniversary code:  AtariAge has an ebay store front. 

  9. Ebay has sent me a $25 discount (off a $25.01 or more purchase) for being a member since their beginning!  Help me figure out what to buy. 

    I'm thinking about the following choices:

    • An N64 or NES flashcart/everdrive
    • One of the rarer 2600 carts that I don't have (Frankenstein's Monster, Gremlins, or ???)
    • A 1200xl.

    Help me find something good for a decent price!

     

    1. Show previous comments  1 more
    2. StormSurge

      StormSurge

      I got one too!

    3. Justin

      Justin

      I'm tempted to say the N64 or NES EverDrive, but my old buddy is super duper proud of doing the case design on the 1200XL and despite a few flaws it's my favorite Atari 8-Bit Computer. If you're going to go that route though consider the Atari XE Game System. The cartridge is easily accessible, it has 64K of RAM, a nice detachable keyboard, it's everything the 5200 could've been. But it's okay to have an XE and get a 1200 XL too 🤓

    4. RickR

      RickR

      I went with a wildcard:  Tempest for the 5200!  Only $15 after that coupon.

      Thanks for the ideas, I do appreciate it. 

  10. I've started playing 999 on DS. My kids recommended it. They say it's like a "pick your own adventure " book with puzzle portions in between story parts. 

    20200816_143352.jpg

    1. Atari 5200 Guy

      Atari 5200 Guy

      So...is it fun?

    2. RickR

      RickR

      It is fun.  It's very reminiscent of the old PC adventure games.  Objects to find and puzzles to solve before you get the next section of the story.  And the choices you make do seem to impact which way the story goes. 

       

  11. Another acquisition for the 2600. This one is a very fun shooter 

    20200812_190354.jpg

    1. Show previous comments  2 more
    2. Sabertooth

      Sabertooth

      Nice score @RickR!  I'll have to try this one out on Harmony!

      I agree that so many games were released once the flood gates of 3rd party publishers opened. Lots of undiscovered games yet to be played. Thanks for sharing!

    3. Sabertooth

      Sabertooth

      Interesting game mechanics and quite a challenge to avoid fire top and bottom! I also like the enemy sprites. Not bad at all! 

    4. RickR

      RickR

      That's what I thought too!  It's really hard to focus on top and bottom, but I feel like with some time and effort, I could get a lot better at it.  Isn't that the mark of a great game?

  12. I just wanted to share an overhead photo of my home.  It's finally been updated to show the solar panels we had installed last summer!  Sun-powered retro gaming. 

     

    House with Solar Panels.JPG

  13. I've decided to try replaying the original NES "Legend of Zelda".  I don't think I ever finished the game, and it's been 30+ years since I've tried it.  

     

    1. Show previous comments  3 more
    2. RickR

      RickR

      You think so?  Let me consider that. 

       

    3. Justin

      Justin

      @RickR Absolutely! Maybe even a multi-part blog entry 🙂

    4. nosweargamer

      nosweargamer

      One of my favorite games ever! I usually play trough it at least one time a year. :nintendo_mario_whistle:

  14. :Howard_Scott_Warshaw::Howard_Scott_Warshaw::Howard_Scott_Warshaw: Happy HSW day!  :Howard_Scott_Warshaw::Howard_Scott_Warshaw::Howard_Scott_Warshaw:

    1. Justin

      Justin

      HAPPY HSW DAY!! 

       

  15. Latest acquisition:  A boxed Colecovision!  It works just fine after a little cleanup, although one of the controllers has a non-functioning keypad. 

    sidequest 006.JPG

    1. Show previous comments  5 more
    2. RickR

      RickR

      You are so right, @MaximumRD.  There are so many games on this system that aren't perfect, but really do bring back the best memories.  Donkey Kong plays kind of slow now, but I remember how amazed all the kids were when the CV came out and this was the game they demoed in the store.  Incredible!  Zaxxon is another.  It's clunky, but still the best home version there is. 

    3. MaximumRD

      MaximumRD

      Absolutely. So many greats, Venture, Ladybug, MouseTrap ! And though I own a Atarimax cart (sadly the original USB type) I gave away most of my original carts but I could not part with one loose cart that was in amazing shape as well my all time favorite Mr. Do! 

  16. Another pickup.  It's NES Arkanoid with the paddle controller!  The controller makes the game so much better -- like the arcade version really. It's a ton of fun. The cart was missing most of the label, so I printed one and grafted it in place. 

    20200721_174755.jpg

    1. Show previous comments  1 more
    2. RickR

      RickR

      It is well built.  It's not a heavy weighted dial like the arcade version, and you'd think the shape would make it uncomfortable to hold.  But it fits nicely in the hand and it works well without any jitters. 

    3. RickR

      RickR

      @Justin, we need to do an NES Arkanoid high score challenge!  I will kick everyone who uses a gamepad's butt!  LOL. 

    4. Atari 5200 Guy

      Atari 5200 Guy

      I never could find that set to buy anywhere.  And that is one setup I rented that I had a blast with.  Awesome find, RickR.

  17. Latest acquisitions 

    20200719_150616.jpg

    1. Justin

      Justin

      Cool pickups @RickR! I've never seen a boxed Racquetball in person.

    2. RickR

      RickR

      The Apollo boxes don't have screen shots on them!  It's weird. 

       

  18. Happy Father's Day to all!

    Indiana Jones and father.jpg

  19. To atone for my prior status, here's a picture of the REAL BTTF DeLorean.  Just for you @Justin

    Disneyland 002.JPG

    1. RickR

      RickR

      And a bonus too -- the Magnum PI Ferrari. 

      Burbank Universal 061.JPG

    2. Justin

      Justin

      lol no atonement necessary. It was sad to see somebody's dream in melted ruins. Way cool Magnum P.I. Ferrari 308! 

    3. RickR

      RickR

      On the tour at Universal, they mentioned that they leave the top off the 308 because Tom Selleck would not fit with the roof on. 

       

  20. What happens if you enter the year "2020" on the DeLorean time machine...

    bttf.jpg

    1. Show previous comments  1 more
    2. Justin

      Justin

      How awful. Poor little thing.

    3. Justin

      Justin

      Honest this ruined my night.

    4. RickR

      RickR

      Oh man, I apologize. 

      There's a youtube channel called "Hoovie's Garage".  It's a guy that buys cars and talks about them and fixes them, etc.  Anyhoo, he bought a Ferrari, and it ended up completely burning to the ground due to a badly placed hose clamp!  Very sad, but he took it well.  Hoovie also has a DeLorean that took a ton of time and money to get fixed.

       

  21. That special dilemma of buying old stuff that's never been opened.  Should I open them up and display the ships on my shelf?  Or leave them in the box where they can't be examined and enjoyed up close?

     

    micro machines 001.JPG

    1. Show previous comments  3 more
    2. Justin

      Justin

      Also, having been collecting Atari since 1993 I was used to hunting down and collecting NOS / MIB games still sealed. I usually got these at Kay-Bee Toys, Sears Outlet, @Video 61 or ordering from Atari directly. Lynx games came from Toys R Us and Babbage's. I treated games the same way I did baseball cards, I'd always try to buy TWO of everything, if not three. One new one to open, one new one to put away and keep sealed. If I bought a third, that would always be to put away sealed to save for a potential trade someday in the future. I'm still that way. I DO open brand new Atari games if it's the first in my collection and I'm going to be playing it for the rest of my life. Once I have duplicates, I ENJOY having them sit on the shelf. I love pulling them out and looking at them, looking at the box, looking through catalogs, appreciating the artwork and feeling the original retail experience that we used to feel buying these games. And of course I put a few away for future giveaways. This works for me and this is the approach that brings me happiness. Whatever makes you HAPPY is what I recommend, other people's ideas of what you should be doing don't really matter as long as you love what you're doing and enjoy your collection to the max.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      Right on, brother. 

      I got these sets for a song on ebay and let them sit in the garage for a week while I thought about it.  This little shelf is right above my main desk.  Now that I work from home, I look at it every day.  Seeing these little ships will bring happiness for sure. 

       

    4. Atari 5200 Guy

      Atari 5200 Guy

      I have that same issue with Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars.  Some of them you just have to open.

  22. My project today was to repair a six switch 2600, which had a broken joystick port (pin 5 missing) and player 1 difficulty switch.  So, I "borrowed" those parts from a broken 4-port board.  It all works perfectly now, and the next step will be to add a composite mod.  Tools used were a push-button suction desoldering iron and a normal soldering iron. 

     

    broken 2600 001.JPG

    broken 2600 002.JPG

    broken 2600 003.JPG

    broken 2600 006.JPG

  23. For those of you having a hard time like me during these dark times...PLEASE watch this.  Fast forward to 10:45 at a bare minimum.  Trust me. 
     

     

    1. MaximumRD

      MaximumRD

      Wife and I been watching these, they are great! Really brings back some faith in humanity. 

    2. Justin

      Justin

      This made me laugh 🙂

      IMG_4625.jpg

  24. I need one.

    image.png.28ceab84274acec7f12989f6b4205460.png

    1. Show previous comments  3 more
    2. Justin

      Justin

      What would be cool is if O'Reilly actually stocked the replicas so you could complete your order. I remember this going around like 5 years ago and thinking you could actually order a replica and being disappointed when you couldn't. I'm sure they'd sell plenty.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      I smell a business opportunity.  How hard would it be to create one with LED lights and a simple power connector?  We could call it a "Clux Fapacitor" to avoid litigation issues.  🙂  

       

    4. Justin
×
×
  • Create New...