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  1. Who can guess what's in the box?  Hint: not floppy disks. 

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    2. Justin
    3. Atari 5200 Guy

      Atari 5200 Guy

      I miss the one I had.  Nice!

    4. DegasElite

      DegasElite

      I used to have a TG-16, and I don't know what happened to it. Nice Everdrive. :O)

  2. One of my children just informed me that Joe Decuir will be giving a lecture at his university.  I pointed at my wall where we have a signed Combat cart.  He's a fount of knowledge and such a nice man.  I may try to sit in on that one. 

    1. Justin

      Justin

      Joe Decuir's lectures are the best in the Atarisphere imo. What an interesting man to listen to.

    2. socrates63

      socrates63

      Is that at Seattle U, Rick?

      I made his acquaintance online last year. He’s a generous man and wanted to meet up with me when the pandemic clears up. I’ll let you know when that day comes. Maybe you could join us. 

    3. RickR

      RickR

      Yes, Seattle U.  I've met him, and yes, please let me know if you don't mind me tagging along when the time comes.

       

  3. Love and support for Texas (and other storm-affected places).  Here's a report from David "The 8-bit Guy" from his home in the Dallas area.

     

  4. I think I should play some "ice" based games today! 

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    2. Justin

      Justin

      I recommend Ice Climber! :nintendo_mario_freezie:

    3. HDN

      HDN

      Or Frostbite!

    4. RickR

      RickR

      I shoveled our driveway last night so we could get the car out.  And today, my wife and I shoveled an elderly neighbor's sidewalk/driveway.  My noodle arms are so tired, I may not play video games for a week.

       

  5. I've been selling stuff...slowly.

    Next on the docket will be a very rare "Interact" computer with a bunch of tapes and paperwork. 

     

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    2. nosweargamer

      nosweargamer

      GO BLUE!

       

    3. HDN

      HDN

      Interesting piece of tech there. Never heard of it either.

    4. socrates63

      socrates63

      Never seen this one before. 16K with a built-in tape drive! Neat stuff.

  6. It's Feb 2 -- time to re-watch this film:

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    2. Justin

      Justin

      It's COLLD out there! 

    3. RickR

      RickR

      RE:  Jack Frost.  I wasn't familiar with it until I visited Canada a long time ago and saw it on TV there.  I don't remember much about it other than first being delighted to have a new-to-me Rankin/Bass show to watch, and then disappointed at how strange it was.  Well, that was a good 25 years ago.  Maybe I should give it another go. 

    4. HDN

      HDN

      Honestly I think Jack Frost is probably the best Rankin/Bass special. Though it's not particularly a high bar.

  7. The Kung Fu cart for Commodore 64 arrived this week, and it works really nicely. This is the product I've been wanting for a long time -- just load game images of any type onto a micro-SD, turn on the C64, and choose them from a menu. No typing, minimal waiting. It's so awesome.

    And also a view of my home-made "safe" C64 power adapter.  I soldered in modern 5V and 9V bricks into a 5-pin DIN plug, and add in a Ray Carlson safety device just for full safeness. 

     

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    1. Marco1019

      Marco1019

      Wow, that's a neat setup! What's the price for that cart?

    2. RickR
    3. RickR

      RickR

      Notes so far after playing with it for a few days.

      • CRT/PRG files work fine and load FAST.
      • D64 support is spotty.  Some work, some don't. 
      • I expect firmware updates will address some issues
      • The "reset" and "menu" buttons are really super nice.  Great features.
      • Overall, huge thumbs up for this product.  I'm so happy to have it.  SD2EIC is nice, but a lot more difficult to use.  I prefer this by a factor of 100.  Just because it's so much easier to use. 

       

  8. Happy Monday, everyone!  This one has been cracking me up since yesterday. 

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    1. nosweargamer

      nosweargamer

      HAHAHAHA (...I had to look up what it meant 😨🖖)

    2. Justin

      Justin

      lolol 😂 Alexander was always like the Bobby Hill of Klingons

  9. My latest Atari 2600 game acquisition. Note the "Sports Illustrated " label!  It's an R7 rarity. 

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    2. socrates63

      socrates63

      Nice get, Rick!

      I never knew Avalon Hill made 2600 games until a few months ago. So many companies made games for the 2600 that I never heard of. It’s pretty amazing what was happening with the 2600 while I had my nose deep in Atari 8-bit. 

    3. RickR

      RickR

      That's true.  The sad part is how a lot of companies put out some really great games right before or after the crash but got overlooked by all the crap that had saturated the market. 

       

    4. Justin

      Justin

      Cool grab Rick! I've never played this one before. 

  10. A quick review of the "Super Mario Bros Game & Watch".  One of my kids got one as a gift, and I've borrowed it while they weren't looking.

    Quick summary:  It's awesome.  Worth the price.

    My opinion is that Super Mario Bros on NES is a masterpiece.  The colors, the music, the level designs, the bright graphics.  All perfect.  And this little device captures all that.  At first, the controls seem a little slippery, but that's just because the screen is so small.  Once you get used to that, it's all good.  The screen is nice and bright.  The music sounds great.  It's so well done. 

    Bravo to Nintendo for doing nostalgia products with such high quality. 

    I've seen a lot of complaints about "no kickstand".  Really?  OK.  If that's all there is to complain about, I think it speaks highly about this product. 

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      Thank you for the kind words.

      I feel like a lot of collectors are going to keep this thing in the original box anyway, which makes the kickstand even more pointless.  I do get that it's a feature missing that the original G&W had, but to me it's of no concern.  Hey, I'm also glad they skipped the LCD screen from the original design too! 

    3. Justin

      Justin

      Haha good points Rick, and I agree! I get the collectability in this but I hope some owners unbox it and have fun, it looks really neat :nintendo_mario:

    4. HDN

      HDN

      I'm of the thought that it would have been much, much cooler had they re-released the original Game and Watch Super Mario Brothers handheld. I have plenty of ways to play SMB on the go. At first I figured Nintendo was kind of phoning it in and releasing another Famiclone (and I still kind of do), but they seem to have added that usual Nintendo polish. I still think that Super Mario 3D All-Stars is a waste of money if you already own the original games, though.

      @RickR, I agree with you that the original Super Mario Brothers is a masterpiece. Sure, Nintendo references this game a lot and it gets a lot of attention. It seems like every new Super Mario adventure is littered with 8-bit Mario sprites and World 1-1 recreations. However, if you play the game on an original NES with a real controller on an old-school CRT television, it's an amazing and refreshing experience. Emulation just doesn't do this game justice. I've used a great many NES emulators in my day; Switch Online, Wii Virtual Console, 3DS VC, NESDS, FCEUltraGX, et cetera. Nothing really captures the experience for this game in particular. I have yet to find a Nintendo emulator with the same amazing bass that the real hardware has.

      I very much enjoy Super Mario Brothers, and would even argue that it's a better game than the often-acclaimed Super Mario Brothers 3.

  11. Mail call!

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      What is it for?

    3. socrates63

      socrates63

      From what I know, it's like the Harmony cartridge but for the Intellivision. It lets you play rom files, so you can play homebrews and store the entire official Intellivision library on a single cartridge. I hear the Intellivision homebrew scene is quite vibrant. I missed out on the early batches and ordered this. Hopefully it'll come in 4-6 weeks.

    4. RickR

      RickR

      You got it.  It's an Intellivision multi-cart. 

      I'm planning on getting a CRT out to try this out sometime soon.  Right now, our dining room table has a new computer for my wife on it.  Until we get time to get her VPN installed and swap it out with the old PC in the office, I'm on hold.  After, I'll use that space to play some intellivision.

       

  12. 2 new crew members.  Both engineers.  LaForge and O'Brien. 

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    1. socrates63

      socrates63

      Ha! I saw these yesterday and was thinking about your shelf crew there, Rick 🙂

      https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3398934796871945/ 

      https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1388198574888825/

    2. Justin

      Justin

      @Gianna I like the ones in the middle. 

    3. RickR

      RickR

      Next on my "want" list is a Rikey and a Wesley. 

  13. New glasses!

    The main reason I post this here is this:  If you wear progressive lenses like me...get a second pair of "computer" glasses if you can.  Mine are from Costco, and that second pair was $100 extra.  They have a much larger "normal"/middle area and it makes it a lot easier to see computer screens without tilting your neck all day.  That has made work easier.  But it's also PERFECT for video games!  I can see the periphery a lot better.  Highly recommended for old fart gamers like me. 

     

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  14. Thanks to a trade with @chas10e, my crew has increased by one.  Counselor Troi in da house.

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    1. socrates63

      socrates63

      Pretty soon, you'll have to break out the crew by their ships. It's getting crowded on that shelf.

    2. nosweargamer

      nosweargamer

      I didn't realize Vulcans were so tall! 😁🖖:startrek_spock_beamout:

  15. Hey @HDN, the record player is out.  I know you're a McCartney fan, and here's the one actual vinyl record of his that we have. 

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    1. HDN

      HDN

      Funny that you mention this now, as I just turned on a McCartney song for the first time in a while.

      I do miss my record player; I've had to put it away for a while to make room for all the Christmas decorating. Your's seems to be of a much-higher quality!

      There are a few good songs on that album, "Coming Up" is one, but its generally regarded as one of his weaker albums. I don't think I've listened to that album in its entirety. Then again, they said that McCartney 1 wasn't great, and I rather enjoyed that one. That one celebrated its fiftieth anniversary this year. So, you do you. Don't assume that something is going to be bad because of its reputation. For instance, 2600 Pac-Man. I love that game! Who knows, you might like McCartney II after all (or maybe not).

      I think I'll have to give that one a listen at some point. Perhaps I'll enjoy it.

      And also, I see "2600 Space Invaders: The Album"! I believe that one's "Don't Look Back"? I don't listen to Boston.

    2. RickR

      RickR

      This reminds me that I have "The Amazing Adventures of Pac-Man" on vinyl on display in my office.  Time to fire that one up.

      Honestly, I don't think I've listened to McCartney 2 all the way through.  Not my cup of tea. 

      Our record player has a USB connector, so you could theoretically record digital copies of records.  I have never tried that though. 

      Now THESE ones I think are awesome:

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  16. This one is leaving my collection soon.  It's a nicely working Commodore 64c.  I put an ad on Craigslist and got several interested buyers. Why am I selling?  I have a "breadbin" 64 that's in very faded condition cosmetically, but I've replaced everything broken on the inside.  One 64 is enough for me.

    Interestingly, I tried Facebook marketplace first, but only got one lukewarm response.  That's unusual.  The Craigslist post got many inquiries.  It's funny how those two seem to flip-flop in popularity.

     

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      Those power supplies are known to go bad and take the C64 with it.  This one tests out fine.  But it makes sense to either buy a modern power adapter or buy a Ray Carlson sacrificial diode wire.  

      On my breadbin, I built my own power adapter AND use the diode thing.  

       

       

    3. socrates63

      socrates63

      haha this illustrates perfectly that looks aren't everything 😁 

    4. RickR

      RickR

      That's right.  You should see the one I made.  Frankenstein-esque.  But totally safe.  

  17. TUESDAY NIGHT CHAT!

    I will be in the chat tonight (around 7:15pm Pacific).  My goal is to try a few rounds of emulated Cybermorph for the high score challenge.  Join me if you'd like to see how that goes.  Maybe you need guidance on setting up an emulator.  Maybe offer me some tips on the game.  Or whatever you'd like to chat about. 

     

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    1. Marco1019

      Marco1019

      I will likely stop by the chat as my show will end at about 6:30pm PT.

    2. Justin

      Justin

      I love it Rick!! I'll be joining in the Squad Challenge very soon!

  18. A pretty nice bundle of games arrived today.  "Revenge of the Gator Pinball" is one I've never heard of, and it's really fun.  The label is terrible, so I made my own for the back.  In addition to these, there were several duplicates that will go into the next junk box.

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      ROTG pinball is excellent. I only have it on the 3DS so far. For my GB pinball fix, I play Kirbys Pinball Land, made by the same people.

    3. RadioPoultry

      RadioPoultry

      Cool! I found a Revenge of the Gator cart at a pawn shop during a trip to Idaho last month. Addictive little game. I love the intro screen. I posted my high score a few days ago on the forum scoreboard. (Using an SP, yes I admit. 🙂) Maybe one of you can beat my score!

    4. HDN

      HDN

      The intro screen on that game is FANTASTIC! It seems that Revenge of the Gator has become a bit of an Atari I/O trend. I'd love to get my hands on the physical cartridge someday, as it's pretty cheap and I'd definitely get my money's worth.

      I have been getting back into Game Boy stuff recently. So far, I only have the Advance and Super Game Boys, not the "brick". I like my standard GBA better than the SP for a few reasons. For one, I can use AA batteries. I bought a few rechargable ones last year with a gift card and have been using those. I always have one pair in the system and one pair charged/charging and ready to go. With the AA batteries, I never have to wait for the the thing to charge and if I don't have my rechargable batteries laying around, I can use any kind of AA battery in a pinch. The second reason I like it more is that it has a headphone jack. I love listening to my games with headphones and getting that sweet stereo sound. I imagine it'd be decently hard to find the GBASP headphone adapter these days. Thirdly, the GBA is more compatible with games. The SP,. when using a gyroscope game like Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble, will have the controls reversed.

      Sure, the lack of a backlight is a problem, especially these days when it gets dark outside so soon. But I have found ways to work around it. When using Game Boy or Game Boy Color carts on the GBA, the games stick out about an inch from the slot. This makes the thing harder to fit in your pocket, but it also makes it so I can clamp a reading light to the cartridge and be able to play my games easily. GBA exclusive games are a bit harder to light, so I mostly avoid them. This works, but it is inconvenient and mostly falls off. I'm hoping that I get a Worm Light for Christmas that will make my life a lot easier.

      For those of you who don't know what that is, here's a picture from the web. It plugs in to the Link Cable port.

      Nintendo Other | Game Boy Advance With Worm Light And Game | Poshmark

  19. Latest pickup...

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    1. socrates63

      socrates63

      Neat! Never heard of it so I looked up NSG's review of it on YouTube. Looks very good! Have you played it yet? What's your take?

    2. RickR

      RickR

      I think it's fun, and it sure looks nice for a 2600 game.  I need more practice, though. 

  20. More gaming-credenza improvements. 

    • Replaced 2600jr with 7800
    • Added Atari 800xl
    • Moved Wii down one level
    • Moved PS2 up one level

    And I've maxed out the switchbox at six systems.  There is a real limitation on moving the shelves around due to a lack of many peg holes.  This is the configuration that makes the most sense at the moment.  Thanks, @HDN for some good suggestions. 

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    1. HDN

      HDN

      Looks great, Rick! Now you can enjoy many more games while the house is full. And I am very happy you got your computer in there. I can see you love that thing a lot.

  21. Before and after pictures of my "gaming credenza".  I cleaned up a bit to make some room to add a Nintendo 64. 

    With a full house due to the pandemic, this is all the space I have to work with for retro gaming. There are several systems in here:

    1. Wii (with GameCube support)
    2. Retron 3 (NES, SNES, Genesis)
    3. PS2
    4. Atari 2600jr
    5. N64

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      Yes, the PS2 can play PS1 games, I believe. And many models of the PS3 can play PS2 and PS1. Lots of people were upset at the lack of backwards compatibility on the PS4.

      When you say "RF Switchbox", do you mean one of these?

      RF Switch box adapter. (Atari, Intellivision, ColecoVision): nostalgia

      Or one of these?

      RF Selector Recommendations - Classic Gaming General - AtariAge Forums

      Because I might be able to help you out. I have an extra of the latter, and one of the former I can't use. Not sure if the screw-in one works as I have no way of testing it.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      The latter, but I do have one of those.  I also have one with push buttons and 8 inputs.  But like I said, it's a wiring nightmare.  I think I may stick to my "no RF" policy in the gaming credenza. 

      (The 7800 has been composite modded :) )

       

       

    4. HDN

      HDN

      No RF policy? That's strange. Over here, RF is my best friend. None of my CRTs used composite until I found one at a rummage sale that had it. I still haven't found a use for that thing yet.

      Here's what the RF wiring setup is over in the gameroom:

      FLATSCREEN                                                                     CRT

                                               \CABLE SPLITTER/

                                                           |

                                                         NES

                                                           |

                                                         SNES

                                                            |

                                 RF MODULATOR (COMPOSITE ADAPTER)

                                                     /                               \

                                        ATARI 7800                      XBOX

       

      In my room, it's like this:

       

      CRT

         |

      VCR/DVD COMBO

                  |

      RF MODULATOR

                  |                                          \

      ATARI 2600                         WII U

       

      I love RF. The picture isn't great (at all), but I'm able to daisy-chain the things together. And, I can use a CRT, which is how most of these games were meant to be played. RF on a flatscreen looks like garbage. Convenience and not having to plug in and out all my systems is much better than picture quality in my opinion.

  22. Today, a knockoff Nintendo 64 everdrive arrived.  And it works!  Wahoo!

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    2. socrates63

      socrates63

      Nice! Is it much cheaper than an actual N64 Everdrive? Any downsides compared to an actual Everdrive?

      During Black Friday, I ordered Everdrives for SNES and Genesis. Even if you're a collector, playing games using these types of cartridges makes a lot of sense. I use the Harmony Encore cartridge to play 2600 games even though I have the actual game cartridges.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      $60 for this vs. $160 for the real Everrdrive.  The only downside is that longevity is unknown. 

      I have several everdrives (NES, SNES, Genesis, TG16, GBC), and they all work most excellently.  I agree they make good sense.  Not just in overall cost-savings, but in convenience. 

       

    4. DegasElite

      DegasElite

      Plus, it saves wear and tear on the original cartridges. It's a neat idea, actually.

  23. I know it's a kids game, but "I Spy Spooky Mansion" on Wii is really fun.  It's got that old-school haunted house vibe. 

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    2. Gianna

      Gianna

      I love I Spy games!

    3. socrates63

      socrates63

      I saw this game sitting on the shelf at the local retro game store yesterday, and I thought of you, Rick 😁

    4. RickR

      RickR

      I'm still playing and still enjoying it.  It's more than just "mindless".  Some of the puzzles are kind of clever. 

  24. This analogy isn't too far off the mark. It can be the pits, but if you educate yourself by reading the guidelines and follow some simple instructions, you'll do OK.

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    1. socrates63

      socrates63

      I haven't played ET but from what I've heard, reading the manual is critical for success. Unfortunately, reading and following directions is a lost art(? skill?) for many people. That thing about everything you need to know you learned in kindergarten? 

  25. My eBay purchase has arrived.  A complete NES Everdrive! 

     

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    1. DegasElite

      DegasElite

      This is an SD cartridge, isn't it? Nice purchase, btw. :O)

    2. RickR

      RickR

      Yes.  Just throw ROMS on the SD card, and then pick them from a menu on the NES.  A real space saver.  

      The next one on my list is one for the N64.

       

    3. DegasElite

      DegasElite

      Cool! I would like to get the Jaguar Game Drive, but it's too expensive for me at the moment. SainT wants to get CD support on it as well. That is still experimental. :O)

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