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  1. Going up on ebay now....

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    1. RickR

      RickR

      Also a Coleco Gemini going on ebay now

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    2. MaximumRD

      MaximumRD

      Very nice! Much nicer condition then my own. 😎

  2. I got a PS3!  

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    2. socrates63

      socrates63

      PSN account is free and needed if you want to buy stuff from the store. PS Plus is what you need for online gaming, and that's a paid subscription.

      GTA is a highly regarded series. I haven't played any of the GTA games.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      I initially thought GTA 4 would be too violent for my taste...but the story kind of sucks you in.  It feels like our hero is "reluctantly" violent.  That gives it depth that I wasn't expecting. 

    4. Atari 5200 Guy

      Atari 5200 Guy

      GTA IV is actually more "tamed" than 3 was.  I haven't beat it but what I have played of it I enjoyed.  If you like GTA then definitely keep an eye out for any Saint's Row games.  3, 4, and Gat out of Hell are the better ones in the series.  And I would recommend GTA 5 if you liked 4.  

      Of course, if you like driving games, there's some sort of law that says you can't have a PlayStation without picking up Gran Turismo.  I had GT5 and was blown away!  I have ModNation Racers.  It's kind of along the lines of Mario Kart except you can build your own race tracks.  You use to be able to share your creations online but I think Sony shut those servers down.  I had a blast with that one as well.

      I tried a demo to Uncharted once.  It was fun but I never had a PS3 long enough to get those. I wanted to try The Last of Us because it looked like it would be good but I missed it.  Yep...the PS3 when I had one was a great console.  I only went with XBOX 360 because when I tried to get another PS3 (while they were still in production) no one had one locally.  All I could find was a 360.

       

  3. How about a twist plot for a new version of the Twilight Zone classic "Time Enough At Last": A nerd survives a nuclear blast by living in his parents' basement. As the sole survivor, he finally is able to find and collect ALL of the retro games and systems. As he finally sits down to start playing, the power finally cuts out!

    On the bright side, he can get some solar panels or a generator.

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    2. socrates63

      socrates63

      😮 it is Burgess Meredith. I thought he looked very familiar. Yes, he's an awesome actor.

      I need to restart my TZ watching. I started watching them last year after Phil ran podcasts about Twilight Zone episodes.

    3. RickR

      RickR

      Yep.  I think he's in a total of 3 different TZ episodes, and Shatner is in 2. 

       

    4. RickR

      RickR

      Whoops...4!  He's in 4 episodes. 

       

  4. Atari.io in real life!  Had lunch with @socrates63today. 

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    2. Justin

      Justin

      That's crazy! So great to see new friendships like this happening in the forums!! :wreck-it-ralph:

    3. HDN

      HDN

      That’s awesome, guys! Hope you guys had a ton of fun. 

    4. RickR

      RickR

      We have a spot at the table for you too, @HDN, and also any other Atari.io members. 

  5. What I've been working on:  Getting "The Hand-Cramp Six" cleaned, repaired, tested, and ready for sale on ebay.

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    1. HDN

      HDN

      Looks comfortable.

    2. RickR

      RickR

      Looks can be deceiving. 

       

  6. There's an unprecedented heat-wave here.  I've had to move my collection out of the attic.  It's way too hot in there for this stuff.  Future plans include selling some of this stuff off and moving the rest into the garage (which is far more climate-controlled).

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    1. HDN

      HDN

      At least you had some foresight and moved your games before it was too late

    2. RickR

      RickR

      I have a plan formulated to move garage stuff up into the attic and my collection into the garage.  It will take some time, and that's a lot of carrying/stairs.  But it's a plan.  And I already have a pile of garage stuff to ditch.

       

       

  7. Does anyone else collect PSP movies?  I'm up to 51 of them, with these 11 being my latest pickup.

     

     

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      Absolutely better.  Good resolution and you get the full 2+ hour movie.  On the downside, there is no novelty "Rick Roll" movie on PSP (that I know of). 

    3. socrates63

      socrates63

      Cool, you grabbed Michael T's bundle 👍 The price was great, and I was tempted because of some of the movies in the bundle, but I didn't want to go down the rabbit hole of UMD movie collecting. I already have my hands full with blu-ray, DVD etc.

      PSP really was an entertainment powerhouse, but for whatever reason, Sony handhelds never remotely come near the success of Nintendo handhelds.

    4. RickR

      RickR

      Yes.  I'm actually shocked no one else grabbed that bundle! 

      I have a pretty nice PSP collection.  The PSP is a lot more advanced than the Nintendo DS.  Yet I still love the DS more.  Why?  Probably because the library is more accessible and large. 

      I normally take the PSP with me on plane trips with a few movies to watch.  But this last time, since we hadn't flown in so long, I just minimized.  Our plane ended up having a pretty good selection on seatback screens, so I just watched a bunch of TV shows and was happy.  I started to watch that movie "The Joker", but it was so depressing, I turned it off. 

       

       

       

  8. It isn't game related, but I have an important life event happening this weekend:  son #2 college graduation!  WAHOO! 

    1. Sabertooth

      Sabertooth

      Congratulations! That's awesome! 

    2. nosweargamer
  9. RickR's 1980 "Night Driver" high scores.  I was 11, and a lot better at the game than I am today!

     

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    1. socrates63

      socrates63

      Can I call you Ricky?

    2. RickR

      RickR

      Sure!  I've been called much worse. 

    3. HDN

      HDN

      Oh Ricky you’re so fine, you’re so fine you blow my mind! HEY RICKY! HEY RICKY!

  10. Next up for sale from me will be a Mattel Aquarius, including a multi-cart.  Please contact me if you are interested.  I'll be taking pictures and listing it soon. 

    1. HDN

      HDN

      I didn’t even know that thing existed before. I did a little bit of research, and wow. That thing is certainly... underwhelming. But interesting nonetheless. How did you even FIND that thing, @RickR? It seems pretty rare.

    2. RickR

      RickR

      How did I find it?  I don't remember.  Most likely it was an ebay purchase many years ago. 

      It's fascinating to me.  What was Mattel thinking?  There is no way it could compete with the VIC-20.  It's games were worse than the Intellivision.  It's just a complete miss.

      As a collectible, it's interesting.  The shape of the computer is cool.  The version of BASIC included is excellent.  It's kind of rare I guess.

      Hopefully I can find an appreciative buyer.

       

  11. I'm 3D printing today!

     

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    1. HDN
    2. RickR

      RickR

      I'm starting to get the hang of it.  These two knobs turned out really well, with a nice glossy/smooth finish on the top.  

       

  12. I'm not sure if we have any other basketball fans here...but NBA2K21 is FREE today on the Epic Games app.  Featuring Blazer great Damian Lillard on the cover. 

     

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  13. A couple of new blog posts today.

     

  14. A new RickR Blog entry:
     

     

  15. My latest acquisition is Video Pinball (boxed) for the Atari 2600.  (Sorry about the flash washout).  I don't know why it took me so long to buy this one, as it seems to be very common.  In any case, the box is in good shape and didn't need any refurbishing. 

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  16. I'm assuming you all would be interested in seeing a boxed Colecovision with the original foam inserts. 

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    1. Sabertooth

      Sabertooth

      Really nice example, Rick! 

  17. A trio of Atari 2600 multi-carts.  Do you have a favorite?  Mine is the PlusCart because it has new stuff added all the time with no action needed by me.

     

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      Nothing stops you from buying the games still.  They still look good on display.  They will last longer if not used.  Heck, I have three of these things, and I bought a boxed Video Pinball today.  Put your worries away and have some fun. 

       

       

    3. HDN

      HDN

      Hey @RickR-- how do you update the firmware on the Unocart? Been having some problems with a few games (not the big homebrews like you mentioned, but other games) and figured I'd try that. Thanks.

    4. RickR

      RickR

      Well, I'm glad you asked.  Because I just did it, and I had to learn. 

      First of all, check out what version is shown at the bottom of your screen.  Does it say "R.EDWARDS 17"?  If yes, you have the latest.  Since yours is so new, I'll bet you do.

      In any case, you go here to get the latest, and there are instructions on what to do.  To summarize, you put an update file on the root directory of your SD card, and then the UnoCart will see that and have a menu choice for updating the firmware.  Choose that and BOOM...done.  Easy.

      https://github.com/DirtyHairy/UnoCart-2600/releases

       

       

  18. I bought a 3d printer!

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      Harry:  Please do send me those files.  I would love those for my shelf.

      More importantly, I need some help.  I have no idea what I'm doing.  My first question:  what software do you use at school to create the model files?  

      One issue I've had so far is this:  I printed the bottom half of a Vectrex cart shell as shown above, and it came out perfect.  I think I may need to bump up the amount of filament used, but otherwise, very good for a first try.  But then, the top of the shell didn't work at all.  Why?  Because the Thingiverse file had the model upside down (flat side up).  I thought my printer software would automatically flip it, but it didn't.  And I tried to figure out how to flip it myself, but no go.  

      Of course, no obligation.  Maybe others here have some knowledge to share too.  I'm having fun learning something new.  

      THANKS!

    3. HDN

      HDN

      I'm new to it myself too, so maybe another member can help you with your Vectrex cart issue.

      In school, we've been using this site called tinkercad. It's kind of a beginner's 3D modeling tool aimed for teaching it in schools, so there are others that are much more robust. But if you're first starting out, I highly recommend it. It's user friendly, easy to work with, all online, and most importantly free (to my knowledge). Might be worth a try-out. 

      PM me an email address you'd like me to use and I'll share those 3D print files with you.

    4. RickR

      RickR

      I will try TinkerCAD.  Thanks!

       

  19. It's easy to be a Kung Fu Master when the henchmen are so incompetent. 

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    1. HDN

      HDN

      My equally immature friends and I used to kneel down and let the train of dudes hug Thomas from the front. Use your imagination.

  20. I'm experimenting with cheap usb gamepads on the c64 Mini. The work great and are a huge improvement over the stock stick. 

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  21. My latest pickups are these two boxed 2600 games.  The boxes are a little beat up, but they'll look good on my shelf.  The carts are in nice condition.

     

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    1. RadioPoultry

      RadioPoultry

      For an Activision cart, the label looks like it's still in pretty good condition!

    2. DegasElite

      DegasElite

      There doesn't seem to be any Actiplaque on the Dragster label. Looks nice. :O)

    3. DegasElite

      DegasElite

      Actually, that Sneak 'N Peek box looks pretty good considering. :O)

  22. I'm on vacation, and I've started a new game:

     

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    2. RickR

      RickR

      Hey, that looks much nicer.  I'm going to use it.  Thanks!

    3. socrates63

      socrates63

      How'd you like the game, Rick?

      I literally dusted off the PSP and DSi a few days ago. I had to buy a new battery for the PSP, but otherwise, everything works. I picked up a bunch of DS and PSP games recently. I don't know why, but Sony's recent announcement about the closure of the PS3 and Vita e-shops motivated me to reconnect with my old handhelds (which I rarely used to begin with).

      The DSi belonged to my older son, but he never used it and was content with his DS Lite (which he keeps on his desk to this day).

    4. RickR

      RickR

      It's fantastic.  It's as good as game #1 in the series (I think there are 3?)  But I haven't made it very far yet.

       

  23. Recent pickups.

    I've been wanting Colecovision "One on One" for a long time.  It's the crappiest version of one of my favorite games. 

    The Lynx SD cart is just plain awesome.

     

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    1. HDN

      HDN

      You finally found CV One on One! I remembered you had been looking for that one forever. Now you can play inbred Sneetches basketball!

    2. RickR

      RickR

      It's horrible!  I know the CV could do so much better than this.  WTH!  The horribleness makes me love it even more, though. 

       

  24. It's an Atari 2600 day.  I'm using my Jr. with the little CRT and testing out the Gemstik (it works!)  Next up is a try at Decathlon using the Asteroids button controller.

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    2. HDN

      HDN

      First score and YIKES! I’m bad. But I did well at the 1500m I think. Almost got the musical tribute. @RickR wins the first round!

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    3. HDN

      HDN

      Rick wins round two and the battle! Good game!

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      I’m going to try for that patch. This is a great game. However I know I’m going to feel this tomorrow.

    4. RickR

      RickR

      Thanks, Harry.  That was fun.  We should pick another game or a rematch of Decathlon some time.

       

  25. That situation with the stuck ship in the Suez Canal....who else is reminded of River Raid?

    1. Justin

      Justin

      Haha great observation Rick! 🚢

    2. HDN
    3. Atari 5200 Guy

      Atari 5200 Guy

      Maybe someone wanted to try to make a revision of River Raid...Just more life like?

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