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RickR last won the day on May 31

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About RickR

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    The Don
  • Birthday November 8

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    I'll collect almost anything old, video game related, or electronic.

    Favorite systems: Atari 8-bit computers, Atari 2600, Intellivision, Colecovision, Nintendo Virtual Boy, Nintendo NES, Vectrex, GBA, Commodore (anything Commodore but especially VIC-20), TI 99/4A, Atari 7800, Atari Lynx, Sega GameGear.

    I also LOVE old handheld games. Mattel Football, Basketball, etc.
  • First Console
    Atari 2600
  • Favorite Arcade Game
  • Favorite TV Show
    Star Trek
  • What I got at Toys Я Us
    2600 games!

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  1. I have not heard of this, but it looks intriguing. Is it out now?
  2. How funny -- their typical consumer is middle aged with decreasing eye sight. So let's make the screen tiny! SMH!
  3. It's a fun game, and you're right about that risk/reward factor. It cracks me up how your bird keels over dead by just touching an obstacle even while on the ground. Toughen up, birdie! Sheesh.
  4. I grabbed it, but I'm not sure when I'll have time to try it. When playing multiplayer, can it be limited to just people we know? I've never played this game, but I know multiplayer FPS can be vicious places for casual or new gamers. That's one giant reason I tend to stick with "retro" gaming. It's no fun to be mocked and laughed at by jerks hiding behind the internet, knowing full well they'd get punched right in the face if they dared saying such things in the presence of others.
  5. I think we all have similar experiences. For me, I started by trying to preserve what I had as a younger person. I still had my 2600 and games, but I was more concerned with my Atari 8-bit collection. Most of the games I had were on disk, and I knew they wouldn't last forever. So I started buying cartridge versions of games, and really got into emulation as a way to preserve what I thought would eventually no longer be viable. Once middle age set in, and my kids were a little older, I found out I had a little extra income that I could play with, and I decided to try out all the systems I drooled over as a kid, but could never afford. 5200, Colecovision, C64, Vectrex, etc. And also, buying whatever 2600 games I could find that I never had before. My kids were really into Nintendo in this period, so we also started buying those systems and games. NES, SNES, Genesis, etc. My kids loved that stuff, and I found that I did too. Over time, the hobby has gotten much bigger and much more expensive. At this time, I like to fix old systems that are broken, or update them to work on modern TV's. Buying is no longer so important to me. I have tons of games that I will play and enjoy for a long time.
  6. 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. 


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    2. RickR


      Maybe I will start a projects thread.  Maybe at least to go over the tools that work for me and aren't bank breakers. 


    3. BlackCatz40


      Yes, it seems that they do look the same on the inside. Cool idea about the Projects thread. That would be interesting. :O)

    4. BlackCatz40


      Oops! I accidentally posted twice. My bad. Sorry about that. Must have been some kind of delay in my posts. 

  7. The secret has to do with slipice. And once you figure it out, take it a step further by reading the manual about scoring.
  8. RickR

    Reprinting labels

    I think it makes a lot of sense for a rare cart like that. But I can't justify spending $2.50 + shipping for an Activision Tennis when the cart itself is worth $1. That's why I was hoping to just print one out myself. In any case, it's great to have that as an option and thanks so much @TrekMd for sharing this info.
  9. Aha! 655,900. I'm with Greenween on this -- it got boring so I died on purpose.
  10. I was hoping someone could help me. I have a lot of Atari carts with ripped or missing labels, and I'm looking for a resource to download and reprint them myself. I'm not a stickler, so just printing on normal paper on my inkjet printer would be fine. Specifically, I really need an Activision Tennis at this moment. I found some interesting stuff on atariage, but it can get overwhelming over there. Pages and pages to scroll through with no real success. And things always devolve into arguments about adding a "repro" line to the label. I don't care about any of that. I'm not going to resell, and I have no intention of faking anyone out. I just want my bare carts to have something that looks decent on them. So please, if you know of a good resource that has downloadable images of various labels, please let me know. Thanks.
  11. Let me know when that livestream is, and I'll do my best to be there. Even if it's after the challenge ends.
  12. Add in Albuquerque NM, Houston TX, Cleveland OH, Pittsburgh PA, Washington DC, Las Vegas NV for me. I'm trying to think of the places we've gone for pleasure (not for work).
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