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Everything posted by RickR

  1. What says the 1970's better than wearing tube socks, Nike "Burt Bruins" and short-shorts while popping a wheelie on a banana seat bike in front of a baby blue Ford Pinto Wagon? Nothing.


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  2. 27,000 My favorite part of this game is the cool "static" effect when you get shot.
  3. I'm not sure. I know a lot of members here have a 5200. I also spread the word on a few 5200 Facebook groups. It could be the Chas10e case...maybe they tried but didn't feel like posting a score.
  4. One tip I kind of discovered is to keep your wand in the middle of the screen as much as possible. The spider can't surprise you there. But that can be difficult when the centipedes make it down to the bottom. And even then, the spider can still get you if you don't dodge fast enough. I found this game to be very frustrating. For most games, I usually get a little better the more I play. But not this one. I plateaued very quickly. I did learn to appreciate the 5200 reset button on the controller though. I ended up using that a lot.
  5. We watched "WarGames" (1983) last night.  It wasn't as dated as I thought it would be.  It has good acting, a story that keeps moving, and some really cool 80's arcade scenes.  Yes, the technology shown is really old (8" floppies!  A phone coupler modem!), but it doesn't distract at all. 


    1. kamakazi20012


      If you stop and think about it, that movie kind of foreseen internet hacking long before the internet was born.  Really a good movie.

    2. GRay Defender

      GRay Defender

      Classic 80's movie all around fun to watch..

    3. Justin


      I always enjoyed that movie! I also think Matthew Broderick works so well in "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" because of a bit of typecasting in that we've already accepted him as a brilliant hacker kid whose great with technology and gets in over his head. "Cloak and Dagger" is another movie from around the same time, maybe not quite as good but has a similar feel as "WarGames"

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    Thrift Store Finds

    Post and discuss cool retro items you find in the wild. Today I found these laser disks (Pioneer) for $2 each. I don't have a player, and I hear they are pretty finicky anyways...but I couldn't resist. Also a couple of Playstation AV cables for $0.50 each.
  7. K's score of 39k is amazing to me. I played for hours at a time and always topped out right at about 19k.
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    Brian's Man Cave

    Giant Ichiro protects the trophy after Pike beeped twice.
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    Brian's Man Cave

    I won an indy 500 tournament once.
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    Thrift Store Finds

    This item is pretty old, but I've been looking for one for a long time with no luck. It's the Ms. Pac Man plug and play and it has the twisty knob for Pole Position control. It also has the little game key slot, but no cartridge (dang it). It had really old and dead batteries within, but I wasn't able to open it at Goodwill. I took a chance (only $5), and when I got home, the batteries were ancient. One had leaked, but not bad. I got it cleaned up pretty easily and it works fine.
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    I finally got a TG-16!

    Found one at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo Swap Meet today. I also included a pic of the other good junk I bought. It works great. Only one game. Anyone have games for sale?
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    I finally got a TG-16!

    Do you happen to know the name of the Facebook group?
  13. I think this speaks to the tremendous legacy of Super Mario Bros. For all the arguing we like to do about the 7800 or SMS vs the NES....it's THIS game that really built the Nintendo legacy and makes those arguments moot. The 7800, whether it was released earlier or the Tramiels had never purchased Atari, was never going to beat the NES without a killer piece of software.
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    Arcade USA

    Looks like a successful test. Your capture device works nicely.
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    Craigslist Finds

    Picked up a good one today. Heavy sixer (Sears model). And look, Sears branded paddles. The games on the left -- I didn't have. The games on the right, it turns out I do, so they'll be up for trade very soon.
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    Craigslist Finds

    Great deal on that top loader. To fix that crack, I'd go with the most mild fix you can. Take the top off. Add some Elmer's glue and push it back up from the bottom. Then add a piece of duct tape to the bottom.
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    Ms. Pac-Man - what went wrong with this version?

    I just now played Ms. Pac Man on a 5200. It's a great game. Yes, there is flicker. But it's not bad. The ghosts have white eyes with a blue pupil, and I think that explains the flicker. The movement is a little choppy at first. Kind of like Jr. Pac Man on the 2600 and 8-bit, they seem to introduce the choppiness to slow down the game on the early levels. Once you get up to level 5 or so, everything flies around with no choppiness at all. I'm going to say this version of the game is superb. A+. It's fun, and I really had a good time playing it.
  18. Here is Justin's list in Word doc format for old timers like me who prefer a hard copy. TG-16 Best Games List.docx
  19. If anyone is looking for a Turbo Everdrive, check out this ebay auction. The seller isn't anyone I know, but it looks like a great deal. Ends on 2/11. https://www.ebay.com/itm/223377841270?ul_noapp=true
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    Thrift Store Finds

    Pretty incredible to see an Atari Pong at Goodwill.
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    What I'd Like To See

    It's a good idea. It's the exact same hardware as a 5200. The Atari 8-bit computers are one of my favorite things on the Earth. But it's kind of hard to find other enthusiasts. Maybe Blue Max or Donkey Kong. I'm going to guess it will be hard to find more than a few of us that have the hardware and the game.
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    5200 Launch Edition??

    This one looks like it was launched off a ladder onto a concrete floor. So it truly is a launch edition.
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    5200 Launch Edition??

    Not a bad idea if time permits. The problem is that getting ebay to do anything is hit and miss. Example: the auction ArenaFoot mentioned elsewhere -- someone is selling an SD card full of Atari 2600 bin files for a pretty outrageous price. That is clearly not allowed (copyright material), but they won't take the listing down.