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    RickR reacted to socrates63 in Members: What video game related stuff do you regret selling the most?   
    That would be sweet, Rick! At the last PRGE, I walked by the Vectrex set up and running with longing eyes. I dared not touch them though lest I have an emotional breakdown 😅 My wife likes to tease me that I cry more than she does.
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    RickR got a reaction from socrates63 in Members: What video game related stuff do you regret selling the most?   
    Maybe we can find you another Vectrex at the next PRGE.  And I think I have an extra multi-cart I'd be happy to give you. 
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    RickR reacted to CrossBow in Keep or sell super valuable games?   
    I actually did a video on how to do this and even show a method of using another battery that you solder in parallel to the original so you can keep the save files while you do the transplant on most games.
     
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    RickR reacted to CrossBow in Keep or sell super valuable games?   
    I also primarily use my flashcarts for homebrew WIP games as well to check them out and have been known to test those WIP games pretty heavily to help in their development as well. But another good use of the flashcarts that you actually mentioned above was with rare games. Yes, you can get the roms for rare games to play them. But I use that as a means to determine if a rare game is actually a game I want to pursue. Or to play a game I've heard others talk about that I've never played to see if it a game I would like to pick up in physical form someday. So I like to think of flashcarts as a try before I buy option as well.
    As for the money and space required to collect? Yeah...it isn't cheap especially when you get to the point that all of the commons have been gotten and now you have to look at the rare stuff. But then again, I've been collecting now for 20 years and now with my 4th house I have one big enough to house my collection mostly to be on display. In the future it definitely will be once my boys have no further use for their rooms. The point is that this wasn't done overnight for most of us and we have what we have from hunting for deals or making connections with others looking to get out of one hobby and go into another or wanting to sell their collection for one system to use towards collecting towards another. And I will say this..
    If you are looking at a game and thinking you might want that in the future and you have the means to purchase it now. You should probably do it because I've not seen these getting any cheaper since I've started collecting and they have mostly all gone up in price/value as we all get older.
     
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    RickR reacted to btbfilms76 in FINALLY GOT ONE!!!!!   
    McWill - WILL in fact give this machine a whole new lease on life... don’t skimp on this upgrade, its worth every penny.  I cant think of a better way to spend the money, it will totally blow you away @MaximumRD nice job on posting the video.
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    RickR reacted to Sabertooth in FINALLY GOT ONE!!!!!   
    I'm going to chime in here with @btbfilms76 to add that the McWill mod is just fantastic.  That, plus the RetroHQ sd card are the two greatest things to happen to the Lynx since Zaku! You cannot go wrong with the upgrade. 😉
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    RickR reacted to CrossBow in FINALLY GOT ONE!!!!!   
    There are two versions of the McWill and which you get depends on which model you have. The Model 1 that @Atari Creep purchased is more of a challenge to install the McWill into mainly due to the fact that the LCD on that model is part of the mainboard itself so aligning the replacement screen can be more than fun..
    I've installed quite a few of these and the McWill is excellent no doubt! However, when I want to just pick up my Lynx to play a game on it for a bit, I will usually reach for my BennVenn LCD modded on instead as the max brightness of the McWill screen is harsh after a while to me. In fact, if I do play on my McWill modded Lynx, I'm always using the pseudo scan-line mode to bring the brightness down a tad on it.
    So if you don't need the VGA output of the McWill, I do feel that in most cases, the BennVenn kit is the better route for most Lynx gamers. It is a cheaper kit since it doesn't provide VGA output ability, and you can adjust the brightness on it using the backlight button to 7 levels plus pseudo scan-lines just like the McWill screen. There are differences in the way games look between them, but if you didn't point them out to someone, they likely wouldn't be able to tell the difference between one or the other aside from the brightness levels.
    I've also been told though I've not tested it myself, that the BennVenn screen is more power efficient and thus batteries last longer with that LCD kit as well.
    Regardless of which model LCD kit a person should choose, you cannot go wrong with either and the difference between them like watching your favorite movie on VHS for years and then watching what it really should look like on Blu-Ray on a nice modern TV.
     
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    RickR reacted to HDN in Keep or sell super valuable games?   
    I don't mind flash carts. They're a great way to be able to play rare games or homebrews on original hardware. I'm just saying if I had to pick, I'd pick the physical game over the same game on a flashcart. I don't have that much space right now either, but I also don't have the funds to build up a massive collection like all of you have! Space won't be a problem for a while. Invaders, on the other hand...
    I'm not too scared of the batteries on my games going dead. It's an inevitability with those older games. Thankfully my local game store can replace them for only a couple bucks. I'm pretty sure I am going to have to start bringing games in sooner or later. I can tell Super Metroid doesn't have much longer. It's saving fine now but it wiped all three save files of my data before I started replaying it again. Not a big deal really.
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    RickR reacted to socrates63 in Members: What video game related stuff do you regret selling the most?   
    That's awesome what you did for that boy and his family. You're a good man @RickR and generous to boot 🙂 
    🕹️ And I'll take you up on that offer to play the Vectrex 🙂 We can meet for lunch or something. Portland is a fun town. I think the last time I actually spent time in the city was about five years ago when I bought my iMac there.
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    RickR got a reaction from HDN in Keep or sell super valuable games?   
    Flash carts can be such a hot-button issue with gamers.  Why?  I say enjoy them if you've got them.  Yes, physical carts are better.  But they also take up a ton more space.  In my case, I have very limited space.  Most of my loose carts are boxed up efficiently in the attic.  Flash carts let me enjoy the games without making a huge mess or taking up a ton of space.  I've posted pics on these forums of my nice efficient gaming credenza.  It sure would be hard to find the space to play without flash carts!  And "save states" work better too.  No fear of batteries that no longer work. 
    @HDN, yeah, those short, cryptic file names can be a detriment!  That's true. 
     
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    RickR reacted to CrossBow in Keep or sell super valuable games?   
    With the exception of the NES most of my flash carts only have a few games loaded up on them with the games I play or use most in testing systems. In fact my flash carts normally live on my workbench since it is nice to have 1 cart with several roms to test different things for the systems vs needing a pile of them stacked up for that purpose. I do have shelves and shelves full of games as can been seen in my earlier postings about my game room.
     
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    RickR got a reaction from socrates63 in Members: What video game related stuff do you regret selling the most?   
    @socrates63 I can totally relate to your stories about giving. 
    I've given so much stuff away.  To people I personally know and to strangers and people on Atari forums.  It can be hit and miss. 
    I remember one young boy (maybe 10) came with his mom and younger brother to get a modded Atari system I offered on Craigslist.  These kids were so excited, and I really wanted to just give them the system for free.  But I've learned that sometimes kids feel good to have saved and paid themselves.  I ended up telling them I forgot to mention that the system came with games too and ended up giving them a whole box of loose carts.  I also told them I made a mistake on the price.  Only $20 was what I meant to type.  Oh man, were they happy!  It was fun, and I'm glad to have done that. 
    Other times, I've given stuff and really felt un-appreciated or gotten weird complaints. Whatever. 
    If you decide to give, you just give and hope for the best.  If it doesn't turn out well, that's not on you.  Sometimes the giving itself is reward enough. 
    And PS - you are welcome to come play my Vectrex any time you'd like. 
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    RickR got a reaction from HDN in Members: What video game related stuff do you regret selling the most?   
    @socrates63 I can totally relate to your stories about giving. 
    I've given so much stuff away.  To people I personally know and to strangers and people on Atari forums.  It can be hit and miss. 
    I remember one young boy (maybe 10) came with his mom and younger brother to get a modded Atari system I offered on Craigslist.  These kids were so excited, and I really wanted to just give them the system for free.  But I've learned that sometimes kids feel good to have saved and paid themselves.  I ended up telling them I forgot to mention that the system came with games too and ended up giving them a whole box of loose carts.  I also told them I made a mistake on the price.  Only $20 was what I meant to type.  Oh man, were they happy!  It was fun, and I'm glad to have done that. 
    Other times, I've given stuff and really felt un-appreciated or gotten weird complaints. Whatever. 
    If you decide to give, you just give and hope for the best.  If it doesn't turn out well, that's not on you.  Sometimes the giving itself is reward enough. 
    And PS - you are welcome to come play my Vectrex any time you'd like. 
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    RickR got a reaction from socrates63 in What games would you like to see me cover in my new blog?   
    I think you're on the right track.  The ones where you have something personal to convey. 
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    RickR got a reaction from socrates63 in What games would you like to see me cover in my new blog?   
    Tunnel of Doom.  Clearly, you have some passion for this game. 
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    RickR got a reaction from MaliciousCarp in Squad Challenge - Chip's Challenge (Atari Lynx)   
    It doesn't count for this challenge, but the Windows version of Chip's Challenge is free right now on Steam
    https://www.polygon.com/2020/9/22/21451025/chips-challenge-free-steam-windows-pc?fbclid=IwAR0nzDihWjhSyTqdKDmnFg6yGmaOf5jNWGk9jupxRMaIHeBlq9cIHsh0AmM
     
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    RickR reacted to socrates63 in Members: What video game related stuff do you regret selling the most?   
    As a matter of personality, I generally don't sell stuff that I buy. However, I have given a couple of video gaming things away, one of which I regret.
    1️⃣ Back in the early 90s, my church commissioned a missionary to Africa. His wife and little son went with him. I gave the little boy my OG GameBoy, bunch of games, and a whole lot of AA batteries. While I lost touch with him after his family left for Africa, I have no doubts that the GameBoy provided him with many hours of entertainment on the plane ride and in a foreign land. He always enjoyed playing with it when I let him before.
    2️⃣ In the late 80s when I was in high school, I owned the Vectrex and several games (don't remember how many). I love vector graphics to this day. I take care of my stuff and everything was in pristine condition with the overlays and all. I had a friend who was like a younger brother to me (he later became one of my groomsmen in my wedding). His family wasn't as well off as mine financially during those days. I gave him my entire Vectrex collection since he didn't have any video games. He never became a gamer, and I always wondered what happened to the Vectrex. I never asked him about it because I don't want to know. It saddens me to this day to think that I sent away a system to a home where it was not appreciated.
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    RickR got a reaction from HDN in Members: What video game related stuff do you regret selling the most?   
    My biggest regret is not keeping my original 2600 game boxes.  I know at first I kept them all.  I know they were kept in a cabinet in our basement.  I know eventually, we had more boxes than would fit.   
    I cannot remember who threw them out.  Was it me? (I doubt it was me, but it may have been).  Was it my parents?  It's a mystery.  When I cleaned out my parent's house, I fully expected to find them.  But nope, they were not there. 
    On the other hand, we did keep all the games and manuals.  So I'm thankful for those, and the regrets for the boxes are pretty small.  And it's been kind of fun to buy replacements of my favorite games.  I especially love finding worn or beat up versions and refreshing them to look like new again. 
    I've sold some really cool stuff over the years.  But honestly, I don't miss them at all:
    My complete, original collection of "Electronic Games" magazines.  I knew I didn't have the knowledge or desire to preserve them as they deserved.  At least 4 heavy-sixer 2600's.  In the end, someone makes me an offer and I just have no sentimental feelings for them, so they go.  Several of my original, very rare, mail-order only, SuperCharger tapes.  I was afraid to use them.  I hate that feeling.  Be gone. Extra/duplicate/backup consoles.  Virtual Boy, Vectrex, Colecovision.  They take up space, and someone offers a decent price.  Away with ye. I have a whole slew of stuff to sell, as I've been trying to pare back.  But it seems like the economy is pretty bad at the moment and nothing seems to sell. 
     
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    RickR got a reaction from socrates63 in Members: What video game related stuff do you regret selling the most?   
    My biggest regret is not keeping my original 2600 game boxes.  I know at first I kept them all.  I know they were kept in a cabinet in our basement.  I know eventually, we had more boxes than would fit.   
    I cannot remember who threw them out.  Was it me? (I doubt it was me, but it may have been).  Was it my parents?  It's a mystery.  When I cleaned out my parent's house, I fully expected to find them.  But nope, they were not there. 
    On the other hand, we did keep all the games and manuals.  So I'm thankful for those, and the regrets for the boxes are pretty small.  And it's been kind of fun to buy replacements of my favorite games.  I especially love finding worn or beat up versions and refreshing them to look like new again. 
    I've sold some really cool stuff over the years.  But honestly, I don't miss them at all:
    My complete, original collection of "Electronic Games" magazines.  I knew I didn't have the knowledge or desire to preserve them as they deserved.  At least 4 heavy-sixer 2600's.  In the end, someone makes me an offer and I just have no sentimental feelings for them, so they go.  Several of my original, very rare, mail-order only, SuperCharger tapes.  I was afraid to use them.  I hate that feeling.  Be gone. Extra/duplicate/backup consoles.  Virtual Boy, Vectrex, Colecovision.  They take up space, and someone offers a decent price.  Away with ye. I have a whole slew of stuff to sell, as I've been trying to pare back.  But it seems like the economy is pretty bad at the moment and nothing seems to sell. 
     
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    RickR reacted to nosweargamer in Members: What video game related stuff do you regret selling the most?   
    I regret selling
    A boxed, working Jaguar CD A boxed TG-16 with CIB game from a TRU clearance A boxed Sega Nomad A CIB Crusader of the Centy (Genesis) Not for sentimental value, but I could really use them today for my show, but the cost of them is super high now.
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    RickR got a reaction from Justin in Squad Challenge - Chip's Challenge (Atari Lynx)   
    OK, I'm definitely not done, but I've run out of time for today.  I'll submit this score for now, but plan on coming back to this.  20,200
     

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    RickR got a reaction from Justin in Squad Challenge - Chip's Challenge (Atari Lynx)   
    It doesn't count for this challenge, but the Windows version of Chip's Challenge is free right now on Steam
    https://www.polygon.com/2020/9/22/21451025/chips-challenge-free-steam-windows-pc?fbclid=IwAR0nzDihWjhSyTqdKDmnFg6yGmaOf5jNWGk9jupxRMaIHeBlq9cIHsh0AmM
     
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    RickR got a reaction from Justin in Squad Challenge - Chip's Challenge (Atari Lynx)   
    Yes it is.  I got my Lynx from Best and just keep it in that cool box in which he shipped it.  
    I'm going to give the game a go some time this week.  
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    RickR got a reaction from Justin in Squad Challenge - Chip's Challenge (Atari Lynx)   
    I got the Lynx out of storage. That's a start, right?

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    RickR got a reaction from HDN in What games would you like to see me cover in my new blog?   
    I think you're on the right track.  The ones where you have something personal to convey. 
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