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    Arenafoot reacted to slobu in Knabber Rob for the Atari 2600   
    Cote Gamers had to pull out of publishing Knabber Rob.  I'm hoping Neo Games has an opening early next year to get this game out to the public.
    Less groceries for me.  But, it will happen.  The bat deserves some limelight :)
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    Arenafoot reacted to Scott Stilphen in VCS Pac-Man 5-minute challenge   
    Back in 1982, the department store Boscov's held some Atari VCS contests, one being for Pac-Man.  Entrants had 2 attempts to score as much as possible in 5-minute long games.  After a few attempts, I got a 5,200, which ranks as the 3rd-highest, according to this article.  I'm assuming this contest was on game 1 with difficulty B.  I used this free PC app to time my efforts. https://free-stopwatch.com/   Pretty impressive that someone nearly cracked 8k on this. 

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    Arenafoot reacted to RickR in Hot Wheels ID Cars   
    So basically they are sold at Target in specific racks for $6 or so?  I can't see I've seen any, but I usually stick to the $1 racks.  
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    Arenafoot reacted to kamakazi20012 in Hot Wheels ID Cars   
    What Are Hot Wheels ID Cars?
    Hot Wheels ID cars look like the standard Hot Wheels cars.  In reality these ID cars are unique.  Each car has a tag on the chassis that can be scanned in to a mobile device.  From there the car can be used in dedicated ID physical tracks and in the Hot Wheels ID racing app for Android and iOS devices.  The physical tracks use a Bluetooth connection to a mobile device while the app allows scanned cars to be used in racing games against AI and other racers.  Everything that car does stays with that car.  All ID cars can be upgraded in the app for better performance. 
    Hot Wheels ID Overview
    Where Can I Find Them?
    Hot Wheels ID cars have been located in Target stores.  These are usually in a small white and orange box costing between $6 and $8 per car.  I'm unsure if they are found any where else physically.  These can also be found on Amazon and Ebay...if you want to pay premium prices for them.
    So What's The Big Deal?
    Most recently Mattel decided to include ID cars in the standard blister packs although sporting a similar white and orange theme over the standard blue theme.  These are now being called "Chase Cars" and for a good reason.  Any Hot Wheels collector may know about the rare Treasure Hunt and Super Treasure Hunt cars that are randomly packed in with standard cars.  These are highly sought after by collectors and are often worth more than any single basic car.
    Now imagine something being more rare than either a TH or STH Hot Wheels car.  Go on...keep imagining.  That's where these ID Chase Cars fall.  It's said that these are more rare than the Treasure Hunt and Super Treasure Hunt cars.  It's been reported that one store opened up four cases and never seen a single Chase Car although they found two Treasure Hunt cars in those cases.  But the nice thing is that if you do find one the price is the same as a basic Hot Wheels car.  So if the store you are visiting sells Hot Wheels for a dollar and you find a Hot Wheels ID car in a blister pack it will be a dollar also. 
    So the next time you go Hot Wheels hunting keep an eye out for any Hot Wheels ID cars.  These are very collectible already with some selling for upwards of $80 on Ebay.  Of course the whole idea is not to make a quick buck but it doesn't hurt to find 'em and hang on to them or even use them (you can scan them without opening them) but I suggest not opening them. 
    Hot Wheels ID Chase Car on EBAY
    Also...the reason why I posted this under collectibles is because the Chase Cars are becoming collectible in a short amount of time and if others here hunt for Hot Wheels cars I thought they would like to know about them.
    Enjoy your Hot Wheels … and Atari, too! 
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    Arenafoot got a reaction from RickR in Atari Golf Tourney 2020   
    I played my first try last night and got a 59... will try again before the deadline.
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    Arenafoot reacted to GRay Defender in Gray Defender   
    My review of the Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion Volume 3
     
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    Arenafoot reacted to GRay Defender in Gray Defender   
    The re-release of the Atari 2600 Encyclopedia Volume 1 by Derek Slaton...
     
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    Arenafoot got a reaction from greenween in Atari VCS/2600 carts   
    I need to place an order with you..... one of these days when I get some extra money. This will fill in alot of my holes!
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    Arenafoot reacted to Jinroh in Carrot Kingdom® - Work in Progress 32K! - New Demo 10-16-2017   
    PushChocolat.mp4 Tease tease.
    (Push by Matchbox Twenty used non-profit, just for funsies.)
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    Arenafoot reacted to GRay Defender in Gray Defender   
    Atari 2600 Galagon Review by Champ Games:
     
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    Arenafoot reacted to Video 61 in merry christmas and a happy new year to all   
    hi everyone,
     been in the atari business since 1983, its because of you that i am still here, and i thank you for it every day.
     
    merry christmas and a happy new years to all,
     
    lance
    www.atarisales.com
     
     
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    Arenafoot reacted to Justin in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue - UPDATE   
    On the upside, we're now officially "THE MOST DANGEROUS ATARI SITE ON THE INTERNET" 
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    Arenafoot reacted to Justin in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue - UPDATE   
    The Forums were just upgraded to the latest version and inspected for Malware. It came back with a clean bill of health:

     
    The Malware is definitely contained within the main section of the website which houses the Blog and is built on Wordpress. When I built that part of the site in 2014 I thought Wordpress was a pretty versatile and reliable way of going about this. I would like to avoid having to rebuild that portion of the site entirely. I love the clean design. It may need to be rebuilt on a platform other than Wordpress though. In the meantime I'm going to continue working with Kamakakazi20012 to resolve this issue once and for all.
    A special THANK YOU to all of you here who have offered your input, tolerated "warnings", and trudged on regardless. You're all our classic gaming family and I'm glad you're here.
    I always think of Atari I/O as being "an experience". Does that sound silly? I want Atari I/O to be like what you would feel going into an arcade, Chuck E. Cheese, or your favorite pizza parlor with arcade games. Or a theme park. I was having lunch in EPCOT building some of this site when it was new thinking about this being "an experience". This whole Malware thing interrupts that experience like nothing else, and what's worse is it undermines trust in our site. The Malware issue is the must frustrating thing I've experienced since the site went live. I will get it resolved soon. The site isn't going anywhere. Happy Holidays everyone!
     Justin 
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    Arenafoot reacted to TrekMD in The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion: Volume 3 book is now available!   
    I just purchased the digital version.  If a color print version is released, I'll get it as well.
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    Arenafoot reacted to GRay Defender in The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion: Volume 3 book is now available!   
    Received my copy yesterday (BW paperback).  Really nicely done.  Love the cover, and I look forward to digging into it.
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    Arenafoot reacted to TrekMD in The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion: Volume 3 book is now available!   
    I have the other two and I will be getting this one.  Will there be a deluxe color version of this volume? 
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    Arenafoot reacted to Justin in The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion: Volume 3 book is now available!   
    Great work Brian! Best wishes on the success of your new book! 
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    Arenafoot got a reaction from GRay Defender in The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion: Volume 3 book is now available!   
    Free preview of my newest book in the series is now available here: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B082Y71YBY&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_MrbaEbKYW5404
    Pages 3-4 will show you all 24 titles included in this issue. 
    To purchase the $12.99 paperback book in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1676947175  It is also available in 7 other countries, just PM me for other countries links.
    To purchase the $3.99 e-book/Kindle version in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082Y71YBY  It is also available in 12 other countries, just PM me for those countries links too.
    All previous books are still available at: https://www.amazon.com/author/brianmatherne
    Huge Thanks go out to my readers and fellow gamers, and the Atari Homebrew programmers for making this series a success!!!
    Brian

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    Arenafoot got a reaction from Justin in The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion: Volume 3 book is now available!   
    Free preview of my newest book in the series is now available here: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B082Y71YBY&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_MrbaEbKYW5404
    Pages 3-4 will show you all 24 titles included in this issue. 
    To purchase the $12.99 paperback book in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1676947175  It is also available in 7 other countries, just PM me for other countries links.
    To purchase the $3.99 e-book/Kindle version in the USA: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082Y71YBY  It is also available in 12 other countries, just PM me for those countries links too.
    All previous books are still available at: https://www.amazon.com/author/brianmatherne
    Huge Thanks go out to my readers and fellow gamers, and the Atari Homebrew programmers for making this series a success!!!
    Brian

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    Arenafoot got a reaction from Justin in Atari I/O Malware "Security Warning" Issue - UPDATE   
    any update Justin? I'm getting it everytime with Chrome...
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    Arenafoot reacted to MaximumRD in THE END 2600 * NEW HOMEBREW GAME * 😮   
    NOT MINE ! I thought those here who do not visit Atariage may not be aware of this release. I think this game looks and form the description SOUNDS pretty damn good so if you are interested in getting your hands on the ROM to check it out yourself here is a link to the source thread over on AA. 
    https://atariage.com/forums/topic/298966-the-end-2600-new-homebrew-game/
    Below I have pasted the screen shot as well as the description from the creators post HOWEVER I have not linked the roms, I think it only fair if you 
    want to get those at the very least you can go to the original thread to obtain the roms and give a LIKE or comment some appreciation. 😉😎
    as such things should be encouraged. 
     
    --- PASTED FROM SOURCE --

    Hello all !

    Here is a new homebrew game I made for the Atari 2600 that I named THE END 2600.
    It is based on the 1980 Konami version of the arcade game THE END.
     
    Attached you will find the release candidate #1 of this game in NTSC and PAL60 versions.
     
    OBJECTIVE:
    To destroy aliens attempting to steal bricks from your defense bases.
    The aliens will arrange stolen bricks to spell out  "END" at the top of the screen.
    You start the game with 3 spaceships.
    An extra ship will be awarded when you reach 5,000 points.
    Use your joystick to move your spaceship left of right and press the button to fire to the aliens.
    Game is over when all your spaceships are destroyed or "END" is spelled out by the aliens.
     
    THE POINTS:
    Each alien destroyed scores 40, 60 or 100 points.
    Destroying aliens carrying a stolen brick scores double.
    Destroying MotherShip scores 10 to 100 points plus the same amount awarded for each brick needed to spell out "END"
     
    ANOTHER DETAILS:
    Each level is represented by a "wave".
    Every 5 "waves", the MotherShip will come down to attack your spaceship. If you destroy it, a "round" of 5 "waves" will be completed.
    When a new "round" begins, the aliens with have to start spelling "END" all over again.
     
    The game is complete and fully playable.
    It has 40 levels and is fast and very challenging.
    The game is not exactly in graphics as the arcade version but the gameplay is. Also I have added some animations that are not in the arcade.
     
    I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it !
    Please tell me your feedback about the game and let me know if the game is too easy or too hard or if you find any bugs in the game.
     
    Let's see those high scores !!
     
    RaymanC
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    Arenafoot got a reaction from Justin in Atari VCS/2600 carts   
    I need to place an order with you..... one of these days when I get some extra money. This will fill in alot of my holes!
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    Arenafoot reacted to MaximumRD in Pursuit of the Pink Panther (1983) ROM released!!!   
    Just seen this over on AA 🙄sadly my initial post suggested using the ROM in emulation OR Flash / Harmony cart but apparently it is NOT compatible with the HARMONY. 
    To remedy this user Batari has provided a Harmony only version with custom back switched code added to the rom itself ( his words, I don't know what any of it means 😛 )
    I have not seen anyone respond or confirm YET so take it as you will, I will give it a go when I have the time, likely not anytime soon but if you have a Harmony Cart and are
    curious to try yourself the rom is attached OR see the link below for original thread should you wish to go thank batari yourself (or update if it works or not etc) 😎👍🍻
    https://atariage.com/forums/topic/297126-pink-panther-support/?do=findComment&comment=4369706
    Pink_panther_harmony.bin
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    Arenafoot reacted to Kid A in Got me a Ms. Pac-Man cab!   
    So a buddy of mine calls me up and asked me if I wanted his non working Ms Pac-Man cab. The deal was that if I fixed it, he could play it whenever he came down, which I had no problem with. This is what the cab looked like when I got it. 

    The cab was pretty beat up. Just running my hand across the sides made the paint fall off of it. Someone had painted the entire cab black. 

    As you can see the cab was in pretty bad shape. So even before I tried to make the thing actually work, I painted it black. I primered it first before doing so. 



    At this point I actually tried to make it work. I found some wires that looked like they were spliced into. I figured these were the connections for power. There was no power plug when I got it. I got a PC power cable, cut the end off and spliced it into the existing cuts in the wiring. When I plugged it in, it powered on...however with some problems..

    The screen was all distorted. I had found 10 different knobs in the back of the arcade. I turned all of them to see if it would fix it. Nothing did. I thought maybe they all have to be dialed in perfect. After 3 days of messing with these knobs, I was getting frustrated. I was staring at the back of the cab when I saw this metal bracket with a hole in it. I shined a flashlight through the hole and I saw a potentiometer with a screwdriver slot on it. I grabbed a screwdriver and turned it clockwise and it made it worse. So I went counterclockwise all the way and it made the screen totally clear! ...with some minor distorted on the right part of the screen . Just had to slightly turn it back clockwise to get rid of the distortion 

    After that I spent a few minutes to dial in the colors properly. 
    At this point, I got a proper power cable for the cab and installed it. 
    The control panel overlay was pretty dirty and torn so that got replaced. Put some new buttons too.

    When I got done with that, I wanted to go all out. I ended up getting a repro glass bezel and installed it. The repro is very high quality. Very happy with it. 

    My friend had got this thinking if he couldn't fix it, he was going to keep the Marquee and get rid of it. Knowing that I got this machine for free, I got a new Marquee and gave him the original. Got a high score save kit as well.

    Last thing I got was the panel art and new T molding. When I got the art in, I realized that if I were to install the front part as is, the coin door chop off the forehead of Ms. Pac-Man. So I had to raise the coin door 4.5 inches.
     

    I also was able to hide the bolts that hold the coin bucket in place below the surface of the wood so I didn't have to shove them to the front of the artwork. Once that was done I installed the art along with the new t molding. When I installed the cab was finally finished!

    I wish the color of the panel art was a closer match to the control panel overlay, but in the end, I think it came out pretty awesome. I'm forever grateful that my buddy gave me this arcade. It's definitely in my top 3 favorite arcade games of all time. It was a lot of work putting this thing together
    Here's a side by side of the before and after!

     
     
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    Arenafoot reacted to RickR in Thrift Store Finds   
    Good to know, thanks!  I just tried it out with fresh batteries and it work just fine. 

    I also checked, and that's a standard Atlantis cart -- not Atlantis II  
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