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Atari 5200 Guy

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About Atari 5200 Guy

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  • Birthday 05/11/1974

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    Up All Night
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  • Hometown
    Harrison, Arkansas
  • Interests
    Everything video game, computer, electronic related. I love to tinker with non-working electronics.
  • First Console
    Atari 5200 SuperSystem 4-Port
  • Coolest Item In Your Collection
    Atari 1040 STe
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  • Favorite Arcade Game
    Sega's OutRun
  • Favorite Board Game
  • Favorite Movie
    Heavy Metal
  • Favorite TV Show
    Knight Rider
  • Favorite Comic Book Hero
    Storm (X-Men)
  • What I got at Toys Я Us
    Sega Saturn
  • Quick, tell us a joke!
    Quick! Look behind you!! Made you look.

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  1. Hat Trick is fun as long as you don't jump in expecting a full blown hockey game. Its pong dressed up to look like hockey. It is fun if you don't expect a lot from it. And the only game there I need is Desert Falcon 😉
  2. I liked Super Metroid but prefer Metroid Prime and the original Metroid. Those are my favorites of the series.
  3. I own an XEGS and actually love it. In my hometown after the 2600/5200 stuff Atari showing up seemed random. The 7800 was found in another town at a toy store that sold liquidated merchandise and the 2600 junior I found at a local discount store that didn't last long. Nothing after that until I got Jaguar flyers in the mail but by that time Atari was already sold off. I did not discover the XEGS until 1998 and that I found used.
  4. Why bother??? Its an Atari for crying out loud! 'Nuff said. Period. Besides...what other console has Space Dungeon? None. That one is a 5200-only exclusive. No other Atari console got it. The 5200 is fun but time has not been kind to it.
  5. 5200 Centipede and the arcade Centipede both used POKEY for sounds so ... This is one of a few 5200 games where the arcade sounds were exact copies. What was heard in the arcade is present in the 5200. Also this is one of only two games that takes advantage of the trackball controller which, if used, really brings that arcade experience home. And Spidey needs less caffeine!
  6. The 5200 version is really unique compared to the 2600 version. The 2600 version is what I discovered Atari with but the 5200 and its Space Invaders is what I ended up with. While not exactly accurate the game is fun. Enemies come marching out a row at a time instead of all enemies being on the screen already. If done right the player can wipe out most of the enemies as they come marching on the screen. After every other wave the enemies change to a new set of enemies. Up to four sets are in the game with the last set being most likely some of the best animation I have seen on the 5200, ever, as this set morphs between different designs. When a wave with the fourth set of invaders starts, all rows are of the same invaders. After a few seconds they morph, or shift, into another shape which makes for a really cool effect. The first six waves of this Space Invaders follows the same mechanics of the arcade; the more enemies you destroy the faster they move. Once they start moving faster, however, their marching sound gets a bit louder. The last two waves with the shape shifting enemies doesn't use the marching sound like the other waves. Instead the sound is only heard when the shape shifts. Missing is the sound the player makes when shooting. Successfully defeat the first eight waves and the player is greeted with being rescued by a gold flying saucer. After this the game starts over using only the last set of invaders. During all waves there is a mother ship that comes out randomly whose point worth also seems to be random. As for controls ... They work good in this game, at least for me they do. And I love that 5200 box art! Some may say it is from the 400/800 version of Space Invaders but to me the 5200 version seems more advanced while using some of the same features and, yes, I played the cassette version of that Space Invaders as well but favor the 5200 version more. Its just not the same to me.
  7. Space Invaders on the 5200 did something no other port of the game ever did, including the arcades...morph. You mentioned seeing four sets of enemies and that's all the game has. After you battle two rounds of the fourth set you've pretty much mastered the game. Every wave after that sticks with the forth set of invaders. Personally I prefer the 5200 port. It's unique. Oddly enough if some of you have one of the 5200 game catalogues that came with the system (as Asteroids in it) you will see Space Invaders mentioned with an image of the game with the rocket. For years I wondered where that image came from and why my version was missing it. There are actually three versions of Space Invaders on the 8-bits (computers): two by Atari and one on floppy disk by a 3rd party developer.
  8. Collecting, playing, or anything to do with video games, which is a form of art in its own right, is a hobby. Just like collecting Hot Wheels or building a model railroad larger than most mansions is also a hobby. The only difference is that video games challenge the human mind and require concentration and they exercise our hand to eye coordination and motor skills. Most other hobbies only satisfy the craving to collect, video games do so much more and can be a very positive experience. Maybe someday ask your mother to play a two player game with you. Pick a simple to pick-up-and-play game. Encourage her (don't hound her) to engage and share a video game experience with you. Maybe that would change her way of seeing video games. Bottom line...yes...video games are a hobby. Nothing more or less. They won't fry your brain but most games are educational in their own way if you look deep enough. Some games even encourage thinking, reading, writing, drawing, math, problem solving, and many other day to day skills. Just sayin'. I'm 46, been playing video games since 1979, collecting for about a decade now, and I turned out alright.
  9. I don't have this but I will try an emulator for this.
  10. Best SMB game? Debatable. They are all good but my favorite is the N64 version. For once in the series I could relax for the most part. I didn't have a timer to worry about all the time...I could wander off and explore if I wanted to. I don't know if the DS is the same game or not as I've not had the pleasure of seeing it but for me it was Super Mario 64. It had a few flaws, yes, but still a great step in the right direction for the series. I actually have a close tie as I found Galaxy on the Wii to be a blast!
  11. Even the 5200 version is better than the 2600 version, sadly.
  12. Yes, I agree with this whole-heartedly. When I first seen Solaris I thought the artwork looked familiar. The same thing was done on the Atari computer versions of Star Raiders and SR II. Those use the same artwork as well but SR II's manual is more in-depth than Solaris'. Solaris is a great game and an engineering marvel that really pushed the 2600 hardware. Very impressive. Radar Lock, which uses much of the same mechanics as Solaris, is also an excellent marvel. If there were any Jack-era Atari 2600 releases that really impressed me it would have been those two. It needed it's own cover artwork, not reusing one that had already been done. However there is a slight change between the 2600 Star Raiders artwork and that used on Solaris. See if you can spot it.
  13. Start out simple. Don't go for the full monte the first time out. Take your time, give your first few videos the time to help you discover yourself and how you best represent what you are after. Do a few sample runs, repeatedly watch what you did, see if everything is kosher or if you need to make slight adjustments. Sometimes unscripted things tend to work best for some YT creators. Even if they are old they are going to be your best friends in this adventure. When time and funds allow then work on getting upgrades. If you use a modern PC you might find OBS Studio of value. It's free open-source software that can capture just about anything you throw at it from capture devices connected to your computer to webcams to what ever the computer puts on your computer screen. I've used it to capture games I play on Steam and on emulators for some of the score challenges here. I like it and use it often. I have yet to find a decent editor that is free so I stick with Windows' Video Editor. I have a Sargent USB capture dongle but it sort of sucks. Anything below Dreamcast it doesn't seem to work with. I haven't tried the N64 or Super NES yet but anything that doesn't do 480 resolution is pretty much not going to work. Avoid it if you want to capture 2600 up to Sega Saturn stuff. There is one similar to it I found at Wal-Mart once not too long ago that advertised itself as a way to transfer home VHS videos to digital formats and VHS tapes are way under 480 resolution (I think they are about 220 or something like that) so that one might work with your older game consoles. And even if you find one that works but doesn't support those RF inputs your VCR will become your very best friend in no time. Simply connect your RF game consoles to your VCR, set the VCR to the game's channel, then use your VCR's A/V out feeds to your capture device's RCA inputs. Old VCR's have always worked as a high-priced signal converter because anything that VCR sees or produces goes through both RF and RCA outputs. So your cable channels, per say, when going through your VCR can be sent to a standard video input on a TV or any device that has that input. It might be old tech but that VCR can have a lot of potential for your YT channel when you least expect it. I still have a JVC Hi-Fi VCR I use regularly for movies but I have had to use it for a signal converter a time or two. To give you an example, the video below has a Logitech HD (720p) webcam pointing at the TV to capture the video but the audio is from a 2600 connected to a VCR's RF IN so I could capture the 2600's sounds with a direct connection from the RCA Audio Out (white/red) to the recording computer. When I captured the video I was able to select the audio source as well so I captured both at once in a single shot. The only editing was to add an opening title and end copyrights if present. Maintain a positive spirit and attitude with what you are doing and take any "I don't like this" responses from your viewers as creative criticism. It's going to take a while and you won't be able to make everyone happy. You may also come across those that want to do nothing more than take you down but don't let them. Most YouTubers with high subscribers have been doing those videos for many years and some of them still have not done everything right. Just be yourself, let the world see you, you might even surprise yourself in the process. Any other tricks I can think of I'll pass along as I discover them otherwise I say go for it with what you have. See what you can do with the equipment/software you have. We all got to start somewhere sometime and you won't know until you try. Avoid this and if you capture music from more modern game consoles mute the music or you might find a copyright flag on your videos. I've got one video on my channel (Monster Truck Mayhem on Wii) that had one music track on one of the levels get flagged. I can continue to show the video but if my video ever generates any ad revenue that revenue will go to the creator of the music track and not me. I don't get ad revenue anyway so everything is what I either currently own, donated, or out of my own pocket to support the channel. Good luck with your channel. I hope to see it soon.
  14. Tunnel Runner I had way back in the late 1980s. It's a very fun and unique game. But it's a bit pricey these days. Sort of crazy how that works; games back then no one could sell for a penny are all of a sudden worth tons of money. Makes no sense to me.
  15. My 5200 got Qix. The 2600 did not. I'd probably pick that one.
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