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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Mr SQL in What Retro Game Defines You...   
    Well, that counts Minecraft out.  Retro game?  Geez.  There's a bazillion of those.  Depends on how I am feeling that day.  
    Pole Position - On days I have road rage LOL 
    Home Alone - For days when I should have listened to instinct and just stayed home
    Video Chess - For days when I don't want to do much but still want to give my mind something challenging
    Galaxian/Life Force - For those times when you try to pay a bill over the phone and the person on the other end don't speak your language
    Those were just for laughs, guys.  In all seriousness, my online name is about how I take life.  I'm down to earth most of the time but when I have a task at hand that needs to be done, depending on the task I don't care how it gets done as long as it gets done.  So with that in mind I'd have to say Adventure would sum me up.  Go in all guns a blazing.   
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from atarilbc in What Retro Game Defines You...   
    Getting out alive.  I think some married people try to do that on a daily basis  
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from atarilbc in What Retro Game Defines You...   
    Well, that counts Minecraft out.  Retro game?  Geez.  There's a bazillion of those.  Depends on how I am feeling that day.  
    Pole Position - On days I have road rage LOL 
    Home Alone - For days when I should have listened to instinct and just stayed home
    Video Chess - For days when I don't want to do much but still want to give my mind something challenging
    Galaxian/Life Force - For those times when you try to pay a bill over the phone and the person on the other end don't speak your language
    Those were just for laughs, guys.  In all seriousness, my online name is about how I take life.  I'm down to earth most of the time but when I have a task at hand that needs to be done, depending on the task I don't care how it gets done as long as it gets done.  So with that in mind I'd have to say Adventure would sum me up.  Go in all guns a blazing.   
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    kamakazi20012 reacted to RickR in What Retro Game Defines You...   
    Wow, that is a tough one.  I'll have to give it some thought. 

    PS - you probably DON'T want to say "Pac-Man". 
     
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Kid A in Kid A's game room.   
    Seeing other peoples' game rooms gives ideas to try.  My only real issue is space...there simply isn't enough of it where I'm currently at.  If I could find things to use to mount on one wall that might work but I don't think we are allowed to do that where we are.  I've also thought about the milk crate solution like John Hancock did for his room but I'd need a few of those.  I've also thought about going the plastic storage containers with three or four drawers and simply stacking them up almost touching the ceiling.  Then I would have areas for not only games but controllers, other accessories, power cables, etc.  Not exactly sure which way to go.
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Atari Creep in Squad Challenge - 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)   
    PP II on the 7800 is not a bad game at all.  It just wasn't a system seller by the time the 7800 was finally released.  Seriously, imagine seeing the NES with SMB/Duck Hunt on one side of a shelf and the 7800 sitting next to it with PP II.  Something else should have been packed-in with the 7800.  It needed more adventure games which it lacked.  Then again the 7800 was made for arcade quality games so it makes sense why the system got more arcade ports.  Maybe if it would have done the same arcade games that the NES was getting it might have been a stronger competitor.  Not well marketed and it should have been more seriously developed for with originals as well as arcade ports.  The hardware is capable of doing anything the NES could have done.  
    PP II is fun no matter what.  It wasn't all about the score.  I have more fun just playing to be playing.  Unfortunately my PP II cart just wasn't up to the task any more   Another ROM bites the dust.  But I might have a pulled PP II ROM somewhere I saved from a bad board so I might be able to get another one going.   This was fun guys!  Gotta do Gyruss on the 2600 sometime.  Or Fast Eddie. 
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Atari Creep in Squad Challenge - Ghouls 'N Ghosts (Sega Genesis)   
    I might give it a try.
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Justin in Squad Challenge - Ghouls 'N Ghosts (Sega Genesis)   
    I may sit this one out.  Not sure yet.
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Atari Creep in Squad Challenge - Ghouls 'N Ghosts (Sega Genesis)   
    I may sit this one out.  Not sure yet.
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Justin in Gyruss - Atari 2600   
    Gyruss
    Atari 2600
    Difficulty: B/B
    High Score: 89,600
    September 1, 2019
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Justin in Squad Challenge - 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)   
    That sharp left can be taken full throttle if tackled from the inside and let your car slide to the outside.  Be mindful of where on coming cars are located before going into the turn.  And if you have to, instead of braking, downshift for a split second then slam it back into hi gear.
    It's surprising to think Fuji and Suzuka are actual real-life tracks although both have gone through some changes.  Those tracks are also available on many other racing games including Gran Turismo, MotoGP, Forza, R Racing Evolution, and I'm sure that there are more I have not heard of yet.  Suzuka has a history of claiming the life of a 23-year old MotoGP Champion in 2003.  That rider's motorcycle and number were permanently retired after.  The track is owned by Honda and went through many changes before that 2003 race.  I am unsure if Seaside is a real-life track or an original track for PPII. 
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Justin in Squad Challenge - 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)   
    Well, tried cleaning the contacts on the cartridge, taking it apart and using a Dremel with a polishing pad.  Still made no difference.  I think the ROM is giving out.  There's no other explanation other than that.  Looks like I'm out for the remainder of this challenge unfortunately.  It would be too difficult to obtain a score if I have to wait for the screen to do a demo as there is no guarantee the wouldn't lock up before I could capture the score.  And with the ROM acting up I have no real way of knowing if the game is working as intended.  I don't want to post a bogus score due to a fault in the game's ROM.  Sorry guys.
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Justin in Squad Challenge - 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)   
    I think it needs the whole engine...I think it blew.  "She can't take much more of this, Captain!"
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Justin in Squad Challenge - 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)   
    The console is OK and so is the power supply.  After posting picks of my last score I changed the cartridge with Joust and left it on for hours.  It was still playing as it should when I checked it just a few minutes ago.  Power supply is staying cool as is the console.  It's only doing this with PPII.
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Justin in Squad Challenge - 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)   
    I managed to coax a game out of the cart and capture the score before it repeated the above image.  I also managed to increase my score and actually finish the race!  Game play seems fine...it's just when the cart has been on for a bit it acts up.  It kind of reminds me of the 2600 Defender I had.  So, yea, the ROM in this cart might be getting where it can't hold the code any more.

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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Justin in Squad Challenge - 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)   
    Still doing it.  

    I'm beginning to think this cart is going out.
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Justin in Squad Challenge - 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)   
    I managed to play and get a screenshot but I'm having issues with my cart.  On the Title Screen the game will often turn to pastel colors and freeze.  I'm not sure what's causing it but I'm going to try cleaning the contacts on the cart and machine to see if that solves the issues.  Played with a Europad controller.  I made it to the 3rd lap.  I kept finding cars who wanted to move over in front of me all of a sudden.  How nice of them.


    Played on real hardware of course.
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Atari Creep in The Atari Creep   
    I have to agree that today's console wars are not as exciting as they were when our generation was growing.  Truth be told those console wars are probably why we have gray hairs and aches and pains today.  As I already mentioned in a comment on your video the first console war I remember well was between an old school friend and myself.  His 2600 vs my 5200.  Granted my games looked better but his was getting better third party support.  Once he played that card where his system was getting games mine wasn't he pretty much hit the nail on the head.  Yea I got a better looking Pac-Man but he was getting Enduro, Atlantis, Tutankham, Yar's Revenge...things like that.  Even after the game crash the 2600 continued to get software, the 5200 became a has-been.  I still say the 5200 did things somewhat better but its all about the games and that's where the 2600 remains the king.
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from MaximumRD in The Atari Creep   
    I have to agree that today's console wars are not as exciting as they were when our generation was growing.  Truth be told those console wars are probably why we have gray hairs and aches and pains today.  As I already mentioned in a comment on your video the first console war I remember well was between an old school friend and myself.  His 2600 vs my 5200.  Granted my games looked better but his was getting better third party support.  Once he played that card where his system was getting games mine wasn't he pretty much hit the nail on the head.  Yea I got a better looking Pac-Man but he was getting Enduro, Atlantis, Tutankham, Yar's Revenge...things like that.  Even after the game crash the 2600 continued to get software, the 5200 became a has-been.  I still say the 5200 did things somewhat better but its all about the games and that's where the 2600 remains the king.
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Atari Creep in Squad Challenge - 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)   
    That sharp left can be taken full throttle if tackled from the inside and let your car slide to the outside.  Be mindful of where on coming cars are located before going into the turn.  And if you have to, instead of braking, downshift for a split second then slam it back into hi gear.
    It's surprising to think Fuji and Suzuka are actual real-life tracks although both have gone through some changes.  Those tracks are also available on many other racing games including Gran Turismo, MotoGP, Forza, R Racing Evolution, and I'm sure that there are more I have not heard of yet.  Suzuka has a history of claiming the life of a 23-year old MotoGP Champion in 2003.  That rider's motorcycle and number were permanently retired after.  The track is owned by Honda and went through many changes before that 2003 race.  I am unsure if Seaside is a real-life track or an original track for PPII. 
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from RickR in Squad Challenge - 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)   
    I think it needs the whole engine...I think it blew.  "She can't take much more of this, Captain!"
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Atari Creep in Squad Challenge - 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)   
    Still doing it.  

    I'm beginning to think this cart is going out.
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from Atari Creep in Squad Challenge - 2019 Pole Position II Grand Prix (Atari 7800)   
    I managed to play and get a screenshot but I'm having issues with my cart.  On the Title Screen the game will often turn to pastel colors and freeze.  I'm not sure what's causing it but I'm going to try cleaning the contacts on the cart and machine to see if that solves the issues.  Played with a Europad controller.  I made it to the 3rd lap.  I kept finding cars who wanted to move over in front of me all of a sudden.  How nice of them.


    Played on real hardware of course.
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from greenween in Review of Recently Acquired Items   
    This should be on my blog here on Atari I/O but I thought I would do one here that's easier to find.  I will do another more in depth review of these items for my blog.  In the meantime get your notepad and pen out.  You may want to take notes.
    AC Adapter
    First up is this fine AC Adapter.  For a China-made product it actually feels like a nice quality product and it does work with one limitation.  Look at the image below and see if you can spot something.

    Look really hard...take your time, I'll wait.  
    The issue is this adapter is advertised as being able to work with three consoles:  The NES, SNES, and Model 1 Genesis.  There's only two plugs.  The idea is to use the same plug for the NES on the Genesis.  However, someone must have fell asleep at the drawing board.  The NES draws AC power which is then converted to DC current inside the NES itself.  The Genesis is a DC-only system with it's power supply converting to DC for the console.  The adapter is outputting DC current and does work well with the SNES and NES consoles (I tested it on the NES but I have an original NES power supply so I will stick with that).  The NES and Genesis consoles, however, also have variants on polarity coming in to them through the power port.  If it hasn't sunk in yet the Genesis' polarity is opposite that of the NES.  Using this on a Genesis console can FRY THE SYSTEM!  
    Bottomline:  For an SNES/NES power supply replacement this will work however I can't recommend it for the NES knowing its internal AC/DC nature.  For the Model 1 Genesis avoid this at all costs as it is being falsely advertised as working with that console when it does not.  The plug does fit but the polarity is reversed.  It's simply too risky to even attempt.
    Off-Brand SNES Controller
    Along with the adapter I picked up a controller.  This controller is not the Nintendo-issued one or of a decent 3rd party during the SNES' production cycle.  This is a cheap knock-off that does serve the purpose but also has a few issues that might be worth noting.  

    The controller itself is comfortable and doesn't feel much different than the originals other than it might be a bit lighter.  The D-pad, four function buttons, and the Select/Start buttons do feel OK and perform well.  The button issues reside with the two shoulder buttons L/R.  These require a lot more force to use than those on the original SNES control pads.  And I used them a LOT playing F-Zero hoping that they would get broke in enough to soften up a bit.  Nope.  Never happened.  In a way that's a good thing but it would have been more comfortable to use if they would have softened just a bit.  
    The second issue I had was plugging the controller into the console.  I am not sure what is off but the connector on the controller going into the console was such a tight fit that I almost thought I was going to break the control ports on the console loose somehow.  They are also very hard to unhook from the console if one wants to switch controllers.  I only recommend these for those that have broken or no controllers, the latter of which was my situation.  They are a cheap alternative to the more expensive used original controllers and they do perform well.  Just be aware of the issues I ran into if these become a part of your gaming collection.  Otherwise, try a different knock-off controller.  There might be some with buttons easier to use and will fit the console without trying to break it.
    Final Thoughts
    Both of these products work as replacements for anyone with a Super NES in need of them.  If used only for the SNES the adapter alone is worth the price at about $8 average brand new.  The controller could use some softer pads under those shoulder buttons and the connector really needs to be corrected so it is not such a chore to connect/unhook from the system.  Otherwise it performs well and as expected.  It will allow for some length game time on favorite SNES games.  For Model 1 Genesis owners, however, the AC Adapter is a buyer avoid.  
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    kamakazi20012 got a reaction from RickR in Review of Recently Acquired Items   
    This should be on my blog here on Atari I/O but I thought I would do one here that's easier to find.  I will do another more in depth review of these items for my blog.  In the meantime get your notepad and pen out.  You may want to take notes.
    AC Adapter
    First up is this fine AC Adapter.  For a China-made product it actually feels like a nice quality product and it does work with one limitation.  Look at the image below and see if you can spot something.

    Look really hard...take your time, I'll wait.  
    The issue is this adapter is advertised as being able to work with three consoles:  The NES, SNES, and Model 1 Genesis.  There's only two plugs.  The idea is to use the same plug for the NES on the Genesis.  However, someone must have fell asleep at the drawing board.  The NES draws AC power which is then converted to DC current inside the NES itself.  The Genesis is a DC-only system with it's power supply converting to DC for the console.  The adapter is outputting DC current and does work well with the SNES and NES consoles (I tested it on the NES but I have an original NES power supply so I will stick with that).  The NES and Genesis consoles, however, also have variants on polarity coming in to them through the power port.  If it hasn't sunk in yet the Genesis' polarity is opposite that of the NES.  Using this on a Genesis console can FRY THE SYSTEM!  
    Bottomline:  For an SNES/NES power supply replacement this will work however I can't recommend it for the NES knowing its internal AC/DC nature.  For the Model 1 Genesis avoid this at all costs as it is being falsely advertised as working with that console when it does not.  The plug does fit but the polarity is reversed.  It's simply too risky to even attempt.
    Off-Brand SNES Controller
    Along with the adapter I picked up a controller.  This controller is not the Nintendo-issued one or of a decent 3rd party during the SNES' production cycle.  This is a cheap knock-off that does serve the purpose but also has a few issues that might be worth noting.  

    The controller itself is comfortable and doesn't feel much different than the originals other than it might be a bit lighter.  The D-pad, four function buttons, and the Select/Start buttons do feel OK and perform well.  The button issues reside with the two shoulder buttons L/R.  These require a lot more force to use than those on the original SNES control pads.  And I used them a LOT playing F-Zero hoping that they would get broke in enough to soften up a bit.  Nope.  Never happened.  In a way that's a good thing but it would have been more comfortable to use if they would have softened just a bit.  
    The second issue I had was plugging the controller into the console.  I am not sure what is off but the connector on the controller going into the console was such a tight fit that I almost thought I was going to break the control ports on the console loose somehow.  They are also very hard to unhook from the console if one wants to switch controllers.  I only recommend these for those that have broken or no controllers, the latter of which was my situation.  They are a cheap alternative to the more expensive used original controllers and they do perform well.  Just be aware of the issues I ran into if these become a part of your gaming collection.  Otherwise, try a different knock-off controller.  There might be some with buttons easier to use and will fit the console without trying to break it.
    Final Thoughts
    Both of these products work as replacements for anyone with a Super NES in need of them.  If used only for the SNES the adapter alone is worth the price at about $8 average brand new.  The controller could use some softer pads under those shoulder buttons and the connector really needs to be corrected so it is not such a chore to connect/unhook from the system.  Otherwise it performs well and as expected.  It will allow for some length game time on favorite SNES games.  For Model 1 Genesis owners, however, the AC Adapter is a buyer avoid.  
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