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Everything posted by Bakerman

  1. It should be fun. It's rare that I get to the theaters anymore, it has to be something epic with epic special effects I must see on a bigger screen than my projector (up to 200") The new Star Wars is such an exception, and maybe this too. Pretty much Imax releases only, these days, and only a few of those.
  2. I also thought about it, but I already have a 2600 and plan on getting a 7800 again, so I don't see the point for me personally. I only have an FB2 to use until I get around to getting more 2600 games again, since I only have a handful now.
  3. I would probably agree with you if I had a toy store like that near me. Actually, by the time I was in junior high, the only "toys" (besides model rockets and RPG games Gamma world and D & D) I cared for were video games, and luckily (Dan Iacavelli can attest to this too) we had a fantastic small Atari dealer near us called Mars Merchandising. He had everything Atari from consoles to computers, and, IIRC, Commodore and others too, but the specialty was Atari. And they took trade-ins as well, so I could go there and trade in my old games and consoles (and computer books I hardly used) for t
  4. Thanks for the Link Nosweargamer. I did see that pac-man plug and play at Dollar General before Thanksgiving, just one, and I debated picking it up, as there are several games on it I really like, especially a real arcade version of Xevious, But I hesitated because that blocky pac-man style controller just looks like it would be absolutely aweful to hold onto for more than 2 minutes while trying to play the game. It was gone when I went back a week later anyway, and everything is gone now except for the Star Wars game. I'm not interested in it because it looks like just one game on it. I t
  5. I'm a big-time audio/videophile, and yes, I do remember those CED players. Actually, I own the one pictured as well as RCA's very first one with the manual release lever and a third Toshiba model. I own about 20-30 CED video discs too. I love unusual tech like this. I discovered them about 15 years ago, and never knew it was possible to put video on LP-type records, though these are about 100 times as dense with grooves as traditional audio LP's. The model i use regularly is the Toshiba, because it's a later model with stereo sound, RCA video/stereo outputs. the other two are mono and only us
  6. Thanks for the props, but I can't say it's a great catch, it looked pretty obvious to me, and I think even you would have realized it sooner or later.
  7. Sorry, I got the name wrong, I meant Dollar General. I'll change that in the title. Still it's good to know Family Dollar has them, I think there is one of those about 15 miles from me.
  8. The loss of American malls as cultural epicenters has to be one of the great social tragedies of our day. And it makes no sense to me why so many have gone into ruin and become giant indoor ghost towns. So many of us still go to Walmarts and whatnot for holiday shopping, so why not the great malls of yesteryear? I would, if they were still around where I live. I hate online shopping. It's just no fun at all compared to malls and window-shopping. Digital pictures online and waiting for the UPS truck suck in comparison and it's no way for the young generations to experience the Christmas season!
  9. Yes, I really miss going to Kay-bee toys during the holidays or any other time searching for games on sale,etc. And Service Merchandise! God I miss that store, it was always a unique experience with so much different areas and stuff to look at, it's where I bought my first Atari computer, the 130XE. I remember the salesman trying to talk me into getting an 800XL since they were on sale for $50 less than the XE, but I just had to have 128K memory to match my friend with his Apple IIc! And Montgomery Ward, another missed store. A funny thing about MW though, I thought the company went comple
  10. I was looking at two of my local Dollar General recently, with Christmas coming and all, to look into the latest Atari Flashback and if INTV or Colecovison or any others might have come out, but the stores near me are completely devoid of the consoles. They don't even have any of the ones with several classic arcade games in a joystick, no Genesis flashbacks or flashback portables either! The shelves are just filled with a lot of cheap, junk toys. Has anyone else seen any of these game systems at their local Dollar General? Or even at Walmart, etc.?
  11. I definitely know that momentum feeling...I just can't play Tempest 2000 unless I start from the beginning, if I try to start at a higher saved level, the onslaught is too much for me because I'm not yet "in the zone." With Fatal Run, I thought the passwords were to simplistic and since they were actual "words" that I might lose my upgrades, now I know for sure. At leas I'll only lose a 6-cylinder engine, protective glass and radial tires...not too bad. I will have to try and finish or die tonight, since I'm close to a third of the way through, maybe it's not too far to start out fresh, y
  12. It's my all-time favorite 2600 game too. it and about 10 other games are all I play on the 2600 anymore. Most games are just too primitive for me, especially when I can play better versions of my favorites on my Atari 8-bit computer. But Solaris is a 2600 exclusive and better than many Atari 8-bit and 7800 games! If I want Star Raiders, I go straight to the Atari 8-bit, best version ever. But my top three favorite 2600 games are Solaris, Star Voyager and Star Master. I can't get enough of space shooters on the 2600. But only Solaris still blows me away with it's graphics. Another very classic,
  13. That is cool, but now you ruined it for me! Why did I have to play that movie? I was just playing Fatal Run on my DC 7800 emulator tonight. I made it to about the 6-7 city and wrote down the password to continue tomorrow. I will see that ending. Actually, I also played some Xevious, Xenophobe, Commando and Motor Psycho tonight too. But they all don't play as well as on the real hardware. I hope I can get a real 7800 and these games again soon. But like most vintage consoles, they are too expensive for me right now...so I have to live with emulation.
  14. I've never heard of Airfix Dogfighter. Is that a PC only game? If it is, that's why I never heard of it.
  15. I have Revolt on my DC. I loved the game. I've never been a PC gamer, unless you consider 8/16-bit Atari and Commodore's PC's. After the 16-bit era of computers I'm only a console gamer (except for my vintage computers), I only use my PC for surfing, e-mail and as a file server for my 8/16-bit computers. Those PC graphics do look pretty sweet though. It's been a while since I played Revolt on my DC, so I forget how it compares. I'll have to fire it up again to remember.
  16. Have none of you ever seen or played the many Army Men games released by 3DO Company? It's their main developments after the demise of 3DO consoles. I think just about every console from PS1 to Dreamcast had them and possibly Game Cube as mentioned?. The Dreamcast also has Toy Commander, a fantastic game. Not to downplay this game in any way, but it's not like it's a new concept. This game looks pretty much just like Army Men and Toy Commander, just updated for the latest hardware. If you own any of these systems, I highly recommend these games. This is evolutionary, not revolutionary. Below a
  17. I have to repeat Lost Dragon, bloody amazing! Finally a true sequel! How far from completion is this actually, it looks pretty complete to me from the video (though I only watched like 2 min. before having to comment. I am a fan of the re-branded Star Raiders II, and the actual Star Fighter version that was released some years ago, with the Frontier included and all. But this "3D" Star Raiders II is the best yet! Of love this early "3D" stuff, whether vector like Battlezone and Mercenary, or 3D "dot" style like this. Now I really have to dig my 1200XL out of storage and repair it, just so I ca
  18. If I ever get an arcade machine, it definitely has to be one of the sit-down cockpit types, probably Star Wars Arcade, but I'm trying to remember what other Atari brand sit-down arcade machines there were? I know one of my all-time favorites, if not the favorite, is the Star Trek Strategic Operations Simulator, but that is Sega. But, if I did get either a Star Wars or Star Trek sit-down machine, I would definitely have to retro-fit it for use with my consoles too (but keeping the original game intact too. I would probably have to trade out the old screen for a new flat screen, if it were possi
  19. Their website is about 5-10% of what they actually carry. I HIGHLY recommend getting their full, printed catalog. You need to request it and it costs $10, but is more than a catalog, much more. But it has like 10,000 items listed in it. Seriously, the web site is pitiful. Get the catalog. they send updates and addendum's with every order. You have to call or e-mail to actually order anything anyway, so why not have a beautiful catalog/encyclopedia/handbook to do it from? I first heard about their catalog back in the late 90's, after making a similar comment and asking where I could get st
  20. Hey, if you never want them, so be it. But I am sorry, but your reasons just aren't very good, IMO. Not wanting a system just because of one cruddy forum, to me, is a pitiful excuse. And the 3DO has a very good library, imo. Both are favorite systems of mine, and I mean ALL-TIME favorites. But I just had to speak up because it saddens me that you don't want them for reasons that I don't see as valid. But it's all good. If you want to never own them for those reasons, more power to you. After all, I don't intend on ever owning any Nintendo systems, and I can't even give a reason, valid or not,
  21. I love the look! In any woodgrain color it would look sharp! And it works better on the 7800 (and maybe the 5200) as there is more flat surface area for wood grain than the 2600. Of course the old wood-grain consoles and VCR's, etc, were meant to go with the old wood-grain TV's. So I think if I did something like this myself, I'd have to do it to my LCD TV too!
  22. Another topic on the heels of what systems we've never played, as I think we all regret getting rid of some systems in the past. Again, especially with Christmas wishing. But remember Christmas wishes don't always come true, but it might be fun to see if anyone got what they listed for Christmas. I think the system I regret getting rid of the most and want back the most is the 7800. I guess if you want to list 2 or 3 that's o.k., but don't go overboard please.
  23. I think this is a good topic on the heels of what systems you've never played. Especially with Christmas wishing. But remember Christmas wishes don't always come true, but it might be fun to see if anyone got what they listed for Christmas. For me it's the Turbo Grafix 16 I think. I suppose listing 2-3 is o.k., but don't go overboard please.
  24. I could add to my list now that others have posted some that I forgot about, like the RCA Studio II, etc. But some of you are in DIRE need of stretching your horizons! I thought I was bad, especially with basically ignoring Nintendo in my life, but, WOW, some of you are really behind the 8-ball if you hang out on retro gaming sites like Atari.io. Shame on those who have so many Atari systems you've never played and being a member here! Just kidding! I think Arenafoot and LeeJ07 just need to list the game systems they have played, the list has to be much shorter...and I think some of us ne
  25. I got mine off e-bay for like $10, but that was at least 5-10 years ago.
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