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    Bakerman got a reaction from TeddyGermany in Watch the Retroist Video Podcast and learn all about the Coleco Adam   
    Cool video podcast. Before I eventually got an Atari 130XE in '85, I wasn't a true fan of Atari, and I always wanted a Colecovision (my first game system was a Telstar until I got a VCS), which I never got, because as said in the podcast, by then, for me and my friends, computers were the next logical step, especially with the video game crash. So the computer I wanted most, of course, was an Apple IIc, since I learned computers and Basic in school on a II+/IIe. But, Apples were way out of my price range, so being a wanna-be fan of Colecovision, the Adam was another option for me and getting everything in one package for a reasonable price seemed great. Especially since I just couldn't seem to convince my parents to get me a computer, and I finally realized if I was to get one (a real one, my parents did get me a Timex/Sinclair 1000 on clearance), I'd have to pay for it. But since my money was burning a hole in my pocket and I just couldn't wait to save up for an entire system, I started looking into Commodore and Atari modular systems where I could start out with a computer and cassette recorder and upgrade as I could. I finally got a 130XE as stated, and in the end I'm glad I did. Still think I chose the Best 8-bit line of computers ever made. But it is interesting looking back at the ADAM and I almost bought one a decade ago as a retrospective nostalgia thing for what I had wanted and never got; I wondered what I might have missed. Then I heard of all the problems with early ADAM's and once again steered clear as I didn't want to end up with an old brick collecting dust...but I think I may yet get one, hopefully a later model with the kinks worked out. I did finally get an Apple IIc a year ago, played with it for a couple hours then sold it on e-bay, as it just didn't do it for me after being spoiled by Atari, and I also have a Laser128 Apple clone already, that I intend to fix one day (power issues). But Atari 8-bit computers are the ones that really won a place in my heart, which is why I am here.
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    Bakerman got a reaction from BlackCatz40 in Show us your custom Jaguar   
    I was cleaning my custom painted Jaguar system today in preparation to give it all a re-coat as it has gotten a few scuffs and scratches on console and CD unit and worn areas on the controllers, etc. and I decided to take some pictures. These are the before shots and I will show after shots when the re-coat is done. I am a stickler for keeping my electronics clean and looking new. I decided to go with a two-tone custom job since I could not bring myself to paint over the logo and other printed surfaces (except on the controllers, i.e. pause, option, etc. on my pro-controller; I intended to replace with stickers, but never got around to it).
     
    I made two errors the first time around that I intend to fix with the new paint coat: I didn't spray the seams of the CD unit well enough and I at first attempted to cover the pause and option buttons on the pro-controller to save the print, but it didn't look good, so I sprayed over it which then left a ridge where I had covered it at first. I have sanded the area smooth so that will be fixed after the new coat.
     
    Some of you may have seen my Jag system before as I showed it off at AtariAge a few years back when I first customized it. But I thought some others might enjoy seeing it, I do like to show it. It does have a blue LED power light, not shown here, too, bright enough to light up my controller ports and the ceiling in a dark room (I use a projector a lot). It also gives the my Jag's red a purple hue in the dark, which is cool looking.
     
    The first time I showed it, some people commented that it looked like I had done a less-than-perfect paint job as there was an orange-peel effect, but this is not the case, it is the natural texture of the plastic and just looks that way from glare when taking photos. In real life it is apparent that it is the consoles texturing.
     
    I also want to see other's custom jobs up-close, I've seen one or two in Avatar pics, but that's not good enough and maybe there are other proud owners who want to show off theirs? Painted, custom cases, what ever.
     
    Sorry if the pics are dark, they looked too bright through my phone camera so I turned down the exposure, only to see them too dark when I loaded them up to my PC. I will do better with the after pics. I am currently downloading a picture edit program, but didn't have one right now to adjust the pics.











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    Bakerman got a reaction from BlackCatz40 in My Favorite Atari Arcade Game   
    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 possible, though I don't recall if the Star Wars and Star Trek games maybe had a special screen for those vector graphics? If so then I'd have to get two, one for the original vector screen and one retro-fitted with a new flat-screen for consoles. Maybe some day...there was a time, about 10-15 years ago when they could be had for cheap, used, like a few hundred dollars. But now they are all antiques and probably cost magnitudes more than when they were new!
     
    If I am going for the machine just for the "cockpit" I think it would have to be Atari's TX-1:



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    Bakerman got a reaction from Starbuck66 in My Favorite Atari Arcade Game   
    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 possible, though I don't recall if the Star Wars and Star Trek games maybe had a special screen for those vector graphics? If so then I'd have to get two, one for the original vector screen and one retro-fitted with a new flat-screen for consoles. Maybe some day...there was a time, about 10-15 years ago when they could be had for cheap, used, like a few hundred dollars. But now they are all antiques and probably cost magnitudes more than when they were new!
     
    If I am going for the machine just for the "cockpit" I think it would have to be Atari's TX-1:



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    Bakerman got a reaction from Mcorleonep in Your first car   
    I don't have any original pictures of me and my first car any more, I don't think, but it was a 1976 Monte Carlo with a 400 big-block and Quadro-Jet 4-barrel carb. It was Canary yellow. Net picture below, just imagine that in yellow, and a guy with long, dirty blond hair and wearing a leather biker jacket with a Camel sticking out of his mouth and you have me. Of course I owned it in about '86. God, I loved that car and beat the living hell out of it street racing and doing dry pavement donuts and we (me and buddies) would hold the brakes and spin the tires on our cars to see who could do the biggest smoke show, in the high school parking lot of course, until the principal broke it up! I went through a LOT of used tires on that car, and surprisingly, never blew the motor or dropped the transmission! I did drive it through the woods once, just stoned and drunk,   with a load of friends, and nearly wedged it between two trees! I made it through, but had big dents and scrapes down both sides of it after that!  :unsure: 

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    Bakerman got a reaction from RickR in Pole Position II   
    I played the 7800 version of PP2 to death until I got more games for it, as it was the pack-in. Love it.
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    Bakerman got a reaction from Justin in My Favorite Atari Arcade Game   
    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 possible, though I don't recall if the Star Wars and Star Trek games maybe had a special screen for those vector graphics? If so then I'd have to get two, one for the original vector screen and one retro-fitted with a new flat-screen for consoles. Maybe some day...there was a time, about 10-15 years ago when they could be had for cheap, used, like a few hundred dollars. But now they are all antiques and probably cost magnitudes more than when they were new!
     
    If I am going for the machine just for the "cockpit" I think it would have to be Atari's TX-1:



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    Bakerman reacted to Arenafoot in NPR interviews Nolan Bushnell   
    Nolan Bushnell Co-Founder, Atari
    Nolan is considered one of the pioneers of the video game industry.  Nolan developed the first coin operated game (Computer Space), as well as Atari’s popular debut game, Pong.  Nolan also founded Chuck E. Cheese’s, a game centric restaurant chain.  He is the author of Finding the Next Steve Jobs.  He and his partner Al Alcorn gave Steve his first job at Atari before Steve started Apple Inc. in 1976.
    Nolan speaks with Jessica about how he launched Atari, from scratch.
     
     
     
    http://fromscratchradio.com/audio/NolanBushnell-FromScratch-120315.mp3
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    Bakerman reacted to AlamoAtari in I Never Get to Play 2600 Commercial   
    I think that he was a comedian.
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    Bakerman reacted to RickR in I Never Get to Play 2600 Commercial   
    Somebody should buy him "Strawberry Shortcake" and let him play that. 
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    Bakerman reacted to kamakazi20012 in I Never Get to Play 2600 Commercial   
    Someone should find him and ask him if he ever got to play.
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    Bakerman reacted to LeeJ07 in What system that you've never played do you want the most?   
    I really, REALLY, want a 3DS. Like... It's almost all I think about, like, all the time.
     
    For a classic system, though, I'd have to say... Either a 7800, an SNES, or... a Sega CD. I know.
     
    Also, Dreamcast. Technically, I already have a Dreamcast, so it doesn't exactly count, but I've had no luck so far with acquiring accessories or games for it, and I've been *dying* to dive into its library for over a year now.
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    Bakerman reacted to StormSurge in What system that you've never played do you want the most?   
    I really want a GameCube, just so I can play the hidden Star Wars Arcade game on a console. Thankfully they seem to be relatively inexpensive, so I'm certain I'll have one soon.
     
    The Super Nintendo is my answer. I played one once, so it's not on my "Never Played" list but I would love to dig into that catalog.
     
    As for consoles I truly never played, I don't really want any. I don't have any nostalgic connection, so I can live without them.
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    Bakerman reacted to Arenafoot in What system did you once own and want back the most?   
    My original Vectrex was a Christmas gift 1982 and then stolen in 1991. The robbers took the unit with a Cosmic Chasm overlay still on it, but did not take any games, overlays, manuals, or boxes.  I guess they thought it was a mini TV set.
    One of my first eBay purchases in 1998 was another Vectrex to replace the stolen one. 
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    Bakerman got a reaction from LeeJ07 in What a great idea for a shooter! (Green Army Men goodness)   
    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.
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    Bakerman got a reaction from Rowsdower70 in Holiday Shopping Memories: Kay-Bee Toys, Toys R Us, Shopping Malls & More   
    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 the newest ones. I was in heaven every time I wandered through that store! Atari from floor to ceiling and in just about every isle, not to mention the systems and computers hooked up so you could try before you buy, the latest games and systems. Sort of like that game store in the movie Cloak and Dagger, if anyone remembers that classic (the kid from E.T.).
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    Bakerman got a reaction from LeeJ07 in Anyone here own or ever own an INTV 2 and 3?   
    Thanks for clearing that up, while i was researching I did find out that the INTV 3 was an unreleased system, but I posted pics of the INTV System 3 because I didn't know any better. Man Mattel liked to confuse people, didn't they? Sort of like Microsoft with the Xbox, then 360, then One! just imagine a couple generations from now, in about 30 years or so and how confused collectors will be with Xbox systems if they are just discovering them for the first time, or know little about them like myself and INTV systems!
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    Bakerman got a reaction from LeeJ07 in The Ending of Fatal Run   
    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, yet far enough along to actually finish. 
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    Bakerman got a reaction from LeeJ07 in The Ending of Fatal Run   
    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.
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    Bakerman reacted to The Professor in The Real Star Raiders II   
    I was waiting for this to be a hoax until I saw it with my own two eyes. That this even exists is amazing.
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    Bakerman got a reaction from AlamoAtari in Atari Flashback 2 Mod   
    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.
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    Bakerman got a reaction from The Professor in Is Dollar General no longer selling Flashback consoles?   
    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.?
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    Bakerman reacted to VladR in Road Rash 3D / PoC   
    Great catch ! Yes, you are correct. The scale of the road is obviously wrong. I merely imported the texture, not paying attention as to whether it is 2 or 4 lanes, but did not yet play around with matching the texel density between buildings and the road, which applies to bike too.
     
    Duly noted into the To Do List
     
    Thanks !
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    Bakerman got a reaction from Lost Dragon in The Real Star Raiders II   
    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 can play this!
     
    Bloody amazing!
     
    Now, where's that unheard of lost copy of Atari 8-bit Elite?
    It's stuff like this, popping up 31 years after the fact, out of no where, and the other stuff that Lost Dragon mentioned above, that still makes me believe we are still not finished having "lost" games suddenly show up for every Atari from the 2600 to the Jaguar. And all other vintage consoles too! As I like to say: Never say never. In what can be found, and in what a system is actually capable of in the right programmer's hands. Often beyond what the designers and engineers even thought possible! Any time someone tells me something is impossible, the only thing I think is that they just don't have the imagination or capacity themselves.
     
    The best thing to happen to Atari 8-bits in maybe forever, but at least since we got that incredible version of Space Harrier.
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    Bakerman got a reaction from nosweargamer in The Ending of Fatal Run   
    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, yet far enough along to actually finish. 
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