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  1. I was thinking of getting one this year but (1) no paddle controllers, you have to McGyver your own. (2) I'm getting a Collectorvision Phoenix which will also play 2600 games via SD card and in HDMI but with the rumored cart adapter it should have 100% compatibility with homebrews. I'll see how future iterations of ATgames turn out but I've never been enamored with this company or its products plus in Canada these things are $100 and that's at least twice as much as I'm willing to pay for one of these things. If I see one in a thrift store for ten bucks I'd pick one up but I'm not putting a lot of money into one of these things. These arcade units they're making are intriguing but I'm half expecting it to be an expensive piece of junk.
  2. Ah ok. Looking at the pic I wonder if that cap at C1 might be dead and if so that would cause these issues. I suppose if one had a similarly rated cap lying around a simple swap would be easy enough just for the heck of it. I don't really see any bad traces on the board, at least nothing that would prevent it from working. Probably simply a dead rom unfortunately. I've had very few dead carts in the 26 years I've been collecting but it does happen. I find it mostly with Activision carts. Just last year I lost a Keystone Kapers cart AND Riot chip at the same time when I turned on a 2600 I was working on that got zapped by static electricity. I heard a small pop. I've since bought an anti static wrist strap. Lesson learned
  3. Is that jumper wire factory or has that cart been modded?
  4. As for goals, I haven't really had any for a few years now. I'll be getting the Phoenix this year so I'm on a bit of a Colecovision run right now. I've been getting more into building and using older DOS based 386, 486, or Pentium 1 PC's. Currently waiting for an IDE to SD card adapter because I'm not having any luck with 30+ year old IDE drives working properly. Bad sectors seem to be multiplying Other than that it's probably homebrews, mostly for the Atari systems but I'd buy them for any system I own if they're good games and if they're arcade ports, especially ones never released or woefully underrepresented on classic consoles then I'm definitely on board. And probably a few PS4 games. There's a new Star Wars and I believe Crash Racing coming out this year so I'll be getting those and a few others. Can't seem to find Atari Classics Flashback 3 for the PS4 in physical copy here in Canada which is weird. No one has any of the 3 volumes actually. Also may spend some money building up my Steam and GOG library. Some great stuff there. Love those big sales they have
  5. Willie you gotta stay. You're loved and appreciated by the community. Don't let the trolls win
  6. Argh I sold my copy a few months ago. Maybe I can pick up a cheap copy this weekend. If not I'll play it on my NES Classic. Stay tuned for another Atarileaf bad score! 😄
  7. Yes to homebrews, as long as they are ones with roms available to download since it's going to be hard to find a large group of participants who may have a particular title in their library. Having said that, Draconian please :D I think I can do Lynx on the NES Classic via retroarch so that should be doable for me. Mame, same thing I can do that on the NES Classic and I have a bunch of roms ready to go to take advantage of it As for gameboy games, I'm gonna suggest Mr. Do, it's a rarer title but excellent. Burgertime on the GB is awesome too. I personally don't have many but again emulation is doable.
  8. LOL poor Riker, Picard always seemed to want to kill him.
  9. Lol I don't have this one either and to be honest have no idea how to play it. I'll have to look into it. If it's a paddle game maybe I'll try it on the Wii homebrew channel. A Wiimote can be tilted back and forth and works pretty well with circus Atari and breakout
  10. Ok first try. I don't know if this a good score but I almost never play this game. 3529
  11. I only have 5 myself - Mr do - arkanoid doh it again - tetris attack - ms Pac man- classic kong
  12. Please be Mr. Do. Please be Mr. Do. Please be Mr. Do.
  13. I'll give it a shot, but I suck at tetris. I'll have to download this one as I don't own the cart.
  14. Sorry Rob I had no idea you were close to Bill and again I want to reiterate I'm not going after him as a person, I'm going after him as a representative of the company he works for. For better or worse he's the face of the company and his words are their words and assuming that's true, I have a big problem with those words. Having said all of this I have not ruled out getting a Flashback 9. As a fellow Canuck you know these are a hundred canuck bucks and at that price point I expect a certain quality from my purchase. As i mentioned over at AA, if the NES Classic is $80, has a superb quality and can be hacked to the teeth (my entire collection is on it now, plus some Mame games) then I would think a product that wants $20 more from me had better be at least close in quality. I asked Bill for a ballpark on the availability and price of the paddles for the flashback 9 and was told when he knows we'll know. How do they not know when the flashback 9's are in store and available (on walmart.ca anyway I haven't gone in the stores). This is especially important because by design it seems the flashback 9's will ONLY work with their paddles FOR THIS YEAR. Previous flashback paddles apparently won't work, neither do original paddles. If they are in short supply that makes portions of the games unplayable with no other options available.
  15. I don't know if he frequents here but I've been getting into it with Bill Loguidice a bit on Atariage. It's nothing personal and I get that he seems to be the PR guy for ATgames (and the one I suspect is behind the twitter comments for Atgames, same type of verbiage) but I find some of his comments defending them disingenuous. I can't put my finger on it but some of his comments don't sit with me as being entirely truthful Frankly I never bought the "casual audience" argument. A company that doesn't care about the atari collector and hardcore enthusiast seems to spend a lot of time having their PR guy post on an Atari fan website and sends review copies to one of the biggest retro collectors out there - John Hancock. Am I wong?
  16. I'm like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football. Every year I think this may be the year to buy a flashback console and every year that damn football gets yanked away.
  17. Lol those takes on games based on their names are hilarious. Why wouldnt ace of aces be a card game right? Awesome stories Justin
  18. Fantastic story. I love stuff like this, it makes those experiences we all had more real, knowing that others have felt the same thing. Summer/Fall 1993 was also around the time I started collecting for the 2600, back in the wild west, before the internet and before there was any perceived value in these old games and systems. That wonderful time when I could put a wanted ad in the local paper for atari and people would come to me with boxes and bags of systems and games for pennies on the dollar. thanks for posting this Justin
  19. Great post I really should look at the PS2 library a little closer because I've head many people mention it as one of the great consoles of all time and it's one admittedly I'm not overly familiar with.
  20. I was wondering this since I did own a NES back in 1988 and at the time didn't care much for it. I was never much into the Super Mario or other platform games. I played Duck Hunt more than SMB. I simply didn't like the style of game where you get so far, die and have to start over from the beginning. As such I didn't care much for the system. Flash forward to my collecting days and in discovering the NES library in it's entirety I found a lot of great arcade ports that really made me fall in love with the system to the point now where it's my favorite system after the Atari 2600 and 7800. I do have a few that I enjoyed back then that I still love now like RC Pro Am and Blades of Steel but it's mostly games I never owned in the 80's that I really enjoy now. Is there a system that you love now that you didn't care for back then, mainly due to a lack of knowledge or experience with the whole library?
  21. Strange title I know but I'm having a bit of a crisis of conscience, so to speak, with the collection. Lately I've been more and more trying to repair systems with various degrees of luck. Some success but a lot of failure. Just this morning I'm trying to diagnose a light sixer 2600 that had poor RF and I must have done something to blow a chip because I'm just getting the dreaded black screen now. Nothing works, probably one of the 3 main IC's. I often get stressed at the idea of making a video for youtube because I fear when I turn any of my machines on I'm going to find a problem or it doesn't work at all, which has happened more recently. Hence the reason I've been trying to get into repairing more. It's getting more difficult to convince myself to sit down and actually play because of this hardware failure dread that I'm always experiencing. This dread is one of the big reasons I sold off my Tandy Coco collection and TG-16 collection, among others. The whole thing has caused me quite a degree of stress where I'm not enjoying the hobby anymore and like I did in 2005, it's causing me to consider selling everything off and being done with it. The whole point of this great hobby is to enjoy it but I'm not finding that enjoyment anymore due to hardware failure, which lets be honest is going to be more and more prevalent as time goes on. Is what I'm feeling normal and have others experienced these feelings? I actually start getting depressed when things break down, which I suppose is a sign I'm in too deep with this hobby perhaps. Feedback and suggestions are all quite welcome. Thanks.
  22. I haven't played the Jag games but SCAA is fantastic. I love Circus Atari and this 7800 port makes everything about it better. A must own IMHO.
  23. I'm late to the party on this one. I did a review when I first got SCAA last year. It is hands down my favorite 7800 homebrew, probably my favorite 7800 game period.
  24. So I'm fairly new to the Atari ST. I have a plain jane 520ST and a PS3000 monitor with built in drive. This is a single sided only drive. I have a few 720k disks and am using floimg1 to make real disks however almost all the images I've tried have been double sided which means I can't use them in my drive. I think I read on the facebook group for the ST that you can compile your own virtual disks with Steem and make disks that are consistently single sided? Does this sound doable and if so can anyone walk me through the process as I've never used Steem before, or point me to a good beginners guide to Steem that will show me? Thanks
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