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    Atarileaf reacted to RickR in Fixed a SMS   
    I bought a SMS on eBay, and the seller said it was broken.  It was described as "no up or right movement".  Sure enough, when I got it, that was the case.  It looked like someone had dropped something right on the left controller port.  I got a good deal on it.  I figured it would be worth the gamble.
    I was able to fix the "Up" portion just by resoldering pin 1 on the P1 controller connector.  But resoldering pin 4 did not fix "right".  I ended up testing continuity with a volt-meter and figured there was a bad trace between Pin 4 and the weird buffer looking part on the board.  So I ended up putting in a wire between the two...and now it works!  I'm so excited. 

    Please pardon the poor solder job.  I will clean it up.  For now, I just wanted to see if that would fix it, and it did. 

    And for kamikaze -- this particular SMS has Hang-On built in.

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    Atarileaf reacted to RickR in Who likes or collects View-Master stuff?   
    Thank you, Justin, for bringing this topic up.  Now that I've got my collection out (to take the picture), I'm really looking forward to looking through some of the reels.  Some of these things are really like time-machines...you actually feel/smell/taste your memories from 30, 40 years ago.  Just like music or art can do. 
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    Atarileaf reacted to RickR in Who likes or collects View-Master stuff?   
    I LOVE the View Master.  View Master was invented in my hometown of Portland, OR.  The factory that made them was here for most of my childhood. 
    Here is a picture of my meager collection.  I have about 50 reels.  The old viewer is long gone, but I kept the one we bought when my kids were young.  Mid 1990's.  You guys are right that the older viewers were really special.  They were heavy and had glass lenses and metal cases.  I have no idea what happened to ours.  The modern ones work well, but feel cheap. 

    My favorite reels are the "travel" ones (example:  Yellowstone, Crater Lake, etc).  They really capture landscapes of things that in many cases no longer exist.  The other really cool ones are the ones where they made and photographed little 3D vignettes.  A lot of the old Disney ones (Snow White, Pinoochio) were done this way, and those ones have a "Rankin / Bass" style of art and a 3D effect to them.
    As far as collecting goes, these things just don't come up that often that I've seen.  But when I see them, I usually grab them.
    Also pictured is my Fisher Price movie viewer.  I need to find more moves for that thing too.

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    Atarileaf got a reaction from MaximumRD in Who likes or collects View-Master stuff?   
    My older brother, who has since passed away, used to have a fairly large viewmaster collection. Stuff from the 60's and 70's mostly I believe. Now that I think about it, I don't know what happened to it after he died. Man those pictures bring back memories. I would think that some of those would be worth quite a bit. I'm not up on Viewmaster value but it would be a really fun hobby to get into.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in Who likes or collects View-Master stuff?   
    My older brother, who has since passed away, used to have a fairly large viewmaster collection. Stuff from the 60's and 70's mostly I believe. Now that I think about it, I don't know what happened to it after he died. Man those pictures bring back memories. I would think that some of those would be worth quite a bit. I'm not up on Viewmaster value but it would be a really fun hobby to get into.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Atari Creep in SOLD - Modded Atari Flashback 2   
    Looks like it sold, congrats Rick
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in Looks like Sega might have dropped AtGames   
    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.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Atari Creep in Looks like Sega might have dropped AtGames   
    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.
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    Atarileaf reacted to Justin in Looks like Sega might have dropped AtGames   
    I saw this right when it went up on your YouTube channel and it was the first I've heard about this. It's a pretty serious thing if these guys start walking away from AtGames and I think its for the best. One of the most disappointing things "Atari" has done in the past decade is rely on AtGames to continue making Flashback consoles, something that did not originate with them.
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in PlayStation Classic (mini) is coming....   
    This thing better have Bubsy 3D or I'm out
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    Atarileaf reacted to MaximumRD in PlayStation Classic (mini) is coming....   
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from MaximumRD in PlayStation Classic (mini) is coming....   
    This thing better have Bubsy 3D or I'm out
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from MaximumRD in 25 Years ago today I knowingly, wantonly, became a classic gamer   
    Lol those takes on games based on their names are hilarious. Why wouldnt ace of aces be a card game right? Awesome stories Justin
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    Atarileaf reacted to Justin in 25 Years ago today I knowingly, wantonly, became a classic gamer   
    I thought this would be fun to share with you guys! When I first called Atari that August leading up to the Kay-Bee story, Geraldine at the front desk mailed me a little packet. Inside were order forms and a brochure. (You can see the envelope and a few of the pages in the picture above)
    When Geraldine mentioned that she'd "mail me a catalog" I had it in my mind that it would cover everything. All week I waited excitedly for this cool 30-page Atari catalog to arrive at my house filled with big pictures and descriptions of Atari video games and game systems for 2600, 7800 and Lynx. The catalog was great, but it was like 3 pages and only for Lynx. 
    The little mail packet included the Lynx brochure, order forms to be filled out, and a "Cartridge List" for each game system. There was one page for 2600, one for 7800, and one for Lynx. These were product lists, black and white text, cx product number and price. No screenshots, no descriptions. Nothing too enthralling for an 11 year-old kid.
    Without any kind of descriptions I had no idea what many of these games were. Sure I knew the familiar titles, but a lot of these games remained a mystery to me, and they captivated my mind. For half a year I poured over these documents and my imagination ran wild in anticipation of the day that I had saved up enough money to place my order! With nothing to go on but a list of game titles, my imagination filled in the blanks. Some of my ideas were spot-on, others were way off. Here are some memories of misinterpretations I thought you may enjoy..
    A few notes, in not knowing what I was ordering:
    I thought Super Huey was about a goofy super hero named Huey. (Think of Scrapyard Louie flying through the air in a cape)
      I thought Desert Falcon was a gulf war F-16 Fighting Falcon game
      I thought Ace of Aces was a casino/card game
      I thought Hat Trick was about a magician/magic tricks
      I thought Pole Position II was a sequel to the Pole Position game that I remembered coming packed in with the 7800.
      I thought Motor Psycho was a Mad Max type game.
      I thought Ikari Warriors should have been called Atari Warriors.
      I didn’t buy Donkey Kong or Donkey Kong Jr. because I already had those games on NES with Donkey Kong Classics. I should’ve bought them anyway.
      I purchased Barnyard Blaster even though it required a light gun that I didn’t have and was no longer available from Atari. I have no idea why I did that.
      I thought Tower Toppler would be two medieval castle towers firing cannon balls / missiles at each other until one knocked the other down.
      I had no idea Mean 18 Ultimate Golf would ever have any value, I just thought an 8-bit golf game sounded like a lot of fun so I ordered it. If you've ever played it I think it's better than any golf game on NES.
      I only knew what Scrapyard Dog was because it was shown in the Lynx catalog. I actually really like that game.
      I had no idea what Cracke’ed was but I thought it sounded stupid so I skipped it.
      I had no idea what Jinx was, it sounded like Lynx and I took a shot in the dark.
      I guessed that Fatal Run was the 7800’s Out Run or Victory Run. I ended up being right, but it wasn’t as good as I had hoped.
      I had no idea what Food Fight was but I ordered it because it sounded like a lot of fun. Boy oh boy I was right about that.
      The two games I wanted most were Xevious and Impossible Mission, and neither were available from Atari in 1993.
      I had no idea what Secret Quest was but it sounded cool and I turned out to be right. When the UPS man finally showed up with a large package from Atari and everything inside of it, I was excited and surprised to see Nolan's picture on the Secret Quest box.
      Believe it or not that was my “good handwriting” on my hand-written list of 7800 and 2600 games.
      The worst part was mailing a check out to California with every penny I had and waiting 4-6 weeks for delivery. Every day I came home hoping to find a big package from UPS.
      I had no idea the 5200 existed until 6 months later when I saw it mentioned in an article in Video Games Magazine about the burial at Alamogordo. Nobody at Atari ever mentioned it when I called and nothing was left of it.
      That summer and fall I’d call Big Lots and Sears Outlet every friday night hoping they’d have something in stock, and that I could go out with my family that night and take a look. I’d call and ask if they had any Atari video games or consoles in stock, and they would always call me “ma’am” because I was 11 and they thought they were speaking with an adult. I always thought that was funny.
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    Atarileaf reacted to nosweargamer in PlayStation Classic (mini) is coming....   
    Perhaps they are saving the dual shocks for the PS2 mini classic.
    But whats the deal with not including power supplies? I remember when Nintendo started this with the new 3DS. I never thought I'd see the day  with multiple systems that don't include everything needed to play. And $100 is little high to me for this kinda of thing.
    I like the next gen of plug n plays going on, but I don't see me getting this anytime soon.
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    Atarileaf reacted to Justin in Who all has a 2600 Jr. ?   
    I want to clarify one point from my previous post: 
    I'm not suggesting all of these boxes were printed with a 1984 Copyright from Atari, Inc. (Some may have been?) Rather that the box artwork and the overall design had been completed by Atari, Inc. under Warner in 1984, and later printed up by Tramiel's Atari Corp., with updated copyright text, when the Atari 2600 Jr. was first introduced. This is similar to Atari Corp. shipping early 7800s in Atari, Inc. boxes and later transitioning into their own design.
    There are many examples of Atari, Inc. era boxes and labels being used by Atari Corp. with updated copyright text, etc. For example I have a 1986 E.T. with updated text and an Atari Corp copyright. (This shouldn't really exist should it? Since it was the worst game ever and they were all buried in the desert but that's another story for another day.)
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    Atarileaf reacted to Justin in 25 Years ago today I knowingly, wantonly, became a classic gamer   
    Thanks for the wonderful comments guys! 
    Thanks Chris! I've been live streaming on Instagram (you can follow us @atarigames) and got into this a few nights ago when I was playing Pole Position II for our 2018 Grand Prix event we had in High Score Squad. I started telling this story live and showed some of these items, it's what inspired me to write this post. I thought this was a story I wanted to share with everybody here in the site who may not have been on the livestream. Maybe I'll make a YouTube video about it one day.
    I'm a few years younger than the average 2600 player. Some of my friends in pre-school had older brothers with 2600. But by 1993 most of my friends had grown up with NES and didn't really remember much about the 2600 other than it was antiquated. When I dove head first back into Atari, NES was still on store shelves. All of my friends were into Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis at the time.
    I didn't start with an Atari system in the house, having lived through the peak Atari years and thinking I could start collecting games now that they were on discount. For me it was more like a lost memory. There was a bit of an eeriness to it, although it was all positive. Trying to remember so far back to a time that I really shouldn't be able to remember but kind of did. It was like this lost thing that I was determined to get back, remember, rediscover, and the process of remembering things that I had forgotten, little bits at a time, had a serious impact on my Atari experience. I played and loved the games, but now there was a gaming historian side to me. It was a big puzzle that I was piecing together like an electronic archeologist. I'd find an article about E.T. and then learned about the video game crash. Every answer would lead to more questions. 
    I can tell you I felt incredibly alone in this when I first started. None of my friends really knew what this was or understood my appreciation for classic Atari games at the time. Everyone around me was pretty much on the same page, whatever was going on this month in GamePro with Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. My love of 2600 and 7800 lead to a new interest in Atari Lynx, and then the Jaguar was announced and that was an amazing new edition to the family. In 1993/1994 I used Lynx and Jaguar to drum up interest in Atari. My SNES/Genesis friends would come over after school to check out new games on my Jaguar right when it had first come out. We'd play Cybermorph and it actually went over well. So did Lynx. But then I'd bring out the 7800 and fire up Centipede and we'd play for hours. I remember one kid in the neighborhood, Trey, couldn't get enough Centipede and would always ask me about the 7800 on the bus. I ended up with a group of friends coming over about once a week to play Centipede and the other classic arcade games on the 7800 and it began to outshine the Jaguar and everything else that I had. It wasn't until high school that I met another friend who had a 2600 and 7800 and was excited about collecting for it. 
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Retro_Club in 25 Years ago today I knowingly, wantonly, became a classic gamer   
    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
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in Who all has a 2600 Jr. ?   
    Looks like Atari Corp, 1986
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Justin in PRGE 2018   
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Atari Creep in Who all has a 2600 Jr. ?   
    Looks like Atari Corp, 1986
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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Atari Creep in Who all has a 2600 Jr. ?   
    More pics. International version perhaps?

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    Atarileaf got a reaction from Atari Creep in Who all has a 2600 Jr. ?   
    I do have a boxed junior. I don't know if these are Canadian versions. I usually see the reddish/brown box but this one is grey with a $64.99 Kmart price tag. I should say I didn't actually buy a boxed junior. I bought some atari 8-bit carts years ago from a local collector and he was nice enough to show up with all those carts in this little junior box.

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    Atarileaf reacted to Justin in 25 Years ago today I knowingly, wantonly, became a classic gamer   
    25 years ago today I knowingly, wantonly, became a classic gamer. It all began with finding E.T. and Asteroids for .99 cents in the clearance aisle at Kay-Bee. The moment I knowingly stepped into classic gaming, a hobby I thought I was alone in. These are the the actual cartridges I bought that day, the kernel of my collection.
    The entire summer leading up to this moment something triggered in my brain that kept bringing me back to Atari. It was like waking up from a dream and remembering that you had left something behind that you truly loved but had forgotten about. These were the peak years of Mortal Combat and Street Fighter 2. Suddenly games seemed violent and aggressive. One day I was hit with a moment of clarity, going "wait wait wait, hold on a minute.. whatever happened to Centipede and Asteroids and Galaga and Pac-Man? Whatever happened to Atari? Where did that all go?" It seemed like secret knowledge or something. Like a lost civilization. The city of Atlantis and all of the advanced ancient technology lost with it. I had so many fun times playing Atari with my family when I was little, and then we moved on. It had been years. I had forgotten what a lot of this stuff even looked like. Suddenly I felt compelled to get my hands on an Atari 7800 and preserve and play as much Atari stuff as I could. I hadn’t been able to find anything in stores or in classified ads, and my mom suggested dialing the operator and asking for the phone number to Atari in California, calling them and seeing if I could order Atari items through mail order. I called Atari and spoke with Geraldine at the front desk for the first time. She said yes, Atari still had 2600 and 7800 systems and games brand new, and she offered to send out a packet of information to me with order forms for 2600, 7800 and Lynx stuff, along with a brochure. I waited days for that letter to come in the mail. It had been years since I had even seen an Atari game, all I wanted to do was flip through a catalog looking at games, seeing what the game systems looked like again and remembering all the games. Four days later I received my first letter from Atari. It contained black and white order forms for 2600 and 7800 systems, games and accessories, and a nice full color brochure for the Lynx. Unfortunately the brochure was only for the Lynx and didn’t have any pictures or descriptions of anything for the 2600 and 7800. I also realized that I was about to spend the next six months saving up about $300 to take advantage of a special they were running where I could buy a new 7800 with 25 games. I was going to have to wait.


    I spent the next 45 days researching as much about Atari as I could find. I checked out all of the outdated video game books from the library (no good pictures!) I spoke with friends at camp and when school started, asking them if they had any old Atari systems or even remembered what it was. One guy had an Atari 2600 at his grandma's house and clued me in on Combat. Another friend, Adam, told me about this thing he bought at a garage sale called "ColecoVision" and that it came with Donkey Kong. "Oh yeah, I kind of remember that!" I called around to every Big Lots and Sears Outlet in the phone book to see if they had any Atari stock left over. All I could find were a few generic joysticks. Then one day it all began to happen.
    It was a Saturday morning. September 18, 1993. I was with my parents at Dutch Square Shopping Mall in Columbia, SC. It was an older mall built in 1970 that we went to less frequently than the new modern mall. It was still a nice place to shop though and we would often go there for a hair cut on the "secret 3rd floor" or to shop around. My mom was making a payment on the phone bill at the AT&T store in the mall. This was back before the cell phone stores we see today. Back then it was all about landlines. You could buy a new landline phone, cordless phone for the home, answering machines and cassette tapes, and pay your phone bill. There was also a place at the mall to pay your electric bill too. I was 11, about to turn 12, and paying bills seemed like a boring idea to me. There was a "locally famous" place in the mall called Cromer's that sold old-timey popcorn and peanuts. My dad and I got a small bag of popcorn and sat on a bench in the mall while my mom did her thing. There was a Kay-Bee Toy Store right next to Cromer's and I asked my dad if it was okay if I went into Kay-Bee and looked around.


    I didn't expect to find anything amazing that day. I headed into Kay-Bee and browsed around. After checking out the goods up front, and in the video game cabinet, I walked down the left-most aisle and headed towards the back of the store. The whole left side of the aisle was marked "Clearance" with various unloved toys half-open and sprawled across a few shelves that came up to my chest. In the distance, on the left sitting in top of an open shelf was a messy pile of half-crushed boxes, they were a mix of rust orange and silver. Papers were falling out and down onto the floor and I could see a few little black plastic cubes. I can still remember the shock of adrenaline through my system. One of the boxes in the distance stood out. It said "ATARI 2600" in the bright red logotype. It was my first time ever seeing this. My jaw dropped. I think I yelled something out. I ran up to the pile of boxes, they were an equal mix of Asteroids and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. I COULDN'T BELIEVE IT! It seemed so incomprehensible that these games could be sitting in this store after what up to that point had been almost my entire lifetime. These were little time capsules. Many of the boxes were half-crushed and open with manuals, game catalogs, and warranty cards spewing out. The internet as we know it barely existed in 1993 and I didn't have access to it. I hadn't seen an Atari game in years, what amounted to nearly half a lifetime. There were green "illustrated" 1981 Atari catalogs that came with Asteroids, and the red 1982 catalogs that came with E.T. I picked up a red one, opened it, and for the first time in years saw Atari games. The first image I saw when I turned the page was the ad with the Atari 2600 4-switch floating in space above the blue grid, with the games reaching out to either side, centering in on a TV screen in the middle that showed Pac-Man. To the right was a boy and girl playing Atari with the caption “The Adventure Begins”. The moment I saw that image, it triggered something in my mind and all of the memories came rushing back. I had grown up with the 7800 but I knew exactly what the 2600 was and remembered all of my friends older brothers having it in the house. Vague memories of Atari commercials and the 4-switch 2600 being a cultural icon. Everything came flying back to me all at once, so many good memories and the drive to discover more. My use of that photo as the first image that comes up on Atari I/O’s home page is intentional, in hopes that the photo will have the same affect on other people rediscovering Atari for the first time as it did on me. The home page graphic is heavily edited, but it started life as a scan from that page from the very same Atari catalog I picked up that day on September 18, 1993.


    Some of the boxes were in decent shape, and I took one of each for myself. I realized that I wasn't carrying my wallet that day (I was 11) and hid my two games behind some stuffed animals. I ran out to my dad, breathlessly explained to him what I had found and that I needed to borrow $1.98 to make all of my dreams come true. I ran up to the Kay-Bee counter with $2 in my hand and had never been so excited to buy something in a toy store. I stood there waiting in line for what felt like forever. I was processing all the little Atari idiosyncrasies for the first time. “Asteroids 66 Video Games” and what that even means. It seemed so beyond the pale that I would randomly find anything Atari-related in a toy store outside of Lynx games and an occasional off-brand Joystick. A few minutes later the games were mine, and “The Adventure Begins”.
    This was an exciting time. My family had been somewhat poor for a few years but we were just about to move into a new home. Times were so hopeful. When we left the mall I remember doing some other errands. Fall was setting in and it was the beginning of brisk weather. "Kenny Rogers Roasters" was a new thing at the time, so my family stopped there to pick up dinner and bring it to the new house that we hadn't moved into yet, and ate dinner on the back porch/deck at the new house. I spent the entire car ride examining E.T. and Asteroids. I remember how unreal it felt to hold actual Atari products in my hand, as if they were some major discovery at an archeological expedition.

    That night we returned home and I spent my entire Saturday night "playing" with my new games even though I didn't have a system to play them on yet. I clearly remember it was the night of the Miss America pageant, Regis & Kathy Lee were hosting, and the girl who won "Miss America" that night, Kimberly Aiken, was from the town I lived in and came to visit my school, so it became a memorable event. We didn't have cable so I only had 4 TV channels (on a good day!) and usually I was pretty annoyed if something like a Miss America pageant came on and interrupted my Saturday night tv schedule of Deep Space Nine and who knows what else. But this night I wasn't annoyed. I was completely drawn to these games. Having to wait to play them left my imagination to wander. Spending so much time focusing on the boxes, cartridge labels and catalogs gave me an immense appreciation for the art and level of detail that went into everything to do with these games. I dove into the E.T. manual like it was a new comic book and marveled at how detailed it was, full color with the shiny printed silver. (They did a very nice job with the printing of that game, for sure). I remember the Atari hologram on top of the box and thinking that was so cool, even for 1993. I spent at least an hour flipping through the two Atari catalogs that came with my games that night, discovering all these wonderful long lost games.
    This is the event horizon where I crossed over from simple nostalgia into being a classic gamer. It's the difference between nostalgia for the games you grew up with, and forming an appreciation for the games that came before you. Games outside your experience. Seeing all of these early 2600 titles for the first time with screenshots and descriptions clicked with me. Many of them looked ancient. But I saw the play value in them and they appealed to me. I thought about whoever these people were out there whose job it was to sit there and create these games out of 1s and 0s. I didn't know Howard Scott Washaw or Hiro Kimura's names yet, but I appreciated their work. Some games stood out to me as genius, like Warlords. I knew there would be many great Saturday nights with my family and friends gathered around the TV playing games like Warlords and loving them despite their obsolescence. There was play value in these games that transcended graphics, and my appreciation for them transcended my own experience and personal nostalgia of having grown up playing them. Now I was determined not only to acquire the games I used to play growing up, but to collect the ones that came before me, the ones I never got a chance to play. Suddenly I understood there was an art form to these classic games, and it was going to be a lot of fun.

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    Atarileaf reacted to RickR in 25 Years ago today I knowingly, wantonly, became a classic gamer   
    You've perfectly captured that magic moment of gaming goodness shining into your soul.  THANK YOU for taking the time to share and type this up. 
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