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Atari Games Elimination Tournament - Sports Edition - Prelimary Round

Posted by AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol, 16 November 2017 · 251 views

So, there is a collection of 24 games that will try to make it past the first hurdle in becoming the best Atari 2600 sport game ever.  There are some titles here that will put on a brave face and try to punch over their weight class.  Barely 4kb lightweights against some 16kb behemoths?  Who will make it past the initial round and get a goo...

Atari Games Elimination Tournament - Sports Edition - The Participants

Posted by AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol, 15 November 2017 · 133 views

So which game is truly the best sports game on the Atari?  Which is more innovative?  Truthful to the sport?  Best graphics?  Most accurate controls?  And more importantly, is it fun?
I've listed 44 games that should be consider.  I've skipped all the Pong variants, boardgames, and pretend sports or variations.  N...

Favourite Atari 2600 Arcade Ports

Posted by AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol, 15 November 2017 · 121 views
atari 2600, ports, arcade
Atari was probably the first company to license arcade hits to complement their own library which they offered on the VCS and soon third-parties  followed suit (Parker Bros, M-Network), or in case of some others (Sega, Bally Midway, etc) ended up spinning up their own companies to make and publish these home console versions. 
It's intere...

My Collection - Part Seven

Posted by AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol, 11 November 2017 · 67 views
Seems a bit odd posting about Intellisivision on the Atari Age blog, but it's one of the things I also collect.
What started my collecting of Atari (again) was the Intellivision.  I never owned one when I was a kid and to be honest, I didn't know anyone that actually had one as well. I did see them in the stores and usually played the demo gam...

My Collection - Part Six

Posted by AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol, 10 November 2017 · 92 views
atari 2600, atari 7800, joystick and 1 more...
Here are most of my controllers for the 2600/7800, I have a couple joysticks and a joypad with the TV unit downstairs.  The majority are original Atari ones and I didn't realize that I had 3 sets of paddles.  
I ended up refurbishing a 3-4 CX-40 with parts from Best Electronics.  New rubber handle, new button/spring and for a co...

My Collection - Part Five

Posted by AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol, 10 November 2017 · 104 views
atari 7800
I can't say I have a very extensive 7800 collection.  These are the loose carts that I own. That's probably true for most folks since it's library is a lot smaller than the 2600.
I've come into the 7800 market only in the last 2 or 3 years, after I bought a 7800 console from Best Electronics.  The reason was for me to get was to get somet...

My Collection - Part Three

Posted by AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol, 10 November 2017 · 179 views
atari 2600, atari classic, sears
Hm, interesting, so it seems I have 90 Atari loose cartridges including some duplicates/variations.  For some reason I thought I had more.
Not surprisingly, there are a lot of common cartridges here.  You have your standard Combat, Air-Sea Battle, Yars Revenge, Defender, Asteroids, Missile Command, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Berzerk, and ma...

My Collection - Part Four

Posted by AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol, 09 November 2017 · 126 views
atari 2600, atari, activision and 3 more...
It's funny, I've never gone out of my way to buy boxed and especially BNIB items.  Yet I've accumulated quite a few boxes.  That takes a couple of bins in storage downstairs.
A few months ago I bought about 25 boxed games in a fairly good deal from a local retro store here in Toronto.  They gave me about half-price from the individua...

My Collection - Part Two

Posted by AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol, 09 November 2017 · 201 views
atari 2600, cartridges and 3 more...
So here are my Activision, Absolute and Epyx games.  Probably the only complete sets that I have (perhaps M-Network as well). 
I've always had a particular like for Activision comics and if I'm completely honest with myself I'd say they were best company for the 2600 back in the day.  Their titles always seemed to me the more origina...

My Collection

Posted by AlwaysOnPlanetPatrol, 08 November 2017 · 181 views
atari 2600 colection
My Collection Started looking at some of the cartridges I have in storage and snapped some pics.  I ended buying a few more carts in the last year and was organizing them a bit differently today.  It includes everything except the Atari and Activision sets (which I'll take up some other day).  I have some boxed games as well.  This is probably half...