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#1 TomBrazil OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Dec 6, 2008 4:33 PM

Hello Guys,

Its been a long time I don't post or read anything here due to lack of time, I used to visit mainly Atari 2600, Marketplace and Auctions forums.

However, I've found this topic quite interesting. On November 18th, 2008, I've visited Rick Weis and we went to Ground Kontrol, Portland, to play some old arcades and forcely watch Guitar Hero/ Rock Band doubtful presentations - hehe.

I was luck, however, on having a chance to see - AND PLAY - Rick's new acquisition, COMPUTER SPACE for 2 players. I understand this is tremendously rare, as I researched on KLOV:
http://www.klov.com/...p?game_id=10558

Well, Rick's collection deserves such a rare and interesting arcade, and Rick is surely a hell of a nice guy.

That's it for now... I have some videos, but I didn't have the time to edit them yet. Additionally, I'm posting some pictures of us playing at Ground Kontrol.

Cheers,

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Posted Sat Dec 6, 2008 6:21 PM

I was there 2 weeks ago and somehow I did not see it. And by looking at the picture it is within 15 feet of the game I always go there to play (Skate or Die). I think I will go there tomorrow and try Computer Space. Great Post!

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Posted Sat Dec 6, 2008 6:27 PM

I was there 2 weeks ago and somehow I did not see it. And by looking at the picture it is within 15 feet of the game I always go there to play (Skate or Die). I think I will go there tomorrow and try Computer Space. Great Post!


That Computer Space is sitting in Rick's game room. :ponder:

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Posted Sat Dec 6, 2008 8:38 PM

I was there 2 weeks ago and somehow I did not see it. And by looking at the picture it is within 15 feet of the game I always go there to play (Skate or Die). I think I will go there tomorrow and try Computer Space. Great Post!


That Computer Space is sitting in Rick's game room. :ponder:

Yeah, you are right. It looked like it was right in front of the games for sale and to the side of the bar at first glance. Guess I should have looked a little harder. :ponder:

Edited by cougar302b, Sat Dec 6, 2008 8:38 PM.


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Posted Sun Dec 7, 2008 3:23 PM

Sorry guys, my post was indeed confusing. I visited Rick Weis' Game Room, where I had the chance to play Computer Space, then we went to Ground Kontrol. hehe

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2008 7:09 AM

That Computer Space is sitting in Rick's game room.


Yup....sure looks nice in there..sniff sniff :(

Seriously, Rick. Looks great and I am really glad to see folks playing it. They were made to be played.

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2008 1:01 PM

That Computer Space is sitting in Rick's game room.


Yup....sure looks nice in there..sniff sniff :(

Seriously, Rick. Looks great and I am really glad to see folks playing it. They were made to be played.

CN


Ah, that was your unit once, wasn´t it Cassidy? It stood in your game room! Oh man, for me the
Computer Space is the best looking Arcade machine ever! :love:

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2008 1:12 PM

By the way, if anyone is interested in Computer Space, I have a website devoted to the subject. I recently did a big update to it as well and would enjoy any feedback you all have to offer.
www.computerspacefan.com

(And if this 2 player unit is Cassidy's, I have his detailed on my site. Thanks again to Cassidy!)

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2008 1:18 PM

I'd love to see Rick's collection in person some day. :D

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2008 1:20 PM

I really debated buying a Blue that was in my area a few years ago, when it comes down to it I just didn't want to deal with having to repair it (you know these games must need constant repairs) When I see pictures of them I kind of regret it. Would be a great work of art for my gameroom :)

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2008 2:04 PM

I really debated buying a Blue that was in my area a few years ago, when it comes down to it I just didn't want to deal with having to repair it (you know these games must need constant repairs) When I see pictures of them I kind of regret it. Would be a great work of art for my gameroom :)


A blue one....... :lust: :love: :lust:

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2008 2:09 PM

I really debated buying a Blue that was in my area a few years ago, when it comes down to it I just didn't want to deal with having to repair it (you know these games must need constant repairs) When I see pictures of them I kind of regret it. Would be a great work of art for my gameroom :)


A blue one....... :lust: :love: :lust:

Here is the original link, looks like the pic is gone though
http://www.atariage....=Computer Space

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2008 3:04 PM

I really debated buying a Blue that was in my area a few years ago, when it comes down to it I just didn't want to deal with having to repair it (you know these games must need constant repairs) When I see pictures of them I kind of regret it. Would be a great work of art for my gameroom :)


A blue one....... :lust: :love: :lust:

Here is the original link, looks like the pic is gone though
http://www.atariage....=Computer Space


That was careless not to pick it up........ ;)

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2008 3:34 PM

I really debated buying a Blue that was in my area a few years ago, when it comes down to it I just didn't want to deal with having to repair it (you know these games must need constant repairs) When I see pictures of them I kind of regret it. Would be a great work of art for my gameroom :)


A blue one....... :lust: :love: :lust:

Here is the original link, looks like the pic is gone though
http://www.atariage....=Computer Space


That was careless not to pick it up........ ;)

If I remember I think it was only $1000, now I am getting mad thinking about it :x

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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2008 4:14 PM

I really debated buying a Blue that was in my area a few years ago, when it comes down to it I just didn't want to deal with having to repair it (you know these games must need constant repairs) When I see pictures of them I kind of regret it. Would be a great work of art for my gameroom :)


A blue one....... :lust: :love: :lust:

Here is the original link, looks like the pic is gone though
http://www.atariage....=Computer Space


That was careless not to pick it up........ ;)

If I remember I think it was only $1000, now I am getting mad thinking about it :x


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Posted Tue Dec 9, 2008 11:10 AM

Wow! I'd love to visit those machines. The last time I saw two connected Computer Space was back in 1986 at the Atari Arcade in the Vancouver World's Fair in 1986. Most of the crowd was gathered around this new game called Gauntlet but towards the very back of the long building was a roped off area for receiving and servicing. They had two computer space cabinets connected and powered off. I think they must have intended to put them on display but decided against it for some reason. Perhaps it's because the game is too hard to understand, or because the monitors were very dim.
I plugged them in and put a coin in and something happened, and I could tell the game was a slow moving SpaceWar of some kind, but I didn't get the hang of it before time ran out.
Still a cool experience and I was kind of secretly hoping I might get kicked out of the arcade. I think going to the world's fair and getting kicked out of the Atari arcade would have been a good nerdy story.

Edited by FastRobPlus, Tue Dec 9, 2008 11:11 AM.


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Posted Tue Dec 9, 2008 1:52 PM

They are fairly robust machines, believe it or not. Considering they are the first of their kind (I don't count the Galaxy terminals at Stanford as arcades) they share much of the architecture the industry still follows to this day. The monitor has its own power supply/transformer, the power supply, harness, marquee lighting, speaker and control panel, coin cutter, etc. Granted the coin collection has changed a bit....the original terpentine can that collects coins in Ricks machine (still there) could not hold what Pac Man would see in a week by the early 80's (Ms. Pacs were bolted into the cabinet because at about 400 in quarters Pac Man buckets would rip out and short the bottom of the game).

ComputerSpaceFan's site is great, lots of super tips on there about keeping one running. I posted a how to swap flybacks out on the tv's here not too long ago.

Man Rick, I really do need to get down your way next I am out in Seattle. That collection is to die for!

CN

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Posted Wed Dec 24, 2008 8:59 PM

I'd love to see Rick's collection in person some day. :D

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my door is always open for you (and a bunch of others from here). :) how about September 20th 2009

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Posted Wed Dec 24, 2008 9:02 PM

Man Rick, I really do need to get down your way next I am out in Seattle.

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just LMK, i'll come down and get you. :)

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Posted Sat Dec 27, 2008 4:17 AM

Hey Guys, wanna check a video? Just edit and published this one:



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Posted Fri Jan 2, 2009 11:22 PM

I was there 2 weeks ago and somehow I did not see it. And by looking at the picture it is within 15 feet of the game I always go there to play (Skate or Die). I think I will go there tomorrow and try Computer Space. Great Post!

OOPS!!! I meant 720. I always say that because that is the most memorable part of one of my favorite games.

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Posted Fri Jan 16, 2009 5:30 PM

Man Rick, I really do need to get down your way next I am out in Seattle.

CN


just LMK, i'll come down and get you. :)

Rick







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