Here are my times for this past week (July 30th through August 5th)...
I didn't play any classic games this week, only two online games which are uneligible for the Top 10:
Worm heroes - 6 min.
Headfolk Cupid - 16 min.
Both are pretty simple games. In "Worm heroes" you basically launch worms from the bottom which get deflected by obstacles and are supposed to pick up as many apples at possible on their way to the sea without touching moving objects. In "Headfolk Cupid" there are 4 races with male and female creatures each, and you have to click on a creature and then lead the mouse pointer to its partner without touching any other creatures.
thegoldenband, on Sun Jul 29, 2012 6:59 PM, said:
That is brilliant! Do you plan on taking it out into the field? I've used lead-acid batteries before to power a mobile sound system for a parade, but I didn't set that one up -- I need to learn how to do that stuff. BTW is the 2600 modded at all? IIRC, you can get more battery life out of the VCS if you remove one or more components from the power supply path.
No, sorry, I don't plan taking it out in the field. There were actually only 2 "field trips" like this back in the 80's. In one, we powered a bigger 14" TV from a 12V car battery via a self-built inverter, and the Atari 2600 ran on a 7.2V racing pack battery. At the second one, we took out the Commodore 64 with datasette (because the disk drive proved too sensitive for voltage changes) and powered it with the inverter, and the display was a similar CRT to the one displayed here which belonged to a classmate. We ran that CRT directly off the 12V battery which also powered the inverter.
The actual CRT displayed here has been used out in the field (powered by rechargeable "D" cells), but only for watching TV and some movies we filmed on our camcorder.
But nowadays, I think I'd rather play on my laptop than putting up such a complicated rig. That one was only put up for show. The laptop gives a much bigger picture, and it's not complicated to set up at all. Which doesn't mean you can't do more complicated setups with it... just some days ago, I hooked it up to a boombox using a car audio cassette adapter which is normally meant to connect media players to old car stereos with cassette player. That way, we watched a Muppet Show episode from a DVD on the laptop while enjoying pretty good sound which the laptop wouldn't be able to provide. And it was still all powered by batteries (out at the pool).
And the Atari 2600 power supply has regularly been used to recharge a set of 6 "D" batteries in lack of a commercial charger that would take that many cells at once. In fact, I've recharged them this way since 1988 (including those that once powered the CRT TV shown above - back then I had 2 sets ot 6), and that power supply must have fed much more power into batteries than into the console it was designed for. And it's still being used this way, although I'm now on my 5th set of rechargeable "D" batteries, and I try not to overcharge or deep-discharge them. :-)
And no, the 2600 isn't modded... I don't think it would be worth it since it actually only gets used rarely nowadays, and there are no field trips with it. All the other appliances (and batteries) you see in the picture aren't modded either... only wired together in creative ways which were probably not planned by the designers. :-)
Edited by Kurt_Woloch, Sun Aug 5, 2012 3:38 PM.