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#1 Atari-Collector OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:53 PM

OK, one of those think out loud long winded babble on posts that probably nobody wants to read.. But here it goes...

 

I've been giving this a lot of thought lately, stopping collecting Atari and possibly quitting another hobby or two, like ham radio..  The power was out yesterday for 2.5 hours in the afternoon, it was 88F, and getting warmer inside from lack of ac and gave me time to think about what I'm getting out of these hobbies and collecting or am I just doing them because I can and it's there.

 

On the Atari front I have a modest collection, far smaller then a lot of you have and admittedly I don't know near as much about all the variations and tech side of them and a lot of people do either.  I have a 2600 L6 and Jr. with about 50 games (for some reason I thought I had more but doing an inventory after discovering I had bought a number of dupes revealed a lower count then expected), I also have a 800 and 800XL, two 1050, 1010, 850 and about 23 carts with a handful of dupes there too, somehow I have three Star Raiders just for the 800...

 

And in the heat of the blackout I got thinking where am I going with this?  Is buying more game carts making me happy or just poorer?  I hardly play any more because of a hand injury that gets painful if i play for a bit and how hard I play.    So wants my end game here...?  I don't have space or money to buy all sorts of variations and every game out there.  I know some of you do and that's great if if that's what makes you happy, and I do drool when I see photos of some of the collections.  But I have enough now, even being home most of the time on disability, that I couldn't play all the games I have.  So maybe it's time to put on the breaks and stopping looking for more....?

 

There's a few things that have been on my want list a while, Tapper, a 7800 and a Vader 2600.  And I'm pretty sure I still want to add Tapper but when I think about it honestly, a Vader won't really add anything to me ability to play games, and I don't truly need to start on to 7800 platform.   I don't see selling off anything I have except the dupes, but other then Tapper, I don't see needing to buy more either..

 

During the blackout, I was able to power my ham radio by battery, and because of the power being out I was free of electrical interference (modern switching power supplies are horrible) that let me hear signals I know I won't have normally.  Yet despite that, I was not able to make even one contact because of all the bad operators on the bands,  So I got thinking about what was I getting out of it too..  just an entry in a log if I some how manger to make a contact... I doubt many radio contacts go beyond just a log entry despite the way that toss the word friend around.  ok, getting off topic here, but the point is am I doing these hobbies because I enjoy them, or some weird obsession that compels me to keep doing it just because I can?

 

To wrap up this long winded babbling post,  I'm thinking it's time to stopping collecting games and just play when I feel like it.   And the radio stuff, well that's another confusing topic to think about some place else I guess,.  Being home most of the time means having a lot of time to fill, yet today i mostly just laid in bed thinking about this stuff and should I keep doing it, or quit some or most of them and get back to something else like my model trains more...

 

 

 



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Posted Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:05 PM

I wouldn't get rid of anything to start off with.  If I felt that way I would box everything up, put in garage or some place else perhaps and go awhile and see how you feel without it.  You did mention before you were going to see a specialist about your hand right?  I would wait and see the outcome of that perhaps it will get better.  But really it all just boils down to what you want.  Nobody knows you better than you.



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Posted Sun Jun 11, 2017 3:37 PM

Buy fewer games. Maybe take a small break. Consider getting an AC unit. Check out kijiji! Good luck!



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Posted Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:19 PM

I wouldn't get rid of anything to start off with.  If I felt that way I would box everything up, put in garage or some place else perhaps and go awhile and see how you feel without it.  You did mention before you were going to see a specialist about your hand right?  I would wait and see the outcome of that perhaps it will get better.  But really it all just boils down to what you want.  Nobody knows you better than you.

Yes, i go for testing August 8th, then see what happens from there, from what I hear about the medical system these days it could be a long drawn out thing to get anything done..

 

I don't plan on getting rid of an Atari stuff I have except dupes.  but taking a break from actively looking for anything new would probably be a good idea. I pretty much all most all my most wanted games already anyways.



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Posted Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:20 PM

Buy fewer games. Maybe take a small break. Consider getting an AC unit. Check out kijiji! Good luck!

I do have air conditioners, just didn't have any power to run them yesterday..  It's amazing how your world stops when the power goes out..



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Posted Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:47 PM

When I don't feel like or can't buy anything, I organize my collection, clean consoles, think about some prospective purchases. Are you into emulation? Some hacks can really help rekindle your love of games. 

 

It's good you have AC! It's hot as heck!


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Posted Sun Jun 11, 2017 4:51 PM

You could start up yet another hobby to break the monotony. Design a video game controller that will allow you to play without hurting your hand, then acquire the skills and tools to make the controller a reality. Sounds like a quick and cheap option. :D



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Posted Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:14 PM

When I don't feel like or can't buy anything, I organize my collection, clean consoles, think about some prospective purchases. Are you into emulation? Some hacks can really help rekindle your love of games. 

 

It's good you have AC! It's hot as heck!

Topped out at 92F here today https://www.wundergr...rd?ID=ICHATHAM8

 

I just wish the AC in my car worked too..   No emulators, but I think that's the way I'll go instead of buying a 7800, just emulate it and see how I like those games..


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Posted Sun Jun 11, 2017 5:22 PM

You could start up yet another hobby to break the monotony. Design a video game controller that will allow you to play without hurting your hand, then acquire the skills and tools to make the controller a reality. Sounds like a quick and cheap option. :D

I'm getting back to my model trains, building a new layout.  I have tons of track and and stuff from having a big layout when I had a house, so an apartment size layout is small, but I won't likely need to buy much new stuff.     And yes, I have played with idea for making a control the would work with my hand problems.  something with little effect needed to use..


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Posted Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:16 AM

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Posted Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:25 PM

I feel like we're seeing more and more posts of this nature, and I always find myself thinking the same thing: if you're to the point where you feel compelled to write a "dear Abby" style post questioning your relationship to the hobby, that's probably a good sign you're not feelin' it anymore and you should probably just cash out while the stuff is still worth something. 

 

Your world will continue to spin 'round if you phase out of one hobby and into another.  Same holds true if you later decide to phase back in.  Either way, hobbies shouldn't be an existential crisis, they should be about relaxation and enjoyment. 

 

An alternative to completely moving away from the hobby is to start relying on flash carts and/or emulation.  I know it is not for everybody, but it is what I do, and I think it's great.  With this approach I have all the games I could ever want to play, but barely any money tied up in anything (relatively speaking), not to mention minimal amounts of "stuff" piling up on shelves, in closets, in crates, etc.  This lack of "investment" of money and space eliminates that unease that might be felt when one is really entangled with something (like lots of gear, games, miscellaneous stuff) while simultaneously questioning whether it is really a source of happiness, or just an albatross in disguise.  If I want to play some games, I play some games... great.  If I go weeks without even looking at them, so what?  They'll still be there when I want them to be, but the beauty is I won't be tripping over them in the meantime.


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Posted Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:34 PM

I feel like we're seeing more and more posts of this nature, and I always find myself thinking the same thing: if you're to the point where you feel compelled to write a "dear Abby" style post questioning your relationship to the hobby, that's probably a good sign you're not feelin' it anymore and you should probably just cash out while the stuff is still worth something. 

 

Your world will continue to spin 'round if you phase out of one hobby and into another.  Same holds true if you later decide to phase back in.  Either way, hobbies shouldn't be an existential crisis, they should be about relaxation and enjoyment. 

 

 

 

Agreed.

 

I had to move out the table I was using for console/computer gaming recently to fit my new pinball machine into the arcade. I won't be able to play any of my console or computer games until my 15 year old moves out of the house. But I have options - I could kick him out and make him live with his grandparents tomorrow and I'll have a place to play. But now I'm looking at cramming a second pinball machine into the arcade.

 

The real problem is "do I want to spend $6000 on a brand new Stern Pro pinball machine" and I thought about it for a long while and figured if I bought a $6000 pinball machine it would end up costing my $20000 because I would have to buy my wife a new car and we would have to travel to Europe cuz she would've said "you know we could've taken a European vacation for the amount you spent on that pinball machine." So what did I do? I spent $700 on a pinball machine instead and all is glorious in my household.

 

I would hold onto your consoles, sell the games and buy a multicart for each system. That way you're gaming and not "collecting" or hoarding.



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Posted Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:50 PM

I think you should sell off the dupes, and any non dupes that you don't really feel any attachment to. Then pick up a Harmony cart to play all the 2600 stuff on. This way, you can still play the games whenever you feel you want to, and have quick access to them without the space being taken up. Then get a 7800 and keep either the L6 or Jr but not really both. This would only be needed for those few games that might have issues playing on the 2600 and vice versa. This way you have one of each. I'm sure that selling off the extra 2600 with dupes and perhaps offering up the other games as well here and there could help pay for the Harmony if not outright?

 

Perhaps think about doing the same with the 8-bit stuff as well. 

 

I've been thinking about thinning out my own collection a bit. Lately i've found that I'm more likely to play my 80s era consoles more than my PS2, PS1, XBOX...etc systems again. I would keep my PS3 and the Wii-U but not sure I need to hang onto the Wii any more either. Not sure I would keep the 360 either as it hasn't been touched or powered on in well over a year and I've only about 30 games or so for it as compared to the nearly 100 I have for the others.

 

I think more and more of us will start to think this way as we continue to level up in life year by year.



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Posted Thu Jun 15, 2017 5:04 PM

I think you should sell off the dupes, and any non dupes that you don't really feel any attachment to. Then pick up a Harmony cart to play all the 2600 stuff on. This way, you can still play the games whenever you feel you want to, and have quick access to them without the space being taken up. Then get a 7800 and keep either the L6 or Jr but not really both. This would only be needed for those few games that might have issues playing on the 2600 and vice versa. This way you have one of each. I'm sure that selling off the extra 2600 with dupes and perhaps offering up the other games as well here and there could help pay for the Harmony if not outright?

 

Perhaps think about doing the same with the 8-bit stuff as well. 

 

I've been thinking about thinning out my own collection a bit. Lately i've found that I'm more likely to play my 80s era consoles more than my PS2, PS1, XBOX...etc systems again. I would keep my PS3 and the Wii-U but not sure I need to hang onto the Wii any more either. Not sure I would keep the 360 either as it hasn't been touched or powered on in well over a year and I've only about 30 games or so for it as compared to the nearly 100 I have for the others.

 

I think more and more of us will start to think this way as we continue to level up in life year by year.

Where would I find more info on a Harmony?  how they work, where to buy,, etc?

It would be a more economical way to play the games over all, and get real versions of the games i'm more attached to. I don't have the money or space to be a true collector, so I'd rather be a true player, and just got real versions of games that are special to me..  I was looking up info on Tempest (it was always my go-to game in the arcade , but I guess there's no 2600 version, seems  to only exist on the 5200... ack..  of course if I won the lottery I get the real deal full size game:)

 

l'd only consider selling one of my 2600s if I were to get a 7800.  I like the idea of having a backup, and it's getting more expensive and harder to find the consoles in Canada.. and the two I have now are in great cosmetic and operating condition..



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Posted Thu Jun 15, 2017 9:30 PM

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