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#1 ubersaurus OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:51 AM

Inspired by chronogaming projects about the NES, the Game Boy and other post-crash consoles, I kicked off a video series last month called Atari Archive over on youtube focused on the Atari 2600. It's the first video project I've actually done, but early gaming history is a topic I've been interested in since the 90s, and I'm excited to compile what info I can find (along with interviews from the creators when possible) about  each game on the 2600 library (or at least until I get sick of the whole thing). I'm pulling video directly from an unmodded 2600, through an RF demodulator to a Framemeister for that 720p/60fps Youtube video goodness. I figure that's as close as you can get to it looking like it does on a classic CRT on the site.

Take a look if you'd like! I'm attaching a link to the first to videos here, and will probably be updating as I produce new ones.

 

 



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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:48 AM

Inspired by chronogaming projects about the NES, the Game Boy and other post-crash consoles, I kicked off a video series last month called Atari Archive over on youtube focused on the Atari 2600. It's the first video project I've actually done, but early gaming history is a topic I've been interested in since the 90s, and I'm excited to compile what info I can find (along with interviews from the creators when possible) about  each game on the 2600 library (or at least until I get sick of the whole thing). I'm pulling video directly from an unmodded 2600, through an RF demodulator to a Framemeister for that 720p/60fps Youtube video goodness. I figure that's as close as you can get to it looking like it does on a classic CRT on the site.
Take a look if you'd like! I'm attaching a link to the first to videos here, and will probably be updating as I produce new ones.
 
https://youtu.be/LNtI90yiOOU
 
https://youtu.be/0l0AQ5LuvQM


...please tell me you're going to do some third party games too.

#3 ubersaurus OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:23 AM

That's the plan, as soon as I make it through the 70s!



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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:41 AM

Such a great idea. Not just highlights of the games themselves, but information from the creation of the games and the inner workings of the companies making the games. 

 

Great videos!



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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 11:50 AM

That's the plan, as soon as I make it through the 70s!


Woohoo!

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Posted Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:52 PM

These are awesome so far!  I like how they are being done in chronological order.  I look forward to seeing more!



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Posted Sat Sep 16, 2017 4:52 AM

I'd love to help!

I can provide explanations from disassemblies about how the games work!

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Posted Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:36 AM

Just posted the third video - hoped to have it along sooner, but had some technical difficulties (the joy of working with 40 year old gear). 

 



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Posted Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:31 PM

Keep up the good work, ubersaurus.

Really like the style of your videos.

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Posted Fri Dec 8, 2017 10:06 PM

New video is up - Indy 500 is my highlighted game this time!

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Posted Sat Dec 9, 2017 7:20 AM

New video is up - Indy 500 is my highlighted game this time!

 

Keep those videos coming!  They are very well done and informative.



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Posted Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:39 AM

Finished up a new video last night, covering Street Racer! According to Larry Kaplan this one wasn't based on an existing arcade game, making it something of a rarity in that 1977 action lineup. Unfortunately, it's also kind of a mess.

 



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Posted Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:12 AM

Very nice!

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Posted Sun Jan 28, 2018 3:37 AM

Very good so far, I like it, but I hope you're not going to chronothingy all ~7000 VCS titles, it'll take ages.

 

I like Street Racer, but it is a two player game, alone it's no fun. You need Potato chips, beer and a second player, great fun.



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Posted Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:53 AM

The plan is to go through all the unique games or until I get sick of it - my count is around 421 titles. Still a lot, but not as bad as 700 I guess?





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