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Who Are You Anyway, Atari 2600 Fan?

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#1 phitter OFFLINE  


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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:12 AM

I am just curious (and I apologize if this is somewhere else) as to the explanation for your username. Is it an alter ego? Part of some esoteric inside joke you care to reveal at this time? *Gasp* your actual name?

As for me, I go by "phitter" out of habit. I am a baseball freak and briefly operated a highly unsuccessful Cubs newsletter called the Pinch Hitter. As part of my brilliant marketing campaign I decided to use "Pinchhitter" as my username where ever possible. When I first signed on to eBay, however, "Pinchhitter" and "PH" were already taken so I shortened it to Phitter and have just kind of used it ever since.

Contrary to what you may have previously thought, I am not a pipe fitter, I don't work in a shoe store and trust me, I am certainly not trying to boast that I am somehow in better physical condition than you are.


#2 bcprs1 OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:19 AM

bcprs1 - short for Bruins, Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox #1.

I'm from the boston area and a huge Boston sports fan.

#3 Shawn OFFLINE  


    As Above

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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:21 AM

My name is Shawn Sr. as I am a proud father of Shawn Jr.

#4 NE146 OFFLINE  


    Dumbass Atari Fan

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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:22 AM

I'm just horny 8)

#5 kyle OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:36 AM

My mom named me.

#6 Red 5 OFFLINE  

Red 5

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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:38 AM

I'm just horny too.

But my name is the real red 5.

In books, Vader, previously Anakin's call sign was Red 5 too. Like Luke was in Star Wars.

Holy crap that's geeky.

#7 llabnip OFFLINE  


    Chopper Commander

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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:42 AM

.sdrawkcab delleps llabnip si eniM

I chose it because one of the first forums I was on was pinball related. It just stuck.

My avatar is Baster - the player 1 pilot from Radiant Silvergun.

http://www.emuxhaven...Main Story.html

Normally I just go by DaveB which is neither distinguishing nor has a clever story behind it.

#8 vdub_bobby OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:49 AM

vdub is sort of slang for VW and I have a VW bug. And my name is Bob; some folks call me Bobby. I picked it 6 years ago when I was trying to get a yahoo email addy that wasn't already taken.

#9 Godzilla OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:02 PM

im a big godzilla fan, zilla is also an old high school nick name, and i had a c64 warez group called zillaworks among other things :-) and a bbs called zillaz den.. and.. and..

#10 SpiceWare OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:05 PM

During the 80s and early 90s I ran a BBS I wrote and was known as The Dragon Master, or The Dm for short. All my software was released under SpiceWare as my last name is Spice.

When I started getting on internet sets, The Dm wasn't normally availabe so I started using SpiceWare.

#11 Thomas Jentzsch OFFLINE  

Thomas Jentzsch

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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:06 PM

I am just me.

#12 BassGuitari OFFLINE  


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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:07 PM


I am a bassist, and adding the "i" after "Guitar" makes it sound like "Atari" with a G tacked onto the front.

Meh, seemed like a good idea at the time. :)

#13 keilbaca OFFLINE  


    Fight like a robot!

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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:23 PM

I'm currently hopelessly addicted to Guitar Hero.

#14 the 5th ghost OFFLINE  

the 5th ghost

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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:25 PM

I did my best to annoy my fellow Ms. Pac-Man competitors to get them off their game during competitions. :evil:

Thus, I was given this nickname. :D

#15 bfutrel OFFLINE  


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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:28 PM

Mine came from my first email address back in 1995. IBM Internet Access under OS/2 only allowed 7 characters, so it lopped off the last letter of my last name.

Nothing too fancy.

Yes I'm a mid-aged old fart. :twisted:


#16 minorleagueguy OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:35 PM

:...mine is for my facination with all things related to minor league sports. I do not own ANYTHING that has to do with the 4 major sports leagues. When I started going to card shows looking for "oddball" (minor league) items, the vendors used to say, "here comes that minor league guy"...and it stuck :cool:


#17 potatohead OFFLINE  


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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:36 PM

Potatohead came from an impulse registration at Slashdot when it was first getting started. I ended up liking the name because it's not often taken. (This is not so true these days, but still mostly true.)

Besides, I really liked my Mr. Potatohead toy!

#18 godzillajoe OFFLINE  


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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:43 PM

Like Godzilla, I'm also a fan of the big G. A friend from another list I'm on was in town for a rock show and crashed on my couch afterwards.

He later posted to the list that he stayed at "Godzilla Joe's" place and was amazed at how many movies and G figures I had. The name kinda stuck.

#19 jboypacman OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:44 PM

Ok growning up my family used to call me JohnBoy.Now am a fan of Pac-Man and even have a Pac-Man Tattoo.So i just combined the 2 and so "jboypacman"was born.

#20 Hounder OFFLINE  


    Star Raider

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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:47 PM

Mine came from my dog. I have a basset hound and the word "Hound" just didn't seem to fit. So I went to "Hounder" which is what I use everywhere except ebay.

#21 Lauren Tyler OFFLINE  

Lauren Tyler

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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:58 PM

Basically, when I got my first home internet connection back in 1997, I'd acquired a CIB of Eternal Champions from Electronics Botique (back when they were still selling used 16-bit games!) and I found myself using Larcen Tyler (the catburglar) a lot, and I decided to use that just for the hell of it. It ended up sticking with me.

#22 Recycled OFFLINE  


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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:01 PM

Name of an album.


#23 atari2600land OFFLINE  


    My favorite channel is Channel F.

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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:17 PM

My user name came from my not-often looked at website, Atari 2600 Land. It's at www.atari2600land.com, so the URL is easy to remember. I know this is a shameless plug, but, hey, you asked...

#24 Tempest OFFLINE  


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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:20 PM

<--- Not where you think it comes from...


#25 s0c7 OFFLINE  



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Posted Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:23 PM

"Data exception error" on IBM mainframes.

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