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#3568725 My video on the Bally Professional arcade

Posted by Chris++ on Tue Aug 9, 2016 3:59 PM

Nothing big...your enthusiasm about the console far outweighs any pedantic discrepancies that an old-console fanboy like myself might notice. Since you asked, though, there are really only two corrections I would suggest: the Gorf and Wizard of Wor coin-ops came out a couple of years after the Bally Professional Arcade did, whereas you give the impression that they already existed when the console appeared; and the Atari 2600 actually has 128 bytes of RAM. In the latter case, I think you actually meant to say that, rather than saying K. The structure of your sentence indicates that it was just the sort of verbal typo that we all make from time to time. So: no big deal! I'm just glad to see someone making high-quality Bally console videos.



#3567621 My video on the Bally Professional arcade

Posted by Chris++ on Mon Aug 8, 2016 2:13 AM

Great job! There's a couple of niggling factual errors, but that's just picky stuff...I enjoyed your video and watched a couple others on your channel. One of the coolest things I've ever seen is the game-playing on the side of your house!


And, of course, Tron...it gives a whole new meaning to, "Look, Yori! The walls!"



#3564495 Joyce Katz RIP (Original EG)

Posted by Chris++ on Wed Aug 3, 2016 1:51 AM



If you can that would be great, I followed Kunkel's work for a while, bought his book and shared some email chit chat. Always wanted to go to one of the gaming expo's back then, kind of wish I did now. :(


Cool -- I'll get on that, then.



(There are still chances to get to Expos!)


#3563868 Joyce Katz RIP (Original EG)

Posted by Chris++ on Tue Aug 2, 2016 12:44 AM

Oh, man. I'm sorry to hear that.  The writings of that trio had a big influence on a lot of us as we were growing up and getting into this hobby.


And how. The very first game magazine I ever read was the July '82 issue of EG. The numerous, wildly varied screen shots, and the synopses of hundreds of games, blew my ten-year-old mind.


I recorded and transcribed the keynote talk given by Kunkel, Katz & Worley (she wasn't going by "Katz" for some reason) at the World of Atari '98 in Vegas. I should try to share that. Maybe I can borrow a buddy's scanner. I had never really known which people were behind EG until that great convention, and the lecture was illuminating.

#3561272 The Atari interview discussion thread

Posted by Chris++ on Thu Jul 28, 2016 8:07 PM

Robert Jaeger (Montezuma's Revenge) is evidently very accessible, as I've just heard an interview with him on the Lost Treasures of Gaming podcast. The thing is, the interviewers don't seem to know about anything to which he refers (they draw a blank on APX, for instance, plus Exidy's Targ and some other stuff), and it would be nice to hear him interviewed by someone who's actually educated about this stuff!

#3561258 HSC01 Round 10: Sea Devil / The Pits

Posted by Chris++ on Thu Jul 28, 2016 7:41 PM

Damn...what can one say? I'm sorry to hear that you and your new person are going through such a worrying time. Here's hoping that the little guy falls into the other 20%!


I'll try not to dwell on it, then, and just help to uphold the stress-relieving diversions: So far, I'm the pits at The Pits. I haven't even beat it yet. Meanwhile, Adam's sitting next to me, kicking all sorts of Pits ass.


That sounded so wrong.

#3560749 The Atari Times on YouTube

Posted by Chris++ on Thu Jul 28, 2016 2:10 AM

I'm really enjoying these, Greg. I hope you keep up the YT film-making!



#3559294 The Bally Alley Astrocast

Posted by Chris++ on Tue Jul 26, 2016 1:27 AM

Episode 3 has been uploaded. We cover the relatively recent Crazy Climber conversion, along with a fast-paced...well, a paced...BASIC game called Missile Defense.



#3551945 The Atari interview discussion thread

Posted by Chris++ on Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:15 PM

Great John Harris interview so far. I'm about halfway through, and really enjoying it. What a cool guy. Adam and I met him at the World of Atari '98 in Vegas, and we wound up having lunch with him. He told us a story about how Ken brought the early-stage, colorful Frogger demo to an AppleFest (sp.?). He had an Apple II set up beneath the television, giving the impression that it was a Frogger conversion for that computer -- but out of sight behind the kiosk sat the Atari 800 that the game was actually running on! Too funny.


#3551578 2 worthy video game podcasts

Posted by Chris++ on Thu Jul 14, 2016 3:40 AM

It makes you wonder what kind of person criticizes those who create, in lieu of remaining passive and just soaking up a lot of television (or whatever). There must be some kind of desperate rationalization going on there. "I cannot do; therefore, I criticize." It's certainly nothing new.


It's funny that those who've never recorded podcasts (or anything similar) presume such ease. Until one tries to improvise for an hour or six with ongoing coherence, he can't possibly know that "anyone with a microphone" can't do it -- nor can he realize how much preparation and editing it takes to make it sound "easy." It's got a lot in common with music that way.


Over the past couple of years, I've healed my nerves from a relationship with a sociopathic, borderline woman who put on a great sanity act at the beginning; sworn off women for life (I'm lucky -- I love solitude, and I don't have a loneliness gland); changed jobs; changed homes; and experienced a three-month phase of acute insomnia. The latter happens to my over-energetic ass every five or six years. None of these circumstances were related to each other, but the job and insomnia happened to overlap. I found myself walking to and from work, the store, etc. with severe fatigue, knowing that in spite of my exhaustion, I wouldn't fall asleep when I finally got home and lay down; wondering if it was ever going to end; and missing a certain little girl (who I'd helped to raise) terribly. Getting over it. Being grateful that masculinity keeps my emotions from controlling my actions. You know how sleep deprivation can magnify the hell out of everything, though.


I didn't go on leave, because I wanted to make sure I didn't skip any work while saving up for a new drum set. I'd beat my last one to death after twenty years. I've had no musical outlet of the more violent and satisfying kind, even though I sure could use one (guitars and pianos aren't quite the same, y'know?).


Even for Mr. Optimism here, it's been a hell of a recent ride. Happily, I'm on the downhill side. Now, that's a C-Major couplet if ever I heard one.


I like to consider myself a level-headed, good-humored guy. We all have our brief dips in the rabbit hole, though, to greater or lesser depths. Here's what I've been getting at with all of this unsolicited verbosity: Without the frequent earphone stream of friends -- never mind that I've never actually met them -- talking enthusiastically and amicably about a subject with which I've been fascinated throughout most of my life, I don't know what I would have done.


I'll never be able to articulate to any of you how much your shows have meant to me, nor the extent of my gratitude for all of your work. Finding that there's a new episode always makes me as excited as I was on Christmas morning in the '80s.


So to anyone who doesn't get it, so to speak, and feels the need to explain this in various negative terms to whomever will read his typing, I offer this humble blessing: May your shit come to life and kiss you.




#3551560 "Rob Plays!" (Another 8-bit Retrocomputing Channel)

Posted by Chris++ on Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:42 AM

This channel RULES. I'm really enjoying it.


#3551554 Pie Factory Podcast...

Posted by Chris++ on Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:32 AM

What, did you spill another...




Ouch! How did you know what I was going to say?




#3550929 2 worthy video game podcasts

Posted by Chris++ on Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:35 AM

Judging by the avatar, it's VectorGamer. Doesn't he have a YouTube channel? He could be using all of that time he's "committing to" to listen to podcasts!


#3550923 Bally Alley Astrocast Podcast

Posted by Chris++ on Wed Jul 13, 2016 1:13 AM


I immediately thought of what you had said, above, when (at random) I unexpectedly ran into this quote on someone's Facebook page:


"The legendary cellist Pablo Casals was asked why he continued to practice at age 90. 'Because I think I'm making progress,' he replied."


(I just liked the quote. Figured I'd post it here, just for kicks.)


I dig it! Once someone stops learning, stops improving, he might as well not even get out of bed. That's the philosophy I try to adopt, anyway...it helps me keep my inflated ego in check. :D



#3543667 The Bally Alley Astrocast

Posted by Chris++ on Sat Jul 2, 2016 3:43 AM

Episode 2 has been uploaded. Yay! (we think).