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#3970355 Game Informer's 40 years of videogame milestones-- ignores Atari

Posted by MrMaddog on Today, 10:48 AM

These millennial game journalists are so Orwellian in their mindset that they're hell bent on erasing Atari from history books because they never grew up with the 2600.


"Nintendo invented video games, and there has only been Nintendo games!" , they constantly cry out.


I just wish there was some effort of preserving Atari history (both good & bad) on YouTube so non-reading gamers would at least acknowledge that yes Atari existed and it mattered to video games.

#3968583 New Atari Console that Ataribox?

Posted by MrMaddog on Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:49 AM

I just read that Google is planning a streaming games console.  Google should buy Atari, and use the name somehow.


I think AtGames should buy the Atari IP since they've actually released Atari game consoles in 2017...

#3965487 What is *YOUR* Biggest Retro-Computing Hardware Disappointment?

Posted by MrMaddog on Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:58 PM

Since mobile devices were mentioned, here's my disapointments...


The first Android phone I had a decade ago by Samsung.  Can't use more than one finger on the touch screen least they get sued by Apple, had that thing replaced three times due to battery going bad & screen acting wonky and the Sprint reception became crap.  Yeah a tower fell down during a bad winter storm and they hadn't bothered to replace it.  I can't beileve Samsung i snot only still in business but actually "lauded" for their explosive Galaxy phones...


And a couple years ago I got an iPad Mini to jump on the iOS bandwagon, on my gosh...  Too uncomfortable to hold, WiFi never worked right and I couldn't even purchase anything from the App Store.  I ended up exchanging it for a Nexus 7 tablet at GameStop which worked a helluvba lot better till the micro USB port went out on it.


My lession was that mobile devices will NEVER replace computers in any way becuase of their limitations.  Nowadays I use phones & tablets in conjunction with my PC.  Phones are good for on-the-go stuff like social apps and tablets for portable media comsumption.  But I still do my serious work (and gaming) on my PC and relax with a Xbox on my flatscreen.

#3964865 New Atari Console that Ataribox?

Posted by MrMaddog on Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:58 PM

Wouldn't be the first time Atari tried to make their own currency...



#3960173 50 Years of BASIC - TIME

Posted by MrMaddog on Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:27 PM

Well let me tell you people something...  Anyone who ever says BASIC was a bad unstructured language was doing it wrong!  All that "spaghetti code" that people complain about was a result of not planning ahead and just adding stuff as they were writing it. 


You can procedural and structured programs in BASIC if you know how.  I took a course in college that taught how to write procedures using GOSUB & WHILE commands w/o having to use a single GOTO command.  It can be done folks, I learned BASIC programming this way after many years of typing in spagetti code programs from magazines and I went on to learn PASCAL, COBOL and even C.  And anyone who says nobody can learn other languages after BASIC was a just lousy teacher.

#3956651 Super Nt Console review

Posted by MrMaddog on Thu Feb 8, 2018 11:32 AM

Or one of these and just play the genesis games on the the super nt.


I have the nintendo 8 bit nes version and it works pretty good.


They are awesome if you ever wanted to play Sonic on a SNES. ;)


But... it uses a seperate composite video cable that plugs in the cart to the TV so you won't get HDMI output, unless you use it on a RetroBit console.

#3949767 New Atari Console that Ataribox?

Posted by MrMaddog on Wed Jan 31, 2018 12:24 PM

How about a game show for Atari employees and stockholders based on Takeshi's Castle?



(The theme song sounds like it was derived from the TPIR car music.)


Next on MxC: Atari Speakerhats Vs. Coleco Chameleons....Battle Of The Retro Kickstarters!  :grin:

#3945898 The Federated Group - How did it affect Atari?

Posted by MrMaddog on Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:14 PM


Tramiel was known for selling a bunch of stock to dealers for $x, then dropping the price of the computer to x/2, leaving the dealers stuck to sell the gear at a loss, or lose the sales entirely to those that bought at the new low prices. I don't think they welcomed further dealings with anything Tramiel, so his answer was essentially "screw 'em, we'll make our own retail network."


Exactly, so Jack end up screwing himself & Atari overall...  And even if Federated hadn't been a money pit, how would only selling their computers in a small corner of the country instead of nationwide via dealers would have been good business sense?


True story: I only heard about ST's in Atari magazines and never seen one in person till I came across a very small computer store in a mall.  A couple years after I got one there, Atari stopped supplying them completely!  Only thing that kept the store open was the PC's everyone else were interested in instead.

#3945883 The "VCS2"

Posted by MrMaddog on Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:00 PM

It should have been the CX3200 or Video System X which would have played both 2600 carts and games with 400/800 type graphics...

#3945283 If Your OS Was A Car...

Posted by MrMaddog on Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:16 AM

Man, I used to collect OS jokes off BBS's & newsgroups mainly to make fun of M$ Windoze...which is what I ended up using for the last 20 years. :_(

#3945267 The Federated Group - How did it affect Atari?

Posted by MrMaddog on Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:04 AM

Talking to various people in Atari UK at the time, I think the biggest impact was it took huge amounts of management attention and that was when they lost the thread on the ST Series. By the time they exited Federated, the ST had started to die. They told me they should have paid far more attention to upgrading the ST much earlier but they were just too wrapped up in Federated to see what was happening.


I agree, they should have focused more on selling through smaller dealers and marketing to the home/small business sector in the States.  Even without PC compatibility, the ST's were damn useful machines at the time...


Another distraction was trying to compete against Nintendo in the closed off video game business.

#3929932 Atari Flashback Classics for the XB1/PS4

Posted by MrMaddog on Sun Jan 7, 2018 10:49 PM

Here's the new list of games coming out for Vol. 3...  Looks like a collection of homebrews, M Network titles and black & white arcade games.



#3921676 OT- Windows 10 works great.. except when it doesn't

Posted by MrMaddog on Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:32 AM

Ok, here's my rant about the latest upgrade...it completely breaks junction links meaning I can't use Steam Mover anymore (transfers Steam games to a different drive while Steam still thinks they're on the SSD drive).  I had to move all my games to a different directory that Steam could use, so I won't be using any more 3rd party programs to manage my games library...


For those who care about tech details, Fall Creators broke junction links because M$ can't get them to work on One Drive. :mad: I can still make symbolic & hard links (like good ol' Linux) using the mklink command but A.) they have to be on the same drive and B.) must run CMD using administrator privages.

#3909143 Mario Odyssey broke web searches for Odyssey 2

Posted by MrMaddog on Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:43 AM

And I'm sure Homer (Not Simpson) wouldn't appriciate his epic story being hijacked by the Big N either...



#3903610 How 2600 reaches 90s when better consoles fail

Posted by MrMaddog on Sun Dec 3, 2017 5:41 PM

I have read about how the 2600 and some other systems were discontinued by 1992 but I have never stumbled over any adverts or catalogs listing the 2600 past the mid 80's, or seen any sales figures.



It's true that Atari Corp. ended all offcial support for 8-bit systems (including 2600) that year.  But I remember during the early/mid 90's that Radio Shack were offering 2600 carts through their ordering service, plus they still sold accessoriers like a joystick & TV switch box.


And even though there was no serious demand from 'current' gamers at the time there were people who were collecting Atari games sold at thrift stores & flea markets while swapping notes on Internet newsgroups.  Hence how the classics gaming scene got started...