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#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...

#3901251 New Atari Console that Atacobox?

Posted by MrMaddog on Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:24 AM


This is so funny.  When Microsoft or Nintendo announce the system, it's just vaporware.  Do you remember the N64?  Nintendo announced it at the CES as 'Project Reality'.  It was running a demo and people were blown away.  Then someone looked under the table and saw a silicon valley workstation.  Obviously, not the same system.


Yeah I remember that... All we had to go on about the "Ultra 64" were the arcade games Killer Instinct & Crusin' USA, which did not use the same hardware (except for sharing the same 64-bit CPU).  Not to mention thet KI was ported to the 16-bit SNES using the same pre-rendered characters.  And when the N64 did come out, instead of this super SGI workstation for the home we got yet another 3D game system but had blurry tri-linear filtering.  The Nintendo kids still loved it so that's all that mattered I suppose.  Everyone else moved on to Playstation which was out currently for a while...


tl;rd Too much hype over a long period of time can kill a product.

#3900933 New Atari Console that Atacobox?

Posted by MrMaddog on Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:48 PM

If Atari was smart, they'd cash-in on the whole taco fad while it was still hot...





Yeah... Tacoids, Tacopede, Taco Command, Taco Raiders, Haunted Tacos and of course Taco's Revenge!

#3897185 Cuphead Is Contra Nuff Said.

Posted by MrMaddog on Fri Nov 24, 2017 12:06 PM

I would call it "Nintendo Hard" which isn't a bad thing unless you really suck at platform games that don't hold your hand *cough*millennials*cough*.


But I bet ya that had it been released on a Nintendo branded system it wouldn't be getting hate for it's difficulty from the same *cough*crybaby YouTuber*cough* detractors.

#3894302 Anybody getting Battlefront II?

Posted by MrMaddog on Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:00 PM

Agreed, "gamers" are overly tribal when it comes to their support of multinational megacorporations. I still want to roll my eyes out of my skull when I remember that The Consumerist's readers voted EA as "worst company in America" not once but twice. 


Yeah EA are dicks when it comes to customer support, but honestly there are WAY worse corporations that do far more harm to people that gets less public scorn than what "gamers" give for trivial things like microtransactions.  EpiPen anyone?


As for Battlefront II, I hadn't got a chance to play the trial verison of the first one so won't say much...

#3892781 Favorite Operating Systems of all time?

Posted by MrMaddog on Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:20 AM

My favorite OS's...


1.) GEM/TOS from Atari ST: Simple, efficent and highly customizeable.  Wished I could had used multitasking versions that came out later...


2.) Windows 98SE: Great for eariler PC gaming, from DOS to Direct3D 8 titles.


3.) Ubuntu: Best Linux distro I've used, loved the 3D desktop cube!  Was great till the GNOME 3 & Unity debacles, then had to switch to Linux Mint.


4.) Windows 7: Most stable version of Windows I've used, best for modern PC gaming.


5.) Windows 10: Very productive to use, nice having mobile style apps on the same desktop as PC applications. Also Xbox intergration goes well along side existing Steam games.

#3875366 New Atari Console that Atacobox?

Posted by MrMaddog on Tue Oct 24, 2017 11:24 AM

Funny, I've never thought of Roller Coaster Tycoon as an Atari game. Hasbro Interactive published the first game; Infogrames bought them and changed their name to Atari. I'm still used to thinking of it as an Hasbro game.


It was originally a MicroProse title before Hasbro bought the company, and somehow got mixed in the "Pass the Atari Potato" game.

#3875341 Ataribox

Posted by MrMaddog on Tue Oct 24, 2017 10:31 AM

Edit: he only says "open" 3 times. For a faster buzz, drink when he says "Atari" or "brand." That's all this is about, after all -- fluff up the brand to sell more licensed merchandise, or maybe pump up the stock before selling off the "company," which is really just a brand custodian now.


A drinking game? No wonder why they're called "buzz" words.... :grin:

#3859104 Your guess on what OS will Ataribox be using?

Posted by MrMaddog on Sun Oct 1, 2017 9:59 PM


Don't worry, you don't have to tell this guy. One of the previous campaigns he ran did in fact claim that a USB stick with Linux is "just like a PC! Think about it!"


Proof: https://youtu.be/ujKxVNEHVS0?t=10m58s


Haha, that would be funny if I plug an Atari watch in a PC at work and turn it into a ST/TT! :D

#3856540 New Atari Console that Atacobox?

Posted by MrMaddog on Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:32 PM


When it would make more sense to market it as a computer that is a reimagined look of this?:







"What, Atari made computers!?" - Everyone not on AtariAge :roll:

#3855953 New Atari Console that Atacobox?

Posted by MrMaddog on Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:39 AM

I understand that, and I won't be backing such a project. The history is too ugly as shown in the video.


But, "because atari" means it'll get tons of backers. I hope I'm wrong there.


I've read that interview with "Mac" and when he said a 12-year old wanted to play Atari games and Minecraft, I thought of that GameWatch pitch and sure enough he was behind that one too.  Plus I never heard of the StormFly being released and for good reason...who wants to "wear" a USB flash drive even if it self-boots?  Guess kids think anything like that sounds cool...


And I've never seen anything come good out of crowd funding, why couldn't Atari just license some PC making OEM to make the Ataribox at least??  They don't have enough money to seriously sell a product of their own but can still afford to have lawyers sue candy bar companies.

#3851387 Blastem - Sega Genesis Emulator

Posted by MrMaddog on Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:04 AM

What I'd like to see in an emulator, although I'm not sure it's even possible, but it should be, is an "overclock" mechanism.


I agree!  I've seen videos for the Mega Drive overclocking mod @10mhz and it makes the "slower" arcade ports like Super Hang On actually look and play fast like the orginal coin-ops.  That would be a great feature for any emulator...

#3840624 Xbox One Scorpio Edition available

Posted by MrMaddog on Mon Sep 4, 2017 1:11 AM


FFIV shows up on Xbox?? Hmmmm maybe its the xbox app I have on my Windows 10 PC. I'll have to check that out....thats pretty cool actually! Been playing the crap out of it using Voicebot and keyboard


Any installed PC game shows up in the Xbox app, for Steam games you have to manually add the shortcuts to the Start menu.  Sure wish you can link up Xbox & Steam games, but as a launcher the Xbox app isn't too bad...

#3838385 B&C confounding CX80 response

Posted by MrMaddog on Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:54 AM

Or just get The Best Trackball from Best Electronics which is already ST compatible without having to do any modding.