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#4258369 How popular was the Odyssey brand in North America?

Posted by Airshack on Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:15 AM

I must have lived in the strangest neighborhood in America, in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. We had Odyssey2 users out-numbering Atari people 4-to-1. The number one reason was the O2’s Football and Baseball games, and the affordability of O2 over Atari. O2 was cheaper as were the games. Paperboy’s budgets demanded early fiscal responsibility.
Sports titles usually take a beating in the retro community for some reason. Call it lack of Dragons or Space Ships? Maybe most gaming nerds aren’t athletic so they avoid sports titles? I don’t get it.
Our 1970s introduction to computer gaming was with Mattel Electronics LED handheld games: Football, Baseball, Basketball, and Hockey. Our expectations for graphics can be summed up by saying, “If the graphics on the screen look better than a series of red LED dash symbols on our handhelds, then the graphics are awesome.”
O2 graphics simultaneously met and exceeded our graphics needs. The big US sports titles, Football and Baseball, featured excellent gameplay and looked 100% better than the Atari versions. Again, they were cheaper too.
So for a group of athletic guys snowbound for several months a year, the Odyssey2 was a Godsend. The first kid in our neighborhood to get a video console had an O2 so that probably sold the other three as well — familiarity.
One guy received the Atari with Space Invaders which was cool. He later acquired some Atari sports titles and our enthusiasm for the VCS subsided. Then another guy sold his O2, and purchased an Intellivision, and everyone was jealous. GAME OVER.



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#4257735 TI Related -- Ebay / Heads Up Notice

Posted by Airshack on Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:39 AM

Tip1: Whenever I get an LCD TV from a thrift shop I order the remote from eBay or Amazon. I usually pay $5-7 and never have I not found what I need. They usually arrive brand new from China.

Tip2: Thrift stores other than Goodwill still have cheap CRT TVs.


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#4257504 Lubbock Texas TI Sites

Posted by Airshack on Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:38 PM

That is so cool!  Did you happen to take any video of your trip?  If you did/have enough footage and want someone to edit for you, I'd be happy to do so.  I could send you my edits back for you to post or I could post it to my YT channel, either way.  That would be a great piece of history to preserve!


I am going to Lubbock this summer. Haven’t gone yet. I do know where to go now.


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#4257403 TI Related -- Ebay / Heads Up Notice

Posted by Airshack on Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:52 PM

Composite cable is cheaper and 100% better.


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#4256922 I made a bad purchase

Posted by Airshack on Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:10 AM

Even a working RF modulator is vastly inferior to the composite out. I’d recommend ordering a composite cable. The C-64 and Atari 800/400 cables work on the TI-99/4A as well.



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#4256797 Lubbock Texas TI Sites

Posted by Airshack on Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:42 PM

Always interested in hearing about memories like this - thanks!   :love:
 
BTW: there's still no 'History of the TI-99' book? 

There is The Orphan Chronicles book which the first half is factual and interesting yet drifts off into weirdness of post-1983 99/4 survival topics.

https://archive.org/...phan-chronicles

I’ll summarize the things I find out from Brett and will post here.


#4256710 Lubbock Texas TI Sites

Posted by Airshack on Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:31 PM

His involvement with the TI computer stuff was in the early 80s and submitting programs/demos to their program where TI would 'buy' the stuff off the employees/users.  I also vaguely remember a company store where they sold things.


Interesting. Part of an internal TI program or that OK City Intl TI Program Exchange deal? Did he get anything published?


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#4256544 Lubbock Texas TI Sites

Posted by Airshack on Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:21 AM

that is so cool!  my dad worked at TI in Richardson and Sherman.  :)

My buddy Brett was transferred to Sherman after the third line of TI-99/4s shut down.

Unfortunately, Brett was only there for a year before it all collapsed. He was hired in Dec 1982.

Told me an interesting story on how he got contacted in Detroit by TI recruiters, and hired at the age of twenty to move down to Lubbock.

Brett was hired to repair the 99/4s that failed testing at the end of the new third assembly line. He says they were going at full steam when he arrived in Jan 1983.

He included a few interesting details about life working on the line.

I’ll try to fill in the gaps and post if anyone is interested. Maybe we can start a thread of these kind of memories?

The history of our favorite 1970s computer is rather ignored by the Fake News retro media.


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#4256145 Lubbock Texas TI Sites

Posted by Airshack on Thu Apr 11, 2019 2:52 PM

Tonight I’ll be meeting with my buddy whom worked at the Consumer Electronics TI-99/4A facility in Lubbock Texas — back in the day.

He worked as a tech fixing returned TI-99/4 systems. He’s claimed to have seen the then secret 99/8 and 99/2, to include the ramping up of a 99/8 production line.

I brought my Lubbock map and plan to ask about where everything was located. This summer I’ll be in Lubbock and figured it’d be fun to track down the old buildings.

Anyone have any good questions I should ask?

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#4256079 TI Related -- Ebay / Heads Up Notice

Posted by Airshack on Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:08 PM

I’d like a second external like this one but the guy won’t budge on price. It’s untested so I’m thinking probably $60 overpriced? Looking for others opinions. I’m thinking $95 max.

https://rover.ebay.c...tm/283417337287


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#4256070 High Score Competition (May: Borzork)

Posted by Airshack on Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:00 PM

Wondering if arcadeshopper has Gremlin’s Blasto the arcade game from 1978?

https://youtu.be/pZlI2ssGHhQ




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#4256058 Dragon's Lair is sold out!

Posted by Airshack on Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:46 PM

Anyone have the link to the ZeroZap II dev thread?


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#4256057 Where to find TI-99/4A information

Posted by Airshack on Thu Apr 11, 2019 12:43 PM

Facebook use for me is to keep up with family members across the globe. I’ve noticed many retro computing and gaming groups which I’ve joined, and I am sincerely glad the service is there.

I’ve made a number of discoveries using these Facebook groups.

You may join and lie about your vital information. I believe mine says I work at Sears. Who works at Sears? Ha! They don’t have my valid birthday or anything. I’ve made a game out of misinforming them.






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#4254047 Dragon's Lair is sold out!

Posted by Airshack on Mon Apr 8, 2019 2:53 PM

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Sparkdrummer demo’d his copy at March VAST meetup. Enjoyed playing this amazing port!

CONGRATULATIONS TURSI!!! Awesome!!!!

I remember it costing two quarters per play back in the 80s which is why I never played much. Well done sir!


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#4250493 Groan! The 5200 joystick makes it to #4!

Posted by Airshack on Tue Apr 2, 2019 9:48 PM

Bohoki saved the soul of my 5200.


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