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Best Electronics Atari 7800 Unboxing

So I decided to purchase a modded Atari 7800 from Best Electronics and I thought I'd do an unboxing of the package. I'd never dealt with Best before (though I'd heard good things from other members here at Atari Age) so I was unsure of what I was getting myself into. Part of the reason I want to do this unboxing is to show exactly what I received from Best and maybe it will help other posters decide as to whether or not they want to deal with this company.   So what exactly did I order?

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My New Chromebook (March 2013), Unboxing

I recently decided to buy a laptop to compliment my Nexus 7. These days I do most of my computing from my tablet since it pretty much has all the functionality of a regular computer. I do have a bluetooth keyboard for my tablet but sometimes typing gets old on it and I missed having a larger screen for browsing the web. I also missed non-mobile webpages.   After looking at what was available, I decided to take a shot on the Google Chromebook. If you don't keep up with Google, the Chromebo

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Nintendo Entertainment System

My NES has long been the cornerstone of my collection. Like most current NES players, I went through a period of dormancy. Though in my case it was due to my NES being inoperable as opposed to my simply not having one. I did fix it several years ago with a new 72 pin connector though and it has been happily running for me ever since.   Over the past year or so, I've really begun to bulk up my collection. I'm still under 50 games but I've managed to snag the cables and controllers I want t

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Cleaning a NES cartridge

One of the things I've noticed over the past several months of buying NES games is that a lot of them are so dirty as to be completely non-functional. I don't know if it is true or not but I just imagine people hawking off their "broken" NES games and feeling real clever that they just got rid of junk.   I ordered a pretty sizable lot of games off of eBay (10) and picked up a further 6 carts at a local used stuff store. Out of the 16 games I got, 9 of them didn't work. After some pretty

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Nintendo 64

I took apart and cleaned one of my old Nintendo 64 controllers (my first one to be exact) today and then hooked the N64 back up. I had to use the A/V slot on my system selector that I was reserving for plug-and-play units like my Pac-Man Arcade Stick but ahh heck, its the N64. I dunno why I ever had this great system unhooked.   I've been playing a bit of Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon and thinking that I really need to look into whether there are any other good 3D adventure games on the N

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Streets of Rage 3

I received Streets of Rage 3 last night and, disconcertingly, it initially didn't work with my Genesis setup. After power on and the Bios screen, the game would hang on black for a few moments before the screen turned bright red and hung. I gave the cartridge a thorough cleaning and disassembled my setup, wiped for dust and put it back together.   After making sure everything was positioned firmly, I tried running the game again and it worked! Some googling had suggested that the problem

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Subscribing to Atari Age, Streets of Rage 3, and Everything

Kicking this whole blog thing off because it is a quiet night and I fighting writing to be soothing. Anywho, I doubt I will update this on anything approaching a regular basis but I thought it might be fun to set up in case I want to use it now and then.   So I bit the bullet earlier and finally put in a paid subscription to Atari Age. Even though I'm not as active on the forums as others are, I really do like the website and figure it is worth my money. Plus with the ridiculousness that is

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