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A World Record Achieved That Does Me Little Good, Currently

Game Go Fish! System Atari VCS/2600 Difficulty A/Expert (A/A) Score 5,914   I'll be officially submitting this score soon. I'm currently having technical problems with the photos that I took with my Smart Phone. Since the most recent Microsoft Update photos will not import from this phone to our PC. However, they appear in our Amazon Photos account automatically as before. I tried saving them to our PC from the cloud, however they didn't save as standard .JPEG files. The

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Beware Of Nazi Troll!

There is a user at http://highscore.com/ whose main username is deebo who has been creating additional accounts to harass other users and to vote for his own scores and vote no on everyone else's score submissions. One truly despicable example is the account he named OldFartMark, with an altered version of my avatar giving me fangs and a swastika on my forehead.  First of all, if you run across this individual be aware of what they are doing, and secondly my avatar there (and everywhere else tha

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Feeding My Atari #9

Feeding My Atari #9

Not many games this time around, in fact just 2. Both were purchased here at AtariAge. My latest order contained the following ...   Froggie (7800) Tooth Protectors (2600) Seagull 78 Controller Adapter   With Froggie I ordered the version without the POKEY chip, but I believe it supports XM sound. Not quite sure what that is, but I suspect it refers to supporting a 7800 Mod which replicates POKEY sound. I got the Box Upgrade. I usually do when it's an avail

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Feeding My Atari (and NES) #8

Feeding My Atari (and NES) #8

Atari 2600   @Good Deal Games 2nd Dimension, The Atom Smasher   (Case; #73 of 100) Clyde's Revenge   Nintendo Entertainment System   @RetroUSB Assimilate   (Boxed) Beat 'Em and Eat 'Em More Glider   (Boxed) Solaris   (Boxed)   AtariAge has also shipped an order, which should arrive shortly.   While the Good Deal Games store is currently closed technically, they are still excepting, processing, and shipping order

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NES Homebrews

OK, this isn't Atari related, so sue me (please don't do that). I was recently at RetroUSB's site and noticed that quite a few NES homebrews had been added since my last visit several years ago, and these newer titles are being sold at a discounted price. $10 off each on many of their titles. The newer releases seem to use donor carts, unlike their older titles that use new carts. The only explanation that I can come up with is perhaps the releases using donor cartridges were not actually produc

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News On Some Games Available In Limited Supply For 7800 And ColecoVision

Recently while exchanging emails with Michael Thomasson of Good Deal Games I expressed an interest in buying two games for the 7800, both of which were listed on the GDG site as SOLD OUT. Michael told me that he'd go through his Trade Show boxes, in hopes that he'd find additional copies. Well, he did.   Both games are shooters, and were being developed by Tynesoft, However, they were both cancelled prior to being completed. When the protos for both games were discovered in 2008 by Cur

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Get Discounts From Good Deal Games By Watching This Video (UPDATED!)

Get Discounts From Good Deal Games By Watching This Video (UPDATED!)

I'm letting you know ahead of time what these discounts are for, but in all fairness to Michael Thomasson (of GDG) you'll need to watch my video on how to get the discounts. I ordered the items in question. After paying for them he offered to give the viewers of this video a discount on some of the merchandise. You must follow the directions of the video to get the discounts. Items Ordered Michael's book "Downright Bizarre Games: Video Games that Crossed the Line"  Hardcover Edition

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Super Cobra (Hack) For Atari 7800 Is Available At GDG

From reading the forums it appears that this version of Super Cobra has been offered before by Good Deal Games. Well, it's currently listed as being available at GDG, Limited to 50 copies, listed price is $39.95. I've ordered a copy. Michael always does a great job with the packing, so I'm really looking forward to it. I've seen a play video on Youtube, but the display acted wonky. For the record, my copy of Scramble for the 7800 displays the same way, but only when I had a Sega Genesis Game P

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Feeding My Atari #7: The Homebrew Community Is Awesome!

People in the Homebrew, retro gaming community are amazing people. Friendly and very generous. I had recently ordered the game Draconian with the Box Upgrade, but the box had been inadvertently overlooked and so was missing from the order. Al shipped me the box, which I received in 2 days, but he included a bonus. He could have simply inserted a thin bloc of Styrofoam to protect the box, as he shipped it to me in a sturdy box to begin with, and I would have been happy as a clam. But what he actu

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Feeding My Atari Video #1: Over $500 Dollars Worth Of Gaming Goodness

In this video, just uploaded to Youtube, I show over $500 worth of Atari Homebrew gaming goodness for the 2600 VCS, 7800 ProSystem, and Jaguar. Even so I missed some, so I'll need to do another video. Technically some of these games are Homebrew ports of Arcade games, but there are many that are totally original as well. Most were purchased from Atari Age. I purposely left out the Custom Reproductions that I have ordered, as I'm saving them for an upcoming video. While the above video

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Game Review #9: Draconian (Atari 2600) UPDATED!

Game: Draconian System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Developer: SpiceWare Publisher: Atari Age Programmed by: Darrell Spice, Jr. Graphics and Level Design by: Nathan Strum Sound Effects, Music, Digitized Voices by: Mike Haas CDF Driver co-written by: Darrell Spice, Jr., Chris Walton, Fred Quimby Cartridge Size: 32K CDF Copyright: 2017 Genre: Shoot 'em Up; Multi-directional scrolling Homebrew Port (Bosconian) Controller: Joystick (Sega Game Pad Compatible) Players: 1 Rarity Rating: H (

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At What Point Does The Score Roll-Over While Playing Draconian?

Perhaps I should lead off with the news that all missing Quadrants and Difficulty Modes have now been processed and added to the http://highscore.com database. Previously, only scores achieved in the Alpha Quadrant in Normal Difficulty could be submitted at the site. As soon as I received my copy I requested the following be added: Draconian / Quadrant Beta / Sector 1 [Normal] Draconian / Quadrant Delta / Sector 1 [Normal] Draconian / Quadrant Gamma / Sector 1 [Normal] Draconian / Quadra

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The Arcade Game Space Zap Has AlreadyReceived A Homebrew Port To The 2600

As you may have noticed I have deleted the Blog entry that I made requesting someone create a homebrew port of the arcade game Space Zap. This is because, as it turns out, someone already has, and it's being sold right here at Atari Age. Nathan Strum wrote me quite a nice comment to that Blog entry, informing me of the existence of the game Vault Assault, a nice version of Space Zap for the 2600 sold right here at Atari Age. As deleting the entry that I wrote would result in Nathan's informative
 

Feeding My Atari #6: Many, Many Homebrew Games For The 2600 VCS And 7800 ProSystem

I received a massive package from Atari Age yesterday containing every game making up the 6 orders that had not shipped earlier. I also received a package from a seller on eBay containing a Homebrew that I've never seen for sale at Atari Age, Good Deal Games, or Packrat Video Games. Here is a breakdown of every game that I've received over the past few days. Atari 2600/Homebrews 2005 Mutigame Multicart Hunchy Jetman M-4 Marble Jumper Nightrider Rocket Command Zirconium
 

My Atari Age Addiction: $500+ Since March 6th (UPDATED)

Last night I went and placed another order here at Atari Age for two home brews for the 2600. Typically I order one expensive game or two low to mid-range priced games with each order, although occasionally when money's tight one low to mid-priced game. The $500+ covers games only. I haven't bought any hardware that I can think of since March 6th. Why March 6th, I hear no one ask. Quite simple really. March 6th is when I purchased an Annual Atari Age Subscription, which entitles me to a 5% disco

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Feeding My Atari #5: Home Brew For The 2600

First up, I received 2 orders from Packrat Video Games that were shipped together. Astronomer Limited Boxed Run. Includes Box (numbered), Box Protector, Cartridge, Manual, Insert, Refrigerator Magnet which has the same artwork that graces the front of the box. This is a 4K game programmed by Alex Pietrow. Available in either NTSC or PAL standards. For use with either a Joystick or Paddle Controller. Copyrighted 2018. When I originally placed my order this boxed edition was list

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You Can Decide The Fate Of My Youtube Channel

I went AWOL on my Youtube account https://www.youtube.com/user/cessnaace/ several years ago due to illness, injury, and a dead computer. While I was AWOL my account stayed constant at an average of 1,828 subscribers. Since my return not only have I not gained any new subscribers, I've lost a handful of the ones that I already had. This probably has to do with my having to rely on recording videos with my Smart Phone. I have posted two Polls on my channel within' the Community section. Please con

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Home Brew Desires #1

OK, another series within' my Blog here. So sue me (no, don't do that). There are so many Home Brews, Hacks, and Reproductions that I keep running across that I don't own for my collection. I want physical copies of these games but they seem to no longer be available. How have I discovered these no-longer available gems? Well, there are several ways actually. Youtube Play Videos Submitted for voting at http://highscore.com Internet Searches Pre-Loaded into my current emulator, E

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Feeding My Atari #4; Home Brew Report #2; PAL Atari Log #2

Well, it's finally happened. I received an Invoice from Packrat Video Games for 2 of the games that I ordered. But there are additional games that I have ordered from them. There's Important news on the Packrat front further down the page. For the first order of business I'd like to make mention of a PAL Exclusive that I received the other day from the U.K., and that's Meteor Defense, published by ITT Home Vision in 1983. This game was released in different countries under different titles.

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Game Review #8: Tapeworm

Game: Tapeworm System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Publisher: Spectravision Catalog Number: SA-205 Programmer: ? Cartridge Size: ? Copyright: 1982 I like to credit the programmer when I do a review, but I couldn't find out who it was through my research. Genre: Snake Controller: Joystick (Sega Game Pad Compatible) Players: 1; 2 (alternating) Rarity Rating: 3 FROM THE MANUAL Please welcome to your T.V. set our hero "SLINKY" the SPECTRA-WORM. Good OL' SLINKY loves fruit, and knows w

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Atari PAL Log #1

Or, Atari PAL Log: My Experiences Playing PAL Games On My NTSC Atari #1 Kind of a long title for an on-going series, so I shortened it a tad bit. I know that I can't possibly be the only one living in an NTSC country collecting PAL releases for their Atari, so I thought that I'd share my experiences with these games. Oh, I've only begun to collect PAL games for Atari platforms to be sure, but I figured that this would be a great time to start covering these releases. I've certainly got a long

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Home Brew Report: Packrat Video Games For Your Atari

There are a couple of new games coming for the 2600 from Packrat Video Games. RAM-Pong doesn't have any info on it yet, so I'll focus on the one that does. In fact I've already ordered a copy. Funds are short at the moment for me and all but Packrat builds everything by hand and is a one-man operation, so hopefully he won't send an invoice to our Pay Pal account until late next week. Game: Spaceman Splorf: Planet of Doom System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Publisher: Packrat Video

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Game Review #7: Allia Quest

Game: Allia Quest System: Atari 2600/VCS/Sears Video Arcade Publisher: Atari Age Original Publisher: ebivision Programmer: Igor Barzilai Cartridge Size: 4K Copyright: 2001 Genre: Shooter (Vertical) Controller: Joystick (Sega Game Pad Compatible) Players: 1 Rarity Rating: H (Home Brew) In this review I will be borrowing heavily from my review of Allia Quest that I posted to the Atari Age Store Page. Full disclosure - I rated it 5.0 out of 5.0. FROM THE MANUAL It was a simple enough miss

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Feeding My Atari: A Look Into The Future

Here's a sneak peak at the games that I have ordered, so they will probably appear in future installments of Feeding My Atari. And of course, future installments of Game Review. I currently have 5 Atari Age and 2 Pack Rat orders being processed, and some eBay stuff. ATARI 2600 / HOME BREWS All Games From Atari Age Unless Stated Otherwise 2005 Mutigame Multicart Hunchy Jetman M-4 Marble Jumper Nightrider Rocket Command Zirconium Astronomer (Pack Rat Video Games) Th

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