I've been refurbishing old consoles and building a new retro gaming center for myself, this year. I figured I would dump the photos here from the past few months so I don't lose them. It all started when I found this really nice old Sylvania flatsceen TV that is still old enough to not be widesreen ($7 Goodwill). After that, it was a matter of cleaning dust and grime off the old consoles, which had been sitting dormant on bookcase shelves, and diagnosing which controllers worked, and which we
I mostly play my Atari games on Stella with by Hyperkin Trooper, or on Harmony Cartridge on the 1981 console I've had for 40 years, but I have a modest physical collection that makes me happy to have.
And this is how I organize my digital collection...
For anyone interested, this is my current Atari playlist for favorite single-player games that I'm playing often. There are still a lot more out there for me to explore, and I'm still seeing new things in many of these games. I keep finding more games that intrigue me.
I'm going through a bunch of games I made on the Commodore 64 way back in the day to refresh myself on the game design mindset before I get into trying to make Atari games. I made about 6-8 stand-alone C=64 games, along with about 30 for games creator before that. Ish. Some were silly, some were ambitious, and I was often just trying to see how things were made that I'd played on Atari. I'd love to get these converted by someone to ROMS, but I just got my old beat-up C=128 to fire up, so at
Step one: I'm poking around bATARI Visual Basic to get a sense of the basics of what I can figure out before I dig into tutorials. Just seeing how this is made, alone, is sort of thrilling. The big blocks of colors really excite me. Also, I know I'm dealing with some "limits" here, and excited to get on and see how people have broken those limits to do more.