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  1. All Alien Greed materials can be found here: http://www.atari2600land.com/aliengreed/ I think ShyOne made that and... I... MUST... HAVE... IT!!! Toymailman, would you be able and willing to reproduce it? If you produce this box, Brian, I will buy it! I have Lady Bug (it's SO well done), but I will buy the other four if you produce them!
  2. As a long-time Subscriber, I heartily encourage users of this Forum to take to heart Albert's suggestion to subscribe. It is not unreasonably expensive, in my opinion, and doing so provides perks like discounts on items purchased in the AtariAge Store. Also, even with the changes from this upgrade, this site is STILL the cleanest and easiest to use of any forums I've read and contributed to. It is rare that ANY site does not include ads, and doing so would muddle this friendly, community-based environment. So please, consider subscribing and help prevent Albert from HAVING to include ads just to keep the site up and running. AtariAge is the remarkable hub of a great community! (Yes, Al is a friend. No, he didn't ask me to post this. Just needed saying.)
  3. RIP, Pat. Died way too young. Thanks for the info!
  4. A bump of this vexing topic, plus CHECK THESE OUT: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Apollo-Pompeii-Cartridge-Box-Sticker-Original-1982-for-Atari-VCS-/392303597158?_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l10137&nordt=true&rt=nc&orig_cvip=true https://www.ebay.com/itm/Apollo-Kyphus-Cartridge-Box-Sticker-Original-1982-for-Atari-VCS-/401774537203?_trksid=p2047675.m43663.l10137&nordt=true&rt=nc&orig_cvip=true Anyone know who won the bid on both?
  5. Just to weigh in, my last correspondence with the "V Development Team" was in February of 2015, and it stated the game was NOT canceled, that a major member of the team had withdrawn, and that "the game is moving forward with a few minor changes and (we're) doing a complete audit on deposits, full payments, etc before the game is finally released to make sure it all adds up." To their credit, I did eventually get a refund of my 2013 PRGE purchase price - in a roundabout way. Not sure this will work, but the email used was... [email protected] ...in case anyone wants to take a whack at an up-to-date update. Please post any news here.
  6. It was a half-serious half-kidding suggestion, but thanks for the response. Your and Omega's contributions are inestimable, and I know I speak for the community when I say to both of you PLEASE keep up the good work!
  7. Thomas, I'd love to see CloneSpy produce graphical output that resembles Omega's flowchart. Just a thought.
  8. Polite communication, negotiates with class, fast pay. A pleasure to deal with.
  9. Back in the day, most Atari-cartridge manufacturing companies produced trays, like that shown above, that held the cart in the top half of the box. There are numerous boxes in my collection that have "caved-in" hollow bottom halves due to the usual handling by distributors, retailers, and end-users. The purpose of the box-centered design that Albert uses is meant to protect the structure of the BOX as well as the cart. This is not a critique of toymailman's design, just an explanation for why AtariAge uses it. The cost-per-box for a hobbyist/homebrewer is much greater than what mass-producers paid for the same thing in the '70's and '80's. It is clear that Albert wants to produce quality, professional-looking game packaging that stands the test of time. Works for me.
  10. Always a pleasure to make a friend who lives in another country, and Schitti has been especially so. Great to talk to and to do business with, I recommend him highly. He is an upstanding member of our community who sets an excellent example for us all!
  11. I think that's fair. Perhaps we should refer to it as a "utility" rather than a game, like the various diagnostic carts or hobbyist carts like Synthcart and Testcart.
  12. Excellent insights! Thank you for your significant and well-expressed contribution to this discussion. A very professional-looking box was made for the MagiCard by an AA member. It can be seen here: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/270857-atari-2600-magicard-complete/?hl=%2Bmagicard+%2Bbox
  13. A little more clarity here: The 1984 letter stated "approximately 500 MagiCards SOLD". That was before the white-label re-release, so I think it is quite safe to assume AT LEAST 500 MagiCards exist(ed). The letter also states THE INTENTION TO PRODUCE a combined total of 700 MORE MagiCards and Video Lifes. Regardless of the intention, Dr. Bronstein told Joe ONLY 20 Video Lifes were produced, and I am confident in assuming they were made only after they received orders (and therefore money). It was 6 weeks between the day I mailed the order blank and the day I received the order, plenty of time to manufacture the cart and print the box and manual. They may have even waited until a certain number of orders came in to begin production of the Video Life boards in order to justify the expense of the "certain parts" mentioned in the letter. So, despite the wording of the letter, and because we have heard straight from the horse's mouth, NO MORE THAN 20 Video Lifes exist(ed). I can't agree MagiCard was an "unprofessional production". The three founders of the company were scientists and, dare I say, hobbyists who reverse-engineered the 2600 in order to produce a legitimate 6502/6507 programming tool. The 132-page MagiCard manual and overlays are proof that these gentlemen were serious about what they were doing, so much so that the quality of production for all their subsequent releases (from Mines of Minos on) were quite professional indeed, in my experienced opinion. Add to that their games were uniquely sophisticated, again, in my opinion. I have the utmost respect for what CommaVid accomplished during the very brief 4 years they were producing games. Regarding Mission Omega, Joe told me there was nothing usable in the materials acquired from Dr. Bronstein that could lead to a release. He and the other Digital Press guys were very excited about their release of Rush Hour which was virtually completed back in the day except for some graphics glitches which can be seen in the original ROM but were cleaned up for the released version.
  14. Agreed. Remember, MagiCard was released twice, the first time under the company name "Computer Magic" (blue label). And here is the letter, which states the original release of MagiCard sold "approximately 500". I find that surprising but have no reason to doubt the word of the good doctor. However, this letter was written in 1984. Joe Santulli told me of his meeting with Dr. Bronstein in 2010 (a year after DP had acquired the rights) so, for lack of better data, let's say AT LEAST 500 MagiCards exist (over two releases) and NO MORE THAN 20 Video Lifes exist.
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