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  1. I think an Atari XEGS HDMI dongle with wireless peripherals and an SD card for games would be very nice. Like this... Amazon.com: Bandai Namco Flashback Blast Console - Electronic Games : Toys & Games
  2. My kids' first video game consoles were Atari computers. My wife and I were enthusiasts and, as a family, we loved a lot of games. While I own a lot of carts and disks, my 'breakthrough moment' came when I put all our favorites on an Atarimax cart. All of a sudden, I had an instant on console with a vast library of games. I keep that system in a duffle bag and bring it to work from time to share with young people who have never had the pleasure. But, like you, I have not had my hardware out in some time. I plan to sell most/all of it once I retire. I now have all of my favorite games on a Legends Ultimate Arcade. It's also instant on, has great controllers, and plays better versions of some of my favorite games. I can also emulate other machines on the LUA. Of course, the games we love on the Atari were attempts to capture the magic of the games we played in an arcade and the LUA has those as well.
  3. If you have to ask the question, the answer is no. There are much better options available today. The only reason to own a 'vintage' console is nostalgia. Get yourself an Xbox or a PS4.
  4. So many confessions! What is the statute of limitations on software piracy? My tale is much more boring. I bought an Atari 400 for $149.99 at a local department store. It included a $50 mail in rebate and I thought, "Who cannot afford a computer for less than $100?" My first computer and my first mail in rebate. The department store sold software for the computer and I bought up every cartridge in a short time. (Pac Man was my last cartridge purchase because it was so terrible on the 2600.) The rest of the games required a BASIC cartdridge and a 410 Program Recorder. I could buy these as part of two kits -- one for gamers and one for programmers. For $10 more the programmers' kit included a book on BASIC and a BASIC reference manual. I splurged... My first three cassette games were Energy Czar, Nuke War, and War of the Worlds. I started reading the included book and was playing Energy Czar when I stumbled across some interesting information. It turns out, if the game is not protected, you can hit the reset key to exit to BASIC then enter LIST to see the code. I did. I could. Then I put a blank cassette into the 410 and saved the program to the cassette. Then I loaded the game off the new cassette. For me, that was thrilling. From that point on, playing Energy Czar meant editing the code -- putting my name and dirty words in the code then playing the game to find them. So, I guess I was a pirate. When I was in college, we had a computer class. The lab was Commodore 64s. One of the guys in the class -- Bud -- asked if he could do his coding on an Apple computer. The instructor said that was fine as long as he could bring the computer in to demonstrate his work. By the end of the week, the lab was awash with a variety of home computers including that Apple, some TI99s, and a couple Atari computers. The other Atarian told me he would get me some games if I got a disk drive. I did. He did. So, I guess I was receiving stolen goods. Just a couple disks. He belonged to PACE -- the Portsmouth Atari Computer Enthusiasts -- and their logo was a pirate. I never joined. From that point on, my piracy was limited to backing up programs I purchased. To a certain extent, I was more interested in defeating the protection than using the programs. My favorite tool was called Chipmunk... I remember defeating 'bad sector' checks by formatting a disk with a scotch tape 'handle' that stuck out of the drive. If you put pressure on the tape as the disk was formatted, all sectors were bad. The you could copy the contents of a program using a sector copier and bad sector checks would find bad sectors. I also knew a guy where I worked who had a special card in a PC that would 'copy anything'. I used his PC to back up a lot of disks -- just because it was easier. In time, I acquired disk drives that included copy capabilities (Happy). I did duplicate disks with those, but only to see how that worked. Of course, that was then and this is now. Today, the ROMS are readily available and it's very easy to 'pirate' software. What is so fun about that?
  5. My favorite A8 game is River Raid. I've spent a lot of time with Star Raiders, Rip Off, Space Invaders, Galaxian, Pac Man, and Ms Pac Man. I like Jungle Hunt, Star League Baseball, Mr. Dos Castle, Seven Cities of Gold, and One on One. And, obviously, Wizard of War.
  6. Do you record the meetings? Livestream? Seems like this would be an event with global appeal -- at least on this forum.
  7. From the first page... Tremendous Growth of Personal Computer Systems Predicted for 1979. Mike Shea, marketing director for Atari, who recently brought two personal computer systems to the market, predicts a four to sixfold increase in personal computer sales for this year. He feels that between 200,000 and 300,000 personal computer systems will be sold this year, compared to 50,000 last year, and said that in the future Atari will pay less attention to developing new game consoles and instead concentrate on bringing out new software for existing units. Fairchild Camera & Instruments predicts that 4.6 million programmable video games will be sold this year, worldwide, compared to 2.1 million in 1978. Further, they predict that 18 million cartridges, worth $110 million, will be sold, compared to 5.7 million, worth $18 million, last year. Nonvideo games growth should prove even more dynamic, according to industry pundits. Sales should reach $290 million in 1979, and possibly $500 million in 1980. Have to wonder how tremendous the growth would have been without video games.
  8. Anyone sharing/selling USB sticks with A8 programs for the ALU?
  9. Value is something no one can decide for you. If you want it and can afford it, buy it. I would look a bit before paying any price. I paid $99.99 for my 400 around 1983, I think. It was $149.99 out the door with a $50 mail in rebate. My first computer and my first rebate. I clearly remember the moment -- seeing it on an endcap at Zayre's department store and thinking, "Who can't afford a $100 computer?" Probably my best impulse buy ever. I was kind of surprised to see how much a 400 is fetching on ebay. I did, however, find one buy it now for $170 shipped and another that ends in four days which has no bids and starts at $120 shipped (all USD). Might be worth contacting the seller about shipping to Canada. Good luck.
  10. YMMV, of course, and I have never even seen it in stock at my Sam's Club, but I have an alert on slickdeals.net for legends ultimate arcade and I have seen a lot of people posting such prices for floor models. I would buy a second machine at that price. Two probably (one for each kid). Good luck! PS Right now, there are none in stock within 150 miles of me.
  11. I DON'T work for the company. I have been playing video games since the first pong game arrived at our local discount department store. I could barely reach the controls and I didn't even know your were supposed to put in a quarter, but I was blown away at the prospect of moving that line up and down the television screen. I was about fifteen when the video game pushed everything else out of the local arcades. My friends and I made our way to the beach almost every summer day to pump those video games full of quarters. When I was sixteen, my mom bought me a 2600 for my birthday. What I saved on quarters, I spent on cartridges. Totally worth it. Almost as great games right in my living room! When I was eighteen, I bought my first Atari -- a 400. The games were just about as good as the arcade games and the Atari sticks were very good. Now I am 59 and still have a bunch of Atari hardware. I still enjoy playing those games. I have also toyed with emulation and considered buying or building a full size cabinet. I messed with RetroPie. All options were too compromised or too expensive for me. A couple years back, I started reading about the Legends Ultimate Arcade. Reviews of the first wave kept me in my seat, but, in November, I got the Sam's Club edition. It is the very best toy I have ever played with. There is no close second. That's my opinion of this cabinet. If you want to post a specific game, I will try it to see how the spinners work with that particular game. People are seeing these in Sam's Club for as little a $199.99. Might want to check your local store.
  12. I thought 1088XEL was a typo (seizure induced, probably). Pretty cool project. I have been thinking of a MAME machine for a couple decades. I even considered enclosing an Atari computer in a cabinet. A lot of work and money. I also played with a Raspberry PI. I got pretty excited when the LUA arrived, but reviews were bad -- mixed at least. I waited for the second wave. Joined Sams Club last August because it was a little less expensive and included the pinball controllers. Bought at midnight the first day they were available. Out of stock in minutes. I was very lucky. I do agree that some of the 8-bit games are better (for me) on the home consoles. This thing seems to emulate most of them very well. And it looks nice in the corner of my recreation room.
  13. I'll be 59 in April. I got my first Atari when I was 16 (2600) and my first Atari computer when I was 18. That was a 400 and it was $99.99 after a $50 rebate. My first computer and my first rebate. Great day. An 800XL, a 1050 disk drive, and a 1027 printer got me through college. Over the years, I have accumulated a lot of Atari hardware and software including a 1200XL, a few 800XLs, some 130XEs, and countless XEGS consoles. I have boxes of carts (no ET) and have burned some games onto a cart myself. I have an SD card reader for my Atari. I stored my Atari stuff when I bought a 80286 computer. When I had kids, I literally bought a hundred joysticks off ebay and we re-discovered Wizard of Wor, Bruce Lee, and many other great games. It's been a great ride. But the reason I got a 2600 and all the Atari computers that followed was so that I could play very good imitations of the awesome games at the arcades. In November I purchased a Legends Ultimate Arcade. It is awesome. It's a free standing, full size arcade machine. The controls are top notch. Audio and video are great. While it includes hundreds of great games, what is truly amazing is that you can play your own games on this machine. I have compiled a collection of my favorite Atari games to play, but I have also enjoyed playing the games that the Atari titles are based on. It truly takes me back to my youth. I'm not ready to list my Atari hardware on Craig's List, but I honestly cannot see me playing games on an XEGS with a Wico Boss ever again. When I was a kid, I loved that I could power on my Atari computer and lose myself in a great arcade game. Right now, I feel that way with the LUA. Like I said, I'm not ready to liquidate my collection. I expect to have an Atari computer in my home until my last breath. I just won't be playing arcade games on it. Have you seen these things? Are you curious? Have you bought one. What do you think?
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