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  1. Why in the **** do you feel you need to get involved in an auction or deal you had nothing to do with? (this was a question asked of a current Bally auction with Treasure Cove in it. If the seller had responded with a "worth to me personally price" I would assume the next email would be "well, how about if I just offer you that right now and you close the auction?" Fortunately the seller didn't do it that way.) I get what lemoncurry is saying. I don't blame him for wanting to derail behavior like that. It's very frustrating to see an auction, take the time to decide how much would be a good bid and get back and see that someone had persuaded the seller into a lowball BIN. It screws ME over. It screws other potential bidder's over. It screws the seller over. It's behavior that circumvents the rules of the auction envrironment. Granted, it's just one turd floating in a sea of turds, but apparently there can be some vigilante justice for it. I'm happy to hear that people who notice it sometimes take the time to do something about it. I wasn't aware there was anything that could be done about it; now that I am aware, I'm glad. However, doing what someone just did to StLouisRams is not cool, (unless he had just persuaded the seller into offering the BIN, then it's frackin poetic.). I've bought from him in the past, too (StLRams) and, though pricey, the stuff I got from him was in great shape and shipped quickly.
  2. I don't deny that's cool and maybe someday PoP:SoT along with the hidden original will show up in yet another iteration of the franchise. What I mean by my Steamboat Willie -> KHII example is that as cartoons are showing up (in some form) in videogames, maybe videogames will show up (in some form) in whatever comes after videogames (as opposed to older videogames showing up in newer videogames). Interesting and sad about Metropolis.
  3. That's awesome! It also illustrates that you were actually enjoying the medium on "its original hardware" as it were. (ie DVDs and HDTVs are analogous to emulation) Hey here's an interesting idea. Steamboat Willie just showed up in Kingdom Hearts II, right (80 years after its creation)? Maybe the old videogames will show up in the virtual reality/holodeck experiences of the future. Someone spoke of movies being sought after by groups of dedicated enthusiasts. That's great to hear. I really hope that people 80 years from now love this stuff as much as we do and appreciate it for its own sake. I do like the car analogy better, but I think a car is considered a much more durable good (though I've got systems that have lasted longer than more than a few cars I've known). Anyway, yeah, I like it better because of all the classic car shows that still happen. Well, one thing is for certain, by playing this stuff with our kids, we're helping to send this stuff into the future, so to speak, giving one more generation the opportunity to get nostalgic about something they did when they were kids.
  4. That's an interesting question with a somewhat depressing answer. How many of us have sat down recently and watched a movie made prior to 1930? Damn few, I'd bet. If you did, it was probably because you were channel surfing and stumbled over one around 1:30 am being broadcast on AMC. Trends come and go. Videogames are a part of our culture now, just like movies. They are not a trend or a fad. However, because they are part of the culture there will continue to be new stuff made that will replace most people's interest in the older stuff. Emulation will keep them around, but what will keep people interested? Sergei Eisenstein made some of the most amazing and innovative films, when was the last time you saw one? When was the last time you even thought about it? The general public forgets about the roots of their pop culture, because they're too busy enjoying the current form of it. Then again, there may be a few Videogame Reenactment Groups like there are Battle Reenactment Groups now, so who knows?
  5. Sellers service? Ebay Buyers care about that? Since when? I'm saying that I recognize there are extra expenses (mostly involving time) that a seller incurs outside of shipping. I bought a couple of INTV carts (boxed) for about .50 each and I think I paid 8 bucks for shipping/handling/etc. I'll admit I thought that was too much, initially, but the sellers had tested and cleaned the carts and also guaranteed that they would work. They were also packaged well and sent promptly. The actual shipping costs were about $2.00. In their description the sellers even say that their charge for shipping and handling would be more than the amount it would cost to ship the item because of the effort they put in to cleaning and testing as well as their guarantee. The fact that they spelled this out up front and actually described what they had done (cleaning/testing) did a lot for me accepting the fact that they were charging 4x actual shipping costs. So, yeah, I care about service and I don't mind paying a little extra for handling, especially if there's signs of actual handling. I don't like it when I ask what shipping will cost and I'm told an amount that is more than what it actually costs. I think I'm just asking the wrong question and need to be more specific like I mentioned earlier.
  6. No, you're still saying "some" live with them and "some" hate them. Using the same vague word, "some," implies some kind of peaceful equilibrium between the two camps. You seem to think that were everybody who accepted the 5200 Joysticks to pile onto a weighing pan on a giant scale and everyone in the camp that hated those sticks were to pile on the other weighing pan, that the two plates would rise and fall for a bit before settling accross from each other, level enough for each camp to wave at each other around the low-friction support between us. It isn't that way at all. Their numbers would crush us. Your stalwart defense is gallant, like a feathered hat, but you are in the Alamo, man, look outside, they outnumber us on a Combat to Crazy Climber ratio. If this were a war, you and I would be in a prison camp making door hinges. Enjoy the fact that You can swim in the toxin and live. Only you and a few others like these controllers. Drink the Kool-Aid and embrace your inner freak.
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    xbox emulation

    On my Xbox I've got emus for the Genesis, Sega CD, PSX, SNES, MAME and N64. The unfortunate thing is that I haven't been able to update any of them since I got the box 2.5 years ago. It's a modded Korean (tranparent green Halo) Xbox that I got modded while I was over in Korea. I was able to copy roms from the DVD drive to the HDD but I don't remember what brand CD-R I used that worked. Everything I tried since has failed. (Don't even talk to be about the FTP function. I can't get that to work either.) So, yeah, it's awesome, just be sure you have a way to add files to your xbox hard drive.
  8. "had ebay remove the feedback." ??? Not a comment about you CPUWIZ, but what's the point of feedback if one can just have it removed? I used to be very diligent about giving feedback until I left it a few times and the seller didn't see fit to return the favor of opting to do so. After a few conversations with some sellers (who acted as though it was only natural for the seller to give feedback last, or not at all) I've opted out of leaving positive feedback. Of course, doesn't seem to be any point of leaving negative feedback either, since a seller can just have it taken off.
  9. Someone made the comment that as a buyer, the only thing we should care about is the final price. I disagree. Only caring about the final price is not a good spending habit. You buy three things: the Item, the shipping cost, and the Seller's service. One should be able to compare each cost. If I pay a lot for shipping, then I'm expecting high quality shipping. If I pay a lot for Handling, then I should be able to expect high quality Handling. I should be able to know beforehand. For Sellers on ebay: I know the price of the item, I want to know how much shipping will cost. The Seller tells me the "shipping" but what he is really telling me is "Shipping + Handling + Packaging + MyFee". As Buyers, we are asking the wrong questions. If it will bug us when we are overcharged for shipping then what we should be asking is: "How much are the actual shipping costs and what other charges and fees are included in the total shipping and handling cost?" It is deceptive to charge a lot for shipping and then ship it poorly packaged or slowly. If any Seller thinks otherwise then they are also deceiving themselves.
  10. Throw my hat in the "I like 'em when they work" camp. Mine were very easy to fix, too. I haven't seen this mentioned in this thread, so I'll mention it. Rear window defogger repair kits come with a little vial of copper paste. Open up your 5200 joystick, pain the carbon contacts under the fire buttons, let it dry, put it back together and you've porbably taken care of 90% of your problem as the increased conductivity seemed to take care of the "pause start reset" and number buttons, too. For the record: I did play it as a kid (15 or 16 yrs old) and even when they worked they took some getting used to. The non-centering thing was definitely something to which I had to adapt. I think saying that "many people dislike the 5200 sticks" is pretty much a given. There doesn't need to be a study or a survey. The fact that a few people on these forums like them also doesn't need to be studied. It is by no means a stretch of rationality to state: Few like the 5200 controller; many dislike it for reasons often discussed. We few, we happy few, who actually like it should just accept that we are freaks. Like a small percentage of bacteria who survive a toxin, we are the mutants who could survive what was, to many, the painfully toxic environment of the 5200 controller. Can we live with those terms? Few and many? Does anyone really need a study to accept them?
  11. Hey, this got under my rader so sorry that I'm late to the party. For what it is worth, I'm a big fan of the CC2 and will be standing in line waving around my money to buy a CC3 if the project sees the light of day.
  12. Good point; one person to set a high (but unreached) bid and the second to actually get it up there (either through out bidding the other or the other's proxy bid to kick in). Though, that's only true if the starting bid is zero. If the starting bid is high, he just needs one nut to find him.
  13. Both of my kids (Daughter, 4 and son, 8 ) will play an old school game with me if I invite them. My son even played each and every Magnavox Odyssey game when I was playing through them for my blog (chronogamer, see sig link). I can't say that he enjoyed them very much, nor did he enjoy most of the Fairchild Channel F games we played together. I didn't make him play the RCA Studio II. Texas child abuse laws may not be well enforced but I'm certain I would've gotten reported, arrested and fined if I'd made him play RCA Studio II games. As for the better gamed ancient systems (Atari VCS and Odyssey^2 for instance) he'll play and enjoy most of what I put in front of him (especially Sky Diver) but he's only asked to replay Basketball. My daughter loves Air-Sea Battle. There is a bunch of Atari games I'm going to ask her to play with me when I get to them. She's fairly untainted by the current gen of games (though she has played Hello Kitty Roller Rescue and Star Wars Lego I) so her approach is more "pure" than mine or my son's.
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    DP Blogs not eaten!

    Heh, it is nice that this blog notifies us when someone leaves a comment, if only I just remembered to check the email to which I direct those notifications just a little more often. Part of me likes the idea of setting up blogs everywhere for everyone to see, but another part can't stand the idea of trying to keep up with all the post duplicating. Posting here and then on DP was a bit of a pain given that I like to post pictures. Maybe if I kept all my pictures on my domain and just directly linked to them it would be less of a hassle. There I just solved my problem!
  15. Wow, that envelope is postmarked 29 October 1980 and the text of the letter says that it's the first time new games were available [for the Channel F] in over a year . . . and just in time for Christmas. I'm guessing that it is a safer bet to think of the "new" games as having come out in 1980, instead of in 1979 as I'd been planning to chronogame them. Good to know, now I can skip the remaining Channel Fs (even though I had so wanted to finish them in the 1970s) and move on. Hey, just a thought about Casino Royale. Wasn't that the name of the first James Bond book by Ian Fleming? Could Casino Royale's availability, then distinct un-availability and the eventual name change to Casino Poker have anything to do with possible licensing issues? If this were 1980, then licensing precedence would have started with Space Invaders on the VCS and of course all the sports titles on the Intellivision. I'm just wildly speculating here, but perhaps "Casino Royale" got changed because of such issues. Either that or they (perhaps the same minds that said America couldn't handle Schaff) decided that "Casino Royale" sounded too "frenchy" or something. Thanks for posting all the great scans FND, e5frog and mr. bill! I really wish there were more pictures of rare stuff out there. (for instance, would it kill the owner of RCA Studio II Bingo to post a few pics? Jeez. LOL )
  16. I second your spooge and add loud moaning.
  17. I used to be nothing but an avid PC gamer. I still think that the PC is the platform that has games that are most likely to have appeal to me personally. However, I got so tired of the "install game and then go get the patch" that I migrated (back) to the world of consoles. The only way I buy a computer game now is if it is under $10, more than three years old and absolutely only if I've recently upgraded my PC setup to be equal to or better than whatever the latest and greatest PC game was as of two years ago (and therefore exceeds recommended specifications) Basically, I was sick of playing $50 games during which I would say "gee, this would look so much better if I had more memory/faster cpu/better graphics card. *sigh*" The impetus for this was Morrowind which I bought new and tried to play on my new computer that just couldn't run it as well as I wanted it to (despite it meeting recommended specs). Of course, GOTY Morrowind on the Xbox gave me no problems whatsoever, which pretty much sealed my philosophy. Now I just have to figure out what the hell I'm going to do when "Spore" comes out . . .
  18. CNN? It's CNET... completely different beast. No, CNN is now your one-stop gamenews/gamefaqs channel. Jeez, get with it, bro and the $19.95 I've been paying every week has been well worth it.
  19. Hey, fyi, I just had a transaction with Zach and it went as quick as a really quick thing. I had the stuff in my mailbox in about two days. Very impressed. Would deal with again.
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    macbook

    Hey, welcome back. Did you ever find an adaptor for that TG-16?
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    Ultimate RPG Archive

    This is one of those collections I had considered getting many, many times back when it was on the shelves. Now I kick myself because I'm certain I'd like to have it now (Similar to the Kilarathi Saga) but would cost too much for me to bother to get it.
  22. Congrats, that's always an adventure. I recently took a PII-400 and underclocked it, yes, UNDERclocked it, so it could handle playing Elder Scrolls Chapter 1: Arena. It still isn't as authentic as it was on my P-90 back in the day, but my only other choice would have been to run it exceedingly slowly on one of my 486s. (I've got three or four of them sitting around waiting for me to network them into a LAN to play DOOM.)
  23. yay! that sounds like a great idea! have fun with it and I'll look forward to your entries.
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    DP Blogs not eaten!

    They're back again for our backing up pleasure. Due to the title of the post at the time (DP blogs will be lost) and the jist of the message (DP blogs will be lost after the conversion which I'll try again later tonight) I thought they were lost when it went down for "under construction". If I'd read more carefully, I'd have learned that he fully intended to give us a chance to back everything up after the conversion. So there. He cared. *sniff* god bless him! Anyway, thanks jboypacman and ubikuberales for your moral support and morale boost. I'm a happy camper again, more importantly, I'm a happy chronogamer again and will resume chronogamering activities soon with Galactic Space Wars (Channel F, 1979). Oh and I actually heard someone pronounce the title of my blog recently and I was shocked to think it could be mispronounced. You know how some people pronounce kilometer? I say it "KILL-oh-mee-ter", because it's consistent with "MILL-eh-mee-ter" and "CENT-eh-mee-ter". However, some people pronounce kilometer "kill-AHM-eh-ter" which is fine, in the same way that thermometer pronounced "ther-MOM-eh-ter" (instead of "THERM-o-me-ter") is also fine. Anyway, I heard someone say "kro-NOG-ah-mer" when actually it's supposed to be "KRO-no-gay-mer". Yeah, people who don't like the idea will probably say something like "kro-no-GAY-mer". Har-har, but that's actually okay, too. Just the fact that I heard someone else pronounce it in real life was kinda cool.
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