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  1. On 9/29/2012 at 8:03 PM, Nelio said:

    Maybe they will remember it. If they are still interested in gaming, they have a richer background than most kids nowadays have. They have a better understanding on how we got here and, with that, have a greater appreciation for the games they now play. On top of that, they'll get retro/classic references in modern games.


    Oh, and they won't vomit if someone shows them a crap game from hell.

    Something interesting about this, all these years later, my son is in his 20s now and has been living away from home for almost five years now. (Yes, I miss him terribly and I'm about to be missing his sister, too.) He was having a conversation with a roommate at one point and suddenly realized that most people, in fact, no one he was meeting at university, had ever played, say, the Fairchild Channel F, or an Odyssey^2, or even an Atari VCS! He had to stop and blink a moment when he realized that his experience with older video games was rare and pretty unique amongst all the other humans he's ever likely to meet in person.

  2. On 9/29/2012 at 7:45 PM, Nelio said:



    I think you should back up this blog and release it on your own domain. You never know when something may change here at AtariAge. And from what I can tell, there were changes in the past that screwed up the formatting and caused some other glitches (like your username not being posted as the author of many of these entries). On the downside, these comments wouldn't be present on that version...

    I am amazed at how intact most of what I stored here at AtariAge is and still appearing on my blog. Anything else, my attempt to make a YouTube channel, a website (though I still own the domain chronogamer(dot)com... i think, yes, I've been paying whatever for it bi-annually for 16 years...) has fallen to dust but AtariAge has continued to be awesome. (From my perspective, I mean, I'm just a time traveler, so I really don't know.)

  3. On 11/14/2018 at 8:34 PM, Odd said:


    OdySim is an interesting effort, but the way it fails to accurately reproduce the way the controllers works makes most (all?) games not really play the way they were meant to, and some of them unfortunately end up broken to the point of being unplayable. Analogic is one of them - OdySim has the English control reset to horizontally straight forward whenever you aren't actively pushing buttons to change it, meaning there's no way to actually set the English, and you thus have to play this game by manually steering the ball between the two paddles constantly, while trying to do calculations and move the paddles and whatnot. That's not just annoying, that's unplayable, and not the way the game was intended to work at all.

    There's a series by a YouTuber named FrameRater who does a great job of taking old system and exploring all the games while demonstrating them visually, I'm not sure, but I think he's using OdySim for when he tries the Odyssey. I may need to check it out. When I was originally doing this, there was kind of an "emulator" (OdyEmu) but I've lost track of it.


    That's great that you roped your kids into playing it, too! xD

  4. On 9/29/2012 at 6:40 PM, Nelio said:

    Ah, now I get it. Must be really hard to light the right objects. ^^

    Yeah! If I remember correctly, this was more of a video game where the actual video elements are intentionally obscured. Weird stuff, but I really liked the overlay.

  5. On 1/3/2018 at 3:35 PM, sut said:

    The Odyssey limitations (or poor design choices) come to the fore with this one.

    Because the Odyssey has no idea if your obeying the games rules regarding the blue maze walls the game is to easy and to tempting to break and just resorts to a game of tag with a grid over the top.

    YES! Exactly. Maybe these games were relying on old school board game etiquette mixed with the novelty of a game on a TV screen to get people through these games. I think there was some playtesting done (the interview with Don Emry comes to mind, if I'm remembering right.) but I don't think it was very rigorous.

  6. There are so many other ways I wish I'd done this, but at a certain point, thinking about it like that can make me freeze and stop moving forward. Of course, that's not why there are such huge gaps. The gaps are because life just kept happening. I hope you're doing okay, Nelio.

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  7. On 11/14/2018 at 8:24 PM, Odd said:

    It kinda makes sense this way (and doesan okay-ish job translating the sport of hockey to a Pong-typegame), and I think this was the intent, they just forgot to include a note explaining that "players make a SHOT ON GOAL by pressing the RESET button".

    Greetings! That's a good point! If I remembered the game better, I'd probably like "hey, that makes sense now!" but it's all very murky. A lot of these games seemed like rounds of flipping a coin but with more steps. It's really wonderful though to find a comment from 2018. I hope you're doing well, traveler!

  8. 31 minutes ago, MegaManFan said:

    I could get Aerith back

    WHAT?!!!?11! See this is why having kids was a bad idea (kidding, I love my kids) I did get time to play games. I was able to buy interesting devices like the DexDrive. However I lacked the imagination to go online and learn about interesting hacks to save games like bringing back Aerith. I'm glad to know it exists though and since I have the PSX and FF7 discs, maybe I'll look into it. Totally unrelated, but I should probably look for a copy of THPS3. I get the feeling they're going to cost a lot more in the coming weeks. xD

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  9. Hey, enjoyed your new publication. I think it could even be called a 'zine. Which I think was what they were calling them after my time, but before this time. (I'm thinking they called them 'zines in Rocket Power?) Anyway, enjoyed it and I'd never seen a Supervision before, so thanks for that. ^ ^

  10. Wow, that's a good point about how this would have been "Who's Jackie Chan?" moment when this was released. I was only vaguely aware of Supercop before I saw Rumble in the Bronx. Looking at Jackie Chan's movies on IMDB... wow. Long list.


    LOL 6:03 "True to the stunt master that he is" Nice! Excellent call out! He's pretty immune to fall damage in his movies, too.


    Really enjoying your vids!

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  11. Interesting! I never knew that about the Ballblazer chip. (I've got a a Ballblazer cart though, so I guess I'm not worried.)


    I actually thought I'd lost my CC2. I hadn't seen it in quite sometime (years, at least) and only recently found it again in a box of Intellivision carts. I think I put it in there during a brain fart thinking it was CC3. (which looks totally different, of course, but brain fart)

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  12. Oooh no, I think playing it on the Analogue Mega Sg is great. I'm just saying there's a certain feel to holding a single cart and saying "oh, hey, I have this game." - I have a Cuttle Cart 2 and an Uno and I still enjoy finding actual 2600 carts to play instead of just finding the game on the multi-cart. I don't do that for every game (hell, i can't) but I always play my original Adventure cart for Atari VCS just because it's a cool feeling. xD

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  13. On 9/1/2008 at 11:31 AM, supercat said:


    For golfer who is hitting right-handed, the terms are as described. For a golfer who is hitting left-handed, the terms are reversed.

    THAT is an excellent point. Forgive my right-handed bias. You are absolutely correct.


    Nelio, you're right, too! I don't actually know where the term "under par" came from. It might indeed not have originated with Golf. 13 years later, I still don't really know.

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  14. Doesn't it blow your mind that this game is 28 years old now? When this was a meme (1999) the Atari VCS was only 22 years old.


    I really enjoyed watching the unboxing and I think it's cool that you wanted to savor playing it on the TV. I feel the same way when I have an original cart. I want to play the original cart on the actual console rather than on a multi-cart or emulator.


    Good video, good commentary! Thanks for sharing your joy!

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  15. I have no source for my comment, but a vague recollection that "they" (the people that do these sorts of studies) tested a bunch of self-proclaimed audiophiles by letting them listen to music sent through different qualities of speaker wire and rating them. (I know this is different from speakers) The highest ranking speaker wire with the "best sound" turned out to be from wire coat hangers. I don't know if the story is true and I don't want my illusions crushed so I'm not googling it, but I thought it was an interesting anecdote.

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  16. Thank you, both so much!


    I wonder why those SNES blogs went private?


    I am actually thinking about doing this blog in a video format but avoiding becoming a YouTuber until I'm lured there by the promise of fame, fortune and women. Honestly, if anyone watches these at all, I'm not sure want to deal with YouTube comment sections.


    AtariAge comment sections, on the other hand, are awesome. :D

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  17. On 1/22/2016 at 7:56 PM, Nelio said:

    I think there's a typo in your entry, I'm sure you meant that you played the easier one-player mode, not two. 🙂

    You know... I don't even know anymore! xD I actually might have been making a joke there in that I found the two-player version to be the easiest because there was no other player fighting me! I want to think you're right and that it was a typo, but at this point I can only speculate.

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  18. On 12/22/2015 at 9:51 PM, Nelio said:

    What a fish game! (There's a word in Portuguese that sounds like fish (fixe) and means "cool", so I guess I just made an international pun.)

    I've always wondered about puns in other languages! The only one I've ever made in another language is in Japanese. To say a sort of "see you later", in Japanese, you say "Ja, matta" which is literally "well then, later". The word for Tea in Japanese is "cha" and you say it "oh-cha" so you can say "oh-cha, matta" and it kind of translates to "tea you later!" and I was told it worked as a pun. I felt very clever when I did this, not gonna lie. I was also told not to try it with anyone Japanese because they will think I'm making a mistake and not wish to impolitely laugh at me for an unintentional mistake and wouldn't necessarily think I was doing it intentionally to be cute.

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  19. On 11/23/2015 at 8:19 PM, Nelio said:

    Hey, what happened to your videos? Was saving them to watch later and now they're not working? 😕

    I had created a YouTube account and then during efforts to consolidate the mass off accounts I'd been creating I deleted one of my gmail accounts which deleted the YouTube account. Which was careless of me. Not sure what I'm going to do. I feel like talking about video games should have a video component to it and now we've got streaming. We've also got a lot of YouTubers who do fancy editing and are SO much better at being engaging than I am that I'm not sure what I'll do. I saw someone do a "low effort" play through of something and I'm grasping at that. If I can set up some sort of capture to my computer from any game system, I may do that. At this point, getting the video isn't hard, it's using the small space I have for all my crap.

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