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littleman jack

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    One day I will build tube amps.
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    Chattanooga, TN
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    Atari, family, friends, linux, baseball, guitars, amps, music, hockey, trees, theology, philosophy, peace, BMX. Not always in this order of course.
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    Atari 2600:
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    Adventure II
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    Les Paul Jr. through an Orange.

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  1. Sorry, I didn't see this one until after I posted my memories. If I find a box with a price tag, I'll post that.
  2. I remember seeing the games at Playworld, Toys R Us, and Sears.
  3. I wondered about it as well. I loved the game for the 2600 as a kid and always wished there were more games like it. Haunted House was a little like it. I felt like Pharaoh's Curse, Shamus, Montezuma's Revenge, and Castle Wolfenstein were kind of spiritual successors on the Atari 800 when I was a kid. Montezuma's Revenge did come out on the 2600, but I didn't know about it until I was an adult. Thankfully there's a modern homebrew for the 5200, Adventure II, that contains a lot of the same qualities. If you have a 5200, it's worth checking out here at the Atari Age store. Also, Albert is planning on releasing Cafeman's Adventure II for the Atari 800XL soon at the store as well.
  4. I go back and forth. If I'm up for a challenge, then Midnight Magic. If I'm feeling very mellow and just want to relax, Video Pinball. I'd really like to find Bumper Bash on cart and give that one a go too.
  5. Summer, and how great it is.

  6. My brother and I played the snot out of that one, Bases Loaded. Good times. I need to go back and check out Hardball. My brother got that one for the Atari 800 after I left for college, so I never played that one. He also got it for the Sega Genesis a bit later.
  7. I agree with you both McIaneinc and Rybags. Shamus II was nowhere near as good as Shamus. It got tedious with all those ladders. I forgot about how fast Jumpman could be, erichenneke, if you choose the higher speeds. Really fast, like Shamus on expert, maybe faster. I often ran into the walls after clearing a room in Shamus, when he sped up. I wonder if that was put in on purpose, speeding up after a room is cleared. Or was it the result of the processor having less going on? Like when Choplifter would slow down because there were so many enemies on the screen at once. I think Cathryn Mataga added that feature on purpose to make it more challenging. You had to really be careful not to run into a wall after clearing a room.
  8. I recently acquired Shamus on cartridge, to replace the dead Shamus disk of mine from the original days. Playing it again brought to mind two questions: 1-Have any of you other Atari Agers ever completed the game? Back when I was a kid I reached the red level, but never finished the game. As an adult I have yet to reach the green level. 2-Is Shamus, on expert mode, the fastest Atari 8-bit game? It runs at a breathtaking speed on expert. I don't remember ever seeing another game go that fast on the Atari 800. However, there are a lot of games that I haven't seen.
  9. As zzip said, it's Star League Baseball from Game Star. It had some crazy pitches, right fielders that could make plays at first, and silly announcements between innings. Not as professional as Hardball. But more silly and simple to play.
  10. Qix for the 2600 would be very exciting, especially from Champ Games. You do excellent work. The 5200 version is a lot of fun, and plays better than the version for the 400/800.
  11. No, but maybe I should try it. I plug directly into an old CRT television using a coaxial (F-Type) to Female RCA Adapter. It works pretty well, but the closer the 5200 sits to the TV the more interference it shows. So I usually play on a long desk or the coffee table.
  12. Yes, my D&D friends were also the Atari programming and gaming friends, which were separate from my sports and BMX friends. And the nuns at our Catholic school somehow found out about our D&D sessions and told us that it would result in eternal damnation if we kept playing. Scary and fun times both.
  13. My first computer was an Atari 800. I remember programming three games, all in Atari Basic. All three were written somewhere between 1979-1981. The first was a Snake copy. The second was a blocky Donkey Kong knock-off, where you had to get to the top of the platforms to rescue a golden trophy (with only two screens). And the third was a knock-off of Climber 5, which at the time I didn't know about. I was trying to combine Donkey Kong and Preppie. You had to climb to the place where the dot was, touch it, and then return to the staring point, without getting caught by the monsters. All three were lost when my disks went kaput in the 1990s. These days I tinker with Linux distros, but I really would like to learn to program games again. I suppose I should start reading and learning and then give it a go. I was never a very good programmer, but I really enjoyed it.
  14. Don't forget Nukey Shay's Pac-Man 8k. It's here on Atari Age somewhere. He took the original VCS Pac-Man, added real fruit, intermissions,correct colors, and points on the screen when you eat ghosts. It's pretty awesome.
  15. I finally moved to PC when my Macintosh SE was no longer cutting it, and I realized that a new Mac was too expensive. The PC had Windows 98, which drove me crazy. So I switched to using Linux on the PC and am still there, many PCs later. Now that first PC runs DOS and has a bunch of old games on it. It's still going strong, although rarely gets used over the newer ones running various Linux distros.
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