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  1. I believe in that era, lots of companies were playing fast and loose with intellectual properties. A few companies, like Coleco, really began the process in earnest of licensing other games for their systems. Most developers just copied an idea and changed it just enough to get away with it being "something different". There was still lots of discussion over whether the best protection of software was going to be with patents, copyrights, licenses, or whatever other mechanisms could be created. To sue based on IP was much more risky then, and more costly and there was less confidence in the consequences. In addition, there was LOTS of development activity and much harder to keep up with everything being developed and marketed. It took a few years for all the lawyers to pile on to the gravy train.
  2. I was curious, so I took mine out of the ziplock bag it's been in for many years to check it out. I can't actually test it with a working console right now, but I remember it works OK the last time I did, maybe 10 years ago (yes, I know, that's a long time). Mine has smooth rolling when going up and down, OR when going left and right, but anything in between requires more force for the same lateral movement. This is intuitively expected, as both bearings are rolling at once. I suspect you are just sensing some aspect of this. I know that those huge arcade trackballs for Atari Football, which worked great, were very heavy. Perhaps pressing down harder will help compensate, but I bet the best solution is to have freer-moving bearings, not sure if that's even doable without significant effort or even possible with available parts.
  3. Not sure about the Adam, but most floppy drive latches engaged cause the read head to be lowered and pressed against the magnetic disc. Probably not the right thing to do if your desire is to protect the disc, but maybe it IS the right thing to do if your desire is to protect the head.
  4. My favorite: Robotron, with one joystick in each hand.
  5. I wouldn't, unless I couldn't get the cart to work after cleaning. I suggest trying Caig products first.
  6. SNES and Genesis are similar to 2600, Coleco, but not quite as far down the curve. As those owners age though, that drops. Why 99% are gone? More than 30 million people at one time played the 2600... even 300,000 active today seems too high, in my opinion, even including those who take one out every Christmas or whatever.
  7. I have abut 20 old consoles, but statistically, in my household, the percentage of old consoles in use is a very low percentage, as only one console is ever in use at one time; and most of the time, none are in use. Maybe you are asking how many old consoles are still "ready for use"...that's a much higher number. But still, people move, get divorced, die, or just stop caring over time and those consoles sometimes go to another player, but often go into a box, into a closet or storage unit, and eventually become scrap or just crumble away. My guess is 30 years later, much less than 1 percent of those produced are ready to play today for things like 2600, Colecovision, etc. For the more scarce consoles like Vectrex, Astrocade, Virtualboy, it's probably a higher percentage because the people who own them have probably been, on average, more attached and more careful. As far as actual number existing today in boxes and storage units, probably much higher, but virtually impossible to measure.
  8. It's an iconic game, the first 3d game that really made me feel like I was exploring. Also I remember a reskinned "Nude Raider" game I had on my PC that I always chuckled at. I also like the ps1 memory card in the shape of Lara Croft. No opinion on how well it has aged...it is what it is.
  9. So, this really old thread suddenly wakes me up and I go back and read through the whole thing again... That was fun. Better also make sure everyone knows I really like Star Wars and Empire but the rest went downhill from there. And Star Trek has much better science.
  10. Well, just to reinforce the idea that right handed joysticks are sometimes better, let me illustrate with a very common example... Pac-man, which gets significant credit for greatly expanding the game player market, is generally played best with the dominant hand. I've seen lots of people play that game, and others, that provide that convenient choice. I know for sure that most people prefer playing a joystick right handed when the joystick is the primary control device. It wasn't until children were introduced to the Nintendo and Sega "left-handed" controllers that dominated the home market in the mid-eighties that preferences seemed to change. Perhaps that configuration makes more sense with modern games, but I guarantee you there are many people reading this who prefer a right-hand arrangement on many games. It could be argued that entrenchment of the left-handed joystick was merely a consequence of a standard being forced on the population, notwithstanding any actual or perceived benefits of that convention when playing modern 3d walk-around games.
  11. I've been thinking more about this question, and I think a better analogy is the difference between using a spoon and a fork. You CAN eat soup with a fork, or steak with a spoon, but there are better combinations. Some games work great with the intellivision controller, others are workable, but not ideal. Same with the Colecovision. I did replace my mushrooms with balls, though. But in the final analysis, I'll eat what I want and play the game I like with the best tools I have available.
  12. My first impulse was to think, "That's like asking me if I prefer mowing the lawn or brushing my teeth". I do both, but neither for the experience itself.
  13. Not enough information. Does your TV work with your Intellivision II? start there; if it works you should be able to substitute the Atari for the I2 (assuming both consoles are outputting to the same TV channel). Make sure you have a game that is clean and works on someone elses Atari, if you can. You can try an old CRT TV with a manual tuner, if you can find one. Sometimes that's easier than the newer digital tuners. You can try cleaning the slot on the Atari with an old credit card wrapped in thin cloth soaked in rubbing alcohol.
  14. All systems have their charms. The N64 is probably the most reliable console I have. All my games were acquired second hand, but once I cleaned and caig'ed them, I've never had to fool with cartridges like I do with virtually any other cartridge system. I also think of it as the Last Great Cartridge console. The complete collection is actually reasonably attainable, other than niche items, and there are interesting controllers and attachments. Many of the games are fun and I play something on it regularly. I give it a thumbs up in modern days.
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