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  1. Yeah, me neither. It seems hyper-difficult platforming was invented before the NES even came out!
  2. A new season of the 5200 HSC has begun.  Come play along!  http://5200 HSC Season 13 Round 1 - Pitfall II

  3. Welcome to the first round of this 5200 HSC season! Pitfall II won the poll by one vote. Play using the default settings. Emulation is fine, as are custom controls. Pics preferred, but not required except for HSC wins and records. The current record was set by bohoki with 275,430 points. Bust it if you can for a bonus point. The ROM can be found here: http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-5200-pitfall-ii-lost-caverns_s11777.html Round ends Sunday, January 26th, 2020 @9pm EST Standings: jblenkle - 157,932 roadrunner - 109,838
  4. Oops, forgot about this! Pitfall II is our winner.
  5. Naturally, people are going to have different experiences with these things. I’m still having a devil of a time with Stacked... the timing required in the first 30 seconds or so of it is just too exacting for me it seems. It works for me most of the time... but ”most of the time” just isn’t good enough for a million points! Perhaps another pattern might work better for me... thank you for posting those magazine patterns, NE146! Perhaps the “very forgiving” 2A pattern will be what I need... ...except that it doesn’t seem to actually work at all! Still, going to keep trying other 9th key patterns, hopefully I can find one that works well for me.
  6. Poll closes Sunday, January 12th, 2020 @9pm EST
  7. DamonicFury

    Its Done!

    I can’t believe you finished already! Congratulations!!!
  8. Sure, I will do that at some point this weekend! Um, has nobody seen one of these before?
  9. Colors seem the same (noting that Asteroids randomizes the asteroid colors)
  10. I don't think it is. It came from a North American seller and doesn't roll on my 80's Montgomery Ward TV.
  11. For what it’s worth, there IS also a true silver label Atari Inc version of Asteroids. I feel very lucky to have picked it up in an EBay lot, even though the condition isn’t the greatest.
  12. As much as I usually prefer the classics of 78-84 over just about anything else, I reluctantly have to give the nod to Galaga 88/90. Just a spectacular game.
  13. I fulfilled a life-long dream and picked up a Pac-Man arcade game (cabaret size) this fall. Since then, I've been obsessively playing it, learning the patterns. Most everyone has an initial distaste for the idea of using patterns, but I recommend giving them a try. It's actually more challenging than you might expect, as they require you to pre-turn the joystick at every intersection. This is absolutely necessary, as turning a corner in this way is a split-second faster than the usual way. (Knowing this is enormously helpful in shaking off a persistent monster on any board!) Missing a corner or two will usually screw up the pattern. I don't have any personal interest in scoring a perfect game... while patterns exist for this, they require insane amounts of precision. Alternately, some players have mastered the art of grouping that can let you eat all the ghosts each time for maximum points, but that takes a great deal of time and patience. My personal goal is a million points. You might think that should be easy once you've learned the necessary patterns, but let me tell you, it isn't. Why? Because once you reach the 9th key, the game becomes mercilessly difficult. The energizers no longer turn the monsters blue (this happens a few times before the 9th key as well.) Your Pac-Man slows down significantly, while the monsters remain viciously fast. There are, of course, patterns to get you past these screen from the 9th key to screen 255 (which are all exactly the same) but again, you have to execute them perfectly. And, at least for me, this is damn hard! I'm using what is generally considered to be the easiest 9th key pattern called "Stacked" and it still requires absolute precision when executing a series of pretty rapid corners. I'm at the point now that I can usually pull that off roughly 90 percent of the time, but when I mess it up even a tiny bit, the pattern goes to hell and it usually takes 2 lives to finish the board. So even giving myself a full set of five Pac-Men, you can see how a 10 percent failure rate would cut short my game well short of the million point goal. I do feel like I'm getting a bit better with regular practice but it's slow going! I have a high score of around 427,000 points now. I expect it will take weeks more of practice to achieve that goal.
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