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Everything posted by Flojomojo

  1. I feel that bouncing off games is more the norm than getting addicted and sucked in. The first is a waste of money, the second is a waste of time. I’m guilty of both! So I don’t mind the recent trends of free-to-play games at all. I’ve seen kids sit through repetitive, intrusive advertising because to them, that’s just how games are when you’re not playing on old-style machines.
  2. My daughter was obsessed with Animal Crossing in the early part of the pandemic, probably because it was so chill and sweet, and you could make your own goals or just hang out. Her friends were into it at the same time, which was nice that they had a shared fad. I was able to get her an RFID card with a character that shared her name as a birthday gift last year. And then *poof* one day the obsession vanished, and like any kid does, she moved on to other stuff like poppits and squishnallows. She seems to be done with all video games for the foreseeable future, which is fine too.
  3. Howard’s email address and phone number is on his public website, so I don’t think sharing it here will harm him in any way. His scary-sounding disclaimer is for patient information, not fun questions about video games. Yars 2! I guess the Return game from Flashback collections is a ROM hack, done by someone else?
  4. This is very sad news. Thanks Albert and Ballblazer for connecting the dots. Nukey “fixed” many original Atari 2600 ROMs so they would run on the official Atari Flashback Portable’s emulator, which was a fun way to play these games. His knowledge, attention to detail and good humor were always impressive to me. I must dig out my portable and play some DKVCS in his honor. He’s not the original programmer, but he’s the one that made it work on that device.
  5. No Man's Sky probably has a lot to explore. Not sure if it's in the hundreds of millions, though. Some of those MUST be doubles! 😇
  6. I couldn’t stand the low resolution screen of Netflix on DS. I can’t imagine chunk-o-vision on the Lynx screen — but as Sage says, go for it. There’s no commercial motivation to do this, and if someone wanted to do it just to do it, they’ve had thirty years to make it happen. Fix that if you can!
  7. Cyan has gotten a LOT of mileage out of that old puzzle game. So many remakes. If I were enough of a fan to want to buy it all over again, seems to me the puzzles would be easy to solve. Does anyone know if they randomized or mixed things up, or is this another presentation of the old game with a fresh coat of paint?
  8. That’s what mine said, my order is in the 6000s. I’m interested in having this from the start, because it will be fun to talk about the new games as they drop, like episodes in a TV season. This kind of hipster indie game is totally in my wheelhouse and I’m stoked to play.
  9. I remember different colors of Game Gear, but they all had the same size and general spec, even if internal parts were changed. Lynx is lacking in games with progression and endings, the kind of thing that makes a game “sticky,” to make you want to carry it with you and keep plying. It’s fun to play “what if,” but I think it’s more fun to ask “why?”
  10. That almost seems like insider trading. What’s the fix? Regulation of old game grading houses? Someone had to pony up the money to put for these, seems there’s a need for “buyer beware” here. Did they just get caught up in the bidding war?
  11. I feel that we get what we tolerate, so if we put up with shenanigans, we deserve what we get. Maybe all this external funding will have the effect of keeping the players honest. I remember telling the boss of this project I’d reserve judgment until 10/10/2020, which is almost a year ago. At this point, I don’t care what happens, it’s pretty clear how it’s going to play out, it’s just a matter of when. But I don’t agree with you when you suggest that how they get there doesn’t matter, as if the ends justifies the means. It’s a shame for longtime fans of the Intellivision IP and brand, as this was probably the last, best chance at making it relevant again. I hope they can retire it with some dignity intact when all this is over.
  12. Archive.org has lots of old game magazines. I think Electronic Games had several decent features, and it sounds like you have that covered. I’ve noticed that the cover dates don’t have much bearing on reality, they were often a month or two “ahead” of the calendar month they actually shipped, while the print lead time was many weeks before. I get the very similar magazine names confused, but have you looked thru “Video Games and Computer Entertainment?” Also, Retronauts did a good podcast episode about Atari 8Bit recently. The main hosts don’t seem to have any personal experience with 5200, but Benj Edwards seems to know a thing or two. https://www.benjedwards.com
  13. This is an open-source, public domain game, you probably already have a device that can play it because the required specs are quite low. It uses the enhanced graphics and sounds from the 3DO port. sc2.sourceforge.net No need to wish for someone to port it, because it’s already been done.
  14. It’s a Dedicated System but it plays Amiga games. A couple of threads in the Amiga section sound right to me.
  15. Spelunky. It’s more of a “how far can you go” game rather than something you can beat. When you die, you go back and do it again, a little stronger and wiser, if you’re lucky and skillful. I will enjoy having this on my Switch alongside Rogue Legacy, Dead Cells, Everspace, and (the way I play it) Skyrim. Roguelikes kick ass.
  16. They just announced there will be no internet multiplayer. Anyone care? All the announcements mention it’s been a bad couple of weeks for Blizzard. Ouch.
  17. Amico is only competing with the goals they set for themselves. I doubt there are many people waiting on a Switch, Evercade, PlayDate, Xbox, Analogue Pocket, Steam Deck, Xbox Series S/X, or PS5 just so all the contenders are ready to go.
  18. Potentially cool. Would be nice to see a hit like Streets of Rage 4 rather than some bland copypasta like the mobile Missile Command. I’m happy they’re going for a deep cut instead of the usual Asteroids, Pong, and Centipede.
  19. @The Historian do you know if Namco licensed those out? We have seen Atari go after all kinds of unlicensed stickers and t-shirts that depict their properties. There’s probably very little appetite at Atari for a new watch product at this time. I remember when they made some cute animated LCD watches for Fossil. They didn’t play games but they had a certain charm for a $40 watch.
  20. Dang, 10% sales tax! Let us know how it plays out!
  21. Is that the same music package that comes with the Founders kit?
  22. I’m glad you can talk about this now. Since the device is finally finished, it would be interesting to know what changed from the original vision up to what was released to consumers. These machines are on shelves at my local Micro Center and I don’t think they’ve sold a single one yet. I remember Alexa-like “Atari On” voice commands and remakes of things like Yars’ Revenge from the sizzle reel. I don’t think they ever happened. Did you see any of that, or was it just conceptual? No Tempest 4000, either, even though they showed the PC version as if it were running on VCS. Were there concrete plans for a native port? Also, what do you think was the motivation for such a doomed hardware project? Do you think there was anything to the notion they were fattening up the Atari portfolio for an acquisition? And one last question, do you think there are lessons from this project that could be learned by other attempts to resurrect dormant brands?
  23. I hope Nukey is OK too. Sometimes a break in routine is good for the soul, hopefully it’s as simple as that.
  24. I've noticed that sometimes Windows doesn't format the card properly for this kind of thing. The SD card formatter from the SD association works and is safe: https://www.sdcard.org/downloads/formatter/
  25. I'm kinda Amiga-curious ... not sure I want to spend that kind of money on it without a review of the keyboard, but I have enjoyed dabbling with FS-UAE emulation. Would an FPGA Amiga be really expensive? Or is that already covered by MISTer hobbyists?
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