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Nathan Strum

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  1. Definitely buying this. They're fun to have around as shelf-candy. Some are more playable than others, but they're all pretty cool.
  2. It's interesting how Spam has come to be known as a word describing something universally detestable and destined only to be discarded. And then people began using it for junk email too.

    1. pacman000


      Bacon SPAM is pretty good, as is the low-sodium version. Regular SPAM is too salty for my tastes, usually.

    2. NE146


      And this is perfect for Thanksgiving


    3. Max_Chatsworth


      No..SPAM is loved in many places...especially Hawaii

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  3. I've been using one of these to remove chips, and really like it. Same concept, but the curved end makes it easier to get leverage.
  4. I really like the RetroN 77 with the community build of Stella. The devs continue to update and improve it, and it will play nearly everything. The current models are a gaudy orange color, but it's nothing a little spray paint can't fix.
  5. I'm pretty sure Blue Jeans Cable will custom-make the cable with whatever ends you'd like. Depending on the space inside your 2600, you may still need a right-angle RCA adapter to make it fit. If you post pictures, that would help.
  6. And it plays really well, too! Can't wait for people to try this out.
  7. I didn't buy a 5200 specifically because the controllers never worked on the demo units in the stores. Atari really shot themselves in the foot (feet?) with that one.
  8. As an alternative (and cheaper) approach, if you want to try to stick with RF: Get a better RF cable from Blue Jeans Cable (Belden 1505A). Turn off your HDTV's image processing "features" like noise reduction, motion smoothing, etc. It all makes interlaced video look terrible. And if you have a composite video input on your TV, get an RF demodulator/tuner (like a Sony TU-1041U, which you can find all over eBay). It won't be as crisp as a mod, but RF can look really good if done properly. And it will be a lot cheaper and easier to implement.
  9. Console 5: https://console5.com/store/atari-2600-total-refresh-tune-up-cap-kit-new-capacitors-and-more.html
  10. I think I'm going to put my copy out in the garage until March. Just in case it explodes or something.
  11. The official thread is here: That will have the latest information, when John has updates to share. There are some other Champ Games in the pipeline ahead of Qix, so it will be awhile before it sees the light of day. Homebrewing is a hobby, and as with all hobbies, you fit it into real life when and where you can.
  12. This is one of those things that you read, and re-read, and still can't believe it. Nukey was such a fixture here. Contributing to so many projects. Elevating games to new heights. Fer cryin' out loud - he actually made a version of the original Pac-Man that I liked. That takes talent. He'll be sorely missed. My most heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends.
  13. I'd like to think it's just age, or exhaustion, or being really distracted. But somedays, I'm just stupid.

  14. It would be a waste of perfectly good 2600 parts. You could probably make them fit (Ben Heck has built portables by hacking up 2600s), then you'd just have a vaguely cube-shaped Atari 2600, and what would be the point? It wouldn't have HDMI output, unless you added a video mod and an HDMI scaler to it.
  15. Somebody say, "Keep on rockin'"...

    1. masschamber


      I usually say "rock on" as I leave, is that good enough?

    2. Nathan Strum

      Nathan Strum

      I'm not sure. Rick Derringer seemed pretty specific.

    3. retrorussell


      Rick Derringer and his bandmates from Edgar Winter Group all seemed like they got along really well.  Edgar especially seems like a really likeable guy.

  16. Took ya' long enough. I tried Facebunk years ago, because a friend of mine said that was the best way to stay in touch with him. The whole experience was so phenomenally annoying (and I wasn't even using it regularly) that I killed my account after just a few weeks. Never missed it. It's a bit annoying that some people/businesses/groups only post updates there, and if you don't have an account you can only read a handful of posts before content gets blocked. But it's not annoying enough to do anything about it.
  17. I had no luck with cheap knock-offs. Then I bought the Retro-Bit controller, which is officially licensed and effectively identical to the original Genesis controllers. Works great!
  18. A dangerous place, if you're hungry for nostalgia... https://rocketfizz.com

  19. Yeah, but an "attempted delivery" in Canada means they just stand outside your door politely for a half an hour, because they don't want to be intrusive.
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