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  1. When I was a kid and there were only 1 or 2 kids that had an Atari 2600 in the neighborhood, everyone knew who they were.  I always thought to myself "Why don't all these adults with money for houses and stuff have an Atari?!?!"

    1. Lord Mushroom

      Lord Mushroom

      When you were a kid, toy stores were full of stuff you wanted, but couldn´t afford.


      When you are an adult, you can afford anything in a toy store, but you don´t want it anymore.

  2. Yes, most recent "Did you know?" ...I DID know that!

  3. Ok..had my refurbished 800XL for long enough now that the 90 day warranty that is voided if you open the case is over.  Time to upgrade with Sophia or some other HD capable video output. Suggestions for a socketed 800XL?


  4. Proud dad...my daughter painted this and gave it to me for my birthday yesterday




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    2. Rogerpoco


      In a sense, I do consider myself an Artist, musician and all, tho I am not a writer, where the real artistic thing kicks in-but I can barely draw a noticable stick figure, my eldest Daughter is something of a graphic designer, but it's beyond me, amazes me anyone who can do it!


    3. SlidellMan


      I do have some drawing skills, but focus mainly on music. Often, I give up on pieces due to something going wrong in the process, confusion about what to do next, or sheer boredom. Your daughter made the right decision considering that painting doesn't pay as much as being a pilot. (Or for that matter, running a food truck.)

    4. Max_Chatsworth


      Me and her mom are hoping for free flights someday! :) :)


  5. If you had a socketed, N. American/NTSC 800XL that you wanted to mod/make usable with HD tv/monitors..what would you do?

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    2. joeatari1


      Didn't know that.  I guess it needs a cable?  I'll check and see if Best has one.  I've just always used the RF ever since I was a kid.

    3. Max_Chatsworth


      @DrVenkman I always used FR ever since I was a kid too.  Does the retro link convert video and sound to HDMI output?

    4. DrVenkman


      Yep the RetroTink models all have video and audio inputs that are combined internally to HDMI.

  6. Controlling Q*bert with the ColecoVision controller with the tilt-a-hand method was both innovative and massively frustrating.  

  7. I recently learned from younger "gamers" we'll call them, that many of them don't know that Mario started of as "the hero from Donkey Kong" as they put it and didn't know that the universe of Mario related games we now see was related to the Donkey Kong games in any way, if they know what Donkey Kong is at all. 

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    2. Max_Chatsworth


      @Zoyous LOL..that's true.  And then the almost completely forgotten Donkey Kong 3 hero, Stanley. Back then I thought Stanley was supposed to be Mario's son, continuing the theme of the intergenerational feud.   I mean come on..he looked like a kid and had little red overalls on..how could we NOT think he was supposed to be Mario's relative of some kind??



    3. MrMaddog


      My goodness, The Big N even retconned their earlier arcade games out of the existance of video game history...


      To answer someone's question about the Crash, it was a term created by the non-gaming press in order to declare it yet another 80's fad. 


      But yeah those of us who 'were' there continued to play video games on home computers and eventually on Nintendos (or just stop to focus on having social lives).

    4. The Usotsuki

      The Usotsuki

      For what it's worth, I was born in 1980, and I played arcade, console and computer games all during the same periods of time.

  8.  Why does the edit profile have a field 'About Me' that doesn't actually show up when viewing someone's profile?


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    2. Max_Chatsworth


      Oh..I guess I can't see my *own* About Me when I view my profile?  I see my Interest and I see an About Max_Chatsworth box/section, but nothing I put into About Me shows up

    3. alex_79


      Weird. It should show up in one of the tabs, next to "Activity" and "Clubs"



      Are you browsing on a Tablet/Phone?

      Maybe it's different on mobile than on desktop PCs

    4. Max_Chatsworth


      @alex_79 LOL..all this time and I never noticed those tabs?!?!



  9. Recently remembering my dads old home office....


  10. Dumb question, I know, but why is the 7800 not considered with the 5200/8 bit PC's as far as programming them. Is it strictly due to a different processor.  Was it THAT different?  7800, I never really saw one  in person...but it was 8 bit was it not?

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    2. Swami


      The 5200 *is* a 400 8-bit without a keyboard and a few other peripheral changes. Primarily, the only difference in programming is the analog controller setup for the 5200 and the digital 2600 controller type setup for the 400. There are a lot more changes to the mobo of the 7800. As I understand it, the 7800 has more in common in terms of programming with the NES than the 5200 or 8-bits.

    3. Max_Chatsworth


      @Swami Cool, thanks for the enlightening response.

    4. Max_Chatsworth


      @jaybird3rd Thanks for the helpful clarification.



  11. Even though Pac Man was the reigning champ for a while back in the day as far as overall popularity. It struck me that, at least where I grew up, the majority of non arcade places that had 1 or 2 games inside(convenience stores, grocery stores, restaurant/pizza waiting rooms, bowling alleys without dedicated arcade rooms, etc) all seemed to carry Galaxian pretty much across the board. 

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    2. Draxxon


      Back then there were games everywhere. In every bar, landromat, restaurant - especially pizza places, roller skating rink, state fair, almost everywhere. arcades were more plentiful in general. Donkey Kong was around, but I agree with the kid in billy madison, DK Sucks.

    3. Draxxon


      before the fighting game boom of the 90s, around here it was Super Mario Bros arcade, Tiger Heli, Operation Wolf, Out Run, Gauntlet, Double Dragon, Jurassic Park and Adams Family Pinball (although they may have came later). I remember when Street Fighter 1 was new. Galaga and Ms Pac never left. Theyre still around now.

    4. Max_Chatsworth


      @Draxxon I don't even consider the 90's to be part of the arcade generation. By then the games were all 50 cent shooter behemoths or fighting games.  By then so many people had consoles or where gaming on home PC's as well and the arcades went from a place that every kid in school would go to, to a place where only arcade people went to.  

  12. Still trying to figure out a way to get/build/recreate a Vectorbeam Warrior arcade machine. I've found the schematics, but my experience is so light in that area I could never build one from scratch for myself. 

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    2. Rogerpoco


      Har, har, I'd made a silly comment, and now:On Topic-


      I guess that's essentially the same game as the Vectrex Homebrew port?

      If so, I actually started a "track" for that at Twin Galaxies, seemed to be a pretty neat game, I got a perfect 10-0!


    3. Max_Chatsworth


      @Rogerpoco I'm completely out of it. That last sentence completely lost me???


      "...If so, I actually started a "track" for that at Twin Galaxies, seemed to be a pretty neat game, I got a perfect 10-0!..."

    4. Rogerpoco


      Ah, another "High Score" site. One can "start tracks" on games, i.e., rulesets for a high score, if they don't already exist.

      On the Vectrex version, it just goes to a score of 10, the best possible score is 10-0, "blowout".

  13. Star Raiders on our Atari 400 was the hit of the neighborhood for Christmas 1979.   All 5 of us kids and neighborhood friends filled the basement for what seemed like that entire school break. 

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    2. Max_Chatsworth


      Had to update my post, forgot we got Pac Man a couple years later. 

    3. jaybird3rd


      ^ That's OK, it's still a cool game!  (Although I tend to play it and Star Raiders more often on the Atari 5200 these days.)

    4. Max_Chatsworth


      The Atari 8 bit computer/5200 Pac Man version was a welcome rescue from the embarrassment that Atari suffered from the 2600 Atari :) 

  14. I was going to write this great joke I once heard about a cult, but the punch line was too long...

    1. ClassicGMR


      My favorite punchline joke ever:


      A teenage boy is getting ready to take his girlfriend to the prom. First he goes to rent a tux, but there’s a long tux line at the shop and it takes forever.


      Next, he has to get some flowers, so he heads over to the florist and there’s a huge flower line there. He waits forever but eventually gets the flowers.


      Then he heads out to rent a limo. Unfortunately, there’s a large limo line at the rental office, but he’s patient and gets the job done.


      Finally, the day of the prom comes. The two are dancing happily and his girlfriend is having a great time. When the song is over, she asks him to get her some punch, so he heads over to the punch table and there’s no punchline.

  15. Jumpman on an emulator without joysticks.  This game was hard enough wasn't it?

  16. Congo Bongo on the new 800XL last night. Loved the arcade game and had it for my 800XL back in the day.   Got me thinking isometrically and looked up another iconic game, Crystal Castles, which shocked me that it was actually released by Atari.  I didn't remember that at all.

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    2. Max_Chatsworth


      Really looking at the screen the Atari 8 bit version doesn't really have isometric screen on Congo Bongo.  It's really rotated to align with the cardinal axis with the player approaching from the left and adding thicker shading/"side detail" to give it a somewhat iso look. 

    3. GoldLeader


      2 sayings that sprang to my mind, while not meaning the same are:  If those games were Ultra Popular, you might say, "Around here you can't swing a dead cat without hitting someone playing an Isometric game!"...Or if you were sick of them, you might say,  "If I Never play an Isometric shooter again,  It will be too Soon!"   But as they're not Ultra Popular and I'm not sick of them, neither applies heh...

    4. carlsson


      Yes, the first batch of Congo Bongo home versions were quite slanted. A few years later, I believe Datasoft US Gold on license from Sega re-implemented the game on C64, Apple II and IBM PC using a true isometric perspective and reinserting the two levels from the arcade that most home versions lack. The ColecoVision version at least has three of four levels, the others only the first and last levels.

  17. Might finally play M.U.L.E. for the first time this weekend. 

  18. I remember the 5200 had a great football game, but was there ever a decent/fun football game for the 800/800XL?

    1. jaybird3rd


      If it's the same football game I'm thinking of, it was also released for the 400/800 as RealSports Football.  (See here.)

    2. Max_Chatsworth


      @jaybird3rd Thanks! I was wondering if maybe it was since they were the same processor, but I didn't find it


  19. Pretty excited ...my 800XL will be here this week.  NTSC, socketed chipset.  Gonna install Sophia and some sort of 1MB upgrade when I get it.   Any suggestions as to guide's/howtos on those things?


  20. Looking for an 800XL that I can upgrade or is already upgraded with Sophia(I eventually want to out to HDMI) and 1MB memory.  

    1. Max_Chatsworth


      I found a good unit and it's on it's way.  Thanks!

  21. I just bought a 400, when I do PRINT FRE(0) in basic it gives me 37325 value. Does that mean it has been upgraded to 48K?

    1. Master Phruby

      Master Phruby

      Yes. Yes it does.

    2. Max_Chatsworth


      @Master Phruby Sweet! That means I can get the Fujinet for it and use it with both my 400 and my 800XL(when I find one)!


  22. For the programmers....


  23. Anyone here have a 400 that they display on a monitor? 

  24. Have some exciting news on rebuilding the collection of my youth! I think I got good deals, but I'll post pictures and questions later...

  25. I have the chance to buy a 1050 diskdrive..no cables or any idea if it works for $20. Should I do it?  I'm thinking that even if it doesn't work, I'd like to have the case for that price if I am not able to repair it(if it doesn't work)

    1. Tickled_Pink


      $20 is a snip, or it would be in the UK, where I've seen known faulty drives go for more than twice that.

    2. doctorclu


      Sure!   If nothing else, parts!

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