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About Amiga4Eva

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  • Birthday 02/17/1980

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    Likes your old stuff better than your new stuff...
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    Geelong, Victoria, Australia
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    All things nerdy and geeky. Seriously! There's not a lot in that arena I don't dig. *Makes vulcan hand sign*
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    Pitfall @ Atari 2600
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  1. Thanks Thanks It might be a few thousand, but spread out over years so it doesn't seem like a lot. I also tend to do a lot of re-selling of doubles / things I don't need to finance the collection
  2. Er, I spot an A500, A1200HD (40MB drive still working) and CD32 in those pictures
  3. Hey folks, thought I'd post some updated photos of my retro gaming collection You can check out the various pics (old and new) here http://mygurumeditation.wordpress.com/my-collection-nintendo-sega-atari-and-more/ and while I collect a range of different retro gaming consoles, hand helds and arcade machines I do have plenty of Atari in the mix, including, Atari 2600jr, 2600 woody, XEGS and Jaguar . Enjoy.... comments welcome.
  4. Thanks . For the most part, my girlfriend does the organizing, I just do the hoarding ^_^.
  5. http://mygurumeditation.wordpress.com/my-collection-nintendo-sega-atari-and-more/ Still have a few things on their way to me (boxed master system plus, some more boxed NES and SNES games etc) but I though I should take a few snaps of my office again and post them for your viewing pleasure . Cheers, James
  6. Hey all, So - here's the deal. I'm building up the best collection of retro gaming stuff I possibly can (you can see some of my progress here - http://mygurumeditation.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/updated-collection-pics-_/ ) because I quite simply love just about anything to do with pre 2001 gaming . The problem I face is that prices for this stuff within Australia tends to be prohibitive in comparison with what I've seen of prices in the UK, Japan and elsewhere. I'm not saying there aren't rising prices across the board, but us Aussies seem to get hit hard . There is eBay, but that's often costly too. I often read some of the for sale threads here, and see things like cart games, boxed games cheap etc etc. So I want to put this wanted ad up, knowing full well that shipping to Australia will add some to the cost, but I think the relative cheapness of some of the offerings here will still leave me able to buy a few things here and there . So, if you're interested, below are some things I'm likely to want (generally speaking, we can get into specifics later) and hopefully we can work our something that benefits both parties and increases my beloved collection . Obviously, shipping to Aus would be a must (at my expense) - Commodore 64 tape / cart games - Commodore 64 disk drive + cables - Commodore 64 disk games - Vectrex accessories - Nintendo NES games (cart and/or boxed) - SNES games (cart and/or boxed) - Sega Master System/Megadrive/Saturn/Dreamcast games (boxed or loose) - Atari XEGS console - Atari 2600 carts (boxed or loose) - Neo Geo AES carts - Sega Game Gear (boxed) + games - Atari Lynx games Please advise the region of any region specific games, as I'll have to match them to the system I have (e.g my SNES is PAL, but my Neo Geo AES from memory is not). Thanks in advance!
  7. Okay, so I'll preface this post with a concrete disclaimer; I am not an electronics savvy kinda guy. Great with databases and software, but useless with multimeters or solder. So, I scored an Intellivision and 12 boxed games for an amazing price and from an amazing location, but the Intellivision doesn't quite work. It powers up fine, but goes to a dark/blank screen and no game titles come up. I've cleaned contacts on cart/console with no effect (it's tuning in fine to the TV, just no game image/sound). Searches on Google present this as a potentially common problem with many causes/resolutions from the simple 'press the reset button a few times' to replacing chips on the board (which I'm in no way comfortable with). In this Youtube video the guy takes apart an Intellivision exactly the same as mine, and makes note of a ribbon cable that goes to the power board. I decided to open my console up and take a look, interestingly, it is missing this ribbon cable. (See pics). But even more interesting, is the fact that it appears someone has repaired or replaced the ribbon cable with standard wires soldered into the power board as per a guide like this - http://www.intvfunhouse.com/tech/ribbon/ which I found after a little searching. Pics, http://imageshack.us/g/849/20110816222320.jpg/ So, bearing in mind my lack of dexterity or experience with anything solder/circuit based, and these distinct possibilities, * Someone did a repair that never worked * Someone did a repair that used to work but has somehow stopped working as it was a backyard job * Someone did a repair to the ribbon cable but the source of this issue is different What is the best approach? Is there anything I can look at visually to tell if the solder is damaged? Not done correctly? How do I proceed? Any advice welcome, and be gentle, I've done as much research as I can!
  8. Yes, this is me in bed with my latest purchase. I don't think it's possible to get any nerdier I'm loving the Virtual Boy by the way, right up there with my Vectrex in terms of odd retro gaming amusement. It's so, unique!
  9. Thanks And yeah, the Vectrex is ace. I've got some updated pics here - http://mygurumeditation.wordpress.com/2011/07/02/a-collectors-story-in-pictures-again/
  10. Another Aussie here (Geelong), collecting for a lot of different systems and really desperate to find people in Aus to trade/buy from so I am not hit with eBay greed or massive postage costs! My systems are, - Atari 2600jr - Atari 2600 Woody 6 switch - Atari Jaguar - Vectrex - Sega Master System 2 (x2) - Sega Megadrive 1 - Sega Megadrive 2 - Sega Saturn - Sega Dreamcast - Amiga CD32 - Panasonic 3DO - SNK Neo Geo AES - Nintendo Famicom - Nintendo NES Front Loader x 2 - Nintendo NES Top Loader - Super Nintendo - Gamecube - Nintendo 64 - Playstation 1 - Playstation 2 - Commodore 64 Breadbin - Amiga 500 - Amiga 1200 - Various handhelds + game & watches All of which can be viewed here -> http://mygurumeditation.wordpress.com
  11. Would you be surprised to learn that people cop a bit of flack here or there for collecting retro gaming stuff? Probably not. It’s one of those hobbies that from time to time draws negative attention and no small amount of snickering from the crowd. A bit like collecting toasters or shrunken heads. Now that I think of it collecting shrunken heads probably wouldn’t net you any bad reactions because people would be too afraid that you’d visit them in the middle of the night, chop of their head and shrink it, thereby adding a new item to your collection and depriving them of their head. Unfortunately collecting old gaming cartridges presents no such threat to the general population, so they’ll often feel free to throw in a few verbal jabs – good natured or otherwise. Don’t stress though, it’s just a case of simple ignorance. Collecting retro or vintage video gaming paraphernalia is actually a noble endeavor, with a respectful nod to a noble art-form. I own 23 consoles and God knows how many games, and every single one of them is a landmark piece of history. The evolution of gaming is the intricate story of humanities foremost interactive art form. It is the tale of countless designers, artists, pioneers and entrepreneurs and every machine collected is another piece of the storytelling. The diversity of system designs and alternative approaches to the same basic premise of providing digital entertainment to the masses creates a collecting hobby that’s near infinite in its variety and depth. What other form of collection allows you to actually engage the collected items in a meaningful way? I can’t play coins, stamps or pez dispensers. I suppose I could make up some kind of game with stamps, flip them upside down and try to guess which stamp was which underneath, but that’s just creepy and sad – and likely (in conjunction with dressing up like a Clown and spying on people from their attics) to get me locked up for life. When you collect video game systems, you get to enjoy them beyond a static item on the shelf. You get to power them up, chuck a game in and get lost in a piece of history. When you get your game on with a NES, Master System or Intellivision, you’re able to recreate the same sounds, images and feelings of the era the game was released in. That’s powerful. But beyond how cool it is to collect something you can use and have fun with, the most important thing to remember is where we started this conversation, that gaming – all gaming – is a noble art form. Up there with Film, Theatre and any other art form you care to mention, gaming is a finely honed form of human expression. Collecting pieces of that art form, doing something to preserve and capture the long and inspired road from the first archaic gaming systems to todays high definition powerhouses, well – that’s something special. And if – for some reason – it’s not your thing, that’s okay, there’s always collecting shrunken heads.
  12. I actually just fired up DD on the 2600 today. Damn! Hardest version of Double Dragon ever. So unforgiving.
  13. Two of my prized possessions along with my CD32 (Although I'm still hunting for original controllers for the CD32 ) Both the 500 and 1200 could do with a floppy drive clean, but who can find those floppy disk cleaning kits these days!? Well, except for eBay.
  14. Thanks. I know who HES are (thanks to their NES carts) but I'm more interested in understanding the common/uncommon/rare factor of any of the games in the picture, seeing as the Rarity DB wasn't much help
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