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  1. IMHO, the thing that killed it was cheaper computers, and the C64 at $259, then $179 made game consoles of the era noncompetitive. Commodore bought MOS technologies, which meant they now had their own fab and got the chips at cost. Atari could no longer compete, and Apple and IBM were in a totally different market, such as the more affluent homes and businesses, and Apple had the school market shared with Tandy. Commodore flooded the market, and the developers supported it. Piracy was easy with computers too. Kids could get dozens of games by copying disk and tape games, and there were always people breaking the copy protection, like GCS, German Cracking Service. After I got my 64, The Atari went into the closet and I never looked at consoles again, until I had my own kids.
  2. My pit kind of takes care of all of it in a more or less passive sort of way and also feeds wildlife. They escorted alive to the pit, stripped of any clothing or metals that can harm animals, and there are guards keeping them from climbing out, but coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, bears, and large birds of prey, etc. have full access to them. Eventually they succumb to either heat, cold, starvation, thirst, or are taken by the wildlife. There is little to no waste, and there are no chemicals that harm the environment. Overhead is low. Everyone wins.
  3. I had a thumb drive stolen from the back of a TV we were using at a convention to display our products. We know it was the cleaning people. It was covered and not visible to regular passers-by. Not a big deal, but someone had to run out and get another one so we could load the PPT on it. It really sucks that some overpaid union Moscone center asshole employee who probably makes $50 an hour to push a broom took a $6 drive. It's like a thief breaking the most expensive window in a car to steal $10 worth of crap in the center console. They get practically nothing, and the repair costs $100's. I hate thieves. They all belong in a pit in the desert so the coyotes and buzzards can eat them.
  4. So sad to hear. Condolences to the family.
  5. When Sears and Kameapart merged, that was the end. Cheap K mart brands like champion tools ended up in Sears next to Craftsman, and the clothing, which was never really great, ended up being nothing anyone but the poorest of the poor wanted. Sears did try online, and for a little bit looks like it may have worked, but retail doesn't do online well, and the stores make terrible warehouses as the employees don't get the shipping thing, and products on the shelf when you order can disappear due to a customer picking it off the shelf. Home Depot fails miserably here. It is sad, because the stores were all over the place and you'd think it would have been an advantage. Best/Labell's and service merchandise died too soon for online sales. If one or both had still been around, we may have seen something different. We have a Deseret in Mesa AZ, smack dab in the middle of LDS territory. Mormons do donate good stuff. I used to go there at least once a week when it was near my workplace and I got nearly all my 5200 stuff there. But yeah, the stores were a mess.
  6. Sell them for $25 in the USA. Cover your costs and time.
  7. Sears didn't make the console. Atari did. It was just branded a Telegames for Sears. Like Sears' Kennmore appliances are made by GE and Whirlpool, etc.
  8. I had a friend who had one and all the cartridges. Some of the more wealthy families would buy the console and all available carts and his dad was a homebuilder so had tons of cash to burn. Another friend who's dad was a doctor had a 2600 and all the carts at launch. I was intrigued by the Channel F even though I had a 2600. The controllers were fun, and there was a drawing game We played with a lot.
  9. Cheap computers. Plain and simple. A VIC20 cost $100-1030, about what a 2600 cost. Eventually a C64 cost $159. The 400 was getting cheaper by the week. The Apple II was what the "rich" kids got and an IBM PC was what kids who's dads were Engineers got. I gave my 2600 to my sister when I got my 64. I eventually got it back when they got a Sega Genesis and I put it into the closet for years to come. I got new interest when I found this thing called a 7800 at a swap meet in 1993, but I already had a 386 Based PC by then.
  10. I found the dot just looking around with the bridge. I was looking because the room was blinking. I didn't try it anyplace other than the gold castle, then I heard about the Easter egg, so my friends and I called Atari (yes we called the 800 number from the payphone at school) and they sent us the instructions.
  11. Personally, I know nothing aboot Atari Canada... SORrey
  12. Zonie

    HOKEY demo

    Nice. Thanks for creating such cool stuff for all of us.
  13. 1. Moon Cresta (Homebrew) 2. Asteroids 3. Galaxian (Homebrew) 4. Centipede 5. Dig Dug 6. Pac-Man 40th anniversary edition (Homebrew) 7. Donkey Kong 8. Joust 9. Galaga 10. Ricki and Vicki (Homebrew - Maybe. looks good.)
  14. Zonie

    RetroN 77

    Or Arizona...
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