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    Always liked playing games and still do, especially Atari 2600/5200 and the SEGA console games. Enjoy sci-fi , British Detective, and comics superheroes shows / films. Grew up reading comics like Captain Marvel (Shazam!) , Spidey, Batman, and Superman/Legion of Super Heroes. Loved Star Wars and Micronauts. I started to learn guitar in 1985, I still enjoy it and learning new songs and riffs but don't have the time to do it like when I was young. I only made a few homebrew games but you wouldn't believe how much time I spent working and thinking about them. I had half a dozen WIP games that I never got back to. I enjoy being outdoors, fishing, sitting around a campfire, and being on a lake on a boat. Lately haven't found time to, however.
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    October 2020 ... 5200 HSC games and PS4 Dirt 4, Dirt Rally 2.

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  1. This is something I've noticed a few times. I have a suspicion that earlier composite ports/wiring/cables could have been very low quality at times. My newer systems (90's) seem to be fine using composite even on my flatscreen. One example, my Model 1 Genesis seems to look more crisp/better via RF than my Model 2 Genesis using its Composite. It is a subtle thing and may be related to the flatscreen I'm using. Who knows. One example I can remember - my Atari 800XL. On RF it is as you'd expect, but using the composite cable, there are smears and the colors are worse. Mind you, when I use RF these days, it is from game console ==> input into a VCR ==> then using the VCR's composite output to feed my HDTV, which works very well. My flatscreens do not work well with direct RF from old consoles!
  2. That is a cool and unique font, but I really think you should add something to the letter "S". My eyes don't immediately see the 'S'. Perhaps make it curve more in the middle and the eye will see the middle part of the S.
  3. My final game was not quite as intensive as Mangia-Boy's! 209,470.
  4. This is last entry. 156,090. The 8th stage is tough. Lots of winding-around paths.
  5. That is interesting to me. One of my first coin-op memories was probably around June 1980, we were on vacation, and I heard 2 bearded guys playing some electronic game around the corner, at a Valley Dairy while my family sat at the counter and ate a snack. I could hear them totally enjoying it, I could hear the pew-pew-pew and the bg music but didn't know what the heck it was. After those scary motorcycle dudes left , young me wandered over ... it was Asteroids. And it was amazing!
  6. I love the Saturn version's 3D halfpipe bonus stages and associated music. Overall the game rates around 6/10 to me though. Its worth playing through once.
  7. Galaga was at a local Sheetz (like a 7-11 store) arcade room, but I'd see it at other arcades too. I remember kids would claim they saw somebody at another arcade get a triple ship at the bottom. I always thought they were just lying, since you can only get 2 ships in Galaga. But later with the Namco classics discs, I realized they must have seen Gaplus. Personally, I never saw Gaplus at an arcade or even knew of its existence until the 90's.
  8. In the prime coin-op years, from 1980 to 1984, my family frequently visited malls, plazas and other stores in 3 different nearby cities, also pizza places with arcades, also amusement parks in the summer (which had huge arcades), and even fairs in the fall (which had an arcade tent or two). So I saw a lot of variety of coin-op games, even if only once. So, I can't think of a game that I read about but never saw at least once. The funny thing is, I remember various stores based on what arcade or console games they had hooked up. Gee Bee's in Johnstown had a Vanguard in its lobby. Showbiz Pizza Palace in Johnstown had Donkey Kong 3, Space Ace, and Mario bros (which weren't anywhere else that I can remember). There was a cramped, small, and dark arcade in Indiana PA in the Hills Plaza, it always got cool unique games like Reactor and Star Rider. The Ebensburg fair had Phoenix, the first time I ever saw it and it was exciting. I remember Conneaut Lake Park (near Erie, PA) had tons of games, including a sit-down version of Space Harrier and I remember seeing a Super Zaxxon too.
  9. First I've heard that opinion. I never used the steering wheel, mind you. I still have my DC hooked up but haven't played some of these games for a few years, but I remember playing MSR, F355, Sega Rally 2, Daytona USA, Test Drive Le Mans, Speed Devils, Tokyo Extreme Racer, Hydro Thunder. I don't recall awful controls. In fact, of all these games, I remember Daytona USA's controls the most , because they seemed overly sensitive and twitchy on default settings. I'm starting to get itchy to revisit some of these DC racers. About a year or two ago I finally beat SR2's Ten year championship - something that BITD I thought was impossible. Plus, the game's graphics and frame rate didn't seem as godawful as I had remembered, for some reason. (EDIT - well, that could be because I'm now using the VGA-to-HDMI box on an HDTV, as opposed to BITD using S-video on a standard TV!)
  10. Agreed. The control on Daytona USA for Dreamcast is a lot more precise and superior compared to to Daytona CCE on Saturn, even when using the analog controller on Saturn. Dreamcast Daytona USA control is very sensitive on default setting. Go to Options and back off the sensitivity and experiment for a few laps. Regardless of setting though, you do get used to it. I tend to push the stick forward , and roll it clockwise/counterclockwise in very small increments, for pinpoint control around long curves. Your racing line is very important on some tracks/curves, if you hit it wrong you'll skid into the grass or a wall and a bunch of cars will pass you. If you like SEGA arcade racers , I can't imagine not enjoying the DC version. There are plenty of tracks, you can mirror them if you want, and you can adjust the number of opponent cars. I love to crank up the number of cars on the 777 Speedway and play it in grand prix mode. The graphics are phenomenal for that era - Daytona never looked better.
  11. well what do you know, I tried one more round and got a personal best. 107,400.
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