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  1. Had a browse at Best Buy today for the first time in five years.  It's become readily apparent that my interests have diverged from what's available at a mainstream consumer electronics store.  They had mostly LED festooned gadgets that connect with smartphones and make your life "better" somehow by connecting to some random subscription service. No thanks. 

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    2. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      I bought a bluray for $12 (Austin powers trilogy).  They are down to one shelf of blu-rays.  No CD's, CD players.  No stereo components.  Limited Polaroid stock.  Small selection of overpriced records.  So-so videogame selection.  There is just really no reason for me to go there anymore. 

    3. Leonard Smith

      Leonard Smith

      Pretty much.
      They're sort of like a mini Amazon and Apple showroom popular with bros and millenials.

       

      Never thought I would say this, but it's better to buy most things online now.

    4. doctorclu

      doctorclu

      Best Buy in Cedar Hill had three rows of DVDs and Blueray.

  2. Look at this Joker who thinks he's selling a PVM monitor:  Sony Trinitron Gaming CRT TV/Television - video gaming - by owner -... (craigslist.org)

    1. joeatari1

      joeatari1

      Nice TV. Unfortunately for him it's only worth $30 and not the $300 asking price.

    2. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      Right it's actually a cool looking old Sony.  I'd be interested for free to $30ish tops. 

    3. RetroB1977

      RetroB1977

      I got my favorite CRT for $5! :D I'd give him $30 too.

  3. Watched One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest on Laserdisc.  The ending is just too much for me...poor Jack Nicholson (and Billy the young guy.). Otherwise great film based on an even better novel. 

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    2. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      Portland Oregon!  Was there a few years back; interesting city for sure...

    3. atari2600land

      atari2600land

      Most of it was in Salem. The mental hospital is still there, but they demolished the part that was in the movie.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Flew_Over_the_Cuckoo's_Nest_(film)

    4. bubufubu

      bubufubu

      The novel can't give you the acting and presence of Jack Nicholson, Louise Fletcher, Brad Dourif, Will Sampson, Sydney Lassick, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, William Redfield, or Vincent Schiavelli.

  4. Come play SUPER Asteroids in the Lynx HSC.  New round starting today! 

  5. Come play Rocketeer: Rebooted in the Jaguar High Score club!  Extra shiny prizes are up for grabs. 

  6. Merry New Year! Would you like some beef jerky?

    1. Cobra Kai

      Cobra Kai

      I'm at the age that I'm supposed to avoid salty snacks. :(

    2. high voltage

      high voltage

      It's the year 2022....Soylent Green.....is people

  7. I have some serious corrosion on the pins of an NES cart I bought. Cotton swabs and iso aren't doing it.  What can I use to safely remove these spots without damaging the cart?

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    2. Keatah

      Keatah

      I'm continually surprised (maybe even dismayed a bit) that DeOxit isn't more well-known. And even that generic contact cleaner isn't a go-to solution for this sort of thing. Instead the general populace relies on breath droplets and alcohol. All damaging!

    3. sixersfan105

      sixersfan105

      When 91% isopropyl alcohol doesn't get the job done, I use a dab of brass cleaner (two common brands are Brasso and Weiman's) on a qtip, followed by a dry qtip, followed by another round of qtip with isopropyl. Very effective. Some will claim that brasso will destroy the contacts but I have never found that to be the case. To the contrary, it has brought back a few NES (and Genesis, etc.) cartridges from the dead!

    4. Keatah

      Keatah

      The problem not necessarily in the in the cleaning. Sometimes cleaning can be too good.

       

      A contact cleaner leaves a lubricating barrier behind that protects against wear and oxidation. Two major enemies against cartridges.

  8. I have been playing Doom Resurrection on 32X with the Tempest 2000 Soundtrack playing in the Sega CD.  Quite the trip; my pace is a bit more frenetic than usual!  Up next: Rammstein. 

  9. I am getting a free Encyclopedia Brittanica full set (15th ed, 1991 pub plus yearbooks) tomorrow.  Excited to have these on my bookshelf and become a learned scholar. 

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    2. Monk

      Monk

      Looks like you are really going to need it.

       

      I mean, it's "Encyclopædia Britannica", not Encyclopedia Brittanica".

       

      How do you butcher BOTH WORDS of a two-word name of something?

    3. Gunstar

      Gunstar

      That is really funny, and I even followed suit:dunce:, because I looked at what he wrote to make sure I spelled it right, but I didn't think about it long enough to notice his spelling!:dunce: I know perfectly well we call them British and not Brittish, (hell, I grew up playing RPG's by Lord British!) or Brit's and not Britt's:rolling: The Brittany's are coming, and they have Spears, :oeveryone run for your lives!:skull:

    4. Rick Dangerous
  10. Come play Battlezone 2000 in the Lynx High Score Club! 

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    2. Gunstar

      Gunstar

      I just looked into the LCD/VGA kit and found there are several sources available and for a lot cheaper than when I checked last, by about $150! I just ordered one, along with a voltage regulator rebuild kit (I probably have all the components already, but it was less than $2), with shipping for about $100! So maybe I'll join in the next high score club game...

    3. jgkspsx

      jgkspsx

      FINE! I WILL!

    4. jgkspsx

      jgkspsx

      @Gunstar there's always emulation too!

  11. Well I "won" my case with the IRS RE my ebay sales for 2019.  I now owe them $278 instead of $1500.  Woohoo! I'll take it..

    1. doctorclu

      doctorclu

      Wow, how much did you make with ebay?  😮

       

    2. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      That was for around $5k in sales for the year.  I typically sell 2-6k of stuff a year, literally just stuff that would be taking up space in my house otherwise. 

    3. thanatos

      thanatos

      Ugh, that's why I fear doing a mass purge, which is probably coming at some point.  I have no way of knowing what I paid for stuff 20 years ago - and it's certainly in the realm of lots of capital gains.

       

  12. Pre-ordered the Analogue Pocket.  Seems like quite the all-in-one retro portable solution.  Excited to check it out in person.

  13. The older i get the less i like living somewhere cold and/or being cold. 

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    2. Crazy Climber

      Crazy Climber

      Yeah, I'm in MN and it's pretty cold here. I honestly don't care for it. Once the kids are grown up I'm moving (or sooner if I can convince them!)

       

    3. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      If you're feverish or sick, the Cold Really sucks!  And heat is OK in the Summer to a point,...Yet, if you get carsick like me,  Heat can be one oppressing force, absolutely agonizing if you're in a car with someone else (unpredictably) driving, and then you throw up!  So...Cold will never do that to you.

    4. Max_Chatsworth

      Max_Chatsworth

      Lived in Hawaii for 28 years, just here in KC for a few years then heading back to our house in Hawaii to live out our days there.  I could stay someplace cold, but my wife is born/raised in the islands and couldn't retire here. 

  14. Come play Kobayashi Maru: Redux in the Jaguar High Score Club! 

    1. Frozone212

      Frozone212

      Isn't that the Suicide salesman game on Newgrounds?

    2. Machine

      Machine

      Great selection of games and prizes!

    3. Frozone212

      Frozone212

      Can i use emulation?

  15. We have 14 participants in the Lynx HSC.  Come play some T-Tris, new round up today!  

  16. Vinyl is overpriced.  I'm going back to CD's. 

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    2. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      Many of my friends who are "into" vinyl have like $100 best-buy turntables.  It's so pointless!  You really are doing it just for the nostalgia if you have a cheap table (sub $300.). If you want to get a nice table for cheap, go for something from the 70's/80's which was peak build and sound quality. 

    3. BydoEmpire

      BydoEmpire

      There are different reasons people enjoy vinyl, though. For me it's not at all about sound quality. It's about the experience of selecting a record, putting on a side, listening to a defined, concrete work of music of a certain length, deciding to flip the record or pick something else, all the album artwork...

    4. Gunstar

      Gunstar

      You definitely need a high-quality turn-table, amplifier and speakers to get the best out of the fidelity and dynamic range of vinyl. I use an old, but once top of the line JVC 80's quadrophonic rack stereo system, except for my old turntable that's Pioneer. I bought it about 20 years ago when my JVC turntable bit the dust (before I knew how to fix such things). Which will now be replaced with an even better one. At least they both match the silver motif of the JVC equipment. Nothing beats big 3-way floor speakers in the four corners of the room, along with a good turntable for Vinyl. And with the new turntable with it's shock absorbers I can crank up that bass more and not worry about skipping the needle! 

       

      The one thing about my new turntable I don't like is that it has no cover to keep the dust off! I guess professional D.J.'s don't need that. It means I'll have to get a dust cover for it still. I just assumed, even though it doesn't show it on the box, that there would be at least a soft plastic cover for it in the box. in the mean time I'll have to use the plastic bag it was covered in, in the Styrofoam.

  17. The next physical media which is going to skyrocket in price is movies.  I'm starting to see it already.  The last release of many of your favorite movies was likely 5-15 years ago now, with many great movies (new or old) never even making it to blu-ray.  

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    2. simbalion

      simbalion

      Heck, I just spent a whopping $5 on a clean DVD copy of Tango & Cash. So far no spikes in stores here.

    3. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      We're just past the bottom of the market. Its low print cult flicks that are starting to spike. Get em' while you can at $5!

    4. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      TBH,  I can find Most things streaming on the internet,  but I do hate it when shows have missing episodes, or movies or episodes are mislabeled, or if there's another movie with the same, or very similar name...For example,  at one point I'd been trying to find The Party Animal (1984) but some Pixar movie kept coming up haha...

  18. Apparently Atari is releasing some previously unreleased 2600 games (3) though their Atari XP program.  I'm interested but $50 for a loose cart is a little steep...$150 for the "collectors edition" with some goodies. 

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    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      I do hope people are smart enough to realize what a bunch of #@#%&^$heads this "version" of "atari" is.  They don't like us.  They see us only as targets to be sued, work they can steal or customers to support their crap product cash grabs.   

    3. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      It's a no-brainer to have a cart/box/manual offering.  Not sure their logic here on "Cart only" and "fully loaded baked potato" tiers with nothing in between.  Plus $50 for cart only is really a rip; special plastic or not. 😂

    4. jstrotha0975

      jstrotha0975

      Yeah I preordered all 3 standard editions.

  19. After reading a number of reviews I think i'm skipping the new Bond (very sadly as i'm a big fan).  Too dark, no charm/fun, what happed to the old 007 I grew up with?

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    2. moycon

      moycon

      I liked it. Wasn't the best of the Craig films, but probably in the middle for me. They threw in lots of throwbacks to older series, including "funny" one liners. The CIA girl was my favorite character ( 3 weeks training) but yeah it's ultimately a drag because of the ending. Reminds me of Infinity War or End Game ending. I'd say if you're a huge fan to watch it in spite of what others say and judge for yourself. If any newer film ruins your respect for any series, then just take solace in the fact you're old and only watch old movies. 

    3. jhd

      jhd

      Moycon's comments are entirely correct. It was overall disappointing. There were some decent action sequences, but it was overall far too dark. I was not thrilled with the inclusion of a child character; she added nothing. Skyfall is my least favourite Bond film, but this movie did its best to dislodge it from last-place.  

    4. SlidellMan

      SlidellMan

      I lost interest in Bond films when I heard how bad Die Another Day ways, and Don't see the appeal of the Craig Bond.

  20. I was clacking away on my wireless logitech and i realized: life is too short to use a cheap keyboard and mouse. 

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    2. Charlie Cat

      Charlie Cat

      I use to like their speakers Rick. In fact. I made a fun project of a mini entertainment center with them. ;-)

    3. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      Yeah I didn't mean to pick on Logitech, they make some really nice stuff. I just happen to have their El cheapo $24 keyboard/mouse combo at my work computer.  Now that I have a nice wired KB/Mouse for gaming I realize I want that all the time. The crisp clack of a proper mechanical keyboard. And yes @stirrellthe old IBM keyboards were THE BEST!

    4. The Usotsuki

      The Usotsuki

      An el-cheapo's good for a backup.

       

      Model F FTW - nothing clacks like an F. Model M's good too. And my current board is a custom board with MX Blues inspired by the Space Cadet.

  21. Come play some Rebooted HMS Raptor in the Jaguar HSC this round!  Fun prizes abound....shiny shiny prizes. 

    1. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      OOOoooh!   Are they sparkly?  Oh wait!  I don't have a Jaguar :(

  22. What is your least favorite specific game genre?  After a lot of thought mine is probably puzzle platformers. 

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    2. frankodragon

      frankodragon

      Sports (except bowling) and strategy are not my cup of tea.

    3. Reaperman

      Reaperman

      Action Roguelikes.  Even though I don't play them, they *still* manage to peeve me off by making it impossible to find actual Roguelikes.

    4. bubufubu

      bubufubu

      FPS (multi vs/online vs) -  Mind you, I love me some shooters, especially the retro kind.  Third person adventures with characters, a story, atmospheric music, a variety of weapons & stages, varying degrees of difficulty, and AI to learn.  Something I can really be in awe of and immerse myself into while maintaining focus.  I can tolerate some of the older ones that don't offer me the same level of appeal if I'm competing for a high score.

       

      The first person aspect doesn't bother me too much.  I'm not a fan of the artwork and level designs I've seen.  The online communities tend to be a fucking cesspool of the immature, overly superficial, and hyper competitive (win at all costs).  Tons of shit talking and bragging.  Huge turn-off.  My biggest issue is the mindless monotony and boredom.  They're too lacking in substance, for my taste, and end up being heavily dependent upon the personalities of the people who play them.  Problem with that is I don't care for many of the personalities behind the players.  So, it's the genre and its communities.  Even playing against friends, I still find it to be quite boring.  I'm certainly not against playing with others.  If we're talking a co-op shooter against the AI, then that's a different story.  I'm all for that.  Dominate as a tag team.  You perform the superplex off the top rope and I'll nail the flying crossbody.  I'm not against competition, either (as others on here can attest to).  I've played many a sports game against friends.

       

      The genre is annoyingly popular, as well.  Casual gamers (from nobodies to celebrities) love to tell you what FPS they're playing.  (" I play Fortnite!  I'm cool, right guys? ")  The community aspect seems to be the only important part.  I have ventured into the multi/online FPS world several times over the last 20 years and it's simply not for me.  It figures that I'm not into mindless action movies, either.  Like all things zombies, I think the world needs a 20 year break from it.

       

      Fighting Games (online vs/tournaments) - Similar to above

  23. Watched Brewsters Millions last night (Blu-ray), a mid-80's under-appreciated comedy gem.  

    1. Charlie Cat

      Charlie Cat

      @Rick Dangerous I use to belly laugh when they had the moving floating Brewersberg with the American Flag rolling around that will help those thirsty Arab farmers in the desert Rick. And guess what? It worked and was a total success !! :rolling:

       

       

      Anthony...

    2. Rick Dangerous

      Rick Dangerous

      My parents had it on betamax. Many funny moments and cameos (Rick Moranis for one).

  24. Come play Centipede in the Lynx High Score Club mini-season Round 8, up now! 

  25. Limited Run Games announced out of the blue they are re-releasing Worms: Armageddon for N64 and GBC today.  Two good and sought after games.  Gotta pull the trigger and burn some plastic I guess.. 

    1. ClassicGMR

      ClassicGMR

      Dayum! :) Thanks for the heads up. My son would love the N64 version.

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