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  1. We (myself and CatNapDreams from here) are having Tacos tonight... I am certainly compelled to post an image of this to de-celebrate the Atari IBS or whatever the new "thing" was supposed to be called. *(no offense to those with actual IBS, only used for attempted comedic purposes) MrBlackCat
  2. Been playing the Atari a bit as I haven't in weeks... PacMan, E.T. Galaxian, Frogger... I don't play long honestly, but the idea of playing Galaga on this hardware is fascinating. I have always enjoyed arcade games ported to a system this "low end" as it is interesting what sacrifices are chosen to allow it. I will certainly be buying the physical form of this game when available. While I don't program for the Atari and have no idea how they actually work, I do work as a software engineer for some (non-gaming) systems... but still, having read all of this thread, and considering some of the methods described to get this running, I can compare what was done with original Atari programs and have a good idea of the inventiveness it took to get something like this running so well. Thank you guys again for doing this. Amazing job. MrBlackCat
  3. This thing just keeps getting better and better... I will SO be getting one of these as soon as they are available to purchase. MrBlackCat
  4. Cool! A new Atari flashback in a different case for ten times the price! Just what I wanted... I think sandbox mode is when my dog buries it in the sandbox after I toss it outside just because I have enough Flashbacks. I am really glad I didn't back this thing. They must have figured an easy way out... it would be a dangerous game not to produce now after all that info. At least they finally got an update. I wish best of luck to all those who backed this thing. I hope some people get something that they can enjoy. MrBlackCat
  5. LOL! I would buy it. "But will it play Pong? Because that is the only game I have ever heard of... did I mention my obsession with Pong?" (sorry, that Fox business interview was just sad on multiple levels) Ok... I see your E.T. and raise you this... A game called T.P! No, I am not trolling of a game about Toilet Paper, though it might seem appropriate for the current state of Atari. I'm talking about Taco Pong! A game where the objective is to fill your Taco with the right ingredients in the right order... rather than paddles, you will have taco shells.. Rather than a ball, you will have randomly generated ingredients for your taco. Pressing fire turns your taco to the open side for a limited time which allows you to catch the current ingredient, otherwise it bounces off the back of the taco giving your opponent the chance to catch that ingredient. MrBlackCat (Ok, I have to admit I didn't think of this just now... I originally wrote this game on a Commodore Vic-20 in the mid 80's, but it still fits here. )
  6. If all they have is the 3D printed box... that would be the prototype. Maybe the 3D printed box we keep seeing is the extra-large keychain (with LED) that comes with the package... and we are to receive a USB stick with a borrowed emulator on it, which contains links to emulation software by people that actually have companies or at least a working product as well as links to the Atari merchandising websites. MrBlackCat
  7. I've never bought a Homebrew game for my systems before... so how long on average could/will it be before this makes it to a cartridge and or into a box? Just curious, as I will buy this as soon as there is a way for Champ Games to take my money... amazing. MrBlackCat
  8. Will both the smaller and larger versions be shown at this time, or only the "full size" version? MrBlackCat
  9. Yet another thread with direct access to my wallet... A REAL product... I am SO glad I didn't "pro-order" a AtacoBox... so sad is that situation for all those people... unless you like Taco Memes. This is really great to see... a project with heart in the right place. This will get my support day one. MrBlackCat
  10. It does appear a LITTLE bit vertically compact... I am 6'2 and my full size cabinets are are 5'10. Floor to control surface is 3'6. I know there isn't a real standard so to speak, but vertically, it looks rather compact. While this wouldn't effect my decision to buy this... Just go ahead and take my money. MrBlackCat
  11. Look like a render to me... probably never make it to market... probably just keep our three million dollars too. (KIDDING!) OH WAIT! This isn't the Ataco-Box! Take my money... and I will have some left at the suggested price point. The only deal breaker for me at this point would be if this goes to an IndieGoGo listing. I can't wait for details to get ironed out... the funds are set and waiting for this one. MrBlackCat
  12. Maybe because you don't get millions of dollars handed to you for building a FlashBack. They just cut out the middle man! (AtGames) Not having to provide a product greatly increases profit. They business plan flowchart is probably just about how to appear as though you are making something to the people you got the money from in the most efficient way, to keep as much of the donated capital as possible. All jokes aside, working around the legal system shows you this is actually practiced... (as well as following this thread shows) and in cases like this, it is technically legal. MrBlackCat
  13. I experience this also... I should stop looking on eBay and Amazon and stop posting on AtariAge and go play some games! Is kind of like flipping channels for some people I think. I don't actually watch television and haven't done so in almost 20 years now. I haven't ever owned cable or anything like that. I am not anti-television, just non-television. The point being that although I don't experience it, I have seen first hand "flipping channels" and never stopping... and I relate that to my own struggling to pick a game or system to play at times. Years ago, I never had difficulty with game selection, when I had only a few systems and a few games each. (Maybe I have forgotten?) Handheld gaming is the same... there are 7 handhelds on my nightstand right now. SO many games just right there... Sudoku or GTA: LCS? Such a massive range is available. DooM on the GBM (e.g. run and gun) or something deep and odd like The Unfinished Swan or Flower on the Vita? I would like to believe I enjoy the nearly unlimited options, but I am not so sure anymore. I find this with many of my hobbies which can now offer a great deal of options. My next hobby needs to be a study course in decision making maybe. Maybe this is the edge of what it is like to be extremely financially wealthy... the more stuff you have, the less satisfying it becomes. I must be wealthy! MrBlackCat
  14. I am sure this will be my first Homebrew purchase ever... Amazing... Take my money. MrBlackCat
  15. Here is kind how things went for me... Early 80's Dad got us a Commodore Vic-20 and three game cartridges. We wanted an Atari of course, but this thing was great. I wasn't collecting as I was an unemployed teenager in school. I was still living at home when I was 19, and had started picking up C-64's (even an SX) and other Commodore games and systems at pawn shops and yard sales. Then PC's happened. I wasn't a console person, but I did have a Genesis an Atari and something else I got out and played occasionally, but I was a PC Network game guy at the time. I was using PC's at my job, learned networking, then DooM came out supporting IPX over LAN. By the mid 90's I had several PC's with every Network based PC game I could find. I had DooM, HerEtic, HeXen, TekWar, Corridor 7, etc. All of them, in multiples for however many machines I was running them on. Then Quake Came out. In a year or less I had three modems and phone lines in the Quake dedicated server, which ran 24-7 until 2001. The Quake era was huge, but Duke Nukem 3D is what REALLY started the broad "collecting"... I started looking at other ways to play Duke Nukem games while waiting on the next expansion and later waiting for Duke Nukem Forever to come out. Someone had given me a PS1 as I wasn't into consoles when they came out, so I got the third Person Duke Nukem games for PS1, as well as the semi-port of Duke Nukem 3D. Time to Kill, Planet of the Babes and Total Meltdown. Great times. Further down the rabbit hole... I got way into Duke Nukem games and decided to get Duke Nukem for every system it was put on, in every form. This lead to merchandise. I got every Duke Nukem game/add-on, shirt, memory card, book/manual/guide, store display available, from around the world. This has left me with the largest collection of Duke Nukem items in the world. My game room is Duke Nukem themed. I built this 8ft Nukem symbol in the floor. Ok... getting excessive, I will summarize more. I eventually obtained most every mainstream game console and handheld made, and still do minus a few years. (I don't have an xBox 1, but I do have a PS4.) They are all hooked up and accessible at all times, so it takes up lots of space. Backtracking a little... when I started "collecting" it was only First Person Shooters or "DooM-a-Likes", and their add-ons/expansions/shovelware. By the end of the 90's it got to be too many, so in my effort to "control" this expansion, I realized how much I enjoyed the box art of the 90's, so I stopped collecting any DOS FPS that wasn't boxed. I just rotated my game boxes from storage to sit on the computers and shelves every once in a while. It looked like this back then... In the early 2000's I moved to another house and had space. I thought I had plenty of space until I got EVERYTHING I had collected in one space. I am building shelves on the ceiling, racks on the ceiling, and the seating in the room are custom built for storage. So now... Now I am watching people (like Bill L) end up backing off. I am not sure where to go from here... My DOS FPS collection is at around 400 Unique Boxed games, so it is mostly done, no issue there. Console cartridges and disk based systems I only buy specific games I want to play, and I do I keep wanted lists for console games and have budgets for these things. Right now I only buy special editions or collectors editions of specific games like DooM, Red Dead Redemption II and such... so it is slowed down, but still excessive with over 1000 games. I won't live long enough to play them all at this point. I do track them in a spread sheet and play them mood-based. I few years ago I picked up all the Halo series as I had not played them... great games, I see why they were so popular. Anyway, I have mostly controlled expansion by limiting purchase to game-room decor' based editions... Edit: Forgot this section... Plug-N-Play and Modern Mini's... These are an issue as there are so many now and I generally buy all of them. I call this "The Retro Tower of Shame", which has now reached the ceiling. Most of the units are in place in a cabinet for instant access, but still. There are just too many, and I really never had "a plan" on a control point for them. I want them all, but that has become impractical. I didn't get all versions of the Flashback consoles and handhelds, which is a start, but still, this is a point of issue. This is an older image, and now the stack is literally to the ceiling with spares... Then I saw the post about the Homebrew for Galaga 2600... this will be my first Homebrew purchase. Am I catering to nostalgia, or I am starting down a road I am already resisting? We shall see. MrBlackCat
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