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  1. Lol...he drops the price every few hours. By noon tomorrow he should be down to the proper $20.
  2. I always assumed it had something to do with Sears since Outer Space was always in their stores well into the 80s. Not an exclusive title like Steeplechase, but close enough. Only way I knew Star Ship existed (and was the same game) was through the game catalogs included with the older games like Flag Capture. But Star Ship and Space Invaders couldn't be more different and why keep selling it at Sears? I believe Star Raiders was released in '82. Imagic Star Voyager and Activision Starmaster were also '82 games so there was no competition until years later.
  3. I think Outer Space was the first Sears game I bought for my Atari. I liked it back then and still do. The sound effects give off an ambience which is rare for a 2600 game. If I want the ultimate best in that genre, I'll fire up the SuperCharger and load in Phaser Patrol.
  4. You need to be more specific. I,III,4,4P,4D,II,12,16,6000,100,102,200,mc-10,coco1,coco2,coco3,2000...get the idea? Also what kind of video issue? Text messed up, graphics, random characters? Does it respond to keyboard commands?
  5. The guy is stupid enough to post that he had to relist due to bad buyers messing with bids. He mentions receiving threats. He then mentions receiving hate mail. He put 3 giant red flags right in the description.🚩🚩🚩 If anyone is stupid enough to bid on and win that game, they deserve exactly what they get. And with the way he's worded things, I doubt eBay will do anything if someone complains about receiving a fake.
  6. I'd love to find one of those...one of the coolest computers ever made. Did it come with a communications program? If so, use a null modem to download programs from your PC. I often do that with my Model III. I download anything I want for the III off the internet to my PC. I use DOSBOX to run Telix (what I used to call BBSs with back in the 80s) in host mode. I attach the III to my PC with the null modem cable and use my favorite comm program on the III. It's just like calling a BBS with my III and the PC being the BBS. If your current PC doesn't have an RS232 port, you can buy a USB to RS232 adapter...pretty cheap and Best Buy stocks them. I'd also look into the DD upgrade. I have no idea what it involves but the people on vcfed.org should be able to help.
  7. Cameras were around back then. Surely a super star go getter like you has plenty of incredible back in the day photos you can share with us. Right? 🏆⭐
  8. Try your bank. I like $2 bills and they always seem to have plenty kicking around.
  9. First game I ever saw with the 50¢ tag was Missile Command with the Super Missile Attack kit at Aladdin's Castle. It had a large warning on it stating it was for professional players only...it had a real seriousness to it, and when someone dared to play, a crowd gathered. My Missile Command has the 50¢ labels, one of these days I need to change them out. The lame laser games were the real start of 50¢ plays followed by the very expensive cockpits that move around like a ride. The machines are very versatile in how they can be setup. Below are the settings for my Asteroids Deluxe and as you can see, a 3rd slot was available and supported. Games like Defender also support a 3rd slot and have even more options set through an on screen bookkeeping display instead of DIPs. 8 SWITCH DIP (L8) 87654321 -------- ......11 Free Play ......10 1 Coin = 2 Plays ......01 1 Coin = 1 Play ......00 2 Coins = 1 Play ....11.. Right coin mech * 1 ....10.. Right coin mech * 4 ....01.. Right coin mech * 5 ....00.. Right coin mech * 6 ...1.... Center coin mech * 1 ...0.... Center coin mech * 2 111..... No bonus coins 110..... For every 2 coins inserted, game logic adds 1 more coin 101..... For every 4 coins inserted, game logic adds 1 more coin 100..... For every 4 coins inserted, game logic adds 2 more coins 011..... For every 5 coins inserted, game logic adds 1 more coin 4 SWITCH DIP (M12) 4321 ---- ..11 All coin mechs same denomination ..10 Left and center mechs = same, right is different denomination ..01 Left = one denomination, right and center = another denomination ..00 All 3 mechs different denominations
  10. It may be including the ROM which is 16K total? Add your 8K and you're up to 24K. Also, are you sure the memory card is only 8K? I have one that's 32K. See how Radio Shacks lists the memory here. http://www.radioshackcatalogs.com/html/catalogs_extra/1984_rsc-10/hr057.html
  11. The carnival I mentioned was the most obvious, I don't think one game in there was legitimate. Major arcades and stores usually had real arcade games, I'm sure for legal reasons. Mid to late 80s they were really showing up in places like flea markets and dumpy Kwik-E-Marts. There were endless Pac bootlegs back in the day, and they all sucked imo. I remember a crappy version of Frogger. Many Space Invaders bootlegs, the one in the video features fish and plays upside-down...only $3500 for what's sure to be a quarter vacuum in 1982! 👍 A few very sad versions of Galaxian. Gallag was a bootleg of Galaga and played the same but there were others that were total garbage. Moon Cresta was a favorite of mine but the hacks looked and sounded horrible. Vector games were about the only ones safe from being bootlegged. The people in the video had little business sense. With a little research they would have noticed all the popular titles had major names attached to them. Instead they chose an unheard of company with unheard of games and paid a premium. If they really paid $3500 each, they could have bought a Ms. Pac-Man for less!
  12. I wish there was a copyright date at the end of this video. I remember those crap knock-off games coming out right after the arcade scene peaked. Those were "any port in a storm" games. You'd be some place with your parents that you really didn't want to be, get excited to see a few arcade games only to be disappointed when you walked up to them...but played them anyway because they were better than nothing. Even more disappointing is when you'd hear one from a distance and expect to play one of your old favorites, only to find out it's using recycled sound effects from good games. This was also a time when the next generation of games were coming out such as Moon Patrol, Pole Position, Crystal Castles, Congo Bongo, Paperboy, etc. Those knock-offs had graphics and sound from the late 70s. I bet this video was late '82 into '83 and the people buying those turds were completely clueless. The Marcy D'Arcy doppelganger cracks me up. I think it was the summer of '83 when our Church decided to have a giant arcade tent at the annual carnival. This was a big event that took over our downtown. As kids, we were all stoked over this new addition. When we walked in, it had to be 50 of those knock-off games. All cabinets were either black or covered in vinyl wood grain. The only one semi recognizable was a Ms. Pac hack in a bastardized cabinet. Being in Indiana, I wouldn't doubt if they came from the company in this video. Needless to say, it was a huge flop and didn't return next year.
  13. Unless the cabinet was customized by someone, it'll be a normal Ms. Pac cabinet. What you played was nothing more than a ROM hack and there are easily dozens of different hacks out there. I've yet to play one that makes the game more fun. Although, Ms. Pac-Mortem is really cool if you're having a Halloween party, and it plays the same as the original.
  14. I think I mentioned prices coming down and I was giving specific pricing in specific years. I also don't see any catalog listings showing the C64 at $150 until the end of 1985. Add in the painfully slow/most inferior disk drive ever made, and the price is still near $400. 8 bit systems bought during their prime cost a fortune. Of course by 1986 they were all dirt cheap because it was old technology. The Amiga, ST, Apple IIGS and all the PC clones made them look like toys and you didn't have to be rich to afford them. In 1985 you could buy an ST that included a disk drive and monitor for $200 less than what a bare Atari 800 originally cost. I owned a Tandy 1000EX with 640K, CM4 color monitor (bought on clearance) and a 2nd external 3.5" drive and had about $950 invested.
  15. How much cheaper was Atari? The 400 was $550 with 8K, a horrible membrane keyboard and no built in BASIC. Buy a tape deck, BASIC cartridge and a monochrome monitor and now what's the cost? Atari 800 was a phenomenal computer on par with the Apple II series. It also started off at $1,000 which is right up there with Apple pricing...especially when you factor in some of the educational discounts Apple offered. Want to add RAM, disk drives, color monitor and modem to either of them and you're probably at $3,000. The Commodore 64 was released many years later with a $600 price tag...Atari and Apple also came down in price by that time. MSDOS based PCs has nothing to do with the generation above. IBM and clones didn't start to take on the home market until after the mid 80s. And something like a $600 Tandy 1000EX (with a floppy drive and 256K!) made the previous generation of computers look like toys.
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