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    Nagoya, Japan
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    PC & video games (#1: RPGs), horror movies (esp. pre-1990s), boxing & jogging, piano & guitar

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  1. @YSG2020 I've ordered a bunch of games and accessories in two batches from Video 61 (http://www.atarisales.com/) and have always had a great experience with them, very friendly and they don't get upset if you try to order more than three things at once. I've also ordered big batches of games from B & ComputerVisions (http://www.ebaystores.com/Atari-Sales-and-Service). They had a webstore at one point, but seem to only deal on Ebay now. Have only had good experiences with them. Finally, I once placed a big order of used Lynx/Jag games from GOAT Store (https://www.goatstore.com/) and had zero problems with them.
  2. It's nearly impossible to choose just one. So many awesome games came out in the 1980s, especially RPGs. I think I'd probably rank Wizardry V: Heart of the Maelstrom as my absolute favorite computer game from that decade.
  3. @IntelliMission Agree 100%. It's sad how little representation DOS games (also the 8 and 16 bit computers you mentioned) get not only in the professional media, but in the amateur media (Youtube etc.). Everything is very Japanese console-centric everywhere you go. If you went by these sources, the history of video games is : Nintendo saved the industry from Atari's ruin, Nintendo and Sega competed with their 16-bit consoles, the PSX took over, and modern gaming is MS versus Sony year after year with quirky Nintendo consoles bringing up the rear.
  4. IMO, the "real time first person dungeon crawler" RPG sub-genre began and also peaked with Dungeon Master. You really can't do anything else with it, besides improving the graphics. You can't make the mechanics any more complicated due to having to manage a party in real time, and there's only so much you can do with puzzles in a step-based engine. Making it a free-movement game not based on a grid would basically turn it into a really weird first-person shooter. The subgenre pretty much just got worse and worse as time went on, because there was nowhere else to go. The Eye of the Beholder series tries to cram D&D mechanics into Dungeon Master, but none of it gels well at all. There were several Dungeon Master clones released on Amiga, but even the best of them (Black Crypt) doesn't top Dungeon Master. Anvil of Dawn and Lands of Lore simplify everything in comparison to Dungeon Master, and try to get by just with some very impressive graphics and sound. Of course, the subgenre got a somewhat recent boost in popularity with Legend of Grimrock, but it brings absolutely nothing new to the formula other than nice graphics (arguable, I much prefer the sprites in Dungeon Master). LoG then resulted in a ton of LoG clones that are nowhere near as good as LoG, never mind Dungeon Master. One obscure game that actually brings something new to the formula is Fall of the Dungeon Guardians, which brings massively multiplayer online-esque cooldown-timers to combat. It allows you to benefit from the real time nature of combat (escape from a monster, turn the corner and wait for it to appear so you can get some free ranged attack/magic hits), but prevents you from "square-dancing" around enemies to completely trivialize combat (a hallmark of the worst of the Dungeon Master clones). The only other way I can see to expand on this kind of game would be to place the game is a massive open world. Legend of Grimdark 2 attempts this, but there's only so much you can do. Running through a giant open field with a bunch of enemies zeroing in on you would just be tedious, as this type of combat only works when you are kept in narrow corridors.
  5. @chuckwalla I just played and completed Wasteland for the first time a couple of months back. I had a blast, and felt that the game aged very well.
  6. @wierd_w I've played both 6 and 7 but haven't finished either (though I did get very far into 6). Right now I'm focusing on the Might & Magic series, but plan to complete Wiz 6&7 in the next year or so. Have you played Wizards & Warriors? If you liked Wiz 7 over 8, you might like W&W also. It's from the same guy that developed Wiz 5, 6, and 7.
  7. Oh man, DOS games. As a young kid I played mostly games on my Atari, NES, and then C64... but once I got my first PC everything else went in the closet. My first few games were Commander Keen: Invasion of the Vorticons (a friend of my older brother's gave me a copy), Ultima VII, Quest for Glory III, and Legend of Kyrandia. Ultima VII barely ran on my PC (386-16, below even the min requirements I think...), but I got a friend to make a copy of Ultima VI for me. I didn't feel too bad about pirating, as I had bought the (horrible) C64 version of games years before. PC DOS was my primary gaming platform for years and years. So many great games on there. All those great shareware games from Apogee and Epic. All those amazing games from Origin that continued to push your harder with each release until you finally gave in and upgraded! The point and click adventure games from Sierra and Lucasarts that looked like you were playing a painting or a cartoon. I still play DOS games more than anything else to this day, though it's through DOSBOX (currently working through Might & Magic Book One after completing Wizardry 1-3+5). I'd love to build a 386 or 486 some day, but it's extremely hard to find hardware here in Japan. DOSBOX doesn't feel 100% right, but it's close enough for the kinds of games I like.
  8. You should consider getting a Roland MT-32 and Sound Canvas SC-55 to go along with your Roland speakers!
  9. Great video! A lot of the top selling games in the US were titles developed by EA and Sega of America, which were the sources of much of the GEMS abuse that took place, so the MD gets a lot of (unfair) flack for poor audio quality. It's a shame because the MD can sound amazing when programmed properly, as your video shows!
  10. For classic hardware, my 800XL followed somewhat closely by my Apple IIc. For modern hardware, I've got a Das Keyboard for my work PC and I love it. My job requires constant typing and I work anywhere from 8-10 hours a day 5-6 days a week, and my Das Keyboard works just as well as the day I got it years ago.
  11. My first console ever was a 2600/VCS handed down from my older brother when I was very young. My first very own console was a 7800. I had so much fun playing Food Fight, Choplifter, and even Pole Position II. The graphics really impressed me! I was also thrilled that I could play my inherited 2600 games on it, too.
  12. Very nice! I especially like your cable management, very clean.
  13. Hello all, I'm looking to replace my XEGS, which had been ravaged by leaky caps and is now dead. I only need the console unit itself (fully functional of course), as I have a working keyboard, power supply, cables, etc. I'm in Japan so shipping will be crazy expensive, but I'm fine with that!
  14. @Mclaneinc Actually, my consoles are in my living room I keep my beloved computers with me in my office, where I am most of the week!
  15. Short answer: HELL YEAH Long answer: I got hit hard by the Atari bug a while back, and I think a big part of it was lurking here at AtariAge. Reading all the great topics here brought me back to when I was a kid, playing Spy Hunter and figuring out how to load my Temple of Apshai cassette on the 600 (maybe 800) XL I inherited from my older brother. It's funny because I really had zero interest whatsoever in the Atari 8-bit computer line from then until just a while back, as my main computer growing up was a C64 and I (very foolishly) assumed the Atari 8-bit line had nothing to offer that I couldn't find on my C64. Well, one day I was on Ebay looking for Atari 7800 games, and I found a reseller selling "old new stock" XEGS systems... I knew that it was a consolized 8-bit, so I decided to add it to my collection. A few weeks later, it was here and I was having a blast with it! I couldn't believe what I had missed. After that I managed to get a nice deal on a beautiful 800XL here on AtariAge, and now I've got it hooked up in a place of honor right next to my treasured C64, ready to play at any time. I was just playing Spy Hunter on it, actually!
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