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About Chris-in-NJ

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    Archive British TV, historical novels, mysteries
  1. Really want to grab myself this one soon. Never heard of it in the arcades, but looks like a simplified Beamrider. Or is Beamrider a more difficult Juno First?
  2. 1985-vintage Toshiba 19" CRT. Has composite video in, which I use for my Flashbacks (Atari 2 and Colecovision). My 7800 is RF all the way, using monster cable and an RCA-to-coax adapter. When my 5200s worked, I'd connect my 2-port the same way.
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    Bought it new and loved it, but only on the easiest version, because I could never get past the spider room on any other variation, no matter how hard I tried. I also managed to extend the opening level for as long as I wanted (most of the time.) Must dig it out and give it a spin or two.
  4. I've had a working 7800 since the mid '80s, and would play my 2600 games on it. I also had a 2600 console that I'd left at my parents' house when I got married in 1999, which I neglected, and my father *threw away* a few years after that! I have never liked Pitfall! or Adventure. I have never owned an Adventure cart. When younger, I would peel the labels off my Imagic carts and put them on the other way around so that I could fit the carts in the Atari-branded brown album-thing cartridge holders and still have their names visible. I have only played Warlords with 4 players once in my life, and that was about 35 years ago. I now have two sets of paddles for the first time ever (found a set at a flea market back in May) bit have yet to find 3 players who'd like to play it at the same time as me.
  5. Wow, I can use a 2600 Trackball on this if I have a Redemption adapter? I have both, must give it a try, once I get one of my 5200s repaired (again.) There's one thing that sticks out in this version which looks like it's incomplete - near the end of some levels, some insects will come out, particularly the one that walks along the bottom of the screen, and the next millipede doesn't appear until they're all gone. The arcade game and 2600 versions aren't like this. Does the 8-bit version do this too? Hope I've expressed myself clearly enough
  6. Perhaps I should mention that I prefer an actual stick, rather than a Nintendo-style thing with four little pushbuttons. I'm not into modern gaming at all, so have no system newer than a 7800. My kids have a Wii and I've tried to play games on it that require joystick-type movement and have failed miserably I would think the same would hold true for Sega Genesis controllers. Why, oh why do all these modern controllers put the firing buttons on the right-hand side???
  7. As luck would have it, the Sega Genesis compatible joystick I bought a few weeks ago for my 2600/single-button 7800 games decided to stop moving to the right this morning, so I'm looking for a replacement. Much as I hate the Pain-Line sticks, I have a 5200 Redemption adapter that uses them, so I'm looking for one, as well as a decent 2600 single-button stick to use when I don't need both buttons. Manufacturer doesn't matter. If there's a 7800-compatible stick out there that's less painful than the Pro-Line, then I'd just need that one and no 2600 to go along with it.
  8. Broke 300,000 on this earlier today, using a pair of Sears paddles I found at a flea market last weekend (which my brother duly cleaned alongside my original Atari-branded paddles that I've had since the late '70s) and with the normal difficulty setting. Some of the screens are incredibly frustrating, but once you pass the screen with no side or top wall, it looks like you get the first screen again, with much faster balls, then random screens. Really enjoying this game.
  9. I went there a few weeks ago. They had no 7800 systems or Euro controllers IIRC... Perhaps they've gotten some in?
  10. May I ask where this retro game store is? I live close to the Digital Press store, but anywhere that sells Atari stuff is somewhere I'd like to visit, so long as it's not too far away.
  11. A big round of applause to PacManPlus. Since I got my 7800 back up and running, I've bought three of his homebrews from the Digital Press store -- the other two are Moon Cresta and Jr. Pac-Man.
  12. I use paddles, and deliberately lost the balls so I could stop and take pictures of my screen I've made it up to nearly 250,000! I *think* it happens when I hit reset to start a new game (after I've finished one) rather than the fire button.
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