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doctorclu

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  1. Thanks for the image. My score tonight... 66,900. Cute game. Kept wondering when I would get a mallot to swing around though.
  2. Ah yes, I can see that went over well. Sorry about that. I don't think I knew of Atariage back then to be honest. Anyway, the fun of the HSC as I have experienced in the Atari 800 forum's HSC is that you have a certain time to make the score, and you are competing against others in various parts at the same time on the same game. I have rediscovered games on the Atari 800, and learned about new ones, in this process, and I think though the Jaguar has a game library hovering around 100 games, I believe this could be a fun way to get re-introduced to the Jaguar platform. So we are not just playing our individual games and submitting scores. We are suggesting games, voting on them, playing some games we love and some we have not played in a while, and seeing who is the best overal gamer. It is a not a static scoreboard, but a contest! It is really the next best thing to being at a friend's house and playing against each other for the high score. So that said, To start this off, I wonder since Atari Age has just gone to a new format if we could have a HSC area created for the Jaguar Forem just like the 2600 and 8-bit have. Then we will vote on two things... 1) The duration of the game play. Should it be two weeks, three weeks, or just select one game a month. 2) get people to suggest game titles and then we vote on it! There we go. Sound good?
  3. Point me to a good rom archive and I am there! I have a 5200 but only have like 3 games for it. Doc Clu
  4. Ok, this high score club might get to think about dusting off my supercharger. Where can I find a good archive of roms, and where is there good instructions on converting them to wav format?
  5. They have a high score contest on the Atari 8-bit message board here, and I understand on the 2600 as well. In summary, everyone votes on a game, and for like two weeks or so everyone tries to make the highest score and get a screen shot to show who is best at that game, and over the various contests, who is the best video game player. Really is a lot of fun. Anyone up for it?
  6. Can we please get an image of the game to download here?
  7. To make things easier from the start... can we get an ATR of that game here for download?
  8. Hey Walter... how are things going for you an my favorite game system? (Notice how I have my favorite cat off to the side.) To answer your question, there is a http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...ssPageName=WDVW Yours for $4.95 (buy it now) with $3.95 shipping and handling. I bought one of these cables a while back, and it's actually worked out alright. Take care, good to see you over here in the 8-bit world. (Someday we need to get a version of Bubsy made on the Atari 800)
  9. Hey Walter... how are things going for you an my favorite game system? (Notice how I have my favorite cat off to the side.) To answer your question, there is a http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...ssPageName=WDVW Yours for $4.95 (buy it now) with $3.95 shipping and handling. I bought one of these cables a while back, and it's actually worked out alright. Take care, good to see you over here in the 8-bit world. (Someday we need to get a version of Bubsy made on the Atari 800)
  10. Hmmm... words on Starfire... "Star Raiders target practice mixed with Star Wars."
  11. My score so far is 7650. If nothing else you can show that another person joined in, but I am not done yet.
  12. I saw the Black at 14 mhz... and that was great! An Atari 8-bit at nearly nine times the normal speed... oh yeh. I think the Atari 8-bit made a better 8 mhz and 16 mhz machine than the ST. What do you think would have happened if Atari, rather than releasing the ST line simply said to their users in 1986... "Hey, you know, Apple is discarding their 8-bit Apple II users and releasing the Mac, and Commodore is replacing their 8-bit C=64 with the Amiga.... but YOU, the Atari user can take your existing computer that you have grown so used to, and we will expand it with a 8 mhz module, and one day a 16 mhz module. You can keep your same machine, and we will continue to make it great!" Do you think people would have gone for that? I mean, 16 mhz fever was in the air, companies were replacing the 8-bit and their hard core users with a newer platform. Would users have appreciated the upgrades to older equipment, or simply jumped companies to computers that were newer and more ready to take on the newer tasks? I know in 1988 I was ready for something new. My upgraded Atari 400 was showing it's age compared to what the Mac could do. The PC at that time was still catching up. The ST would have been awesome, just few demonstrations here. If I was given a 8 mhz module though, which was fairly standard then, and a graphical operating system, and this was really pushed by Atari and really supported by Atari... Yeh I think I would have stayed on the Atari bandwagon being the computer I was used to. The graphics by comparison would have been a bit crude by the mid nineties, but then with more upgrades that came out, the tower case, hard drive support, maybe even better graphics cards, that might have worked. Might have even (with all the upgrades mind you) given the Amiga a run for it's money. Here you would have two computers, the Atari 800 and the Amiga, both developed by Jay Miner, both with processing power, and both with specialized chipsets. Instead of a world of Motorola and Intel, there would have been the Jay factor a lot more so. I wonder how many years would go by before the that 800 xl with all the upgrades, would have only been about 15% of the original computer, case, and parts. Start with an 800 xl, add, upgrades, recase it, get a keyboard adaptor for it, and eventually a Mouse, add ISA slots and ISA card support, and eventually add newer card support. Soon it goes from a 1.77 machine to a 8 mhz machine, to a 16 mhz machine, then to a 32 mhz machine. Soon the Antic and Pokey only get in the way of the new horse power, and emulated chips are put in to maintain the older software support and bypass the regular chips. The power board has to be upgraded to handle the added upgrades and processing power, and in time the I/O support is found to be too slow at 19.2K so that is bypassed with a something like a firewire channel. Eventually a external box is created for translating to older devices, but by then who cares! Who wants a Indus drive when they can have a 32x CD rom drive and Mega drive support. See what I mean? I think the upgrade path would have been interesting. Not that was the way the world was going. Most want complete new everything, and that was certainly the story of 1985-1986. But anyway, sorry for the Tangent... AWESOME demo, and if this upgrade is ever available, I think it would be the start of a another era of Atari 800/XL/XE tinkering. Laters!
  13. Ahem.. two "scores"... submit two scores.
  14. Well, submit two scares... one with skipping levels, one without.
  15. You never know what you will find or what their perspective of Atari stuff is. Sometimes people think it is worthless and want you to take it, and other people have jumped right out of 1982, and paid $99 for a plotter and think all of it should be worth pretty close to that. Best thing to say if I had anything new to add to all this... ask their price, and if you don't like the price, keep in touch with them and leave them if nothing else a way to contact you. I have had many walk away with a high price trying to sell to others. Eventually a few have come back to me a year later wanting to get rid of the stuff.
  16. "Mike created Bubsy while he was working for Accolade (which was before we hooked up at Eidetic.) Mike is a pretty "distinct personality" in his own right. Bubsy was an attempt to build a franchise ala Sonic. After I left Eidetic, they produced the Syphon Filter series, a decent franchise in its own right. Great bunch of guys. " Aha, so Mike created Bubsy it sounds like as a mirror of himself. Was he one to dish out horrible puns like Bubsy tends to? "Quote: I see that company did "Notion" which was huge in the early Newton days. Couldn't ask for a better straight man." Thank you! "I wrote Notion. I bought one of the first MessagePads and had been using it for awhile but something was missing and I couldn't put my finger on it. I had to justify carrying such a large brick around. I finally figured out that if I was going to carry the thing around, I needed it to make and carry lists." I think Notion was one of the first programs that came with my Newton 110. Never got around to using it much. Kinda like the lister on HomePac... making lists is a big thing for you isn't it? "As early developers, we had Nubus cards that plugged into our Macs that gave us on-board development capability. Code, compile and run in an emulator window--sure beat the hell out of serial transfer cables. " They had some kind of Newton emulator? Am I reading this right? "I have a prototype 110 that several people have offered me big bucks for. Apple used to make their protos using clear plastic to discourage employees from sneaking them out the building. My 110 is made with a smoky clear plastic--pretty cool." Nice! I have seen the clear Newton 110's and I always thought it would be cool to take the clear shell of a Newton 110 and put the guts of a 130 with the better OS and backlight and everything. My wife wanted one of those. All I can say is, hang on to that, you have a fun conversation piece. So what it given to you, or did you sneak it out of the building? Not to worry, there were a lot of things that Newton engineers snuck out of the building, like the text to speech engine thankfully!
  17. Goodwin, Greg wrote: > Wes, > > Hi there! Just wondering if you are alright. Haven’t seen you in a > while. > I'm still kickin, just not as hard as I used to. (Wes) Well, that much is good to know.
  18. Seeing Russ Wetmore has me wondering.... anyone heard from Wes Newell of Newell industries lately? At one time he had a website, and a BBS going. But all those are down, and the numbers are defunct. Is he still alive? That is all I want to know, if he is ok?
  19. "Well, "database" would be stretching it. The format of the data was emulated from a program written for the North Star computer (remember them?) called "Whatsit?". As I remember, at one point for research purposes I was running Whatsit? on a North Star emulator inside a CP/M emulator running on a TRS-80, so I could see how the program ran. The lengths I went to for my craft... " North Star? I remember North Star Dos, that was really popular on most C/PM s-100 computers around 1976-1978 or so. The one I saw it on was a Sol Terminal 20. That is my dad's "vintage" computer much like the Atari 800 is mine. I have let my sisters know that if and when our dad passes on, I could care less about the house, land, money, tools, jewels... but get between me and the Sol and there will be hell to pay. I have fun telling my dad I want his "Sol". > Neat computer really. I love how the lights dim slightly as we power it up and the fan sucks the heat from the keyboard as it spins. "Oh, and in the "It's A Small World" category: After I left Apple in '93, I was partners with Bubsy's creator (Mike Berlyn) and Marc Blank of Infocom fame in a little endeavor called "Eidetic, Inc." We wrote Apple Newton and video game software up in Bend, Oregon. Still one of my favorite places. I believe Mike and Marc still live in the area. " Wow.. where to start on that one? The Bubsy mention or the Newton? Bubsy, I would love to learn where Bubsy was inspired from. I have heard of conversations with him, but would love to know the guts of where this character came from. Bubsy is definately unique. And it seems you either love him or hate him, which makes for a distinct personality right there. The Newton... I see that company did "Notion" which was huge in the early Newton days. There has been a lot of development on the Newton over the years. I have everything from the Newton 110 to the Newton 2000. And the Newton 2000 has had some great development for it lately with MP3 players, wifi and 802.11 support, ATA cards, a Nintendo emulator, and a few other things. But yeh still use one of those believe it or not. Cool enough. It was announced on the list that today was the seventh anniversary of the discontinuation of the Newton... and yet we are still plugging away. Much like Atari users.
  20. Thanks for posting the ATR. That helps me get right to the gaming.
  21. Russ, it is great to have you here. You know I really never got into the gameplay of Preppie II, but I would sit and listen to the intro music for hours. Here in Dallas we have a station, 770 am, where they play the hits from the 30's to the 70's where I finally heard at least three renditions of that song. Still load that game up about once a year to hear the theme music. And now you can hear that and other Atari tunes on the ASMA player on your PC. But I like to keep an Atari 800 going. And I still use HomePac. Took a little bit to get it to work on my Atari 800's hard drive system, but works. I use the text editor portion of it. Term program I think taps out at 1200 or 2400 buad, but is elegant like the whole package. And the third part was a spread sheet, or data base? Anyway, love the test editor. As for the talk on the Atari ST, I concur. The ST was a interesting mesh, and I love how the operating system is built in. I think what would be interesting is to rework the OS so that it comes with a built in term program. Then that would be a machine worth talking about in BBS'ing terms. Played with the ST line from a 520 ST till the Atari TT 030. Certainly had a lot of fun with it. As a 8-bit user who couldn't afford to move up to the ST when the rest did, my perspective was interesting. There were people who took on this attitude that they could continue to upgrade their 8-bit, and build it up to 512K, add 16 bit chips and better graphics... or get everything in one ST package. I remember many 8-bit users approached the ST as a mega XE or something. It was quite funny. I even remember a lot of users laughing at the 8-bit users that were "left behind" as they bought their ST. And they bragged about their new ST's, and then within a year, nothing. I really thought Atari died by 1989, that was how bad it was. But it was funny how for that first year Atari developers tried bringing over a lot of the applications that were big sellers in the 8-bit world. It was like a changing of the guard, an integration into the ST world. I remember PaperClip, and a few others would transfer over. Some 8-bit games would port over. I think many at first really thought they were getting a souped up 8-bit Atari computer when what they were getting was a underpowered 16 bit computer.
  22. Got a score of 4540... couldn't get into this game for some reason.
  23. Don't forget that technically the XEGS was the contemporary to the NES. And Archon was in cart form. Also I think Archon has been made for the palm pilot. Why it never made it to the 2600... good question.
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