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  1. doctorclu

    JHL 20

    I love how the roster has been updated on this game, and I don't even play video sports games.
  2. Found this area if people want the updates...
  3. Was just going to ask, reminded by the Songbird sale of the Battlemorph game and soundtrack, how playing it on the Game Drive was going? Are you all using warp codes since the game save feature is not yet working?
  4. So when I was ... younger... my Dad took me to see Star Trek: The Motion Picture. Like a lot of kids I was a big fan of Star Wars. Dad said I sat back in the chair, bored during the previews. Then the trailer for Star Wars:The Empire Strikes Back came on the screen and I was at the edge of my seat! And then the movie started, and there was some action there with the Klingons, but by and large I got bored again, sat back in my seat, and fell asleep. For Dad, a person who had seen Star Trek on TV, I want to say in black and white at the time because that was the TV they had, seeing the crew back together must have been amazing. And from what I hear of movie goers there was a lot of excitement about them all being back together. So let' s start with the Klingons. DIFFERENT than the spaghetti Western looking Mexicans of old. Now they have armor, a more reptilian look, amazing. I remember as a kid thinking the Klingons were full of themselves and well, the music soundtrack, if you listen to it, seems to agree. The Klingons come in all cool and slow, with the awesome Klingon anthem music playing. And as they are steadily get their butt handed to them, that music speeds up more and more as if to say "We're still cool... no.. we aren't running..." Many other great scenes. Star Trek: The Motion Picture (henceforth called "ST: The Moving Picture" to quote Mad Magazine's parody of it) was all about the special effects. Great music too! But don't be fooled, there is unusual story that goes with all this. For one, Kirk is back on the ship and he has NO IDEA what he is doing. Oh yeh, he just about gets the Enterprise destroyed two or three times in the movie due to his arrogance and stubbornness to admit he doesn't know the refit Enterprise. Kirk in all this is a complete doosh to Commander Decker, the man who oversaw the refit of the Enterprise and who Kirk keeps around to have the thankless job of saving the Enterprise those three or so times, and then gets chewed out by Kirk for doing the job Kirk asked him to do. Never in the Star Trek franchise would Kirk haters get more ammo than in this movie. And then there is Spock. He's back! But is he really? And who's side is he really on? The Federation, or the being that is calling out to him. I mean what a lot of people loose here is there was some time, real and story wise, that this crew has not been together. Oh everything looks the same, but there is so much going on. Will Spock betray the Enterprise as he acts on his own? Will Kirk get everyone killed? If you really look at it, under the surface these people are a mess. And it just goes on and on. "ST: The Moving Picture" is a lot of unusual things. It introduces a MIGHTY Federation, then puts the Enterprise right next to an alien ship that causes a spacial disturbance that goes on for several astronomical units. What is an astronomical unit? One is as long as the distance from the Sun to the Earth so 93 million miles. Now that is one serious ship, and the Enterprise is tiny compared to that. And a lot of screen time is given to the Enterprise crew exploring this huge alien vessel. I call this portion "Star Trek: The Screen Saver". Looks like some random thing that was generated, but all that is model work. It is actually quite wild and... alien! And here is where you get to join the Enterprise crew on the adventure as you are there, traveling along this ship. And that is the curse, and the joy of "ST: The Moving Picture", it doesn't skimp on the details. You are seeing it all there with them. And that's where I will leave this as I let you discover why "The Human Adventure is Only Beginning!". Let you enjoy the sights, the sounds, the nap! Sooo speaking of naps, two years ago was the 40th Anniversary for "ST: The Moving Picture". So to celebrate the fact that thanks to Dad taking me that first time, I can say I have seen EVERY Star Trek movie in a movie theater. So we go into the movie, and probably about a third of the way into the movie, my Dad caught a snooze. He denies it. Guess, like me that first time, he was watching it from behind his eyelids. Great action movie? No. Fun experience where you are along for the ride? Yes, welcome aboard! (Just take the shuttle, not the transporter.)
  5. From what I saw here, I purchased Escape, Alice's Mom, and Yopaz so we'll see how they are. Always looking for more material for the Game Drive.
  6. So thoughts on anyone in regards to this hobby be it here, eBay, things I find shopping around: If they sell a product, I give them money, and I get the product, I am happy. Now if I give someone money and don't get the thing I was buying, THEN we have problems. No, Brad's great. Ordered some parts a few months back for a Jaguar CD that I bought for parts a long time ago. He had the parts I needed I make it complete. He is a lot like me, no nonsense so can relate. I asked for some parts, asked for recommendations which he gave, and I think the call lasted all of five minutes. Two days later I had what I ordered, complete in a box wrapped in Atari label tape. Seriously, what's not to like? Another time it was Portfolio parts. I think I can count on one hand the amount of times I've ordered from him, but he seemed to remember me. And they were all good short calls. That printed ordering catalog BTW is pretty cool. Fun to sit back and flip through.
  7. "USER :Not enough parameters." This is getting to be way more trouble than it's worth. Just wanted to get on say hi to the IRC folk, so... Hi! (Edit: Got it working on another computer a bit later...)
  8. So I'm getting this in pieces. One person : There is a new network. Second person: LiberaChat Third Person: confirms it is in fact at "##atari" We are slowly cranking this out. Found the website for LiberaChat.. https://libera.chat/ Looks like a brand new network at... irc.libera.chat:6697 (TLS) So far knowing that and that it is at "##atari" is not connecting.
  9. Good to know. #Atari and ##Atari are not working on LiberaChat.
  10. Hi all, been chatting on the freenode ##atari channel for years. Not too much activity the last day or two. There have been hints of another network so where is the new IRC channel?
  11. I think it is funny that Battlesphere Gold works but not Battlesphere. But I was very delighted about BSG and have played it quite a lot on the Game Drive.
  12. I have two of those!! In a lot of cases (ha!) the binding is cracking, but thought those looked pretty sharp!
  13. Cybermorph played through over the span of several days (leaving the Jag on) that first time. These days I activate the all weapons code (but can still be very much killed). I can race through that in a little under three hours. Bubsy I can run through in a little over 34 minutes. My point, there are no hard games, just games you have not poured time into to perfect.
  14. If they still had the X-Men Arcade game for the PS3 I would buy a PS3 right now just to get that game.
  15. What do they look like? Got a picture? Had multiple 400's, used one of them exclusively for years, the membrane keyboard was rock solid.
  16. Looking forward to the soundtrack at least.
  17. Yep, just need to to hack a good A/V connection, about all it lacks. Hmmm... an Atari 400 with 1 meg of XL/XE ram... I am totally there. Atari 400 was my jam back in the 80s.
  18. Right? Wouldn't mind finally seeing this one.
  19. Also would suggest the variations of Tube by Dr. Typo. Great tunnel like game. No shooting enemies, but still good.
  20. doctorclu

    Deflektor

    A Gremlin graphics game, that would have been cool. Also explains a lot about ST Zool (also Gremlin graphics) and some of their other titles. All I can say is, if they sent a "don't do that" if they would have just made a Jaguar port to begin with...
  21. Oh cool, I get to mention American Hero... oh, that would have been by Atari if it were released. Looking for unlicensed. So ... none that I know of.
  22. Now that is awesome. How about the jelly fish?
  23. How do you get the lobster and crab? Any way to take out the jellyfish also?
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