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About BydoEmpire

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    Games, Guitars, Songwriting

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  1. I really only want stuff I'd actually use. Over the last 10+ years I've slowly gotten rid of large parts of my collection (computers, consoles) that I had no realistic intention of using. No regrets at all. "Actually using" a classic computer or console for me is primarily games, but I totally get that others have different motivations for collection, whether it's "more useful" or for historical value.
  2. When all else fails, read the manual.

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    2. Austin
    3. save2600


      You forgot the F in RTM.  🤣

    4. jd_1138


      And turn on the GPS

  3. After taunting me on the shelf for 25+ years I finally got around to reading 
    "Dune." Very good, but quite a dense read. I suspect I missed a lot the first time around.

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    2. Sauron


      It's one of the best and most influential sci fi novels of all time. It can be a heavy read at times, but it's well worth it. Stop putting it off and get to reading!

    3. Zoyous


      I stalled out about halfway through. I could definitely understand why it's a celebrated work of fiction, though.

    4. GoldLeader


      I think when someone named Sauron tells you to do something, ya do it! 

  4. Definitely want to get to Dungeon Stalker, but I voted T:ME Salvo as I recently got it and it'd be good to have a reason to dig in more than I have.
  5. My dad would play Intellivision with us for a while when we first got the console, but nothing really since. Not really a bad thing, it didn't matter to me at all and I don't feel like i missed out on anything. We went fishing, skiing, camping and other things together.
  6. Nowhere near Tetris, but in college (~1993) I had to build an 8-bit microprocessor from NAND gates. I *think* I drew it by hand, at least initially... can't remember if I ever tested with a simulator. This seems more fun!
  7. That looks incredible, great work!
  8. Watched an episode of Tales from the Crypt last night for the first time in 30 years.  It was entertaining!  I kind of lost my interest in horror movies over the years, but this was fun.

    1. retrorussell


      Great series!  Deservedly nominated for multiple Emmys.  It was great that HBO aired it, so it was free from censorship.

    2. GoldLeader


      Oh,...I Love those!  I have a ton of them on VHS tapes from Columbia Hose (haha...er House I mean) I think...I was watching them ages ago, but most are still sealed with the shrinkwrap and everything...Good Stuff!

    3. deepthaw


      I've been rewatching the show Monsters on Amazon Prime. The acting's not very good, and the sets are cheap, but I'm a sucker for anthology horror.

  9. I've tried several times over many years to like this game. I think I made it to the 3rd tower once for a HSC round. The graphics are great, but that's its only redeeming quality. The game isn't fun, the memorization-based gameplay is irritating and the characters and enemies look dumb. It's not the worst game in the 7800 library by a long shot, but it's near the bottom of my "meh" list.
  10. Yes, I actually did play Atari today!

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    2. Rogerpoco


      I'd like to try Beef Drop-I can play it on 5200, but the controller...


      I actually have the MAME W/R on Burgertime, haha, probably my "crowning achievement", if I had to point to one!!!


    3. ls650


      Well, I played some Vectrex and some Intellivision today.  That's almost the same thing, right?

    4. GoldLeader


      Sounds like a good day!  I woke up 7AM-ish, 4 hours of sleep, I played ADAM Zaxxon and Zanac on the ol' Phoenix before shuffling off back to bed again...I was using my brand new (Now used 3 times) original ColecoVision controller and my hand was in agony haha!   Those should be called Carpal Tunnel Controllers!

  11. Wife got us tickets to see Yes and Alan Parson's Project. A fantastic upcoming night of prog for the family.

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    2. GoldLeader


      That'd be pretty Awesome!  I still remember some years back Dream theater and Yes went on tour...About 10 people from work went down to check it out...We just had a skeleton crew handling things that night.  

    3. Keatah


      Where is AP at? Last I saw AP, he was like super fat.

    4. BydoEmpire


      @Keatah I don't know where he's at now, but he'll be at Sea World's Bayside Stadium on March 21!  He was touring last year, I heard an interview with his guitar player and they did one of those big festivals recently (Burning Man or something, I don't know which one).

  12. Homebrews I have: T:ME: Salvo, Beef Drop, Dungeon Stalker, Scramble, KC Munchkin. I'd be most interested in playing those, of course, but I could probably use an excuse to buy more homebrews. I kind of like this approach, personally. My schedule is wonky so I may need a few weeks to get a chance to particpate.
  13. Yeah, it's behind us, you can see in the window that the image its picking up is quite dark. Not much I can (or want to) do about that.
  14. Had a chance to play some more Castlevania: Bloodlines on the Genesis Mini.  It's such a great game. I owned it BITD but never finished. It always annoyed me that a roommate of mine finished it, but I never did even though it was my cart. Now's my chance for redemption.

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