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  1. This is so cool! I made a picture to go along with this, enjoy!
  2. I really can't imagine. If it is, they've got a horrible social media advisory group/team. I mean look, there's a lot of stuff in these here godless 720 pages that is on the scale from "not particularly funny" to "downright-tinfoil-hat-conspiratorial". But there are tons of companies that receive genuine hate day to day and their social media teams are still out there, doing their best. And that goes for individuals, too. Maybe they're quiet because they're busy as bees working on the unit. Maybe because they aren't comfortable talking in general. I don't fault the individual engineers for being quiet either way. But I don't think the silence is because of this forum. Besides, I like Atariage. Lurked here for years. Still lurk mostly but comment from time to time as well, and there isn't a bigger site in the Atari community. But I don't think we should delude ourselves about the size of the 'classic' Atari community, the one that still cares about their products or history or whathaveyou. If you have an internationally recognizable brand name that is so iconic that it stands separate from the actual products you once made, the occasionally nasty (but usually milquetoast) commenting of a few thousand enthusiasts on a forum should have very little sway over your corporate affairs. Unless, of course, you don't have anything to show except a box that relies on the nostalgia or enthusiasm of those few thousand - a product with limited mainstream appeal. But that's a whole separate enchilada.
  3. Jeez man, I already loved the soundtrack but hearing these makes me think you're some kind of musical wizard!! Come payday I've got to buy a copy! (and of the game of course but I do love me some electronic music)
  4. Gotcha. Thanks! Let me look at the ol' bank statements and see what's up. If anyone else is interested though, definitely go ahead. The OG xbox is an amazing addition to any collection.
  5. Does the internal clock keep time, or does it ask you to set the time constantly?
  6. Good question. I guess there's always the outside chance that it just doesn't, but that would be a little nuts. Who knows.
  7. It looks really cool. I don't even mean that in a disparaging way, but their market is people who want a streaming box with decent specs by streaming box standards that looks really cool. Not a bad market, for sure, but they're not really aiming for most atariage users. They're aiming for folk like me who were born after Atari released their last console, who want a nice looking roku that plays some games and starts an interesting conversation when friends are around. That doesn't make it worth the money and it doesn't make it less of a sketchy/tedious process to get the dang thing made. But we shouldn't pretend there isn't a market. Just a very small one, with very little crossover here.
  8. Don't want to be too off topic, but something like this? Apologies for the clunkiness, I make fake carts as a hobby but you would (not) be surprised how hard it is to find good late 70's-early 80's curling paintings. Love the game!
  9. Proooooooooobably, although obviously you'd need to do some paint work or whatever to make it look nice... I think this weekend I'll meet up with a friend of mine who has a 3D printer, see if I can think of anything. If I fall off the face of the earth, I couldn't pull it off.
  10. Not in the slightest. That's part of the reason why I wasn't around . Still looks pretty, still hasn't shown an ounce of real and tangible design that will let it carve out a niche imho. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I would 'design' my own video game consoles. I always nailed the eight year old aesthetics, but when it came to anything more complicated that that they were always just empty cardboard boxes. Then again, I wasn't kickstarting these things. But evidently I'm not the market, since the campaign went fine funding-wise. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ My concern would be that many backers were backing to own a cool looking Netflix box, while many others were effectively gambling - if it succeeds in any niche, they make money. High risk, high (potential) reward tech speculatin'. If I'm right and this is indeed the case, the attach rate for actual games will probably be very weak. And you can't support a video game console that noone will buy games for. Just ask the PSP. Who knows. If it actually comes out on time and reviews are great and everyone is happy and there's egg on all our faces, I'll be happy for it. I really will. But the warning bells were sounded pre-indiegogo launch, folks were warned to be skeptical, now we just wait and see.
  11. I've said it once and I'll say it again, it's a very nice looking box. If the project folds I hope they at least try and recoup some money by selling the shells, I'd be down to jam an emulator box into one of them.
  12. Honestly, I don't even know why they're publicly listed right now. Not cheap enough for penny stocks, not impressive enough for high risk investors, too volatile to be safe. I don't want to knock on other people's financial decisions, but outside of really passionately thinking that a come back is imminent, I can't imagine investing in Atari.
  13. Awesome work! This is a classic example of something I didn't know I wanted until I saw it.
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