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  1. Wait, so you gave permission for people to create cartridges of it but you don't want people to sell it? I'm confused,..... Only because if I wanted a cartridge of it, I would have to get a custom one made (probably at AtariAge) and it would cost me around $30. So in a way, AtariAge would be selling it to me. I'm literally just being devil's advocate right now, just trying to understand. so what's the difference in me having to spend $30 to get a cartridge made at AtariAge, or spending $30 to buy one that was made on an Etsy shop? or are you only given permission for people to use the bin file to make cartridges to the people that have the ability to make their own cartridges? I feel like not many people actually have the capabilities of making their own cartridge and would have to ask someone else to do it for them anyways. That's why AtariAge offers the service of custom carts (as long as the developer gives permission). I guess something must have been lost in translation. I for one am glad that people actually create cartridges four homebrews. I don't have a computer or any sort of emulator, so the only way I'm able to enjoy some of these new hacks and homebrews is if someone puts it on a cartridge for me.
  2. So hopefully a 2020 release👍 Thanks Scott. I have been hoping it wasn't forgotten about. I know you have a lot on your plate right now.
  3. Any word on a physical release yet?
  4. Awesome, I hope this will "bee" available on cartridge sometime.
  5. I have noticed that to. It seems as though the speaker vents that were cut towards the front were done on the earlier systems. Per original design if speakers were put in, the sound was be directed directly towards the players. They might of changed the direction later on (cutting the vents towards the back) to make the vents a little less noticable since they weren't being used. When looking at the machine head on, you can't even really see the speaker vents that were cut from the back. Since most people had their Atari facing out into the room, cutting the holes to the back would hide it a little. They eventually got rid of the speaker vents all together. I have a few late model for switchers that have no speaker vent holes.
  6. I'm looking for the first Alien Greed Homebrew for the Atari 2600.
  7. I know this is a old feed but I want to add my input, just in case someone might find it useful in the future. I had this exact same problem. I had a crystal clear picture, but the sound was just static. I had to adjust the Audio Choke as well as minor adjustments to the RF choke. After finessing back and forth for about 10 minutes I got everything perfectly adjusted. Great picture and great sound
  8. To make things more confusing.... I have 2 Sunnyvale 4 switchers. Both have the standard 4 switch bases. Both also have the 3 digit hot stamps above the label. One has a service label and one doesn't. They both have different color variation bezel faceplates. The one with the darker orange color bezel border has orange characters (letters) for the switches. The lighter colored one has yellow characters for the switches.
  9. Here is another 4 Switch Woody that is a Sunnyvale model. It seems that all the Sunnyvale 4 switch models have the hot stamp on them as well.
  10. Creating the Retro Gaming Experience To me, sitting infront of a flat screen TV using some emulator and a wireless controller didn't really provide me with the best Retro Gaming experience. When I first tried playing the old games I used to love on emulation, it just felt empty and stale. I wasn't sure why at first, then it hit me. When I was playing the games, I was looking for that nostalgic experience. I wanted to relive the memories of my youth. Unfortunately emulation wasn't sparking that nostalgic memory. I needed a true Retro Gaming experience. I learned then, there was a difference between just playing a retro game and actually experiencing retro gaming. So a few years ago I decided to create my own Retro Gaming experience by creating a retro gaming nook. This would take a lot of patience and hunting. Though I had plenty of Atari stuff in my collection, I still needed to hunt out the decor I needed for this retro nook. To sit down somewhere and feel like I went back in time. The act of playing on a old CRT TV, being restricted by cords. The earthy tones of the wood paneling. The simplistic decor of the late 70s/early 80s of my youth. To design something that took me back in time would offer the true experience. My first pick-up was this 1977 Sony Trinitron with matching TV Cart: So during the next year-and-a-half I combed eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and local thrift stores. I not only needed the right decor, but I needed it cheap (I didn't really have much of a budget). Once I accumulated enough stuff to make my design reality, it was time to begin. I decided to dedicate a small corner of my garage for a retro corner. I started with the wood paneling. Luckily, many of the home improvement stores still carries wood paneling for very cheap. After getting the wood paneling up, it was only a matter of laying the carpet down and putting the pieces in the place. When all was said and done I only spent around $300 to complete this project. A lot of the cost savings came with patience. waiting to find the right stuff for the right price without overspending (For example, the TV and cart I was able to pick up for $30). Here was the end result. The final Retro Nook came out better than I imagined. Sitting in this corner playing my Atari, I almost thought I was back in 1983. Even the copper colored wing-back chair was the same chair we had a 1983 (my family never had the heart to get rid of it). People have to remember...... Back in the early 80s, most home decor were still from the 70s (unless they recently remodeled). Add a little stale tobacco smoke to the nook to complete the Retro Gaming experience😂. For the rest of the year I often enjoyed disappearing in my little gaming area to relive some of my nostalgic memories. At times my kids even joined me. It was great to show my children how "dad" played games when he was a little boy. During the next summer I decided to do a redesign of my retro corner. I wanted to make it a themed corner, as well as incorporate one of the old cabinet TVs that I have. I have always been a fan of playing original hardware on original hardware. So I have multiple CRT TVs that my children and myself use. I do have a few cabinet TVs and I had one in particular I wanted to use for my new "themed" retro corner. Here is a old cabinet TV I have in my bedroom. It's the TV I used most of the time before I designed my retro corner. Anyways, since I wanted to redesign my retro corner I decided to do it themed design. I decided to go with a Q*Bert theme which was one of my favorite Retro Gaming characters. It took a while to gather all the stuff I needed for the redesign. I already had an old 1970 zenith cabinet TV I wanted to use, but to find the right Q*Bert themed decor was a little challenging (more specifically the wall art). Then I found the perfect piece. A Q*Bert latch hook rug became available and I just had to have it. I was also able to acquire a orange wingback chair for $20. Here is the final design...... This Q*Bert themed design I was extremely happy with. I decided to get rid of the table to bring back the good ole days of having to sit on the floor to play. Coincidentally enough, I finished this design right around Halloween. I actually had a old early 80s Q*Bert costume (one of those old vinyl Collegeville costumes). My son decided to humor me and put the costume on so I could do a Halloween photo. I tried to use an aging filter to make the photo look a little less "high def". I'm not professional photographer so I did what I could with my cell phone, lol Here was the end result. MY 2020 DESIGN..... In 2020 I decided to shrink up the design a little. To make something simpler, and to design a area that would mimic a image you would see on a Atari Ad. I used a different TV for this one (1984 Zenith). Here is the photo of my daughter and myself playing in the setup. To bad we weren't dressed in early 80's attire or it might of passed as a Advertisement...lol All in all, creating a authentic Retro Gaming experience is relatively inexpensive and you only need a very small space. Playing these games takes me back to a simpler time. For some reason I find it more enjoyable playing on my retro setups then I do behind a computer screen or on some other type of emulation. The feel of the carpet, the act of inserting the cartridge, the smell of the TV tubes, the sight of the wood paneling, and being restricted to the limitations of technology all help contribute to the overall Retro Gaming experience. This is what I remember, and I find myself actually enjoying playing these old games more as I disappear in my time machine. I'll end with one last photo. My most recent setup that I may use if I decide to redesign my Retro Corner in the future. It's my 1976 Zeinth gaming station.
  11. As long as it's not a PAL version, I will be totally interested in a production run.
  12. Lol.... The marble carpet sure did hide everything. Not sure if that meant the carpet always look dirty, or always looked clean😂 The chair my father actually garbage picked in 1983. Then he paid almost $400 in 1983 to get the chair reupholstered. So I guess that means this is most likely a early 70s chair with early 80s upholstery...lol Anyways, thanks for the kind words. It really was a fun build
  13. I have a 4 switch Woody..... Sunnyvale label with 202 engraved on it. I also have a Sunnyvale light sixer with 169
  14. Skwrl63

    VCS Dreidel

    Put this on a Cartridge so I can add it to my Holiday Atari Collection👍
  15. I just used enamel based hobby paint (like you would do for painting plastic models). I used "Testors" brand but there are other brands out there. Then I used a really small paint brush. I used Q-tips and tooth picks to help clean up edges during and after the paint dried. This was really my first attempt. It's not perfect, but it turned out pretty darn good for my first try. ..Brad
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