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About silverpoodleman

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  • Birthday 02/27/1968

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    Darnestown, MD
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    Gourmet cooking, Traditional Jazz, Collecting (albumns, CD's, DVD movies and TV Series, cookware, kitchen gadgets, kitchen knives, cookbooks, classic video games, Baseball cards), reading Biographies, Sports teams from Philadephia, volunteering in my daughter's school, teaching math, playing atari 2600, Sega Genesis and our Space Shuttle Pinball machine.
  1. In the Yahoo! Video Games section today, the title topic is Video Game Myths: Fact or Fiction?. Now, I'm sure you can guess where I'm going here because this topic has been brought up a thousand times on this forum. Since I have nothing to personally add, I'll simply paste the section. Million of Atari games are buried in the New Mexico desert Anyone who experienced the mind-cramping pain of attempting to play E.T. for the Atari 2600 knows that one of two things should happen to any copy of that game: it should be burned or buried. As it turns out, Atari opted for the latter...in a big way. In early 1983, things could not have been going worse for Atari. The one-time king of the home video game consoles had suddenly found itself in enormous debt after a series of unfortunate events: competing systems from Coleco and Mattel were stealing market share, the new Atari 5200 was panned for being unwieldy, and low sales of its troubled Pac-Man port and its legendarily bad tie-in to Steven Spielberg's smash hit E.T. gave the software giant a black eye. As consumer interest waned, retailers returned boatloads of unused stock to an Atari warehouse in El Paso. And by boatloads, we mean millions of games. So what does an ailing company do with roughly 10 million cartridges it can't sell to a disinterested customer base? How about poke around New Mexico for a suitable dumping ground and bury the problem altogether? That's precisely what happened. According to the Alamogordo Daily News and confirmed by the New York Times, a city landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico provided the answer to Atari's cartridge conundrum. To be safe, they steamrolled the mound of product flat and, for good measure, covered the resulting game pancake in concrete. Fact or Fiction? Fact!
  2. How did I stumble across this page? It's not too terribly interesting, but it was sent to me by my boss.
  3. People are always trying to find good uses for their old systems. Even if they do not work, there is still life in them. At this link, http://www.destructoid.com/video-game-bikinis , you will find about the best use of video games I've ever seen (if I could only get my hands on them!!!). Enjoy!
  4. 88, 370 - first time I posted though I started the week under 10,000 consistantly.
  5. Just confirming - I have Kung Fu Superkicks by Telegames. Is this the same thing and can I use it in this week's contest?
  6. I came across this interesting page that has a family tree featuring the video game controllers over the years starting with the Atari 2600 Joystick. It's a kick - check it out. http://www.axess.com/twilight/console/
  7. Adventure is controversial? I've never known it to have many vocal detractors. Most people like it and the rest don't bother to shake up the (mostly undeserved) Haterade about it like they do about Pac-Man, ET, DK, etc. 1004940[/snapback] Controversial? Uh, well, yeah! Everytime somebody mentions the fact that they do not like Adventure, there is a gaggle of people armed with a keyboard ready to defend it. There have been threads after threads about it and the arguments stay the same on both sides. It is one of those games where some will love, others will hate and yet, the world keeps spinning! The simple reality seems to be that if you had Adventure as a kid and spent 80 hours a week playing it, you loved it then, you lkove it now and you'll love it when you're six-feet under. For a newbie, I do not think it is the best game to start off with, which is why I recommended staying clear until he got his Atari feet grounded. Then, with a sense of getting "every" great 2600 title out there, he will obviously get to it eventually. Hey man, this is like a cult - once you get a taste, you become addicted, brainwashed and shave your heads - AND YOU LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!
  8. I think I am interpretting this question differently - the best place to start is to decide what type of retro-gamer you are going to be...there are many different types. Myself, I have 227 atari 2600 titles which I accumulated in a three month period, mostly on ebay because I did not know any better. For the most part, I generally stick to about forty or so games and have to make a special decision to grab a different title if I want to expand my playlist. I do not collect games because of their value, but rather because, IMHO, the 2600 is a pure, clean gaming experience and the playability on many of these games is better than any of the flashy, modern games with little soul and no heart. There are also those who collect because they like acquiring and then selling the rare games, which can be quite lucritive. There are those who have these games in an attempt to break records - those who have 49 different game systems and 5,487 unique game titles - those who are attempting to obtain one of every game ever released (that means every different vendor who released, for example, Space Invaders - there were six of them), those who only collect Complete Games (cart, manual and box), those who only collect the games they had as a child, those who had never experienced Atari and have fallen in love, those who love puzzle games, sports games or shooter games, etc., There are those who obsess about every point and those who are horrible at actually playing the games and could care less. In a nutshell, every type of collector is represented here and the sooner you figure out which one you will be, the better the experience will be and the more money you will save as you will not waste time collecting games you will play only once. It is also important to educate yourself on the resources out there and familiarize yourself with the lists of what are generally considered to be the best games. This site is the best I've found for the 2600, 5200 and 7800 (sorry, folks, that is where I stop). However, there are also other sites out there and some of them are pretty good. You can do a search in this forum for the "top 100" titles, "favroite games" or something like that. It is probably a good idea to start collecting the games most people regard as the best of all-time (for example, space invaders, pitfall, pitfall 2, KaBoom!, Warlords, Indy 500, Ms. Pac-Man, solar fox, circus atari, river raid, etc., It is probably also a good idea to avoid some of the more controversial games (like ET, Pac-Man, Adventure, etc.,) at least until you get your feet grounded. Spend some time reading through old old threads and feel free to send Private Messages (PM's) to anyone whose answer seems to be close to how you might feel. There are some very smart people on this site, filled with every type of knowledge there is about Atari - from the technical specs to art work to conventions, game play and trivia. Welcome to a great hobby!
  9. Is there anyone here with more than one that wants to sell/trade one of them?
  10. It occurs to me that this is a great way to take a great game that you love and turn it into a game you cannot stand to play. After the 8,000th bottle/can, even the best pinot noir tastes like crap, no matter how good it is.
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