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  1. Holy crap - l00k what I just found on Craigslist!





    ok, so who went?

    I went. Got there about 6:58am and left about 7:02am, so that should tell you how it went. I can only speak regarding Atari 2600 stuff, because that is all I collect and look for.I saw about 4 common boxed games and a bin of commons rarity 1-4. Then he had some other his "rare" carts set up on another table. When I saw a loose SSSnake cart for $10.00 I knew it was time to go.


    I was there and I probably just missed you. I can't believe when looking at your profile that you and I were born on the same day...I thought I mistakingly clicked on my own profile...


    As suspected, this was a collector's fire sale and no one was going to walk away with the deal of the century. However, I did get a fair deal in my mind. Here's what I picked up:


    one Wico 5200 controller with y adapter in box

    two CV Super Action Controllers

    two Atari Proline Joysticks

    CV 2600 expansion module

    five 5200 carts

    about a dozen 2600 carts

    three PS1 games


    I took pix and will post them on Monday.



    how much did you pay?

  2. Cool, I didn't know they came in blue, mines the typical coleco white cart, any others come in blue?


    Awesome that you got a letter and all, most companies won't give the average joe the time of day, much less write anything back to them. :D



    actually, companies did give you the time of day back then. I used to write to companies like coleco, kenner and milton bradley all the time and they would right me back. It was great. nowadays, youd be lucky to get a generic email!

  3. We look at consoles much differently today than we did back then so the 5200 seems worse in hindsight than it did while on store shelves. Because videogame technology was still novel you tended to accept someone else's vision of progress and adapt to it.


    Today, game consoles are not novel and people don't think twice about slamming designs that took years and millions to develop. Back then people just looked at the shiny console and said "OOoooooo...."


    Can you imagine telling someone in 1982 that

    I think I would have barfed.



    anything is possible. Ive seen video of people wiping thier butts with $100 bills!

  4. Please explain.

    The controls for the 5200 as well did what they were supposed to do. The problem was the reliability of the fire buttons. Like Defender, with the 5200 controllers you were either a good enough gamer to adapt quickly, or though practice, or you sucked at the game and blamed the controller or the setup. I don't get on a classic gaming site how so many people just aren't good at playing video games and blame the controllers. That's like having a bad game at bowling and saying the sun got in your eyes. :rolling:


    OK, I agree - the 5200 controllers did what they were supposed to do and that was not self-center and therefore that makes them inferior.




    I...don't recall them as being advertised as self centering? Do you have any screenshots of ads from back then? Or did they advertise 360 degrees of motion?


    Don't blame the tool blame the user. The controllers are far from inferior. That's just opinion. Really, if you can't play well enough to use the controller I would suggest an easier system. Stick with a CV would be my suggestion. I like both systems, and am good enough to enjoy both. I don't let my lack of skill hamper me from playing. :D



    you dont recall them being advertised as self centering? um, joystick are supposed to self center themselves! if they dont, thier obviously defective and "stick". major flaw in the 5200 controller. I wonder why they never fixed it. coleco obviously upgraded thier contollers. why didnt atari?

  5. theres still an arcade by my house in the basement of a flea market. its very dingy and nasty to go to but they do have about 15 video games, an air hockey table and a few assorted sit down games. you need tokens but the most it cost to play a game was between 75 and a dollar.


    I remember an arcade in a mall by me that would offer 6 tokens for a dollar. now that was a bargain!

  6. Arcades were the best of times.The dark atmosphere,late at night was the best time to be in the playing mood for me.The modern home systems we have today killed the arcades.The cost also.Last time i was in an aracde,in the middle 80's went up form 25 to 50 cents a game!Today a game would be what?$4.00 a game?Would an arcade be successful today?Im not sure,maybe the older crowd,but thats a small market.The last time i saw an arcade anywhere was like 8-10 years ago now,they've all closed down from lack of business/interest.Like i said above most folks just started staying at home and played their home systems that had better games than the arcade for free,why go to the arcade?Im just posting the obvious,as i see it,but i still wish arcades made a comeback.I'd be going!,but only if they still had the classics,DIG-DUG,GORF,PAC-MAN,JUNGLE KING,ETC,probably arent enough of those in existence anymore anyway :ponder:



    bro, they had a ms pacman/galago machine at the local deli by me and they want a $1 to play!

  7. "Let The Music Play" ('83)

    "Give Me Tonight" ('84)


    Two great songs :D


    I would take it, regardless of the graffiti. If it's on the sticker, the marquee or the glass it can be replaced. But wouldn't that be taking away from the youth center?




    yes, that is her! she said the kids really dont play with it much and if it were left there any longer, it may just get worse. afterall, the games is over 25 years old and most kids dont even know what a video arcade game is!

  8. A friend of mine stopped by my house yesterday (she is an 80's music star who goes by the name of Shannon) and she noticed my mame cab. she then told me she had given a ms pac man arcade machine to a youth center not too long ago and she thought I would be interested in it. she says it has some graffatti on it (the youth center is located in brooklyn) but she said I could have it and retore it. I do not know the extent of the vandilism so do you think it is worth it?

  9. Pac-Man with the 5200 stick just takes a lot of getting used to. You have to basically re-center the stick and be very precise at every turn. That said, even after getting used to it a digital stick that self centers is better IMHO.


    thats why, the 5200 joystick failed. case closed. why would one have to go through all the trouble of centering a joystick when it's supposed to be its a normal function?

  10. Just to make it clear -- you are only talking about recorded sales figures not which machine has superior hardware. Marketing works that way. People can market crap in millions and some good stuff hardly sells.

    There are no recorded sales figures for the Colecovision or the 5200. Anybody saying one sold more than the other is talking out their $#s.




    I knew alot more people with a coleco than a 5200. the kids I knew with a 5200 had no one to trade thier games with. the coleco kids did.

  11. I can tell you I have been robbed and still had to pay the location owners....that sucks.


    Damaged equipment is best reported as it is in the best interest of the player. I sold a location in MD that I kept getting robbed in. After a while the hassle and repairs are not worth the money and operators stop caring. You find this in laundromats and sticky coin mechs at Elk's lodges, etc.


    As for open machines that wern't mine...found a xerox machine once in college open. Handy to copy my papers but didn't take anything out of it.




    laundrymats! oh forgot they had them!!! my ex used to work in a laundrymat and they had 10 of the hottest games all the time. it was in a bad part of long island so there was always trouble going on there and the games were always tampered with. she had to call the cops all the time. the neighborhood kids used to huslte the other kids out of quarters.

  12. I remember paying $1000 for my first stereo system (about 1981) with turntable, receiver, cassette tape deck and two big speakers. I then paid about $350 for a CD player in 1983. That's probably close to $3000 in today's money. I think I also paid $700 for two VCRs about 1987 in order to rent movies and tape them so I could watch them again later for "free".


    Even though they generally flake out a lot sooner, electronics are still a heck of a bargain compared to the good-old-days.


    stereos didnt go down much. I paid $900 for a stereo in 1989 and it didnt even come with a cd player! and I paid $1100 for a pansonic camcorder!

  13. Report it to the manager or attendant....yes I really am that dang honest. I even pick up coins folks may have dropped at the checkout counter and place them on the counter so maybe someone else can use it.


    not me! I remember finding a key to a gauntlet game back in 1987 and my friends are I spent our entire friday nights at the roller rink playing it. what fun times!

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