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  1. Kaboom and Super Breakout are my main goto 2600 games. Best way to scratch the itch that only a twitch paddle game can reach. Bit of Yars Revenge and Demon Attack from time to time as well.
  2. I was shocked when I saw the 5200 port of Asteroids. What a missed opportunity that was. I think the devs just overreached and tried to do too much with the hardware. It's quite a taxing game for older hardware. I loved the old 2600 port and probably played it more than any other game I had at the time. At least the 7800 version is good.
  3. I'm pleased to hear that the 7800 speed is more or less the same in PAL and NTSC. PVM = nice.
  4. Hmmmmm.....might just stick with what I have!! Or just emulate.
  5. Is there an s-video or composite mod?
  6. PAL 60 ROM thread https://atariage.com/forums/topic/193459-pal60-roms/#comments
  7. You live in the UK, like me. I've gone down this rabbit hole a bit. I own a PAL woody. Not modded. I use it with my CRT and I get a decent picture with RF. Good enough for my purposes. I use RGB SCART for all my later retro consoles. I haven't bothered yet thinking about upgrading as I'm not sure it's worth it with the 2600. I own a Harmony cart. Brilliant piece of kit. You can play NTSC games on your PAL 2600 but the colours will be wrong. You might get b&w OR you might get a unsteady jumping image. It all depends on the TV.Chances are though you will just get the wrong colours. BUT this forum has a PAL60 ROM thread. I started it. It has a pile of games that have been changed to run full screen & speed with the right colours. Most of the popular games have a PAL60 version now. Most homebrews have PAL60 options too. So - you don't really need to get an NTSC 2600 By the way I highly recommend you use a CRT. But. I also own an NTSC 2600. It is highly unlikely your TV will work with it unmodded. Your tuner will probably not pick it up. I tried on several TVs, projectors, through a VCR - nothing worked. So I got it modded for composite. It works just fine. And it works with the PAL power supply. But did I really need to do that? Probably not because of the PAL60 ROMset that is available now. 7800 seems to be a different kettle of fish. I have a PAL one. Some games seem to be speed adjusted but there are borders and stuff like music in some games playing slower too. I get a decent picture with the RF. I don't play that many games on it. The PAL one has Asteroids built into it (no cart needed) and it's an excellent version. It's the main reason I own one as I'm an Asteroids fanboy. Food Fight, Joust and a few other games are solid too. If I was starting down the 7800 road I would try and get an NTSC console and get it modded for RGB SCART. Re CRTs and RF - I do get different image qualities with different CRTs. I have found that running the 2600/7800 through a VCR to convert the RF to composite may improve the picture (if the VCR tuner is better than the TV's) - but it depends on the VCR tuner and/or the CRT tuner.
  8. There was nothing quite like the sound of an 80s arcade. That cacophony of sound of all those games - set at just the right volume. That merged with whatever music was playing. The good ones were well spaced and had regular updates to the lineup. The layout would draw you in - I suppose quite like casinos do. The lighting and layout were such that once inside you were isolated from the real world in a large well organised arcade. It miss the experience deeply.
  9. Just another update. Love owning this machine. And it never gets old. I don't play it as often now of course - but there is nothing like a Friday night or a Saturday afternoon burning up an hour or so on my favourite videogame of all time. It always gets admiring remarks from people who see it for the first time. The sideart really is a statement. High score is 57,000 (hard setting, 3 ships, 1up every 10,000) and has been for a while now....no way I will get better unless I play more regularly.
  10. Jr Pacman is an extremely tough game. Ms. Pacman is no slouch either for that matter, but getting past the 2nd maze of Jr is an achievement for me! Getting the expert rating on Space Shuttle is quite a challenge too - don't think I ever managed that. I'd consider clocking any of the modes (9,999)in Super Breakout to be one of the greater challenges - progressive mode being the ultimate test. I'd consider get 100,000 on Kaboom! to be pretty tough. I can break 10,000 but I need to play myself in to be able to do that. There's a point in Demon Attack when you get to the splitting enemies that also have the homing missiles where I find it extremely tough to progress. Two games I'm just bad at and just can't get to grips with are Stampede and Dodge 'em
  11. Atari had a plant in Ireland for building their arcade games as well.
  12. Already on Steam. It's actually a very nice package. But it's already on Steam.
  13. First time i ever saw an Atari - I was in an independent electronics shop called Erskine Maine in Belfast that sold anything with a plug on it - TVs, fridges etc. Upstairs was the audio visual section and they had a 2600 set up and running with Combat. I have no idea why I was in there - this must have been 1980 maybe '81. I was 14 or 15 and out with my brother and two cousins during the Summer holidays in town. I'm surprised they even let us in - 4 lads unaccompanied. This is Belfast is the early 80s when everyone was searched on their way into shops - a measure against terrorist bomb attacks. Security staff usually would just not let unaccompanied teens into a shop as you are considered a general pest. Anyhow I digress - we had experienced Pong of course and early arcade games but the idea of having this at home was mind blowing. And to have such a game - real player vs player - was brilliant. We played that , winner stays on, across every variation until we were chucked out in the sunshine - blinking - almost drunk from the experience. It would be another year at least before I got one - and Combat still remained a favourite during our multi-player stayovers - relegated to the 2nd b&w TV upstairs. That experience in the shop is what started my love affair with video games, Atari and computing in general.
  14. Can be a real rabbit hole this. My modded 2600 had no colour on a few TVs I tried. Got a new CRT - worked with it but I was getting banding. Tried it on another - no banding - or at least very little. I'm running it through a Sony VCR now on the TV that had banding and that has almost eliminated it too.
  15. The Sears one looks better than I though it would. I prefer its woodgrain but I prefer the black background on the Atari switch panel. Atari logo wins every time though. Take the Sears console, add the black switch panel background and the Atari logo.
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