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  1. I got lucky today and managed to snag a new Super Mario Brothers Game and Watch today for $40 at a resale shop that also stocks some new novelty items. It is amazing to think this game is no bigger than the LCD Super Mario Brothers game and watch that came out in the late 80's, yet it can do so much more. The screen is bright and sharp with great color. Sound is good and the controls seem crisp and responsive and it saves your game where you are at when you shut it off. Only gripes I have are the the super short recharge cord that has to be used on your PC USB slots and the 'manual' which is mostly warnings in different languages and charging instructions. Luckily, it wasn't hard to figure out how to set the time.
  2. ^In my area at least, 1942 was usually a converted Frogger cabinet.
  3. Cripes! With the prices Amazon is wanting for Arcade1Up products they can just forget it! Almost $400 for the countercades and over $700 for the couple standup units I looked at?!

    1. thanatos

      thanatos

      Those are probably price-gouging 3rd party sellers you're looking at.

       

    2. simbalion

      simbalion

      It might be. Seems to be all I can find on Amazon right now and was just going by free shipping by Amazon tag on the products.

    3. Elvis

      Elvis

      My MRS. Pacman ordered from Best Buy was 149 dollars. And the Centipede at Game stop was 149. 

  4. I'd like to check out these countercades, but no-one around here carries them in store anymore. Target carried them briefly last year and then up and quit. Even their site now states they are not carried in store. Oh well, one less reason for me to go to brick and mortar retail and I don't want one bad enough to try and have it delivered and probably damaged by our inept delivery services.
  5. I just saw an ad for a Walker Texas Ranger reboot now. Man, Hollywood is just plain crap!

    1. Swami

      Swami

      It stars Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) from Supernatural. I read Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) was originally set to star, but his co-star/brother somehow stole the part. Now Jensen is guest starring in The Boys on Amazon. I don't see either part lasting more than a couple seasons, let alone 15.

    2. simbalion

      simbalion

      I almost fell asleep watching the preview.

  6. Vintage tube radios make even crappy modern pop sound a bit better. Of course when a song comes on I actually like, I crank it!

    1. Wally1

      Wally1

      I had a Fender vintage tube bass amp and that sucker had such sustain when used with an electric solid body guitar!

    2. cedropoole

      cedropoole

      IMO, the real reason tubes sound so good is that they are almost always Class A amplifiers. There are a few solid state amplifiers that are Class A as well like my Denon PMA-520. There was a Yamaha Pyramid amp from the late 70's that was Class A solid state and every one of these sound incredible to my ear. Steve Hoffman says: The big advantage of Class A is that designers can make simpler circuits that are very linear with low distortion at low power. Class AB designers have to make more complex circuits using feedback to get very low distortion levels.

  7. Local radio station is suddenly playing its announcements and commercials much louder than the music. Almost blew the speaker on the mid-60's Zenith radio I was tinkering with. Oh and now the music suddenly went up in volume as I was typing this!

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    2. simbalion

      simbalion

      Don't even get me started wit most modern movies. Most seem to be produced for the foreign market anymore and explosions translate easily. After doing some cleaning, I now have my 1936 Philco 116X console out. Let's see how this 11 tube beast handles things! It is already doing better at ironing out the extremes.

    3. pacman000

      pacman000

      Is it even legal to play commercials louder then the music? I know TV stations are supposed to balance the audio, so commercials are no louder than the program. 

    4. simbalion

      simbalion

      What they started to do was play the programs at lower volume which I guess exploits a loophole of some sort.

  8. We have all heard about Atari vs Intellivision throughout the years, but there were two systems that dropped at the same time as the VCS did. Of course, the Fairchild Channel F is truly Genesis, the first programmable console to use cartridges. Bally wasn't far behind with its offering. So, which one of these deserved a better chance to at least carve out a niche for itself? I am going with the Bally as it seemed to have a lot of potential that was wasted due to initial poor marketing and Bally seeming to have ADD at that time by almost dropping the system for some other idea right after it came out. Yes, there are flaws to the unit, but most of those seem to be caused by the FCC suddenly wanting everything sealed in tin foil. So far, other than the slightly later Intellivision, the Bally Astrocade is the most enjoyable of the early competitors to the Atari to me. The Channel F, well I can't bash it as it is fun in it's own odd, historical way.
  9. Just got done fighting with two Colecovisions and three power supplies. Still can't get one to work properly. One has a definite chip issue and the other fades to black and white after a moment or two. Perhaps my ADAM might still work once I dig it out later. Back to the Intellivision!

    1. GoldLeader
    2. GoldLeader

      GoldLeader

      Or maybe someone can fix one or more of them?  And of course I gotta recommend you buy a Phoenix console,...Scratch that, it looks like they finished a second and final (?) run. (D'Oh!)

       

       

       

  10. I dug out my Sears Super Video Arcade (INTV) and have been enjoying it again so far. The controllers on this unit are in really good shape and I have to remind myself not to mash on the discs as they are quite responsive yet. Actually found a copy of Centipede for the system on my way around today, so a definite bonus and I can't wait to dig out the rest of my games and try out. If I recall, Sub Hunt blew me away the first time I played it as I can recall feeling the actual stress of being depth charged. Perhaps once I finish shaking off this migraine, I'll dig out my Coleco systems and see if I can finally threaten one of them into working again.
  11. I can only speak from a retro-gaming perspective, but I have to go with Intellivision. Don't get me wrong, I got a Colecovison years ago before I scored an INTV 1 for $5 off a neighbor and a week later an INTV II and some games a garage sale for $6. I loved the Colecovision when I first got it, but it's off the shelf parts design has caused me heartache in recent years. I choose the INTV for its durability. I have had three Colecovisions (Still have two), but the first one went black screen on me and my family forced me to toss it. Got another one, but it goes flaky after being played for ten minutes and my mom bought me a beautiful unit that suddenly quit recognizing one of the controllers and now seems dead too. I have six Intellivision systems I have gotten cheap over the years and only one actually died on me, my Tandyvision. One of my INTV II units had a dead power supply when I found it, but a late friend of mine actually solved that when he gave me a tote full of power bricks and there was a good one in there. Also, when I found my INTV III a few years back I was able to buy boxed games for $1-$2 each at local game resale shops as no one wanted them. When it comes to INTV the only issue I have had are their controllers breaking down (At least on the early and INTV models) due to the flex circuit under the disk eventually cutting through. Although hard to use, I have yet to find a dead INTV II controller. I admit, it's been a few years and I need to dust off my INTV systems for some play, so I might get a rude awakening! All the old systems have their pros and cons, but the DOA or malfunctioning attitude of the Coleco turned me off to collecting for it. It's a shame as it is a good system as well, but I really wish Coleco hadn't been so cheap!
  12. It's snowing outside, so here I am checking out the forum while cranking out some classic rock and pop tunes on my 1938 GE radio. Local AM station has a 'Classic Canteen' on every day from 12:30pm until 2pm.

    1. Out_of_Gas

      Out_of_Gas

      Sweet!! I am listening to Radio Dismuke. Internet radio station that plays early Jazz from the 1920's-1930's

    2. MrMaddog

      MrMaddog

      So glad there's still AM stations that play music instead of just talk radio.

    3. simbalion

      simbalion

      They are getting fewer and fewer though. I can just barely hear some more off in the distance, but I'm not in the right area to get them. Also, the noise from modern appliances and such is getting worse and worse as well.

  13. Almost felt like walking off my job today, but realized that would be a stupid move. Then, came home and found out my dad almost said something that could have cost me my job! ARGH!

    1. Deovin

      Deovin

      I have often thought and dreamed of changing my job, but unfortunately and fortunately I didn't.!!!

  14. Last time I ordered from Best was the NOS keyboard for my second Atari 800 I was given years back. I think he still took money order when I did that a few or so years ago, which was fine by me. Good to hear he's still going as he has been a lifeline for us with the 5200, especially the controllers!
  15. Found out that I still love Huckleberry Hound today after seeing a few segments on Boomerang. Sad that they only released one season on DVD and the episodes are edited to boot. Oh well, I can at least dust off my two vintage Huckleberry Hound banks. :)

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    2. doctorclu

      doctorclu

      I bought some archives of Huckleberry Hound a few years back needing some inspiration on how to roll with life and be chill.   Gave me a good laugh when life was a bit strained.

    3. Atariboy

      Atariboy

      It's too bad Warner Brothers won't release the rest of them on DVD. Something about music rights apparently. Some of the musical cues came from a sound library that's apparently now cost prohibitive to license them from in order to release them on DVD.

    4. simbalion

      simbalion

      It seems music rights have become a big pain in the arse in recent years. That's the reason why more and more of our favorite shows are either being chopped up or just not shown period anymore.

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