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pboland last won the day on January 9 2013

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  1. Functionally it's exactly the same as the II. Because of all the craziness this year, my parts cost jumped. I didn't want to up the price on the spinner, so I had to redesign it to use less costly parts. It's now a unibody design and mainly 3d printed and it's still has the same bolt pattern as well. Here's a couple pics of my test spinner:
  2. I have you on the want list for one Cyclone III (the Cyclone II is no longer made). ----------------------------------------------------- For all those on the want list (which totals 18 units currently). I will be contacting you via personal message here on AtariAge in about a week with details. We are getting really close... More to come. Sorry for the delay. This year has been crazy! 🤪
  3. Good idea, but connecting via the controller port I think is problematic. Most OD2s don't have detachable sticks. Some do, but the vast majority of them do not. It would most likely need to be built into the cartridge like the Bally.
  4. I was trying to find this: http://akinokure.blogspot.com/2009/03/home-video-game-consoles-did-not-kill.html when I first responded to this topic. The best part about the article is this graph that shows consoles vs. arcades: It actually shows arcades losing steam before the rise of consoles (1981 time frame). And then it shows a slight bump at the same time as the rise of NES. The decline of the arcade is pretty steady from 1988 to 2002. Consoles over took arcades briefly in 1983ish, but consoles didn't really out pace arcades until about 1990ish. Heck, both arcade and consoles (1991-1996) declined for a time together (meaning the rate of decline, yes I can see consoles were higher than arcades). No matter your feelings about the topic, this graph is still interesting (IMHO).
  5. This is one heck of a bump! 15 year old topic. None the less a good topic. Yes, the OD2 is under appreciated. At least here in the states. Back in the day I think the OD2 was more prevalent than people tend to give it credit for these days. In '79 I knew just as many people with an OD2 as I did an Atari 2600 (3 vs 3). By the end of X-mas season 1980 I started seeing more people that had 2600 vs OD2. I don't think it was until the release of Space Invaders for the Atari 2600 that sales went crazy for the Atari 2600 (that's looking back at it as an adult). The games we liked to played BITD on the OD2: - Pic Axe Pete - Attack of the Timelord - K.C. Munchkin (2600 Pac-Man sucked) - UFO - Quest for the Rings - Armored Encounter! / Subchase - Cosmic Conflict - Freedom Fighters - Killer Bees Once I started collecting as an adult I wish we had the voice with "Smithereens". I play that one with my kids from time to time. I always felt the keyboard function was way under utilized. "Quest for the Rings" used it well (it came with a keyboard overlay). I would have loved to have seen more games back in the day that used the keyboard as a way to expand game play.
  6. pboland

    5200 Mini ??

    The idea of a mini 5200 isn't new. Heck, the original Flashback 3 was going to be based on the 8-computer line and have a 5200 look and that's going back to 2006: The Atari Flashback 3 Petition
  7. ^^^This^^^ is what changed. IMHO this is the main reason arcades basically died. I know the old tired ideas of consoles and PCs killed the arcade market, but that's not what I see when I look back on the whole thing today (and yes, I use to think consoles and PCs were reason for decades). Hindsight is 20/20 and the things is, arcades BITD were new for just about everyone. The experience was new and it was a new social thing. After a while people get tired of their old toys. That's what happened with arcades. It wasn't the graphics and it wasn't the fact that you had to put a quarter in it. People just wanted different experiences that you are not going to get in 30-60 seconds. The quarter munching model didn't work once people decided they wanted longer experiences and didn't necessary want to socialize with the gaming experience. Look, BITD video games and bowling allays/pool halls (at least where I live) went hand in hand. How many people really go bowling or playing pool anymore? Bowling is looked at as some old person game and if you like pool, you most likely have your own table because it cost a lot less today to own that table then it did 30 plus years ago. It was just an evolution of the video game idea. You start out crawling then walking then running. Video gaming is no different. Think about, if it was truly all about graphics the arcade should have never died. You can fit a heck of a lot more computing power in an arcade cabinet than in a console (or even a standard PC case). Admittedly, I'm struggling to put this idea in text, but I hope people understand what it is I'm trying to say.
  8. Correct. If anyone is interested please PM me. Thanks!
  9. A pleasure to do business with! Paid quickly and promptly and very good communication. (purchased "Jaguar Replacement Overlays") Thanks!
  10. You're on the list. Just to let everyone know, I've started printing parts. So, I'm hoping I'll be ready by late September early October time frame.
  11. Good communication and fast payment. Thanks again!
  12. I got you guys on the list. I'll let everyone know once I start production.
  13. I've had a few people in the last week or so ask me about cleaning a cart for a new label. I wanted to refer them to this topic, but I couldn't find it. Well, I found it so I thought I would bump it because is has some good info in it.
  14. At 14:23 you can see Commodore wants in on the action too! 🤣 Now that's just funny!
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