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  1. After selling well over 200 controllers I am working toward having these manufactured fully in china and packaged properly. This will take some time to sort through companies, in the mean time we are putting the store on hiatus eventually closing the etsy store due to fees. If I do manage to complete this task I will most likely find another store (or another way) of selling these controllers. Maybe amazon? Who know at this point. I can still have PCBs made if there is still enough interest. I'm also working on upgrading my printer that currently has 1200 hours on it we will sell 3D printed atari carts and label on AA. Just DM me and I can give you a quote! Thanks again for all of your interest!! The Atari 7800/2600 Controllers KITS ARE OUT OF STOCK! Fully assembled controllers OUT OF STOCK! PCBs & CUSTOM 3D PRINTED LABELS ARE OUT OF STOCK!! New updated instructions for kits here... Atari 7800 Controller Assembly Instructions (2).pdf Order here: http://www.itsallgeek3d.com Hello there AtariAgers! I wanted to make an official AA Marketplace post from the original forum post here: http://atariage.com/forums/topic/272541-7800-controller-project/ Tired of the Pain-Lines or the bulky standard CX-40 joystick? Oh yeah, That’s right you are. Order now! Call today! Supplies are limited… no seriously, they are. This is the All-New V1.2 Atari 7800/2600/SMS NES style controller! Excellent! Two-Button Atari 7800 Action! Wow! Both buttons act as fire button with Atari 2600 games! Unbelievable! 3D Printed face label is a 2-Color print. Standard V1.2 Atari 7800/2600/SMS Controller is in a Silver/Black configuration. Although color can be customized for a fee, it is limited to the stock of filament colors I have. Which changes weekly. Keep in mind that the controller itself is black. The PCB is the new V1.2 can also be compatible with Sega Master System In theory. This is in BETA phase and has yet to be tested. There is no difference in the components of the SEGA/ATARI kits (SMS compatibility only available in kit form) It’s just a matter of swapping a wire or two during assembly of the kit. Three ways to buy! Full Brand New V1.2 Atari 7800/2600/SMS NES Style Black Controller New Redesigned V1.2 PCB w/DB9 Cable (Coming Soon!) Kit! New V1.2 PCB w/x2 620 ohm Resistors, DB9 Cable, Black NES Shell, D-Pad, Start/Select and Red ‘A’ and ‘B’ Buttons and all the rubber contacts. 3D printed label, you specify ‘ATARI’ or ‘SEGA’ Order Here: www.itsallgeek3d.com Also, the 7800 controller coupling will be in the store as well. For the AtariAgers that have a 3D printer here are the files... https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2767791
  2. Hey guys, I am hoping someone can help me out with determining the value of my 2600. I bought an original 1977 Heavy Sixer at an antique mall/flea market type establishment, complete in box with the manual, warranty card, both original joysticks and paddle controllers, and all the cables, except for the switch box to hook it up to a TV. I purchased one of the coaxial adaptors so I could play it. In addition to Combat, it also had Riddle of the Sphinx, Starship and Air-Sea Battle in the box when I got it. I'm considering selling it, and I have no idea what it is actually worth. I would feel like a douche if I overcharged for it (I don't trust ebay prices as a guideline for anything) but I also don't want to give it away for too cheap either. I'm looking to either get a few more NES or Master System games instead, as I don't really care about having Atari hardware. I have an Atari flashback, and I love all the games on it. Any input would be most appreciated. Like I said, I have no idea what a fair asking price would be. Hope you experts can help me out! Thanks guys!!!!
  3. I am selling my copy of Little Samson http://www.ebay.com/itm/261671842289?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649
  4. I have a question. I like the Epyx controller for the Atari and I've just recently seen one for the Nintendo. Does anyone know how the start, select, and rapid fire buttons work? I've never known Epyx to use soft buttons but it looks like they must on this thing. Here's an auction listing just to show what I'm talking about. http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?ff3=4&pub=5574883395&toolid=10001&campid=5336500554&customid=&mpre=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm%2F500XJ-EPYX-Controller-for-Nintendo-NES-by-Konix-%2F281137044137%3Fpt%3DUS_Video_Game_Controllers%26hash%3Ditem417512daa9
  5. I have some extras from my collection prices are next to game and do not include shipping. Shipping will be what the actual shipping will cost. Feel free to make offers. Trade for nes games I dont have.. maybe other stuff let me know what you have. 2600 Combat x 6 - $2 ET - $5 Frogger x2 - $3 River Raid x 2 - $4 Space invaders - $1 Super Breakout - $2 Nintendo 64 Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey 98 $4 Gamecube The Incredibles (disc only) $4 NHL 2003 (Disc only) $3 SNES Super Tennis $4 Monopoly $4 Bulls vs Blazers $3 NHL 94 $6 NHL 95 $5 NBA Live 95 $4 SOLD Super Slam Dunk $2 Super Off Road the Baja $5 ESPN Baseball Tonight $3 John Madden Football $3 Top Gear $5 Madden 93 $3 Madden 94 $2 Madden 95 $4 SOLD Madden 96 $2 SOLD NHLPA 93 x 2 $2 NCAA Basketball $3 FIFA International Soccer $2 MLBPA Baseball $2 Super Mario All Stars $13 Genesis Batman Forever $2 Sports Talk Baseball $3 NFL 95 $1 NBA Live 95 $3 Madden 96 $3 Madden 97 $3 The Lion King $4 cart only MLBPA Baseball $2 NFL Football 94 Starring Joe Montana $5 CIB Sonic 2 NFR x2 $4 NHL 95 $2 (Box and Manual) Game Gear Sonic The Hedgehog $5 The Lion KIng $3 World Series Baseball $2 Sega Dreamcast NFL 2k $3 cib GAMEBOY Tetris $3 PSP Tony Haw's Underground 2 Remix CIB $6 PS2 Blitz The League (disc and Case) 3 Midnight Club 3 DUB edition remix (disc and Case) $5 ATV Offroad Fury 2 x2 cib $5 ATV Offroad Fury 2 (Disc only) x2 $3 Spyhunter 2 (Disc and rental box) $3 PSX Guardians Crusade $8 Xbox Need For Speed Underground 2 (disc only) $7 MECHASSUALT $5 Halo 2 $5 PC Bioshock 2 Case and Manual only $2 Tomb Raider Anniversary (disc only) $5 Medal of Honor Pacific Assault $3 Jericho $2 Gamecube and PSX carrying bags Gamecube $25 PSX $20 Thanks for looking
  6. Well, this is a simple request. I'm looking for a totally loose front loader US NES. AS I'm in France, I won't need the RF cord switch thingie, neither I'll need the PSU. If the console RF output doesn't work, I don't care either, I won't and simply can't use it. The outside doesn't need to be in good shape (can be yellowed, missing the front cover, partially broken), as I plan to replace is with a French NES case (I'll probably do a topic about that when I'll get all the things I need for this project) In fact, I need only the electronics, so you may as well just send me the motherboard (with or without the 72 pins connector) and keep the shell. (PAL version pictured, but that's the same thing in the US version) I would enjoy to get the gray lightgun but that's only a bonus
  7. I have a whole bunch of games I don't want any more. Perhaps you do? United States only, all are NTSC games. PM me. I'll try to respond to all when I can first come first served and I'll try to update and remove things that have been sold. All the games are loose except where noted. atari 2600 game lot all these for $5 asteroids championship soccer - missing end label dodge 'em home run missile command othello realsports baseball x2 street racer surround target fun video chess Atari 800 games ($5 each): asteroids defender dig-dug donkey kong jr. (pending) frogger (pending) galaxian (pending) joust missile command pac-man pole position space invaders super breakout Atari 5200 (note: I don't have a 5200 to test these on, so as is.) all 3 for $7.50 galaxian pac-man super breakout CD-i $5 each compton's interactive encyclopedia defender of the crown jigsaw laser lords mystic midway - rest in pieces pinball treasures of the smithsonian video speedway NES CIB games snake rattle & roll - $10 loose games alfred chicken - $15 (pending) al unser jr. turbo racing - $2.50 excitebike - $2.50 (pending) millipede - $2.50 (pending) rolling thunder - $5 xevious (yes i have a loose one too.) - $2.50 saturn (all have boxes except mr. bones. some of the boxes have a crack or two, you know, saturn and all.) $5 daytona usa frank thomas madden 97 madden 98 minnesota fats nba live 98 $10 amok black fire croc grid runner last gladiators pinball machine head mr. bones myst robotica tetris plus wipeout wii-u Sonic All stars racing - $20 Nintendo Land - $15
  8. Long forgot about this, please delete.
  9. Ok this may be one of the dumbest questions asked on Atariage but I'm curious. It was a few years back me and a friend had struck out at the bars. We went back and played a game of RBI baseball before crashing. Within the first inning the game began to glitch. Anyone with an NES has seen this glitch I think. Different elements of the game become numbers, letters. The game was still playable so we just kept going. Before swinging, the bat was always replaced by a 3 digit number. It never seemed lower then 200 or higher then 900 if I'm remembering correctly. The batters with the higher number seemed more likely to get a hit. I'm not sure if that was the case or if we were just wasted. Do you think the game may have been displaying the code that determined the batters batting average? Or were we just a couple of drunk dudes making sense of random numbers? I was curios if anyone else had experienced this type of glitch, and if it were possible to reproduce this glitch in a way that could be useful in other games?
  10. Hello everyone! I'm selling some stuff, some common, some rare. Please refer to my feedback forum here on AA or my eBay feedback: hellboy_7 if you would like some background on me before purchasing. All prices are negotiable if you buy a lot, I accept payment as a PayPal gift, or local pickup in cash, if you can't gift payment via PayPal, there will a very small fee added to cover the fee I would incur. Prices do not include shipping btw. Shipping prices will be low, but will ship safely. I will ship anywhere in the known universe and some parallel dimensions. No minimum purchase. All items are loose unless otherwise specified. Thanks for looking, and don't be afraid to ask for pictures or other questions! Also looking to trade for Sega Saturn S-Video cable, controller and games. NINTENDO STUFF CONSOLES: NES Console only. - $20 + FREE lifetime warranty on the pins. Nintendo 64 Console with all wires, no controllers. - $20 GAMES: NES: 10-Yard Fight - $2 SNES: Bill Laimbeer's Combat Basketball - $2 N64: 007: The World Is Not Enough (Grey Cart) - $5 Armorines: Project S.W.A.R.M. (Black Cart) - $2 Automobili Lamborghini - $2 Bio Freaks - $2 Extreme G 2 (XG2) - $2 MRC: Multi-Racing Championship - $2 Rally Challenge 2000 - $2 Rugrats: Scavenger Hunt - $1 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six (Grey Cart) - $3 Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear To The Rescue! - $5 GAME BOY ADVANCE: Asteroids (Game Boy Color Black Cart) - $2 DragonBall Z: Legacy Of Goku II - $5 Ed, Edd n Eddy: Jawbreakers! - $3 Gauntlet/Rampart - $3 The Sims: Bustin' Out (2 Copies) - $4 Each NINTENDO DS: New Super Mario Bros (Case Only) - $2 Wii: Kidz Sports: Crazy Golf (Complete w/ Manual & Case) - $3 Wii Play (Complete w/ Manual, Registration Card & Case) - $1 ACCESSORIES: Grey NES Zapper with Perfect Accuracy - $7 Each Nintendo Brand N64 Rumble Pak - $5 Mad Catz Nintendo 64 Analog Racing Wheel w/ Pedals - $10 Nintendo Brand NES Controllers - $5 Each NES Cartridge Sleeves (Plain Black) - $0.25 Each Clear Plastic Game Boy Game Cases - $0.50 Each Clear Plastic Super Nintendo Game Dust Cap - $0.50 Mario Party 8 Prima Game Guide - $5 NYKO Nintendo 64/SNES/GameCube RF Modulator (Complete In Box W/ Manual) - $10 Nintendo DS Action Replay - $5 GameBoy/GameBoy Advance Link Cable (Bright, Translucent Yellow w/ Red Tips) - $5 SEGA: CONSOLES: Genesis Model 1 "High Definition Graphics" Non-TMSS Serial# 30W 10360. Comes with AC Adapter, Composite Cables & 2 MK-1470 6-Button Controllers - $45 Genesis Model 1. Comes With AC Adapter, RF Adapter & 3 Button Controller - $30 GAMES: GENESIS: 688 Attack Sub - $3 Alien Storm - $5 Art Alive - $2 Barkley Shut Up And Jam! - $1 Battletech: A Game Of Armored Combat - $3 Bugs Bunny In Double Trouble - $2 Chakan - $5 Ecco: Tides Of Time (Comes With Case) - $5 Disney's Aladdin (2 Copies, 1 Has The Case) - $4 Cart Only, $5 With Case DJ Boy - $5 Eternal Champions (Complete With Manual and Case [Hangtab Intact!]) - $6 Fantasia - $3 Final Zone - $6 Jammit (2 Copies) - $1 Each Jurassic Park (Complete With Manual and Case [Hangtab Intact!]) - $5 Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition - $2 Klax - $3 NBA Jam (Case [Hangtab Intact!] and Cartridge Only) - $3 Nickelodeon: Aaahh!!! Real Monsters - $2 PGA Tour Golf II (Working Save Battery) [Comes with Case, Manual and Cartridge] - $3 Shaq-Fu - $2 Shining In The Darkness (Working Save Battery) - $6 Soldiers Of Fortune (Case Only, No Game) - $5 Sonic The Hedgehog (Not For Resale Label) - $3 Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Not For Resale Label) [2 Copies] - $2 Each Stargate - $2 Stimpy's Invention (Ren & Stimpy) - $3 Streets Of Rage - $7 Super Monaco GP - $1 Taz In Escape From Mars - $1 The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle And Friends - $4 The Berenstain Bears Camping Adventure - $3 The Lion King - $3 The Magic School Bus: Space Exploration Game - $2 Urban Strike: The Sequel To Jungle Strike - $2 Wheel Of Fortune - $1 Winter Olympic Games: Lillehammer '94 - $1 Vectorman (W/ Manual) - $5 Virtua Fighter 2 - $5 SEGA 32X: Doom (W/ Manual) - $5 DREAMCAST: Crazy Taxi (Case & Manual Only) - $2 Phantasy Star Online Ver 2.0 (Disc Only) - $5 Sonic Adventure (Sega All Stars Version) [Disc & Case Only, No Manual] - $8 ACCESSORIES: SEGA Brand Genesis 3-Button Arcade Stick (Model # 1655) - $10 3 Button SEGA Genesis Controller (Model # 1650) - $5 Each 6 Button SEGA Genesis Controller (MK-1470) - $7 Each 6 Button SEGA Genesis Controller (MK-1653) - $8 SEGA Brand RF Switch (Model # 1603A) - $3 SEGA Genesis Model 1 AC Adapter (Model # 1602-2) - $7 SEGA Brand White Dreamcast Controller - $5 Dreamcast VMU (White Or Blue) - $5 (Comes with NEW Batteries) Japanese VMU for Dreamcast (White) - $8 (Comes with NEW Batteries) Intec Brand "Hyper Pak" Rumble Pack for Dreamcast - $3 3DO GAMES: Most Are Very Nice Condition, Ask For Pictures! Blade Force (Complete With Long Box, Jewel Case w/ Artwork, Manual & Disc) - $12 Crash 'n Burn (Disc Only) - $8 Demolition Man (Complete With Long Box, Disc & Manual) - $20 Dragon's Lair (Complete With Long Box, Disc & Manual) - $15 Fatty Bear's Fun Pack (Complete With Long Box, Jewel Case w/ Artwork, Manual & Disc) - $50 Fifa International Soccer (Long Box & Disc Only) - $5 Gex (Long Box, Manual, Catalog & Disc, No Jewel Case) - $20 Immercenary (Complete With Long Box, Manual and Disc) - $10 John Madden Football (Box Only) - $3 Killing Time (Complete With Long Box, Jewel Case w/ Artwork, Manual, Hints & Tips Booklet, Catalog Card, Registration Card, 3DO Games Secrets Order Form & Disc) - $45 Myst (Long Box, Manual & Disc, No Jewel Case) - $25 Panasonic R-E-A-L Sampler CD (Disc Only) - $3 Road Rash (Complete With Long Box, Manual, Disc & Music CD) - $30 Samurai Shodown (Complete With Long Box, Manual, Jewel Case & Disc) - $30 Shock Wave (Complete With Long Box, Manual & Disc) - $7 Shock Wave: Operation JumpGate (Long Box & Disc Only) - $5 Slam & Jam (Manual Only) - $1 Star Control II (Complete With Long Box, Jewel Case, Manual, Star Map & Disc) - $80 Super Street Fighter II Turbo (Complete With Long Box, Manual, Jewel Case W/ Artwork & Disc) - $50 The 3DO Interactive Sampler CD #3 (Complete With Cardboard Sleeve, Instruction Card & Disc) - $6 The 3DO Interactive Sampler CD 4 (Instruction Card Only) - $5 The Need For Speed (Long Box & Manual Only, No Disc) - $10 XBOX 360: Guitar Hero 2 Controller (With Breakaway Cable) - $15 Rock Band 1 Wired Guitar Controller (With Breakaway Cable) - $15 Fable III (Complete) - $5
  11. EDIT: Down to the last items... EDIT: Many Prices Lowered Hi, I've got some more stuff for sale. I will post photos soon. - I've tried to price things reasonably, but feel free to (reasonably) counter offer. - Shipping is extra and at cost. - All include case and manual unless noted... Thanks for looking! [PS2] DDR Extreme 2 (complete) with two dance pads $20 [PS3] Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed (complete) $12 SOLD Duke Nukem Forever (sealed) $1 SOLD Professor Layton & the Curious Village $12 SOLD Professor Layton & the Diabolical Box $8 SOLD Animal Crossing (no memory card)+eReader+Nigh Complete Animal Crossing card set in Binder (missing one promo card) $50 SOLD Super Mario Sunshine $18 SOLD Micro Machines (with manual) $3 SOLD Moonwalker (cart only) $15
 SOLD Richard Scarrys BusyTown (cart only) $1
 SOLD McDonalds Treasure Land (complete) $15 SOLD Vectorman (with manual) $2 SOLD Lifeforce (cart only) $4 SOLD Sonic (complete) $1 SOLD Sonic 2 (complete) $1 SOLD Castlevania (with manual) $8 SOLD Castlevania 3 (with manual) $15 SOLD R-Types $10 SOLD Skyrim (complete) $10 SOLD No More Heroes (complete) $5 SOLD No More Heroes 2 (sealed) $10
  12. Hey all, I'm interested in buying or trading for pretty much any sega saturn games as I am just starting my collection. I am also interested in obtaining original saturn boxes and a few dreamcast titles if i can get a lot with a system, controllers, vmus, games, etc. Shoot me offers on anything or link me to your for sale or for trade threads. I have an ambassador's 3DS with games, turbografx-16 with turbo booster plus, a gold nes, and some nes games for offer. http://atariage.com/forums/topic/216349-fs-ft-wii-u-turbografx-16-and-turbo-booster-plus-games-gold-nes-bundle/ Games I am really looking for now: Saturn: Panzer Dragoon II Zwei Panzer Dragon Saga Contra Legacy of War Shining Force III Shining Wisdom D Enemy Zero House of the Dead (Case and manual only) Saturn Bomberman Albert Odyssey Dragon Force Sonic Jam Sonic R Shinobi Legions Herc's Adventures Rayman Mega Man X4 Mega Man 8 Dracula X Hexen Doom Powerslave Quake Metal Slug Earthworm Jim 2 Radiant Silvergun Thunderforce V Darius Gaiden guardian heroes three dirty dwarves Legend of oasis Warcraft II Bust a move 3 Sega Ages and much more... Dreamcast: Sonic Adventure 2 Skies of Arcadia Illbleed D2 Cannon Spike Rez Spawn in the Demon's Hand Typing of the Dead with key board house of the dead 2 with gun All Resident Evils Powerstone II Bangai-O thanks for your time
  13. Cart only from my collection. Tested again and plays great. Photo shows weird discoloration but visually I don't see anything Asking $150 shipped w/ tracking anywhere in U.S. w/ FREE clamshell case. Canada please add $7 more. Paypal fees covered by buyer or gifted accepted - I'll also accept postal m/o as a last resort.
  14. Welcome to my Summer Sale! I will be thinning out a few things in my overall collections. *NOTHING RIGHT NOW - SORRY! CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES* (last updated 2-15-2019) I have plenty of positive feedback on eBay and here. Will ship within 48 hours of received/cleared payment. All games, manuals and boxes are clean tested and packaged with care. Any other questions, just ask. PayPal or Cash (if local) only, please. Thanks!
  15. In today's video, I'm bringing some exposure to new AtariAge releases as well as some others in the retro community. GAMES SHOWN: Justice Duel (NES) - https://megacatstudios.com/ Super Cobra Arcade (Atari 2600) - https://atariage.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1106 Sydney Hunter & the Caverns of Death (SNES) - http://collectorvision.com Cowlitz Gamers 2nd Adventure (NES) - http://www.mteegfx.com/cowlitz Assembloids 2600 (Atari 2600) - https://atariage.com/store/index.php?l=product_detail&p=1094 Creepy Brawlers (NES) - https://megacatstudios.com/ I have to say I'm extremely impressed with Assembloids 2600. Really fun puzzle game! Anybody else play it?
  16. I've heard these are excellent products that cure the toaster model NES's 72-pin connector woes but I had no luck when I tried ordering from Arcade Works a couple years back. When they hadn't shipped my order after 6 months of waiting I just gave up and got a refund through PayPal, and also gave up on playing the NES for two years or so since I was tired of dealing with random game freezes from the toaster model NES's flakey connector. Now after a couple years away from it I'm interested in playing the NES again, but I sure as heck don't want to deal with random game freezes again and I'd rather not pay $150+ for a composite modded NES-101 top loader that may or may not have jail bars in the picture, so I figured I'd try my luck to see if anyone here happens to have a spare Blinking Light Win kit that they'd part with. Just shoot me a PM if you happen to have one that you'd be up for selling.
  17. From the album: My Collection

  18. I believe the saying that happiness is not always having what you want, but it is wanting what you have. With the Fall season taking hold, I find myself getting back into a nostalgic frame of mind. While I find it is not productive to live in the past, I find that some of the best memories actually help me appreciate what I have more. As I tossed the draw of nostalgia around in my head, I began to wonder if kids today will have the same opportunities. We live in the age of the microwave. We want things when we want them, and that is usually now. I guess one can argue that it has always been that way, but I it is truly a lot more attainable in today's age. Sometimes it makes me wonder if kids of today are missing out. Although I do not prefer them, the rough times in my life have been some of my best opportunities for growth. I am not going to go that deep. I am just talking about video games here, but I find it an interesting parallel, how many of times of want have become some of my most cherished memories. When I was writing this the first time (I accidentally tabbed out and pressed backspace.. gone), "I'll Wait", by Van Halen started playing in my headphones. In my mind, I was thrust back into the late 80's. I was inside the arcade/corner shop, which many would stop by, on the way to our Junior High School. As much as I didn't care for cigarette smoke, it was a small price to pay, because games were 2 credits for a quarter! in fact, I met my longest friend there. We used to play Mario Bros. Sometimes we would play as a team; other times, we would play competitively. We still talk about those times to this day. I was very fortunate to have my Atari 5200, because the Mario Bros version was better than other conversions of the time. In many ways, it even outshines the NES version in animation and competitive nuances. We would sit and play that game all night at times. As much fun as it was, it was still a treat to play the arcade version. Of course we wished we could have our own arcade machine, but that just wasn't realistic at the time. Those are some great memories. Who would have thought that wishing for arcade perfect (or even better than we had) would be just as great of a memory? Pac-Man is probably the game that changed my life. Just as there are memories of actually enjoying the 2600 Pac-Man, I have just as many fond memories drooling over the Sear's catalog, because the Atari 400/800 computers had a version with the same maze layout. The sounds were closer than I ever imagined a home version could be. When the 5200 was released, I was finally able to obtain that version. It was even better than the computer version, because the high score racked up during gameplay, and it had the intermission cut scenes. I was so enamored with it. However, I still longed for that crunchy "whacka", when I dropped a quarter into the actual arcade machine. It wasn't the same. Donkey Kong was another favorite. I had a friend with a ColecoVision. While I was very hung up on that version, it was very lacking. The graphics were very sharp, but it had very few on screen enemies, it was slow, and it was very glitchy. It was still fun. It was like an alternate. I couldn't afford to also own a ColecoVision, and I personally thought the 5200 conversions were more detail oriented. One day, I noticed Donkey Kong in an Atari Computer brochure. Could this be? The 5200 and A8s (Atari 8-bit computers) were just different arrangements of the same hardware. The version I saw had the missing "crazy barrels", "Springers", and the Conveyor level. I later found out that Atari had the computer rights, but they could not produce the video game system version. Now I had to pine after an Atari A8 if I wanted the best Donkey Kong home version. I can't count how much time I spent re-reading that catalog and looking at that still picture. It came to life in my imagination. One of the major retail catalogs later got another screen shot. It just all added to the image in my mind. Just when the 5200 was getting some unique games, such as Pengo and Space Dungeon, Atari announced the 7800. I was a little disappointed, because I felt the 5200 was just starting to see its potential. I had two articles on the 7800. The first was announcing the new system. It touted virtually unlimited sprites, with virtually unlimited colors. The pictures were crude drawing, as screenshots were not common back in the day. I wasn't sure how the game would actually look. I assumed they would be higher resolution, since the current A8/5200 fell a little short on detail at times. The extra colors sounded nice. I assumed the sound would be just as good, if not better. it was also backward compatible with the Atari 2600, which didn't seem like such a big deal in this generation. I was thankful that there would be a module to allow my 5200 to play 7800 games. I was hopeful that my deluxe 5200 TrakBall would be compatible. The second article I had stated that Atari had dropped the 7800. It was a sad article, stating what could have been. At that point, I figured I would never know what incredible capabilities this Atari system possessed. Even though, I can't even count the number of times I re-read those articles. I still fondly look back on how great I dreamed it would be. I still have the tattered magazines. When I look at them, I feel that same excitement, even though the actual system is in my current basement. I've seen how badly the 7800 missed the mark of my imagination, and I still enjoy the memory of wanting one. Around 1985/1986, Mom and Dad said I could get a new video game system. It was a gift for some achievement in school. I heard the 7800 was finally released. I was anxious to get to see how amazing this Maria chip is. I would finally get to see the system that would blow away my beloved 5200. They took me to Children's Palace. There were no systems in stock. I looked at the back of the game boxes. The games didn't really look much better than my 5200 versions. Ms Pac-Man looked almost the same. There weren't many games, and I began to wonder if it was as good as I had heard. They did have the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) in stock. I took a look, and I saw graphics that were arcade realistic. Super Mario Bros looked incredible, and I couldn't tell the difference from the version at the local arcade. The pictures of my favorite classics, Donkey Kong and Mario Bros, looked spot on too. I took a chance and grabbed an NES. Man, did I dodge a bullet! I got the NES home, and I couldn't believe what I was seeing and hearing. The graphics were arcade perfect. The sound was incredible. It was unlike anything I ever thought would play on my television. I couldn't wait to get Donkey Kong and Mario Bros. I didn't see a 7800 in person until about a year later. The sprites were multi color, but the resolution was low, the colors were washed out, and the game play was choppy. I was so disappointed. Worse than any of that was the sound. Unlike some, I can't enjoy a game fully without sound. With the 7800, it's hard for me to enjoy the games because of the sound. I already had an almost arcade mirror of Galaga for my NES. Here was a 7800 version that looked like a colorful 2600 version. It sounded like it too. Apparently, Maria takes up so much processing time, it's hard for the system to draw smooth curves. Similar issues were seen in Mario Bros, where Mario leaps off the ground, ending in a crude arch. In fairness to the 7800, I have seen some redeeming homebrews. Although the 320 mode is limited, it exists. One of my favorite redeeming games is Donkey Kong Pokey. Even with the lower resolution, it would have blown me away back in the day and justified the 7800 as a successor to the A8. My point here is that I own a 7800 now, and I think I sometimes enjoy the memory of WANTING a 7800 more than I do the system itself. I think I enjoy homebrews, because they kind validate the expectations of my fond memories. As for the NES, I was blown away by Super Mario Bros, Ghost & Goblins, and Galaga. However, I was not impressed with Donkey Kong, Mario Bros, Pac-Man, or even DK Jr. While they looked better than previous versions, but they lacked the charm and challenge of the arcade counterparts. Pac-Man didn't fit in the maze, the whacka was off, and it was sluggish. Donkey Kong was missing game elements, a whole level, and it was too easy. As much as I felt the NES could have handled a perfect conversion, I am kind of thankful that I still had something to want. The 16-bit generation changed it up a little. I actually started to get into fighters. I wasn't a big fan of the 16-bit era. Sonic was fun. The only thing I cared about was that they could handle almost arcade-perfect versions of SF2, MK, MK2, SF2 Turbo, etc... This was a very fun period, because arcades were still chugging along. I have played games online with friends. It's fun, but it's not like meeting strangers at the arcade fun. It was great to be able to go to the arcade with a few close friends. They were in your corner, you played, and you went home with your close friends. At home, you practiced with your close friends. The home versions were not arcade perfect, but they were great. There's a great memory to still having that superior version to look forward to. I have great memories of wishing I had the arcade version at home. When PS1 came out, I saw the writing on the wall. Ridge Racer, Tekken, and Namco Classics were all about as close to the arcade as I could tell. Memory restrictions were an obstacle for games like MK3, as were loading times, but they were still pretty good. I think this was the crossing point. After this, games at home were pretty much arcade quality. The arcade was dying. Fast forward to today. I caught myself in a nostalgic mood. I now own about every system I have ever owned or wanted. Every system has some sort of SD card to play ROMs, except the 7800, for which I made my own EPROM carts. I can play most games on my PC, phone, PSP, GP2X, etc., via emulation. I even bought a few of my favorite arcade cabinets. When it comes to video games, there's not much that I badly want, but yet I still felt something was missing. That didn't make sense to me. One day, I realized that I think I enjoy wanting as much as having. Some of my fondest memories are wanting. They were looking at still magazine pictures and imagining what it would be like to have all of those games at my disposal. It was using my imagination to dream about the day that I would have arcade quality games at home. Back then, it was only reserved for the elite, like Rick Shroeder. Could some of my fondest memories be of reading video game magazines and "wishbooks"? I think they might be. That explains why it's sometimes fun to just turn the arcade machines on and watch the attract mode. It's almost as fun to think back to the times I wished I had a quarter, as it is to actually play the game. Is that why I enjoy classic game shows so much? One of my friends once made a point that classic game shows don't really change; if you've seen one, you've seen them all. Aside from the fact that "classic" is relative and does change, there's something great about going back and remembering what it was like to WANT those childhood gems. Sometimes, it's seeing something in person that we only saw in a magazine. I then got to wondering if today's generation is missing out. Sure, they want the latest video game, but they are going to have that game when it's released. They do not have to use their imagination to make it fit the arcade counterpart. They don't have to worry about making their quarter last. There's nothing to lose. Maybe that's why I still prefer retro games. I downloaded Rayman3 the other day. The first part of the game was flying through a 3D environment. I needed to steer my character into the gems. It really felt like a lame combination of Pole Position and Pac-Man. It was lame, because there was no challenge. If I missed, I looped back through. if I am going to collect dots on a screen, I am fine doing that on my Pac-Man machine. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate the modern games, even though they are just putting lipstick on a combination of our childhood pigs. It's just that I prefer the real thing! Strangely, my XBoxOne gets more Mortal Kombat X play than anything else. lol.
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  20. From the album: Uh, retro stuff

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