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  1. As reported by Polygon, Tastemakers is releasing a new Arcade1Up series of 4 foot tall home arcade machines for just $399 each. Set to come out this fall, the only catch is that these 3/4 scale arcade machines have to be self assembled, although Tastemakers is promising that the process is a simple one. The Centipede headline cabinet also comes with Breakout, Millipede, and Missile Command, and features a trackball, which is good for everything but Breakout, which really needs a spinner. The Asteroids Deluxe headline cabinet also comes with Asteroids, Major Havoc, and Tempest, and features the classic Asteroids-style button configuration, as well as a spinner, which is needed for both Tempest and Major Havoc. The Capcom machine appears to just have Street Fighter 2. All of these cabinets feature a 17" LCD screen. While that rules out a true vector display for the Asteroids Deluxe machine, I have to say that that one is the most appealing to me because of the more authentic controls. Of course, the Centipede machine does have a certain appeal, even if I can't see myself enjoying Breakout with a trackball. Hopefully the Tastemakers custom emulator is up to snuff and the build quality is reasonable considering the amazingly low price.
  2. Been out of the collecting game for some time and came across a few drawers filled with loose Atari Carts. I still have a working console, but rarely bring it out anymore. So thinking of selling these as a lot. 94 loose carts. All were cleaned, tested and working when they were put away. Asking $600 plus shipping for all. That's just over $6 a cart. You can see what is there and do your own research on going rates. There are quite a few carts that currently go for $10 - $15 and a few higher end titles like H.E.R.O. in the mix to give some wiggle room. Since I have been out of the loop for a while, if you think the asking price is crazy, shoot me a pm with an offer. Worse case, I say no thanks.
  3. LIVE every Tuesday & Friday Your BEST source for the NEWEST Atari games, LIVE on Twitch! SUBSCRIBE & WATCH: Twitch Livestream | YouTube Archive _________________________________________________________________________________ WATCH THE NEWEST STREAM (Click on Date to Watch / Set Video to 1080P60 for Full Quality): 20210921 Let's Play: Pengo (Exclusive WIP Update | 7800), Graze Suit Alpha (WIP | 7800), Meteor Shower (7800), Ms. Hack (Pesco Hack) _________________________________________________________________________________ UPCOMING LIVESTREAMS on TWITCH (Click Time Listing for Your Local Time) 20210924 Let's Play: NO SHOW 20210928 Let's Play: Kurt Howe/Nukey Shay Tribute Stream (LIVE @ 6PM PT | 9PM ET | 1AM GMT+1Day) 20211001 Let's Play: Scramble (Retail | 8-Bit), Time Pilot (8-Bit) (LIVE @ 12PM PT | 3PM ET | 7PM GMT) 20211005 Let's Play: TBD (LIVE @ 6PM PT | 9PM ET | 1AM GMT+1Day) 20211008 Let's Play: TBD (LIVE @ 6PM PT | 9PM ET | 1AM GMT+1Day) 20211012 Let's Play: TBD (LIVE @ 6PM PT | 9PM ET | 1AM GMT+1Day) 2021xxxx Surprise Atari 7800 Reveal (Exclusive WIP Premiere w/ LIVE Interview with Matt Smith @mksmith | 7800) 2021xxxx Let's Play WIP 7800 Games Pt 1: Frogus (7800), UFO! (7800), Harry's Hen House (7800), 7ix (7800), Touchdown Challenge/Soccer 2 (7800), Space Junk (7800) 2021xxxx Let's Play WIP 7800 Games Pt 2: Sky Scraper (7800), 2021xxxx Let's Play: ZPH Unreleased Favourites Part 2 | TBD 2021xxxx Let's Play: ZPH Favourites: Shooters Part 2 | TBD 2021xxxx Let's Play: Dan Kitchen's Casey's Gold (Exclusive World Premiere) 2021xxxx Let's Play: M.U.L.E. (5200) Four Player Special! 202110xx Let's Play: Halloween Homebrew Special: Last Stand: Halloween (7800), Deadworx (Cakewalk Hack), Halloween III (Kaboom Hack), TBD 202112xx Holiday Homebrew Special: Christmas Salvo (7800), TBD 20220212 Event: 4th Annual Atari Homebrew Awards Presentation ARCHIVED STREAMS (YouTube): 20210917 Let's Play: Space Pac-Man (Exclusive WIP Update), ElectroBall (Final Updated Binary) 20210914 Let's Play: K-Jo Chases The Cheese (Retail), Retro Park (WIP), Legendary Spear (WIP) 20210914 Let's Play After Dark: Enduro (Patch Attempt #2: 3/5 Days) 20210910 Let's Play: Yoomp! (A8), 1nvader (WIP | A8), Bruce Lee Return of Fury (WIP | A8) 20210907 Let's Play: 35 x 10 Liner Game Compilation Marathon from @vitoco (8-Bit) 20210903 Let's Play: Plumb Luck (7800), Plumb Luck DX (WIP 7800), b*nQ (7800), Armor Attack II (7800) 20210831 Let's Play: Cave Rescue (Retail), x vs. o (WIP), Soul of the Beast (Final Updated Binary) 20210827 Let's Play: Ethereum 2600 (Exclusive World Premiere), Mr. Do! + Pengo + Kick-Man (Exclusive POC Premieres | 7800), Ninjish Guy Perilous Island (WIP Update | 7800) 20210824 Let's Play: 8-Bit Slicks (8-Bit), Adam Is Me (8-Bit) 20210820 Let's Play: rubyQ (Exclusive WIP Update) 20210817 Let's Play: Robot Zed (Exclusive WIP Update) 20210817 Let's Play After Dark: Enduro (Patch Attempt #1: 3/5 Days), Atari 2600 Lego Build MORE ARCHIVED STREAMS (2018-2021) Future Episodes & Games: HOMEBREW, IMAGIC & ACTIVISION PATCH CHALLENGES List of Completed & WIP Games: Atari 2600: 2019, 2020, 2021 Atari 7800: 2019, 2020, 2021 Atari 8-Bit/5200: 2019, 2020, 2021
  4. Here are pictures (and some video) from the VCF Midwest 2021 show. Amis, Paradroyd, and myself were fortunate enough to get to attend this year. Amis was kind enough to setup a message thread at his website (you don't have to create an account to view them): https://southernamis.wixsite.com/website/forum/general-discussions/on-the-ground-at-vcf-mid-west It was a great show and I personally had a wonderful time!
  5. Though I've posted about my channel and videos before, I figured keeping a central place in one thread would make more since. While I have done more videos than I will likely ever post in here, I thought it would be good to start off with my 40th official video for my channel and to start off April right. I present my unboxing and game play review for the Neo Games home-brew release of the limited boxed edition of Spies in the Night for the Atari 2600! Enjoy and thank you for watching!
  6. ----------- EDIT: Thanks for all the sales so far, guys. I'm hoping to move a few more things in larger lots, so for the next while I'm running sale: Spend at least $100 (any combination of games, without shipping) and get 30% off. Any amount over between $100 and $200 gets 40% off. Any amount over $200 gets 50% off!!! e.g. you pick out $210 worth of games. You'll get $30 off for the first $100, $40 for the next $100, and $5 for the final $10, and have to only pay $135! Again, shipping costs are always extra of course. ----------- After a year long hiatus, I'm back to selling off much of my boxed 8-bit collection (as well as some Atari ST, Amiga, and classic PC games). At least the pandemic gave me some time to organize. Instead of listing everything here, I put together a Google Sites page with lots of pictures and suggested prices. https://sites.google.com/view/game-sale-list/home A few things: 1) Prices are in US dollars. They tend to be on the higher side for individual titles, but that's because I take into account the hassle of shipping out individual games. I'm always open to offers, but especially willing to move on price for multiple titles. 2) Shipping is extra. I'm in Canada, so shipping within Canada is preferred and likely cheaper too. Shipping to the US is usually not too bad, but shipping to Europe is expensive - be warned. 3) Payment by Paypal Gift/Friends&Family only please (or, if you're in Canada, e-transfer works too) 4) I will update the site as titles sell. I'll try to answer quickly to questions, but life is busy and it may be a day or so before I can reply. Hopefully less, but just so you know. Thanks for looking. Hoping to find some good new homes for these titles.
  7. Hello guys and girls After the bad news that the Fujiama 2020 can and will not take place this year, we just now got some very good news. Mr. V. has announced today that he's striving to make next years meeting, the Fujiama 2021, last a whole week again. A date hasn't been set yet. Location will probably be the same as ever, the Schützenhaus in 08485 Lengenfeld. Hope to see you all there next year. Mathy
  8. Hello Atari fans! I'm a poor indie game developer who is trying to complete an Amazing Atari 2600 PC style game and I'd really need some help from the community about the console limitations to keep my upcoming title as close to an original Atari 2600 game as possible! The game is called DEADFALL and here I've sent you a screenshoot of the game and the relative box art mockup! Thank you so much for your time!
  9. Hi everyone. I'm putting together vintage computer and console related items which I hope to sell. Please click below to see the current items I'm listing. Items For Sale I'll be adding more as I test, and package the items. Thanks, John
  10. Hi guys. I am a new member here, but I wanted to give the AtariAge members first dibs on this Kiosk before I list it on eBay. I have looked through the forums, and it appears the last Kiosk sold in 2014, but I don't see what price it sold for, and one in 2013 for I am assuming $750. I don't think one has popped up since then. This kiosk does not have the built in brain board. I purchased this from an older couple who got it from a K-Mart in 1986. It has been sitting in their basement ever since, and does show some signs of wear, but nothing major. Most damage as you will see in the photos is along the front control panel laminate. There is some moisture damage on the underside at the base in the rear, but you can't even see it when up against a wall. Also, it appears to be missing two of the bottom shelves, but a piece of MDF would suffice in replacement, it is pretty basic. T-molding all looks pretty decent, plexi has some scuffs but not too bad. Around the control panel there is some staining from what looks like Pepsi or something, but not too bad. I tried to clean it the best I could but with a little extra work I'm sure it could be restored further. The controls work great. In fact, it makes playing 2600 enjoyable lol. The paddles might need a shot of electronics cleaner, but they both still function fairly well. It is currently stationed in my garage, up on pallets. The featured photo shows it all decked out with merchandise (and photoshopped into a nicer looking room rather than a garage, lol) - sorry, games not included. Please click the imgur album link to see more photos. Included is the kiosk itself, the gnarly Sony Trinitron, and the 2600 console. I am in the Springfield/Dayton area in Ohio, and I assume most of you would prefer to pickup so you could see it in person first - but if I can get close to my price I might consider doing a delivery, make a weekend out of it. It would be delivered disassembled of course (assembly is like 12 screws). Here is my eBay user account if you'd like to check my feedback/whatever; http://www.ebay.com/usr/poisongoomba Link to imgur album with more photos: http://imgur.com/a/auJBu Please feel free to ask me any questions about it. I don't have a lot of room to store it, and I would love it to go to a good home where it can be preserved. Thanks! EDIT: I currently have a standing offer for $1500, the buyer wants to meet me in September. So I will put a hold on until then.
  11. So, just a couple weeks ago I bought my first *real* Atari 2600 after spending years playing just Flashback models. It's a handsome black and grey American Atari Jr. model; 4 switches, small, can't fit Parker Bros. cartridges, cost $150 at my local Hock Shop. Came with a copy of Missile Command. The other day while playing Space Invaders, I spilt Chocolate Milk on the console, though it was off at the time. I let it dry and it seems to be working fine, except for one tiny detail --- the color is black and white! And it won't work no matter what I do; not changing the TV channel, not turning that little grey color switch left and right, not squeezing thr film capicators, nothing! Can someone help me?
  12. If anyone can answer any of the following questions concerning Atari and 3rd Party floppy drive hardware for our 8-bits, I would appreciate it. The information is needed for continued construction of my forthcoming hardware site. I don't own any of the following hardware, otherwise I'd tear is apart and find out the needed info. The Atari 8-bit FAQ has already been searched, as well as whatever information might be available on Atariage and other sites on the net. Atari 810 Manufactured in Sunnyvale? Micro Peripherals mech part #? Atari 1050 Western Storage Technology mech part #? Rana 1000 RAM size? Micro Peripherals mech part #? Percom AT-88 Tandon & Micro Peripherals mech part #'s? Amdek AMDC I/II RAM size? Drive mech?
  13. UPDATE: The collection is already sold. I've put up for sale a full set of official Atari Lynx pins belonging to the French 'Defi Lynx' promotion from 1991. All 35 pins in one single eBay listing, shipping worlwide from Spain: https://www.ebay.com/itm/254718049316
  14. For Sale - Vintage Atari 800 in EXCELLENT cosmetic and physical condition. I am asking $245 $215 USD plus shipping (or local pickup). Keyboard and all keys are solid and working. All ports and both cartridge slots work. Nice uniform coloration on the outer case. No visible cracks in the plastic case. This is a collector quality unit. Sale includes Atari 800, BASIC cartridge and original Atari power supply. I opened the case, blew out the dust, saw no modifications, replaced one of the plungers for one of the special keys (OPTION I think). I have been using this unit a couple times a week for the past couple months with no issues. You will be hard pressed to find a better looking 800. Although everything is working for me, I make no guarantee or warranty that it will work for you because being about 40 years old, shipping can be rough on these. I have sold/shipped several of these over the years and know how to pack them for good protection. Local pickup is always welcome (in NC/SC). Otherwise shipping to the U.S. lower 48 usually costs about $35. Message me with questions. Payment via PayPal is preferred. We can discuss other items for purchase if you are interested. I also have good working 1050 drives, 1010 tape units, 400 computers. Many cartridges. Many books, manuals, brochures, some commercial software/games, etc.
  15. So while not the first coin-op commercially produced video game (Computer Space), Pong was Atari's first game and also was the first video game we know of for which a conversion kit was sold (by a third party). Not to be confused with the countless pong knockoffs that soon followed, JRW's Handicap was intended to upgrade/convert an existing Atari Pong cabinet. In the one in our collection, it actually consists of a daughter board that connects to and retains the original Pong pcb (along with an upgraded control panel)! Each player can independently set their own difficulty level (paddle size) and manually serve the balls... I thought I'd share since the JRW version isn't well known (even amongst the coin-op oriented KLOV members on my site) but its place in history as the first coin-op video game conversion and connection to Atari's first game seemed to warrant sharing here. Side note: This isn't the first arcade conversion. Arcade machine conversions have been popular since at least as far back as the late 1920s (1926 to 1929), and were quite common during World War II as new games weren't been made while factories were focused on supporting the war effort. 2 photos of control panels from machines in our collection: The first is from Pong serial #1 (ex-Curt Vendel, signed by Nolan Bushnell). The second is from our JRW conversion machine.
  16. Creating the Retro Gaming Experience To me, sitting infront of a flat screen TV using some emulator and a wireless controller didn't really provide me with the best Retro Gaming experience. When I first tried playing the old games I used to love on emulation, it just felt empty and stale. I wasn't sure why at first, then it hit me. When I was playing the games, I was looking for that nostalgic experience. I wanted to relive the memories of my youth. Unfortunately emulation wasn't sparking that nostalgic memory. I needed a true Retro Gaming experience. I learned then, there was a difference between just playing a retro game at home and actually "experiencing" home retro gaming. I kinda compare it to the experience of playing one of the new Arcade One-Up machines in your house compared to actually going to a real (retro) arcade. Both experiences are extremely different even though you're playing the same game. So it's the atmosphere that plays a big part in contributing to the experience. (I needed to bring the atomsphere back) So a few years ago I decided to create my own Home Retro Gaming experience by creating a retro gaming nook. I had a small space in the corner of my garage to use as a template. This would take a lot of patience and hunting. Though I had plenty of Atari stuff in my collection, I still needed to hunt out the decor I needed for this retro nook. To sit down somewhere and feel like I went back in time. The act of playing on a old CRT TV, being restricted by cords. The earthy tones of the wood paneling. The simplistic decor of the late 70s/early 80s of my youth. To design something that took me back in time would offer the true experience. My first pick-up was this 1977 Sony Trinitron with matching TV Cart: So during the next year-and-a-half I combed eBay, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and local thrift stores. I not only needed the right decor, but I needed it cheap (I didn't really have much of a budget). Once I accumulated enough stuff to make my design reality, it was time to begin. I decided to dedicate a small corner of my garage for a retro corner. I started with the wood paneling. Luckily, many of the home improvement stores still carries wood paneling for very cheap. After getting the wood paneling up, it was only a matter of laying the carpet down and putting the pieces in the place. When all was said and done I only spent around $300 to complete this project. A lot of the cost savings came with patience. waiting to find the right stuff for the right price without overspending (For example, the TV and cart I was able to pick up for $30). Here was the end result. The final Retro Nook came out better than I imagined. Sitting in this corner playing my Atari, I almost thought I was back in 1983. Even the copper colored wing-back chair was the same chair we had a 1983 (my family never had the heart to get rid of it). People have to remember...... Back in the early 80s, most home decor were still from the 70s (unless they recently remodeled). Add a little stale tobacco smoke to the nook to complete the Retro Gaming experience😂. For the rest of the year I often enjoyed disappearing in my little gaming area to relive some of my nostalgic memories. At times my kids even joined me. It was great to show my children how "dad" played games when he was a little boy. During the next summer I decided to do a redesign of my retro corner. I wanted to make it a themed corner, as well as incorporate one of the old cabinet TVs that I have. I have always been a fan of playing original hardware on original hardware. So I have multiple CRT TVs that my children and myself use. I do have a few cabinet TVs and I had one in particular I wanted to use for my new "themed" retro corner. Here is a old cabinet TV I have in my bedroom. It's the TV I used most of the time before I designed my retro corner. Anyways, since I wanted to redesign my retro corner I decided to do it themed design. I decided to go with a Q*Bert theme which was one of my favorite Retro Gaming characters. It took a while to gather all the stuff I needed for the redesign. I already had an old 1970 zenith cabinet TV I wanted to use, but to find the right Q*Bert themed decor was a little challenging (more specifically the wall art). Then I found the perfect piece. A Q*Bert latch hook rug became available and I just had to have it. I was also able to acquire a orange wingback chair for $20. Here is the final design...... This Q*Bert themed design I was extremely happy with. I decided to get rid of the table to bring back the good ole days of having to sit on the floor to play. Coincidentally enough, I finished this design right around Halloween. I actually had a old early 80s Q*Bert costume (one of those old vinyl Collegeville costumes). My son decided to humor me and put the costume on so I could do a Halloween photo. I tried to use an aging filter to make the photo look a little less "high def". I'm not professional photographer so I did what I could with my cell phone, lol Here was the end result. MY 2020 DESIGN..... In 2020 I decided to shrink up the design a little. To make something simpler, and to design a area that would mimic a image you would see on a Atari Ad. I used a different TV for this one (1984 Zenith). One of the best parts about having this retro corner is being able to spend time with my kids introducing them too the early gaming experience. Due to Covid-19 and spending a lot of time at home, we were able to spend a lot of time playing games together. All in all, creating a authentic Retro Gaming experience is relatively inexpensive and you only need a very small space. Playing these games takes me back to a simpler time. For some reason I find it more enjoyable playing on my retro setups then I do behind a computer screen or on some other type of emulation. The feel of the carpet, the act of inserting the cartridge, the smell of the TV tubes, the sight of the wood paneling, and being restricted to the limitations of technology all help contribute to the overall Retro Gaming experience. This is what I remember, and I find myself actually enjoying playing these old games more as I disappear in my time machine. COVID-19 The summer of 2020 I came across a old 1979 Sony Trinitron. I decided to do a very quick redesign to include that TV, as well as using my Space Invaders wall art I've been holding onto for a while. After I was done my children's school went to "virtual learning" due to the Coronavirus. My kids decided to turn my Retro Nook into a Virtual Learning Battle Station, (where old technology mixes with new technology..😂). My 2021 design In 2021 I wanted to mess around with more themes within my design. I decided to start spring off right and go with a Easter theme. About 2 weeks before Easter, we got word that the Easter Bunny was going to visit our house on Easter morning. I wanted the Easter Bunny to feel welcome and it was a perfect opportunity to use my retro corner for my children to take photos with Easter Bunny. So I quickly put my Rachel Corner together preparing for a special visitor. After the visit from the Easter Bunny I want to create a 👽 Alien 👽 themed area. This is something I wanted to do for quite some time. I've always been a fan of sci-fi and I wanted this "Alien Abduction" type of feel for my 2021 design. Green accent lights to give the whole corner a eerie glow This alien design for a 2021 is really fun to work with and I'm constantly changing it a little. I recently got rid of the green lights and decided to give it more traditional lighting. The kids and I have a great time playing games in this area and I love the fact that my children enjoy having a little retro gaming time with their dad. I'll end with one last photo. My most recent setup that I may use if I decide to redesign my Retro Corner in the future. It's my 1976 Zeinth gaming station. It's been a blast having this little retro gaming corner. In the past 3 years I have been able to spend a lot of time in my retro corner playing my old Atari with my kids (and creating awesome memories). Hopefully someday I will be able to dedicate a entire room to the simplicity days before the internet. The days before the constant bombardment of social digital stress. Thanks for reading my blog.
  17. Perfect to wear whenever we can meet in person again or if you just want to flaunt it around your house This one should fit a small person or mannequin. Vintage 1980s ATARI Jacket Blue Adult Small Video Game Promotional Swingster https://www.ebay.com/itm/353592288378 Joe
  18. Is the ball in these typically that yellowish color when new? After seeing images in some recent topics I decided to dig mine out of storage, forgot what great condition mine was in and about the only thing I have that also still has the clear plastic on the aluminum strip (MUST RESIST REMOVING 😛) I really need to try this accessory more as it seems to be in excellent shape however, I noticed like many pictured the ball seems discolored yellowish, looking up images online it seems it WAS originally white? If it should be white might look into brightening or SHOULD I BOTHER? Is it more trouble than it is worth? I only lightly tested it upon receiving the 5200 / games etc in a lot years ago. I should do more testing and also maybe give it some maintenance if required. ANY GOOD TUTORIALS or videos on that? Also, I may have posted similar at one time but my memory is not getting any better 😛 Still, thanks in advance for any / all replies.....IF anyone or a mod notices I am repeating this post just merge it or point me in the direction of original post.
  19. Looking to buy or trade for a tested & working Atari 8-Bit Cassette Drive (any type that will work with an NTSC 800 or 800XL.) I've now purchased a total of 4 drives (2 each 1010 & 410,) serviced them all to the best of my ability and none of them work. 2 different computers and 3 different cables (with the 1010's.) My primary trade item, for someone who is up to doing better servicing than I, are the 3 remaining drives (sold one of the 1010's,) I have that are not working. I also have some other Atari parts, as well as general vintage parts. If interested, l can send a list. Thank you.
  20. Before I begin, this will focus on original titles, and not arcade ports. -Zenithian Khei (Mega Man X meets Super Turrican 2) -Ginnan (Actraiser with an Old English/Anglo-Saxon twist. Part of the Middanyeard series.) -At least three shmups/space shooters. -At least two more Middanyeard games. -At least two titles in the Demon Lands series. -One Isometric game.
  21. I might as well discuss my plans for Lynx homebrews. -Snáwcild (Think of this as a better Ninja Gaiden 3 than the one that the Lynx actually got. As in nicer-looking sprites and sound.) -Zenithian Micro (Mega Man X with bits of Kirby Super Star.) -The Agathodaimon Mini -At least one space shooter/shmup. (Vertical/Tate mode will be supported.) -Red Wolf (FPS/Adventure) -At least one Middanyeard game. (Will be better than Viking Child.) -RC Car Combat. -Possible Castlevania clone -Gyaru Knight (G'nG clone with a wacky twist.)
  22. hi guys I make Atari 2600 vcs reproduction console boxes plus repro game boxes. All retyped with all original fonts, retouched and professionally assembled from scratch with no scans or jpegs used. They're all on my etsy shop. Take a look and spread the word if you can. Thanks! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/boxingatari
  23. Complete collection listed here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1WdZz7mJ4F1Xn1H7zAAObp5b8AxDTzlNVmze1UyTRIJY/edit?usp=sharing All Atari 8-Bit plus one Atari ST Located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Local pickup is an option. Pictures are linked in the spreadsheet. Here again for easy browsing: https://share.icloud.com/photos/0giWEFHh5xegaBr-d5IuIDLHQ
  24. My family didn't have an Atari until well into the crash, when they were on clearance tables with double-digit price tags. Before that, my time on the VCS / 2600 was mainly on the displays in the stores. There wasn't a Sears, Kmart, or Woolworth's within walking or biking distance for me--let alone any arcades--so I had to wait until the folks went to the store. And then, it was game on! Maybe. If there was a pile of bikes by the store entrance, then the store display was usually mobbed with kids all waiting for their short turns to play whatever cartridge was being featured. If there were any 13-15 year olds in the crowd, forget it. They'd hog the controls until the store closed, while the pre-teens like myself looked on helplessly. Any polite requests to play were met with stony silence. Sometimes we'd resort to watching the unplayable demonstration cartridge repeat itself over and over on the nearby Intellivision display. Another obstacle was grouchy sales clerks, usually old ladies with curly hair, horn-rimmed bifocals and perma-frowns. Couldn't get within ten feet of the display without being halted by a snappy "Don't touch that!" But other times it was wide open, and I got to spend some quality time with Asteroids, Berzerk, Pitfall, and Seaquest. Some of my best Atari play sessions were at the Air Force BX...there weren't usually many other kids there, my folks would shop for hours, and the sales clerks were young and friendly. Sometimes they'd even play a game or two with me. Got any memories like these? Please share! Larry
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