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  1. My collection. 30+ years in the making. Yes, these are dust proof, moisture proof tubs. Most systems are not new, but I like to keep them dust free. 82 systems counting the vintage original systems and the modern minis / classics. Not including the 20+ Plug and Play systems. You could get technical and say an Atari 1040 STE and a Mega STE are essentially the same thing, but for the system count's sake, I did not group them. I have not focused on handheld systems, but they have crept into the collection through awesome finds and trades. And, yes, my chair is lame. My father made the large toybox for my children when the first one was born, and I had it re-upolstered with Arcade Logo fabric when they got too old for a toybox. It houses all kinds of extra cables and connectivity items required to get various systems working with various monitors or TVs. For the monitors / TVs, I have a PS3 3D TV, a Dell MutiSync Monitor (for the Atari STs and Amiga), an Atari ST monochrome and an Atari ST color monitor, a 4K TV, a 215 pound Sony Trinitron WEGA TV and finally a Sharp curved CRT good for the light guns. I have a broken Emerson Arcadia 2001 and Microvision, so they are counted in the total. Next items that I'm still working to get: Playstation 5 Xbox Series X Philips CDi Emerson Arcadia 2001Gameboy Color Amstrad 6128 Sinclair ZX Spectrum I started my collection with unique vintage controllers and then modded controllers for various systems, then adapters or adapted controllers that allow just about any system to use any controller, then finally modded systems. Not all systems are modded, but the vast majority of them have something that has modernized them in a user and game-library friendly way. Most Unique is probably the Amiga 1200 in a PC case with modern cooling, USB ports, CD32 capabilty, and Flash Drives. Favorites: The 800XL was my first computer and bought earning $3.10 an hour in a Target warehouse, so I am attached to it. I still love the Super Nintendo's hand drawn sprite games. Thanks for letting me share!
  2. Does anyone have an original disk of Atari Microsoft Basic they'd be willing to part with for a reasonable cost?
  3. One of the most interesting copy protection techniques I came across was on the Atari Microsoft Basic disk. You booted this disk and it automatically loaded into Microsoft Basic. If you then typed a DOS command, you were taken to the usual DOS menu where you could see an AUTORUN.SYS file. But if you copied the AUTORUN.SYS file to another disk, it wouldn't load into Microsoft Basic. It started to load but then simply performed a system reset. It turns out that the clever programmers at Atari created a hidden directory on the disk. Normally, the directory is found on sector $169 and runs for 8 sectors. On the Microsoft Basic disk, there is another directory at $179. This directory points to the real AUTORUN.SYS file which loads when the disk is booted. At address $1082 in the Disk Operating System there is a byte which points to the directory sector. The value of this byte is usually $69. But in the Microsoft Basic version, the byte is $79 which allows DOS to use the hidden directory and load the proper AUTORUN.SYS. As the AUTORUN.SYS loads, one of the final things it does it to place a $69 back into address $1082. Now DOS is pointing to its normal directory which points to a bogus version of AUTORUN.SYS. To copy the correct AUTORUN.SYS to another disk, you could write a basic program which poked $1082 with $79. Then open AUTORUN.SYS for input. Poke $1082 with $69 to reset DOS back to its normal value, and open an output file on another disk. Now simply read and write bytes until end of file. Poke $1082 with $79, issue a close on the first file, poke $1082 with $69 and issue a close for file 2 and voila!, you have a copy of Microsoft Basic that loads properly. Copy Microsoft Basic.atr
  4. Back again for our 12th annual event and at yet another new venue, Ivory Tower Collections and Osage Event Center at Osage Casino are proud to present to you: Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition 2015! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oklahoma's Original Retro Video Game Exhibition Returns TULSA, OK (May 30, 2015) – Classic video games will return from history, as mid-America's one and only OVGE returns for the twelfth annual Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition! On September 12, 2015 video game collectors and enthusiasts from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and even further will travel and converge on the Osage Event Center at Osage Casino in Tulsa, OK to celebrate the history, hobby, collecting, and entertainment of the video gaming industry. “Before the OVGE, people from the surrounding states had to travel across the country for events such as this,” said Jesse Hardesty, founder and organizer of the OVGE. "And since the OVGE first began back in September of 2003, we have inspired many other retro conventions in the surrounding areas." Come and celebrate a day of family friendly competition, discussion, buying, selling, and showing off of our beloved hobby on September 12th during the 12th annual OVGE! This new venue offers us more space than ever before for our largest OVGE yet! There will be Numerous video game systems, computers, and arcade machines, will be set up for the public to play plus tournaments and door prizes! Vendors and exhibitors will have memorabilia on display with most items for purchase. Doors will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. and close at 5:00 p.m. Cost of admission for ages eight and above is $5 dollars at the door. More than half the space is already claimed! So please, visit the website generously hosted by Earl Green (Phospher Dot Fossils) at TheLogBook and send in those table requests! The website has all the details for table pricing, and registration forms. September 12th will be here before we know it! We thank each and every one of you who have supported us and look forward to seeing you all at the Osage Event Center at Osage Casino on September 12th! http://www.ovge.com
  5. Hey, me again. Among some other finds secured from Habitat for Humanity was 3 Xbox 360 units in various conditions. Two are Xenons while one is a Jasper. I am disinclined to try and even test the Xenons because what's the point? I did scavenge the heat sinks from them and will hang onto them for spare parts should the need arise. The Jasper actually turns on and shows the NXE, but after a short amount of time, the display turns off, the fan speeds up, and it flashes two red lights on the left side(I believe it's 1 and 3) of the ring of light. I have since cleaned out the Xbox, removed the heatsinks and cleaned/applied fresh thermal compound, and tried running the system again. Still turns off after a short time and flashes the error code. So I installed two copper heatsinks from the two Xenon motherboards since I have read they are a bit better for heat dissipation than the aluminum blocks that came with the Jasper. Same behavior. So I even went so far as to solder a wire on the underside of the board to pull additional power to run the fan at full speed all the time(single wire 12 v fan mod). This time the system ran for a few minutes this time before eventually doing the same thing. I'm pretty much at my wits end as far as thinking of possible solutions. It does look like this system was previously tinkered with, possibly even recapped, and so who knows what might have happened to it for it to end up being sold to me for $3 as a parts machine. Short of trying to rig up some kind of water cooling system - which I have no experience doing and would quite probably be overkill for an xbox I would like to RGH - I don't know what else could be done to keep the processor cool or identify what the deeper problem is. *edit: There is one other thing I could try, but I don't know if it would actually help, and would probably push me past the point of no return. One of the Xenons had a bunch of washers and bolts in lieu of the x-clamps, so I assume it was an RROD x-clamp fix/mod to apply more pressure from the heat sink to the chip. I kept the washers/bolts so it's something I could do, but I don't know if it would have an appreciable effect as far as providing a more secure connection from the heatsink to the chip, thus preventing overheating, or if it would simply damage the BGA.
  6. I'm curious why they've never tried it? I mean they made an MP3 player and that worked out great for them, so why not a hand held gaming device? In all seriousness though, I wonder if they did a cost benefit analysis of going up against Nintendo and decided the juice wouldn't be worth the squeeze? That didn't seem to deter Sony... Interesting that they are the only major console manufacturer with no hand held offering. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the matter.
  7. The poster for the upcoming Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution documentary film is now ready, and shown below. When the Website is ready, I'll post again, and also once distribution details for this year are finalized. The film, which is based on the Vintage Games series of books by me and Matt Barton (we're also writers and producers on the film), covers the history of videogames from the perspective of those who made it happen. Those interviewed include Nolan Bushnell, John Romero, Todd Howard, Daniel Murray, Darion Lowenstein, Eric Lindstrom, David Crane, and many, many more. The narrator is Cain Devore. The film also has a Facebook and Google+ presence, although Armchair Arcade is still a great place to find out new details (in fact, here's the same thing as a blog post there so you can see the PDF).
  8. From the album: RetroElectroDad Console Collection

    Microsoft XBox with the Steel Battalion controller.

    © Trevor Briscoe

  9. Despite spending years with my Xbox 360, there are several games that I've missed on that console. Now that I own an Xbox One and that I started using the fantastic backwards compatibility program, I discovered a bunch of titles I've never played before. So I made a list with some of my favorite ones and the games I consider absolutely essential if you haven't played them before, here they are: BioShock Call of Duty: Black Ops Dark Souls Mass Effect Red Dead Redemption Fallout 3 Burnout Paradise The Orange Box Assassin's Creed II Pac-Man: Championship Edition DX+ I tried to include games from different genres (I'll leave a link below to my article in case anyone's interested.) So what did I miss? What are, in your opinion, some of the best backwards compatible games? Thanks and I hope you guys like the list. 10 Essential Xbox One Backward Compatible Games
  10. I know this has been discussed already but i was curious to see the results of a poll. In todays competitive marketplace, three is a crowd, especially when your market is slowly becoming a niche when compared to mobile gaming (sadly.) Each company has pros and cons: Microsoft Pros: Combined entertainment device, has captured mature gamers Cons: Has always had issues with profitability of the Xbox devision, which shareholders/executives can't be happy about Nintendo Pros: Cash rich company, has captured youth and loyalty niches Cons: Shrinking market share, minimal adoption of Wii U (to put it kindly) Sony Pros: Market leader, top notch devices Cons: The rest of the company has been hit HARD by competition from South Korean manufacturers. Who do you think will be next, and why? I see it being a two-console market by the next generation.
  11. I am happy to announce the 6th Annual Cowlitz Gamers for Kids Charity Videogame show to help raise funds for the Childrens Justice and Advocacy Center(CJAC). Over the five shows, the show has helped raise over $24,500 to the Childrens Justice and Advocacy Center (CJAC) and we're convinced we can do better this year with your help! PRGE is once again absorbing much of the cost of putting on this show so that 100% of the admission will go directly to CJAC. It is CJAC's mission to provide children who have experienced sexual or physical abuse a coordinated community approach to investigation, prosecution and treatment that promotes their safety, healing, and well-being. We have moved the show this year to a wonderful venue. The show will be on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Cowlitz County Regional Conference Center in Longview WA. 1900 7th Ave Longview, WA. The event will be from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Directions: http://www.thecenterofthenorthwest.com/directions.html This years event is about 1 hour north of Portland or 2 hours south of Seattle on I-5. Doors open at 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM. Admission is $5, although we invite you to contribute more if you can! All admission goes straight to the non profit CJAC, which will be present at the show to answer further questions about how they service the community. Cowlitz County Conference Center 1900 7th Avenue Longview, WA 98632 What Can you Expect? Over 30 vendors from around the Northwest will be present. It will feature classic video game vendors, a freeplay gaming console arcade, a silent auction, and a retro videogame tournament. All this done for a good cause. Expect a ton of good deals on classic video game merchandise including video game systems, games, artwork, and accessories. In addition to outside video game vendors, there will be T-shirts and other merchandise specifically made for the event that will also be sold specifically to suport CJAC. The event is child-friendly so please feel free to bring the entire family! Further Announcements will be made, so stay tuned... for more info also stay connected by visiting our website for further announcements http://www.cowlitzgamers.moonfruit.com./ also visit our facebook event page made for the event! https://www.facebook.com/events/326631830818492/?ref=2&ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming
  12. Hey all! I'm clearing out years of stockpiled E3 swag, promotional items, one offs and various weirdness! The link below goes to my eBay page. I've been trying to sell on there for a few weeks and some of the bigger named items have gone, but I think your average eBay user knows very little about gaming, especially gaming memorabilia. I want this stuff to go to people that'll appreciate it! I know some of the people buying have just been resellers and that's lame. Hope you guys can find stuff you're interested in! I'm putting up new stuff every weekend when I have free time, so there's more to come! 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%2Fsch%2Fproducerethan%2Fm.html%3F_nkw%3D%26_armrs%3D1%26_ipg%3D%26_from%3D
  13. I've got a Halo edition Xbox where the hard drive finally conked out on me a little while ago. I'm interested in resurrecting the machine even though it seems likely I'm out of luck on recovering any of my old data, but I'm not sure what the steps are for this scenario, and Google has been kind of confusing. I've got an Xecuter 2.6 chip to install on the board, and a new compatible HDD is on my shopping list - I just don't know what to do from there once I've got the chip and hard drive in place. Ideally I want to be able to boot up the original dashboard along with a homebrew one by pushing different buttons (to maintain some semblance of original hardware), I don't know if there's a process to setting that up with a fresh HDD?
  14. I've been meaning to record some gameplay clips on my Xbox One for quite some time now, but every time I feel like I've made some progress in terms of new equipment or knowledge about the whole process, I encounter a new problem. I already have a USB 3.0 hard drive to store the long clips and I have a camera, but I can't get to record audio from the camera's mic. From what I've read online, you can't use a camera and get audio from that, but some people pointed out that that's how they record gameplay. Apparently, if you want to get audio on a clip or stream, you need to buy a super expensive headset (they are well beyond my budget in my country.) So I have no idea if that depends on the camera or not. As I was writing this, I realized that there's a menu on the settings that allows you to check video and audio from the camera and maybe you can enable an option from there, but I don't have my console with me right now, so I'll check it out at home. I was wondering if anyone over here tried to capture footage from their Xbox One console and experienced the same problem and can help me out. I know apart from using the OS from the console, there are a bunch of alternative apps like Upload Studio, Twitch and Mixer that have different functionalities, so maybe I should check out those just in case. If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it!
  15. Mine is Verdun, it's (probably) the most realistic WW1 shooter out there. Grand Theft Auto 5 is a close second.
  16. Over 1,700 games were released for the Xbox 360, so how do you come up with a Top 10 of All-Time?! Metal Jesus attempts this mammoth task to bring you his epic list. What games did you enjoy the most on the Xbox 360?
  17. Many of you already know about this, but just in case, I wanted to start the topic for my upcoming book, Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time, which will be released in February, but is available for pre-order now. This is the next entry in the Focal Press Vintage Games series, which started with the critically acclaimed 2009 release, Vintage Games: An Insider Look at the History of Grand Theft Auto, Super Mario, and the Most Influential Games of All Time. In contrast to Vintage Games, which covered 35 of the most influential computer, console, and handheld games of all time (up to the book's publication date), Vintage Game Consoles covers 20 of the greatest game playing computer, console, and handheld platforms of all time (up to 2001, which means no platforms still actively sold (i.e., their history is still being written)). It's full color throughout, with 400 images, an extensive preface, and major section introductions to complement each platform chapter, which provides a thorough history of the industry through the lens of the very platforms that helped define it. Any questions? Ask away! (also be sure to check out my other recently released book, CoCo: The Colorful History of Tandy's Underdog Computer, and the next book to see release after Vintage Game Consoles, My Xbox One; March will also see the first unveiling of our major feature film documentary on the history of videogames (based loosely on the Vintage Games series books), Gameplay: The Story of the Videogame Revolution) Contents: Preface Generation One (1971 – 1984) Arcade (1971) Apple II (1977) Atari 2600 VCS (1977) Atari 8-bit (1979) Mattel Intellivision (1979) PC DOS Computers (1981) Commodore 64 (1982) Coleco ColecoVision (1982) Generation Two (1985 – 1994) Nintendo Entertainment System (1985) Commodore Amiga (1985) Sega Genesis (1989) Nintendo GameBoy (1989) Nintendo Super NES (1991) Generation Three (1995 – 2001) PC Windows Computers (1995) Sony PlayStation (1995) Nintendo 64 (1996) Sega Dreamcast (1999) Sony PlayStation 2 (2000) Microsoft Xbox (2001) Nintendo GameCube (2001) By the way, the cover art is by none other than Nathan Strum, long-time AtariAge member and renowned homebrew cover artist. For those not familiar with the style, it's meant to evoke my first (and favorite) childhood magazine, Electronic Games. I think he nailed it:
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