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Here are my times for the week:

Atari 2600:

Amidar: 3 minutes

Ms. Pacman- 7 minutes

KABOOM- 2 minutes

Tapper- 6 minutes

Spiderman- 3 minutes

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back- 7 1/2 minutes

Q-bert- 6 minutes

 

NES: 

Probotecter- 3 minutes

Blaster Master -3 minutes

 

SEGA Master system:

Dynamite Dux- 6 1/2 minutes

Cool Spot- 4 minutes 

Fantasy Zone- 5 minutes

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Atari 8-bit:
Basic Burger - 12 min.
Beef Drop (demo) - 12 min.
Beer Belly Burt in Brew Biz - 5 min.
Beer Shot Plus - 9 min.
Burger Boy! - 9 min.
Burger Chef - 8 min.

 

Entirely HSC and entirely Sunday afternoon. Also entirely games on B, and I must say they're all pretty much "B" games to me, mainly because I'm not a big fan of the BurgerTime type of gameplay.

 

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Here are my times for this past week (August 30th through September 5th, 2021) on classic systems...

 

Arcade:

Jr. Pac-Man - 43 min.

 

This week I only have one session of Jr. Pac-Man to report since I had many other things to do, most of all preparing for a gig I had yesterday. What I actually find more important, however, is commenting on the new songs released by the group ABBA. You might ask how this fits with this tracker... well, their sound hasn't changed as much as I'd expected, so while listening to the new songs memories came to me of the time when they were last relevant in the charts, which was actually before we got our first home computer... you can say that their popularity faded as the home computers grew in popularity. I remember getting my last ABBA 7", "The day before you came" in early 1983 roughly at the same time I got the last Game & Watch game, "Mickey & Donald", and I played it while listening to this record. My cousin Ronald which we visited over the Christmas holidays '82/'83 already had a VIC-20, but we didn't get ours until about Easter '83. While some of ABBA's earlier hits were on the charts, I was very much into Rubik's Cube and its siblings, so I remember taking part in a cubing contest when their hit "One of us" was the current single. When ABBA now sing "Do I have it in me?", I ask myself if I still have it in me to turn the cube at the speed I did back then, but of course, I'm out of practice now. Somehow their new material feels like not much has actually changed, but technology still has evolved so that the standard delivery method is now streaming or at most a download, but not a 7" vinyl single. I'm pretty sure the shop where I bought "The day before you came" doesn't exist anymore. Though I've seen at least one of the new songs is actually available as a 7".

So I asked myself: What if this was applied to my life? What if I pretend not much has changed since early 1983, but I'm still an adult now and technology is now at the point it is... what would I do now? And what would I have done in the years in between if the influence of my parents hadn't been that great? Probably my first computer wouldn't have been the TI-99, but rather a VIC-20, a C-64, a ZX Spectrum or a ZX-81. The C-64 and the Amiga would still have appeared eventually in my life, as the Atari 2600, but I probably would have got fewer games if it were only for me, but on the other hand, some games I actually didn't get, like the Game & Watch game "Vermin" or the Atari 2600 cartridge "Pole Position". For the systems for which I practically only have pirated (or free) software, I would have bought a few games and copied not as many by far, also deleting some of them if, after checking them out, I found out I didn't like them, instead of keeping everything which I actually did because my parents said so.

But most important would be the question how this would affect my current life. I'm not so sure since over 38 years have passed since then and one thing was built onto another. But maybe now I would only work 20 hours a week instead of 30, and I wouldn't worry as much about "historical" recordings I should keep. But that topic is very complicated to think through... what a few new ABBA songs can do!

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Atari 2600

 

Dark Cavern FB HSC 104

Dig Dug 38. Scored over 400k

Eggomania 82. First time playing a paddle game in a while. 
ms. Pac-Man 8

Pole Position 19

Solar Fox 108

 

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99% of my time was spent in the Modern Gaming wheelhouse, but I did put in a tiny bit of time on one of my favorite games.

 

Arcade:

Street Fighter Alpha -- 30 minutes

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Tiny week for gaming here this past week since I've had a friend from out of state visiting, so there hasn't been a ton of time for gaming. I did get in a little bit of Quake on the Switch before he arrived, but since then we've just played a few fighting games on the Neo Geo MVSX machine (Street Fighter II': Champion Edition and The Last Blade 1 & 2) and a game of Monopoly on the Switch. I did convince him to try my all time favorite game Alien: Isolation, but after a couple hours he was just too stressed out by it to continue :lol:

 

 

Ineligible (All Nintendo Switch)

Alien: Isolation - 110 minutes

Monopoly - 125 minutes

Quake - 35 minutes

 

Arcade

Street Fighter II': Champion Edition - 15 minutes

 

Neo Geo AES/MVS

The Last Blade - 45 minutes

The Last Blade 2 - 20 minutes

 

 

Total Video Game Play Time This Week

350 minutes (5 hours 50 minutes) [80 minutes eligible]

 

Individual System Play Times This Week

Nintendo Switch: 270 minutes

Neo Geo AES/MVS: 65 minutes

Arcade: 15 minutes

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I got my Harmony Concerto cartridge! Which may or may not relate to the following. I played a ton of 2600 and 7800 games in short bursts, including:

 

Stargate

Eggomania (all of my paddles need serious service)

Space Jockey

Starmaster

Gangster Alley

Piece o Cake

Journey Escape

Lost Luggage

Final Approach

Fire Fly

Worm War I

Chuck Norris Superkicks

Artillery Duel

Raft Rider

M.A.D.

Bump n Jump

Air Raiders 

Tutankham

Beany Bopper

Sprintmaster

Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes

Frankenstein’s Monster 
Frogger II Threedeep

Moon Patrol

 

(7800)

Midnight Mutants

Mat Mania Challenge

Crossbow

Scrapyard Dog

Ace of Aces


In more substantial plays:

 

Atari 2600

Gangster Alley - 20 minutes.

Cosmic Creeps - 20 minutes.

Robot Tank - 20 minutes.

No Escape - 15 minutes

Riddle of the Sphinx - 15 minutes 

 

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Buck Rogers Planet of Zoom - 15 minutes.

Star Wars Return of the Jedi

Death Star Battle - 15 minutes.

Mean Santa - 20 minutes.

Planet Patrol - 20 minutes.

 

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Atari 7800

 

Double Dragon - 25 minutes.

Commando - 15 minutes.

 

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Ninja Golf - 25 minutes.

 

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Harsh.

 

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SNES

Lester the Unlikely - 20 minutes

King Arthur’s World - 35 minutes

Super Pinball: Behind the Mask - 20 minutes
 

Super Famicom

Darius Twin - 25 minutes

 

Genesis 

Sword of Vermillion - 180 minutes that I will need to redo because the save battery is dead :(

(although I’m not dreading it because the game is so fast, fun, and interesting!)

 

Harsh.

 

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Game Boy

Pri Pri Primitive Princess - 35 minutes

The Bugs Bunny Crazy Castle - 30 minutes

 

PC Engine

Xevious: The Fardraut Saga - 25 minutes.

 

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Game Boy Color

SWIV - 30 minutes

Gift - 25 minutes

 

Game Gear

Mortal Kombat 3 - 15 minutes. So horrible it’s hard to believe.

The Berenstain Bears Camping Adventures - 25 minutes. There’s a reason this was one of the last games for the US library to enter my collection… but the game itself is really pretty good. Easy but not unfun easy. Really excellent graphics and sound. Then again I may have finished 1/3 of the game in 25 minutes…

 

Jaguar

Joust - 30 minutes for HSC

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I have more to say about these but I will add those later.

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11 minutes ago, jgkspsx said:

I played a ton of 2600 and 7800 games in short bursts

Should I add those 29 games with ~1 minute each as I find fitting between 2600 and 7800?

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1 minute ago, carlsson said:

Should I add those 29 games with ~1 minute each as I find fitting between 2600 and 7800?

If you like! I intended to just leave them out of the formal stats - I didn’t want to make the extra work for you. Average playtime was 5 minutes. (Okay, maybe more like three.)

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Usually I don't bother when it is some fly-by operation posting a list of games "I have played in the last month" without further specification about formats or times but since you're a regular I'll make an attempt of adding those.

 

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Atari 2600:
Air Raiders - 3 min
Artillery Duel - 3 min
Beany Bopper - 3 min
Bump n Jump - 3 min
Chuck Norris Superkicks - 3 min
Crossbow - 3 min
Eggomania  - 3 min
Final Approach - 3 min
Fire Fly - 3 min
Frankenstein’s Monster - 3 min
Frogger II Threedeep - 3 min
Gangster Alley - 3 min
Journey Escape - 3 min
Lost Luggage - 3 min
M.A.D. - 3 min
Moon Patrol - 3 min
Piece o Cake - 3 min
Raft Rider - 3 min
Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes - 3 min
Space Jockey - 3 min
Sprintmaster - 3 min
Stargate - 3 min
Starmaster - 3 min
Tutankham - 3 min
Worm War I - 3 min

Atari 7800:
Ace of Aces - 3 min
Mat Mania Challenge - 3 min
Midnight Mutants - 3 min
Scrapyard Dog - 3 min

 

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My times are:

 

Diablo: Hellfire for PC - 394 minutes

Dragon Warrior for NES - 251 minutes

Pokemon Red Version for Game Boy - 57 minutes

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for NES - 177 minutes

 

In Diablo: Hellfire I made it all the way down to level 13 and also cleared 5 of the Hellfire expansion pak exclusive floors.

In Dragon Warrior I maxed out my level to 30 and finished the game.

In Pokemon Red Version I got Ninetales and started leveling up Clefairy so it can learn the moves I want before I evolve it.

Zelda II I started and completed in one gaming session while recording a video.

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Here's the summary for Week 35, running from August 30 - Sept 5. We logged 3498 minutes of eligible play, playing 115 games on a total of 17 systems.

 

Top 10:

 

1. Diablo: Hellfire (PC (Windows 95/98)) - 394 min. (#2)
2. Epidemic (PlayStation) - 311 min. (#7)
3. Dragon Quest (Dragon Warrior) (NES/Famicom) - 251 min. (#3)
4. Solar Fox (Atari 2600) - 190 min. (#8)
5. Sword of Vermilion (Genesis) - 180 min.
6. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES/Famicom) - 177 min.
7. Dark Cavern (Atari 2600) - 104 min.
8. Kaboom! (Atari 2600) - 103 min. (#9)
9. Thunder Force V (Sega Saturn) - 96 min.
10. Eggomania (Atari 2600) - 85 min.
 

Pre-NES top 10:

 

1. Solar Fox (Atari 2600) - 190 min. (PN#3)
2. Dark Cavern (Atari 2600) - 104 min.
3. Kaboom! (Atari 2600) - 103 min. (PN#4)
4. Eggomania (Atari 2600) - 85 min.
5. Pengo (Atari 8-bit) - 60 min.
6. Asteroids (Atari 2600) - 57 min.
6. Seaquest (Atari 8-bit) - 57 min. (PN#2)
8. Jr. Pac-Man (Arcade) - 43 min. (PN#1)
9. Beamrider (Atari 8-bit) - 42 min.
10. Dig Dug (Atari 2600) - 38 min.

 

Top 10 systems:

 

1. Atari 2600 (912) (#3)
2. NES/Famicom (453) (#5)
3. PC (Windows 95/98) (394) (#1)
4. PlayStation (326) (#7)
5. Atari 8-bit (316) (#2)
6. Genesis (283) (#8)
7. Sega Saturn (147) (#9)
8. Arcade (127) (#4)
8. Game Boy (127)
10. SNES (100)
 

One Diablo down, the other Diablo advancing into first place with Epidemic in strong second. Likewise, Solar Fox with some ease brings home the pre-NES title ahead of Dark Cavern and Kaboom!. With Atari 2600 in 6 of 10 positions on the pre-NES list, it also becomes the most played system.

 

No new entries to the 1000, 5000, 10000 minute clubs, though 32 games are within 50 minutes from the 1000:

 

Atari 2600: 9 games

PlayStation: 4 games

Arcade, Genesis: 3 games each

NES/Famicom, TI-99/4A: 2 games each

Atari 8-bit, C64, Intellivision, Mac OS Classic, NEC PC-9801, PC Windows 95/98, Master System, Saturn, VIC-20: 1 game each

 

(exactly which games are left as an exercise or surprise)

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41 minutes ago, carlsson said:

Here's the summary for Week 35, running from August 30 - Sept 5. We logged 3498 minutes of eligible play, playing 115 games on a total of 17 systems.

 

Top 10:

 

1. Diablo: Hellfire (PC (Windows 95/98)) - 394 min. (#2)
2. Epidemic (PlayStation) - 311 min. (#7)
3. Dragon Quest (Dragon Warrior) (NES/Famicom) - 251 min. (#3)
4. Solar Fox (Atari 2600) - 190 min. (#8)
5. Sword of Vermilion (Genesis) - 180 min.
6. Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (NES/Famicom) - 177 min.
7. Dark Cavern (Atari 2600) - 104 min.
8. Kaboom! (Atari 2600) - 103 min. (#9)
9. Thunder Force V (Sega Saturn) - 96 min.
10. Eggomania (Atari 2600) - 85 min.
 

Pre-NES top 10:

 

1. Solar Fox (Atari 2600) - 190 min. (PN#3)
2. Dark Cavern (Atari 2600) - 104 min.
3. Kaboom! (Atari 2600) - 103 min. (PN#4)
4. Eggomania (Atari 2600) - 85 min.
5. Pengo (Atari 8-bit) - 60 min.
6. Asteroids (Atari 2600) - 57 min.
6. Seaquest (Atari 8-bit) - 57 min. (PN#2)
8. Jr. Pac-Man (Arcade) - 43 min. (PN#1)
9. Beamrider (Atari 8-bit) - 42 min.
10. Dig Dug (Atari 2600) - 38 min.

 

Top 10 systems:

 

1. Atari 2600 (912) (#3)
2. NES/Famicom (453) (#5)
3. PC (Windows 95/98) (394) (#1)
4. PlayStation (326) (#7)
5. Atari 8-bit (316) (#2)
6. Genesis (283) (#8)
7. Sega Saturn (147) (#9)
8. Arcade (127) (#4)
8. Game Boy (127)
10. SNES (100)
 

One Diablo down, the other Diablo advancing into first place with Epidemic in strong second. Likewise, Solar Fox with some ease brings home the pre-NES title ahead of Dark Cavern and Kaboom!. With Atari 2600 in 6 of 10 positions on the pre-NES list, it also becomes the most played system.

 

No new entries to the 1000, 5000, 10000 minute clubs, though 32 games are within 50 minutes from the 1000:

 

Atari 2600: 9 games

PlayStation: 4 games

Arcade, Genesis: 3 games each

NES/Famicom, TI-99/4A: 2 games each

Atari 8-bit, C64, Intellivision, Mac OS Classic, NEC PC-9801, PC Windows 95/98, Master System, Saturn, VIC-20: 1 game each

 

(exactly which games are left as an exercise or surprise)

Of course it will go on the Modern tracker, but I fully expect at the end of the month to start seeing Diablo 2 times posted for the remaster. :)

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5 hours ago, digdugnate said:

Of course it will go on the Modern tracker, but I fully expect at the end of the month to start seeing Diablo 2 times posted for the remaster. :)

Actually after Hellfire I plan on ignoring the remaster and playing the original standalone of II, then again with Lord of Destruction added. I think after that, Darkstone will be my next hack n slash as long as I can get it working. Original Diablo II is still modern though because it came out in 2000.

 

You know what else is crazy? All my time spent on Hellfire this week was done in 1 session. I posted the over 6 hour video on youtube just now.

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Are there any Game Gear games in the thousand minute club? I am pretty sure I have spent a thousand minutes of my life being humilitatingly taken apart in Shining Force…

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Yes, one game. The top 10 on Game Gear looks like this:

 

1. The Chessmaster - 1451 min.
2. Sonic Triple Trouble - 611 min.
3. Shining Force Gaiden: The Final Conflict - 480 min.
4. Sonic the Hedgehog - 438 min.
5. Tails Adventure - 384 min.
6. Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - 269 min.
7. Sonic Chaos - 248 min.
8. Sonic Blast - 213 min.
9. Pac-Man - 210 min.
10. GG Aleste 3 - 200 min.

 

In total, 151 titles have been tracked for the Game Gear.

 

The stats for 2021 only are a little different:

 

1. GG Aleste 3 - 160 min.
2. Bust-a-Move (Puzzle Bobble) - 130 min.
2. Ernie Els Golf - 130 min.
2. GG Aleste - 130 min.
5. Panzer Dragoon Mini - 110 min.
6. Tempo Jr. - 75 min.
7. GG Aleste II - 70 min.
8. The Chessmaster - 60 min.
8. CJ Elephant Fugitive - 60 min.
8. Out Run - 60 min.
8. Puzzle & Action Tant-R - 60 min.
8. Sylvan Tale - 60 min.
8. Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap - 60 min.

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Hahahah, that 2021 looks suspiciously like my reports combined with @Steven Pendleton’s shmup adventures :D 

 

I gotta know who is a fiend for GG Chessmaster!

 

The all time list is very respectable with the exception of Sonic Blast. I’m fascinated to know what led somebody to the point of spending hundreds of minutes on it. I’m also very curious to know how many minutes that person spent on the Tiger game.com “port” of Sonic Jam.

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If it's chess, it's probably me. I've been slowly trying to beat all the console chess games, at least up through the 16-bit era (though I've done some 32-bit games as well), and GG Chessmaster was one of my victims. I posted the win here, and here's an animated GIF of the game (I have the Black pieces):

 

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ATARI 2600:

Fireball (for HSC Paper Medal Semifinals) - 10 minutes

 

ATARI 8-BIT:

Asteroids - 65 minutes

Basic Burger (for HSC) - 60 minutes

Beef Drop (for HSC) - 40 minutes

Burger Boy (for HSC) - 20 minutes

Pac-Man Arcade (TEP392) - 15 minutes

Q*Bert - 2 minutes

Vanguard - 10 minutes

 

EVIDENCES OF THE WEEK: More Atari 8-Bit gameplay footages

1) Beef Drop Normal - 219,150 points

 

2) Asteroids Default - 67,860 points

 

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Total Annihilation is here! I forgot that I have that game, but then I opened GOG and saw it there and wondered what the hell was wrong with me for not playing it for like 2 decades, so I decided to solve that problem.

 

Saturn
Thunder Force AC - 9
Thunder Force II MD - 68
Thunder Force III - 30
Thunder Force V - 30

 

Dreamcast
Ikaruga - 17

 

Arcade
Space Harrier - 5
Apparently I decided to be super terrible at Space Harrier for whatever reason and got a game over on the first stage. Restarted and got a game over on the second stage. This typically doesn't happen...

 

PC
Total Annihilation - 364

I am honestly quite surprised to see that it looks like nobody has ever tracked this game before, especially since it remains easily one of the best strategy games ever made. I'm playing this with all of the expansions. Should I specifically note that and track it as Total Annihilation + The Core Contingency + Battle Tactics? I was leaving Galactic Battlegrounds Saga as Galactic Battlegrounds Saga since it actually got a release under that title, but I'm not quite sure what to do here.

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Here are my times: 

 

Atari 2600

Joust- 1 1/2 minutes 

Amidar- 5 minutes

Tapper- 8 1/2 minutes

Frogger- 3 minutes

Lock n' Chase- 9 minutes

Klax- 2 minutes

Fast Food- 4 minutes

Ms. Pac Man- 10 minutes

Spiderman- 3 minutes

Time Pilot- 2 minutes

Star Wars: Empire strikes back- 5 minutes

Tron: Deadly discs- 4 minutes

 

Game boy:

Megaman: Dr. Wily's Revenge- 16 minutes

Klax- 8 1/2 minutes

 

SEGA Master System:

Dynamite Dux- 3 minutes

Fantasy Zone- 4 1/2 minutes

 

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Atari 2600

 

Astroblast 32

Baseball by Sears 

Eggomania 239

Kaboom 42

Solar Fox 63

 

Mostly a paddle week as I gave them a good cleaning. 

 

 

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