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[#] Wed Dec 23 2020 18:14:24 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Also - if you gave me a Jaguar CD, not only would I let you in the house, we would hook it up, play some games, have some drinks, and do it without masks. 

Worth the risk. 

 



[#] Wed Dec 23 2020 19:15:39 EST from Nurb432

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:)

It wasn't offered, just a remote thanks..

Several CD games, carts, extra controllers.. original boxes

Was mine new, it saw a lot of pay time. I have the voice from cybermorph drilled in to my head.

Wed Dec 23 2020 18:14:24 EST from ParanoidDelusions

Also - if you gave me a Jaguar CD, not only would I let you in the house, we would hook it up, play some games, have some drinks, and do it without masks. 

Worth the risk. 

 



 



[#] Sat Dec 26 2020 18:06:48 EST from Nurb432

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I guess i lied. i do have a 2nd old 'game' ...  found it out in the garage in a toolbox.. a bit worse for wear.  Was an xmas gift when it was new.. perhaps 1976.. 

 

Doubt it works at this point.

 



[#] Sun Dec 27 2020 19:12:03 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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Can't view the image - but these days, even if it doesn't work, it has value - whatever it is. 

The old stuff has become remarkably easy to repair. 

 



[#] Mon Dec 28 2020 11:03:51 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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This is my current collection/display/museum

I see you have an Atari 5200.  For some reason, that was one of my favorites, even though it seems an unremarkable system in hindsight.



[#] Mon Dec 28 2020 13:08:27 EST from Nurb432

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mattel_Auto_Race

Sun Dec 27 2020 19:12:03 EST from ParanoidDelusions

Can't view the image - but these days, even if it doesn't work, it has value - whatever it is. 

The old stuff has become remarkably easy to repair. 

 



 



[#] Mon Dec 28 2020 23:44:55 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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It is my favorite console of all time, hands down - and I'm somewhat of an evangelist for it. There are more and more of us, as time goes on. 

I've got 4 of 'em. Maybe 5. Not including FPGA and emulation. 

I had a Coleco and a 5200 back in the day. I always preferred the A5200. A lot of people recognize it was the prototype for a lot of things that came later, like the original Xbox - even if it isn't obvious. The controllers, with their analog sticks, were the precursor of d-pad analog thumbsticks. The design was intended to look at home in an adult entertainment center. Among fans, it is referred to as "Big Sexy". It was an Atari 400 without a keyboard, basically. 

It had some of the most innovative console games of the day - and the equipment was all actually super durable - even those sticks. They're fairly easy to repair and the mechanicals take tons of abuse - it was the emerging flex-circuit carbon dot technology in the controllers and the non-centering sticks that were just *too* innovative and different for the mainstream market that was the undoing of the Atari 5200. I'd say a significant number of original Atari 5200 controllers are still in active use today because they are actually remarkably difficult to ACTUALLY break and easy to maintain and keep in working order. 

The graphics and color palette of the Atari 8 bits was more... dynamic... more electric and vibrant - than the washed out pastel color scheme that the Coleco, NES and C64 were capable of. 
Back to games - often the Atari 8 bit versions of games weren't necessarily arcade-accurate - but they were often more fun than the actual arcade versions. In particular Donkey Kong on the 8 bit (which wasn't ever released for the 5200, but is available today as a port) is the BEST version of that game anywhere, including in the arcade. But games like QIX and Space Dungeon and Robotron 2084 also became cult classics more popular on the Atari 5200 than they ever were in the arcade. The latter two both used a novel approach where the P2 joystick snapped into a holder with the P1 joystick to become a dual-stick game with one controlling movement and the other controlling fire. 

The Atari 5200 is probably the most unsung and influential console in console gaming history *ever* - although the NES was arguably super important too... 


Mon Dec 28 2020 11:03:51 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

I see you have an Atari 5200.  For some reason, that was one of my favorites, even though it seems an unremarkable system in hindsight.



 



[#] Mon Dec 28 2020 23:49:32 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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And titles like Countermeasure...  tanks and euro-theater cold-war mastermind code breaking with global thermonuclear war... 

Yeah, baby... 

http://www.atariprotos.com/5200/software/countermeasure/countermeasure.htm




[#] Wed Dec 30 2020 21:06:52 EST from ParanoidDelusions

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So, I have an HDMI upscaler - and it creates artifacts and ghosting - and HDMI tends to have inherent issues with lag because of the digital handshaking and encoding. That is really a problem with HDMI - and why so many HDMI screens have a "game mode" that tries to shut down the overhead and speed things up.

It is pretty cool to see an Amiga on a 46" LCD TV... but after the novelty wore off...


I went to a Amiga DB23 to DB15 VGA adapter that costs about $20 and picked up a 15khz capable LCD. It is the easiest, least expensive, and best set of trade offs to get an old Amiga displaying on a modern display, in my opinion.

Amiga hooked up to a 46" HDMI TV