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Retro News & Chat / Atari Flashback 5
October 22, 2014, 03:26:54 AM
is coming for Christmas season 2014:

Looks like it will have twelve M-Network games not on earlier models, along with five homebrews I have not seen before. May be worth picking up...
Retro News & Chat / 16-bit console wars coming to film
February 22, 2014, 15:20:51 PM

I will be interested in seeing how they make it into an interesting story line. Maybe sort of like King of Kong, with Sega being Wiebe and Nintendo being Mitchell?
Arcade & Pinball Chat / Laser Disc Gems
February 18, 2014, 00:37:26 AM
OK, this may be a short topic, but I didn't know whether to post in the Dragon's Layer thread and derail, so here we go. I never got into Dragon's Layer or Space Ace, but this game was one I thoroughly enjoyed for a time around 1984:

Bega's Battle (1983 Data East) (1/2)

Feel free to post your favorite laser disc classics.
Retro News & Chat / Tips and Tricks
January 01, 2014, 22:42:27 PM

I did a search of the RVG forums and came up with nothing similar, so forgive me if I missed it.

I remember tricks to games of yore, and figured it might be good if a thread were dedicated before they are forgotten for all time. Maybe a pinnable topic? Admins and mods will decide.

So, without further ado, lets get it rolling:

Galaga (arcade): On the first screen, kill all enemies except the furthest left bottom bee, and do not get picked up by the Galaga tractor beams. Allow that final bee to dance and drop bombs for approximately 10-15 minutes until it finally stops dropping bombs (do not allow your ship to die during this time either). After it stops dropping bombs, kill it. Enjoy the remainder of the game with no bombs being dropped. This allows the racking up of some amazingly huge scores so long as you are good at avoiding the diving insects. I have not tried this on any home ports to know if it works, but can vouch for its effectiveness on arcade Galaga machines.

Spider Fighter (Atari VCS): There is a pattern to how the spiders drop their bombs. Since this game has no pause option, a  rest is good at times. If you watch the bomb-dropping pattern carefully you will notice a horizontal gap between where the spiders drop bombs. Kill all spiders except one on any screen and place your ship directly in that gap. Rest, take a bathroom break, get a drink, whatever. Come back and resume your spider fighting at your leisure.
Retro News & Chat / Early 2 Player Games and AI
November 07, 2013, 01:19:47 AM
Am I the only one who would like to see recoding of early 2 player 8-bit games to have AI for a viable single player option? Games like Combat on VCS, Slot Racers on VCS, Tennis or Baseball on Intellivision?

With most classic gamers not having like-minded friends close by, the ability to enjoy some of these gems is nonexistent without some AI introduced. Specifically, I used to love Combat and Slot Racers on VCS against my brother or sister. These days, I have no way of playing these games.

This thread is aimed more at older video game players. What is the earliest memory of video games from your childhood? Growing up in the states, I distinctly remember pong consoles from the mid 70's, followed by Atari VCS in late 1977. What I am curious, especially since this forum attracts an international crowd, is when did video games and consoles hit big in Europe and South America? Was it CBS Colecovision in Europe? 2600 pirate clones in Brazil?
Introductions / Hi there
April 06, 2013, 01:05:29 AM
I am a video game fan more than anything else.

Still remember seeing Atari VCS at my uncle's house for Christmas of 1977 and being awestruck. I had actually played some Pong clones at a relative's house around 1975-1976 timeframe, but wow was it cool to be able to plug in cartridges for distinctly different games on the VCS. Being poor, I finally talked my father into buying me a Sears Video Arcade 4-switcher for Christmas of 1980. It came with Target Shooting, but by the time I got the Coleco Donkey Kong game in 1982, I was in gaming heaven. Despite its shortcomings,  I played that thing into scores in the hundreds of thousands.

Fast forward a few years, and my wife bought me a NES Control Deck with Super Mario Bros. pack-in for Christmas 1985. I have debated with some on other gaming forums about the official release of NES in North America. Some say it didn't hit widespread US release until fall of 1986, but I know it was in my Midwestern Target store for Christmas of 1985. Reminds me of the Bryan Adams song, 'Summer of '69'. I think I played SMB until my fingers bled.  :<img src=" title="Roll Eyes" />

Fast forward to today, and I am an avid collector and only sometime player. I currently have over 35 consoles and 4,000 games. Amazingly, I have it fairly well organized and it only takes most of a spare bedroom and part of an end of my long family room.

Will I ever be done with my collection? Maybe. If I do, I don't know that I will ever sell even parts because it gets more expensive every day to buy classic video game stuff back.

Enough about me. I look forward to some good gaming discussions on the forums.