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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #60 on: January 11, 2014, 03:16:16 AM »
Now that is funny.

Maybe tongue in cheek, but I did notice that he mentioned the "fire hazard" myth for the 5200 power supply.

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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #61 on: January 11, 2014, 03:17:24 AM »
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Now that is funny.

Maybe tongue in cheek, but I did notice that he mentioned the "fire hazard" myth for the 5200 power supply.

Hey, but the 5200 came on top!  ;)
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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #62 on: January 14, 2014, 17:31:30 PM »
The 5200 was a great system and at the time it was announced everyone in europe waited for the release until the "sorry" arrived. Next info within the atari club magazine was that the atari domputer is now in focus. It was soo terrible for us even if the run to the atari xl was a big success for atari. I personally waited for the atari 1200 and 1450 which never arrived, too.

The 7800 was a big surprise and not really a big step into the right direction. As taken from book marketing was the reason for it preventing any further models and development specially as the atari 400 was mainly planned as a 2600 replacement without keyboard and crippled down version. 
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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #63 on: January 14, 2014, 20:27:32 PM »
Atari definitely made a number of mistakes with their Super System.  No doubt there.  Unfortunate because the system was very good and it does have a nice game library.  In some cases, titles that were not ported to other Atari consoles.  Games like Kangaroo, Gremlins, and even Pac-Man were never ported to the 7800, for example.  Others simply remained unique to the 5200.
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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #64 on: January 15, 2014, 00:37:10 AM »
Would a European player be able to even hook up a 5200 NTSC console to a PAL television? Do they make adapters of some sort for converting between the standards?

One game not mentioned by you, Trek, is Space Dungeon. That game is the best reason to own the 5200 imo.

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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #65 on: January 15, 2014, 00:55:02 AM »
Well, I was just giving examples not all the titles.  :)  Space Dunegon is superb and Robotron is another one thanks to the dual control adapter to truly emulate the arcade.  Robotron, however, did get ported to the 7800.  Another good title on the 5200 that was not ported to the 7800 is Popeye. 
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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #66 on: January 15, 2014, 01:03:09 AM »
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Would a European player be able to even hook up a 5200 NTSC console to a PAL television? Do they make adapters of some sort for converting between the standards?

One game not mentioned by you, Trek, is Space Dungeon. That game is the best reason to own the 5200 imo.

Pretty much any PAL TV made in the last 15 years also supports NTSC, hell even the one I had when I was a kid did as I used to switch my ST to 60hz. So the only problem is the step down converter for the power supply.

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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #67 on: January 16, 2014, 13:45:20 PM »
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Would a European player be able to even hook up a 5200 NTSC console to a PAL television? Do they make adapters of some sort for converting between the standards?


yes. Most current TV sets available in europe are able to play any input using NTSC/PAL/SECAM. Nevertheless nearly 99.9% of all 5200 are modded for S-Video or AV. S-Video is a dying standard so I would personally not use it anymore as only 4 manufacturer are left to support this on their televisions. Even Scart input suffer from the S-Video signal today on most devices. Mine is 2 years old have plenty of technology but no S-Video at all. No single connector, no Scart implementation. Nothing. So I'm stuck with RGB and AV/HDMI.

HDMI is worse if you do not have a device supporting the source target, e.g. default upscale looks quite ugly for all Atari Konsoles and Homecomputers. So in sum any device delivering < 640 x 400 pixel leads to a bad experience using such converters for HDMI. I've tested a lot and in summary it was a desaster.
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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #68 on: January 19, 2014, 01:13:16 AM »
So, overall, would you say that many 5200 consoles have been imported to UK?

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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #69 on: January 19, 2014, 01:20:05 AM »
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So, overall, would you say that many 5200 consoles have been imported to UK?

I would be surprised if there were even 50.

At the end of the day the 5200 offers pretty much nothing over the Atari XL/XE and they are pretty easy to come by.

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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #70 on: January 19, 2014, 02:15:39 AM »
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So, overall, would you say that many 5200 consoles have been imported to UK?

I would be surprised if there were even 50.

At then end of the day the 5200 offers pretty much nothing over the Atari XL/XE and they are pretty easy to come by.

That is lower than I would have thought. Also, I wish I could say that XE was easy to come by around my area.

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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #71 on: January 19, 2014, 02:19:47 AM »
You tried eBay, there seem to be quite a few on there!

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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #72 on: January 24, 2014, 23:26:34 PM »
Thought I'd share this blogpost discussing the Atari 5200:  Gen 2.5's 5200 Reasons to Cry
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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #73 on: January 25, 2014, 00:33:17 AM »
Great blog post, Trek. I remember the day it launched like it was yesterday. I lusted for it, but alas VCS was all I had until NES hit North American shores in 1985. I remember a friend of my sister's family got one with Centipede and Pac Man. Man, was I impressed. I played it one time at their house and it was as close to arcade Pac Man as it got at that time. Centipede was nice too, only they didn't have the trak ball controller. Nowadays, I have the trak ball controller and it is the only way to play Centipede on the beloved 5200.

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Re: The Atari 5200 Discussion Thread
« Reply #74 on: January 25, 2014, 00:46:00 AM »
Oh, I remember the launch of the 5200 and seeing it in stores in Puerto Rico.  Unfortunately, I didn't have the money to get it.  I ended up skipping it altogether and getting a 7800 while in college.  I got it as an adult and I like it, despite some of its faults.  It has an excellent library.
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