btw, i sometimes wonder if i'm the only person on the planet that likes consoles to look their age... i genuinely like to see patina or yellowing, and i wince at the thought of retrobrighting my gear..
saying that, the picture above is of the console AFTER i'd stripped it down to bare plastic and scrubbed every nook and cranny with industrial anti static foam cleaner and a toothbrush... i don't mind age, but filth makes my skin crawl...
That does look nice and clean, but aged. Do you go as far as to dismantle the controllers and remove the 'hand jam' ? That's something that makes me go "Eew !"
No 'pick-ups' for me last week unless you count the NES Mini. Been playing that a bit. I have some things in transit though - hopefully including the 2600 Flashback Portable.
i'd not cleaned the controllers at the time of taking the picture (i'd also not plugged it in and checked it even worked either), they have since been cleaned though, thoroughly, inside and out... and the microphone slider on the 2nd controller got a lil refurb too, it was causing a nasty buzz... i've also modded it for composite video and audio, with jailbar fixes, oh, and installed an LED to let me know when it's powered on (i made a point of leaving the console's labels as they are, curling at the edges)
i heard Scott's review on the VCS Flashback, i know he passed it on to Willie and i watched the first video he made of it... i'm undecided as to whether i need one or not, just as i am with the nes mini... i have the real things and no shortage of portable devices that can emulate them, so i'm not sure i can justify the money on even more emulation... now, if either of them used fpga then i'd be frothing at the panty line, but as it is i'm just not convinced...
Post by starbuck66 on Nov 14, 2016 16:18:35 GMT -5
I finally got a 2600 emulator running on my PSP, it's decent, but I dunno, something about a portable unit dedicated to Atari only stuff just appeals to me for some reason. Seems silly when they didn't include anything that works close to a paddle controller though; why not include a small knob to use for paddle games? I find the touch screen works ok, not great but ok for Activision Anthology on my iPhone, and the stylus control on the Atari Greatest Hits on the DS is also better than a dpad.
I did manage to snag an NES Mini at a Best Buy; got in line 45 minutes before open, and I was number 22 of the 26 that they got in. It was the number one thing on my daughter's wish list for Christmas if you can believe that?
Got some pickups I got from trades over on the Atari.io forms; once they come in I'll share. Best item is a boxed (no manual) copy of Defender II! It'll be nice to play that one again; I played it a lot when I was a kid.
Not especially exciting - but cheap and sealed and I didn't have them. Also - they are NTSC (which is wot I collect) and were in the UK.
I loved opening sealed games ! Such a thrill knowing it is over 30 years old and mint (well, the boxes are not, but I'm more of a cart/manual kind of guy. Boxes take up too much room so I only get if the price is right).
Last Edit: Nov 17, 2016 12:41:05 GMT -5 by strudders