I've been listening to the show since the begining and sometimes contribute with my 'Strudders Score' segment.
I was born just at the right time to be obsessed with video games (and Star Wars). I never had a 2600 when I was young but my best friend did. I used to spend every weekend at his house playing it with him. My parents were not well-off enought to get me one but I did get into personal computing later, starting with the ZX81.
Fast forward to the start of the eBay age and I started collecting 2600 games. Was in and out of the hobby over the years but really got into my stride around the time Ferg started this wondeful show !
Before he started the show I was always on the lookout for any coverage of the system . It was always lacking on other gaming podcasts.
So here we are, well over a hundred episodes on ! I still play Atari and still listen (although my contributions have been sparse of late). I also play Atari (and other consoles) with 'Mini Strudders', my youngest child.
Hi starbuck66. Looking forward to chatting too. I loved your introduction about the long history you have with the system. I love stories like that.
I too collect just carts (although I do try to get the manuals if I can). It can be an expensive hobby for us outside the US though - what with a bad exchange rate and the massive cost of shipping and customs fees.
I've slowed down my collecting in the past year. I went a bit nuts on eBay and atari2600.com for a couple of years. Collecting is an 'illness' after all Luckily for me atari2600.com has stopped selling from its own site, otherwise I'd probably still be spending money ! When I'm sometimes spending more on postage/customs than the cart when buying on eBay, it stops me pressing that 'buy it now' button.
Strudders, I can understand having to cut back on collecting; all the small purchases with international shipping can add up in a hurry!
I've been fairly lucky between some decent priced lots on eBay, and having a few local retro stores carrying Atari games for really low prices. One store I go to a lot sells most of their carts for a dollar, and uncommons for 2-5 dollars. Another store I go to sells them for 2 dollars each, but they have a smaller selection and the ones they usually carry are the more common games.
Now that my collection is larger though, I'm feeling that pain as well. It's hard to justify spending 10, 20, 30 dollars on one Atari game. One of the stores I frequent had a loose copy of Gremlins for 30 bucks. I really really wanted to nab it, but I had already reached my budget for collecting for the month.
I like collecting the manuals as well when I can find them, and my bundle I got on eBay came with quite a few of the manuals. Got lucky I guess... I'm really thankful for AtariAge having most of the manuals in some format though; it's been a great resource to help me learn how to play titles I have no experience with.
I hear you. After getting most of the commons it's hard to justify getting new games. Like I mentioned before, I did buy some quite expensive carts. I even had a complete Avalon Hill collection that was finished when I got 'Out of Control'. Unfortunately so was my spending I've since sold it on for more than I paid for it. I also have a 'handwritten' Texas Chainsaw Massacre + manual which I plan on selling soon. It's not a very good game, I'm not a particular horror fan and I could do with the cash $ $