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    I just learned a valuable lesson.


    In a moment of nostalgia, I decided to see if had any listings for a copy of "STAR RAIDERS". One of my favorite Atari games.

    They didn't. But for $5.00 I bid on a box of Atari crap that INCLUDES "Star Raiders"

    My max bid is $40. I'm willing to go to $300.. Die all you Atari craving bastards!

    Then I remembered that my joysticks weren't working all that well the last timeI played... I think I stored them in a box with my E.T. Rubix cube....

    Yup. Ebay has Atari Joysticks. $$$$$

    The whole thing led to an episode of researching the history of Atari. Bringing up a whole SLEW of memories about COMPUTE magazine subscriptions and COMMODORE 64 and remembering that i have a PORTABLE TRS-80 in the basement that still boots off of 5 1/4" floppies and has an amber screen...

    I bought 400 shares of ATARI (ATAR)


    I should have done in 1979.

    I am an IDIOT.

    Care to share a tacoobie?

  • #2
    OOOOO I loved Atari when I was little..I had one..and I had the car race game..dont' remeber what is was called though....I had some other game to..some space like game...


    Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists.... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.


    • #3
      Pole Positition DD!!

      I....was the Centipede queen!

      Screw you guys....I'll take you all on in that game....ANYDAY! I'll mop the floor with you and your sorry a$$ LOW score!
      Ahemmm....umm...excuse carried away I think maybe ;o)

      My step brother has my Atari. Humm..may have to steal that one back now that you are making us ALL nostalgic Key! LOL!

      Boobie Island or Bust!
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      • #4
        *****cool.*** who knows atari. ****up right******* man.

        Oops. Language filter is down isn't it?

        I love children but I don't think I could eat a whole

        Post Edited (Keyare) : 9/16/2004 2:18:58 PM GMT


        • #5
          Hey DD, that avatar looks awfully familiar [img]/emoticons/tongue.gif[/img]

          And Key, I remember both Atari and Commodore, they were both great gaming systems, you suck since you still have one.

          ‘Our great industrial nation is controlled by its system of credit. Our system of credit is privately controlled. We have come to be one of the worst ruled, one of the most completely controlled and dominated governments in the civilized world. No government by free opinion, no longer a government by conviction and the vote of the majority, but a government by the opinion and duress of small groups of men.’ - Woodrow Wilson


          • #6
            I had to get rid of my C=64 to buy my Amiga 1000 back in '86, but I've still got that; I actually dug it out of the boxes about a month ago and set it up on my 'real' workbench in the garage, and it's still there! My four-year-old son loves it, thinks it's HIS now... [img]/emoticons/dry.gif[/img]

            As for my Atari, my parents still have it, woodgrain and all (I have the original VCS, not the newer 2600 with only four switches). Reading your post, Keyare, and it looked as though you were reflecting my position (no good joysticks, C=64 interest, stack of COMPUTE! issues sitting in a box in the basement hopefully not moldering away, drunk surfing where you shouldn't be)! I think I still have Star Raiders, too, along with a few driving games... I had Indy 500 (only game to work with the included full-spin controllers), Night Driver, and a sweet Activision game called Enduro! To this day, driving games are still my favorite use of the PC (I recently had a friend in Hungary ship me a copy of Richard Burns Rally, which is only available in Europe and I have no idea why, it's the greatest rally sim EVER).

            Did you know you can download an emulator for the 2600? It's called STELLA, and it's a perfect emulation of the Atari VCS: Get it HERE. You still have to find ROM images for it (I can't post any URLs for them here, because of legality issues), but once you do, you'll be hooked all over again! I've even got this on my Mac, but currently my SuSE Linux box houses my collection.

            There are emulators for just about any old computer system you can think of, even the C=64 and Amiga! I've got emus for Atari 800, ST, Intellivision, and the thoroughly spectactular MAME emu, which emulates multiple arcade machine systems... too fun!

            There's a real large following now for 'nostalgic' computers and gaming systems. Even Atari has begun to capitalize on it: they make a tiny little game system which looks like the original 2600 joystick, and it plugs into your TV and includes the guts of the 2600 and 10 games (there's also one like this for Intellivision).

            As for the Atari stock, you could buy worse. They're producing some decent games (Unreal Tournament 2004 for example), so hopefully they'll 'come back' soon.

            Meanwhile, I'm powering up my Linux box to have some Stella fun! [img]/emoticons/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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            • #7
              I *loved* Downland and Temple of Rom for the TRS-80.
              And joust for the atari.
              <sigh> They don't make 'em like they used to.

              You've gotta do what you've gotta do.
              "It's never too late to be who you might have been." - George Eliot


              • #8
                I had the Atari..that was was all I needed!!

                OMG Torque - did you say AMIGA! Haa! wow the good ole days indeed! LOL

                Oh and Key - language filter still works..just not fer us ;o)

                Boobie Island or Bust!
                I blog, you blog, we all blog!


                • #9
                  remember for the ends of the joysticks got frayed and then the plastic would cut into you?

                  Pitfall... that game NEVER ended.

                  'I will become the most powerful Jedi ever!'

                  'I'm the damn designer, bitches!'
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                  • #10
                    I wish atari replied to my applications, they are always on

                    ~Everyday, All the Time, Without Fail!
                    "I has puter, I isam dsgna?!"


                    • #11
                      they are up there too, right? they in Beverley or something? Parker Brothers toys and games use to be up there but didn't they get bought out by Hasbro or something?

                      You know that Hasbro's main office is in Providence, RI? (or it might be Pawtucket... but does it matter? RI is the sixe of my backyard!)

                      'I will become the most powerful Jedi ever!'

                      'I'm the damn designer, bitches!'
                      "Even when I'm not at 100%, I'm still 110% better then anyone else!"

                      Check out my indie comic books at and


                      • #12
                        **Marketing Side Note**
                        The Northern California based company named themselves ATARI so that people would think they were a hi-tech company from Japan. (when i first read that i was thinking, 'wait, so they aren't from japan!?!')

                        Centapede was the BOMB!

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                        • #13
                          Yes it was Silence! It STILL is...haha

                          Got a pub back home that still has it in there...let's all meet there and have a 'Centaped-a-thon'


                          Boobie Island or Bust!
                          I blog, you blog, we all blog!


                          • #14
                            We never had an Atari but we did have the Intellivision, that thing was the size of a small harpsichord, and had about the same range of sounds that it could make. Anyone ever notice that the sound that the Burger Timeguyssalt shaker made when it was empty sounded a lot like a light saber? Lucas you hack! First it was Frank Herbert, then Burger Time...

                            Match in the gas tank, boom boom.
                            • match in the gas tank, boom boom •


                            • #15
                              My favorite game was 'Armour Ambush' and 'tron Deadly Disks' for the Atari 2600.

                              Brad, what kind of Atari are you looking for? I still have's a 2600 with about 15 or 20 games...

                              "It's not cheating if you win."

                              - A VERY wise person.






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