Any Atari Fans Here ???

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I am wondering if there are any ATARI fans on this site ???
I have been an Atari fan since 1979 and have never turned back, I even use a emulator called Altirra and it is without a doubt the best around and I bought a usb Atari joystick and I am having a blast.

If there is no rules against posting about emulators i will start a thread about Altirra soon.

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Games as kids

DungeonRunning wrote:
Back when we were kids I had such severe Commodore-64 envy of you that I had to buy one. Phantasie was just one of those games that I really enjoyed playing together with everyone huddled around the screen. And man when you bought that Amiga the first time I saw it it just blew me away. My Apple IIc was just not cutting it anymore (although I had a particular fondness for "Captain Goodnight and the Islands of Fear").

I remember you had the TI-99/4a first, if I recall correctly, then the Apple IIc, then eventually the C-64. Brian always had the IIe (or was it the II+?). Ken had the Atari 800XL. Ed had the C-64. Mike had the C-128 (and was not happy about it). That's more or less what I remember outside of the consoles some of us had (I had the Atari 2600, and then eventually the ColecoVision).

I was jealous of Ultima II when it saw it on Brian's Apple. That blew me away then. I thought Alternate Reality The City was pretty damned impressive on Ken's Atari, though we really didn't want to let him know it (we were kind of fanboys then for stuff). I remember Alpiner being cool on your TI-99/4a.

I also remember the first Amiga game that I got with that cool opening menu, Lords of the Rising Sun. My first C-64 game for my disk drive was Impossible Mission, which was another game that was impressive (loved speech back then!). And yes, I was definitely a collector even then, though there really wasn't a term for it at the time (and I didn't necessarily consciously do it).

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You were always the collector Bill

Back when we were kids I had such severe Commodore-64 envy of you that I had to buy one. Phantasie was just one of those games that I really enjoyed playing together with everyone huddled around the screen. And man when you bought that Amiga the first time I saw it it just blew me away. My Apple IIc was just not cutting it anymore (although I had a particular fondness for "Captain Goodnight and the Islands of Fear").

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Hello

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Hi,
I'm I'm currently working for the producers of the upcoming Atari excavation in New Mexico. As you can imagine, we're very excited about the project and are eager to chat to fellow Atari fans and get their thoughts on the dig - to know if you're excited about the excavation, what you think might be found, or perhaps if you intend on even viewing the excavation!
Let me know if you would be interested in talking further.
Thanks,
Madeline

Sure, Madeline. You can also use the Contact Us form above.

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Atari dig documentary

Hi,

I'm I'm currently working for the producers of the upcoming Atari excavation in New Mexico. As you can imagine, we're very excited about the project and are eager to chat to fellow Atari fans and get their thoughts on the dig - to know if you're excited about the excavation, what you think might be found, or perhaps if you intend on even viewing the excavation!

Let me know if you would be interested in talking further.

Thanks,

Madeline

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As a kid through my teen

As a kid through my teen years, on the computer side, I owned or was directly exposed to through friends or other means, the following computers (top of my head): Apple IIe/IIc, Vic-20/C-64, Atari 800XL, Mattel Aquarius, Commodore Amiga, Coleco Adam, TI-99/4a, Macintosh, and Atari ST (and PC, of course). Of those, I only personally owned the Vic-20, C-64, Coleco Adam, and Commodore Amiga (and PC, of course).

I obviously now own all of those systems and more, and I can say I still get something of a charge out of using the ones that I only had indirect exposure to. I think it's a combination of nostalgia/knowing what they were like/coveting them to a degree back in the early days. I find for the systems in my collection that I was not exposed to in some manner other than knowing of their existence from the magazines, I'm missing a certain "joy" in their usage, though obviously I still have an intense interest in them.

I guess in that way there are three levels to collecting (at least for me):

- Owned back in the day and still enjoy and make a point of using, but don't get as much of a charge out it because I'm used to it
- Exposed to back in the day, don't necessarily use as much because I'm not as intimately familiar with the nuances, but get a charge out of using it
- Not exposed to back in the day, don't get a charge out of using, but have an interest in using it and my reaction varies

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yes its not regret.. but like

yes its not regret.. but like i say, like a tiny part of the "old days" is missing.. I know i cant go back. Certian system i didnt own but finally picked up or emulated just dont have the charm they did when they where new. I guess when you consider back then there was C-64 (and the vic was still somewhat active), atari, TI99 (to a lesser extent), apple, and TRS.. let alone the stuff in eruope that was trying to get some toe hold in america.. it was just impressive to have a couple ... if you think about.. Mac, linux, and Windows is about it nowdays.. I have a littel smile right now.. glad i grew up with so much choice.. and so little bias (heaven knows i have it now, no matter waht i say) I really did look at PC's purely buy what I thought they could do and specs.. dont anymore.. its just so strange how its changed.. I think it changed for me around the Amiga days.. I may be wrong but that flawed but flat out impressive machine being beat out by slower, non multitasking DOS machines maybe made me a little bitter :) and even that I KNOW is just my opinion.

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My opinion, Clok, unless you

My opinion, Clok, unless you got in at 1979 and then upgraded to an 800 XL later on, you would have been better off waiting to get a C-64 in '82. While the Atari 8-bit line was around longer overall, there were certain incompatibilities like on the Apple II side that made for a constant upgrade or replacement cycle. On top of that, moreso on the Atari 8-bit side, third party support was rather weaker, particularly as the 80s wore on, versus the Apple II and C-64. With the C-64, the system you bought in '82 was the same system that could run all the same stuff in '92...

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Its strange.. I feel like i

Its strange.. I feel like i missed something a bit when i read this stuff.. I know i ahve said how my first home PC was going to be an Atari 400 and they where out of stock.. so i ended up with something else.. I had a vic 20, TI994a and C-64 and didnt have an atari till much later. those first PC where purely judged on what it could do by me programming wise.. Hence the TI99 was KING (to me).. it wasnt till later i understood specs do not make a great PC. If i could do it all again.. it would be a Hard race between the c-64 and Atari 400/800
In a way i qa extremmly lucky as I got to hit most the early PC when they where "hot" so to speak.. I was working a real job that paid real money way to early.. part of my Computer Nerd build.. work all day you dont get to play 9when oyu dont hang around after hours, you are a bit put off by others when you do show up).. so when i got home afte work i spent time with my PC or with my cars...err way off track again.. bad habit of mine.

I guess i feel i missed a little by not having the atari 8-bits in there hayday.. i was close.. it was just the end of it when i picked one up.. but that was also the begining of amiga days.. so it was backseat right away .. in a way the golden age of PC.. so many, so many flopped and failed.. I can remeber hitnking a LISA for $300 was a rocking deal.. (and yes i bought it).. and my first MAC was $400.. never really used it.. but it was a PC and it was about 1/3rd its price when i picked it up at a closeout store (with a cracked case). And my Franklin PC's, the apple ones and the PC ones.. all bought at closeout stores..

going to crack out the C-64 emulator and play a few games for old times sake...(err.. maybe the atari 400 emulator to keep in line with thread) :)

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Quote: I was a rabid Atari
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I was a rabid Atari 8-bit computer fan during the early-to-mid 1980's. I started computing on the school's TRS-80 systems, but the first computer I owned was an Atari 800 with 16k! I upped it to 48k, then bought an 800XL, then a 130XE.

My then best friend and I spent quite a few all nighters programming on my Atari 800, we made tons of programs and typed in tons of games.

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Agreed
clok1966 wrote:

I been looking for a backup Jag on ebay.. boy did i miss that boat.. a few year ago they where $30-40 all day long with a couple games.. now its $100 if im lucky.. My jag did duty with may ex GF 6 year old.. I would like a nicer one/ less used for my collection.

I'm in a similar (missed) boat. Like I said, I'm quite happy with my Jag collection, but in my case, I'd like a second console to do a JagLink hookup with. That's really the only major missing piece. As you say, though, the prices for a Jag have shot through the roof, and, personally, I'd rather spend my retrogaming bucks elsewhere at this time.

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