Friday, February 23, 2018

Wanted Atari 2600/VCS List

This is being published so I can let other folks know what Atari 2600/VCS carts I'm still looking for.

2005 Minigame Multicart
2048 2600
32 in 1
Acid Drop
Action Pak
Actionauts
Air Raid
Air Raiders
Airlock
Alfred Challenge
Alien
Alien's Return
Allia Quest
Alpha Beam with Ernie
Aquatak
Artillery Duel
Assault
Asterix
Atari Video Cube
Atlantis II
A-VCS-tec Challenge
Bachelor Party
Bachelorette Party
Back To School Pak
Bank Heist
Basic Programming
Beamrider
Beany Bopper
Beat Em and Eat Em
Bee-Ball
Bell Hopper
Berenstain Bears
Big Bird's Egg Catch
Birthday Mania
BMX Airmaster
Bobby Is Going Home
Boing!
Boulder Dash
Bridge
Bumper Bash
Burning Desire
Busy Police
Cakewalk
Cathouse Blues
Challenge of Nexar
Chase the Chuck Wagon
Checkers
China Syndrome
Chuck Norris Superkicks
Chuck Norris Superkicks/Ghost Manor
Climber 5
Codebreaker
Communist Mutants from Space (Cassette)
Condor Attack
Confrontation
Conquest of Mars
Cosmic Commuter
Cosmic Corridor
Cosmic Free Fire
Cosmic Swarm
Crab Control
Crash Dive
Crazy Climber
Cross Force
Crossbow
Cruise Missile
Crypts of Chaos
Cubicolor
Custer's Revenge
Dancing Plate
Dark Chambers
Deadly Discs
Death Trap
Defender II
Demolition Herby
Desert Falcon
Diagnostic Cartridge
Dice Puzzle
Dishaster
Dodge 'Em
Double Dragon
Double Dunk
Dragon Treasure
Dragonstomper (cassette)
Duck Attack!
Dumbo's Flying Circus
Earth Attack
Eddy Langfinger, der Museumsdieb
Edtris 2600
Eli's Ladder
Entombed
Escape From The Mindmaster (Cassette)
Espial
Euchre
Exocet
Exocet Missile
Extra Terrestrials
Fall Down
Farmer Dan
Fast Food
Fatal Run
Fighter Pilot
Final Approach
Fireball (cassette)
Fisher Price
FlapPing
Four-Play
Frog Pond
Frogger II: Threeedeep!
Gamma-Attack
Gangster Alley
Gas Hog
Gauntlet
Ghost Manor
Ghostbusters II
Gigolo
Glacier Patrol
Glib
Go Fish!
Gravitar
Great Escape
Gremlins
Gunfight
H.E.R.O.
Halloween
Halo 2600
Harbor Escape
Hunchy II
Hunt & Score (seeConcentration)
I Want My Mommy
Ikari Warriors
Inca Gold
International Soccer
James Bond 007
Jammed
Jawbreaker
Jungle Fever
Juno First
K.O. Cruiser
Karate
Killer Satellites (Cassette)
King Kong
Klax
Knight on the Town
Kung-Fu Master
Lady Bug
Lady in Wading
Laser Gates
Laser Volley
Lochjaw
Lost Luggage
MagiCard
Malagai
Mangia
Marauder
Marble Craze
Marine Wars
Mario Bros.
Master Builder
Masters of the Universe: The Power of He-Man
Mean Santa
Medieval Mayhem
MegaBoy
Millipede
Miner 2049er
Miner 2049er II
Mines of Minos
Miniature Golf
Missile Control
Mission 3000 A.D.
Mission Survive
Mogul Maniac
Montezuma's Revenge: Starring Panama Joe
Motocross
Motocross Racer
MotoRodeo
Mr. Do!
Mr. Do's Castle
Mr. Postman
My Golf
Night Stalker
Nightmare
Nuts
Obelix
Ocean City Defender
Off the Wall
Off Your Rocker
Okie Dokie
Open Sesame
Oscar's Trash Race
Out of Control
Oystron
Pac-Kong
Panda Chase
Parachute
Party Mix (cassette)
Pengo
Pepsi Invaders
Pesco
Pete Rose Baseball
Phantom Tank
Phantom-Panzer
Phaser Patrol (cassette)
Philly Flasher
Pick 'n Pile
Pick Up
Pinball
Piraten-Schiff
Pitfall II: Lost Caverns
Planeten Patrouile
Polaris
Polo
Pooyan
Pressure Gauge
Pyramid War
Q*bert's Qubes
Qb
Quadrun
Quest for Quintana Roo
Quick Step
Rabbit Transit (cassette)
Racing Pak
Radar
Radar Lock
Raft Rider
Ram It
Rampage
RealSports Tennis
Red Sea Crossing
Rescue Terra 1
River Patrol
River Raid II
Road Runner
Robin Hood
Robin Hood/Sir Lancelot - The Joust
Robot Commando Raid
Roc 'N Rope
Room of Doom
Rubik's Cube
Save Our Ship
Save the Whales
Scraper Caper
SCSIcide
Scuba Diver
Sea Hawk
Seahawk
Seamonster
Seawolf
Sentinel
Shark Attack
Shootin' Gallery
Shuttle Orbiter
Signal Tracing Cartridge
Sir Lancelot
Skate Boardin': A Radical Adventure
Skeleton+
Sky Diver
Slot Machine
Snail Against Squirrel
Snappy
Solar Storm
Sound X
Space Adventure
Space Canyon
Space Grid
Space Instigators
Space Rocks
Space Treat Deluxe
Spacemaster X-7
Spider Maze
Spiderdroid
Spike's Peak
Springer
Sprintmaster
Spy Hunter
Squish 'Em
Star Fire
Star Strike
Star Trek: Strategic Operations Simulator
Star Wars: The Arcade Game
Stargate
Stargunner
Stay Frosty
Stay Frosty 2
Steeplechase
Stellar Track
Stell-A-Sketch/Okie Dokie
Strategy X
Strat-O-Gems Deluxe
Stronghold
Stunt Man
Submarine Commander
Subterranea
Suicide Mission (cassette)
Super 3D Portals 6
Super Baseball
Super Baumeister
Super Breakout
Super Cobra
Super Football
Surfer's Paradise: But Danger Below!
Survival Island (cassette)
Swedish Erotica: Bachelor Party
Swedish Erotica: Beat' Em & Eat 'Em
Swedish Erotica: Custer's Revenge
SWOOPS!
Sword of Saros (cassette)
Swordquest: Waterworld
Synthcart
Tank Brigade
Tank City
Tanks But No Tanks
Tapeworm
Tapper
Task Force
Tax Avoiders
The Music Machine
The Official Frogger (cassette)
The Smurfs Save the Day[12]
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Wicked Father
Threshold
Thrust
Time Pilot
Time Warp
Tomarc The Barbarian
Tomcat: The F-14 Fighter Simulator AKA Dan Kitchen's Tomcat: The F-14 Fighter Simulator
Tooth Protectors
Toyshop Trouble
Track & Field
Treasure Below
Tunnel Runner
Turbo
Universal Chaos
Up'n Down
Vault Assault
Video Jogger
Video Life
Video Reflex
Vong
Vulture Attack
Wabbit
Wall Defender
War Zone
Warring Worms
Weltraumtunnel (Space Tunnel)
Wing War
Xenophobe
X-man
Zoo Fun
Z-Tack

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Mighty Movember!


I realized that I'd been taking part of this, but hadn't yet mentioned it on the blog, so I'm correcting that now...

I'm raising money this month for men's health research and programs through the "Movember" effort! Movember began in 2004 and is a non-profit organization that raises funds for various cancer research and cancer support programs, focused on cancers that particularly affect men. The gimmick for the whole thing is that all participants shave on November 1st, and grow a moustache only during the month, while raising funds for the effort.

Friday, October 11, 2013


 I Saw A Concert: Goblin and Secret Chiefs 3

Live at The Sinclair in Boston October 9th, 2013



Few bands in the world can effectively pull off the kind of heavy, groovy, and all-out spooky sounds that Goblin can. For more than forty years, Goblin have been providing soundtracks to some of the coolest horror films out there: Like Air and "The Virgin Suicides" or Mike Oldfield and "The Exorcist", the soundtracks they've created have become such an integral part of the films they inhabit that they are utterly inseparable. Goblin enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship in particular with shock horror master Dario Argento, and provided precisely the right (and weird) music that fueled Argento's violent-but-trippy movies like "Suspiria", "Tenebre", "Phenomena" and more. Goblin also wrote great soundtrack music to numerous thriller, "Giallo" detective, and other genres of film throughout their career. The group's heyday was largely in the 1970's and 80's, although the band continued to make excellent new music well into the new millennium. 

Goblin
Thing is, I never thought I'd get to see them.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Visiting Pinball and Video Game History: The Pinball Wizard Arcade in Pelham, NH


One of the places in New England that I think of as a real "hidden gem" for gamers is the Pinball Wizard Arcade located just across the border from Massachusetts, in Pelham, New Hampshire. It's about an hour and a half drive from the Boston area, and just over an hour from my house in Whitinsville, MA. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

PAX East 2013


Descending into the madness that was PAX East 2013:


I had a great time at this year's PAX East. For those who don't know, PAX East is a growing yearly convention in Boston centered on gamer culture - mostly video games, but also board games, card games and podcasts/media. It's tens of thousands of people in the Boston Convention Center, geeking out and having a fun time. It really is great!

Riot's League of Legends was massive this year, which makes sense,
since it's currently the most popular game in the world.
PAX East is great affirmation that there are a ton of gamers, geeks and nerds out there, both male and female. The organizers of the expo, the folks who do Penny-Arcade.com, have put together a real celebration of gamer culture. I was thinking about this the other day: If you are a parent of a teen who's struggling due to popularity/bullying issues in middle or high school, this kind of convention is a great way for that person to both have fun and to realize that there's a lot of people like him/her, the issues they are struggling with now will not last forever, and when they get a bit older they can really have a community to call their own.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I Went to a Concert: The Residents in Boston, 2/12/13



Pre-show.

The Residents at the Institute for Contemporary Arts, February 12th, 2013


Band web site: Residents.com

The Residents are one of my all-time favorite bands, in part because few people I know can tolerate them. They really know how to push people's buttons in a way that I find extremely amusing.

For forty years now they've been making what might be some of the strangest rock music ever created. Forty years! Even after all this time most bands can't get near as weird as them. They remain half performance art, half rock group, performing songs that tend to be full of strange characters telling stories, deconstructed pop anthems, nursery-rhyme-like melodies and a willingness to go to some pretty dark places.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Pizza and Video Games: God of Blades, Curiosity and Pitfall!

I am not particularly fond of gaming on the iPhone. I also don't own, and don't really have a desire to own, an iPad. I keep hearing about how it's a key gaming platform nowadays, but I have yet to play very many games that are fun on it. Maybe I'm just not playing the right games? So far some of the best experiences have been asynchronous word games like Letterpress, when playing with friends, although I hear there are some good adventure games to be had as well.

Oh, and I find Angry Birds to be tedious and not fun at all. Sorry! :)

That said, I do enjoy the relatively indie nature of a lot of App Store development. Small teams with grand plans, tiny budgets, and a penchant for long workdays pour their passion into a product that tends to either be completely ignored or make everyone involved a pretty significant amount of money! There's a lot of pricing pressure being put on the console-makers as well, and that's not a bad thing, either. 

It's been said a million times, but it's true: iPhone and iPad gaming works best when you don't have traditional keypads and jump buttons. That's why simple swipe-based gameplay and asynchronous word games tend to be the most successful, at least so far. Fighting some kind of cruddy virtual keyboard just isn't fun! They are different experiences, and require a different approach. 

Here's a couple of games that have been in heavy rotation on my phone in recent months: