Gotta catch 'em all!
By FruitmanJanuary 12, 2002
I was just reading your letter to the guy who thought he was a frontrunner. He just seems confused. I have every video game system that
I have ever bought and I still want more. Is that wrong??
I have three different types of Atari 2600, a couple of 7800's,
several 5200's, Atari 400, Atari 800, and two Atari Jaguars. I also have
an Atari color Pong, a Telstar Ranger, and a lot of other offbrand
dedicated games. I have a Coleco Vision, Intellevision,
NES, N64, Sega
master system, Sega Genesis with CD and 32X, Sega Saturn, Sega
Dreamcast, and an (ICK) Playstation One. I also have a Fairchild Channel
F and a Balley Astro Arcade, if you remember what they were and a couple
of Vectrexes. I also collect coin-op video games, mostly Atari,
including Asteroids and a FIREFOX (what a machine). I have 16.
My wife tells me I will probably die if one more game gets into the
house (I have some stored in a friends garage, what she does not know
will not hurt her).
I guess my question is "Is there something wrong with me or am I
just an above average video game loving, Atari collecting, obsessive
compulsive all American guy?"Thanks for listening.
You are the exact opposite of a frontrunner. You
would be classified as a "hoarder" or as someone who has
an obsession about video games. Tell me, where do you sleep? Do
you have boxes and boxes of games stacked around your bed as I do?
I too have kept each and every one of my Atari
systems over the years. I'm not really into collecting per se, but
I won't pass up an opportunity to bring a new Atari system into
the house. Just by people knowing I am an Atari fan, I've acquired
several systems for absolutely nothing! Usually because they want
to get a little more space out of their garage freed up, but I'm
always willing to oblige the person to give their old Atari a
good, and safe, home.
And that's the important thing to remember: Treat
these systems as your children. Make sure they have good home. For
one day, people will ask you, "What is an Atari?" and
you'll be able to pull out that old 2600 and show them where the
history of home video games began.
I got a question for ya. I was looking through one of my old ST Format magazines one day and saw a review for
operation stealth and thought "I HAVE TO GET THIS GAME" I searched and searched and been searching for a few years now but i
CANNOT FIND IT anywhere. Do you know anywhere I can buy it or download it in rom form??
Thanks for your time
There are plenty of sites out on the internet that
have Atari ST games out there. Try visiting The Atari Times computer section for links. I'm sure I've see
Operation Stealth somewhere.
As for emulating games on a PC... There's nothing
quite like playing the game on the system it was designed for.
I've played with a few emulators, and I can't stand them. There's
always SOMETHING not quite right about them. Either they are too
slow, too fast, or have some critical element missing that ruins
the whole experience.
The real question is: Is downloading a ROM and
playing it on an emulator illegal? Yes. Is it wrong? Well, this is
the gray area, isn't it? I think that if you have a copy of the
game already, you should be entitled to play it on any computer
system you like.
Take this as an example: Long ago, I purchased Elite
II: Frontier for the Atari ST and played the bejeezus out of
it. A few years passed, and I came across the PC version and
downloaded it at no charge from an abandonware site. I played it
for a bit, and guess what happened? An in-game police officer
appeared and asked me to look on page XX of the manual and type
the third letter of the fourth sentence! Well guess what? I STILL
HAD the original Atari ST manual and the letter I typed in was
I feel that if you pay for a game once, you should
be allowed to play it on any platform that you choose. Now, that
doesn't mean I think you are entitled to an arcade Pac-Man
machine if you own the 2600 version. But, you should be allowed to
play 2600 Pac-Man on any machine you so desire. Of course,
the laws at present only allow you to play games that you have
paid for for each system.
Maybe one day things will change? Imagine how much
PSX software Sony could have sold if they had allowed the
emulators instead of going after them with a vengeance? According
to Sony, they make most of their money on games anyway. So they
should have embraced the emulators as a way to make more money.
Which makes me wonder if Sony isn't telling the whole truth about
the amount of money they make on the actual consoles... Hmmm...
My name is Robert and I have been a video gameaholic since the first time I
saw the janitor sweeping up the glass while he @#$%@* at me after breaking
the backboard in Jordan vs Bird for my Atari.
I just want to ask one question. Why the HELL is that little monochrome
piece of scrap called the "Gameboy" still being sold in stores? It must have
like the biggest library of games than any other system (if you could call
it that). If you ask me, the two best home consoles ever were 1.The Atari Jaguar, and
2.The Turbo Grafx 16. The two best Handhelds ever were 1.The Atari Lynx, and
2.The Turbo Express. I realize that this is an Atari web site, but since Atari is now defunct, we
should bug the hell out of NEC and get them to try their hand at another
Turbo Grafx and Turbo Express unit. I know, It will never happen, but a man
can dream can't he.
By the way, GREAT site. Keep up the good work, and keep Atari alive.
The Gameboy is the #1 selling game system of all
time for a number of reasons.
It is the Least Common Denominator of game
systems. Name ONE instance where the superior product became
It is cheap.
It has tons of games including (sorry to say
it) Mario and Pokemon and the Nintendo games behind it.
It's very portable (you can stick it in your
It has long battery life.
Now, I'm sorry to say that the Atari Lynx, while a
much more powerful system than any of the Gameboys (save the
Advance) it didn't qualify for any of these categories. Neither
did the TurboExpress (except maybe #4.)
Unfortunately, the likelihood of another portable
game system from Atari or NEC is slimmer than Ally McBeal in a
corset. But maybe some sly engineer will create a NEW Lynx that
can play Jaguar and Lynx games? Hmmm... I think somebody need a