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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 04:40 PM
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I've been playing my Atari 2600 Emulator.
Warning: Only people who used to love the Atari 2600 are going to "get" this.

Adventure was such a good game.

I'm playing it now. No matter how many times I play it, my inner child gets all excited when the Red Dragon attacks.

...

Remember Swordquest?

To bad Airworld was never finished. Torr and Tarra are eternally stuck between Waterworld and Airworld. In a way, Tyrannus and Konjuro won because the twins will never finish their quest.

Kinda sad.
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Sandpiper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 04:43 PM
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1. Adventure was the coolest!
Who cares if you were a square and the dragons looked like ducks!

Nothing did it for me like getting the chalice back to the yellow castle.

And that bat was such a pain in the ass.
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 04:50 PM
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5. Have you ever wondered:
Suppose you left the chalice on the closed gate of the yellow castle and then left for another part of the game.

What would happen if the bat, carrying the yellow key tried to grab the chalice? Would the bat accidentally open the gate and make the chalice slip into the yellow castle.... thus winning the game?

These are things I used to wonder as a kid.
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ClassWarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 04:43 PM
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2. C'mon over and play an ORIGINAL Atari 2600.
From before they were numbered, and were just called the Atari.

NGU.


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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 04:46 PM
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3. I loved Adventure when it first came out
but looking at it now, I realize it wasn't very good at all. The only cool part was the blind maze and the easter egg. :) I will cut Atari some slack because it was the original. I'd rather play Yar's Revenge or all of the Activision games.

'Venture' on the Colecovision was so much better.
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 04:59 PM
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7. You blasphemer!
Adventure was so far ahead of it's time that I'm amazed the managers at Atari released it in the first place. (The guy who programmed Adventure was told to dump the project repeatedly because "...it was not technically possible.")

This game is credited with the following video game innovations:

* Game universe made of multiple screens; the character could reach other screens by walking off the edge of the current screen.
* The adventure game format of obstacles, puzzles, objects and creatures.
* The EasterEgg, originally used to covertly claim credit for programmers.

http://www.toadstool.net/games/adventure/
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 05:09 PM
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9. Relax.. I said I liked it back in the day.
I probably played it more than any other game until Pitfall came out. Speaking of which, I think that game was equally as groundbreaking as Adventure.

Didn't the original "Rogue" come out before Adventure? I could be way off on that.
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Ariana Celeste Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 04:50 PM
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4. Is that the one that has EVERY atari game on it?
If so, we have that on our bedroom computer. The bedroom computer is used solely for Atari, NES, SNES, and Gameboy gaming- complete with two controllers for those 2 player games- and some music.

We love to turn on a random atari game, and listen to it loop during smoking sessions.

We are geeks, my SO and I- and we love it.
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Cadence Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 04:52 PM
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6. Very cool. My inner child gets excited
playing pitfall or frogger. I've thought about buying an old atari on ebay before.
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hyphenate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 05:20 PM
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14. I've sold some of the original game cartridges on ebay
and they're still in demand, no matter how old they are. I have some more that I want to get rid of as well, but haven't had the patience to list them lately. They're not expensive--most of them go for about $3-$5 each. But I know that at least they're getting a good home for people to want them.
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Longgrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 05:08 PM
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8. I agree Adventure was awesome in it's day...
Edited on Tue Mar-01-05 05:09 PM by Longgrain
And I've played Swordquest too. If I remember correctly there was some sort of contest involved where the winner played in a tournament and actually won a gold sword...

I might have to look that one up...
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MrSlayer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 05:15 PM
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10. Can you find the "Black dot" on the emulator?
Adventure was one of my favorite games on Atari.
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brainshrub Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 05:18 PM
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13. Yes.
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hyphenate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 05:15 PM
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11. I never played the Atari version of Adventure
but I remember the text game well. I understand that all of those text adventures are now out in a single unit someplace.

"You are standing in front of a building, with a road going south."

It was something like that. Capture the bird, put him in the cage, and free him when the snake appears. Keep going deeper until you're at the old ruins with the chasm in front of you. Remember to take the coins so you can operate the vending machine!

Games magazine had an issue (which I've been unable to find) which actually had the map in it. And they talked about the original DOS text game evolving into Zork (I believe). I think I'm going to go looking for it. Brings back some memories.

I could never finish Trinity, another of the text games. One of the solutions was to kill the skink, and I couldn't even muster killing even an imaginary animal. That sucked.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 05:16 PM
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12. Yar's Revenege, Pitfall, and Pitfall 2 are the most replayable games...
Swordquest? Useless without the manual, and the 2 released and 1 not-released game seem more tedious than fun. Especially when there's no jewel encrusted trinket to win.

Wouldn't mind seeing someone finish the SQ: Airworld project though... 21 years ago I loved Swordquest and wanted to know how the comics ended. But nothing afyer Fireworld came out.
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ChoralScholar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 05:25 PM
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15. I owned Adventure
Edited on Tue Mar-01-05 05:26 PM by ChoralScholar
and Swordquest:Fireworld, which was a tough-ass game


Gosh.. I remember spending hours looking at the Atari Catalog that came with each game....

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ChoralScholar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-01-05 10:50 PM
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16. Now... heres a good idea
A Vintage Gaming DU Group..

what u guys think?
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