Atari Lynx Heaven at Retro Tuesday

Lynx_0_TitleOn a cold and miserable night in Melbourne earlier this week, eight hardened retro gamers converged on Wadham House for the monthly Retro Tuesday meet.

Serblander, of Weird and Retro fame, convinced the organisers to make the meet all about Atari‘s little feline, the Lynx. With all members contributing their Lynx wares, there was ComLynx action aplenty. Checkered Flag provided some friendly rivalry (Ed: and some very colourful language!), while Dr C. stamped his dominance, yet again, on the 8-Player Slime World.

The night wasn’t just for great gaming fun (which it was!), the display that Weird and Retro had put together for the Lynx was a great homage to the Atari handheld! Check out the pics and drool over that store stand and all those different Lynx boxes!

As usual, it was difficult to leave my Lynx friends, but good things must always come to an end. After leaving the Retro Tuesday meet, I was informed that a new California Games BMX bandit was crowned – well done & congrats to Serby!

Thank you to: Aleks, Stacey, Jerry, Pedro, Callum, Paul and Mal for an awesome night of Lynx action! Can’t wait to do it again!

The Great Wall Of Lynx
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The one and only, Atari Lynx
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Badges of honour
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The Games!
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The Lynxes!
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Travel in style, keep your Lynx in a pouch
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Fan magz – Lynx User!
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Serby preparing the awesome Lynx stand!
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Jerry is the BMX bandit on the big screen!
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Dr. C cautiously approaches the ledge! Double backflip coming up! 
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ComLynx gaming = heaps of fun!
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Yours truly giving the thumbs up! Too bad my car was off the road!
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More Checkered Flag action coming up!
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8P Slime World! Let the smack talk begin!
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LCD comparison: Original vs McWill’s LCD modded (with VGA) Lynx II
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Easter Retro Gaming Hunt At The Amazing Mill Markets

While kids everywhere were busying themselves on their Easter egg hunt, Ms. ausretrogamer and I were busy going on a different kind of Easter egg hunt. On our way to Queenscliff, we decided to pop in at the amazing Mill Markets in Geelong to see what was on offer. Upon entering the market, we knew we had hit the jackpot – there were all kinds of antiques, memorabilia and collectables to discover, from books and vinyl records, to toys and classic video games. We’ll let the photos below show the breadth of cool stuff that was on offer at the market.

What started as a quick visit turned into a three-and-a-half hour hunt – the Mill Markets is the kind of place you need to take your time to look in each stall and search for that little gem that others may have passed in their haste. Our nostalgic senses were in overdrive as we found items of interest in almost every stall!

There were retro games and systems aplenty, with most items being at reasonable prices. We were pleasantly surprised to discover retro gaming gear in a number of stalls on the ground floor and the mezzanine – obviously, our go slow and meticulous hunting plan paid off. The temptation to walk out with a boot full of stuff was hard to resist! I did manage to buy a few items, with the Milton Bradley Berzerk board game being my favourite of the lot.

If you happen to like going to vintage markets, even for a look, then Ms. ausretrogamer and I highly recommend The Mill Markets. There are three Mill Markets in Victoria – in Daylesford, Ballarat and Geelong (Newcomb). Best part is, they are all open 7 days a week from 10am till 6pm. What are you waiting for, go hunting!

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The Jaguar Bares Its Claws

Jaguar_titleThe Sega 32-bit fan-people (Ed: that’s very politically correct of you!) may have their SaturnDay, but the diehard Atari fans also have their Jaguars purring on SatAtariDay!

There is great pleasure in sharing the intoxication of nostalgia with like-minded gamers. Weird and Retro’s Aleks ‘Serblander’ Svetislav definitely captured the nostalgia to provide the Atari Jaguar hit I was seeking.

With a huge Jaguar banner greeting me upon arrival, I knew I was in for a treat. Like a kid in a candy store, it was difficult to focus on any one thing that Serblander had in his awesome Jaguar collection.

My attention was quickly grabbed by the mouth-watering Jaguar gaming bling on show – from the never released Tiny Toon Adventures, to the ever-rare BattleSphere Gold! Oh yeah, let’s not forget the hardware bling, from the BJL’ed Jag, Pro-Controller and M.A.S. Super Pro-Stick, to the the beautiful CatBox connected to the back of the Jag with its eerie red eyes glowing when the big cat was purring.

With the Atari’s big cat out to play, it was time to get down to business and do the math – play some games! SatAtariDay truly was purr-fect!

Let the SatAtariDay shenanigans begin!
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The Jag Bling!
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Let’s get cracking then!
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The Jaguar loot in box 1 (of many many boxes!)!
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The ‘better’ Jaguar controller. And it’s Pro!
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Ello ello ello, what do we have here then, aye?
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More Jaguar loot! Woohoo!
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Shhh, this is top secret stuff!
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Setting up just a few Jaguars!
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Oh yes, games!
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Oh yes, more games! Virtua Fighter, I mean Fight For Life anyone?
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SLAM DUNK!
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Forget Super Hang-On, go Super Burnout!
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The sublime Impulse X – on cart and CD
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Serblander smashing it on Impulse X! A rotary controller is the only way to go!
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Value for money – Impulse X (cart) comes with two additional games!
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Sheer Madness!
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*wipes drool* BattleSphere GOLD baby!
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Awesome rare platform action on Tiny Toon Adventures!
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Let’s kick some ass!
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Wanna make your own Jaguar game?
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Woot, the BJL’ed Jag – more dev nirvana
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This is the only way to play Raiden
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Rayman was meant to be on the Jag
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Preserving Atari’s big cat
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Infographic: The Evolution Of Controllers

I must admit, I am a sucker for infographics! I am a visual person and would prefer to see more pictures than words. Don’t get me wrong, a well constructed piece will hold my attention, but I get excited over pictures – the more of them, the merrier. As the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”.

You don’t need words to explain what you are looking at below – just click on the infographic and then zoom in and enjoy the visual ride!

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‘Atari: Game Over’ – Setting The Record Straight

Atari_titleWhen I first heard that Fuel Entertainment and Xbox Entertainment Studios were going to make a documentary about the so-called Atari landfill urban legend, I thought, “everyone knows that Atari dumped their stock in Alamogordo. So what?“. So what indeed. A lot of people still believed that it was an urban legend that Atari dumped millions of E.T. cartridges. Well, my scepticism about the documentary and how it would present the material was totally unfounded. My scepticism had been smashed out of the park. Take a bow Mr. Zak Penn.

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Atari_find_pinThe documentary interweaves two storylines within an hour of compelling viewing. There is the lead up to the Alamogordo dig and the rise and fall of Atari. The interviews with key Atari people, including its co-founder, Nolan Bushnell, former Warner Communications Inc. Co-Chief Operating Officer, Emmanuel (Manny) Gerard and Atari games developer, Howard Scott Warshaw, add that extra credibility to an already well produced documentary. (Ed: SPOILER ALERT!) There is an emotional moment in the documentary when Howard is asked by a media crew on how he felt about the dig. We promise you, you will shed a tear too.

Atari: Game Over sets the record straight about the Atari burial myth once and for all – do yourself a favour, and watch it right now!

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Old School Halloween Costumes

halloween_starwarsWith Halloween fast approaching, are you struggling to find a costume to scare the pants off your family and friends? These Collegeville Costumes from three decades ago would definitely scare the living daylights out of anyone that bumps into you while trick-or-treating.

If you are channeling Jason Voorhees, you may want to go as the Atari Asteroids man. Perhaps your friends could go as Missile Command and Centipede!

Damn these costumes are so bad, they are really cool!

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source: Plaid Stallions (via RediscoverThe80s.Com)