Friday, June 24, 2011

I have a heavy sixer !!!!!

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a lose Atari 2600 for sale on eBay with some half eaten joysticks, that looked like a heavy sixer, the rarest Atari 2600 console. These consoles are a little hard to detect on a  crappy picture shot, so it was a long shot. Luckily no one else spotted it, the crappy joysticks on the main picture were not very appealing, and I won the auction for $15. Then i waited for it to arrive, I was not sure it would be the grandfathers of all Ataris. When it arrived today, I opened the box and immediately picked it up, it was heavy (4.9 pounds, 2.1 Kgs) and it has all the sign of a heavy sixer (heavy, made in Sunnyvale, CA, heavy molding on the side). Whoohoo !! Graal found !!
I reunited it with a heavy sixer manual I got a Pink Gorilla last month. It is in its box, not sure if it is the original box, I can not find the serial number sticker on the box,, with the orignal grey power adapter. I can't wait to plug it in, supposedly it works, and the onscreen colors of heavy sixers are known to be better than later models.

Time for some nice pics

Sunnyvale, California

Friday, June 17, 2011

Pitfall! GDC postmortem from David Crane

Here is a great speech for anyone interested in retro junk and intrigued by the programming challenges.
David Crane is presenting a post mortem on the development of Pitfall! for the 2600.

Pitfall! post mortem for the 2600

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Apple museum starter on Craigslist.

Look at this ad on Craigslist.  Price is ok ($150)

Working Apple IIgs (x2) including color monitor, two 5¼ drives, two 3½ drives, keyboards, mice, printer, memory expansion and software. Working Apple //c with carry case and software. Non-working (dead power supply) Apple //e (original owner) including monitor, two 5¼ drives, printer, memory expansion, modem, CP/M. Plus several boxes of software, books and accessories. Originally bought for $Thousand$. For everything, asking $150 OBO 

Friday, June 3, 2011

University District Vintage Hunt

Pink Gorilla 4341 University Way Northeast, Seattle -
(206) 547-5790

This small hunting trip is great because it is a single trip to the Ave. and you can see 2 very good and relatively less known shops that sell retro games.
First stop is the University District shop of Pink Gorilla
The shop is bigger than the International District one but has a lesser feel of Japanese shop, maybe because it has a less amount of Jap games and consoles. Today they had a big room full of bargain and I picked up many manuals for a buck each.
Famicom and Famicom Disk System in the window. Also a 800XL
Rare PSX games

NES / Famicom corner, aka the Akihabara section

Genesis and Master System games, boxed

ohhh a Supercharger game ....

Atari games

A window with a complete Famicom Mini collection.

NEC games (Jap and US)

Bargain section, tons of PS2 and Xbox games

In the bargain section, the manual bin, 1$ each

Also Atari Lynx games, boxed

Al's Music Video & Games 4547 University Way Northeast, Seattle -
(206) 547-3870
Second stop a block north is a used movie / music / video games store, It is an old dusty shop where you would not expect to find much retro systems and games, but you would be wrong. It's a gold mine for retro fans, don't expect to find screaming deals as the owner knows the value of this old junk and price games accordingly, but if you are looking for a specific game, chances are they have it. Stop by also to see their very rare stuff in the various windows, many of them not for sale.

Systems for sale behind the counter
Rare 7800 games
Where else cna you find a bin full of Master System carts and cards ? Many 3D games also

Nintendo boxed games

Famicom games, not many, the shop is more into US games

See ?  Super Nintendo and Genesis games

3DO games next to the Genesis section

Hundreds of Playstation games

Impressive bin of PS2 games, I guess these are the games that they buy back the most now

many many Dreamcast games

$59.99 Moonwalker game anyone ?

NEC games

aka 99 cents sports games

Boxed Famicom, DBX for SFC

Dusty bin of Atari games, not even cheap

TurboGraphx section

Hori GameCube pad

Strange how the dusty shop is almost the most expensive.