I will just mention that there is a fascinating movie on Netflix called "Atari: Game over." It features the excavation of an old rubbish tip where it was rumoured for many years to contain the haul of Atari's ET cartridges. ET, a video game based on the movie, did not perform as well and Atari was rumoured to have physically dumped the cartridges. Please watch the film for all these details as I am not going to go through them further.
What?! A boing-ball on an Atari. This demo certainly had a reaction both on the night and recently on our social-media page. I was told that originally this demo was developed on the Atari and later ported to the Amiga 1000 as one of the original demo videos to see advertised on this system back in the day.
Ryan holding a Module from his Atari 800:
Lots of family fun gear here brought in by Paul. Nice to see the original boxes! Some real great art-work here if this tickles your fancy. Video game collectors usually go mad over this stuff.
Ryan is currently restoring this machine to full functionality and was greatly assisted by Alexis on the night who along with Aron looked at the Schematics online and appropriately advised Ryan on which power-supply he can use (original power-supplies are not always available!).
A new person to join us enjoying a classic game of Donkey-Kong below:
Some great conversations taking place here whilst watching others having a game:
Paul Monopoli was here getting an old tube television connected with some help from Nathan.
A hand-held Atari Lynx. Not only on display but was played by people during the course of the evening. Interestingly it was released in September 1989 and featured a colour screen. Compare that to the Nintendo Gameboy released the same year which had a monochrome screen. It took Nintendo 9 years after this before the Gameboy Colour was released.
Some more chatter. In the photo, Paul, Matthew, Andrew, Ryan and Aron (left to right).
Another Atari brought in by Nathan Butcher:
A shot here shows the array of machines in line:
Some more enjoyment:
Epsilon below emulating an Atari using this modern device. Notice the Ghan mousepad.
Epsilon also had a PC Engine set-up.
This was of amusement to many over the course of the night, as seen below:
We also had a new person from Melbourne join us:
For the first time ever to our group we had an old PC with Windows 95. This brought back many memories.
Theo Karagiris, a known Apple computer collector brought in this LC Pizza Box to load up: