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Unsold Atari videogames dumped in a desert?

Yes, this did in fact happen. The game E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was notoriously bad and highly criticized, and Atari sent the left over unsold games to a dump to be buried. They were buried in ...
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What tools were used to analyze & challenge the records for Dragster?

They're describing tool-assisted speedrunning, aka TASing. A TAS uses an emulator, allowing a player to make frame-perfect button inputs, simulating absolutely perfect play, and allowing any errors to ...
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What tools were used to analyze & challenge the records for Dragster?

The "tools" they mean is something that can be used to analyze the game. There are probably a few ways to do this, but one video here discusses using a RAM analyzer for the Atari 2600. What it does ...
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What factors contributed to E.T's reputation as a bad game?

The main arguments are pretty obvious. Though it was restricted by the technology of the time, it delivered a poorly constructed and somewhat confusing rendition of the video game's portrayal of the ...
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What factors contributed to E.T's reputation as a bad game?

One of the best explanations for the hatred of the E.T. game is given on this page: While that seems like a great list of features, players in 1982 weren't prepared for that much change. You really ...
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What does the 'Special Feature' teddy bear sticker mean on some games for Sears/Atari 2600?

The teddy bear sticker: This indicates that the game contains special modes to help younger children get more enjoyment out of the game. From the Warlords manual: CHILDREN'S VERSIONS GAMES ...
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Was the Atari 2600 the first home console to have a screen saver?

By definition of "Console" to mean a system dedicated to play games or entertainment software, it depends on the criteria. In basic format - yes. From Wikipedia - Screensaver, History: (emphasis, ...
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How long can we expect an Atari 2600 cartridge to last?

To be fair this really depends cart to cart. Speaking as a vintage collector and having a large 2600 cart collection it really depends on how it was originally used. It also depends on things like ...
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How should foreign consoles be powered in Britain?

You shouldn't need anything additional to power your N64 in Britain. I've found a few sources to back this up https://forums.the-elite.net/index.php?topic=19934.0 and https://forum.speeddemosarchive....
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Is the paddle speed unlimited in the Breakout port for Atari 2600?

Paddle controllers on the Atari 2600 use a variable resistance in a resistor-capacitor timing circuit and then measure how long that circuit takes to switch. The time will vary from a few scan lines ...
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Is the paddle speed unlimited in the Breakout port for Atari 2600?

http://www.atarihq.com/reviews/2600/breakout.html : You move your paddle left and right at the bottom of the screen. The speed of the video paddle is not limited, as in some games; it moves at ...
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How should foreign consoles be powered in Britain?

The Japanese mains voltage is 100 V, 50 or 60 Hz (depending on the region). The US mains voltage is 110 V, 60 Hz. The UK’s is 230 V, 50 Hz. The frequency should not matter for consoles. As far as I ...
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How to get an Atari game console to work on a flat screen TV?

There are devices that can "tune" into RF Analog signal and convert it to HDMI, for example, this one on Amazon. It's kinda expensive though if you're going to use it just for playing Atari 2600 ...
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How to get an Atari game console to work on a flat screen TV?

Do you specifically need to play the original cartridges or are you OK with just the games? Atari is releasing a modernized console-like system called the Ataric VCS. It's not out yet, but you can ...
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How should foreign consoles be powered in Britain?

As far as i know, you would need a step down transformer of some kind in order to get the voltage from 220v to 110v or lower. Depending on what sort of power you need will change the price of the ...
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Why do the scores on my Atari 2600 games have random symbols in them that don't resemble numbers?

If you can find an Atari Hangman or Surround cartridge, you may want to see what happens when you play those. I would not expect that the memory within a 2600's RIOT (RAM+I/O+Timer) chip would be ...
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