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Write or Wrong? - November 29 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

So, one of the questions I get asked is why I write instead of film video or audio of my reviews or opinions? This is more a complicated question to reply to than one might thing for me. For starters, I don't really feel comfortable being in front of a camera. I've tried various times and the video never ends up uploaded or I abort the video mid recording.

I have tried a vocal video before, but it didn't really come out as well as I'd like, and had audio problems. I might try this again, as I was comfortable enough with this style of video. Though I need to add visual elements to the video next time. I have ideas for this, I just need to figure out the best way to do this.

But in the end, this is just a hobby for me. I don't care about 'SEO' or 'hits' or 'visits' too much. I do have some Google Analytics running just as a curiosity about how many visits my website does get- and I have a Twitter as a way of broadcasting outward. But that's about all the 'advertising' I do. In the end, Retrocade Romp is a blog for me.

I am gonna be doing some game reviews perhaps in the future. Perhaps look forward to that if you like visit my personal website every so often!

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The Story of the Optical Health 65XE - November 28 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

A few many months back I obtained an Atari 65xe from AtariAge forum user ApolloBoy. ApolloBoy had originally bought this on Ebay for the price of 85$ dollars. I obtained it from him for vaguely the same price. While similar to a stock Atari 65XE, it had some external differences.

The first was, where there should be an Atari Badge, a sticker had been places that says 'Computer Orthoptics (tm)'. There is also a piece of masking tape on the side with a serial number of sorts: A1511009678. This means at some point in this computer's life, It had been used in a Optometrists Office or similar setting that works with equipment related to eyecare. Most likely to control some sort of machine or machines.

ApolloBoy eventually contacted the company, which was still in business all these years, and got reply from the parent company 'Home Therapy Systems'. They did not have a partnership with Atari, so most likely purchased them and modified them. And speaking of modifications- the inside of the unit has been modified with a jumper to prevent stock Atari 65XEs from running their software! This jumper sits between pins 3 and 10 on the GTIA. This means it pushes the button on Joysticks 3 and 4. Since the Atari 65XE only has two Joystick ports, 1 and 2-- this acts as a form of hardware check for 'Computer Orthoptic's Software' to make sure it's running on their modded system.

Sadly, that's where the story ends when it ends up in my care. It works as a standard 65XE and anything I've run on it hasn't had any problems yet. I am looking for some software for this- though it isn't a priority, just-- some interest on what it looks like.

Just thought I'd tell the story of one of the odder pieces in my collection!

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Covert Art + Wallpaper - November 24 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

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Hey Hey 16k! - October 27 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

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Intellivision Kick! - October 13 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

Been on an Intellivision kick in recent memory. Got myself a Sears Super Arcade, and some rarer games like Thunder Castle and Blockade Runner- which I'm enjoying a lot. Which is why I'm gonna suggest you go visit INTV Funhouse, an informative website, with reviews, screenshots and overlays- run by Steven A. Orth as a hobby. Been learning a lot browsing through their website!

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What!? - October 9 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

Got me an original 2DS, and a Sears Super Video Arcade to add to the collection in recent memory, aswell as some more Famicom games. Which I seem to have a collection addiction for! Whoops! 
Also, sorry for the radio silence! I've been working on some things! More videos soon perhaps! My first one wasn't great, got some good feedback. Will try again better!

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This week's pickups! - July 11 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

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Soon...! - July 5 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

Got myself one of these! A review soon when I am able.


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Found a PSone! - July 3 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

I finally found a modded PSone (PS 1 'Slim'blink1.gif after much searching. Can't wait to get it! 

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Review Coming Soon.... - June 7 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

I have something in my 'Pocket' to 'Go' soon for a review! Will come when I've had enough time to play around with it!

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Woah, PS2 Extravaganza - June 6 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

A friend sent me a modded PS2 Slim and a WHOLE boatload of PS2 and PSX games- many imports, and some burned games and some official copies. This is a large mess to sort through so It'll be a bit for me to add it all to the collection. :laughing:

Also, my Model Lynx 2 came back from being recapped. The person who did it, tpugmire on AtariAge, did a lovely job. The screen is nice and bright, and he caught other issues that he offered to fix. It works really great now! He also kept in communication well.

If he offers to fix your console, he does a good job. I recommend, 5/5 stars.

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Switch It On! - May 8 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

I now own a Switch Lite! This is the first time in a long while I've owned a console while it was still relevant and being actively developed for. I did have a 3DS for about eight months before Nintendo more or less stopped supporting it, so I don't actually count it that much.
That being said, I'm looking forward to many enjoyable gaming hours on it!

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Lynx Sent to the Vet! - May 6 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

My Poor Model 2 Lynx is sick with a weak screen, evident of most capacitor issues and has been sent off to get recapped by tpugmire on Atari Age!

Hopefully this will fix the issue!

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Ody Commercials - April 4 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

The Wizard of Odyssey!?

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Ewwww.... - April 1 2020 - by: Rocky Raccoon

So I got the right GameBit screwdriver to open the Toploader NES I got to clean it inside, and as I suspected, It'd been a roach nest one time. No live activity, but dead bugs and dried bug 'dirt'  :angry:. Cleaned it out, gave the exterior another clean and bam, much better. And sounds less like a cockroach maraca when you shake it.  :tongue:
Also no April Fools jokes. Those are lame.

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