Today's quickie post is not RPG-related or OSR-related or even tabletop-game-related, but it IS mega-super-nerdy-geeky cool, so here we go:
My pal, Phil Hergatt, surprised me on Friday with an Atari 2600 VCS with a set of paddles. He knows I love the old retro gaming systems, so I was surprised and pleased with his gift:
He smiled and explained that this wasn't an Atari VCS anymore, but rather he had converted it to a TRUE Atari "Video Computer System" by gutting the non-working electronics from the game system and replacing the innards with a high-speed, Intel-driven computer. The cart slot now held two fans to cool the system, the joystick ports were now UBS ports, and those paddles I mentioned were converted to a pair of speakers. Here it is up-and-running:
And how well does it work? Well, what do you think I'm making this blog post on? ;) Thanks again, Phil!