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16 Oct 2008
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Dieter
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Would be great if everyone who registers here could give us a brief story of his/her video games life smile

Well, as you might know, my name is Dieter. I was born in 1966 and made my first video/electronic games experience in the late 1970s. At a school ski course I played some kind of Pong cocktail arcade, that must have been in 1978. I think my first electronic game was “Space Invader” by Entex, I still have it in my collection!

At Christmas 1982 I finally got infected by the video games virus when I got the so much desired Philips G7000 with Videopac 2 (Pairs, Space Rendezvous, Logic). In March 1983 I joined the official Austrian Videopac club, the “Club G7000 Videospiele”. Early in 1984 I sold my G7000 to my cousin and bought me a G7400 with Videopac 51+ Terrahawks. In July 1984 I was one of the very first in Austria to order the C7420 Microsoft Basic Extension and taught myself BASIC. In spring 1985 the Austrian “Club G7000 Videospiele” closed down and no more Videopacs were released - the home computer era had begun.

In September 1985 I bought me an Atari 130XE (a relative who worked in Munich/Germany bought it for me because it was cheaper there). In spring 1988 I added my first 16 bit Computer, an Atari 520 STFM, however I continued to use my 130 XE beside the ST. The 520 STFM was replaced by a 1040 STE in autumn 1990.

On the 1st January 1986 I founded the “Blue Danube Atari Club” together with my cousin, this was for sure one of the very first computer user clubs in Austria. It existed until spring 1993, that is more than seven years, and it had members from Austria, Germany and Switzerland. We published 29 issues of the club magazine “Blue Danube Atari News” (later called Play Atari Magazin), first written on a typewriter, then with the Atari 130 XE, later as a disk magazine for XL/XE and ST, and finally designed with the desktop publishing software Calamus on the Atari ST.

On my birthday in 1992 I got an Atari Lynx from my fiancee, my first game console since seven years! Approximately two years later I remembered my old Videopac games (I didn't like the modern PC games) and began looking for the games that I didn't own in the 80s - this was the start of my video game collecting life. I found the “Computer Flohmarkt”, a magazine with free advertisements just for computer and video games - and got in contact with other people in Germany and Austria who were collecting old and new games.

In 1994 I was one of the very first owners of an Atari Jaguar in Austria. The pack-in game Cybermorph was something completely new for me, a real 3D game! But it was Alien Vs Predator some months later, which really kicked ass and showed what the Jaguar was capable of. Unfortunately the system was no big success and not many smash hits like AvP were developed for Atari's 64 bit console.

At the beginning of 1997, I had expanded my classic game collection to other systems like Atari 2600 in the meantime, I founded the “Classic Consoles Club”, dedicated to classic video games. Three issues of the club magazine were released until autumn 1997. As I got my first internet access in spring 1997, I soon made a small website in addition to the club magazine. At the end of 1997 the website completely replaced the magazine - the Classic Consoles Center was born!

And here I am, infected by the video games virus for 26 years now, collecting video games for almost 15 years and maintaining the CCC website for more than 11 years. And no end in sight wink

Das taugt mir!

Aber mit wenig Ei bitte …

18 Oct 2008
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Me was young and small. Wanted an Atari 2600 VCS. Got a Hanimex clone 'Soundic P-50x” instead. Not even a Philips Videopac. No, a 'Soundic' with the Submarine and MotoCross cartridges. Strange games these. Well, the following year I got a VCS 2600 with Space Invaders and Asteroids games. This is when the fun began.

Later, when consoles were going belly up, I bought an Atari 600XL with tape drive which quickly was replaced by an 800XL with disk station. The next logical step was the C64. Because more pirated games were available for it. Switched then to the Commodore Amiga. Brilliant station this. Then made a long pause and bought the Sega Dreamcast at launch day. Then a Sony PlayStation 1 followed. Began retro collecting. Began PlayStation 1 collecting.

This is where I am now. With a huge collection and no money and space left. Poor me Cool

Rauch mehr, dass da Huastn weggageht!

28 Nov 2008
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Intellivisioner
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My first contact with videogames was a Pong-clone from Quelle Universum my father bought in the late 70´s.Not played very often,but I got infected with the virus of "interaction" on the TV.Some years later, in 1981, it was time for my first own cartridge based console - the Atari VCS 2600 (still the 6 switches variant)."Adventure" was a must-have game after playing it on a friend´s system.The Atari game collection grew very slowly due to the high prices at this time.Then came Christmas 1983 and the decision between Intellivision and Colecovision.You should know what did win the race Wink.From that time on I was overwhelmed by the system from Mattel Electronics, especially the great graphics in the Imagic titles.I really felt in love with it, and this lasts until today.

After the big videogame crash 1983/4 the prices for cartridges went very low and that´s why my Inty collection grew quite fastly.Although it was not easy to find some rarer titles anymore.In 1986 I bought a Colecovision from a schoolfriend with a very small amount of games.Just some months later the Commodore era reached my home too.It began with a C-128 (actually only used the C-64 mode for games of course Wink ) and ended with the glorious Amiga 500.

But I never forgot the consoles that came back already in 1986 with the SEGA Master System.I was so glad about the Japaneses bringing back the cartridge systems that seemed to be dead in Europe in the mid-80´s.So I acquired every new "baby" SEGA launched on the german market, including the infamous 32X add-on Yell.

With Telegames in the UK and finally the internet with eBay the great collector´s hunt was on.Now I am a proud owner of a nearly complete Intellivision collection and a neat Atari VCS, Colecovision, Creativision and Philips G7000 accumulation,that will hopefully grow in the future.All the SEGA stuff is of course still around me too.

Unfortunately I have to quote Reinhard at this point "...and no money and space left."

That´s it so far.

Norman

Gruß an Dieter und alle Retro-Fans!

28 Nov 2008
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pongman
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here is my short story…

i was born in 1968 in the heart of the black forrest which is located in the south of germany. i remember playing pong a couple of times in 1977 using my neighbor's universum pong he gave me for just one weekend. my parents weren't amused about such stupid electronic toys so i never owned any videogame console - only lego stones :-(

it was then around 1985. it was a very windy july morning when i got myself some breadrolls for breakfirst. right in that moment when i was unlocking my bicycle a big and very heavy flower box (around 15 ponds) fell down from the second floor right on top of my head also hitting my right shoulder. i was not dead just a bit injured and not even unconscious but this accident seemed to have changed the rest of my life…

well i got some smart money from the insurance of the owner of the bakery and so i immediately bought me a c-64. that´s when videogaming started to become real in my life….

i remember playing all afternoon - sometimes alone and sometimes together with some comrades from school. summer and winter games, raid over moscow, boulder dash, gianna sisters, lode runner were some of our favourite games…

from 1989-1998 there was a pause until i got an old 3/86 pc. not very satisfying for gaming.

in 1999 i got a better pc and we started doing lan parties which was big fun!

then in 2000 i had the idea to buy us some classic systems, just for fun during the lan parties. i also wanted a pong console - the one my parents did not let me have in my childhood.  so i started to have a look at ebay´s marketplace. in fact there were a lot of nice old retro consoles so i bought more than only one pong - well…i bought 1500 consoles in the past few years to be honest.

funny thing: the first classic console i bought on ebay was a hanimex hmg 1292. i did not knew that this was the model my girlfriend (now my wife) played with, when she was a child.
when unpacking the console my wife began to laught because she realized that this was her first videogame console AND it was not only another hanimex model, it was exactly the console she and her friend kim played with, cause the seller was the brother of her friend (which i didn´t know) who originally owned this system. so i bought exactly her original hanimex console along with 3 games! what a nice surprise :-) 

anyway this is how my ebay “career” started and i was stupid enought to buy way too many systems…

due to problems of storage i resold a lot of them in the last years and only kept a handful of 1200 systems in my collection which are still here now piling up to the roof…

the rest is history…

happy collecting everbody :-)

immer in bewegung bleiben!

4 Jan 2009
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Mister VCS
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Hi, my name is  Markus, I live in Munich/Germany.  I was born in 1971. My first videogamesystem was

the 6switch Atari 2600 VCS. It was a Christmas-present for my elder brother in 1979. My brother lost

interest in videogaming a few years later - and the system was mine. The 2600 is my favorite gaming

system until today. Today I own a replacement 6switch, a vader 4switch 2600 and a Colecovision.

My favorite gaming magazine was (and still is) the german “TeleMatch”. Thanks to ebay I re-built my

“lost” collection from the early 80ies.

Today, my focus is on Atari VCS 2600 and CBS Colecovision, but I also owned a Commodore 64,

Atari 7800, Atari Jaguar and a Sega MegaDrive II.

I am member of http://www.atariage.com since May 2001. Since September 2008 I am the moderator of

the “Colecovision HighScoreClub”. And you can find me at the Atari 2006 HSC at AtariAge…

I never owned an Intellivision or Philips G7000, but I like both systems.

4 Jan 2009
13:58
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hello to you Markus

I should participate more often into the weekly High Score on atariage

does someone has scans of Telematch mags, curious to see

26 May 2009
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Hello everyone,

I am a german collector of all the lovely retro stuff.

For me it was a great time in gaming  Smile

I found this great classic retro homepage and just have to sign into the community right now.

I collecting various peaces of gaming history.

Mostly I´m interested in Atari, Nes and Playstation beta and prototype games for my private collection, that makes me feel like back in the days of a child LOL

I hope to find nice people in here who sharing the love of this retro games, of the good old days - but I´m sure I will find people like that in this place

I have some nice beta & prototype games for NES & Playstation in my private collection. If someone is interested in talking with about prototypes and betas for PSX & NES, don´t hesitate to contact me via Email: SaschaRommel@web.de I´m not bite anyone for that = )

best regards

Sascha

27 May 2009
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Dieter
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Welcome to our forums Sascha smile

Of course we will be happy to hear details about all your prototypes!! Grin

Das taugt mir!

Aber mit wenig Ei bitte …

27 May 2009
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Dieter, thank you  Smile for your nice welcome words.

in the most chases I keep the title list confidential, cause I don´t want that it floating around the Internet and get in the wrong peoples hands. To the second reason, most of those discs to get, needed to accept some reglements, I will definitly not break, cause of that it´s a little bit taff, to tell public what kind of stuff I have in my collection. For the NES Protos it´s no big problem but for psx its a little bit more difficult. Hope I´m not the the only one with that kind of problems *laugh*

27 May 2009
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Welcome to the forum, Sascha. Gladly will have talks with you about PS1 games Smile

Rauch mehr, dass da Huastn weggageht!

27 May 2009
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Nice Smile

Gladly, sure we can - seems the psx´ler are more rare in here LOL

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