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What was the best way to play console games in the 77-85 years?
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Mostly asking about the western market since the Famicom was out in Japan in 83.
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more pics like this pls
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>>9278759
>sitting on legs
puts too much pressure on knees and is uncomfortable after a few minutes

>>9278761
>sitting cross-legged
comfy and stable and based
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>>9278773
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>>9278773
http://www.colecovisionzone.com/page/miscellaneous/you.html
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>not having le $9001 LoL g8r chair in 77
ngmi amirite
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Theoretically it would have been a DIY supergun set-up but those would have been extraordinarily rare in the time period mostly relegated to game development test rigs or the odd arcade operator who might have cobbled one together for their own or their kids uses.
And this era is pre-JAMMA so you'd have to create adapters for every PCB you want to use.
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>>9278759
A Colecovision + Slik Stik/Tac-2 gets you some very good and third generation feeling games with a controller that is actually suited to skillful gameplay. As long as the game only uses one button.
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>>9278791
>puts too much pressure on knees and is uncomfortable after a few minutes
we sat like this all the time, and it was fine because we weighted nothing. You have to remember kids in late 70s are about 1/2 the weight of modern 10 year olds.
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>>9278759
if you told me this was moot, ignoring the tv and system i might have believed you
obviously the years you gave means this was before he was born as well
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coleco had the best hardware, Atari had the biggest library, intellivison had some worthwhile stuff. smaller systems were hit and miss.

if I had to pick one, it would be coleco with an Atari adapter.
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>>9278759
During those years, we were always yelled at to not sit too close to the screen. Something about microwave radiation harming our brain.
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>>9279316
cables were so short we were kind of forced to though
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>>9278791
>puts too much pressure on knees and is uncomfortable after a few minutes

Filtered.
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>>9278759
>>9278761
>>9278813
>>9278817
>>9278824
>this furniture
>these color schemes
The 70s were a dark time. I'm glad I narrowly avoided them.
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>>9279490
It's called warmth, it's something we lack today.
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>>9279490
i wouldn't know but besides the vietnam war it seemed like a good time
music was real good at least
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“The best way” question is the dumbest of all. There is no one best way.
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>>9279490
>color schemes
These aren't text editors you twerp. These aren't "schemes", these are just colours. Also, prevalent colours in the 70s were very warm, lots of orange.
>>9279568
That's more 60s but it was definitely a very good time in the West allover.
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>>9279604
epic post anon
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>>9279624
>Also, prevalent colours in the 70s were very warm, lots of orange.
I remember lots of brown. It's a very comfy color.
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>>9279716
I miss carpet and wood panelling
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>>9279624
>prevalent colours in the 70s were very warm, lots of orange

It was to hide tobacco stains. Pure and simple.
It was expected that with 90% of the adult population smoking, that stains would quickly build up. Women were going off to work in the 70's more than ever before, so constant 50's-style-housewife cleaning was not as prevalent as in previous decades.

Orange, brown wood paneling, all these things are about the same color as tobacco goop.
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>>9278759
Well I played my Atari in a similar way to this. I have no idea if it was the best way as all I had back then was an Atari and a TV.
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>>9279783
And that's why it's good.
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>>9279783
Makes sense. Brown and orange are shit colors, might as well use shit to hide shit.

80s were the best colors. Teal, pink, purple, light blue. At least in terms of clothing. Even in the 70s people worse shitty striped t-shits with orange and yellow all over them.
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>>9278817
I miss those blankets, women don't knit enough anymore
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>>9279580
Lead was everywhere in the paint and car gasoline and serial killers were weirdly prevalent. If you lived in Northern Ireland you would have been dealing with the most violent years of The Troubles too.

Also no good games that weren't just variations on Pong yet
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>>9279716
Brown is just dark orange. Ask your mother. But *never* ask your father or uncle.
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>>9279813
Retard, bet you really think the 80s looked like that.
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I've concluded that the best way to play Atari is on an actual CRT TV in the dark in the middle of the night. No music on, just the bleeps and bloops from the system. Surprisingly comfy.
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>>9279490
I much prefer the wood paneling and shag carpet over today's white/black neutral color schemes with gray or washed out hard wood flooring. Anon's pics are comfy, warm and homey. That's not a feeling I get from modern "minimalist" housing.
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>>9279568
Fuck that, I grew up in a home like that and it may be warm but it's too damn dark. It feels like you're living in a cave after a while I've decorated my home with brightly colored furniture, lots of blues, and on white and just use warm yellow lighting from well place lamps to keep it feeling cozy.
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>>9280205
Same, more or less. I grew up in old homes with outdated stylings, even by 1990s standards, and I prefer them to today. Even trying to mimic it in any way is a pain in the ass because they don't sell anything that's warm feeling.
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My dream game room would look a lot like a 70s living room.
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>>9278791
I would sit on my legs when I had to pee but the game was too intense to get up right at that moment.
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>>9279783
No doubt. I can smell my gramps' stale pipe smoke just looking at all of these photos.
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Castlevania on Intellivision
https://youtu.be/2IXGmgiCf7s
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>>9278759
on a beanbag
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>>9278953
I think a more realistic scenario is someone managing to buy a joystick and buttons from an arcade operator who wasn't a total dick about it (harder to find than you'd think) and then doing an early version of a pad-hack on a controller of the time to make their own arcade-quality controller. Something like pic but with a wooden case.
That or a person who had the foresight to make an all-buttons controller using Radio Shack parts. Radio Shack sold joysticks for RC cars and planes too.
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I wonder: did players tape or otherwise fix their controller to a tabletop sometimes for arcade-like stability? I have seen 3rd party controllers with suction pads on the bottom for that purpose.
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>>9280701
yeah, my initial thought was also that it looks like my grandparents places.

I miss them.
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>>9280205
Wood paneling is insanely cozy. I really hope it comes back in style sometime soon. Shag carpet can stay in the 20th century though.
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>>9279490
> be zoomy
> born dead on arrival
> The 70s were a dark time.
> saw explosive growth in technological progress
> The 70s were a dark time.
absolutely born dead on arrival. these people went from computers that took up entire rooms to a 6502 CPU in a box that plugs into a tv. and you went from fucking minecraft to minecraft. shut the fuck up. the dark times are all you've ever known.
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>>9281531
All the men had long hair and never shaved and the women didn't either. They definitely were dark times.
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>>9279813
The 80s was just as brown and wood paneled as the 60’s and 70s for middle class people. If you were keeping up with trends, you’d have had something like picrel (this is what a modern, up to date home looked like for a middle-upper middle class person in the mid 80’s). You only had your le “vaporwave” shit in public places like malls or if you were a richfag/artfag. Not everybody had interior designers like teenagers in a John Hughes movie, but that was definitely the dream.
Zoomers have a completely warped picture of what the 80’s was really like because of trannywave.
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>>9279813
>80s were the best colors. Teal, pink, purple, light blue.
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>>9281610
>Zoomers have a completely warped picture of what the 80’s was really like because of trannywave.
Which I just don't understand. I could see the misunderstanding if my generation were all inexplicably gone, but we're not. We're still here and telling you what it was like, complete with pictures from our childhoods. The internet is a veritable ocean of old scanned pics from the eighties, especially with the retro craze currently happening. Does any of that look like your favorite "Miami Nights Outrun" playlist? Unless we happen to be standing in the middle of a Chess King or a Gadzooks, then no it doesn't.

The country wasn't torn down and rebuilt in hot pink and electric blue on January 1, 1980.
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>>9281310
Lots of people with Amigas had joysticks that were fixed to the table with suction cups, I remember.
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>>9281594
Hairlet detected.
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>>9279490
>The 70s were a dark time.
Every one of those pictures is 81-83.

Even the combat (1977 game) the shirts are all 1981-82 styles. The generic "sports team shirt" with no branding and maybe a recognizable number but no need for licensing. Donkey kong and kaboom are 80s games so those are easier to verify. Space invaders home edition was also 1980.
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>>9278759
i always wondered about the earliest generation of gamers from the atari era. what were the most popular games from that time that were a household name? How many kids actually had one in their homes? were the consoles expensive back then, could a poor family afford one?
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>>9279490
I'd take the colors and wood paneling over the NPC grey everything hellhole we have today.
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>>9279813
>80s were the best colors. Teal, pink, purple, light blue.
You just described a mall food court from the '90s, not a home from the '80s.
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>>9278759
Any way we could.
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>>9278759
If you were a kid and lucky and your parents would allow it then you might be able to come up with a television for your bedroom. Probably a black and white TV or a very small (less than 13 inches) color television.
The Intellivision and Colecovision were a half-step ahead of the Atari VCS. Imo they are leaning further towards the NES than the VCS.

So a kid or teenager in his bedroom with his own TV and one of the more advanced systems of the time. Let's say Intellivision because it came out in 79 and you'd have a long time to enjoy it and appreciate it before the NES came out.
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>>9283373
by the way the comments on this photo say
>My mother wouldn't let me play video games in the living room, so I had to use the only other tv which was in my mother's bedroom. You can see my mother's make up mirror in the background.
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9" color CRT with Donkey Kong for Intellivision displayed.
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Atari VCS on a Sony Trinitron from 1983.
If the family got a new TV the first thing you'd do asap is see how your games looked on it.
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>>9279301
no this is moot
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>>9283419
Moot was like 15 in 2003.
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>>9279490
was born in the 80s and grew up in the early-mid 90s and i feel like my childhood house and every house i remember as a kid looked kinda like that. tho i think they were all mostly built in the 70s so maybe the people on my block just never updated their shit much lol
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Christ look how dumpy these houses look. I don’t like soulless modern interior decoration either but this is another level of tacky.
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>>9281594
long hair is based
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>>9281594
imagine liking shaven women. absolutely mindbroken
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>>9278759
>the best way to play console games in the 77-85 years?
the few console games that exists? on the console obviously
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>>9284125
good morning sir
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>>9278759
With Artesian Beer and Coke while you wait for the orgy to start.
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>>9278759
On a commodore Vic20.
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>>9284830
Not a console.
If home computers count the Commodore 64 is the answer to the OP question without any real competition. It was just way ahead of everything else in the west for those few short years before the NES.
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Imagine being the kid whose mom or dad worked in Japan and you got a Famicom for Christmas in 1983.
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>>9285518
game and watch was selling outside of japan before that ebay poster, don't really need a connection to the country
could've gotten a famicom before xmas too
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>>9279771
The chair having the same upholstery as the curtains is messing up my vision.
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>>9280205
Carpet is comfy for ten minutes after a vacuum and gross the rest of the time.
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>>9285541
amazing post anon
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>>9279813
the 80s looked like the 70s except on TV.
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>>9281882
I grew up in the 90s and I still relate more to the bottom room. The late 80s and early 90s marketing was the room on top.
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>>9283779
Imagine how much product was accumulated by people by the time the 70's rolled around compared to life before the 40's. Records, magazines, books, film equipment, etc. All of that and no real cultural knowledge of how to store all these libraries of material leads to people just sort of keeping all there stuff around the house.
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>>9283779
They look great to me. I love 70s aesthetics.
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>>9286204
>All of that and no real cultural knowledge of how to store all these libraries of material
Lmfao you act like they were in the Stone Age and said this on a board filled with manchildren who hoard thousands of dollars worth of plastic entertainment in their “man cave”.
Cultural knowledge of how to store material? That doesn’t even fucking make sense. Some people are minimalist, some people aren’t, that’s how it fucking is you autistic idiot.
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>>9286446
low IQ post
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>>9286204
there's a pretty good reason it didn't happen before the 40s and it's not lack of wanting to
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>>9286450
no response cause u got btfo’d kek
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>>9281531
This nigga got buttslammed
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>>9278759
>>9278761
Before I was born, but all we really had back then was Atari jank and C64. Japan got all the good stuff like MSX and PC-98
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>>9278759
what system is he playing?
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>>9289484
It's a Magnavox Odyssey 2 with an overlay placed over the keyboard that tells you what the keys do and adds extra flavor.
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https://youtu.be/JUPoXqqWAeM
https://youtu.be/a6xzZL3BvgU
https://youtu.be/Yq0GjRUhX-8
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I don't know who Sam is but I want to play with those space Lego sets.
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>>9289504
I can smell this room but am at a loss to describe it. The smell of the plastic used in toys from that era is unlike anything else.
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>>9289513
It's probably the lack of fire retardant. If you touch a Lucky Strike to a Voltron it'll go up in flames like the Hindenburg.
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>>9281310
The popular “Mastering Pac-Man” book provided advice on this matter.
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>>9285518
>hook it up
>doesn't work because your TV can't tune to Japanese VHF low band
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>>9281917
Good post.
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>>9283779
Arsehole.
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>>9290452
It works on channel 96 but you'd have to know that or experiment quite a lot.
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>>9290642
For countries that have clones or don't have an official system release, I'd imagine they'd include whatever was needed(like chips for their pirate market) or tell the buyer about specifics, like a potential 220v difference. IIRC some countries stuck with Famicom, so if you managed to get a NES instead you'd be kind of fucked. Needless to say these countries had to import, but they probably had them in common stores fairly quickly, and unmodded and official games were also in stock.
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>>9290642
Did any cable boxes for channels 95-99 even exist in 1983?
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>>9291057
You'd need to get lucky and get a TV that could go up that high.
You might also be able to use an RF adapter from some other system.
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In 1983 you could *probably* take a Famicom to your local television repair shop and the techs there would enjoy tinkering with it and getting it to work on a US television.
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>>9291057
That wasn't even the actual cable box, that was just the remote. Seriously. It was on like 30 feet of cord. Before I learned about notch filters I'd pick one channel away and turn the tuner dial all the way back; free Skinemax, more or less.
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>>9291216
What does the notch filter have to do with this?
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>>9291271
Sorry, got lost on a tangent and a brainfart. Those cable boxes didn't go past 37 but later 80s "cable-ready" tvs did go up to 99, or beyond.
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>>9283779
It costs money to afford taste.
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>>9279257
1. I have never naturally sat like this let alone "all the time"
2. The kid was likely instructed to sit like that for the photo.
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>>9285563
Do you not vacuum daily?
I do it at least 4 times per day.
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>>9290413
Based. Gaijillionaire did a video on Uston, which was interesting to me as a Yoomer admiring you Gen Xers and older.
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>>9290413
This seems ridiculous and cave-man like. The time period is no excuse.

Other ways to do this.
1. A load of duct tape.
2. A small vice or clamp fixed to your old table.
3. Drill a small hole or two in the base of your controller and thread a carriage bolt through it and your table.

Epoxy? Come on, man.
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>>9291862
So your alternative to that "cave-man like" solution is to punch holes in your table and controller and slap some duct tape on it? OK grug.
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>>9292142
In some used table like the comment I was responding to suggested. But instead of pouring epoxy on your controller and making it impossible to remove without chiseling it out I gave a solution that would let you either remove the controller whenever you want (vise), need no special tools at all (duct tape), or allow you to have the cleanest look and feel (carriage bolts).
This should have all been obvious.

The guy in the book suggested "hammering pieces of wood into a square". basically hammering 2x4 pieces onto the top of the table with nails then putting your controller in the middle, filling the gaps with foam rubber or rags, and then pouring epoxy on it. While this will work, it also ruins your frickin' controller. Which wasn't cheap at the time.
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>>9291681
Uston was a legend.
>Ivy League Phi Beta Kappa business exec VP
>used knowledge to count cards and break the casinos, in the process morphing from businessman to the apotheosis of 70s gambling chad style
>became expert in video games, writing many books and playing every game there was for a living
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>>9291209
You can turn the RF coils in a Famicom to have it run on U.S. channel 6. Try it.
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>>9294452
I have no idea what RF coils are or if they even exist but I will take your word for it.
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>>9278824
Those two old folks are long dead by now.
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>>9291359
>2. The kid was likely instructed to sit like that for the photo.
???
On the knees is the easiest way to sit upright when playing games on the floor. Cross legged you tend to slouch forward over time.
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>>9294538
you will notice the kids watching are in other positions, but any kid with a controller gets onto their knees.
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>>9294548
Looks like my bedroom before my parents turned it into the "Computer Office" when I left home around 99
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>>9278759
Never played that shit so idk

Didn't own anything until Nintendo
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>>9294538
kids sit in all kinds of weird positions mate you probably dont remember it but having a 3 year old and 12 year old around these monsters will sit upside down, lay on the floor, straight up stand there instead of sitting, you name it they do it.
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>>9294750
The difference than and now is the short cables. Kids were 6 feet from the TV< almost always on the floor back then. As I said, when playing the game with a wired controller on the floor, most kids took to their knees to get the best posture and eye level to the tv.

Modern kids have no need to sit like this. They can lounge however they want while watching or playing a game.
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i still get a smirk when i remember a kid that was playing against me
kid raised his hands towards his face the moment he lost, had an expression of "ah damn" to "oh shit" when he ended up yanking the console with the cable and hitting nearby furniture glass
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>>9294750
You don’t a really try to use that picture to shit on composite do you? For a Tandy or Commodore at 640x200 doing terminal work…yes composite isn’t going to be ideal, but this is such a specific case to CGA cards.
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>>9278759
slouched in front of the TV, grabbing bites of your sandwich between waves of missile command.
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80s-07 is all just the same era, and 80s is just an extension of the 70s anyway
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>>9294548
I always had a chair to sit on. Don't get me wrong it is always nice to see kids get down on their knees.
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>>9278759
The best way for the game you were playing
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>>9294548
My sister's had the same daybed frame.
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>>9281338
Yeah, it's odd that no electronics manufacturer has leant into that aesthetic when designs like the Atari 2600's are so beloved that they manage to prop up otherwise unappealing projects like the 2021 VCS. Surely the niche is large enough to justify making, e.g., PC cases with actual wood panels or what have you.
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However your favorite YouTuber recommends
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>>9278759
Probably on an Intellivision.



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