A few weeks ago I manged to hurt my right arm (while cleaning the 2600 Jr I bought…), and it’s been very slowly recovering, at least I think it is, hard to be sure some days. The pain has been keeping me from play games on my Atari just because of the stress on the muscles moving the joystick, yes it’s that bad. So I decided to go hunting paddle based game cartridges.
I had seen an ad for a store out of town about half an hour drive that said they had Atari, and other games. I tried contacting them for details, but the never answered the email, which was the only contact method in the ad other then the address. Not a very good way to do business.. But last saturday I decided to give it a go.
It was bit rainy, but that doesn’t bother me, however on the drive there I did see a suv on it’s roof in the ditch and cops all over.
So I found the store with no problem, and there was in fact some Atari stuff there, but mostly it was other older console stuff. So I when though the single box of Atari games they had and found a couple paddle games on my want list, and six others that were joystick games but worth getting to play later. I left a few games behind that I would have liked to have bought, but they were in such poor condition I figured I could wait until I find better cartridges.
I also spotted a Slik Stik joystick among the handful of controllers they had and got it also. I figured I may has well make the trip worth while and worth the gas I used getting there.
I cleaned them all up on sunday, some of the cartridges were worse then others, but all worked. So overall, I count the trip a success. But I have no plans on making the trip again.
Eight games, one joystick, and most importantly, got home safely. Only two were for paddles, but now I have some games I can manage with my sort arm 🙂 My best score in Astroblast so far is 330, probably not earth shattering, but it got me going again 🙂