A quest to conquer an ever growing backlog of games.

The Daily Backlog | Day 8

Mornings are Silly

Good morrow! It’s Patrick again, coming at you from way way too early in the morning. What I want to know is who came up with the idea that the business day should start so early. Actually, the more I think about it, it was probably the toddlers of the world. I mean, it took my wife and I almost 5 years to convince our toddler to sleep past 6AM. And even after that, he still gets up at 6:30 every day. I can’t complain though, mornings aren’t that bad, give me a cup o’ joe and 10 – 15 minutes to zonk out on the couch so I can drool all over myself and I’m good.

Atari A-Shmari

Another thing mornings are good for is thinking about the rabbit holes we’ve fallen into the night before. And did I ever fall into a deep one last night! During the past few days I’ve been thinking a whole bunch about the Atari 2600. Which is strange for me since I really don’t have too much nostalgia for the console. I have a few games for it that I’ve never played (all of them actually) and that’s where this all started.

You see, the primary reason I’ve not played any of my Atari 2600 games is that I have no good way to play them. Truth be told, I could emulate the games, but where’s the fun in that?! Anyways, my Atari 2600 sits upstairs in my game room with no controllers and a less than ideal RF Modulator for it’s video hookups. Which is in horrible shape and it would surprise me if it even worked, let alone working on a modern TV.

So, my journey into improved video signal mods for the Atari 2600 began. My first thought was to find an RF to composite or s-video converter, but I couldn’t imagine that would be to much of an improvement. But then I came across the ElectronicSentimentalities audio and video mod boards! For just about $50 and some soldering skills you can mod your Atari 2600 and replace its crappy RF out with s-video and composite video! It’s not terribly priced and it would be a fun little project, so I may have to pick myself up one one of these days. I know this much, it’ll definitely encourage me to finally play some of those Atari games that have been collecting dust all of these years. Now I just need to scrape up the cash money.

Fancy new ways to display your decrepit old consoles is all well and good, but you can’t do much without a controller that’s for sure So, my next task was to snoop around the internets like a pig digging for truffles. My obvious first choice was to find me some official replacement controllers, but after doing the whole ebay thing, it turns out they’re wildly expensive. That and I’ve heard that these controllers don’t really age well, with floppy joysticks and mushy action buttons. So instead I opted to try and find a good modern third party alternative. And for $15ish the Hyperkin “Trooper” seems like a pretty good option.

Honestly I don’t know if any of these controllers are good, especially compared to the original one, but for that price I’m willing to take the risk. It’s a worthwhile risk as well because then I can finally knock some of those Atari games off the backlog. Here I come INSERT CLASSIC ATARI GAME HERE!

Rinse and Repeat

The grind and perpetual farming continues in Monster Hunter: World, so not much to report on that front today. Progress does keep going forward though. The current mission has my wife and I seeking out tracks and other evidence of some mysterious new Rathian, so it may take some time to reach the next story beat. I think everytime I collect a new piece of evidence the gauge increases by approximately 0.01%. I get that Capcom put this bit in so you can gear up for what I’m assuming will be a challenging fight, but I can see this being a bit frustrating for those players who just want to mainline the game. Monstrous people those.

I’m excited though because the poll determining the next backlog category we’ll be tackling is up tomorrow! Then we can finally create the list of games we’ll be playing for the next month! I’m having a blast playing Monster Hunter, but it’ll be super fun to add a bit of variety to the mix. Stay tuned for that!

Eight Maids A-Backloggin’

Welp, that’s a wrap for today mon backloggers. Cataloging the collection moves at an upward trend, Monster Hunter defines the phrase “grind for loot” and retro consoles give me a run for my money. What more could I boy want??

Until the day that’s almost the day before the weekend, have a great next 24 or more hours!!


Currently Playing

Monster Hunter: World (Xbox One)

The Game Disc of Secrets

Total Backlogged Game: ~629. This number is going to change I can feel it!!

Total Completed Games: 1… does this guy even play games??


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