Atari 2600 on ds106tv: Video Pinball, Space Invaders, and Jungle Hunt

I’ve been playing around on ds106.tv for a couple of weeks now, and I wanted to be sure to archive some of those shenanigans on the bava. My earlier attempt to figure out Streamlabs OBS (before switching to OBS) featured Tommaso playing Geometry Dash with mixed success to say the least.* One of the problems was that Streamlabs OBS was a resource hog, the other was an issue trying to capture Geometry Dash in a window on my Mac. The frame rate was terrible; turns out window-based video capture is pretty awful. You’re much better off capturing a full display than a window, so this video was my second experimentation with a few Atari 2600 games (my first test was with Adventure, but don’t think I got a recording of that one).

As a bit of context, for these videos I was using the Elgato Video Capture card for RCA and S-video inputs to pull a capture of an Atari Flashback 7 (which has an RCA video and one-channel mono audio output). I used the occasion to play some old gold Atari 2600 games, specifically: Video Pinball, a childhood favorite; Space Invaders, which was one of the first 3 or 4 games I got during that fateful Christmas of 1981; and Jungle Hunt, another arcade favorite come to life in the living room. Turns out the Space Invaders on the Atari Flashback 7 was not the original Atari 2600 Space Invaders cartridge, which threw me for a bit of a loop in the video 🙂 Needless to say, the playing Atari 2600 games on ds106tv would not end here.

Nota bene: By the look of the button-up shirt, this video was recorded on Easter Sunday during lockdown, so there’s that for added context as well 🙂


*Some of these videos were actually archived on the video server, so I caught a couple with the new random video feature on ds106.tv, which is awesome

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