Just home from JagFest 2K1!
By Kevin Mosley
Well, Jagfest 2K1 far exceeded my expectations. A Great BIG thanks
to Dan and all the others who did so much to make this year's
fest a great success. In my opinion it definitely lived up to
being the best yet.
There were a lot of great things to see and
some cool protos to play, (Brett Hull Hockey, Slam Racers, Total
Carnage, Protector SE, and others), but I'd have to say that my
favorite part of all was meeting all the really great people.
It was really nice to put a face with the names I've seen around
online. That was truly an honor. I'll never forget Micah... everything
just seemed to have such an unlucky twist for him that it was
almost comical. ; ) But, only because he took it so well. Of course,
meeting the man who has given the Jag new life most recently,
Carl Forhan, was a pleasure. Thanks to all the rest of you who
attended... Eric Armstrong, Randy Femrite and his wife, Ted Rusniak,
Fard Muhammad, Clay Halliwell, Clint Thompson, Chad Tindle, Jason
Data, Terrance Williams, Dan@AVC, Max and the Goat crew, Dan and
Gary... and everyone else who I can't think of right now. Everyone
was so nice. Obviously, the Atari community could not be so great
without such great people in the community.
There were many items of interest. I could hardly
believe my eyes when I saw a working Jaguar VR there. Unfortunately,
by the time I played it, the tracking was terrible, making it
very hard to control. I guess so many people handling it and putting
their fingerprints all over it caused its performance to drop.
There was a Library of systems from Pong and Odyssey, to Amiga,
Mac, and todays newest systems. That was a really cool trip down
memory lane. I had never gotten to play a Vectrex before, or even
seen one in operation.
The Nuon was pretty cool, but I wasn't overly impressed with IS3,
(there weren't many improvements from the Playstation version),
and I still like Tempest 2K better than 3K.... (oops, did I say
that? Just don't tell Jeff) : O
Micah Rowe had Brett Hull Hockey and a really cool collection
of Atari Jaguar and Lynx reviews, articles, and ads from different
publications over the years (including the ads and reviews for
the newest games released by Songbird).
Speaking of Songbird, Carl Forhan kept stirring up excitement
by announcing a different prototype for display every little bit.
It was great to be a part of the 10 linked Battlespheres. The
Jaguar I was seated at failed to connect over, and over, and over,
showing me a mocking, stuck out tongue a few more times than I
cared to see. After checking all the connections, switching Jaguars,
Catboxes, and Battlesphere cartridges, it seemed I was the only
variable remaining. Finally, it was discovered that the wrong
kind of cable was used on mine, and I was relieved to know that
my Jaguar didn't have a personality that I had ticked off.
Lastly, I had a few things for display that I was very pleased
to see a few people taking interest in, (mainly Phaze Zero and
AVP for the Lynx). I had really hoped to contribute something
to the fest this year and I feel like I accomplished a little
of that regardless of how small.
As for my trip, I spent a total of 53 and 1/2
hours without sleep. This made for many of you at the fest receiving
some blank, "no one's home" stares from me throughout
the day. This has been a vacation that has really worn me out.
I started by driving from Dallas, TX to Chatanooga, TN, then Lexington,
KY to visit my parents. From there, I went to Eastern KY to visit
more family and back. Then it was time to make the 8 1/2 hour
drive from KY to Milwaukee. By the time I arrived at Jagfest I
was out of it... totally hopped up on "yellow jacket"
pills. A special thanks to Carl Forhan and Max for helping me
unpack and pack. That was a major help. It wasn't until about
10:00 pm that I started feeling somewhat normal again. I apologize
if I seemed like a zombie throughout parts of the day. ; )
Tuesday night, I drive back to TX where I'll immediately go to
work when I arrive Wednesday evening. It's been a demanding vacation,
but it was worth it. I would do it all over again.
Until next time........