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FailSafe 7800 Homebrew Label Contest
January 19, 2010
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

FailSafe 7800 Homebrew Label ContestThe War Continues...

After the successful elimination of the terrorists and their missile silo complexes, we have heard through various sources that they have relocated, and have doubled their security! Once again you must invade enemy territory and prevent the missile launching aimed at Washington D.C. and stop the terrorists once and for all!

FailSafe is a new Atari 7800 homebrew game by Bob DeCrescenzo (aka, PacManPlus), who has a stellar track record in releasing a variety of high-quality arcade ports under his belt. FailSafe is an unofficial sequel to Atari's original game Countermeasure for the Atari 5200. AtariAge and Bob DeCrescenzo are sponsoring a contest to create original artwork for FailSafe. This label artwork will appear on all copies of FailSafe, which will be made available for purchase in cartridge form after the contest has run its course. This artwork will also be featured on the cover of the manual created for FailSafe.

Click here to learn more about the contest!

We've extended the contest a week--it now ends February 7th, 2010!

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Retrogaming Times Monthly - January 2010
January 16, 2010
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Retrogaming Times Monthly - January 2010The first Retrogaming Times Monthly of the new year is now online! Highlights from Issue #68 include:
  • What's On Tap? Rec.Games.Video.Classic Is!
  • {ress Play On Tape: Denial Collection 3
  • Apple II Incider - Thexder
  • Obscure Output: The Rainbow Goes Digital
  • Dual Perspective - Sonic The Hedgehog
  • Modern Retro - Vagrant Story
  • Old Wine in New Bottles: Pinball Edition
  • A Pixilated 21st Century!
  • Video Game Tattler
You can read these articles and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 148 months in a row! You can also browse the RTM archives to catch up on past issues.

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Atari Chips Reborn?
December 14, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Atari Chips Reborn?Curt Vendel of the Atari History Museum and Legacy Engineering has been hard at work reconstructing several proprietary Atari chips, including the GTIA (used in the Atari 8-bit computers and 5200), the MARIA (used in the Atari 7800), and the TIA (from the Atari 2600). There is great potential for creating new Atari machines in a variety of form factors, based on Curt's work. When asked about these new developments, Curt had the following to say:

"Many in the Atari community, myself included, have cobbled together one thing or another to keep our systems alive. A dream for everyone has always been the possibility of perhaps a new Atari 8-bit system. As many know, I have most of what was Atari's mainframe archives, among them are what are called "Tape Outs"--these are 9 track reel to reel tapes that in the 1980s and early 1990s would be sent from a chip design firm--such as Atari's "ASG" (Atari Semiconductor Group) to a place called a "FAB" which is a chip fabricator. The final layered data files are in a streaming binary format called "GDS" and this data instructs the FAB on how to process and create actual IC chips.

I've been spending a great deal of time as of late recovering the data from the tapes, having to massage them to process and create a viable GDS and/or DB file so that the actual chips could be plotted and tested with some software that I use. The effort has been successful for the most part and several of Atari's proprietary chips are coming back to life in simulation. Now we need to see if they can be recreated in a FAB at a reasonable cost. What is the potential of this? Doing the chips in smaller SMT packaging, and potentially bringing back to life some of the later CMOS designs of combo chips which could lead to a SoC - System on a Chip. This is all very early work, but the future just got a little brighter in terms of preserving and continuing the legacy of Atari's custom IC chips."


You can read all about Curt's hard work over in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum. In addition to technical discussion (which includes Curt Vendel), you'll find various high-resolution images of the reconstructed chips.

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Mean Santa - New 2600 Homebrew Game
December 11, 2009
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Mean Santa - New 2600 Homebrew GameMean Santa has arrived just in time for the holidays! Created by John K. Harvey (Propane13 in our forum) and released by the 2600 Connection, Mean Santa is a new Atari 2600 homebrew game that reveals Santa’s dark side. Instead of delivering presents he’s taking them away! Mean Santa is being sold in a serially numbered limited edition of 100 copies. It comes complete with labeled cart, plastic case and manual.

As of this writing there are only about 30 copies left, priced at $25 each. Ordering information can be found at 2600connection.atari.org, and you can discuss the game in our Atari 2600 Forum.

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Panic Atari 2600 Box Retro Art
December 10, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Panic Atari 2600 Box Retro ArtPanic, a longtime developer of popular Macintosh OS X applications, has unveiled a fun project they put together completely unrelated to their Mac development efforts. Apparently they are big Atari 2600 fans, as they commissioned artist Lukas Ketner to produce original artwork for four Atari 2600 Panic games, had Panic been around during that time. The resulting artwork mimics the style Atari used for many of their releases (examples here, here, and here). Not only did Panic commission this art, they have actually produced boxes based on this artwork and have made them available for purchase! To learn more about this wonderful Atari retro art, please visit the Panic Blog, which includes some backstory as to how these boxes came into existence. You can order these boxes, as well as posters adorned with the art, directly from the Panic Store. To discuss these creations please visit our Atari 2600 Forum.

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Atari Force Comics Collection in PDF
December 8, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Atari Force Comics Collection in PDFIf you grew up with the Atari 2600 as a kid, you're probably familiar with the Atari Force Comics that Atari included with some of their games (Defender, Berzerk, Star Raiders, Phoenix, and Galaxian). DC Comics would later create a second series of Atari Force comics, published monthly in a more conventional comic-book format. This second series takes place 25 years after the first and comprised 20 issues as well as a "Special" issue released in 1986. AtariAge user Thumpnugget has painstakingly gone through all 750+ pages of these Atari Force comics to build a complete PDF collection of all 21 issues, and he's made the entire collection freely available for everyone to enjoy. Each page was photoshoppped by hand and required unique handling to remove all the dirt and filth accumulated over the years.

You can download the entire Atari Force collection via BitTorrent, and you can learn more about this effort here. If you're an AtariAge Subscriber, you can download the entire 600MB file directly from AtariAge. If you've never read the original Atari Force comics that Atari included with their games, you can view those here.

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Christmas Retrogaming Times Monthly Online
December 7, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Christmas Retrogaming Times Monthly OnlineThe Christmas 2009 issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from Issue #67 include:
  • High Score Monthly! Profile
  • Christmas Memories From The Golden Era
  • 1982: The Best Christmas Ever
  • Fooling The Stores: A 1984 Guide To Videogame Return Policies
  • Apple II Incider - My Apple II Wishlist
  • Pitfall!: A Homebrewer's Journey
  • Looking Forward Into The Past
  • Please Save Christmas Santa!
  • Dual Perspective - Super Mario Brothers
  • All Eyes On Mega Man III
  • Modern Retro - Tekken 3
  • Old Wine in New Bottles: Taito Legends 1 & 2
  • A Pixilated 21st Century!
  • Video Game Tattler
You can read these articles and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 147 months in a row! You can also browse the RTM archives to catch up on past issues.

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Classic Video Game Magazine #3 Pre-Orders
November 29, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Classic Video Game Magazine #3 Pre-OrdersClassic Video Gamer Magazine (ClassicVGM) has announced they are now accepting pre-orders for Issue #3, due to be released in January. ClassicVGM is a full-color, professionally printed magazine about classic video games. The third issue covers Shield Shifter and StripOff by GDG, and Zaku by SuperFighterTeam (among others). We also have a fantastic article covering 30 years after Pac-Man; it is a retrospective on Arcade gaming. Column favorites like What’s on Tap will be returning as well. Pre-Orders for ClassicVGM #3 end on December 28th, 2009. You can view the full-size cover here and learn more about ClassicVGM by visiting their website at www.classicvgm.com.

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Stella 2600 Emulator 3.0 Released
November 17, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Stella 2600 Emulator 3.0 ReleasedThe multi-platform Atari 2600 emulator Stella has recently seen a significant upgrade to version 3.0. This latest version includes major improvements to emulation of the Atari 2600's TIA chip, allowing for more accurate emulation in many games. Several debugger improvements were added as well, making Stella an even more invaluable tool for Atari 2600 game developers. You can view the changelog and discuss this latest version of Stella in our Emulation Forum. To download this new version of Stella for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux, please visit the Stella home page.

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Retrogaming Times Monthly #66 - November 2009
November 10, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Retrogaming Times Monthly #66 - November 2009The November 2009 issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from the Issue #66 include:
  • Press Fire To Begin
  • Retrogaming News
  • High Resolution - NES
  • My Life Of Cyber Crime
  • All Eyes On Wolverine: Adamantium Rage
  • Apple II Incider - Lode Runner
  • Vectrexenstein - Mine Storm
  • Dual Perspective - The Legend Of Zelda
  • Modern Retro - Speed Freaks
  • Video Game Tattler
  • Gaming Advertisements
  • Game Over
You can read these articles and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 146 months in a row! We missed posting news about last month's issue (October 2009), so be sure to check it out if you haven't already. You can also browse their archives to catch up on past issues.

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Houston Arcade Expo - November 6th/7th
November 4, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Houston Arcade Expo - November 6th/7th The Houston Area Arcade Group (HAAG) is holding their annual arcade expo on November 6th and 7th at the Crowne Plaza Houston Reliant Park hotel. Admission is $25 for a weekend pass or $15 for a single day, which gets you access to over 150 arcade games and pinball machines all set to free play! You can also participate in arcade and pinball tournaments, win door prizes, try your luck at a game raffle, and partake in the full bar. There aren't many opportunities to enjoy large collections of classic arcade games, so if you are in the Houston area (or can get there!), you should be at this expo!

AtariAge will be at the show, and we'll have a slew of classic gaming systems setup for play! For more information, please visit ArcadeCenter.com.

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AtariAge to Attend Portland Retro Gaming Expo
September 10, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

AtariAge to Attend Portland Retro Gaming ExpoAtariAge will be attending the Portland Retro Gaming Expo taking place on Sunday, September 20th in Portland, Oregon. We will be introducing several new homebrew games for the Atari 2600 (including Juno First and Dungeon), and we'll have some surprises in store for attendees as well! If you're in the area and into classic gaming, you won't want to miss this event! Please be sure to stop by our booth and say hello if you're there! If you're not able to attend the show, information on how to pre-order these new games and have them shipped to you after the show is available here. We look forward to seeing many AtariAge visitors at the show!

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Retrogaming Times Monthly - September 2009
September 10, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Retrogaming Times Monthly - September 2009A new issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from the September 2009 issue (#64) include:
  • Movies with a Byte: "Joystick"
  • The Legend Of Trash Truck
  • All Eyes On Power Rangers: The Movie
  • RTM Idiocy: The Pot Of Lead At The End Of The Rainbow
  • Apple II Incider - Spy Hunter
  • Modern Retro - Worms
  • Videological Dig - The Ratings War
  • Laughing Pixels
  • Gaming Advertisements
You can read these articles and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 144 months in a row! You can also browse their archives to catch up on past issues.

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Atarimax USB Cartridge Programmer and Maxflash Studio Software
September 8, 2009
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Atarimax USB Cartridge Programmer and Maxflash Studio SoftwareSteven Tucker of AtariMax has released a new USB cartridge programmer and Maxflash Studio Software for easy creation of menu-based Atari 8-bit multi-carts. The new USB Cartridge Programmer allows you program your multi-cart creations to a real cartridge in just seconds. No more messing with in-system programming via SIO2PC, just plug, program and go! The Maxflash Studio Software includes a built-in recognition database of over 1200 of the most popular games, letting you drag and drop nearly any game program file into your cartridge workbook and have it work the first time, every time, without fussing with advanced configuration settings. You can learn more about these new AtariMax products at AtariMax.com and follow the discussion over in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.

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Vintage Computer Festival East: September 12-13
September 7, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Vintage Computer Festival East: September 12-13The Vintage Computer Festival East returns on September 12-13 at the InfoAge Science Center in Wall, New Jersey. This year's special events include an 8-bit music concert, a by-the-pound book sale, a build-your-own PockeTerm workshop, and the BASIC Programming Challenge. The keynote speaker is Ted Hurewitz who worked on RCA computers in the 1950s. Creative Computing magazine's founder David Ahl will also be speaking on Sunday. Curt Vendel of the Atari History Museum will be giving a 30 year tribute to the Atari 800. You can view videos of last year's Vintage Computer Festival on YouTube. For complete details including speaker schedule, exhibit roster and special event information, please visit the Vintage Computer Festival East web site.

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Help Save The Arcades!
August 13, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Help Save The Arcades!Stride Gum has created a website, Save the Arcades, where visitors will help choose which of four arcades will be awarded a $25,000 reward to help them stay in business. To vote for your favorite arcade, you must play the Flash-based game Zapataur and then donate your points to the arcade of your choice. The arcade with the most points at the end of the promotion will win $25,000. One of the arcades in this competition, Game Galaxy Arcade, is run by longtime AtariAge member DreamTR, who'd very much like you to donate points for his arcade! The arcades in the running to win $25,000 are:Please visit Save the Arcades to play Zapataur and donate your points to one of the above arcades! Please be aware that you must first register and sign in before playing if you want to donate points.

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Atari800MacX and Sio2OSX Updates
August 10, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Atari800MacX and Sio2OSX UpdatesNew versions of Atari800MacX and Sio2OSX have been released. Atari800MacX is a native Mac OS X port of the popular Atari800 emulator, which forms the basis for many 8-bit emulators on various platforms. Sio2OSX is a peripheral emulator for the Atari 8-bit computers that allows the Atari computer to use an OSX based Macintosh as a disk drive, a cassette drive, and a printer. Atari800MacX 4.0.1 now supports VAPI and PRO images, Copy and Paste from the emulator, Configuration files, a new Hard Disk emulation scheme, as well as other enhancements and bug fixes. Sio2OSX version 2.1.1 adds preliminary VAPI and PRO image support.

Please visit the AtariMac home page for complete details about what's new and to download the latest versions (source code is also available). You can discuss Atari800MacX with the developer and other AtariAge users in our Emulation Forum, and Sio2OSX in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.

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Classic Video Gamer Magazine #2
August 7, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Classic Video Gamer Magazine #2Pre-orders are open for Classic Video Gamer Magazine (ClassicVGM) Issue #2. ClassicVGM is a full-color, professionally printed magazine about classic video games. ClassicVGM and Stone Age Gamer are working together to offer gamers a discount on Hyperkin's new portable, the GenMobile, when they pre-order the system from Stone Age Gamer. Features in the September issue of ClassicVGM include:
  • Cover Feature: Beggar Prince for Sega Genesis
  • Remembering the Sega Dreamcast -- 10 Years of Dreams
  • First Look: Hyperkin's Gen Mobile, The Genesis Portable
  • Hardware Reviews: Mattel Hyperscan & Retro Duo
  • Developer Interviews
  • Reviews: Ninja Spirits (TG-16), Blackthorne (32X), Mad Bodies (Jaguar), etc.
  • Returning Columns: What’s on Tap, etc.
You can learn more about ClassicVGM by visiting their website at www.classicvgm.com.

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Retrogaming Times Monthly - August 2009
August 5, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Retrogaming Times Monthly - August 2009A new issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. The August 2009 issue (#63) is another jam-packed retrogaming newsletter with the following features:
  • Show Report: California Extreme 2009
  • High Score Monthly Profile
  • All Eyes On Blaster Master 2
  • RTM Idiocy: Blissful Ignorance And Dangerous Knowledge (Act 3)
  • Apple II Incider - Marble Madness
  • The Thrill Of Defeat: The Ugly Duckling
  • Modern Retro - Bionic Commando: Rearmed
  • Old Wine In New Bottles: Capcom Classic Collection Volume 2
  • Videological Dig - The Vid Kid
  • Laughing Pixels
  • Gaming Advertisements
You can read these articles and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 143 months in a row! You can also browse their archives to catch up on past issues.

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RetroGaming RoundUp Podcast #6
July 28, 2009
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RetroGaming RoundUp Podcast #6The July episode of the RetroGaming RoundUp Podcast is now online for your listening pleasure. The RetroGaming RoundUp is a relatively new gaming podcast that focuses on classic gaming news, views, and opinions from around the world. This month's podcast runs over five hours, and some of the highlights include:
  • Your own Jukebox Part 1
  • HWFB (Pinball Mods)
  • Review of Moonwalker
  • Interview From Funspot
  • The British Hour
  • Top Ten Sports Games
  • It Came From MAME
  • We Gamin'
  • Tech Questions
  • Asteroids Read Along
You can download the current podcast here and listen to past episodes here.

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