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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Tron: Legacy HD Trailer and Details Emerge
July 28, 2009
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Tron: Legacy HD Trailer and Details EmergeAt last weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, more information was revealed about the upcoming sequel to the 1982 film Tron. The new film, titled Tron: Legacy, is set to be released in 2010. Tron: Legacy will feature Jeff Bridges reprising his role as Kevin Flynn and will be presented in Disney Digital 3-D and IMAX 3D. A high-resolution teaser trailer (previously shown at last year's Comic-Con but never released) is now available--make sure to click the "HD" icon to view a higher-resolution version of the trailer. For the best quality, you can download the trailer directly here. As if the teaser trailer wasn't enough, a recreation of Flynn's Arcade was created for the event, complete with a playable Space Paranoids arcade game seen in the original movie. Even better, a hidden room in Flynn's Arcade contained a full-size model of the new light cycle to be seen in the film. You can view a gallery of pictures from Flynn's Arcade here.

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Atari 1200XL vs. Dell Inspiron 1525
July 22, 2009
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Atari 1200XL vs. Dell Inspiron 1525Bill Kendrick of New Breed Software has put together a page comparing the Atari 1200XL (released in 1982) to a modern day Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. While obviously such a comparison is tongue-in-cheek, it's still interesting to see the physical and internal comparisons, complete with a variety of pictures. A specifications chart is also included, and you'll note that the 1200XL has some features the Dell is missing (such as NTSC output, a cartridge port, and two joystick ports). Some basic peripherals (such as mice and drawing tablets) are also compared for completeness' sake. You can view the full comparison here and discuss it with other Atari 8-bit computer fans in our Atari 8-bit forum.

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2600 Mega Man Demo and Source Code Released
July 14, 2009
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2600 Mega Man Demo and Source Code ReleasedTwo years ago, a Mega Man 2600 demo was commissioned by the organizers of the "I Am 8-bit" art gallery, held in Los Angeles on May 12th, 2007. Several Atari 2600 homebrew developers (Jon M. Gibson, David Galloway, Tommy Montgomery, Fred Quimby, Chris Walton, and Bob Montgomery) developed the demo on a tight deadline using assembly code and batari Basic. The result was an impressive Mega Man demo featuring four stages and a boss battle at the end. This demo has now been released so you can try it in your favorite Atari 2600 emulator. David Galloway has also started a Making of Mega Man 2600 thread in our batari Basic programming forum if you'd like additional insight as to how this demo was created (including the complete source code). Before you ask, there are no plans on making a complete Mega Man 2600 game at this time.

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Huge 7800 Source Code Release
July 10, 2009
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Huge 7800 Source Code ReleaseThanks go out to Curt Vendel of the Atari Museum, who has posted the source code to several Atari 7800 games. These games were rescued by Curt from Atari ST format diskettes that were thrown out behind 1196 Borregas Avenue (Atari's corporate headquarters at the time) when Atari closed up in 1996. You can browse the source code that's been posted over on the 7800 Games and Development page on AtariMuseum.com. There have been many great 7800 homebrew releases in the past few years, and having source code of this nature will only further help homebrew efforts along. For more information about the 7800, there is a wealth of great information about the system (technical and otherwise) at the Atari Museum's in-depth Atari 7800 Pro System section.

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Retrogaming Times Monthly Issue #62
July 10, 2009
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Retrogaming Times Monthly Issue #62A new issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. This is another huge issue, possibly the largest edition of Retrogaming Times Monthly yet. The July 2009 issue (#62) features:
  • Moonwalking Into Heaven
  • Movie's With A Byte: The Wizard
  • Lunch With Tim McVey
  • RTM IShow Report: Funspot XI
  • On Parallel Universe Theory And The Art Of Cornering
  • RTM Idiocy: Blissful Ignorance And Dangerous Knowledge (Act 2)
  • NES'cade - Gun.Smoke
  • Apple II Incider - California Games
  • Squaring Off: Demon Attack
  • Atari Playfield - Michtron
  • The Thrill Of Defeat: Hurting The Ones We Love & Making Up For It
  • A Next-Gen Blast From The Past
  • Old Wine In New Bottles: Capcom Classic Collection Volume 1
  • Videological Dig - Moonwalker
  • Video Game Confessions - Jungle Hunt (Comic)
You can read these articles and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 142 months in a row! You can also browse their archives to catch up on past issues.

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Last Issue of 2600 Connection - #100
July 8, 2009
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Last Issue of 2600 Connection - #100Issue #100 of the 2600 Connection is now available. This special color edition is also the final issue of a periodical that was first published almost 20 years ago. Articles in the July/August issue include:
  • Farewell from the editor
  • An interview with programmer Larry Martin
  • Prehistoric Times – game review
  • Solution to Actionauts
  • Solution to The Last Ninja
  • Status of Mean Santa – new game for the 2600
  • 100th Issue Prize Drawing - results
  • Letters
  • News & Notes
  • Classified Ads
The 2600 Connection is a printed newsletter published bimonthly. To learn how to purchase this issue or buy back issues, please visit the 2600 Connection website.

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Universal to Produce 'Asteroids' Movie
July 8, 2009
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Universal to Produce 'Asteroids' MovieThe Hollywood Reporter recently reported that Universal Pictures has won the four-studio bidding war to produce a movie based on the classic Atari arcade game Asteroids. The script will be written by Matthew Lopez (Race to Witch Mountain) and the film is to be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra). The Asteroid arcade game was a big hit for Atari, and versions of the game (official and otherwise) found their way to just about every classic video game console and computer. Wired.com managed to get their hands on a rough draft of the screenplay, if you don't mind a few spoilers. No word yet if the movie will be filmed in black and white vector graphics.

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Good Deal Games - Homebrew Heaven
July 6, 2009
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Good Deal Games - Homebrew HeavenOur friends at Good Deal Games have recently relaunched their online store, giving it a new emphasis on homebrew games. Their "Homebrew Heaven" specialized store deals mostly with homebrew releases for a wide variety of classic gaming systems, stocking over 200 unique homebrew projects from authors around the world. Good Deal Games is also now stocking AtariAge homebrew titles, as well as a plethora of reproduction titles for the 2600, 5200 and 7800. If you enjoy playing original homebrew games for classic gaming systems, then you'll want to check out Homebrew Heaven!

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Stella 2.8 Released
June 11, 2009
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Stella 2.8 ReleasedThe multi-platform Atari 2600 emulator Stella has just been updated to version 2.8. This new release contains some significant new features, including:
  • Added CRT simulation effects as described in the AtariAge posting CRT emulation for Stella.
  • Adding editing of extended RAM in the debugger RAM UI.
  • All ROMs which include SC extended RAM will now have memory erased if you attempt to read from the write port.
  • Patching of ROM for bankswitch types 0840, SB, UA and X07 is now implemented, but hasn't been extensively tested.
  • Visual improvements to the CPU register UI in the debugger.
  • Tweaked paddle control so that all positions are reachable in game 4 of Activision Casino in both NTSC and PAL versions.
  • SuperCharger/AR ROMs now start with a random value in the CPU accumulator.
  • Auto-detection for '3F' bankswitching improved; several ROMs previously detected as 'F8' now work correctly.
The above is not an exhaustive list by any means--please see this thread in our Emulation Forum for complete details. 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 #61
June 11, 2009
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Retrogaming Times Monthly #61A new issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly is now available for your viewing. June's issue (#61) brings even more new authors, making this issue perhaps the largest ever. Features in this month's Retrogaming Times Monthly include:
  • Laughing Pixels (Tom Zjaba's VG comics)
  • High Score Monthly (NEW)
  • Lunch with Paul Zimmerman
  • RTM Idiocy - Blissful Ignorance and Dangerous Knowlege
  • Apple ][ Incider - Computer Baseball (revisited)
  • The Thrill Of Defeat - ZX81 Games that Mostly Rock
  • Videological Dig - The Doom phenomenon
  • NES'Cade - Arkanoid
  • CCAG 2009 Show Report - from Cleveland Ohio
  • Who Am I - Name the classic programmer
  • How Phantasy Star II Taught Me to Spell
  • How I discovered THE SECRET of Missile Command
One notable aspect of this month's issue is the "High Score Monthly!" contest. This feature will become a regular entry where Retrogaming Times Monthly will offer either free admission to an upcoming classic gaming event or a free homebrew cartridge from the AtariAge Store! This month's prize is free admission to the upcoming Video Game Summit.

You can read these articles and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 141 months in a row! You can also browse their archives to catch up on past issues.One notable aspect of this month's issue is the "High Score Monthly!" contest. This feature will become a regular entry where Retrogaming Times Monthly will offer either free admission to an upcoming classic gaming event or a free homebrew cartridge from the AtariAge Store! This month's prize is free admission to the upcoming Video Game Summit.

You can read these articles and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 141 months in a row! You can also browse their archives to catch up on past issues.

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Atari SAP Music Archive 3.3 Released
June 5, 2009
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Atari SAP Music Archive 3.3 ReleasedIt's been 21 months since the last release, but the Atari SAP Music Archive (ASMA) is finally back with a new update, containing 308 new tunes. The archive now consists of 2843 songs, totaling 4 days, 22 hours, 10 minutes and 54.5 seconds of playing time. The Atari SAP Music Archive contains the best tunes from Atari 8-bit computers in a format that can be reproduced perfectly by various SAP players. You can get the latest collection of music (Version 3.3) as well as players for a variety of platforms at the Atari SAP Music Archive.

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Classic Video Gamer Magazine Premier Issue
May 26, 2009
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Classic Video Gamer Magazine Premier IssueA new classic video game magazine has arrived on the scene, Classic Video Gamer Magazine (Classic VGM). ClassicVGM covers all retro console systems, from the Atari 2600 to the Sega Dreamcast (and everything in between). The first issue contains great content regarding batari Basic, a report on the Midwest Gaming Classic, The Playstation Underground, various reviews of classic games, and other game related topics we all love to discuss. AtariAge user triverse has posted a review of Classic Video Gamer Magazine's first issue. You can learn more about ClassicVGM by visiting their website at www.classicvgm.com, where you can purchase a digital copy of the first issue for $1.95, or pre-order the full-color, printed release of the magazine coming soon! A PDF sample of the cover and several interior pages is also available at the ClassicVGM site.

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Video Game Trader AtariAge Discount
May 14, 2009
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Video Game Trader AtariAge DiscountVideo Game Trader Magazine has put together a special deal for AtariAge visitors! Through May 31st, you can subscribe to Video Game Trader, beginning with Issue #13, for only $9.99 a year (for US customers--international subscriptions are also discounted). That’s only $1.66 per issue, and represents a $15 savings over the normal subscription price. As a special bonus, not only will you get the $9.99 price for the first year, but for as long as your keep renewing your subscription, it will continue to cost you only $9.99 (versus the normal $19.99 renewal price). You can only get this special subscription deal by following this link for AtariAge visitors. Again, this deal is only good through the end of May!

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