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Stella 2.7.5 Released
April 1, 2009
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Stella 2.7.5 ReleasedVersion 2.7.5 of the 2600 emulator Stella is now available for downloading. This version includes a fix for the infamous "red screen" issue when using ATI video cards in OpenGL mode in Windows. Several other bugs and improvements have been made as well. Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 emulator that sees frequent updates and its developers solicit feedback through our forums. Please visit the Stella home page to download the latest version for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. To view details about the improvements in this version of Stella, as well as to discuss Stella and provide feedback, please visit our Emulation Forum.

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Retrogaming Times Monthly #58
April 1, 2009
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Retrogaming Times Monthly #58A new issue of the Retrogaming Times Monthly is available, which brings along a new format and redesigned website. You can find the following articles in the March 2009 (#58) issue:
  • Falling Arcade Prices
  • RTM Idiocy - Part 3
  • Apple ][ Incider - Wheel of Fortune
  • The Thrill Of Defeat - Games for the 2K Timex Sinclair 1000
  • Old Wine New Bottles - The Activision Anthology
  • National Center for the History of Electronic Games
  • Videological Dig - Christmas 1975
You can find all these and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 138 months in a row!

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2600 Connection March/April 2009
March 30, 2009
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2600 Connection March/April 2009The March/April 2009 issue of 2600 Connection newsletter is now available. Features in this latest issue (#98) include:
  • Eurocon 2008 – Show Report
  • 100th Issue Prize Drawing
  • Pac-Man Patterns – Strategy
  • Just Like The Real Arcade Game – Pole Position, Pac-Man - Reviews
  • Racing The Beam: The Atari VCS – Book Review
  • Rare Ware – Magicard – Review
  • Dodge ‘Em Patterns - Strategy
  • Letters
  • News & Notes
  • Classified Ads
The 2600 Connection is a printed newsletter published bimonthly. To learn how to purchase this issue or buy a subscription, please visit the 2600 Connection website.

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Pongmuseum.com Launches
January 31, 2009
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Pongmuseum.com LaunchesA new online museum dedicated to the video tennis games known as "Pong", is now officially open. The website, Pongmuseum.com, has opened in time to commemorate the 40th anniversary of video pong and the birthday of the Magnavox Odyssey (the world's first video game console) 37 years ago.

"In 1966, Ralph H. Baer came up with the concept of a "television gaming apparatus." This device included both a chase game and a video tennis game, and could be attached to a normal television set. There were about 40 million TV sets in the US homes alone in 1966, to say nothing of many more millions of TV sets in the rest of the world. They were literally begging to be used for something other than watching commercial television broadcasts!"

Pongmuseum.com features comprehensive images of featured Pong systems, information about various home Pong units, Pong history, and more. They are also looking for your help to build up their database of imagery and information regarding Pong systems. If you have anything you can contribute, they'd love to hear from you!

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2600 Zoo Keeper Animation Video Uncovered
January 27, 2009
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2600 Zoo Keeper Animation Video UncoveredZoo Keeper is one of those mythical Atari 2600 games that is suspected to exist somewhere, but to date has not been discovered. Back in 2005, the audio for Zoo Keeper was painstakingly reassembled from source code. Now, thanks to the efforts of Ken Van Mersbergen, a character animation video from the 2600 version of Zoo Keeper has been discovered. You can watch the video on YouTube or download a higher quality (21MB) version of the video that we've hosted here on AtariAge. The video was taken from an original video tape that was recorded off of an Atari 800 using the ANIMAT program the animators at Atari used at that time. You can discuss this latest Zookeeper discovery in our Atari 2600 Forum.

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Stella 2.7.2 Released
January 27, 2009
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Stella 2.7.2 ReleasedHot on the heels of Stella 2.7 comes the release of 2.7.2, which fixes a few bugs that slipped through the cracks in 2.7. Also included are some additional changes based on user feedback. Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 emulator that sees frequent updates and its developers solicit feedback through our forums. Please visit the Stella home page to download the latest version for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. To view the details about what changed between 2.7 and release 2.7.1, please view this thread. To discuss 2.7.2 (which fixed one important bug present in 2.7.1), please visit our Emulation Forum.

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Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System
January 24, 2009
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Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer SystemA new book about the Atari 2600, Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System, written by Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost, has just been published. Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System is a detailed and accessible study of this influential videogame console from both computational and cultural perspectives.

The book examines the relationship between the unusual hardware design of the Atari VCS, the games that were created for it, and how those games influenced later titles and genres. The authors discuss the Atari VCS itself and six telling cartridges for the system: Combat, Adventure, Pac-Man, Yars' Revenge, Pitfall!, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. They delve into the technical specifics of the system, tracking developments in programming, gameplay, interface, and aesthetics.

You can read more about the book and purchase it over at Amazon.com.

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Atari Touch Tablet Retro-Unboxing
January 24, 2009
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Atari Touch Tablet Retro-UnboxingLong before there were Wacom tablets and Adobe Photoshop, Atari produced the CX77 Touch Tablet for their line of Atari 8-bit computers. Technologizer.com obtained an unopened, new-in-the-box Atari Touch Tablet and decided to unbox the tablet and document the process. Atari's cartridge-based AtariArtist software was included with the Touch Tablet, and the article's author goes as far as to hook the tablet up to a 130XE to put it through its paces. Posting pictures of an "unboxing" has become a popular internet activity for some, and not something we see very often for Atari peripherals that were released 25 years ago. You can view the complete slideshow here.

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Classic Video Gamer Magazine Seeks Input
January 21, 2009
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Classic Video Gamer Magazine Seeks InputClassic Video Gamer Magazine is looking for your feedback! They are undecided about the format to use for their upcoming premier issue and are looking towards the community for the answer. Classic Video Gamer Magazine is considering offering the first couple issues as free digital downloads and then moving to print if interest is there, but this depends on the answers they receive from AtariAge members. It's possible they may just forgo the digital format and go straight to print, but again this depends on the responses received. Please visit the Gaming Publications and Websites forum to participate in their poll and to participate in the conversation.

Classic Video Gamer is also looking for individuals interested in contributing content to the magazine. This includes a Homebrew Columnist, Historian Columnist, Interviewers, and Gamer Reviewers. If you're interested, you can contact STGuy1040 directly.

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Stella Version 2.7 Released
January 19, 2009
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Stella Version 2.7 ReleasedThe multi-platform Atari 2600 emulator Stella has just been updated to version 2.7. The primary new features of this release are a new UI and substantially upgraded ROM launcher. Also included is an updated manual that describes features that have been present in Stella for some time, but never properly documented. Visit the Stella home page to download the latest version for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. To view all the details about what's been changed in this latest version, please visit our Emulation Forum.

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Retrogaming Times Monthly #56
January 15, 2009
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Retrogaming Times Monthly #56Issue #56 of the Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from the January 2009 issue include:
  • Classic Computer Idiocy - CoCo & TRS - 80 Fun
  • Apple ][ Incider - Donkey Kong & Pac Man
  • Old Wine New Bottles - Sonic Mega Collection Plus
  • The Thrill of Defeat - Catching the 1k Bug
You can find all these and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 136 months in a row! As always, you can browse through all the back issues of Retrogaming Times Monthly via their archives to get up to date.

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2600 Connection Issue #97
January 15, 2009
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2600 Connection Issue #97The January/February 2009 issue of 2600 Connection newsletter is now available. Features in this latest issue (#97) include:
  • 2600 Game Copiers
  • Special Game Announcement: Mean Santa
  • More on Androman
  • Just Like The Real Arcade Game – Dig Dug, Galaxian
  • Spotlight on Homebrews – I Project
  • Dukes Of Hazzard – Prototype Review
  • Letters from Readers
  • News & Notes
  • Classified Ads
The 2600 Connection is a printed newsletter published bimonthly. To learn how to purchase this issue or buy a subscription, please visit the 2600 Connection website.

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Giant Atari Joystick Lamp
January 13, 2009
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Giant Atari Joystick LampInstructables member seamster has built a Giant Atari Joystick Lamp from scratch as his entry into a $20,000 contest being held on the site. The lamp base is modeled after a classic Atari 2600 CX-40 joystick and the lampshade is adorned with box artwork from a variety of 2600 games. The joystick fire button is used to turn the lamp on and off and the power cord exits the joystick where you'd expect. After looking at the pictures, you'll see that the attention to detail is remarkable and that the lamp very much resembles an original CX-40 stick scaled up in size. You can view the complete step-by-step process of how the lamp was created here.

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UltraSatan Announced for Atari ST
January 11, 2009
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UltraSatan Announced for Atari STUltraSatan is a hard disk replacement for the Atari ST (and other Atari computers with an ACSI port) that uses SD and/or MMC cards for storage. The UltraSatan includes several improvements over the original SatanDisk project. This new device will be much faster than the original (almost to the limit of ACSI) and is 100% compatible with other ACSI devices. The UltraSatan has two slots for use with SD/SDHC/MMC disks (up to 8GB, acting as two distinct hard drives. As with the original, the UltraSatan will be open source, so if you don't want to buy a ready made device you can always build your own. You can learn more by visiting Jookie's UltraSatan development page and you can pre-order one here.

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Interview with Curt Vendel at RetroBlast!
January 7, 2009
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Interview with Curt Vendel at RetroBlast!RetroBlast! has posted an interview with Curt Vendel of the Legacy Engineering Group regarding his development of the Classic USB Joystick Controller. The USB Joystick Controller is styled after the Atari CX-40 joystick and can be used with your favorite game emulators in Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. In the interview Curt discusses Legacy Engineering, his personal history with classic gaming, development of the USB joystick, his role in the Flashback 2.0 console for Atari, and more. Curt Vendel has been active in the classic gaming community for many years, and maintains a wealth of Atari-related information over at the Atari History Museum. You can read the complete interview here and read RetroBlast!'s review of the joystick here.

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Skunkboard Version 2 Announced
January 5, 2009
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Skunkboard Version 2 AnnouncedIf you missed out on the first round of Skunkboards for the Atari Jaguar, Skunkboard developer Tursi has announced a reservation list for Revision 2 Skunkboards. The Skunkboard is a USB-based Jaguar development board containing flash RAM as well as the ability to upload to the Jaguar's onboard RAM. The Skunkboard allows Jaguar developers an inexpensive option for development and allows everyday Jaguar users to download and play homebrew Jaguar games (all homebrew formats are supported). The new revision 2 Skunkboard features 8MB of flash RAM over the 4MB contained in the earlier Skunkboard, adds Jaguar CD compatibility, and has a new snazzy look. The first batch of Skunkboards sold out in 72 hours, so be sure to reserve your Skunkboard now!

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Adventure Released for iPhone/iPod Touch
December 5, 2008
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Adventure Released for iPhone/iPod TouchPeter Hirschberg, who previously created an open source port of the Atari 2600 game Adventure for Windows and Mac OS X titled Adventure: Revisited, has recently released Adventure for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Your goal in Adventure is to locate the Enchanted Chalice and return it to the Golden Castle, all while avoiding the three evil dragons determined to stop your progress! This version of Adventure is faithful to the original 2600 version, complete with sound. However, instead of using a joystick to move your character around, you tilt the screen appropriately (as done in several other iPhone games). To download Adventure for your iPhone or iPod Touch, please follow this link, which will bring you to game's page in the iTunes Store.

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Retrogaming Times Monthly #54 Published
December 5, 2008
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Retrogaming Times Monthly #54 PublishedIssue #54 of the Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from the November 2008 issue include:
  • Doom - Old School Gamer Review
  • Apple ][ Incider - Nightmare Gallery / Centipede
  • Gametap Worth the Price?
You can find all these and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 134 months in a row! As always, you can browse through all the back issues of Retrogaming Times Monthly via their archives to get up to date.

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2600 Connection Issue #96 Published
November 10, 2008
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2600 Connection Issue #96 PublishedA new issue of the 2600 Connection newsletter is now available. Articles in the November/December Issue (#96) include:
  • Box Varieties of 2600 Games
  • Classic 80's Home Video Games
  • Just Like The Real Arcade Game -- Phoenix, Pleiades
  • Spotlight on Prototypes -- Universal Prototype 'H'
  • Spotlight on Homebrews -- Alien Greed II
  • Too Many Games Show Report
  • Letters
  • News & Notes
  • Classified Ads
The 2600 Connection is a printed newsletter published bimonthly. To learn how to purchase this issue or buy a subscription, please visit the 2600 Connection website.

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Incoming! Homebrew Label Contest
October 26, 2008
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Incoming! Homebrew Label ContestThose of you who keep tabs on the Atari 2600 homebrew scene may be familiar with Incoming! We first posted news about the game back in 2001, and author Ben Larson announced a final version of the game earlier this year. If you've ever played Artillery Duel on the 2600 (not to mention many similar games on various systems and computers over the years), then you'll be right at home with Incoming! Ben has addressed many of Artillery Duel's shortcomings with Incoming!, resulting in a much improved gameplay experience!

AtariAge and Ben Larson are sponsoring a contest to create original artwork for Incoming! This label artwork will appear on all copies of Incoming!, which will be released at the beginning of December in the AtariAge Store. This artwork will also be featured on the cover of the manual created for Incoming! You can learn more about the contest and what you need to do to enter here.

Submissions must be received by 11:59pm on November 16th, 2008!

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