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New Atari800MacX 3.8.1 and Sio2OSX 2.0
November 11, 2007
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New Atari800MacX 3.8.1 and Sio2OSX 2.0New versions of the 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 now supports emulation of the XEP80 80 Column Display Adapater, and Sio2OSX adds 850 emulation to allow internet modem capability and the ability to connect serial devices, as well as the ability to swap disks between any two drives. 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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Retrogaming Times Monthly #42
November 8, 2007
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Retrogaming Times Monthly #42Issue #42 of Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from the November 2007 issue include:
  • Many Faces of Tutankham
  • Nintendo Realm - Sep 1986
  • Lost Titles of Tengen Xybots
  • TI99 Modded RGB Video
  • Apple ][ Incider - Shanghai'ed
  • Mastering Sega - F-16 Fighting Falcon
You can find all these and more inside this month's Retrogaming Times Monthly, which has now been running for 122 months in a row!

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Houston Arcade Expo
November 7, 2007
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Houston Arcade ExpoThe Houston Area Arcade Group (HAAG) is holding their 6th Annual Arcade Expo on November 30th and December 1st at the Houston Grand Plaza 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! For more information, please visit ArcadeCenter.com.

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2600 Connection #90 Published
November 7, 2007
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2600 Connection #90 PublishedA new issue of the 2600 Connection newsletter is now available. Articles in the November/December 2007 Issue (#90) include:
  • Atari 2600 Owner's Manuals
  • Just Like The Real Arcade Game - Centipede & Asteroids
  • Spotlight on Homebrews: Haunted Adventure Trilogy (3 games on one 32K cart: Boo!, Redemption, and Witch's Flight)
  • Activision Anthology for Nintendo Gameboy Advance - A Review
  • Letters from Readers
  • News & Notes
  • Classified Ads
  • Trivia Contest Results
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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2007 ABBUC Software Contest Results
November 6, 2007
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2007 ABBUC Software Contest ResultsEarlier this year, the Atari Bit Byter User Club held a programming contest for Atari 8-bit computers, with a top prize of 500 Euro. The contest deadline was August 31st, with the winners of the contest announced at the end of October. The winning submission was Yoomp!, an original and professional-quality game featuring addictive gameplay, as well as exemplary music and graphics (watch a video here). The other finalists, which include games as well as utilities, are also of top-notch quality and well worth a look. You can see the contest results here, where you can also download several of the wining entries. If you're an 8-bit fan, you'll definitely want to download and try these programs out! To read the contest rules, please visit the Atari Bit Byter User Club (scroll down for the English rules). You can also follow a long-running thread about the ABBUC Software Contest in our Atari 8-bit Forum.

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Atari 7800 b*nQ Label Contest
October 9, 2007
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Atari 7800 b*nQ Label ContestKen Siders has been hard at work creating his next Atari 7800 homebrew masterpiece: b*nQ! Fans of the classic arcade game Q*bert will immediately recognize the origins of b*nQ, and Ken has done an amazing job of bringing it to life on the 7800. If only more games of this caliber were released for the 7800 "back in the day", the system may have had a longer shelf life! This is Ken's second release for the Atari 7800--his first, Beef Drop, is a dead-on port of the popular arcade game Burgertime and has been very popular with 7800 fans.

AtariAge and Ken Siders are sponsoring a contest to create original artwork for b*nQ. This label artwork will appear on all copies of b*nQ, 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 b*nQ. The existence of b*nQ was revealed on April 1st, 2005 as an April Fool's joke to make people believe a long-lost Q*bert prototype had been discovered for the 7800. Two days later we revealed that this was in fact a new homebrew game being written by Ken Siders, who had already made significant progress on the game at that point. The contest winner will receive a free copy of the game upon its release, as well as a $50 gift certificate for the AtariAge Store. The b*nQ Label Contest Contest ends at 11:59pm (EST), Sunday, October 28th, 2007. Enter Today!

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Retrogaming Times Monthly Issue #41
October 7, 2007
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Retrogaming Times Monthly Issue #41Issue #41 of the Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from the October 2007 issue include:
  • Lost Faces of H.E.R.O.
  • Nintendo Realm - Late July to Aug 1986
  • Old wine in new bottles - Activision TV Games
  • NESCade - Mario Bros.
  • Apple ][ Incider - EA Sports
  • Mastering Sega - Kenseiden
You can find all these and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly. If you've missed any back issues, you can browse through their archives to get up to date.

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Rob Fulop's Last 2600 Game: Actionauts
October 2, 2007
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Rob Fulop's Last 2600 Game: ActionautsIf you've spent any time playing classic Atari 2600 games, then you're likely familiar with Rob Fulop's work. While working for Atari, he created Night Driver and Missile Command. Later at Imagic he crafted Demon Attack, Cosmic Ark, and Fathom. After leaving Imagic in early 1984, Rob Fulop set out to independently create a new 2600 game featuring robots, which were a big craze in popular culture at the time. The game, Actionauts, allowed you to program an on-screen robot with a linear series of commands. Your goal as the player was to get the robot to achieve various objectives using these programming commands.

In June 1984 when it became obvious there was no longer a market for 2600 games, Rob Fulop abandoned Actionauts to leave it in its current state. While the basic gameplay mechanics were developed, not all the elements were in place. Additional levels beyond the nine in the game were planned, and a fair bit of polish remained to be done. Rob has recently decided to sell the only known physical prototype of the game and after the sale of the prototype he plans to produce a limited run of 250 Actionauts cartridges. You can learn more about Actionauts over at Rob Fulop's Blog and sign up here to receive information about the upcoming release of the game. You can also discuss Actionauts in our Atari 2600 Forum.

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CreatiVision Multicart Released
October 2, 2007
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CreatiVision Multicart ReleasedFans of the obscure VTech CreatiVision hybrid computer and video game console have teamed up to produce a CreatiVision Multicart for the system. The CreatiVision saw its initial release in 1982 and was distributed in many European countries, South Africa, Japan, and Australia, where it was known as the "Wizzard". The CreatiVision Multicart features 27 different games and programs and is professionally produced with a slick box, printed instructions for all the games, joystick overlays, and more. For additional information and to purchase one of the limited run of 100 cartridges, please visit the CreatiVision Multicart page.

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New ColecoVision Homebrew: Terra Attack!
September 25, 2007
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New ColecoVision Homebrew: Terra Attack!You've got issues. You are the commander of the Defense Unit for the Terra Community with four Towers and three Defense Cannons under your watch. The Terra Community is the first outpost on this planet so usually things are pretty quiet. You're just about to call it a night when the warning sirens scream out the approach of invading alien ships. If the aliens can destroy Terra, the entire planet is theirs and it's the end of your cushy government job, not to mention the lives of the inhabitants of the Four Towers.

Quickly manning the remote controls of the three Defense Cannons your fire at wave after wave of swarming aliens. It's a balancing act trying to switch cannons an eye on your ammunition while the aliens switch tactics with each wave. Your Shields are limited too but stay alive long enough and you'll have to face "The Boss." He's aptly named and capable of destroying the whole Terra Community in a matter of seconds. It is going to take a lot of ammo and a lot of skill to destroy "The Boss", but the rewards are great too.

The improbable task awaits you... how long can YOU be the Hero of Terra?

Terra Attack is Scott Huggins' third ColecoVision homebrew game, following the widely acclaimed Astro Invader and Spectar arcade ports. Terra Attack is a uniquely original game in concept and execution! To purchase Terra Attack please visit the AtariAge Store. We also have copies of Harvey deKleine's recent ColecoVision release Squares! available for purchase!

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Retrogaming Times Monthly #40 Now Online
September 19, 2007
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Retrogaming Times Monthly #40 Now OnlineIssue #40 of the Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from the September 2007 issue include:
  • Our 10th Anniversary
  • Many Faces of Astrochase
  • Nintendo Realm - Before the Famicom
  • Taking the Pole Position
  • Gaming in the Magic Kingdom
  • Old wine in new bottles - Namco TV Games
  • Nintendo Amusement Park
  • Inside the Numbers of the Many Faces
You can find all these and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, which has been published for 120 months in a row! If you've missed any back issues, you can browse through their archives to get up to date.

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Atari 2600 Connection #89 Published
September 19, 2007
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Atari 2600 Connection #89 PublishedThe September/October 2007 issue of the 2600 Connection newsletter is now available. Highlights of Issue #89 include:
  • Classic Gaming Expo 2K7 (CGE2K7) – Show Report
  • Just Like The Real Arcade Game – Popeye & Donkey Kong - Article
  • Spotlight on Homebrews / Prototypes – Elevators Amiss, Encaved, GoSub, N.E.R.D.s, The Last Ninja, Lasercade, Rent Wars
  • Classic Game Room – a DVD review
  • A-VCS-tec Challenge - Easter eggs
  • Letters
  • News & Notes
  • Classifieds
  • Trivia Contest/Results
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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Atari Down For The Count?
August 29, 2007
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Atari Down For The Count?Atari fans are familiar with the "curse" that has plagued the Atari name over the years, resulting in the Atari name and intellectual property changing hands many times throughout its history, most recently to Infogrames Entertainment. While the future of the Atari brand initially looked bright under its new parent, things have decidedly gone downhill recently. Since the creation of a new Atari, Inc. in 2003, its stock has gone from a high of $60 down to its current price of about $2 a share. There have been numerous layoffs and management changes, and now Atari, Inc. is meeting with the NASDAQ board on August 30th to face possible delisting from the stock exchange. Marty "Retro Rogue" Goldberg has written a detailed article detailing the woes facing the current Atari and Infogrames, painting a bleak picture of Atari's future. Please visit ClassicGaming.com to read his informative article.

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ColecoNation #11 Published
August 27, 2007
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ColecoNation #11 PublishedA new issue of ColecoNation has now been published, with a wealth of articles catering to the ColecoVision enthusiast. Inside issue #11 you'll find:
  • An interview with Dan'l Thompson - Coleco programmer who was part of the ADAM Family Computer development team
  • An article about the development of the latest CV homebrew, Squares!
  • A review of Squares!
  • Plus all the latest CV news
You can find the latest issue over at ColecoNation, where you can also browse previous issues you may have missed.

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ASMA Version 3.2 Available
August 23, 2007
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ASMA Version 3.2 AvailableVersion 3.2 of the Atari SAP Music Archive (ASMA) has been released. The Atari SAP music archive contains over 2,500 of the best tunes from Atari 8-bit computers in a format that can be reproduced perfectly by various SAP players. The latest archive contains 360 new songs, 119 credits fixes, 20 better rips, 12 duplicates removed, and a TIME tag has been added to all songs. This update brings the ASMA collection up to a whopping 2,540 songs in total! You can get the latest collection of music as well as players for a variety of platforms at the Atari SAP Music Archive.

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Atari800MacX 3.7 Released
August 22, 2007
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Atari800MacX 3.7 ReleasedA new version of the Atari800MacX Atari 8-bit / 5200 emulator for Mac OS X has 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. Version 3.7 of Atari800MacX contains several new features and many bug fixes. One thing users may note is the long standing joystick calibrarion problem in the Mac version of libSDL (which the emulator uses) has been fixed, and it is no longer necessary to move the joysticks in all directions to get them to work correctly. Please visit the Atari800MacX home page for complete details about what's new and to download the latest version (source code is also available). You can discuss Atari800MacX with the developer and other AtariAge users in our Emulation Forum.

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Stella Version 2.4 Released
August 21, 2007
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Stella Version 2.4 ReleasedVersion 2.4 of the popular and cross-platform Atari 2600 emulator Stella is now available. Many improvements (such as automatic support for widescreen displays) and bug fixes (every non-TIA related bug) are included with this new version, the details of which you can view here. Visi the Stella home page to download the latest version for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. To discuss this new update of Stella and interact directly with the developers, please visit our Emulation Forum.

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A Complete History of Breakout
August 21, 2007
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A Complete History of BreakoutMarty "Retro Rogue" Goldberg of ClassicGaming.com has put together a Complete History of Breakout. Breakout was one of Atari's early and most successful arcade games, spawning many derivatives and home versions throughout the years. Diving deep into the creation of Breakout with access to Atari luminaries, Retro Rogue reveals that the game's creation had a little known twist:

If the story ended there, Breakout would have been released in 1975. However, when it came time to move the game further in to production there were problems. As Al explained it, "Ironically, the design was so minimized that normal mere mortals couldn't figure it out. To go to production, we had to have technicians testing the things so they could make sense of it. If any one part failed, the whole thing would come to its knees. And since Jobs didn't really understand it and didn't want us to know that he hadn't done it, we ended up having to redesign it before it could be shipped."
To read the full story, please visit ClassicGaming.com.

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Online Atari 2600 Label Maker
August 13, 2007
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Online Atari 2600 Label MakerAtariAge user Cropsy has created an online Atari 2600 Label Maker application that allows you to generate authentic-looking Picture Style labels with a few simple clicks. After choosing the label image, game title, font color, copyright text, controller type, and other options, a pair of labels is generated (one for the main surface of the cart and a smaller end label) which you can then save and share. AtariAge users have already created a large assortment of labels, which you can view in our Atari 2600 Forum. To start creating your own labels, head on over to the Atari 2600 Label Maker today!

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Intellivision Cuttle Cart 3 Released
August 12, 2007
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Intellivision Cuttle Cart 3 ReleasedChad Schell of Schell's Electronics has a new creation for classic gaming fans, this time a Cuttle Cart 3 for the Intellivision! You've probably heard of the Cuttle Cart and Cuttle Cart 2, which allow you to load and play games on the 2600 and 7800 respectively. Chad has brought this concept to the Intellivision with the Cuttle Cart 3, which features a Micro SD slot that you can load games onto and then play on a real Intellivision. Multiple games can be loaded into the Cuttle Cart 3, and the games can then be chosen from an on screen menu. Games from the Intellivision Lives! and Intellivision Rocks CDs can be used with the Cuttle Cart 3, as well as any other valid Intellivision ROM images. The Cuttle Cart 3 s also be used as a development tool, greatly simplifying testing on a real Intellivision. To learn more about the Cuttle Cart 3 and to purchase one for your deserving Intellivision, please visit Schell's Electronics before they're all gone!

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