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Cloak & Dagger Prototype Review
October 5, 2006
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Cloak & Dagger Prototype ReviewPrototype historian Matt Reichert has posted an extensive review over on AtariProtos.com of the long-lost Cloak & Dagger Atari 8-bit computer prototype. Featured prominently in the 1984 movie sharing the same name, the Cloak & Dagger game was visible throughout the movie running on an Atari 5200. Based on the Cloak & Dagger arcade game, work began on an Atari 8-bit computer version of the game but the game market crash of 1984 halted work on the project, and a 5200 version was never started. The version of Cloak & Dagger shown in the movie was of the arcade game, made to appear as if running on an Atari 5200. To learn more, please visit AtariProtos.com. While you're there, you may also want to take a peek at the recently added Rumor Mill section, where you can learn about prototypes that games rumored to exist but have yet to surface in physical form.

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NWCGE 2K6 Vancouver Show September 23rd
September 19, 2006
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NWCGE 2K6 Vancouver Show September 23rdRemember the good ol' days of Ms. Pac Man, Asteroids and Atari? When arcade games cost a quarter and you begged your mom for the latest cartridge for your 2600? While video games today are bigger and more popular than ever, the Northwest Classic Gaming Enthusiasts haven't forgotten about the low-tech fun from the 70's, 80's and 90's. Hit the reset button and join them for NWCGE 2K6 Vancouver, Saturday, September 23rd, 9am-9pm 2006 in Vancouver, Washington. Come see the beginnings of the video game industry and how it has evolved from the early days of Pong and Atari to today's present system offerings from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. Play, compete for prizes, and meet gaming fanatics just like YOU. In addition, you'll be able to buy, sell, and trade videogames of all different systems. There will be 19 vendors on-hand with all kinds of games to satisfy your gaming desires.

The NWCGE 2K6 Vancouver show also features the NorthWest Nintendo (NES) Championship, being held from 5pm to 9pm. This contest features one of the NES Championship Carts, first used in the 1990 Nintendo World Championship. You can compete for fantastic prizes and see if you've got what it takes to be declared the world champion! At the end of the day, there can only be one winner. Do YOU have what it takes? All ages are welcome to compete.

For more details, please visit NWCGE.org.

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Atari800MacX Version 3.4 Released
September 19, 2006
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Atari800MacX Version 3.4 ReleasedA new version of the Atari800MacX Atari 8-bit / 5200 emulator has been released. Atari800MacX is a native Mac OS X port of the popular Atari 800 emulator, which forms the basis for many 8-bit emulators on various platforms. Version 3.4 of Atari800MacX contains the following new features and bug fixes:
  • Added pulldowns to the Media Status Window which allow the user to control machine type, screen scaling, screen width, and artifacting from there in addition to using the menus or keyboard.
  • Added the ability for the emulator to remember what media was present (disks, cassette, and/or cartridge) when it quit, and restore them the next time it starts up. This is added as a checkbox to the Boot Media panel of the Preferences.
  • Add the ability to enable/disable keyboard joystick emulation with the Cmd-J keypress (also in the Control menu), so that you can switch between the joysticks and normal keypresses easily.
  • Added ability to control emulation speed from 10-300%, as opposed to either 100% or Full Speed. There is now a slider on the Atari panel of the Preferences.
  • Added the Break key to the Function Key window, for those with International laptop keyboards which might not have had the other keys.
  • Fixed bug where Mouse Emulation modes were not working properly.
  • Fixed issue with International and Dvorak keyboards where Command key combinations were not being released properly, and keys were missed, or keyboard joysticks did not 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).

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Awesome Arcades Personal Arcade Machine
September 18, 2006
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Awesome Arcades Personal Arcade MachineAwesome Arcades, founded by Atari Museum curator Curt Vendel, has launched a new arcade console, the Personal Arcade Machine (or "PAM" for short). The new design is a Cabaret-Convertible, which can be used as a freestanding unit or can be removed from its pedestal and placed on a bar top, desk, or other free space. The Personal Arcade Machine features 150 licensed arcade games, a 17" LCD display, 240 watt stereo speakers, and arcade quality controls including two joysticks, six fire buttons, a trackball and even a spinner. The Personal Arcade Machine is $1,299, which includes shipping anywhere in the continental United States. You can learn more by visiting Awesome Arcades.

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Retrogaming Times Monthly #28 Published
September 16, 2006
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Retrogaming Times Monthly #28 PublishedIssue # 28 of the Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online for your reading enjoyment. Highlights from the September 2006 issue include:
  • Many Faces of "Kaboom!"
  • ColecoNation "Deflektor"
  • NEScade - Sky Shark
  • Nintendo Realm - September to November 1985
You can find all these and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly!

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Lady Bug and A-VCS-tec Challenge Released
August 26, 2006
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Lady Bug and A-VCS-tec Challenge ReleasedWe've just added two brand new Atari 2600 homebrew games to our store, A-VCS-tec Challenge and Lady Bug! A-VCS-tec Challenge is a rendition of the classic Commodore 64 game Aztec Challenge, brought to life on the 2600 by Simon Quernhorst. Lady Bug is a masterful port of the classic arcade game, programmed by John W. Champeau. Both games include original label artwork and full-color manuals. To learn more about these new 2600 homebrew games, please follow the links above.

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Retrogaming Times Monthly #27 Published
August 24, 2006
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Retrogaming Times Monthly #27 PublishedIssue #27 of the Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from the August 2006 issue include:
  • Many Faces of "Threshold"
  • 2600 Pac-Man: Redefining A Failure
  • NEScade - Seicross
  • Classic Programmer Interview part 3 of 3 with Chris Oberth
  • Nintendo Realm - Super Mario Bros Hacks
  • The Thrill Of Defeat: Com Plus/4 & Com 16 - part 6
To read these articles and more from the latest issue, as well as back issues, please visit Retrogaming Times Monthly.

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ST-Log Magazine at AtariMagazines.com
August 8, 2006
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ST-Log Magazine at AtariMagazines.comThis past July 27 was the 10th anniversary of the Classic Computer Magazine Archive. In celebration, the site now offers the full text of 19 issues of ST-Log Magazine. This includes more than 600 articles as well as a gallery of the magazine's covers. ST-Log was devoted to Atari's 16-bit ST line of computers, beginning as an insert in ANALOG Computing magazine in 1986. It spun off as a separate magazine for about three years, before being folded back into ANALOG again in 1989. ANALOG and ST-Log were sold to Larry Flynt Publishing in 1988. This Classic Computer Magazine Archive has permission to share the 19 issues published by L.F.P., from April 1988 until ST-Log ceased publication in 1989.

In addition, AtariMagazines.com recently added a cover image gallery for Compute! magazine, with a nearly complete collection of covers from 1980 through 1988. (The site offers the full text of nearly 100 issues of Compute!.) The site launched July 27, 1996 as "The Digital Antic Project" with the full text of two issues of Antic magazine. The site was later renamed to The Classic Computer Magazine Archive and added articles from STart, Creative Computing, Compute II, Hi-Res, Creative Computing Video & Arcade Games Magazine, and Tandy Whiz Kids comic books. You can browse all of this great content over at AtariMagazines.com.

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ColecoNation Issue #9 Published
July 31, 2006
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ColecoNation Issue #9 PublishedA new issue of ColecoNation has been published and is now available for your viewing pleasure. Issue #9 contains the following content:
  • Interview with Paul Jaquays (worked in Game Design at Coleco from 1980 to 1985)
  • Review of Deflektor Kollection
  • Pac-Man Collection article by Eduardo Mello
  • Reviews of Midwest Gaming Classic, Zaxxon, and Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Videogames
  • The latest ColecoVision news
To read the latest issue as well as catch up on any back issues you've missed, please visit ColecoNation.

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New AtariService.com Store
July 9, 2006
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New AtariService.com StoreLooking for something a little 'unusual'? Our very own Moderator, CPUWIZ, is beginning to offer up a selection of Atari items in his new online storefront at AtariService.com. Currently featuring a select group of chips and custom PCB's you just won't find anywhere else, vintage decals, and other miscellaneous goodies for use by the Atari collector and homebrew community alike - keep an eye out for the selection to expand in the near future. CPU's (in)famous Limited Edition Repros, Parts, Systems and Games are just some of the items they expect to make available soon. Sign up for an account, and you'll have the option to be kept informed of new offerings via e-mail newsletter, if you wish. Head on over to AtariService.com to browse CPU's initial offerings!

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Retrogaming Times Monthly #26 Published
July 9, 2006
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Retrogaming Times Monthly #26 PublishedThe July 2006 issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly has been published. Highlights from Issue #26 include:
  • Many Faces of "Vanguard"
  • 8-Bit Face Off - Galaga
  • NEScade - City Connection
  • Nintendo Realm - More NES Summer '85 titles
  • The Thrill Of Defeat: Com Plus/4 & Com 16 - part 5
To read these articles and more from the latest issue, as well as back issues, please visit Retrogaming Times Monthly.

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2600 Connection Issue #82 Now Shipping
June 27, 2006
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2600 Connection Issue #82 Now ShippingThe July/August 2006 issue of the 2600 Connection newsletter is now available. Issue #82 includes the following articles and more:
  • Atari 2600 Prototypes Update - Part II
  • Just Like the Real Arcade Game (focusing on arcade conversions Rampage and Xenophobe)
  • Spotlight on Homebrews: ASTAR, Wolfenstein VCS: The Next Mission, Conquest of Mars, Rainbow Invaders
  • David Crane, Activision Ace and Pitfall III?
  • Game review: Off the Wall (by Atari) review by Andy Floyd
  • Letters from Readers
  • News & Notes
  • Classified Ads
Please visit the 2600 Connection to purchase this issue or subscribe to the newsletter.

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Atari800MacX Version 3.3 Released
June 27, 2006
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Atari800MacX Version 3.3 ReleasedVersion 3.3 of Atari800MacX has been released and is now available for downloading. Atari800MacX is a native Mac OS X Cocoa port of the popular Atari 800 emulator, which forms the basis for many 8-bit emulators on various platforms. This version contains the following new features and bug fixes:
  • Updated to the 1.2.10 release of libSDL, which includes official Universal Binary support.
  • Added new, realistic artifacting type. This produces much clearer text, and correctly varies luminance and displays player missile graphics in artifacted mode.
  • Fixed bug which would not allow keys used for joystick emulation to be used to type filenames in Fullscreen UI.
  • Fixed upside down printing of text in Epson and Atari825 Printer Emulators on OS X 10.3 and 10.4.
Please visit the Atari800MacX home page for complete details about what's new and to download the latest version (source code is also available).

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Curt Vendel Launches Awesome Arcades
June 26, 2006
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Curt Vendel Launches Awesome ArcadesCurt Vendel, whom many of you know from his informative Atari History Museum website as well as helping to bring the Flashback 2 to the masses, has today launched a new venture: Awesome Arcades. Their first product is the Awecade AC-601 "Arcade Center", an upright arcade cabinet featuring arcade-quality engineering and over 80 arcade games, including classics from Atari, Midway, Exidy, and Williams. If you've been looking for a multi-game arcade cabinet for your home and haven't bought one yet, you'll want to give this offering a serious look. To learn more, please visit Awesome Arcades.

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Jagwired Magazine #6 Released
June 26, 2006
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Jagwired Magazine #6 ReleasedJaguar fans who haven't yet caught Robert Dutcher's Jagwired Magazine are in for a treat! The latest issue of Jagwired Magazine (#6) can be downloaded free! This issue, coming in at 45 pages, features the following articles:
  • Programming for the Atari Jaguar
  • Bonnut Film Studio's First Dead Duck...Or Is It?
  • Jaguar Custom Cases
  • eBay Treasures: BattleSphere Trio Multicart
  • MetroBlaster Preview
Please visit Jagwired Magazine to download and enjoy this issue!

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More Compute! Online at AtariMagazines.com
June 25, 2006
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More Compute! Online at AtariMagazines.comKevin Savetz, curator of AtariMagazines.com, informs us that the full text of 21 additional issues of Compute! magazine have been put online. This includes the magazine's first issue (Fall 1979), several issues from the period 1981 through 1983, and then others from 1989 through 1990. Compute! was published from 1979 through September 1994, covering every major computer platform (including Atari computers) until it became a PC-only publication in May 1988. Thus far, the full text of 44 issues of Compute! is available at AtariMagazines.com.

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New MIO Board Production Run
June 19, 2006
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New MIO Board Production RunAtari 8-bit computer fans should be familiar with the Multi I/O (MIO) peripheral that ICD produced many years ago. The MIO board contains a hard drive interface, high speed serial port, parallel printer port, and onboard RAM that can be configured as RAM disks and a printer buffer. The MIO has been out of production for many years, but AtariAge user Ken Jones (MEtalGuy66) has designed a new MIO board from scratch that he is offering for sale. These new MIO boards will contain 1MB of onboard RAM (original MIO boards were configured with either 256K or 1MB), and will be functionally identical to the original boards, with improved serial and parallel ports have been "fixed" to accept standard PC-compatible printer and modem cables. For more information about the board and to pre-order a new MIO board, please visit our Atari 8-bit Forum. Ken is also recreating the XE PBI Extender, required in order to use the MIO board on XE computers, which you can learn more about here.

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New MGC Homebrew Releases Now Available
June 10, 2006
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New MGC Homebrew Releases Now AvailableWe've returned from the 2006 Midwest Gaming Classic, where we introduced several new homebrew games for the Atari 2600 and ColecoVision! We've now added these games to our online store so you can purchase them if you weren't able to attend the show. The new games are:Please follow the links above for complete information about each game, including pictures and screenshots.

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Retrogaming Times Monthly #25 Now Online
June 8, 2006
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Retrogaming Times Monthly #25 Now OnlineThe June 2006 issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Higlights from Issue #25 include:
  • Many Faces of "Up 'n Down."
  • Coleco Nation - "Magical Tree"
  • Commodore Corner - "Pitstop II"
  • Nintendo Realm - NES Summer '85 titles
  • Titles of Tengen "Gauntlet"
  • The Thrill Of Defeat: Com Plus/4 & Com 16 - part 4
Please visit Retrogaming Times Monthly to read the latest issue as well as the archive of back issues.

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Rainbow Invaders Label Contest Results
June 8, 2006
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Rainbow Invaders Label Contest ResultsThere were many great entries submitted to the Rainbow Invaders Label Contest, and the difficult decision to choose a single winner fell upon programmer Silvio Mogno. After careful thought, Silvio picked one of Nathan Strum's designs as the label to grace the shipping version of Rainbow Invaders. Nathan's winning label design will appear on all copies of Rainbow Invaders sold through the AtariAge Store, including the cover of the manual (which has also been designed by Nathan). For winning the contest, Nathan will receive a $100 gift certificate in the AtariAge Store, as well as a copy of Rainbow Invaders featuring his winning design. Congratulations to Nathan Strum and to all the participants who took the time to enter the contest and show off their talents!

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