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Summer Games at the Epyx Shrine
June 14, 2001
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Epyx ShrineThe Epyx Shrine has added Summer Games to its catalog of revered titles. Screenshots are shows from nine different systems (including the Spectrum and Amstrad CPC), and there is also trivia and interviews. Summer Games was ported to the 2600 by Peter Engelbrite, Tod Frye & Steve Baker, and you can read a short interview with Peter 'Stone' Engelbrite.

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New Box, Label, and Manual Scans
June 10, 2001
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AtariAge Site ChangesWe've added some new scans to the site over the last week. New cartridge labels include PAL red label Joust, Asteroids, and RealSports Volley Ball (sent in by John Talbot), and a slew of scans including Berenstain Bears, Wall Defender, Sears picture label Baseball, Fighter Pilot, and Malagai (sent in by Marc Oberhauser). Kenny Brooks sent in a scan of the hard to find Quadrun box, and Belgarath submitted a Memory Match box scan. Finally Programmer Brian Prescott sent us a scan of Crazy Valet, and also the box and manual for Fatal Run.

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Infogrames to Become Atari?
June 7, 2001
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Infograme HomepageThe Atari Time Machine reports that reliable sources have told them that Infogrames will be changing their name to Atari for better name recognition. This change may come into effect by the end of Summer, and all existing products would be updated to reflect the Atari name as well. Thanks to the Atari History Site for passing along this news.

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Bliss to Support Atari 5200
June 7, 2001
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Bliss HomepageBliss, the Intellivision emulator, is set to support the 5200 in the future. Here is the latest news from the Bliss site: "Work continues on the Atari 5200 emulation. I have most of the video modes implemented, but I still need to add support for player-missile graphics and input before I can make a release. No word yet on how long this will require or when a release will be forthcoming. Sorry I don't have more info for you, but I've included some screenshots below for your viewing pleasure." It should be noted that Bliss also supports Kaillera, the internet multiplayer tool. Hmmm...

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Gameboy Advance B-Sides?
June 6, 2001
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Gameboy Advance at AmazonRumor has it that Haslage Net Electronics is in the development stage of producing a multicart for the Gameboy Advance that would feature 2600 B-side games. Infogrames has indicated they may allow the use of such games as long as the marquee titles are not used (that Infogrames may wish to use themselves), hence the B-side reference. HSE is currently soliciting suggestions for which games to use on the cart - which games are fun to play but maybe didn't receieve as much attention? Post your ideas to the message board or contact Christopher Haslage.

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2600 Game in Development
June 2, 2001
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SCSIcideJoe Grand is working on a new Atari 2600 game tentatively titled SCSIcide, and he's looking for input. This is a playable version, but Joe is looking for gameplay, story, name, and other suggestions. Check out his page for more info, and download the ROM to try it out on StellaX. Gameplay: move your ship up and down, and hit the fire button when you intersect with a color block that matches the color of your score. Clear all the blocks and you'll move to the next (faster) level. Click the wrong color and the game is over, or miss the block entirely and your latency bar will go down.

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What Could Have Been
June 1, 2001
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

LadybugEver wonder why 2600 arcade ports didn't look closer to the original? Sure there were limited resources, and the graphics couldn't possibly match the arcade machines, but was that it? Just compare Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man to see the difference, and you can see what Pac-Man should have been. For more examples, visit GameOverNet where you can see screenshots and download new versions of Space Invaders, Asteroids, and Pac-Man. You'll also find some mock screenshots of what Robotron, Turtles, and Ladybug might have looked like.

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2001 E3 Pictures Posted
May 26, 2001
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E3 PicturesWe've just posted around 80 high-resolution pictures, with descriptions, that Albert took while visiting the game industry's annual trade event, the Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3). These pictures will give you a good feel for what walking around the Los Angeles Convention Center during E3 is like.

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z26 1.45
May 25, 2001
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z26John Saeger has released a new version of z26, the most popular Atari 2600 emulator according to readers of this site. Version 1.45 features a new and improved SECAM palette (thanks to Christian Bogey).

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Classic Gaming Photos from E3
May 24, 2001
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Back in TimeBack in Time, the Classic Gaming News & Interview Radio Webcast site, has posted dozens of photos from E3 with a focus on classic gaming related products. Host Mike Stulir also tells us that there are new webcast episodes coming, featuring news from E3 in Los Angeles, and the FunSpot/Twin Galaxies Classic Gaming Tournament in Weirs Beach, NH.

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Combat II Officially Announced for CGE
May 24, 2001
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Combat 2Classic Gaming Expo and Retrodesign have announced that Combat II for the 2600 will be available for purchase at this years CGE. "The official Atari sequel to Combat - Combat II. This title will come complete with an Atari-style silver box, color cartridge label, and color instruction manual." Other announcements state that the "official AtariSoft versions of ColecoVision Dig Dug, Joust, and Pac-man will be made available in limited quantities!" Looks like the show is shaping up quite nicely in terms of new product.


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2600 "Atlantis II" Discovered
May 21, 2001
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Atlantis IIMany of you may know that Imagic held a contest called "Defend Atlantis" back in the 80's. Contestants were invited to take a picture of their TV showing their high score, and the top four scorers would be invited to Bermuda to have a playoff. What you may not know is that there were too many people with matching high scores, so Imagic created a special version of Atlantis called Atlantis II to help settle the issue. Thanks to Doug Korekach we can now share this game ROM with you and some more of the history behind it. Read our Atlantis II feature for more on this new discovery.

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VCSp Glossy Black
May 18, 2001
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

VCSp Rev. 5 BlackBen Heckendorn has produced a new version of the VCSp Rev.5 - this one features a glossy black chassis. Ben says, "After nearly a year, another VCSp has finally been built in glorious black coloring! Surprisingly, I've gotten very few emails saying 'why are they blue, they're supposed to be BLACK!' so I guess people are OK with a blue VCSp, but deep down in my heart I knew I had to get them Back In Black." The current price for a VCSp Rev.5 Blue without using a trade-in is $290. You can also try your luck with the blue model that is currently up for auction on Ebay.

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New Edition of "Phoenix"
May 15, 2001
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

From Rolenta Press: "The third edition of Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Videogames is scheduled to be available around the end of June. Pre-orders are now being taken at a discount. The third edition will sell for $24.95 when it's available, but for now you can get it at the pre-publish price of $18.00 with free postage (sorry - free postage only available in the United States). This offer will be available until June 30 and only through the Rolenta Press website. You must use the Pre-order form to take advantage of this discount. To order, go to the Rolenta Press Phoenix ordering page. When the books arrive, the preordered books will be shipped first."

PhoenixNew for the third edition:
* Chapters on 1997- 2000
* Foreword by Ralph H. Baer, the father of videogames
* More than 40 new photographs
* Focus-On sections
* Cover gallery of major US magazines and books
* Completely revised througout
* 388 pages
* Large 8.5 x 11 format

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2600 Elevator Action is Official
May 14, 2001
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Elevator ActionClassic Gaming Expo has officially announced that Elevator Action will be available for the Atari 2600 at CGE2K1. This game was recently shown at Phillyclassic, and will have a newly created label and even a box for the release. According to reports, this recently discovered prototype game is not completely finished, but is playable. No mention of price is given yet.

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2600 Gunfight
May 12, 2001
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GunfightManuel Polik is working on a new 2600 game, tentatively titled "Gunfight". The game features a classic theme of two gunfighters dueling it out. The latest version is fully playable and features several game variations. The programmer is still working on the audio and several other features, but the kernel is finished. We'll have more news about this as it becomes available.

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Atari Anniversary Edition
May 12, 2001
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Mystery ProductAmazon has a new piece of software from Infogrames listed on their web site. "Atari Anniversary Edition" is scheduled for release on July 2, 2001 with a $14.99 price tag. "Atari celebrates its 30th anniversary by presenting the ultimate arcade collection. Twelve of the best classic games are authentically recreated here, including Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Millipede, Missile Command, Pong, Super Breakout, Tempest, and Warlords. Each Atari title is faithfully reproduced down to the last detail, and each one is just as easy and fun to play. Atari Anniversary Edition includes a multimedia supplement of video interviews with original game designers, images of noteworthy memorabilia, original press releases, and more. Desktop themes such as screen savers and even an old-school Atari sticker are included."

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Funspot Classic Gaming Museum
May 12, 2001
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Funspot MuseumFunspot is holding a fund raising drive in support of their proposed classic gaming musuem. "Funspot, home to the world's largest collection of classic arcade games, hopes to establish a Classic Arcade Museum in the near future. Funspot currently has 145 games from the Classic Games Era, (1970s-1987), all of which are in working order and available for arcade game aficionados and the general public to play and enjoy." For more information, visit the Funspot web site.

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Gamespot VCSp Interview
May 8, 2001
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

VCSpGamespot has interviewed Ben Heckendorn, creator of the VCSp (a portable Atari 2600). Ben discusses the legal issues of selling an Atari game system, cost of production, possible mass production deals and more. He's currently offering them for sale on a custom order basis at a price of around $250.00. Along with the interview is a short slideshow of some of the features of the latest version of the unit, which looks like a cross between versions 4 and 5 if you've been playing along at home.

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2600 Yahtzee
May 7, 2001
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

YahtzeeHere is a relatively new game for the 2600 by Russell Babylon, Yahtzee. He actually sent this to me several months ago, but we were working on AtariAge at that point and it never made it to the Atari 2600 Nexus. So here is the belated release of Yahtzee on our web site, we hope you enjoy it! We'll have a full entry for this game later in the week, in the meantime, you can download the ROM and play it in an emulator.

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