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Champ Games at the Music City Multi Con in Nashville this weekend!
October 28, 2021
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Music City Multi Con

If you're going to be in the Nashville, Tennessee area this weekend (or you can get there!), be sure to stop by the Music City Multi Con! Atari 2600 developer John W. Champeau of Champ Games will be attending the show, with a large booth showcasing all of his amazing Atari 2600 homebrew titles as well as upcoming games currently in development. Available for purchase for the first time will be the brand new RobotWar:2684, which isn't even available yet in the AtariAge Store! RobotWar:2684 is John's latest arcade-inspired game and an amazing accomplishment on the 2600. It even supports a simultaneous two-player mode that you won't find in the arcade game! In addition, John will be speaking on several panels about homebrew games, so if you want to learn more about homebrew development and all that entails, you don't want to miss these talks.

The Multi City Multi Con takes place this weekend, October 29-31 at the Farm Bureau Expo Center in Lebanon, Tennessee. Music City Multi Con is the perfect event for the video game, comic, music, and pop culture fan. Featuring over 100 arcade and pinball machines, over 100 video game consoles, Esports Tournaments hosted by Kumite in Tennessee, and the largest Pinball tournament in the state. You'll also find tabletop gaming, a cosplay competition with cash prizes, and a kids costume contest. Plus over 12 special guests running presentations and panels all three days. Don't forget the large vendor room selling games, toys, and all the cool geek stuff you love. There will be food vendors on site so you don't have to miss out on any of the convention. Lastly, there are two huge outdoor stages and a music lineup of over 40 DJs playing all weekend. Rain or shine the music will go on since the crowd will be covered at both stages.

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AtariAge Day on ZeroPage Homebrew - May 1, 2021
April 28, 2021
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

In lieu of many retrogaming conventions already being canceled for 2021, the AtariAge booth will be going virtual this year with AtariAge Day presented by ZeroPage Homebrew! The AtariAge Day stream takes place this Saturday, May 1st, at 12PM PT/3PM ET/7PM GMT. AtariAge Day will be filled with unboxing every new AtariAge homebrew title and interviews with homebrew developers from around the world such as:
  • John Champeau, developer of Avalanche (2600) & Zoo Keeper (2600)
  • Lewis Hill, developer of Dare Devil (2600)
  • Thomas Jentzsch, developer of Robot City (2600)
  • bluswimmer, developer of Cannonhead Clash (2600)
  • Todd Furmanski, developer of Dragon's Cache (7800)
  • Dion Olsthoorn, developer of Tower of Rubble (2600)
  • Ryan Witmer, developer of Magical Fairy Force (5200)
  • Ron Lloyd, developer of Adventure II XE (8-Bit)
  • Jeff Johnson, developer of Venture Reloaded (2600)
  • PLUS MANY, MANY MORE!




Again, the AtariAge Day stream takes place Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at 12PM PT/3PM ET/7PM GMT. You can watch the stream live at: https://twitch.tv/zeropagehomebrew. Hope you see you there!

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READY! MODEL 100 Portable Computer Kit Kickstarter
February 25, 2021
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

READY! 100 Computer

We see many projects come across Kickstarter, and every now and then we find one that we feel would be interesting to AtariAge visitors, and in this case, those that tinkered with early home computers back in the 70s and 80s. The READY! 100 is a portable solder-free DIY computer kit that features an extruded aluminum shell that accommodates any single board computer like a raspberry pi, 4x4 x86. pico-itx or something more exotic like an FPGA board and other external devices like dongles or batteries which can now become internal!

It is a platform that brings a beautiful ultra-wide 1920x480 touch screen, 12 customizable industry standard input-outputs ports and 4 antenna ports with a full RGB backlit mechanical keyboard and a 5+5w stereo speaker system. You can use it to create a desktop enhancer, a portable laptop, a ham radio transceiver, a powerful router, a video game rig, audio/video recorder, or maybe something fun like a modernized Atari ST using something like a MiSTer FPGA! It's all up to your imagination.



An open source version of the design has been created for anyone who wants to do it at home with the appropriate 3D Printer and CNC machine. There is ample room inside the case to fit any gadgets you'd like to integrate into a single device. You can even carry it around with you via a guitar strap with the compatible side strap locks. It is designed to be easily upgradable, easily repairable, fully modular, and a little flashy. The design was inspired by the angles and bevels found in early Atari 800 systems along with other companies like the TRS-80 Model 100, and the Apple II or Commodore 64. This is a premium built enclosure designed to last for many years. The READY!OS is a free open source Linux distribution that supports the unique feature set of the READY! 100.

Please visit the Kickstarter campaign to learn more about the READY! 100 and make a pledge to support this project. You can also learn more by visiting the READY! 100 website directly.

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JagStudio Development Suite
February 9, 2021
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

JagStudio Development Suite

JagStudio is an advanced development suite for the Atari Jaguar that allows you to code using Assembler, BASIC or C and is based around Reboot's powerful RAPTOR API. Regardless of your programming capabilities, beginners to advanced coders can utilize this flexible package that will fully suit the needs of anyone looking to program exciting new games for the Jaguar.

The benefits of using JagStudio are the Hardware Abstraction Layers (HALs) and the combination of external modules available to use. This allows you, the developer, to get on with writing your games while taking advantage of the Jaguar's powerful chipset without worrying about tedious, underlying mundane routines. The same results that once took days or weeks to achieve can now be done in a matter of minutes, thanks to the power of JagStudio! You are one click away from 64-bit creativity!

Some of the features of JagStudio include:
  • Code in your language preference of Assembly, BASIC or C. (Assembly and C are currently in Beta... help us make them better!)
  • Commands have been renamed (from rB+) to reflect the individual modules they control and prefixed as such: rapPrint, u235PlaySample, etc.
  • RAPTOR API Debug Function brings useful program variable visibility to the forefront, aiding ease of game development.
  • GameDrive support along with MRQ file creation.
  • ROM builder now adds FAST GPU depack by default for quicker startup times.
  • Ability to build and split ROMs up to 6MB into HI/LO for EPROM burning.
  • Updated both RAPTOR and U235 Sound Engine APIs to current versions, bringing additional benefits of both in a single updated package.
  • Added universal JagPad Input - A single call that works with either U235 or ZeroSquare sound engine so projects can be easily converted between the two should your needs change.
  • Many enhancements and bug fixes to the original rB+ code (eg, you can now include files >4mb, all files unpacked using GPU by default)
  • All documentation and examples have been updated with a simple rB+ to JagStudio conversion guide to bring your old projects over to the fully updated JagStudio.
  • Includes project examples for all supported languages (Assembly, BASIC and C) for anyone looking to get started quickly.
  • We plan on keeping this alive and active, with ongoing improvements and new features and look forward to seeing what you all make with it.
The current release of JagStudio along with any previous versions can be obtained by visiting the JagStudio Homepage. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the newly created JagStudio Forum here on AtariAge.

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3rd Annual Atari Homebrew Awards
January 17, 2021
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

2020 Atari Homebrew Awards

Voting is now OPEN for the 3rd Annual Atari Homebrew Awards, celebrating the best in new Atari 2600, 7800 and 8-Bit/5200 homebrew games released in 2020! VOTE for your favorite homebrew of 2020 right now in fourteen different categories such as Best Graphics, Best Music+Sound, Best Packaging and Best Work-In-Progress!

VOTE HERE: https://atariage.com/forums/forum/203-atari-homebrew-awards/

The results of the 3rd Annual Atari Homebrew Awards will be announced LIVE on the ZeroPage Homebrew's Twitch channel on February 6th, 2021 at 12PM PT | 3PM ET | 8PM GMT during a special broadcast. The winners and runners will be announced on the broadcast in each of the categories along with LIVE acceptance speeches from the winners, plus much more!!

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New 2600, 5200, 7800, and Atari 8-bit Computer Games! Pre-Order Today!
December 8, 2020
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

We are excited to announce the arrival of several new Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, and Atari 8-bit homebrew games in the AtariAge Store for pre-ordering! We were aiming to have these available several months ago, but everything's moving a bit slowly this year. All the boxes, manuals, and labels for these games have been ordered, and we anticipate having everything in January. Once all the printed materials arrive, we will promptly get all pre-orders shipped.

Here's an image of all the new games:

2020 AtariAge Homebrew Releases


You can click on the following links to go directly to those games in the store: You can also browse our latest releases here. If you have any questions about the games or the pre-order process, please send us a message! You can discuss these releases with other AtariAge Visitors in our Atari 2600 Forum.

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LynXmas 2020 Game Jam Announced
December 1, 2020
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

LynXmas 2020


This Holiday Season is about to get a lot more interesting with a new Atari Lynx Game Jam being announced...

Atari Gamer, in conjunction with AtariAge, ejagfest and Sillyventure, are bringing you this festive themed game jam to get some cheer, laughter and fun going into this Holiday Season! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make an Atari Lynx game within the next 15 days, to have fun and put a smile on players' faces. There are no prizes this time around, it is just for fun and enjoyment and to show off your skills.

Full details of the Lynx 2020 Game Jam and how to participate can be found here. You can also discuss the Lynx 2020 Game Jam in our Atari Lynx Programming Forum. Have fun!

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New Jaguar Titles Arrive - Pre-Order Today!
September 11, 2020
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

We're proud to announce the addition of three new Atari Jaguar games to the AtariAge Store, Last Strike, reBOOTed, and Brawn and Brains! We've also re-issued an older Jaguar title, Xenon 2, with an updated box and label, as well as a completely new manual! Pre-order these games today, and we'll have them shipped to you in October.

Last Strike reBOOTed Xenon 2
Brawn and Brains


Here's a brief description of each of the new games:

Last Strike: Last Strike is a fun shooter with both horizontal and vertical scrolling levels. You must defeat the enemies you encounter while traversing each level, rescuing any stranded humans you encounter along the way. And you'll want to rescue the humans, as you earn credits that you can later use in the shop to upgrade your ship! Some of the upgrades include the Megabomb, Twin Shot, Rear Shot, Shield, Extra Life, and Speedup. At the end of each level, you'll encounter an enemy boss that you must destroy in order to proceed to the next level!

reBOOTed: From space, to the open highway, to the sea. The worlds of Reboot return in a multi-game cartridge that will make your head spin and TV explode with hours of fun! These landmark, thoroughly updated classics, can now be easily enjoyed in one cartridge! reBOOTed is a collection of seven Jaguar games on a single 6MB cartridge! The games featured in this multipack have all been given an update with new graphics, music and other additions such as Pro Controller support and cartridge saves. Some of these titles have previously never had a physical release, while others were only available on Jaguar CD or in extremely limited runs due to production costs.

Brawn and Brains: Brawn and Brains is a collection of three unique Atari Jaguar games, each from a different Jaguar developer. This collection features Dragonkeep (Lawrence Staveley), Tiles (Rik Day), and Do the Same (Matmook/Jagware). This is the first release of these games in cartridge form, offered in an economical release with cartridge and manual.

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Atari Lynx Programming Contest 2020 - Play the Games!
August 27, 2020
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

The Lynx Programming Competition 2020 has come to an end now and that means that there are new games for Atari Lynx fans to try out. This year's competition didn't draw in as many entries as the one last year, but we dare say that the quality of this year's entries is well over par!

The competition was hosted over at itch.io this time around, which provided for a much better platform for entry submissions and now opens up all the games for rating by the public. So be sure to try out each game, you can play them all online via Atari Gamer's Atari Lynx Emulator. Direct links to play the games can be found over on this page at Atari Gamer. The competition was sponsored by Atari Gamer, RetroHQ, Mark/Space: Project Argon and AtariAge.

Atari Lynx 2020 Programming Contest


Voting ends September 15, 2020, so be sure to try out these new Lynx games and vote for your favorites today!

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Atari Lynx 2020 Programming Contest
April 18, 2020
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Atari Gamer and RetroHQ have launched a fresh Atari Lynx 2020 Programming Competition this year with the theme of "Future", retro future that is! This is a programming competition for anyone wanting to show off their skills at coding for the Atari Lynx. If you think you have what it takes, join, submit and bask in the retro glory of this amazing console! The contest runs through August 15, 2020, after which voting for the winning entries will commence! Prizes include a Lynx GameDrive cartridge from RetroHQ, cash donated by Mark/Space, and the opportunity to have your new Lynx game professionally published by AtariAge (with five free copies of your game, along with royalties).

For more details about the contest and how you can enter, please visit the Lynx 2020 Programming Competition page at Atari Gamer. This is the second Lynx Programming contest hosted by Atari Gamer, and you can check out the details of last year's competition here - Atari Lynx 30th Birthday Programming Competition. You can discuss the Lynx 2020 Programming Competition with other AtariAge members in our Atari Lynx Programming Forum.

Atari Lynx 2020 Programming Contest


Good luck, we can't wait to see (and play!) all the great entries!

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New 2019 Homebrew Releases Now Available!
December 8, 2019
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

The new releases from October's Portland Retro Gaming Expo are now available to purchase online! In total we have nine new 2600 games, one new 5200 game, and one new 7800 title! You can click on the images below to jump directly to each game's entry in the store.



Aardvark Amoeba Jump A Roach in Space Dragon's Descent Galagon Gyvolver Tyre Trax Wizard of Wor Arcade Scramble Baby Pac-Man Evil Magician Returns II


Here's a list of the new games: We also have the AtariVox+ back in stock, which is used by four of the above new games for saving high scores, as well as by Wizard of Wor Arcade to replicate speech from the original arcade game! And, finally, we've added boxes as an option for about 50 games, including last year's new 2600, 5200, and 7800 boxed releases (Dungeon II: Solstice, Mappy, Space Game, Froggie, and RealSports Curling).

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Atari Lynx 30th Birthday Programming Competition - Vote Today!
September 16, 2019
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Atari Lynx Programming Contest

The Atari Lynx turned 30 in 2019 and Atari Gamer decided to turn this event into a momentous birthday party! The Atari Gamer Programming Competition was envisaged so that homebrew developers would bring a handful of new games to the Atari Lynx on its 30th Birthday. Instead, we got eleven new games across all genre styles! This ahead-of-its-time console is getting a whole lot of presents, so join in with us in celebrations, enjoy all the new games and keep on Lynxing!

There are eleven new games for the Atari Lynx to celebrate its 30th Birthday. You can download their ROMs or play them in your web browser by following the links on this page. After you've played the games, please cast votes for your favorites! You can also discuss the games and leave comments in the discussion threads for each of these new titles in our forum. Your voice will help determine the winners!

The complete ROM package is available for download here. Inside you will find all of the original submissions, as well as a directory with converted LYX ROMs for AgaCart and a directory of ROMs and a special launcher to use with the Lynx SD cartridge. Be sure to have a look at the README.txt file for more instructions. And don't forget to vote!

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AtariAge Summer Sale through September 5th!
August 22, 2019
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

AtariAge Summer Sale

We've launched a Summer Sale with 10% off all 2600, 5200, 7800 and Jaguar games (minus pre-order games) in the AtariAge Store! Now's a great time to pick up some of those homebrew games you've been eyeing but haven't yet pulled the trigger on! This sale is for two weeks only, and only applies to games, hardware is excluded. As a BONUS, any purchase of $200 or more will receive a free copy of Balloon Trip or Sheep It Up!, a $25 value!

Sale ends on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 11:59pm CST! Please visit the AtariAge Store for complete details.

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Tour of Ultimate 400/800 40th Anniversary Exhibit at VCF East
August 8, 2019
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Our friend Curt Vendel of AtariMuseum.com attended the recent Vintage Computer Festival East, where he assembled an impressive exhibit covering the Atari 400/800 computers to honor the 40th anniversary of the Atari 8-bit computer line. Bill and Anthony of the The Guru Meditation YouTube channel were given a tour of this exhibit by Curt, where he describes some of the hardware and software on display. Besides the hardware that saw retail release that Atari 8-bit computer fans are familiar with, Curt also talks about some unreleased prototypes he had on hand, such an 850 Interface Module in a black, aluminum case, an 800D (Developer) system that had an expansion bus and serial ports on the side, and a cost-reduced Atari 800 "Collette" board where everything was on the main board as opposed to the use of expansion slots. Also on display was an interactive Atari sales kiosk featuring the ERIC Laserdisc demonstrator system.

You can watch the video below:



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New Updates at AtariProtos.com!
July 30, 2019
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

AtariProtos.com


AtariProtos.com, a website that investigates and reviews unreleased prototypes for various Atari consoles, has uncovered new Work in Progress (WIP) versions of many Atari 2600 games. Many thanks to the efforts of Ken Van Mersbergen (Dutchman2000) for obtaining access to these games and sharing them with the community, and to Matt Reichert for reviewing these prototypes and describing how they differ from the released versions of the games. Several reviews of these prototypes have already been posted, with a promise of more to follow: Also discovered is a previously unknown game called Fighter Command, found in the collection of a former Roklan programmer. Not much is known about this particular game, but one prototype cartridge has the game labeled as "Combat II", not to be confused with the sequel to Combat (called Combat Two) that Atari was working on at one point.

You can learn more about these prototypes by visiting the links above, and you can download the binaries themselves from this thread in our Prototypes forum.

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2019 Portland Retro gaming Expo - October 18-20!
July 26, 2019
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Portland Retro Gaming Expo
AtariAge will be making an appearance at this year's Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE), which starts Friday, October 18th and runs through Sunday, October 20th. We'll have a large booth near the main entrance, with a variety of new homebrew games making their debut, as well as demos of several games currently in development. Here are some of the games we're planning on making available for the first time in Portland: Demos will include Avalanche, ChaoticGrill, Deepstone Catabomb, Ninjish Guy in Low-Res World, Robot Zed, Tower of Rubble, Magicial Fairy Force, Arkanoid, and Adventure II XE.

The Portland Retro Gaming Expo is one of the largest classic gaming events in the country, bursting at the seams with video games and game-related activities all weekend long! The PRGE Retrocade opens to the public at noon on Friday, featuring 30,000 square feet of full-size arcade games and pinball machines, and the main exhibition hall (along with the arcade) will be open Saturday and Sunday. Here's an incomplete list of what you'll find at the show:
  • Exhibitors and Vendors selling classic gaming consoles and games
  • Various panels in three separate auditoriums throughout the weekend
  • Tons of special guests and speakers!
  • Huge 30,000 square foot arcade
  • PRGE live auction with many unique classic gaming items
  • Tournaments throughout the show
  • Cosplay contest
Please visit the official Portland Retro Gaming Expo website to learn more about the show. If you're attending the show, please stop by our booth, say hello, and play some new games!

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AtariAge Forum Upgrade
July 22, 2019
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

We've recently upgraded the AtariAge Forums to a significantly newer version! This was a long time coming, and the updated forum has a wealth of improvements over the previous incarnation. Here's a brief list of some of the improvements:
  • Mobile - There is no longer a separate Mobile skin. Instead, all skins are now "responsive" and will display properly on phones and tablets. This means you have the full functionality and style of the forum regardless of what device you are using.
  • HTTPS - You can now browse the forums securely full-time using HTTPS, and this is true for all of AtariAge, not just the forums. Additionally, you can enable two-factor authentication using Google Authenticator.
  • Clubs - Brand new is a feature titled "Clubs", which allow users to create and manage their own communities, fully integrated with the forum. Club leaders can add new sections to their club, like forums, galleries, calendars and more. Think of Clubs as mini-forums that can encompass topics outside of classic gaming. It'll be quite interesting to watch clubs develop over time!
  • Activity Streams - This is a powerful new feature of the forum that lets you easily customize how you discover new content on the forum. It may seem a bit intimidating at first, but once you play around with it for a bit you'll find it quite useful. After customizing an activity stream, you can save and name it appropriately so you can easily call it up again in the future.
  • New Editor - The forum now uses the commercial CKEditor for posting and editing comments on the forum. This is a Rich Text editor, and there is no longer a simple text-only view. The editor shows content as it will appear when posted -- BBcode has been deprecated, and you don't need to "Preview" posts to make sure they look correct. However, you may still do so and can even preview how your post will appear on phones and tablets.
  • Emoji - Yes, Emoji have arrived on the forum, so you can now use the same emoji you're become accustomed to on mobile devices and tablets.
  • Animated GIFs - The post editor now has built-in support for animated GIFs via GIPHY. You can search from many thousands of animated GIFs and easily insert them into your posts.
  • Attachments - It is much easier to add attachments to posts, private messages, and elsewhere. While in the editor, simply drag and drop images or other files from your computer directly into the editor window and they will be placed where you drag them. You can also copy/paste files directly into the editor.
  • Easier Quoting - In addition to quoting an entire post as you could previously, now you can simply highlight text with your mouse and then click the "Quote Selection" popup to add that quoted text to your reply.
  • Reactions - Instead of simply "Liking" a post, you can now choose from five different reactions (Like, Thanks, Haha, Confused, and Sad). We can customize these down the road if need be based on feedback.
  • Tagging UsersYou can now tag someone in a post by prefixing their username with "@". For instance, if you want to tag me, you'd type "@Albert" and then choose my username from the popup that appears. This will cause my username to be highlighted in blue and I'll receive a notification that I was tagged in a post (or elsewhere).
  • Downloads - We'll soon be adding a Downloads section to the forum. Primarily we intend to use this to allow homebrew authors to post binaries (ROMs) for their games either during development, when a game is completed, or both. Game binaries are organized by system (2600, 5200, 7800, etc.), and broken down by Homebrews, Hacks, Demos, and In Development, depending on the system.


AtariAge Forum Upgrade


If you're an active user of the forum, please consider purchasing a subscription. It's very time consuming to keep AtariAge online, and it's also expensive as AtariAge is run on two dedicated servers--one serving the web pages and another devoted to the databases. On top of that we have a third server used for development, on which we also provide free hosting for several classic gaming-related sites. These dedicated servers run over $600 a month, and there are also various software-related expenses involved as well (such as the forum license, which is over $200 a year). The upgrade for the forums and moving AtariAge to a new web server during this process cost roughly $2,500. We do not presently have ads on AtariAge, but it is something we've considered doing to help offset the costs and time involved. We'd prefer not to go that route, though!

Important! If you are UNABLE TO LOGIN to the forum after the upgrade, please make sure you login with your display name. If you had a login that was different than your visible name on the forum, it will no longer work (these were eliminated). You can read more information about this upgrade as well as leave feedback in our Announcements Forum.

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ZeroPage Homebrew 12-Hour Homebrew Stella-Thon Fundraiser
July 10, 2019
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

ZeroPage Homebrew will be streaming a 12 HOUR homebrew gaming marathon fundraiser on July 12, 2019 for the continued development of the amazing Atari 2600 emulator Stella. Stella development began in 1996, is maintained by Stephen Anthony (stephena), and many contributors have put in the their time, equipment and dollars over the years towards its continued success. 100% of all funds raised through auctions and donations will go to the Stella project!

Over the twelve hours of the marathon the crew at ZeroPage will be playing all your favorite homebrews, taking gaming challenges from the chat, trying for new highscores and generally having a ton of fun. We'll also be auctioning off a whole bunch of generously donated items to help raise funds for the incredible work that's being done on Stella.

Supporting the development of Stella not only provides you with an amazing Atari 2600 emulator to play all your favorite old school and new homebrew games, it's also and incredibly important tool in the development of new games for your VCS! Stella has a large number of helpful utilities under the hood to help troubleshoot and analyze issues during the process of making a game. By supporting Stella, you're helping accelerate the development of games and push games to further and further heights!

ZeroPage Homebrew Stella-thon


Generously Donated Auction Items (more to come!):
  • Draconian - CIB (Signed) : Donated by Darrell Spice Jr.
  • Medieval Mayhem - CIB with Rare Clear Shell Cart with Box (Signed) : Donated by Darrell Spice Jr.
  • Space Rocks - CIB w/ Fridge Magnet (Signed) : Donated by Darrell Spice Jr.
  • Space Rocks - Poster (Signed) : Donated by Darrell Spice Jr.
  • Stay Frosty 2 - CIB w/ Limited Edition Cart #51 (Signed) : Donated by Darrell Spice Jr.
  • Stella's Stocking - Cart #153 with Manual (Signed) : Donated by Darrell Spice Jr.
  • Galaga - CIB (Signed): Donated by John Champeau of Champ Games
  • Retron77 Console - CIB Loaded with Homebrew binaries donated by Chris Walton, Nathan Strum, Thomas Jentzsch, Manuel Rotschkar, Darrell Spice Jr., Andrew Davie, Oscar Toledo G. and John W. Champeau & Manuals from Albert of AtariAge (PLUS 2600-daptor D9, USB cable, OTG cable for the 2600-dapter, Retro-bit Genesis Gamepad) Donated by Nathan Strum
  • Astronomer - CIB, Limited Edition #40 (Last Copy!) : Donated by David Flemming of Packrat Video Games
  • The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion Volume 1 & 2 (Vol 1 & 2: Signed by Ed Fries (Microsoft/Halo/Halo 2600), Darrell Spice Jr. | Vol 2 signed by Brock Kesghey (Nexion 3D)) : Donated by Brian Matherne
  • Gold Rush - CIB (Signed): Donated by Dan Kitchen of Tikivision
  • Halo 2600 - CIB (Signed): Donated by Albert Yarusso of AtariAge
The Stella-thon Twitch stream begins on Friday, July 12th, 2019 at Noon and runs a full twelve hours, ending at Midnight (Pacific Time).To learn more, please visit the Stella-thon 12 Hour Gaming Marathon Fundraiser! thread in our Atari 2600 Forum.

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Speedball 2 and Fantasy World Dizzy for the Jaguar Announced
May 18, 2019
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

We've just added two new Atari Jaguar titles to the AtariAge Store! We're proud to reveal that Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe and Fantasy World Dizzy are now available to pre-order. Each game includes a high-quality, professionally printed box, manual and label. Fantasy World Dizzy (like Treasure Island Dizzy before it) is limited to 250 copies. We expect to ship these as soon as printing of the boxes, manuals and labels is complete, so order today to make sure you're among the first to enjoy them!
Speedball 2 and Fantasy World Dizzy


Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe

It's been two years since the last ball was thrown on a Speedball pitch. There are new teams, new stadia, and new rules. The arena is bigger, the players are tougher, and the action is faster than ever before.

The challenge is this: take control of Brutal Deluxe, the worst team in Speedball history, and turn them into champions.

Speedball 2 is a different ball game!


Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe is a video game based on a violent futuristic cyberpunk sport that draws on elements of handball and ice hockey, and rewards violent play as well as goals. The concept of the game is very reminiscent of the 1975 film Rollerball. The original game was developed by Bitmap Brothers and is one of their most successful titles. Originally released for the Atari ST in 1990, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe has been ported to a variety of additional systems and has finally made it's way to the Atari Jaguar!



Fantasy World Dizzy

Dizzy & Daisy strolled through the enchanted forest without a care in the world... But suddenly the Evil King's trolls seized poor Daisy! She was sent to the Wizards Weird's Tallest Tower, while Dizzy was dragged away and thrown into the deepest, darkest, dankest of the King's Dungeons in the bowels of Fantasy World.

Dizzy was frightened! Who knew what fate awaited him...and he still hadn't done this week's homework! But then he remembered that he had a fresh green apple that he had planned to give to his teacher to escape detention, and he cheered up. And there was some bread and water on the table!

A cunning plan began to brew in his mind...


Dizzy and The Yolkfolk are characters created by the Oliver Twins, and these characters would appear in many games during the 8 and 16-bit eras. Most of their appearances were in multi-screen platform adventure puzzle games, however, they also appeared in some great arcade games as the title characters.

Slowly, over the course of the series, we learn more about this odd little family and help them out of the tricky situations they find themselves in by visiting the many varied locations of their magical world. Fantasy World Dizzy is our second Dizzy release, following on the heels of Treasure Island Dizzy, which is still available for purchase (get it while supplies last, though!)



You can learn more about Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe and Fantasy World Dizzy by visiting the AtariAge Store.

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Atari: A Visual History Kickstarter
April 23, 2019
Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Darren Doyle of Greyfox Books has launched a Kickstarter campaign to create the first unofficially-licensed coffee table book on the Atari 8-bit Home Computer, Atari: A Visual History. The book pays a huge tribute to this incredible home computer, its product design, and its amazing catalogue of third-party software associated with this iconic 8-bit system. Atari: A Visual History is the very first book of this kind to be released for the Atari 8-bit home computer enthusiast in a visual compendium, ever! Darren has spent many months on development of this title and has acquired some incredible content along the way.

Features of the book include:
  • 162 third-party Atari 8-bit games covered
  • Remastered box art only found in this book
  • Exclusive and new interviews
  • Atari 800, Atari 800XL, and Atari 130XE systems profiled
  • A visual compendium presentational coffee book
  • Full hardcover publication
  • And much more...
With the Atari: A Visual History book, the visuals are the main focus, with roughly 210-220 word sound bites of text accompanying each game spread. The review of each game has especially been given a lot of research and thought during the writing process from Darren and all contributors involved. Within the book, you'll also find a series of larger features and interviews with developers and software house profiles and much more, ensuring a great mix of visuals and words. Overall, the book will contain around 50,000 words and hundreds of iconic images; each one is given its own unique flair in presentation and professional preservation which will make it the perfect coffee-table Atari book.



The premise of the book is to cover a huge majority of classic third-party Atari 8-bit software from such amazing software houses as Datasoft, Broderbund, First Star Software and the likes. A selection of commercial and non-commercial homebrew games will also be covered in the book, giving these games the exposure in a visual compendium never seen in a format of this type before. Atari: A Visual History will also deliver a selection of interviews with game designers who worked on the Atari 8-bit. The three most popular computers of Atari's 8-bit computer range receive their very own profile coverage, with additional exclusive photography of these computers by Roberto Rogel, as well as a choice selection of Atari-related peripherals. The book will measure 170mm x 230mm (6” x 9”) and will only be available in hardcover form for maximum durability, comprising a whopping 420 pages of content.

Please visit the Kickstarter campaign to learn more about Atari: A Visual History and make a pledge to support this project. You can discuss the book with its author Darren Doyle in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.

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