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Calling all homebrew game developers! Its time to rock the Intellivision world with the start of the first IntyBASIC programming contest. We want to see the awesome games that you can create with this easy to learn language. It doesn't matter if you are a novice or a professional programmer as long as you have fun creating your masterpieces.
2015 IntyBASIC Intellivision Games Programming Contest is taking place between July 1st, 2015 and December 31st, 2015. The contest is sponsored by AtariAge, GroovyBee, nonner242, nanochess and CollectorVision. The (possibly obsessed) collectors revolutionika and cmart604 will also be providing some additional prizes.
All contest entries submitted must be written in IntyBASIC. The current prizes are as follows:
Full details about the contest can be found here in our IntyBASIC Programming Contest forum. If you haven't gotten started in Intellivision programming yet, our Intellivision Programming Forum is a great place to start! We look forward to playing everyone's entries! Good luck!
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Episode 23 of ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast is now available. In this episode:
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Driving Crazy, the formerly self-published novel by AtariAge forum member Atari Smeghead, has been picked up by a mainline publisher for nationwide release and distribution. Award-winning author Randy D Pearson’s debut novel is now part of the Tate Publishing family, and saw a June 16, 2015 release date.
Driving Crazy is a humorous adventure about two lifelong friends who travel across the United States to pick up a Crazy Climber machine. They find themselves in all sorts of trouble, and will have to rely on their luck and ingenuity if they hope to get this classic arcade game, and themselves, home in one piece.
This 273-page novel is filled with humor, drama, and exciting chases. It features many video game scenes, including such arcade classics as Galaga, Tempest and of course, Crazy Climber. Even the Atari Jaguar has a cameo.
Retail price for Driving Crazy is $20.99 and is now available everywhere books are sold, including Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble (both the stores and online). For more information, including reviews, excerpts, and deleted scenes (or to purchase a signed copy directly from the author), please visit www.randypearson.org or join the discussion in our Marketplace Forum.
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Join AtariAge at this year's Classic Game Fest, taking place in Austin, Texas on July 25th and 26th. Now in its 8th year, Classic Game Fest has become one of the largest retro video game conventions in the country. Last year's event (greatly expanded from previous years) featured more than 25,000 square feet of retro gaming awesomeness and attracted over 4,500 enthusiastic attendees from all over Texas and around the world. Come celebrate the biggest retro video game convention in Texas during two days of exciting classic video games, retro game tournaments, costume contests, live video game music, and more!
Several special guests have been announced for this year's show, including Richard Garriott (co-founder of Origin Systems and creator of the Ultima series of role-playing games), Starr Long (long-time past and present collaborator with Richard Garriott), Howard Scott Warshaw (author of the 2600 games E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Yars' Revenge, and Raiders of the Lost Ark), and Ernest Cline (author of Ready Player One and the upcoming novel Armada).
AtariAge will be present at the Classic Game Fest with a large number of Atari 2600, 5200 and 7800 systems setup for play all weekend. You'll be able to try out some of the latest homebrew games, upcoming games to be released later this year, and other games currently in development. Please visit the Classic Gaming Fest website to learn more about the event. We've also setup a Classic Game Fest Forum, where you can discuss the show with other AtariAge members who'll be attending! If you're attending and would like an AtariAge badge with your forum handle (and an AtariAge lanyard), please visit this forum thread.
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The Atari 2600 Encyclopedia Volume 1 is a new book containing detailed information and imagery of Atari 2600 games, the first of a planned four volume set. The book is authored by Derek Slaton (whose credits include the Sega Master System Encyclopedia) and features imagery designed by Darren Doyle. The first Atari 2600 Encyclopedia volume is just over 400 pages and covers the first 100 titles for the Atari 2600, with each game receiving a four page full-color spread. The games each feature a lengthy writeup, screenshots, box/cartridge/manual scans, and the book contains a host of other features, such as Activision patch scans, catalog examples, and for the iBooks version, gameplay footage. US Amazon site and retails for $50 (although Amazon runs specials so the price will often be lower). If you'd like a digital version of the book, you can purchase a PDF from Sellfy for $9.99, or an iBooks version for $12.99. Plans are to have the book available on the UK Amazon site, hopefully the end of May. You can discuss The Atari 2600 Encyclopedia with the book's author in our Atari 2600 Forum.
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AtariAge user apemaster from Yoda's Video Arcade has announced a new game called Retrory. Retrory is a memory card matching game, where you find pairs of matching cards by turning them over. This is a physical game, as opposed to a video game, featuring 80 cards (40 "pairs") and a 12-page full-color instruction booklet, packed in a 2600-style box. The cards themselves are 6cm x 6cm (2.4") square and are about 2mm thick. Each card is double-sided and full-color printed, with a canvas-structure finish. Atari 2600 Forum.
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Mike Kennedy from GameGavel.com has purchased the Atari Jaguar tooling to produce console shells for the upcoming RETRO VGS project. Before these molds are repurposed for RETRO VGS, a limited run of translucent Jaguar console shells and cartridges is being produced for anyone who is interested. It's unlikely these shells will be produced again in the foreseeable future, so if you want a clear Atari Jaguar console shell, now's the time to purchase one! The price for each translucent console shell is $45, and translucent cartridge shells are $8 each. These prices include shipping in the USA, with international shipping costing extra.
You can see a video of the Atari Jaguar molding arriving at their new home on the RETRO VGS Facebook Page. Below are two photos of the molds after they were delivered to the injection molding company (click for larger images): Atari Jaguar Forum, where you can also discuss the shells with Mike Kennedy and other Jaguar fans. Orders must be received by 8am Monday Morning Pacific Time!
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Beta Phase Games has announced the discovery of an Atari 7800 port of the arcade game Toki. In Toki you play the role of an ape who can kill his enemies by spitting at them. In the course of this platform game, you can also collect power-ups that give you improved abilities, such as making your spittle larger or allowing you to jump higher. The 7800 port of Toki is fairly faithful to the original arcade version, but the final level is not present, likely due to space constraints. The swinging vines in the arcade version are also absent from the 7800 version, which is most likely intentional as well.
The game as found (labeled Beta 2) is currently a PAL-format game and does not run properly on NTSC 7800 consoles. However, work is being done to see if the game can be converted to NTSC. The team hopes to release Toki in cartridge form, followed about a month later by a ROM release. AtariAge user CPUWIZ has posted photos of the game running on one of his consoles.
The Atari 7800 version of the game was discovered on a computer (purchased on eBay) owned by a former Atari employee. Several other games were also found, including Klax (7800), Hotdog (Lynx), Road Riot 4WD (Lynx), Poker (Lynx), Relief Pitcher (Lynx), and an as-of-yet unannounced title. You can keep abreast of this development by reading the Toki Prototype For 7800 Discovered thread in our Atari 7800 Forum.
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The Classic-Gaming Bookcast is an entertaining eBook about old video games. If you enjoy what's commonly known as retro-gaming, you'll have a lot of fun reading these forty game-specific chapters. The prose is lively, provocative and often humorous. The book even contains strategies, insights and philosophies. "I didn't want it to be like any other game-related book out there," says the author, Chris Federico (Chris++ on AtariAge).
The featured games are on the following platforms:
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Marc Oberhäuser of Freelancer Games has announced he is taking orders for his Atari 2600 Trading Cards Series 1. The first series with 50 cards features the original Atari releases from 3-D Tic Tac Toe to Gremlins. The front side of a card shows the original release box art, while the back contains facts about the game, the front label, the cover of the manual, and a screenshot from the game. The cards are printed professionally and include a box for storage.
Atari 2600 Forum. Marc has also created trading cards for the Intellivision and Atari 7800.
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July 6, 2015
Did you know?
The Atari symbol is known as the "Fuji" because of it's resemblance to Mt. Fuji.
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