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In Topic: The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:41 PM

The tiles have finally landed in their correct spots, meaning the FlipOut! episode is available for your listening pleasure (or consternation, depending on how you feel about FlipOut!).  I was honored and fortunate to have the game's designer Conrad Barski answer a lot of questions about the game, and fill the gaps in FlipOut!'s development story.  Check it out through the link at the top of the show notes, or in iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, or your favorite RSS-based podcast player.

The next episode covers the top-down racing game Power Drive Rally.  Memories?  Opinions?  Post here, or e-mail jaguar@gamebygamepodcast.com.  Above all, though, thank you for listening!

In Topic: New Atari Console that Ataribox?

Thu Jul 5, 2018 1:49 PM

If someone really wanted to crowdfund a gaming-capable mini-PC, I just came across the UDOO BOLT, which is in the same price range, but looks like a better option than the Atari VCS in many ways:

  • It runs AMD Ryzen hardware, which is newer and faster than the VCS's Bristol Ridge APU with its Radeon R5
  • It's on Kickstarter, so at least there's an actual prototype somewhere
  • The case is designed with adequate cooling in mind
  • It can support up to 32GB of RAM
  • You can add an internal hard drive (in addition to the built-in 32GB eMMC)
  • It supports Windows, if you wanted a non-Linux option
  • The campaign page shows the BOLT actually running stuff (not just "for illustration purposes only")
  • It's scheduled to ship by the end of this year

There are some notable drawbacks, though, compared to the VCS:

  • It's decidedly more DIY in nature
  • No Atari logo
  • No woodgrain
  • The case design has fewer ridges
  • You'd have to buy Atari Vault separately for $10 off Steam

In Topic: New Atari Console that Ataribox?

Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:16 AM

- An apologist who desperately wants to believe, defending AtariBox and implying that The Register did it for money or attention. 

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In Topic: Jaguar T-shirts on redbubble

Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:10 AM

Lots of new Atari-related designs back up on RedBubble, showing things like the Adventure bat, more joysticks, a screenshot of 2600 Berzerk, and an Adventure/Combat mash-up.  I wonder if Atari SA will go back through for another strafing run.


I did a little reading (well, skimming) on fair use this morning, and the general rule of thumb seems to be if a work is transformative, then it's fair use.  For example, if I made a design with a picture of Skylar and the text "Where did you learn to fly?" and that's it, then that would probably not fall under fair use.  However, making something resembling a T-Griffon and framing it as a flight school, I'd think that would be a transformative, and therefore fair use.

In Topic: Jaguar T-shirts on redbubble

Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:56 AM

Atari SA doesn't seem to acknowledge the existence of anything beyond the 2600.  Atari VCS backers are clamoring for 8-bit/5200, 7800, Lynx, and Jaguar games, but only get cookie-cutter replies.  I'll bet if you were to wear one of my Cybermorph-themed t-shirts around Atari HQ, they'd be like, Que diable est-ce?!  We'll never, never see Atari SA sell Jaguar-related merchandise, which is a big reason why I wanted to put some designs out there.