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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.

In Topic: Jaguar T-shirts on redbubble

Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:03 AM


Ouch.  Seriously, ouch: $2 million dollars for each trademark infringement, and $150 thousand dollars for each copyright infringement?  I know, looking at RedBubble in the past, that there were a huge number of Atari logos in various forms offered for sale, so that's the kind of money that can put a company out of business, though they'll likely settle out of court.


Following the DMCA Banhammer, I've seen a few Atari-related designs creeping back in when I search for "Atari"... images of the CX40 joystick, a Pong screenshot, and I imagine those will be coming back down again shortly.  Who knows, maybe with the lawsuit hanging overhead, RedBubble will automatically flag and ban the mention of "Atari" in any form, as if it were some horrible expletive.


I did have one design survive Atari SA's onslaught, and though it contains the text "Atari" and "Jaguar" in the image, the text description did not, so it wouldn't show up in a search for "Atari."  I have three new designs in the works, even further removed from Atari IP than what I had before (I don't want to get RedBubble into any more trouble), and I think I'll omit the word "Atari" in those descriptions as well.