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#4063618 New Atari Console that Ataribox?

Posted by Shinto on 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



#4054414 New Atari Console that Ataribox?

Posted by Shinto on 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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#4049763 Jaguar T-shirts on redbubble

Posted by Shinto on 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.




#4049697 Jaguar T-shirts on redbubble

Posted by Shinto on 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.




#4048171 New Atari Console that Ataribox?

Posted by Shinto on Wed Jun 13, 2018 1:26 PM

To be perfectly honest, I had been tentatively considering support of the Atari VCS on Indiegogo, for a few reasons:

  1. I own literally dozens of Linux-compatible indie games, from Humble Bundle and Steam and GOG purchases over the years, and would like to play those from the couch on our big TV
  2. $200 for a system with those specs isn't bad.  The A10-9630P would do a better job at PC gaming than any other computer I currently own (well, that's also small enough to put in the family room).
  3. The black case looks kinda neat
  4. Atari fuji logos everywhere!

 

But some harsh realities have steadied my Get-This-Perk-clicking finger:

  1. Thus far, the only thing Atari SA has demonstrated they can make is a neat-looking case.  Well, big promises, too, if that counts.
  2. Speaking of the case, how will they sufficiently cool a 35W TDP APU inside it?  Officially, they say "thermal design is currently in process" but I would hope they had figured this out already.  It's pretty important, and could result in significant design changes before release, but after the fundraising (and refund) deadline.
  3. A year from now when the VCS is scheduled for release, $200 will likely buy better hardware
  4. If I wanted to spend $200 to play PC games on my TV, I could get an NVidia Shield TV today and use GameStream from my desktop.  The Shield has other benefits over the VCS, too, like a better Amazon/Hulu/Vudu streaming experience, and the ability to play Android games natively.  Humble Bundles have given me no shortage of Android games on the cheap.  Also, that $200 price includes controllers.  And shipping.
  5. For far less than $200, I can stream games from my desktop PC using a Raspberry Pi running Moonlight.  I got the basics working already, but it would definitely need some more tinkering.
  6. There are so many other red flags with the Atari VCS campaign, no number of fuji logos can hide them all

 

Atari is awesome and passionate about bringing back the brand, guys:  http://atariage.com/...bble/?p=4047565

 

Atari SA's RedBubble Rampage linked above, though, has firmly tipped the scales against my backing the VCS.  It's hard to build goodwill and brand loyalty when you throw lawyers at some of your biggest fans.  Maybe I was in the wrong with my artwork, but either way, the whole episode left a sour taste in my mouth, and I'm disinclined to give these people any money.

 

The more I think about the VCS, though, the riskier it sounds, so maybe I should thank them for shutting down my RedBubble store.




#4025219 The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

Posted by Shinto on Thu May 10, 2018 7:42 PM

Fire up your Supa Dupa Podcast Playa and check out Cannon Fodder, episode 23, which has now been deployed (using a choppa, of course).  Link is in the show notes.




#3992697 The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

Posted by Shinto on Sat Mar 24, 2018 7:59 AM

Episode 22, covering the cartridge version of Hover Strike, has arrived on an unnamed planet near you. Watch out for space pirates.  The direct link is at the top of the show notes, and you can also find this episode on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and your favorite RSS-based podcast application.  Buoyed by a bunch of great feedback, I think this may be one of my favorite episodes to date.




#3985355 Jaguar T-shirts on redbubble

Posted by Shinto on Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:19 PM

If I'm interpreting the site right, it looks like he's actually the seller. Valid question though.

 

Yes, those are my designs on RedBubble, except for the one with just the Jaguar logo since I try to avoid possible copyright/trademark infringement (the current "Atari" is a litigious bunch).  Here's the link to the storefront.  It's so cool to see someone actually wearing one, thank you so much for the photo ls650!




#3962664 The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

Posted by Shinto on Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:14 PM

Just what everybody wanted for Valentine's Day: a podcast episode... about an NFL football game... on the Jaguar.  Episode 21 - Troy Aikman NFL Football is now available in your RSS-based podcast client, with iTunes and Stitcher following whenever they pick it up.

 

The next episode will focus on Hover Strike, and I've set an arbitrary feedback deadline of March 9th for that one, if you'd like to send something in (please?).  Thank you for listening!




#3960789 2 worthy video game podcasts

Posted by Shinto on Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:25 PM

 I knew it was coming up for Shinto, but I figured it would be weeks before his episode was out. icon_wink.gif

You're right, both of you announced it in advance, right? Duh me. But yeah, this was a quick turnaround for Shinto. icon_smile.gif

 

You know, I'm actually surprised when I get an episode out the door, too.  That said, I've just got some finishing touches to do on Troy Aikman NFL Football and will have that episode published within the next day or two, which is super fast for me.

 

In other news, a new Nintendo 64 podcast released their first episode a couple days ago.  What I've been able to gather about the show I put up at n64.gamebygamepodcast.com.

The other N64 podcast I had listed, Strictly 64, may be dead now since their website and Twitter account both went dark. 




#3942837 The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

Posted by Shinto on Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:43 AM

The latest episode of the podcast, covering Pinball Fantasies, is out of the launch lane and hopefully not headed for a quick drain. Fire up your flipper fingers, check it out, and as always thank you for listening.

The next episode will cover Troy Aikman NFL Football, and if you happen to have any feedback you'd like to share on that one, please send that along, text or audio submission, to jaguar@gamebygamepodcast.com.  Thanks!




#3895003 2 worthy video game podcasts

Posted by Shinto on Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:01 AM

Considering who they have on their now, I could care less. They lost me as a listener when they added that scumbag, and I'm shocked Shinto used him as a source in a recent Jaguar podcast.

 

I tend to take every source with a grain of salt, and try to double-check cited facts if at all possible.  Some things don't pass the smell test and therefore don't make it into the podcast.  I know of whom you speak, and I have openly disagreed with some of his conclusions in the past, but when he includes quotes from people who worked at the companies related to whichever game I'm covering, I'd be remiss not to include it as a reference.




#3887159 The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

Posted by Shinto on Thu Nov 9, 2017 8:14 PM

The latest installment of the podcast, covering Double Dragon V: The Shadow Falls, is now online.  Here's a direct link, some show notes, and you'll also find it on iTunes and Stitcher.  Even if you don't care for the game, I hope you enjoy the episode.

 

Up next is Pinball Fantasies.  If you have any feedback you'd like to share, please post here, PM me, or send a text or audio submission to jaguar@gamebygamepodcast.com.  Thanks!




#3855518 The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

Posted by Shinto on Tue Sep 26, 2017 8:55 AM

The Brutal Sports Football episode is out, and to back up that audacious claim I have a link to Libsyn and some show notes, plus you can also check it out on iTunes, your favorite RSS-based podcast player, and probably Stitcher at this point as well.

 

The next episode of the podcast will cover Double Dragon V!  If you have any feedback for this one, I'd love to get it in the episode, so post/PM here, or send a text or audio submission to jaguar@gamebygamepodcast.com by October 20th.

 

Thank you for listening!


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#3836564 The Atari Jaguar Game by Game Podcast

Posted by Shinto on Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:45 PM

Thank you very much, DrMalba.  I wish I could keep up a regular episode release schedule, but the research is incredibly time-consuming, so I do my best to fit it in with the usual grown-up responsibilities of jobs and kids and household and stuff.  This summer has been nuts.  I haven't stopped working on the next episode, it's coming along nicely, just very slowly.  I still love putting together this podcast, it's a lot of fun to do, so I am grateful for your support and patience!