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#4052359 The New Atari VCS FAQ and Info Thread

Posted by MrMaddog on Yesterday, 9:37 AM

About linux: 


At around 19 minutes Artz tries to explain more on the Atari and sandbox environments.  He says the Atari side will be stripped-down to the necessities and compares the sandbox side to running Xbox 360 games on an Xbox One through its emulator.  Of course, he's a salesman not a tech guy, so who knows how accurate it is:




I've seen that video, he does talk about keeping the customizable "sandbox" seperate from the main Atari UI (ie. not being able to add your Linux homebrew stuff to the Atari menus).


My guess is that it'll be either some sort of virtualization or a jail container for running the Ubuntu desktop so it doesn't affect the main Linux system that runs the Atari stuff.  This is good in a way that you can use sandbox mode to make a Steam Machine, Retro Pie thing, Kodi Media center or even use it as a desktop computer w/o screwing up the Atari VCS itself.

#4045659 "Who Killed the Atari ST?" 1989 article on Atari computers

Posted by MrMaddog on Sat Jun 9, 2018 11:42 PM

Atari ST was smart in essentially porting Digital Researches version of MSDOS (Gem) to a flat 32 bit model, but never ended up with the popular apps from PC's, other than Word Perfect. I don't recall how popular WordStar was by the time the Atari ST was first released.


If anyone used WordStar on the ST, it was through the PC-Ditto emulator.  It was very slow but then again WPs spend most of thier time waiting for user input anyway...


The ST's ability to read & write PC formatted floppy disks was a very useful bonus, it sure helped me out back in college.

#4045200 Battle of the Ports

Posted by MrMaddog on Sat Jun 9, 2018 10:08 AM

Yeah, it stinks the way AtariSoft basically stole other people's work them sold it off as their own.  I wonder in Namco knew about their practice?


Atari did had the exclusive rights to Pac-Man for home & computer formats and squashed even vague variations of it on other systems (ie. KC Munchkin).  But since Atari 8-bit computers weren't as popular as the Apple & Commodore ones, they started AtariSoft as a "can't beat them, join them" thing.  At least they sold Taxman as an "official" port instead of killing it outright...

#4044456 The New Atari VCS FAQ and Info Thread

Posted by MrMaddog on Fri Jun 8, 2018 9:25 AM


Not really, these days almost every Linux task has has been broken down into simple recipes you can cut and paste.    Run this curl command and this apt-get command and done..


Yep, when I used Ubuntu I copied lines from a web browser to a Terminal window to install stuff.  It only takes two lines just to put Steam on there and BOOM you got a Steam Machine...

#4042279 The New Atari VCS FAQ and Info Thread

Posted by MrMaddog on Tue Jun 5, 2018 9:54 AM

Atari answers questions during live video chat about the VCS Worth watching- https://youtu.be/vgftgTNtYLo?t=235


That was more informative than the usual press releases...


So everything not going through the Atari store has to be in the "sandbox mode" that's a sectioned off Ubuntu desktop.  That's where the Steam client and any custom emulators would have to go in. 


At least this way if support does end for the Atari VCS, it can still be used as a super power Pi.  (As a former ST user I learned you have to rely outside the company to get further support for any Atari computer.)

#4039794 Timex Sinclair TS2068 / ZX Spectrum in the USA Help

Posted by MrMaddog on Fri Jun 1, 2018 11:19 PM

What about (theoretically) getting a ZX Spectrum Next computer? 


With a HDMI output and international 9V PSU it should work in the US right?

#4035267 Tempest 4000

Posted by MrMaddog on Sat May 26, 2018 10:16 PM

Seems more like an "Atari SA sancationed" version of TxK....


Of course I would have prefered it would have new music and even better have a "retro" T2K mode witth the original music of they can't/won't get Jag games on AtariVCS.


But I'll still buy it just because. :)

#4034098 Baby Pac-Man

Posted by MrMaddog on Thu May 24, 2018 9:55 PM

Yeah, use joystick left & right for the flippers...but also have the right button also do the right flipper for those with the 7800 gamepad.


Honestly, I love the NES gamepad for pinball game conversions.  I even modded a cheap 2600 joystick from Radio Shack to use "buttons" instead of the stick itself for games like Midnight Magic & Video Pinball.

#4032330 Hyperkin Xbox "Duke" Controller Review - Indepth

Posted by MrMaddog on Tue May 22, 2018 10:15 AM

They Finally Fixed The Duke!!!!!!!!!!!!



I mean...very insightful and well detailed review.

#4027791 What books/decade of books inspired the Stories of 80s Sci Fi games?

Posted by MrMaddog on Mon May 14, 2018 9:51 PM

The Berzerker series by Fred Saberhagen was a huge influence on early arcade games where you fight against hordes of robots like Robotron and, umm...Berzerk.

#4023403 Nintendo Network Info Released - Also NO Virtual Console

Posted by MrMaddog on Tue May 8, 2018 8:46 AM

Between the 3DS and the NES/SNES Mini Classics still selling, why bother with having VC on the Switch?

#4020109 Nintendo Ruined Video Games

Posted by MrMaddog on Wed May 2, 2018 9:52 PM


I subscribe here in the states....what an awesome magazine. To an American who had no knowledge of British computing etc, it was like discovering a whole new world.


My absolute favorite is when they compare differing versions of a game across multiple platforms ("conversion capers" I think they call it).


That was my experience owning an Atari ST in the States during my college years.  I'd always buy imported magazines like ST Format not only to find out what software & games are out there but also for the freeware stuff on the coverdisks.  I just  felt that the Amiga & ST games were more mature  than the stuff I already played on the NES/SNES, not to mention even the Sega games were primary marketed towards teenagers so I dirfted more towards computer games.


And yes I bought Retro Gamer issues from B&N whenever I get the chance...

#4017740 Why do AtGames Atari 2600 systems use 5200 Space Invaders?

Posted by MrMaddog on Sun Apr 29, 2018 3:40 PM

Because Taito didn't want the "inferior" version from the 2600 used so they put in an arcade  port instead.  I don't know why since Atari's verison of SI wasn't that bad like say Pac-man...

#4016997 Amiga 1200 vs Atari ST.

Posted by MrMaddog on Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:27 AM

Going back to the original question... Are there any games where you prefer the ST version to the Amiga version? Which ones? Why?

(Op asked if he should get an ST for games if he already had an Amiga; decade old specs debates don't help; this may. :) )


I appologize for thinking this was yet another fanboi flame thread going by just the thread name and some of the posts here so I'm rectifing the situtation...


If OP already has an Amiga 1200 then there's a emulator called STonAmiga that'll play ST stuff on Amiga hardware.  It'll require an accelerator but with the Vampire you can also run FreeMiNT for running GEM applications in a modern multitasking OS.

#4012860 What consoles would you like to see made as a flashback

Posted by MrMaddog on Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:37 AM

Ok, I know 5200 & 7800 don't have the same recognition as 2600 games do, but what about this idea?


Say like as in Flashback Classics (X1/PS4) you first select like Centipede and then the version you want to play as either Arcade or 2600, now what if you also added 5200 & 7800 versions as well?  People who never played those versions before will be surprised of how the 5200 version sounds exactly  like the arcade and how the 7800 version has much better graphics than the 2600 version they're used to.


Instead of having a seperate 5200 or 7800 Flashback that no one will buy, you'll have more variations of the games that Atari SA already owned.  And if that goed well then add the 5200/7800 exlcusives...