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Games that support Rotary Controllers

Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:34 PM

Is there a proper list of games that supports rotary controllers?  Here is a list of games known to support rotary controllers, and I'll keep this list up to date:

Any others? 
 
Thanks!
 
 ..Al


Hardware recommendations to run 8-bit BBS on Internet

Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:34 PM

I'm interested in setting up an Atari 8-bit BBS that people can connect to via the internet.  I ran BBSs "back in the day" on Atari 8-bit computers and later on PCs (running DOS at the time).  For the 8-bit, I was running Carina II, and had a large amount of hardware to support the BBS: 

  • Atari 800XL w/256K RAM upgrade
  • Atari BASIC Rev. C cartridge
  • SpartDOS X cartridge
  • R-Time 8 cartridge
  • 1MB MIO board
  • US Doublered 1050 drives (2)
  • Indus GT drives (2)
  • Adaptec HD controller card
  • 40MB HD space (two 20MB drives, one was a Seagate ST225N, the other I think was a Micropolis drive). 
  • Various modems, last I was using I believe was a 9600 baud US Robotics Courier HST modem
  • Commodore 1702
  • Magnavox 80-column display
  • XEP80 (Carina II supports a secondary display using the XEP80, which was fantastic to watch 80-column users).
  • Some dot matrix printer (maybe a Star Micronics?  Epson?) to keep a log of who called
  • Other stuff I am probably forgetting.  :D 

With all the cool hardware people have created over the years, I'm sure some of this could be simplified.  

 

What I'm looking for: 

  • Either an 800XL or 130XE.  Would like recommendations on which is better to use.  I really dislike the keyboards on the XE.  I have plenty of 8-bit computers, so I should have a good machine I can use for this purpose.  I also have several unmodified 1200XLs.  
  • Ability to create a large RAM disk.  I was probably using two with the above setup, one with the excess memory I had in the 800XL, plus the 1MB in the MIO.  Storing BBS files on the RAM disk was immensely faster than using either floppy or hard drives. 
  • Ability to connect a modern hard drive or SSD to the system for storage. 
  • SpartaDOS X or some other capable DOS. 
  • Some type of clock so the BBS has accurate time (was absolutely essential to have the R-Time 8 cart). 
  • I assume I can replace the built-in BASIC to Rev. C Atari BASIC, instead of using a cartridge. 
  • Some way to connect the machine to the internet.  I'd need a serial connection or something that simulates one, and the ability to receive "calls" from the internet.  I previously used the MIO's serial port for this. 
  • It would be damn cool if I could access the drives connected to the 8-bit across my network, but that's probably asking too much.  
  • Need to find a suitable 80 column display I can use with the XEP80.  Recommendations of monitors that work with it would be appreciated. 

I'd love to connect the BBS to AtariAge so people can play with it directly from the site.  In particular it would be fun to run some games, such as RoboWar II.  I don't expect it would get a ton of use, but it would be a fun project for me.  :)

 

Thanks in advance for any and all advice!

 

 ..Al

 


New Opcode COLOR Line Games Now Available!

Fri Dec 2, 2016 1:03 PM

Be prepared to add more color to your ColecoVision! The new COLOR line of games by Opcode brings you a new experience with many more titles, faster releases, more affordable prices, and new packaging with plastic cases and instruction cards from the arcades. The first three COLOR releases from Opcode Games are now available in the AtariAge Store! They are:Opcode_Color_News.jpg
 
For this first batch, we only have about 60 copies for each of the games.  These are in stock and ready to ship!

Rebooteroids Now Available

Mon Nov 14, 2016 6:07 PM

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Rebooteroids is a new take on an arcade classic for the Atari Jaguar. In development for over six years, Rebooteroids is now available for purchase! Rebooteroids features 100 unique levels, plus 10 'kombateroids' levels for multiplayer head to head. You can choose from five gameplay modes, including a 'skirmish mode' whereby randomly generated levels of increasing difficulty challenge the player. Enjoy the original soundtrack by 505 and MSG/reservoir gods while you fight your way through each wave.

You pilot the EWS, a small, highly maneuverable test ship equipped with a basic rapid-fire cannon. Your test ship is also fitted with a state of the art Hyperspace Engine which, if it was working, would be capable of jumping the craft vast distances. However, due to damage, it currently only has the ability to jump short range, and without a navigation lock you have no way of knowing where you will pop back into normal space.

Use your controller to rotate the EWS left and right, thrust to avoid colliding with objects, and most importantly, fire to blast everything in sight! Collect bonus power-ups to increase your odds of survival. Every five waves (in Arcade mode) you'll enter a bonus round, where you have the opportunity to earn an extra life. Your high scores are saved to the cart, and you can also share them online.

Rebooteroids is packed into a 4MB cartridge and includes a high-quality box and 20-page manual. Please visit the AtariAge Store to purchase a copy today!

 

 

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Boxed Jeepers Creepers in the AtariAge Store

Thu Nov 10, 2016 11:33 AM

It's Halloween Night and your girlfriend has been kidnapped by an evil wizard who wants to lump her into his undead bride! Armed with an unlimited supply of axes, you set out to rescue her, but you'll have to face hordes of skeletons, ghosts and green-skinned monsters!

You must kill them all in order to progress towards the wizard's castle! Can you save your love? This is one halloween night you'll never forget!

 
We've just added 100 boxed copies of Daniel Bienvenu's Jeepers Creepers to the store! Your goal is to save your girlfriend who is being held prisoner in an evil wizard's castle. To do this youll have to blast your way through four levels of oncoming hordes of monsters. If you'd like a boxed copy of Jeeepers Creepers, don't delay, as we won't be producing more boxed copies of this game in the future!

 

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