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Albert

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Tue May 9, 2017 3:41 PM

Greetings!
 
I’d like to enlist the help of the community to keep the front page of AtariAge full of current and relative classic gaming news.  It’s tough for me to do this by myself—I don’t see everything interesting that’s posted across the internet that might be of interest to AtariAge visitors, and putting together news items for the front page in a competent manner is time consuming.  
 
I’d love to see at least one item a day posted, and hopefully more.  I’m betting there are a few people here that might have the time and desire to help. 
 
For every posting that I use on the front page, I will add one month to your AtariAge subscription.  If you don’t have one yet, I’ll give you one (one month initially for the first posting I use).  
 
Here’s what I am looking for in news postings: 
  1. One or more paragraphs that form the meat of the news item.  Be succinct, but include important details.  Please include any relevant links.  Do not plagiarize text from other websites, unless it’s taken from a press-release.  I will check!
  2. Create a title for your news item.  Keep it as brief as possible. 
  3. Include relevant links within your text. 
  4. Include one or more relevant photos.  Sometimes I might use an image as a thumbnail, other times I will post a larger image or images. 
  5. Include a link to a video if that is more relevant than a photo. 
  6. Include a Link to a forum thread on AtariAge if one already exists.  If not, then I will create one when I post the news item. 
  7. Include a link where one can learn more information about the news item.  This will usually be linked in the news text somewhere, but I will also use this link for any images/thumbnails included with the posting. 
Please send news submissions directly to me.  I will review submissions and decide which are posted to the front page.  I’ll usually edit items before they appear on the front page, so don’t be surprised if what is posted is not exactly the same as what you submitted.  Sometimes I may edit the text heavily.  Some items will also be reposted to social media (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).  
 
Even if an item doesn’t get posted to the front page, I may start a new thread (if one doesn’t already exist) so the news item can be discussed in the forum.  
 
I will credit the news posting with your forum handle, unless you prefer to remain anonymous. 
 
News topics should be classic gaming-related in some fashion.  They do not have to be Atari-specific, since we have many active discussions for non-Atari systems in the forums (ColecoVision, Intellivision, TI-99/4A, etc.)
 
Here are some relevant subject areas: 
  • Atari-related news (that is, when Atari itself does something newsworthy)
  • New and interesting hardware projects
  • New software/homebrew releases for classic game systems and computers
  • Significant emulator releases
  • Announcements for classic gaming expos/events. 
  • Relevant interviews
  • Books that have a classic gaming slant 
  • Crowdfunding campaigns 
  • Prototype discoveries 
  • News about development tools 
  • Interesting contests 
This list is by no means comprehensive.  If it’s classic gaming related and you feel it’s newsworthy, ping me to see if it’s something I might post on the front page.  If so, you can then write it up and submit it.  
 
You can browse through old news postings here: 
 
 
Feel free to use the search field to find posts on specific subjects (for instance, 'expo", "prototype", "homebrew", "book", "stella", "interview".. 
 
Once I post something you’ve submitted, I’ll extend your forum subscription by a month.  If you don’t have a subscription, I’ll upgrade your account so it has one.  If you are particularly active in submitting news items I post to the front page, I may from time to time send you AtariAge-related swag and/or games.  
 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask! 
 
Have fun!
 
 ..Al

List of SGM-compatible games?

Sat May 6, 2017 11:19 AM

Is there an up-to-date list of Super Game Module (SGM)-compatible games?  I'm updating the SGM entry in the AtariAge Store and would like to update the list to include any that have been released in the last year, as well as upcoming games that will require an SGM. 

 

Here's the list from a year ago: 

 

Opcode Games

Team Pixelboy

  • Arcomage (In Development)
  • Buck Rogers Super Game
  • Caos Begins
  • Caverns of Titan
  • Children of the Night (In Development)
  • Cold Blood
  • Danger Tower
  • Deep Dungeon Adventure
  • Dragon's Lair
  • Gauntlet (In Development)
  • Ghostbusters (In Development)
  • Heroes Arena
  • J.E.T.P.A.C.
  • King & Balloon (In Development)
  • King's Valley
  • Knight Lore
  • Knightmare
  • Majikzao
  • Mappy
  • Mecha-8
  • Mecha-9
  • Operation Wolf
  • QBIQS (In Development)
  • Rally-X
  • Secret of the Moai (In Development)
  • Shmup!
  • Shouganai
  • Space Shuttle: A Journey Into Space (In Development)
  • Spelunker
  • Stray Cat
  • Subroc Super Game
  • Super Pac-Man
  • The Goonies
  • The Stone of Wisdom
  • Thexder
  • Traffic Jam
  • TwinBee
  • Txupinazo!
  • Uridium (In Development)
  • Wizard of Wor (In Development)
  • Zaxxon Super Game
  • Zombie Incident (In Development)

CollectorVision

  • Comic Bakery
  • Galaga
  • Hole In One
  • Jumpland
  • Kung Fu Master
  • Rollerball
  • SASA
  • Star Soldier
  • Zanac

Thanks in advance for your help!

 

 ..Al


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!