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2014 AtariAge Holiday Greeting Cart Now Available!
December 14, 2014
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Everybody's favorite fabled frosty firefighter is back! But so are those pesky fireballs and they're hotter than ever! This year they've kidnapped Santa and some of his helpers, so it's up to you to put out the fireballs and rescue your friends from their fiery fate. Your first frosty adventure was just a warm-up - now there are all new levels to conquer and challenges to face! Fortunately, you've found some new magic in that old silk hat of yours. Can you stay frostier, fight your way to the fireballs' frigid fortress and freeze those fiendish flames?

After a seven year hiatus, the AtariAge Holiday Greeting Cart returns! We're proud to introduce Stay Frosty 2 as the 2014 AtariAge Holiday Cart. Stay Frosty 2 is arguably the most advanced platform game to ever grace the Atari 2600, taking advantage of our Melody cartridge platform to push the Atari 2600 to its limits. Stay Frosty 2 is the sequel to Stay Frosty, which appeared in Stella's Stocking, the 2007 AtariAge Holiday Cart. Stay Frosty 2 features 32 unique levels (and a total of 128 levels), new enemies and dangers, new power-ups, and many surprises!



In addition to Stay Frosty 2, we have a SECOND holiday-themed game this year! We're also introducing The Byte Before Christmas, a collection of four Christmas-themed games in one cartridge: Santa's Scabs, Christmas Adventure, Bell Hopper, and Naughty List. Do you have what it takes to save Christmas?

Also in the new lineup is THREE·S, an Atari 2600 conversion of the popular Threes! mobile puzzle game, written by veteran Atari 2600 programmer Thomas Jentzsch. THREE·S is an addictive tile-based puzzle game, and a must have on the 2600 if you enjoy games of this nature! The iOS version of Threes! was just awarded Apple's 2014 Game of the Year. For Atari 7800 fans, we have two new games: K.C. Munchkin, a port of the Odyssey 2 game that resulted in a lawsuit against Magnavox by Atari, and Astro Blaster, a port of the arcade game of the same name. Both of these new titles were programmed by Bob DeCreszenzo, who has a remarkable track record in producing games on the 7800. And finally, we now have the AtariVox+ Speech Synthesizer in stock!

You can learn all about these releases and how you can get them in time for Christmas by visiting the AtariAge Store.

RAPTOR and RAPTOR Basic for Jaguar
December 9, 2014
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RAPTOR and RAPTOR Basic for JaguarAtari Jaguar developers Reboot have released two new packages designed to aid Jaguar development, RAPTOR and RAPTOR Basic. RAPTOR is a high performance RISC-based API designed to leverage the performance of the Jaguar's custom RISC chips in an easy and flexible manner, allowing the software developer to spend more time following their vision instead of wrestling with the hardware. Several examples are included, taking the user from a simple 'Hello World' to a complete game. RAPTOR Basic is a merging of RAPTOR into a BASIC language, specifically designed to lower the bar of entry to Jaguar programming in a similar way to what batari Basic and 7800basic have done for the 2600 and 7800 respectively. RAPTOR Basic is based on EhBASIC 68k.

Reboot intends to continually update both RAPTOR and RAPTOR Basic with new features over time. You can discuss these new Jaguar tools with Reboot and other AtariAge members in our new RAPTOR API and RAPTOR Basic forums, where you can also find links to the latest versions.

Carol vs. The World 2014 Championship
December 1, 2014
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It is Christmas time once again and the third annual Carol vs. The World! Championship is upon us! Throughout the entire month of December, all boys and girls--naughty or nice--will have the opportunity not only to earn bragging rights, but to win actual prizes! At stake, like always, is a one-of-a-kind edition of the game Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents, made exclusively for the player with the highest score. There's prizes for players of all skill levels and many other surprises!



Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents is an original game concept, designed and programmed by James Pujals for the 1980s Intellivision game system. It follows the adventures of Carol Greenleaf, Santa's most resourceful elf, as she tries to recover the presents stolen by an Evil Snowman, and save Christmas for the children of the world. The game was originally released at the Classic Gaming Expo in 2012, and went on to become a smash hit in the retro-gaming community, voted Game Of The Year by retro-gaming enthusiasts of AtariAge.

To enter the contest, there's nothing to buy and no registration is required. Whether you play the game cartridge on an Intellivision console, or the ROM edition on a PC or Mac, it's all the same. Just send us a photo or screen-grab of your score and you're in! You can learn more about the game and how to enter the contest by viewing the complete details on the official contest page. To discuss the contest with other AtariAge members and Intellivision enthusiasts, please visit our Intellivision Forum. Good luck!

New Atari 2600 Homebrews Now Available!
November 3, 2014
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Warm up your Atari 2600, as we've just added three new 2600 homebrew games to the AtariAge Store! Omicron, Piñata and Flappy are three games that will keep you coming back for more! Read on for a brief description of each game. For full details, please visit the AtariAge Store.
  • OmicronOmicron - A team of four agents, each a specialist in one of the four elements - water, fire, air and earth - have been miniaturized to microscopic size in order to investigate a mysterious new virus that appears to be of alien origin. The virus mutates rapidly, mimicking each of the four elements. But something went horribly wrong, and contact with the team was lost. Now the virus threatens to grow out-of-control.

    You are the last hope to stop it. Having been miniaturized yourself, you now board the Omicron - a microscopic vessel designed specifically to counter the alien virus and stop it from spreading. Can you battle your way through each iteration of the virus and destroy the threat?

  • PiñataPiñata - What's your kind of game? Do you prefer action or arcade? One player or two player? Challenging or extra hard? With Piñata, you have it all!

    Piñata is a collection of five challenging games packed into a 32K cartridge. Each game in this collection is unique and will have you coming back for more! Select which game you want to play from the colorful main menu, where you can view your high scores for each game. The five games include in Piñata are Heartbreak, Ping, Joyride, Fixer Fenix, Sr., and Flipside. Heartbreak, Joyride, and Flipside include a two player competitive mode.

  • FlappyFlappy - If you thought flying to nowhere was hard...now they've placed perilous pipes in your path! In Flappy, your challenge is to attend to your avian ally at an altitude avoiding alloy aerial aqueducts. How far will you fare?

    Flappy is an Atari 2600 take on the popular (and somewhat infamous at this point) Flappy Bird game that first appeared on the iPhone. Like its iOS brethren, Flappy is a fairly simple game. Pressing the joystick button causes your avian friend to flap, and the more you flap, the higher you climb. Your primary goal (and, really, your only goal) is to line up your bird so it passes through the oncoming pipes. If you run into a pipe, it's game over!
You can find all three of these new games in the AtariAge Store, along with a wide collection of other homebrew games for the Atari 2600, 5200, 7800 and ColecoVision. We've also added "loose" (manual and cartridge) versions of several boxed games we released last year, for those who aren't interested in owning the box and want a less expensive version of the game. And stay tuned for more new releases in the upcoming months!

Houston Arcade Expo - November 7th/8th
October 20, 2014
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Houston Arcade Expo - November 7th/8thThe 2014 Houston Area Arcade Expo is taking place November 7th and 8th at the Houston Northwest Crowne Plaza. Hosted by the Houston Area Arcade Group, this is an annual event celebrating the electronic games people love to play. Gamers buy, sell, and trade pinball, video game and game console items, and, best of all, pinballs, arcade cabinets and consoles are set up on free play for the duration of the show. The organizers put together a promo video that does a great job of capturing the spirit of the event!

Highlights for this year's show include:
  • 200+ Pinball, Arcade & Console games on free play
  • Special guests Billy Mitchell and Walter Day
  • Atari 2600 Homebrew Programming talk by Darrell Spice, Jr.
  • Session with former Williams Programmer Ken Graham
  • Pinball shop and repair clinic with John Costa
  • Game swap meet Saturday morning at 8am
  • The History of Pinball with Dan Ferguson
  • See Dutch Pinball's new The Big Lebowski pinball machine
  • Tournaments with prizes throughout the weekend
  • Cosplay arcade costume contest Saturday
There aren't many opportunities to enjoy large collections of classic arcade games and pinball machines, so if you are in the Houston area (or can get there!), you should be at this expo! Admission is $30 for a weekend pass or $20 for a single day (you save $5 by purchasing your tickets in advance). For more information, please visit ArcadeCenter.com.

ANTIC: Atari 8-bit Podcast Episode 15
October 14, 2014
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ANTIC: Atari 8-bit Podcast Episode 15Episode 15 of ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast is now available. This latest episode features:
  • Interview with Gray Chang (Claim Jumper, Dog Daze)
  • Interview with Jonathan Halliday (Atari 8-bit GUI)
  • Software of the Month: Aspeqt
  • Hardware of the Month: SIDE2
The podcast is going to move interviews into their own mini-episodes - one interview per episode, at a rate of one or two a week. These will be in addition to the regular monthly shows, which won't have any interviews. The first interview-only episode will be with Paul Laughton, who wrote Atari BASIC, the Atari filesystem software, and Apple DOS 3.1.

ANTIC, The Atari 8-bit Podcast focuses on Atari 8-bit computers (800, XL, XE), and is hosted by Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, and Brad Arnold. You can find the current and past episodes of ANTIC on iTunes, the Apple Podcast App, and at www.AtariPodcast.com. You can discuss the podcast in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.

New High Score Contest at Highscore.com
October 12, 2014
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New High Score Contest at Highscore.com HighScore.com is holding a new high score contest for several classic gaming systems, with great prizes for the winners! Categories include Atari 2600, Atari 400/800/XL/XE, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Jaguar, Lynx, and TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine. The following prizes are up for grabs:
  • Harmony SD card cartridge for Atari 2600 (valued at $60 USD)
  • AtariMax 5200 Ultimate SD Multi-Cart (valued at $129 USD)
  • Lothratek SIDE2 Compact Flash cartridge for Atari 8-bit computers and XEGS (valued at $62 USD)
  • Turbo Everdrive microSD card adapter for PC Engine and TurboGrafx-16 consoles (valued at $79 USD)
  • Multiple $50 gift certificates for the AtariAge Store are also up for grabs
HighScore.com is a high score registry based on peer review, enabling average players to see how they rank relative to their peers. The site can show users how they rank in their city, state, country, and the world, and awards trophy icons (a.k.a. badges) to users who hold the highest score in their region. Users can submit scores along with photos or videos to document their accomplishment, then other site users can vote on whether or not they believe the score is legitimate. After the voting is finished, the user will receive any trophies they qualify for, and they will then also receive a ranking.

The contest runs through December 20th, 2014. You can learn full details about the contest here, and discuss the contest with other AtariAge visitors in our Contests Forum. Good luck!

New Atari 2600 Prototypes Reviewed
October 10, 2014
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Our friend Matt Reichert has posted reviews AtariProtos.com of several recently discovered Atari 2600 titles. The first title is Elf Adventure, revealed about a year ago, appears appears to be a possible sequel to the classic game Adventure. This version of Elf Adventure looks to be fairly early in development, but it uses a similar graphics style to Adventure. One title amongst a batch of newly discovered prototypes is Morse Code Tutor, which seems to be just that: a program to help hone your Morse code skills. It's not known if this was being developed officially at Atari or by the programmer in his spare time, but it's a surprising find after all these years. Also discovered was an updated and nearly complete version of Xevious for the 2600. Prototypes of Xevious had been discovered in the past, but this new version appears to be just about finished. One additional new prototype, an FM Synth cart, was also found in this batch of prototypes (from a box owned by a former Atari employee), but Matt has yet to review this prototype due to its technical nature and lack of visuals.



You can learn about these discoveries and more over at AtariProtos.com. To discuss these titles with Matt and AtariAge users, please join the discussion in our Prototypes Forum.

2014 Portland Retro Gaming Expo - October 18-19
October 9, 2014
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2014 Portland Retro Gaming Expo - October 18-19This year's Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) takes place on October 18th and 19th (Saturday and Sunday) at the Oregon Convention Center. If you're a classic gaming fan and can get to Portland for this event, we wholeheartedly recommend it! The Portland Retro Gaming Expo is one of the largest such events in the country. Here are some of the show's attractions:
  • Vendors selling classic gaming consoles and games
  • Various panels in two separate auditoriums throughout the weekend
  • Special guests and speakers including Garry Kitchen, David Crane, Howard Scott Warshaw, Bob Smith, Keith Robinson, and more!
  • Huge 20,000 square foot arcade
  • New homebrew games from several vendors
  • PRGE live auction held on Saturday evening
  • Tournaments throughout the show
  • Live concert on Saturday night
  • 2014 Tetris World Championships
  • Cosplay contest
To learn more about the show, please visit the official Portland Retro Gaming Expo website.

Austin Classic Gaming Fest, August 16-17
July 28, 2014
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Austin Classic Gaming Fest, August 16-17The 7th annual Classic Gaming Fest is taking place in Austin, Texas on August 16th and 17th. This year's show has been greatly expanded in size and will occupy 25,000 square feet in the Palmer Event Center. The Classic Gaming Fest caters to fans of classic gaming systems, featuring retro game tournaments, costume contests, live video game music, and a huge vendor area where you can buy and play classic video games, consoles, merchandise, and more! Admission is only $10 for the entire weekend.

At Classic Game Fest 2014, over 20 local Texas-based artists will be on hand to create and sell unique gamer-inspired arts and crafts. Retro game tournaments will be going on all weekend long at massive tournament/demo areas and projected onto the walls for the entire crowd to enjoy! Live video game music performances including VGM rock bands, chiptunes artists, hip-hop performers, and comedy acts that gamers of any age will absolutely love will rotate on stage. Costume contests for amateur, professional, and best group/mash-up will be held and led by international cosplay star MarieDoll. Also featured at CGF will be a free play arcade featuring over 20+ classic stand up arcades from the 80s and 90s along with an amazing video game museum.

AtariAge will be present at the Classic Game Fest with a large number of Atari 2600, 5200 and 7800 systems setup for play all weekend. You'll be able to try out some of the latest homebrew games, upcoming games to be released later this year, and other games currently in development. Darrell Spice, Jr., author of Medieval Mayhem and Space Rocks for the 2600, will be on hand to present a talk about creating new games for classic Atari consoles.

Please visit the Classic Gaming Fest website to learn more about the event!

ANTIC: Atari 8-bit Podcast Episode 13
July 22, 2014
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ANTIC: Atari 8-bit Podcast Episode 13Episode 13 of ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast is now available. This latest episode features:
  • Interview with Fernando Herrera (First Star Software, Astro Chase, My First Alphabet)
  • Software of the Month: LeBreak
  • Hardware of the Month: MPP 1000C and 1000E modem
  • Website of the month: AtariLeaks
  • Feature Topic: Atari 8-bit file extensions
ANTIC, The Atari 8-bit Podcast focuses on Atari 8-bit computers (800, XL, XE), and is hosted by Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, and Brad Arnold. You can find the current and past episodes of ANTIC on iTunes, the Apple Podcast App, and at www.AtariPodcast.com. You can discuss the podcast in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.

Atari Jaguar Protector: RESURGENCE
July 18, 2014
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Atari Jaguar Protector: RESURGENCE Invaders have jammed our newly deployed missile silos, meteor storms strike at will, and scouting reports indicate the deadly Vorton obliterates everything in its path. Will you be the next PROTECTOR?

Songbird Productions has announced that Protector: RESURGENCE is coming to the Atari Jaguar CD in September 2014! RESURGENCE is an expansion CD for your Protector SE cartridge, and features 24 new waves, new galaxy and ground graphics, new ship graphic, new enemies, and more. A limited 50-disc run will be made available at the Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, including some graphics and audio unique to that disc, followed by the general release of the game.

You can discuss Protector: RESURGENCE with other AtariAge members and Songbird Productions in our Atari Jaguar Forum.

"ATARI Corp. - Business Is War" Cover Released
July 3, 2014
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The noted video game historian team of Marty Goldberg and Curt Vendel, co-authors of the popular book Atari Inc. – Business is Fun, will tell the story of Atari Corporation in their upcoming book "Atari Corp. - Business Is War." In honor of the 30th anniversary of Jack Tramiel's founding of Atari Corporation, they have released the book's stunning cover in advance to video game and computer fans alike. Hand painted by artist Lukas Ketner, the cover personifies the company, its products and history.

“Our intent was to really have a cover that embodies the company at a glance," said Goldberg. "The iconic Jack Tramiel and his sons Sam, Leonard and Gary surrounded by the now legendary products they introduced to us. At the same time, the seriousness and competitive business nature Jack and his companies were known for had to be shown. Lukas captured it all perfectly and in a style that anyone who grew up with Atari should recognize!"



You can read the full press release in our online forum, where you can also view a larger image of the upcoming book's cover.

Stella Version 4.0 Released
July 1, 2014
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Stella Version 4.0 ReleasedA significant new release of the Atari 2600 emulator Stella, version 4.0, has been released today. Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator released under the GNU General Public License (GPL), and versions have been released for a wide variety of operating systems. Stella allows you to enjoy the large library of Atari 2600 titles on your computer, and it's an exceptional tool for anyone creating new homebrew games for the 2600. Stella is actively maintained by Stephen Anthony, who continues to make improvements and add new features to the emulator.

Changes in this new release of Stella include:
  • Ported Stella to SDL2, which brings many new features. Among the largest improvements is native hardware acceleration support for Windows (Direct3D) and Linux/OSX (OpenGL). It is also now possible to port Stella to iOS and Android devices using OpenGLES. Hardware acceleration is now required, which means up-to-date drivers are needed. Software rendering is still present, but is somewhat unoptimized and unsupported going forward.
  • Fullscreen video modes now use the desktop resolution. Switching to fullscreen and back to windowed mode no longer rearranges icons on your desktop.
  • TIA TV effects are now available in all video modes, since hardware acceleration is a requirement.
  • Added a much more detailed view of cart extended RAM to a new debugger tab. Special thanks to SpiceWare for this implementation.
  • Added preliminary support for 'DASH' bankswitching scheme by A. Davie.
  • The AtariVox and SaveKey controllers now have the ability in the debugger to completely erase the virtual EEPROM data.
  • Added 'savesnap' debugger prompt command, and also associated context menu item to the debugger TIA output area. This saves the current TIA image to a PNG file.
  • Added 'hidecursor' commandline option, which allows to completely disable showing the mouse cursor (useful on systems that don't have a mouse).
  • Removed 'uipalette' option, as the original palette is no longer supported.
  • Updated included PNG library to latest stable version.
You can visit the Stella website to download the latest version for your platform. If you actively use Stella, making a donation will help ensure it's continued development. To view a detailed list of all the changes, as well as discuss the emulator with Stella's primary developer, please visit our Emulation Forum.

Antic Podcast, Episode 12 Now Availble
June 26, 2014
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Antic Podcast, Episode 12 Now AvailbleEpisode 12 of The Atari 8-bit Podcast is now available. This latest episode features:
  • Interviews:
    • Fred Thorlin, former director of Atari Program Exchange
    • Bill Kendrick, father of Atari Party
    • William Culver, co-host of the Colecovisions podcast
  • Will Atari be a hardware giant again?
  • Software of the Month: Star Raiders
  • Hardware of the Month: MyIDEII from AtariMax
ANTIC, The Atari 8-bit Podcast focuses on Atari 8-bit computers (800, XL, XE), and is hosted by Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, and Brad Arnold. You can find the current and past episodes of ANTIC on iTunes, the Apple Podcast App, and at www.AtariPodcast.com. You can discuss the podcast in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.

Seattle Retro Gaming Expo - June 28th & 29th
June 13, 2014
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Seattle Retro Gaming Expo - June 28th & 29thThe Seattle Retro Gaming Expo (SRGE) is one of two large retrogaming shows put on by alumni of the Northwest Classic Gaming Enthusiasts - the other being the massive Portland Retro Gaming Expo. Now in its fourth year, SRGE is growing and has moved its venue to the Washington State Convention Center - the same venue as PAX! While nowhere near as big as PAX (yet!) SRGE is the retro event for people in the greater Seattle area.

SRGE invites everyone from AtariAge to come hang out, share their love of videogames, and meet other like-minded individuals.

This year’s event includes:
  • 1500+ games to play at 25+ retro gaming stations in our free play room!
  • Play some killer indie games from developers like 17-bit, Crazy Viking Studios and more!
  • Check out the brand new Retron5 on a 61" DLP.
  • 16 Player original Xbox System Link with over 50 titles to rage on!
  • 10 player STEEL BATTALION system link!!
  • 8 Player Mario Kart Double Dash Gamecube system link!!
  • A silent auction with 100% proceeds benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • MASSIVE vendor hall with 30+ vendors!
  • Awesome after-hours events, such as Arcade Armageddon!
Industry veteran and AtariAge member Ed Fries will be speaking on Saturday. Ed is best known for co-founding the Microsoft Game Studios and as the programmer of Halo: 2600.

The show spans two days – June 28th and June 29th, and 2-day, 1-day, and family passes are available. Admission is $15 per day or $25 for the whole weekend! Preregister by June 16 to get in one full hour early and snag all the rare goodies!!

See you there!

Atari Landfill Excavation on April 26th
April 18, 2014
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Are you interested in learning what has become of the millions of Atari 2600 E.T. The Extra Terrestrial cartridges buried in the New Mexico desert? What? You don't know the story of how Atari buried these and possibly other games and Atari hardware in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill after the famous 1983 video game crash? The Alamogordo Daily News reported in September 1983 that between 10 and 20 semi-trailers from an Atari facility in El Paso, Texas were buried at the landfill (view newspaper clippings here, here, and here). The story even appeared in The New York Times, and an Atari spokesman confirmed the report at the time. Although no specific Atari merchandise was mentioned as being dumped, many reports have (perhaps erroneously) stated that upwards of 3.5 million copies of the 2600 game E.T. The Extra Terrestrial may have found their way to the landfill. It's more likely that the Atari dump contains a wide variety of Atari game console and computer hardware, as well as unsold video game cartridges.

Fuel Entertainment has received permission from the city to excavate the site on April 26, 2014. They plan on creating a documentary film surrounding the myths, facts and exploration of this legend. Ready Player One author Ernest Cline will be on-hand for the event, and he's written up a blog post detailing his upcoming adventure. The general public has been invited to attend this dig, so if you're an Atari fan and in the area, be sure to attend!



While Atari's E.T. The Extra Terrestrial generally has is viewed unfavorably among classic gamers, in our opinion the game has received an unfair rap. You can check out AtariAge user Random Terrain's To What Degree Do You Love E.T.? page for an opposing viewpoint on the game. Another fan of the game has put together a Fixing E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 page where you can download a version of the game that has common gripes (and a few bugs) fixed.

Also be sure to check out this long-running thread in our forums about the Atari landfill. This thread was started back in 2005 and has nearly 1,500 posts to date!

The Art of Atari: From Pixels to Paintbrush
April 8, 2014
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Tim Lapetino and his team are working on a book chronicling the art, design, and illustration of Atari in its heyday. Tentatively called "Art of Atari: From Pixels to Paintbrush," the book will highlight the creativity of the artists, designers, and illustrators who created some of the most iconic video game imagery ever. His team is in the process of interviewing former Atari artists and employees to get at the process behind creating the iconic look of Atari in the 80s, with a focus on the home consoles and everything surrounding them.

While nothing is finalized yet, they are in talks with Atari and different publishers about the project, planning on a fully-licensed volume that will be a beautiful art book that preserves these illustrations and images for fans and future generations. Tim and his team are huge fans, and want this book to be a great representation of how Atari helped define an industry, and also completed the overall experiences of very simple video games of the time. Tim will also be talking about the art, and some of his efforts at the Midwest Gaming Classic in Brookfield, Wisconsin, this Saturday. Marty Goldberg (Retro Rogue) will be doing a Q&A with Tim as well.



You can learn more about the book by reading some interviews Tim has done about it:

The Art of Atari: A celebration of game packaging's golden age
How Atari Box Art Turned 8-bit Games Into Virtual Wonderlands
The art of Atari – the masters who brought early games to life by filling in the blanks

To raise further funds for book-related research, Tim has put several original Atari production art negatives up for sale. These would make an incredible addition to anyone's classic gaming collection. To discuss the project with Tim and other AtariAge members, please visit our Atari 2600 Forum.

The 10 Worst Atari 2600 Games
April 3, 2014
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The 10 Worst Atari 2600 GamesStan, a regular member here at AtariAge for some time, recently took control of Deaf Sparrow, a site that originally specialized in extreme underground music, but has since branched out into other avenues, including media. Stan, as you all probably know, is a huge fan of the Atari 2600 and is a regular participant in the High Score Club. For one of his latest articles, he did a write-up on what he considers to be the top ten worst games for the 2600, complete with videos, links, and descriptions about each, based on his actual experiences growing up with the system and playing through its library over the years. You might be surprised what you find. Quick hint, ET is not one of his selections, and neither is Pac-Man.

2014 Texas Pinball Festival - March 28th-30th
March 7, 2014
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2014 Texas Pinball Festival - March 28th-30thThe 2014 Texas Pinball Festival will be held the weekend of March 28th-30th with a HUGE 40,000 square foot game room! This year's show will be held at the Embassy Suites Dallas – Frisco Hotel and Conference Center in Frisco. The show's organizers plan to fill this space with more than 400 pinball machines, classic video games and other game room goodies set up on free play for everyone to enjoy the entire weekend. Leave your quarters at home!

Vendors, collectors and hobbyists from the surrounding area and beyond will be bringing parts, supplies, game room memorabilia, pinballs, slot machines, jukeboxes and video games for sale. Lucky winners will take home door prizes and someone will take home a new pinball machine from the show's annual raffle. You can also participate in the pinball tournaments held throughout the weekend, as well as the outdoor flea market and swap meet Saturday morning.

The Texas Pinball Festival opens its doors Friday evening at 5pm and will stay open until 1am on Friday and midnight on Saturday. Please visit the Texas Pinball Festival site to learn all about this year's show!

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