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Terrible Nerd by Kevin Savetz
November 14, 2012
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Terrible Nerd by Kevin SavetzKevin Savetz has published a new book, Terrible Nerd. It's a memoir about growing up nerdy in the '80s: being part of the first generation of kids with computers on our desks. Pirating games on floppy disk, calling BBSes, coding on the Atari 800, crashing the Internet for all of Europe, helping clueless newbies as AOL's Internet AnswerMan, and many more true stories.

From Amazon:

Rich in detail and personal memories, this is the story of a boy coming of age in the dawn of home computing. This tech memoir gives readers a front-row seat to a self-confessed geek's early experiences with computers. Accessible to non-techy readers and computer nerds alike, this treasure trove of memories shows how growing up as part of the first computer-native generation shaped friendships, hobbies, and, ultimately, a career.

Terrible Nerd brings to life late nights swapping software, hacking the school computer, causing trouble on college radio, a stint as AOL's Internet AnswerMan, and hosting a team of Microsoft suits in his small-town home office. Kevin brings his experiences to life, writing with insightful candor and historical accuracy.

Terrible Nerd celebrates an era in all its geeky glory. You'll enjoy following along as Kevin flunks out of P.E. class, gets busted for reading the Intellivision game catalog at church, and accidentally crashes the Internet for all of Europe – yet ultimately triumphs and even gets the girl.


Terrible Nerd is also the first book with an Atari 800 on the cover in a very long time and is available on Kindle and paperback. Kevin is the creator of AtariMagazines.com and AtariArchives.org (sites hosted by AtariAge). You can discuss Terrible Nerd with Kevin Savetz in our online forum.

Zaku for Atari Lynx Available for Order
November 8, 2012
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Zaku for Atari Lynx Available for OrderSuper Fighter Team is proud to announce that new stock of their popular horizontal shooter for the Lynx is now available for order and immediate shipping! Developed by PenguiNet, Zaku is an all new, all original game that ships complete with full color instruction manual printed in both English and French, sturdy cardstock box and game card encased in a "curved lip" plastic shell!

The game's story:

After stealing a powerful game development tool known as Rarity 9, Captain Bran threatens to flood the markets of the world with his questionable quality software! But in all his plump luxury, he has forgotten about one person: Zaku! Help her soar to new heights and take the world by low coastal fog through 16 beautiful stages filled with lightning fast action and some of the most zany enemies you've ever seen!

You can order your copy at the official Zaku website.

2012 AtariAge Secret Santa
November 5, 2012
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2012 AtariAge Secret SantaYour elfy mission should you choose to accept it: Send one gift to your randomly assigned recipient. Then get one back from another super secret elf!

The holiday season is quickly approaching and is a time to share with family, friends, and the community here on AtariAge. If you are good natured and wish to enjoy some lighthearted holiday fun, please join us for the 2012 AtariAge Secret Santa gift exchange. To learn how you can participate, visit our Secret Santa 2011 thread. You'll need to submit answers to several questions to help your secret santa send you an appropriate gift. Participants will be randomly assigned one person to send a special gift based on their recipient's answers. In return they will receive a gift from another Secret Santa. The deadline for signing up this year is November 15th. The AtariAge Secret Santa is open to members who have joined our forum no later than August 15th, 2012.

The 8 Bit Weapon Collection 1998 - 2012
October 31, 2012
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The 8 Bit Weapon Collection 1998 - 2012The popular chiptune band 8 Bit Weapon has released a complete collection of their music (from 1998 through 2012) for a low price through their website. 8 Bit Weapon was formed in 1999 by Seth Sternberger and was joined later by Michelle Sternberger. Their instruments comprise of 8-bit and 16-bit computers, including the Vic-20, Commodore 64, Apple II, and game consoles such as the Atari 2600, Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy and more. Inspired by classic video game soundtracks and electronic music from the 70s and 80s, 8 Bit Weapon delivers a sound that is as unique as it is original. They have performed their chip music across two continents using their arsenal of classic video game consoles and vintage computers as instruments.

After 14 years, 5 tours, many studio albums, and countless live shows 8 Bit Weapon has amassed a healthy body of work. Multiple albums, singles, remixes and rare demo tracks make "The 8 Bit Weapon Collection" a must for any fan new or old. Even the holiday album with Michelle's solo band ComputeHer is included in the collection! You can sample all the tunes and purchase this collection over at 8 Bit Weapon.

Stella Version 3.7.3 Released
October 30, 2012
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Stella Version 3.7.3 ReleasedWe haven't posted news about the exceptional Atari 2600 emulator Stella in some time, but thanks to its primary maintainer, Stephen Anthony, Stella continues to see frequent releases. 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. Emulation is a great way to sample the large Atari 2600 library, including new homebrew titles being developed today. It's also a great tool for developers, as Stella has an excellent debugger built in.

The current version of Stella is 3.7.3. Changes in this version include:
  • Improved handling of 'illegal' VSYNC signals, which sometimes created 'short' frames that caused massive flickering. Also improved related behaviour when VSYNC isn't used at all
  • Improved sound generation with ROMs that have irregular scanline counts. This fixes many demo ROMs as well as Quadrun, where previously there would be 'gaps' in the sound output.
  • Improved emulation of RIOT chip, in particular the behaviour of reading from TIMINT. Also, D6 of the Interrupt Flag register is now properly set on active transition of the PA7 pin.
  • Fixed bug in DPC+ bankswitch scheme; the music in "Stay Frosty 2" wasn't playing correctly.
  • The ROM properties database now uses 'Auto' instead of 'Auto-select' everywhere. This makes for less typing when running from the commandline.
  • Updated included PNG library to latest stable version
Visit the Stella website to download the latest version. 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.

New, Complete 2600 Air Raid Discovered!
October 24, 2012
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New, Complete 2600 Air Raid Discovered!Two years ago a boxed copy of the Atari 2600 game Air Raid was discovered in Austin, Texas. This was the first discovery of a box for this rare title, and little was known about its release or even the company (Men-A-Vision) that produced it. We examined the game in person, deemed it to be authentic, and the game was ultimately auctioned for $31,600 on eBay.

A second boxed copy of Air Raid has now surfaced, after being discovered by a father and his daughter after the game had sat mostly idle the past three decades. The father had worked as an Assistant Manager in a drug store and had been given a copy of this game as a sample by a sales rep who represented smaller third-party game developers (such as Spectravision, US Games, and Imagic). The game was played only a few times and then relegated to sit unused for years, first in a closet and later in a storage unit. It wasn't until its owner read a story about the only known boxed copy of Air Raid selling for over $30,000 in 2010 that he was inspired to locate his copy.

This instance of Air Raid appears to be in pristine condition compared to the copy found in 2010. Additionally, this copy includes the manual, which is the first manual of Air Raid to have been discovered. Given that 30 years have passed since the heyday of the 2600 and because only two boxed copies of this game have surfaced in that time, it's unlikely we'll see another complete example in this condition.

This unique game is now up for auction on GameGavel. The auction contains many photos of the game, two videos, and a more detailed accounting of its history and rediscovery. Many eyes will be watching this auction to see where it ends in relation to the first boxed Air Raid auctioned two years ago. You can discuss this copy of Air Raid with the owners and keep tabs on the auction in our Atari 2600 Forum.

Space Rocks Label Contest
October 21, 2012
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While on a routine Stellar Cartography mission, UESC Rains experienced a malfunction and warped into an asteroid field in an unknown sector of space. Unable to get a bearing to safely warp out, the ship must blast the asteroids into smithereens to prevent imminent destruction. To make matters worse, the local inhabitants are xenophobic and have sent warships and Magna-Mines to eliminate the alien (that's you!) threat.

AtariAge and homebrew author Darrell Spice, Jr. are proud to announce a label contest for the upcoming game Space Rocks! If you're a fan of the arcade games Asteroids or Asteroids Deluxe you'll love Space Rocks. While Atari released a version of Asteroids for the 2600, it pales in comparison to what Darrell Spice, Jr. has crafted in his version. Space Rocks is a 32K game that takes full advantage of our Melody Board resulting in a game that pushes the Atari 2600 hardware to its limits. The graphics, animations, and sound effects are well above what is typically experienced on the 2600.



You can learn more about the contest and how to enter at our Space Rocks Label Contest page, which includes more detailed information about the game and the requirements for entry. You can also discuss the contest with other AtariAge members in our Contests Forum. The contest ends at 11:59pm on Sunday, November 11th, 2012 and all submissions must be received by then! Good luck!

New Atari 2600 and 7800 Homebrews Available!
October 19, 2012
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New Atari 2600 and 7800 Homebrews Available!We're pleased to announce the immediate availability of several new Atari 2600 and 7800 homebrew games! We first made these games available at the recent Portland Retro Gaming Expo, and now everyone can enjoy them! Here's a list of the games we've added to the store: In addition to the above games, we still have a small quantity of Boulder Dash for the Atari 2600 available. Only 250 copies of this game were produced for sale, so there's not much time left if you want to own this masterful Atari 2600 game! We also had a fresh run of AtariAge T-Shirts produced before our trip to the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, and we've now added them to the store. Our shirts are quality, heavyweight 100% cotton Hanes Beefy-T shirts and are available in Navy Blue and Maroon.

You can find all of the above games, as well as a large library of other original homebrew titles for the 2600, 5200, 7800, and ColecoVision, in the AtariAge Store!

2012 Houston Arcade Expo - Nov. 2nd / 3rd
October 15, 2012
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2012 Houston Arcade Expo - Nov. 2nd / 3rdThis year's Houston Area Arcade Expo is taking place on November 2nd and 3rd at the Houston Northwest Crowne Plaza. Hosted by the Houston Area Arcade Group, the Houston Area Arcade Expo 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 cabs and consoles are set up on free play. Tournaments with prizes keep competitive gamers busy throughout the weekend.

The first H.A.A.E. was held in 2002, making the 2012 convention the 11th show. Special events to celebrate the occasion include: Disney's Wreck-IT-Ralph give aways and console games by Activision, AtariAge Console Section, a Donkey Kong Multicade raffle, a trivia contest, a pinball shop and repair clinic with John Costa, The History of Pinball with Dan Ferguson of Lone Star Pinball, shop talk with former Williams programmer Ken Graham, Atari Homebrew Programming with Darrell Spice Jr. of SpiceWare, and much more.

AtariAge will be at the show, and we'll have a slew of classic gaming systems setup for play! 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 can save $5 by purchasing your tickets in advance. For more information, please visit ArcadeCenter.com.

ColecoVision Super Game Module Pre-Ordering
October 14, 2012
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ColecoVision Super Game Module Pre-OrderingEduardo Mello of Opcode Games has recently started taking pre-orders for his upcoming Super Game Module (SGM). The SGM is a small device that plugs into the ColecoVision expansion port and increases the console RAM memory and sound capabilities. With the SGM you can run especially designed games that offer more complex gameplay than ever before. And of course arcade ports that play just like the real thing.

Specs:
  • Increases ColecoVision RAM memory from 1KB to 32KB
  • Doubles the ColecoVision and ADAM sound capabilities
  • Adds a power LED to the ColecoVision
  • Compatible with both the ColecoVision and ADAM
  • Uses a custom plastic case based on classic Coleco design
  • Comes with professionally printed box, manual and catalogs.
  • Packaging mimics the classic ColecoVision packaging design circa 1982/83, so it will match your ColecoVision collection nicely.
  • Officially licensed Coleco product
The price for the Super Game Module is $90 including shipping in the US ($95 to Canada and $100 elsewhere). Eduardo is presently aiming to ship the SGM in December 2012. For more details about the SGM including how to pre-order one, please visit our ColecoVision / Adam Forum.

AtariAge Returning to PRGE in 2012!
September 1, 2012
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AtariAge Returning to PRGE in 2012!We're excited to announce that AtariAge will be attending this year's Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE), taking place September 29th and 30th at the Oregon Convention Center. We last attended PRGE in 2009, and we're excited to return to this event, which has seen phenomenal growth over the past several years.

AtariAge will have several new Atari 2600, 5200 and 7800 homebrew games available for sale, demos of various "In Development" games, and at least 15 game systems on display for attendees to enjoy. We'll also have a selection of other homebrew games from our store, as well a variety of other classic gaming merchandise available for sale.

Please visit the official Portland Retro Gaming Expo website to learn more about the show. We've also setup a forum to discuss the event for those who are attending. If you're attending the show, please stop by our booth and say hello!

Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement detailing all the games and demos that will be available from AtariAge!

Retrogaming Times Monthly - May 2012
May 10, 2012
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Retrogaming Times Monthly - May 2012The May 2012 issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly issue is now available for viewing! Here's what's in this month's issue:
  • The Business Of Gaming - Good Ol' 1982
  • Retro Collecting 101 - Is There A Such Thing As Too Many Games?
  • Apple II Incider - Apple II's 35th Birthday / Visicalc
  • 30th Birthday Bash - ZX Spectrum: The World's Most Emotional Computer Turns 30
  • MAME Reviews - Snap Jack
  • Commodore Du Jour - Jack Tramiel & Breach
  • NES'cade - Chase H.Q.
  • A Pixelated 21st Century
  • Middle Aged Gamer
  • + More!
You can read these articles and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 176 months in a row! You can also browse the RTM archives to catch up on past issues.

Gubble 3D Kickstart Project by Former Atari Designers
April 24, 2012
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Gubble 3D Kickstart Project by Former Atari DesignersSeveral former Atari employees comprising Actual Entertainment are developing an all-new game titled Gubble 3D based around the long-lost art of arcade maze games. The designer of the classic Crystal Castles arcade game, Franz Lanzinger, is among those involved, and anyone familiar with Crystal Castles will feel right at home in Gubble 3D. Other designers participating include Eric Ginner, Mark Robichek, Steve Woita, Susan Woita, Karl Anderson, Dave Ralston, Paul Barton and Seppo "Zep" Hurme. Gubble 3D is itself based on an earlier game called Gubble. Gubble 3D will use a 3D engine and will introduce new tools, weapons, and entirely new gameplay mechanics.

You can learn more about the project on Kickstarter, where the team hope to raise enough money to fund development. Included on the Kickstarter page is a video narrated by Franz Lanzinger, along with a detailed description of the game and what the team hopes to accomplish.

Pre-Order Atari 2600 Boulder Dash® Now!
December 8, 2011
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Pre-Order Atari 2600 Boulder Dash® Now!We're proud to announce that Boulder Dash® for the Atari 2600 is now available for pre-ordering! Andrew Davie and Thomas Jentzsch have been working on this Atari 2600 port of Boulder Dash® for almost a decade. Together these two Atari 2600 veterans have used their insight and sophisticated knowledge about the Atari console to bring to life a faithful rendering of the classic, action-puzzle game (first released on the Atari 8-bit computer platform in 1984) from First Star Software, Inc. Game-play, sounds, and graphics have been faithfully reproduced, culminating in a game for the Atari 2600 unlike any previously seen. With the full cooperation of First Star Software, Inc., this title will finally be available on the 2600!

AtariAge and First Star Software, Inc. recently held a box and label design competition for Boulder Dash®, and the winning entry was crafted by André Bolfing. André's artwork will appear on the cartridge, manual and box (slight adjustments will be made before publishing).

Boulder Dash® includes the game cartridge (running on a special version of our Melody Board) and professionally printed manual and box. The box includes an insert that keeps the cartridge in place and helps protect the box from being crushed. Only 250 copies are available to purchase, so make sure to buy your copy today! In order to be fair to everyone who wants to buy a copy of Boulder Dash®, we are limiting sales of the game to one per customer at this time. Boulder Dash® will ship once production (currently underway) is complete, in early 2012.

Pre-Order Boulder Dash Today!

New Jaguar Game: Kobayashi Maru
November 23, 2011
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New Jaguar Game: Kobayashi MaruReboot of JagWare are proud to present Kobayashi Maru, their latest freely-available game for the Atari Jaguar games console, written to utilize the new Raptor game engine. Kobayashi Maru is Reboot's version of an arcade favourite from the early 80s. Use your rotary controller or regular Jaguar pad to steer your warpship in this arcade space shooter, battling countless drones and huge boss craft in ever-tougher waves of attack.

Kobayashi Maru is released hot on the heels of another Reboot release, the port of Downfall for the Atari Falcon030 computer. Head over to the Kobayashi Maru download page to obtain the full game in your favourite file format: BJL, ROM or CDI disc image. Have fun!

Houston Arcade Expo - November 11th/12th
November 9, 2011
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Houston Arcade Expo - November 11th/12thThe Houston Area Arcade Group (HAAG) is holding their annual Houston Arcade Expo on November 11th and 12 at the Houston Northwest Crowne Plaza. Admission is $30 for a weekend pass or $20 for a single day, and discounts are available if you buy your tickets in advance. Admission gains you free-play access to over 200 classic and current coin-op pinball machines, video arcade games, penny arcades, and console video games. There will be tournaments, events, music and workshops to keep the young and young at heart entertained.

Speakers include Dan Ferguson (Lone Star Pinball Museum) on the History of Pinball, Ken Graham (former Williams Programmer), and an Atari Homebrew Programming session by AtariAge user Darrell Spice Jr. (creator of Medieval Mayhem). You can also participate in the free swap meet, repair clinics, win door prizes, enter the raffle to win a Donkey Kong Multicade, and take advantage of the concessions and full bar.

AtariAge will be at the show, and we'll have a slew of classic gaming systems setup for play! 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! For more information, please visit ArcadeCenter.com.

Boulder Dash® Label Design Contest!
November 6, 2011
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Boulder Dash® Label Design Contest!AtariAge and First Star Software, Inc. are hosting a box and label design competition for the recently announced Boulder Dash® Atari 2600 port (see detailed news item below)! The winning design will be featured on the game cartridge, the manual, and the box. Plans are to release the AtariAge version of Boulder Dash® in time for Christmas. Now you can be a part of the effort to bring about this highly anticipated release!

The winner of the contest will receive a copy of Boulder Dash® in cartridge form with box and manual, featuring their winning label design, signed by Andrew, Thomas, Albert, and Richard M. Spitalny (president of First Star Software, Inc.) The winner will also receive a $50 gift certificate in the AtariAge Store. The contest will run until 11:59pm (CST), Sunday, November 27th, 2011 and all submissions must be received by this time! After the contest has ended, AtariAge, First Star Software, Thomas Jentzsch and Andrew Davie will select one of the entries as the label to be used for Boulder Dash®.

Full details about how to enter the contest are here! You can follow the contest in our Contests Forum. Good luck, and we look forward to seeing your entries!

Seaweed Assault 2600 Homebrew Released
November 6, 2011
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Seaweed Assault 2600 Homebrew ReleasedOn Oct 26, 2011, Duane Alan Hahn (Random Terrain) finished his first Atari 2600 batari Basic homebrew game called Seaweed Assault. It is an arcade port of a game that never was but should have been. This sci-fi horror arcade shooter is addictive and challenging. Duane Alan Hahn designed Seaweed Assault to use controlled randomness to add replay value and after you try it you will be coming back for more and more.

Here is the story:

"Your name is Captain Nalad Modnar and you are part of an advanced underwater civilization. It's your duty to patrol your section of the ocean in a semi-organic submarine called the Manatee. Highly aggressive seaweed surrounds you and it keeps trying to replicate faster than you can shoot. Use your torpedoes to blast any bits of seaweed that appear before they clog up your sector and spread to others, making it nearly impossible for anyone to travel. Don't let the seaweed strangle your civilization to extinction."

The .bin file and online manual can be found here. Try it out. You won't regret it.

Army of 2600 Bundle for AtariAge Members
November 1, 2011
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Army of 2600 Bundle for AtariAge MembersAtariAge user Stan has put together a special offer for AtariAge members! Stan runs a record label called Mind Flare Media and his next release is an album by an artist called Army of 2600. Army of 2600 is an awesome mix of experimental and dance-type music made primarily from Atari 2600 sounds. His first, full-length album is titled Return of the Bloop Beep Buzz and will be officially available for sale by the third week of December. The album consists of 12 different tracks (no remixes) running over 40 minutes. Stan has put together a special promotion to allow AtariAge members to purchase the CD early at a reduced price, bundled together with an Army of 2600 t-shirt.

For this promotion, you will be receiving the regular retail glass-mastered CD at half price for $5. In addition, you will be receiving a high-quality, silkscreened t-shirt printed on black, ultra cotton tees using the color image you see at the top of this thread (based on the album's actual artwork). The total for this offer is only $20 including shipping for those in the United States. This shirt will ONLY be available for this special promotion, and thus, other than close friends and family of the band, non-AtariAge members will have no access to it. After the preorder phase is over and the order is processed, this shirt will no longer be in production.

For complete details about this offer, a sample track from the album, and how you can participate, please drop by our Marketplace Forum.

Retrogaming Times Monthly - November 2011
November 1, 2011
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Retrogaming Times Monthly - November 2011The November 2011 issue of Retrogaming Times Monthly issue is now available for viewing! Here's what's in this month's issue:
  • CoCoLicious! - Getting To Know The CoCo
  • Apple II Incider - Apple II "Turkeys"
  • Gaming Tetralogies - The Mega Man Series
  • Retro Collecting 101 - Planet Fun In Savannah, GA
  • Move 1 Space Forward - Q*Bert The Board Game
  • Bewitched Brews - Candy Catcher
  • Beyond The Plastic: Super Adventure Island
  • Commodore Du Jour - Mail Order Monsters
  • Dual Perspective - Duck Tales
  • MAME Reviews - Turkey Shoot
  • Standalone Spew - The Battle For Football's Second-Best (Part 2)
  • A Pixelated 21st Century
  • + More!
You can read these articles and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 170 months in a row! You can also browse the RTM archives to catch up on past issues.

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