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z26 1.45
May 25, 2001
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z26John Saeger has released a new version of z26, the most popular Atari 2600 emulator according to readers of this site. Version 1.45 features a new and improved SECAM palette (thanks to Christian Bogey).

Classic Gaming Photos from E3
May 24, 2001
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Back in TimeBack in Time, the Classic Gaming News & Interview Radio Webcast site, has posted dozens of photos from E3 with a focus on classic gaming related products. Host Mike Stulir also tells us that there are new webcast episodes coming, featuring news from E3 in Los Angeles, and the FunSpot/Twin Galaxies Classic Gaming Tournament in Weirs Beach, NH.

Combat II Officially Announced for CGE
May 24, 2001
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Combat 2Classic Gaming Expo and Retrodesign have announced that Combat II for the 2600 will be available for purchase at this years CGE. "The official Atari sequel to Combat - Combat II. This title will come complete with an Atari-style silver box, color cartridge label, and color instruction manual." Other announcements state that the "official AtariSoft versions of ColecoVision Dig Dug, Joust, and Pac-man will be made available in limited quantities!" Looks like the show is shaping up quite nicely in terms of new product.

2600 "Atlantis II" Discovered
May 21, 2001
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Atlantis IIMany of you may know that Imagic held a contest called "Defend Atlantis" back in the 80's. Contestants were invited to take a picture of their TV showing their high score, and the top four scorers would be invited to Bermuda to have a playoff. What you may not know is that there were too many people with matching high scores, so Imagic created a special version of Atlantis called Atlantis II to help settle the issue. Thanks to Doug Korekach we can now share this game ROM with you and some more of the history behind it. Read our Atlantis II feature for more on this new discovery.

VCSp Glossy Black
May 18, 2001
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VCSp Rev. 5 BlackBen Heckendorn has produced a new version of the VCSp Rev.5 - this one features a glossy black chassis. Ben says, "After nearly a year, another VCSp has finally been built in glorious black coloring! Surprisingly, I've gotten very few emails saying 'why are they blue, they're supposed to be BLACK!' so I guess people are OK with a blue VCSp, but deep down in my heart I knew I had to get them Back In Black." The current price for a VCSp Rev.5 Blue without using a trade-in is $290. You can also try your luck with the blue model that is currently up for auction on Ebay.

New Edition of "Phoenix"
May 15, 2001
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From Rolenta Press: "The third edition of Phoenix: The Fall & Rise of Videogames is scheduled to be available around the end of June. Pre-orders are now being taken at a discount. The third edition will sell for $24.95 when it's available, but for now you can get it at the pre-publish price of $18.00 with free postage (sorry - free postage only available in the United States). This offer will be available until June 30 and only through the Rolenta Press website. You must use the Pre-order form to take advantage of this discount. To order, go to the Rolenta Press Phoenix ordering page. When the books arrive, the preordered books will be shipped first."

PhoenixNew for the third edition:
* Chapters on 1997- 2000
* Foreword by Ralph H. Baer, the father of videogames
* More than 40 new photographs
* Focus-On sections
* Cover gallery of major US magazines and books
* Completely revised througout
* 388 pages
* Large 8.5 x 11 format

2600 Elevator Action is Official
May 14, 2001
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Elevator ActionClassic Gaming Expo has officially announced that Elevator Action will be available for the Atari 2600 at CGE2K1. This game was recently shown at Phillyclassic, and will have a newly created label and even a box for the release. According to reports, this recently discovered prototype game is not completely finished, but is playable. No mention of price is given yet.

2600 Gunfight
May 12, 2001
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GunfightManuel Polik is working on a new 2600 game, tentatively titled "Gunfight". The game features a classic theme of two gunfighters dueling it out. The latest version is fully playable and features several game variations. The programmer is still working on the audio and several other features, but the kernel is finished. We'll have more news about this as it becomes available.

Atari Anniversary Edition
May 12, 2001
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Mystery ProductAmazon has a new piece of software from Infogrames listed on their web site. "Atari Anniversary Edition" is scheduled for release on July 2, 2001 with a $14.99 price tag. "Atari celebrates its 30th anniversary by presenting the ultimate arcade collection. Twelve of the best classic games are authentically recreated here, including Asteroids, Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone, Centipede, Crystal Castles, Gravitar, Millipede, Missile Command, Pong, Super Breakout, Tempest, and Warlords. Each Atari title is faithfully reproduced down to the last detail, and each one is just as easy and fun to play. Atari Anniversary Edition includes a multimedia supplement of video interviews with original game designers, images of noteworthy memorabilia, original press releases, and more. Desktop themes such as screen savers and even an old-school Atari sticker are included."

Funspot Classic Gaming Museum
May 12, 2001
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Funspot MuseumFunspot is holding a fund raising drive in support of their proposed classic gaming musuem. "Funspot, home to the world's largest collection of classic arcade games, hopes to establish a Classic Arcade Museum in the near future. Funspot currently has 145 games from the Classic Games Era, (1970s-1987), all of which are in working order and available for arcade game aficionados and the general public to play and enjoy." For more information, visit the Funspot web site.

Gamespot VCSp Interview
May 8, 2001
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VCSpGamespot has interviewed Ben Heckendorn, creator of the VCSp (a portable Atari 2600). Ben discusses the legal issues of selling an Atari game system, cost of production, possible mass production deals and more. He's currently offering them for sale on a custom order basis at a price of around $250.00. Along with the interview is a short slideshow of some of the features of the latest version of the unit, which looks like a cross between versions 4 and 5 if you've been playing along at home.

2600 Yahtzee
May 7, 2001
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YahtzeeHere is a relatively new game for the 2600 by Russell Babylon, Yahtzee. He actually sent this to me several months ago, but we were working on AtariAge at that point and it never made it to the Atari 2600 Nexus. So here is the belated release of Yahtzee on our web site, we hope you enjoy it! We'll have a full entry for this game later in the week, in the meantime, you can download the ROM and play it in an emulator.

2600 Cuttle Cart
May 3, 2001
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Cuttle CartChad Schell is currently in negotiations with Bridgestone Multimedia to release the Cuttle Cart for the Atari 2600. What is it? "The Cuttle Cart is an Atari 2600 RAM cartridge inspired by the Starpath Supercharger. It allows one to download ROM images (games) using an audio interface such as a CD player for play on an actual Atari 2600." The hardware is finished and the software is nearly complete with just a few tweaks remaining. You can read more about it at the Cuttle Cart page.

2600 Connection #65
May 3, 2001
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2600 ConnectionIssue #65 of 2600 Connection is now available. Features: The Digital Press 6th Edition Collector's Guide review by Tim Duarte, Atari Catalog Redux by Scott Stilphen, News & Notes, Letters, Classifieds. You may purchase the current issue, as well as back issues, at the 2600 Connection site.

Yars' Quest for VCS Simulator Released!
May 1, 2001
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Yars' QuestKhryssun has released Yars' Quest, an unofficial sequel to the classic Atari 2600 Yars' Revenge. Khryssun has buried an easter egg in the game--who will be the first to find it? You can download Yars' Quest at khryssun.cjb.net. You'll also need to download the VCS Simulator, as it is required to run Yars' Quest.

Track Changes to AtariAge!
April 29, 2001
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You can now keep track of changes to AtariAge by viewing the Change Log page. On this page we will list ongoing changes to the site that aren't newsworthy enough for AtariAge's home page (the one you're viewing now!) The Change Log can be accessed from the navigation box at the left of every page. It's the last entry in the Site box. Enjoy!

Classic Gaming Expo 2K1
April 29, 2001
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CGE2K1The Classic Gaming Expo web site has issued a new press release for the largest classic gaming convention around, CGE2K1. The first guest to sign on to the convention is Ralph Baer, the "Father of Videogames". Other guests include Rob Fulop (Missile Command), David Crane (Pitfall!), and Howard Scott Warshaw (Yars' Revenge). You can read more about it in the official press release.

Classic Gamer Magazine #6
April 26, 2001
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Classic Gamer MagazineClassic Gamer Magazine #6 just arrived in our mailbox, and it's another issue chock full 'o goodness. This issue features the usual letters, news, reviews, classic game ads, and much more. You'll also find features on arcade auctions (live auctions specifically), lost arcade games, the world of classic war games, the best Atari 2600 games that never existed, and others. We highly recommend it! Classic Gamer magazine is available for $4.99 directly from the Classic Gamer web site.

VCSp Advance
April 24, 2001
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VCSp Revision 5Ben Heckendorn has completed revision 5 of his portable Atari 2600, the VCSp. As you can see from the picture, this one is a drastic design change reminiscent of the Game Boy Advance. The main problem with this design is that it took much longer to construct, so don't expect this to be the final version. He's looking for input, so stop by the VSCp Site and let him know what you think of the new design.

2600 & 7800 : More Prototypes?
April 23, 2001
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Elevator ActionIt seems that the Digital Press guys have turned up some more Atari prototypes. Word has it that they showed off Elevator Action for the 2600 and Pitfighter for the 7800 at the recent PhillyClassic event. There's even word of a 2600 Zookeeper prototype, but that's just a rumor at this point. That's all we know for now, we'll post more news as it becomes available!

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