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  1. Atari Systems

    1. Atari 2600

      617,490 posts

      The Atari 2600 is the system that started it all for Atari, and is by far the most popular classic gaming console. This forum covers all 2600 systems produced by Atari, as well as 2600-compatible consoles produced by third-parties.

    2. Atari 5200

      77,336 posts

      The Atari 5200 was Atari's second cartridge-based game console. Based on the Atari 8-bit computer line and labeled the "SuperSystem", the 5200 was Atari's answer to growing competition in a market they were losing control over.

    3. Atari 7800

      128,650 posts

      The Atari 7800 ProSystem is a contemporary of the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Master System. Based on extensive feedback from Atari customers, the 7800 features a streamlined design, backward compatibility with the 2600, a powerful graphics processor, and simplified controllers.

    4. Atari Lynx

      58,892 posts

      Atari's first portable game system, the Atari Lynx was designed by Epyx and the engineers who created the Amiga. Ahead of its time, the Lynx sported a backlit color screen and impressive games, but was unable to tackle the Gameboy juggernaut.

    5. Atari Jaguar

      180,725 posts

      Atari's last game console, the Atari Jaguar represented a huge leap in technology from previous offerings. Featuring a 64-bit architecture, the Jaguar had great potential, but its power was difficult to tap. Even then, many great games were released and the Jaguar has an avid fan base today.

    6. Dedicated Systems

      30,770 posts

      Before Atari produced the famous 2600, they created many standalone consoles such as Pong, Speedway, and Stunt Cycle. Recently, Atari has been creating new dedicated consoles, such as the Atari Flashback.

    7. Atari 8-Bit Computers

      497,998 posts

      Atari's original 8-bit computer line, featuring the Atari 400, 800, XL, and XE series of computers. Powerful and well-engineered, the Atari 8-bit computers are still popular with fans today!

    8. Atari's next generation computer line, the Atari ST computers were based on the Motorola 68000 series chips, the same as the Macintosh at the time. The ST would also be followed by the TT and Falcon.

  2. Gaming General

    1. Classic Computing

      220,078 posts

      Use this forum to discuss the plethora of classic computers outside of Atari 8-bit offerings. These include the Apple II, Commodore 64/128, Amiga, TI 99/4a, MSX, TRS-80 and others.

    2. Modern Gaming

      285,872 posts

      This forum is for discussion of all modern game systems, including PC games and browser-based online games.

    3. Prototypes

      14,602 posts

      Ever wondered about all those games that were announced but never released? Or games that have been discovered over the years that no one even knew existed? Or have you discovered a new prototype that no one's seen yet? Here's the place to talk about prototype games, led by Tempest of AtariProtos.com.

    4. Arcade and Pinball

      41,503 posts

      Many of us grew up pumping quarters into arcade games, and here's where you can discuss all your favorites. From Pong to Pinball to the latest arcade games, if it has a coin slot, then you're at the right place!

    5. Emulation

      28,201 posts

      Emulators allow you to experience classic games on modern PCs (and other devices!) Discuss the latest emulator developments and ask questions about emulation here!

    6. Hardware

      29,776 posts

      This forum is for discussion of hardware at a more technical level than you'll find in the other forums. If you have a hardware question you'd like to ask or have some interesting knowledge you'd like to share with others, post it here!

    7. This forum is for discussion of gaming related magazines, books, websites, and other publications.

    8. International

      4,462 posts

      Internacional - Internazionale - Internationaal - Internasjonal - This forum is for discussion of classic and modern gaming in languages other than English.

  3. Marketplace

    1. Buy, Sell, and Trade

      223,635 posts

      Please use this forum as a tool to buy, sell, and trade games and hardware.

    2. Auction Central

      166,835 posts

      Use this forum to discuss auctions on eBay. Have something up for auction you'd like to share? Post it here! You can also highlight amusing, off-the-wall, or interesting auctions that others may want to hear about!

    3. Wanted

      45,868 posts

      Use this forum to post a list of the gaming hardware and software you're looking for!

    4. Spreading the Love with Free Games and other items.

    5. User Feedback Forum

      13,224 posts

      Please use this forum to leave feedback about other users on AtariAge that you've had good and/or bad experiences with. Please read the sticky at the top of this forum before posting!

  4. Community

    1. If you're a repeat visitor to AtariAge, it's likely you also collect classic games and systems. Here's your chance to show off to the rest of the community your collection!

    2. Member Blogs

      11,873 posts

      As members update their Blogs, messages will be posted in this forum so you can more easily keep tabs on who's writing what!

    3. Poll Forum

      6,480 posts

      Shawn will periodically a new poll for AtariAge members to vote on and discuss. Have an idea for a poll you'd like to see featured? Send Shawn a PM so he may consider it!

    4. Contests

      15,250 posts

      These forums are for discussing and participating in contests started by AtariAge, contests run by forum members, and of course, the weekly High Score Contests!

    5. Events

      20,789 posts

      Use this forum to discuss gaming events of all types, including expos revolving around classic gaming, events catering to modern systems, arcade expos, and local gatherings of collectors getting together or a day of gaming.

    6. User Groups

      2,550 posts

      This forum and its subforums are for classic gaming and computing user groups. Find people in your area who share your love of this hobby!

  5. Game Programming

    1. Homebrew Discussion

      45,590 posts

      Here you can talk about homebrew games that don't have their own forums allocated (which will be most of them). Have an idea for a game that you'd like to see someone program? Are you programming a game and want some feedback? Discuss it here!

    2. Programming

      6,692 posts

      The programming forums are technical discussions of programming various classic gaming consoles. The more popular consoles have their own dedicated programing forums, so please only use this forum for topics that fall outside of those forums.

    3. Hacks

      21,686 posts

      A hack is an existing game that has somehow been modifed in terms of graphics, colors, sounds, and/or gameplay. If you've modified a game and would like to share it with others, or have an idea for a modification you'd like to see done to an existing game, you can discuss it here.

  6. Site

    1. Announcements

      5,573 posts

      Important site or forum-related announcements will be posted here. If you see a new announcement, please stop by to read it!

    2. Have a question about how to use the forum?  Ask here and others can answer (including admins and mods!)  

    3. Do you have suggestions for how AtariAge can be improved? Please post them here, as well as criticisms, and kudos about the web site!

    4. Rarity Guide

      8,116 posts

      The AtariAge Rarity Guide is a living, breathing document! If you have feedback regarding rarity guide values and the database in general, please discuss it here!

    5. Archived Forums

      542 posts

      Resting place for forums that have have run their course and are archived here for reference.

  7. Classic Gaming News

    1. Discuss news posted on the front page of AtariAge!

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    2. Please submit classic gaming news here!

  • Recent Status Updates

    • Atarian7

      My sister's dog attacked another dog.  She had to put down her dog. 
      1. HoshiChiri

        My heart goes out to your sister- it was the right decision, but that doesn't make it any easier to do.
    • ∞ Vince ∞

      I know I talk too much, but I've the best of intentions...
      1. carlsson

        Are you releasing a series of Two-Part Intentions, to follow up on Bach's Two-Part Inventions?
      2. Swami

        I didn't know The Intentions made a "Best of" compilation album.
    • Tickled_Pink

      Thank you for making my work easier.
      1. This update has no replies.
    • Keatah

      My SpeedPaks are on the move again!
      1. This update has no replies.
    • GoldLeader

      Wal Mart,  How about you move the Marshmallows to the Hot Chocolate aisle?    CBS,  Not everything is "Breaking News!"  How about tomorrow we just have Regular News?  Taco Bell,  You've had your fun with Buffalo Ranch or whatever, Now bring back Nacho Fries Bel Grandes!   Also Taco Bell,  I have an idea for your "Hot" Sauce,  Why don't you rename it as (Are you sitting down?)  "Tomato" Sauce?
      1. ∞ Vince ∞

        In the UK we have these things called 'Flumps' if you ever get a chance to try them I recommend them, they have a vanilla flavour and are pink and white twisty things.

        Breaking News! Tell me about it, Sky Sports here gives you Breaking News! which isn't. They once BN'd 'Manager Not To Be Sacked'. How exactly is that news?
        I've never had a Taco Bell. We only got our first one here in 2010 and I think there's still only about 20 of them in the country.

      2. carlsson

        Marshmallows next to the hot chocolate sounds almost as novel as those stores who put chocolate bars next to the female hygiene products. Some women appreciate it, some get offended by the stereotypes that they crave chocolate while being on the period.
      3. ∞ Vince ∞

        @carlsson if they did that in the UK there would be uproar. Twatter would go bonkers. Also supermarkets go out of their way to put everything you need the most like Milk, Bread, Cheese, Vegetables Newspapers and stuff all over the shop as far apart as possible so you have to traipse all over the shop for your essentials you came in for. Putting stuff that goes together makes them less money, so...
        End up spending a whole lot more than you expected to!
      4. pacman000

        Stores in the US put most necessities far apart, or at the back of the store, to encourage people to walk around. But they also put related goods next to each other, to encourage add on sales. 
         
        Milk, eggs, bread = Far apart
         
        Chips & Soda = adjacent asiles 
      5. Atarian7

        Where are the marshmallows now?  Are they in the baking aisle?
         
      6. carlsson

        For obvious reasons I've never been to a WalMart but I would look in the candy section for marshmallows. At least there is where I find them in our grocery stores.
      7. ClassicGMR

        @Atarian7Yes the home for those is in fact the baking aisle. With the Fluff ... which should be with peanut butter.
    • deepthaw

      Snatched an (untested) Pentium 4 PC off the side of the road with CRT monitor. How well would this run DOS games? Are there even SB16 compatible cards available in PCI that'd work with DOS?
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      2. Austin

        DOSBox isn't recommended on a Pentium 4. You're going to run into performance problems with certain games and so you might as just use a modern machine if you go that route.
         
        What I'd recommend is turning it into a Windows '98 machine. You will then have the ability to play many (not all) DOS titles, as well as quality Windows 95 and 98 releases from the era. Even some XP titles will still work on '98, depending. Regardless of what you do, you will have to figure out how things run from game to game. Some games won't load at all, some games will load but will run too fast, while others will be perfect. It's not a perfect setup, but it's at least flexible.
         
        Sound Blaster Live cards have SB16 emulation and will work with DOS titles. There are other cards from other companies/manufacturers that will also emulate (or replicate) SB16 functionality in DOS titles.
      3. carlsson

        If he wants to tinker, he could make it dual boot Windows 98 and Windows XP.
      4. ∞ Vince ∞

        @carlsson True. I work in computers but I would dread going back to Win 98. Even on W98 some of the old games don't work. They don't even fly on 95 in some cases. All depends how far back you want to go.
      5. carlsson

        I was thinking about Windows 95/98 titles that may not play on XP, and vice versa if he is into XP titles that won't play on 98 anyway. But yes, for the sake of DOS games which was the original question, either a far newer PC with DOSbox, or a far older PC that natively runs DOS would probably be preferred.
      6. TwentySixHundred

        Yep if it were my rig and choice it's simple, with old hardware keep it period correct IMHO. Like i was saying if you want a good all-rounder for strictly DOS i would go a 486 or even 386 depending what end of the DOS spectrum you prefer.
         
        Pentium i would definitely be using it as a nice Win98 rig set up, for that niche period of Windows gaming. Depends if that's your thing playing games like the original Age of Empires - Carmageddon ect.
         
        As for DOSbox yep no point running it on something underpowered. If you wanted an authentic-like DOSbox rig, i would find an old cheap quad core win7 rig. Dress it up with an oldschool CRT, mechanical keyboard and ball mouse. Set that sucker to 640x480 resolution and install DOSBox. The outcome is a hassle free - fully compatible "DOS" rig that replicates the real deal yet without the drama.
         
        If you don't mind tinkering and the go the correct period era rig. End of the day the choice is yours and this is my two cents
      7. carlsson

        So perhaps there was a reason after all why someone would dump an older Pentium 4 at the side of the road, even if it still would be in working condition. Too far away from a recycling station, are there fees involved in recycling electronics over there?
      8. Austin

        @carlsson Generally, yes, if you take anything to a dump or recycling center, you have to pay to drop it off. It's not much, but it's a hassle and it does cost something and it takes up your time. Also, you would be surprised at how many of these machines might still be lingering around office environments or older folks' homes. My parents, as an example, still have a Pentium 4 in use (barely, thanks to XP SP3). They would be the kind to simply dump it on the side of the street when they upgrade (although I told them to give it to me instead so it hopefully won't meet that fate).
      9. carlsson

        Over here, private persons may recycle anything for free (within limited quantities) while companies are supposed to pay to recycle, which sometimes means they will hand over the garbage to an individual who gets to recycle it (might be employees, even the CEO or owner acting like an individual). Thus it would be far less expected to see garbage put on the side of the road or dumped elsewhere in nature, though of course it still is a hassle to go to the recycling center.
      10. deepthaw

        Thanks for all the thoughts and discussion..  I think I’m going to stick with Windows as it’s main and see what I can pull off in a DOS dual boot. Wish I could find a 486 but those are expensive nowadays. I really only grabbed it because of the crt, and figured I’d see what I can do with the PC. 
      11. deepthaw

        There’s recycling fees here locally, so a lot of computers and crts end up on roadsides for folks like me to pick through. If nothing else, I can use it to test all this old RAM I scavenged from recycling at work before pitching it on eBay. 
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    • DrVenkman

      This is silly but it was a fun build and a lot fun to play with. Yes, it’s a transistor-scale 555 chip replica.  

      1. This update has no replies.
    • Giles N

      Me and my bro tried out Makaimura (i.e. ghost n goblins) for the Wonderswan: highly atmospheric with super-high character- and backdrop and music-quality.
      Black and white: sooo creepy!
      (...in an emulated sense...)
      1. Austin

        You need to try out the free PC remake, Ghosts 'n Demons. It's sooo goood.
    • Tickled_Pink

      Having a social media clearout. You're gone ... you're gone ... you too ...
      1. carlsson

        It sounds like you're doing it in Oprah style:
         
        You're getting eliminated from my friends list! And you are getting eliminated too! And YOU are getting eliminated! Actually all of you here today will get kicked off my friends list!
    • Serguei2

      If Sierra Hint books are available for its 3d adventure games, does it mean there're hint books for Mixed-Up Mother Goose and Mixed-Up Fairy Tales?
      1. This update has no replies.
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