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  1. Atari Systems

    1. Atari 2600

      624,229 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

      78,415 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

      131,229 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

      60,193 posts

      Lynx was Atari's first portable game system, and world's first color handheld. It was designed by Epyx and the engineers who created the Amiga. Ahead of its time, the Lynx sported a backlit color screen, stereo sound (in model 2) and an impressive range of games. Check out our rarity guide or explore many games listed on Atari Gamer.


    5. Atari Jaguar

      182,868 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

      31,313 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

      514,845 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

      229,678 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

      287,759 posts

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

    3. Prototypes

      14,888 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

      41,844 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

      28,565 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

      30,217 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

      4,478 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

      225,096 posts

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

    2. Auction Central

      167,164 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

      46,403 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

      13,364 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

      6,513 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

      15,252 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

      20,823 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

      2,562 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

      47,078 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

      6,747 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

      21,933 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

      5,583 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

      8,123 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

    • CPUWIZ

      Nothing on my mind, I lost it.
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    • GoldLeader

      Craziest day!  My 85 year old aunt found my original Atari VCS BOX!  (Which I believe I bought in 1979 or 1980).  Not the console (Which my cousin pawned or lost in a storage shed before he died we're pretty sure), but the box itself, which was under an inch of dust in her downstairs closet.  I can confirm I bought it at Grand Central for $129.99 on sale from $159.99 cuz the price tags are still there!  The box shows a Heavy Sixer but I'm pretty sure mine was a Light Sixer.  I thought all of it was lost,...Never thought I'd see this again!  Inside is some NES game boxes;  All of it is dusty as hell!
      1. GoldLeader

        FWIW, pretty sure I sold her my Atari for $25 when I got the Coleco Expansion # 1,   My Mom really wanted me to do this....To this day, It's the only console from the very old days I sold and I wish I still had it! (I kept everything from the ColecoVision onwards except for some much later buys and sells)...
      2. GoldLeader

        Although I am glad she got to play it BITD, as now she says she has an XBOX, and a PS3, but doesn't play them, as her hands don't work like they used to, and she says, "I'm tired of losing to my machine!"  LOL
      3. masschamber

        that's pretty wild
      4. GoldLeader

        Last remnant of the story:  When I was 10 or 11, I played Atari at a friend's house and made it my mission in life to get one.  I saved allowances, mowed lawns, did odd jobs for the neighbors until I had saved $80.  At which point I saw in the newspaper ad, Grand Central (about 3-4 blocks from my house) had them on sale for $129.99.  I'd forgotten the retail price but Grand Central was kind of high generally, (like Star wars action figures were $2.49, not $2.18 like at LaBelle's)...So, I asked my mom if I could borrow the rest from her and get one and she said yes!  I was probably 12.
        PS My aunt still thinks there's a ghost of a chance the console is in there somewhere, but I know my cousin told me he had one (from her) and I assume it was my old one...
    • Cebus Capucinis

      From Discord: Anyone remember that homebrew/hack about PRGE, namely the guy who kept trying to steal stuff? What was the name of that joke game? (It's a real hack/homebrew...would have been 2012? 2013?)?
      1. AtariBrian

        CGE Adventures
      2. Cebus Capucinis

        Haha yes! That was it. It was CGE, not PRGE.
    • atari2600land

      Now we have to replace the air conditioner/furnace. Lovely.
      1. MrPix

        I just did that. Went for a mini-split, saved a lot of money, and it's looking about 30-40% cheaper to run than the central air system it replaced. Love it!
    • SlidellMan

      I've always wondered why Robocop Vs The Terminator (Gen/MD) had no boss battle music. Was it due to the deadline or ROM space?
      1. Halycon275

        interesting question. I'm going to assume space issues. The largest game for the Genesis was 5MB so 16 Mega bits (the actual size, props to vimm.net)
        presented issues. Not only did they have to compress the audio, but the sprites for the characters, and the background themselves would've made a boss battle impractical. I can see it being re released for the 32X or sega CD though. IF there was a boss battle, i think it would've crashed the cart or possibly overloaded the 68000 CPU inside the machine.  the 68000 series can address 16MB  and the additional sprite and background data for said boss fight (assuming an additional 16k) would NOT be possible. You would have to modify the 68000 chip inside to address more than 16MB, possibly by replacing it with an aftermarket chip that allows 64MB, but then that screws up the timing for the z80 so there's that.
        If the Genesis had three other processors that took the load off, it might be feasible but on a stock genesis, it would be highly impractical.
        as mentioned above, if it were re released for the 32X, the extra power would come in handy. The RISC processors and greatly expanded video and regular ram (256k each). would be more than enough to supplement for the background sprites while the main 68000 draws the boss and foreground area and the 32X's improved video brightens up dark areas. time just ran out and space was cramped but a re release for the 32X would  
        make this game damn near perfect.
    • Halycon275

      Had a Genesis+32X but got rid of it. the power brick got way too hot and drew too much power. Got an snes and never looked back
      1. This update has no replies.
    • Magmavision2000

      Meatloaf Update: as of writing this there is a little under a pound of leftover meatloaf traveling through my body. If I was old enough to drink, I would definitely have super gout.
      1. This update has no replies.
    • doctorclu

      Cool watching the NASA/SpaceX Dragon launch today!
      1. Prosystemsearch

        I wonder how far up into space they will go on that mission?
    • roadrunner

      People behind me are having a kids birthday party, must be at least 20 people outside
      1. roadrunner

        Don't see anybody wearing a mask or 6 feet apart. 
      2. save2600

        Go join 'em, bring 'em a classic gaming related present and have some fun!  
    • Swami

      Amazon inflitrating eBay: I quit ordering from Amazon because of too many screw ups and they can't deliver inside my building due to covid, but some white-out I just ordered I had to go pick up and it came in an Amazon envelope with Amazon receipt delivered by "Bluecare Express".
      1. This update has no replies.
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