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  1. I'm an Atari VCS expert! I know all about classic games like Hunted Horse, Kablam, Laser Beast, Wart Lords, Donkey Pong, and more!

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    2. GoldLeader


      Always liked Mars' Revenge and Dork Cavern.

    3. frankodragon


      I can't wait to play "Rentapede."  The simulation of renting an arthropod and buying it shoes.

    4. save2600


      Reminds of when self-proclaimed experts would tell you they had "every game" for the VCS. You get to talking with them, and besides mis-naming some of the titles, come to find they had all of about 20-30 cartridges. Yep! You had all the games you ever had alright.  lol

  2. If you have a time travel machine that can take you back to 1982 and you have the right education and experience: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/72530133/atari-2600-programming-make-m-network/
  3. I guess these aren't major sources: https://www.randomterrain.com/atari-2600-memories-history-1982.html#super_breakout https://atariage.com/magazines/magazine_page.php?MagazineID=4&CurrentPage=15 http://www.atarimania.com/pubs/hi_res/pub_Red_Hot.jpg https://archive.org/details/analog-computing-magazine-05/page/n40/mode/1up?view=theater https://archive.org/details/starlog_magazine-058/page/n9/mode/1up?view=theater https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71651108/atari-2600-introducing-super-breakout/ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71651254/atari-2600-super-breakout-now-in-stock/
  4. twitter.com/PitfallCreator/status/1366435832832253957 twitter.com/kitchengarry/status/1366433556445028353
  5. Fairly significant announcement coming in the next few days from David Crane and Garry Kitchen:




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    2. Crazy Climber

      Crazy Climber

      yeah, I signed up too...


    3. D Train

      D Train

      yah, I am wondering if that's the gold rush board.


      how fun would it be if all those guys started dipping back into the 2600 in their spare time?

    4. carlsson


      In that case, the big question is if they will adapt to modern development methodologies or stick with making 2600 games like they used to 35 years ago?

  6. Stumbled upon an ad tonight. It's from the May Company (May 26, 1982). I put it in the original post.
  7. At one time batari was thinking about adding the ability to easily create nybble variables without the user needing to jump through a dozen flaming hoops. I don't know what the plan was. Maybe something like the following? _ dim _Flying_Monkey = a(lo) dim _Smelly_Socks = a(hi) _ After DIMing, _Flying_Monkey and _Smelly_Socks would act like normal variables, but they would roll over from 15 to 0 and 0 to 15 in the other direction. bB would take care of the calculations and the user could use nybble variables without any worries. There are a lot of times when a full variable isn't needed, and a simple way to use nybble variables would be very helpful. If someone starts working on batari Basic again, I hope nybble variables will be near the top of the to-do list.
  8. Are you sure that little lizard is licking a lemon?



  9. Added two more newspaper articles to the first post.
  10. "Ideas are cheap. A dime a dozen, as they say. It's the implementation that's important! The trick isn't just to have a computer game idea, but to actually create it!" ~ Scott Adams (K-Power Magazine, June 1984) "The concept for PITFALL took less than 10 minutes. The difficult part was sitting at the computer, for over 1,000 hours, and making it happen." ~ David Crane (from a Digital Press quote page) Speaking of game ideas, I have a whole page of free game ideas: https://www.randomterrain.com/rt-free-game-making-ideas.html Nobody is stopping anybody from creating their own game ideas page.
  11. This thread is basically a continuation of an older one: https://atariage.com/forums/topic/301009-atari-400800-pac-man-when-did-you-first-see-it-or-a-demo-in-1982/ Below is an article and a bunch of ads that seem to show that Atari 400/800 Pac-Man was released in May of 1982. Jan 7, 1982 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71900118/atari-computer-news-pac-man-jan-7/ Apr 23, 1982 (Pac-Man available in May) https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71928309/atari-computers-pac-man-available-in/ Apr 29, 1982 (Apple Computer Owners, Pac-Man is Here) https://www.newspapers.com/clip/72273149/apple-computer-pac-man-is-here-apr/ Apr 30, 1982 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71928184/atari-computers-pac-man-better/ May 7, 1982 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71928952/atari-computers-pac-man-arriving-soon/ May 9, 1982 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71901692/atari-computers-pac-man-may-9-1982/ May 16, 1982 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71923428/atari-computers-pac-man-and-more-may/ May 20, 1982 (They use the Atari 2600 box, but talk about the Atari 400/800 game) https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71928444/atari-computers-pac-man-4490-may/ May 26, 1982 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/72272134/atari-computers-pac-man-at-may-company/ May 27, 1982 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71928851/atari-computers-atari-400-and-pac-man/ May 27, 1982 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71930234/atari-computers-good-news-for-pac-man/ Jun 3, 1982 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71927808/atari-computers-pac-man-jun-3-1982/ Jul 11, 1982 https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71922421/atari-computers-pac-man-and-more-jul/
  12. Found some grammar/spelling/missing word mistakes in the original post here: https://atariage.com/forums/topic/301009-atari-400800-pac-man-when-did-you-first-see-it-or-a-demo-in-1982/ I'd like to go in and fix the errors. Thanks.
  13. If this is the same guy, he was 35 in 1982, so his idea of fun might have been a game of penuchle or canasta while sipping tea with his pinky in the air: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Rosemond
  14. Here's something from March 15, 1982 that you might like to read after so many years have gone by: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/71844944/pac-man-is-no-more-than-an-electronic/ Update (2021y_02m_26d_0202t) Here's a semi-related newspaper article that isn't as negative: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/72095009/pac-man-pros-and-cons-apr-3-1982/ Update (2021y_02m_26d_0306t) Here is a bad review of the Pac-Man Fever album: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/72096025/song-history-bad-review-of-pac-man/ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/72096126/song-history-bad-review-of-pac-man/
  15. Like I posted above, why didn't the person who originally put the incorrect information on the page have to jump through 500 flaming hoops to prove it? If they did, the page wouldn't have to be corrected now.
  16. The link I posted has links and embedded newspaper ads. Where is Wikipedia's proof of a 1978 release date for Atari 2600 Super Breakout? I think some lazy guy got Atari 2600 Super Breakout confused with Atari 2600 Breakout: https://www.randomterrain.com/atari-2600-memories-history-1978.html#breakout
  17. Is this good enough? randomterrain.com/atari-2600-memories-history-1982.html#super_breakout
  18. Take a look at this from Wikipedia: 1978? Atari 2600 Super Breakout was released in 1981 at Sears and 1982 for the rest of us. Atari 2600 Breakout was released in 1978. If you're a trusted editor at Wikipedia who can actually change things without the incorrect information being put back in, please do so.
  19. Forget the drummer. Look at those sweet microphone waggling skills.



  20. I still use VbB. It has so many tools that Atari Dev Studio doesn't have. It's also hard to give up all of the code editor options in the right click menu that include Audit Variables, Audit Goto/Gosub, Find Next, Find Label, Identify Current Bank, Force Minimum Spacing, Flip Text, and Add Bookmark.
  21. And Windex has toxic fumes
    That stink up the whole damn room
    And Windex may make you zoom
    Above the clouds (above the clouds)
    Above the clouds (above the clouds)




    1. CPUWIZ


      Orange tastes green.

    2. Keatah


      These 60's harmony groups make me so happy I could play emulators all day!


    3. simbalion


      I love that song. So glad I went on a 'retro' spree with 50's, 60's, and 70's music in the early 90's.

  22. Next time you do an update, should this: be changed to this? HTML version updated: https://www.randomterrain.com/7800basic.html
  23. February 22 is Washington's birthday. I heard he chopped down a cherry tree with his wooden teeth or something. That was before my time.

    1. carlsson


      There was a guy whose privy someone had tipped over. He was upset and called his three teenage sons to ask who did it. Nobody wanted to confess, so he tried a different approach. He told them about how George Washington chopped down a tree and was rewarded by his dad for his honesty to confess he did it. Then one of his sons stepped forward and confessed it was he who tipped the privy.


      The dad gave his son a good beating, upon the son cried:

      -"But why, Dad? You said George Washington got a reward..."

      -"Yes but his dad didn't sit in the cherry tree when it was chopped down!"

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