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Over the weekend, I was reminiscing with my dad about how he set up his home office for his job back in the 80's. He and the other engineers/draftsmen at the new company all had state of the art computers for structural/piping drawing with CAD software, etc. I remember the computer was a "beast" for the time with a 20MB! hard drive and people wondering how in the hell they'd use that. The computer cost around 4500 at the time, which is expensive for a good machine even now, let alone the 80's. I remember it had this sort of cutting edge "demo" with the 3d drawing software where it would rotate a wireframe model of the space shuttle as it's sort of showoff display piece for the software. I believe I used all that power and graphics capability to play Infocom's Leather Goddesses of Phobos. Sigh....
I went through some old pictures the other day and found some from JagFest 1998. I thought it might be nice to upload them here for posterity and see if anyone recognizes themselves or someone they know. Highlights that I remember: Hosted by Kevin Manne Battlesphere demo Thea Realm Fighters demo Steve Scavone showing Gorf 3D progress Aircars networked play Super Burnout tournament (1st place: Wes Powell) Tempest 2000 tournament (1st place: Wes Powell who absolutely crushed it) Psychedelic Pong tournament (1st place: Me) Ultra Vortek tournament (1st place: Wes Powell) Native demo (I believe this was the first time I saw/played it) Various homebrew for play loaded by bjl (if I remember correctly) Dave Bell talking about his wealth of knowledge on the Tramiels as well as his vaporware game, Defcon 1 (I believe it was his Alpine devkit that was displayed) Wes Powell successfully jumping over 2 tables Primal Rage soundtrack CD donated to me by Wes Powell (He said it was awful... I listened to it on the long drive back from New York... He was right... But I cherish it nonetheless ) Someone walking off with my copy of Secret Quest for the Atari 2600
Hey! So. I'm in the early-production phase of a film currently titled ATARI CHRISTMAS (set during 1982, the story is about two fourteen year-old boys: one wants an Atari 2600 for Christmas and the other longs for a girlfriend) and we're putting together a few "Atari Video Testimonials" for the August-launch of our Kickstarter promo & supplemental fund campaign. So far, we've got a number of our current and awesome ATARI CHRISTMAS partners doing video testimonials, such as author/fan/professor Roberto Dillon, programmer/former Atari employee D. Scott Williamson and historians/authors/bloggers Matt Barton & Bill Loguidice. So what exactly is an "Atari Video Testimonial?" It's a short fan-made video about your love and memories of Atari. There are a few (but just a few) more specifics, but if this sounds like something you may be interested in, PM me and I'll send you the rest of the details. OH AND if you'd like more info about the film, reply to this topic with your questions and I'll do my derndest to fill in the blanks. -Brett Neveu
While looking through some old photos recently, I found some pics of JagFest 2001. I thought it might be nice to upload them here since most of the old sources are gone or only accessible through web archive. I may remember something incorrectly or not remember at all, so feel free to add to or correct me if you were there. Highlights that I remember: Hosted by Dan Loosen (the Goat Store) I had a booth at this one where I demoed: the real Lynx AVP prototype (this was before it was widely available) a Phase Zero prototype a 3DO with the unreleased Jaguar games, such as Robinson's Requiem, Demolition Man, Creature Shock, etc. an Atari Jaguar with every released game an Atari ST with various games an Atari 7800 with every game an Atari 5200 with various games Micah Rowe had the Brett Hull Hockey cartridge for demo The Jaguar VR with Missile Command 3D Songbird Lynx tournaments: Ponx (1st place: me). I remember playing Championship Rally, but I don't remember if it was comlynxed or if there was a tournament. Carl demoing Total Carnage, Protector SE, and other Songbird releases Dan hosting a Ram It tournament (which was the 1st time I think I saw or played the game) 10 linked Jaguars for an awesome BattleShpere tournament (I thought I remembered 16, but just saw some old articles and it was 10) Iron Soldier 3 for demo on a NUON A museum of classic systems A PCFX for demo I won a copy of Hoverstrike CD for something, but don't remember what. Since I already owned every Jaguar game, I kept it sealed... still have it to this day. While typing this up, I decided to check on a few things and found this old writeup: Unfortunately, the only JagFests I was able to attend were 1998, 2001, and 2003 (which was combined with the Austin Gaming Expo and was the last year for a U.S. JagFest). While 2003 wasn't a dedicated JagFest, I still had a great time and was glad to make the trip with my friend DoctorClu.