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Greetings everyone! I am currently looking for advice on how to sort my 2600 roms. I would like to create the ultimate catagorized assortment of games. Here are the genres I have so far. Please take a look and tell me what you think. What genres am I missing? And is there a list of Atari games by genre? That would be great. Thanks in advance for your help.

 

A to Z

20th Century Fox

Action Games

Activision

Adventure

Arcade

Atari Classics (games made by Atari)

Brain Games (Inludes Puzzle Games)

CBS Electronics

Driving Games

Fighting & Beat Em Ups

Flying & Flight Sim

Hacks

Homebrew

Horror Games

Imagic

Mattel - M-Network

Movie Games (Games based on Movies)

Multi-Carts

Pac-Man + Clones

Paddle Games

Public Domain

Pinball

Prototypes

Rare Games

RPGs

Shooting Games

-Shooting: Top Down

-Shotting: Side Scroller

Sports

Star Wars Games (I'm a Star Wars and Trek geek)

Starpath Games

Touch Pad Games

Trakball Games

TV Games (Games based on TV shows)

XXX - Adult Games

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Here's what I have. It's a work-in-progress, subject to change -- most notably, the folders under "By Brand" are likely to change, as I don't intend to have a folder for any brand with less than about 10 games. My directory system uses several abbreviations mostly made of 3 capital letters. For example, "PRO" = "prototype"; "CTL" = "control(ler/s)", etc. There are many more such abbreviations not seen here, which I use in the filenames. Names in [brackets] are folders which contain one or more sub-folders. Names without brackets are folders which contain only program binaries. Folders which contain sub-folders do not also contain "loose" binaries; any given Harmony menu screen will be filled with either sub-folders or binaries, never both. The "All Games Main Version" folder (probably equivalent to your "A to Z" folder) will contain only games, and only the best available NTSC version of each. Duplicates of these exact same files will also be found in the "By Brand", "By Number of Players", "By Controller Type", "By Genre", "Homebrews" and "Playable PROs & WIPs" folders where appropriate. The "Less-Complete PROs" folder (in the "Alternates" folder) will contain earlier versions of prototypes found in the "Playable PROs & WIPs" folder. The remaining folders should be self-explanatory.

 

[All Games Main Version]

[by Brand]
 20th Century Fox
 Activision
 Apollo
 Atari
 Bit Corporation
 CBS Electronics
 CCE
 Coleco
 CommaVid
 Data Age
 Ebivision
 HES
 Home Vision
 Imagic
 Junkosoft
 Mattel
 Mystique-PlayAround
 Parker Brothers
 Quelle
 Sega
 Self-Published
 Spectravideo
 Starpath
 Suntek
 Telegames
 Telesys
 Tigervision
 U.S. Games
 Xonox
 Xype
 Zellers
 Zimag-Emag-Vidco

[by Number of Players]
 0
 1
 2 Only, Simultaneous
 2 or more Alternating
 2 or more Simultaneous
 3 or more Simultaneous

[by Controller Type]
 Joystick
 Paddle
 Driving
 Keyboard-VTP-Kids'
 Multi
 Litegun-Mindlink-Other

[by Genre]
 Adult
 Adventure
 Arcade
 Board + Card
 Children's+Educational
 Horror
 Martial Arts
 Maze
 Media Tie-in
 Puzzle
 Racing-Chase-Motrsport
 Shoot 'Em Up
 Simulation
 Sports

[Homebrews]

[Playable PROs & WIPs]

[Modern Hacks]
 [by Hacked Game]
    (Folder per Original Game Name)
 Accurized Ports
 PAL to NTSC Conversion
 CTL Type or Port
 Graphics + Play
 Play Only
 Graphics Only
 Palette Select
 Bankswitch Conversion  (Including Supercharger)
 NTSC to PAL Conversion

[Non-Games]

[Demos, Bad PROs & WIPs]
 Demoscene
 Images
 Music & Audio
 Kernel & GFX Demos
 Unplayable PROs & WIPs

[PAL Only]

[Alternates]
 [Vintage Pirate Hacks]
    [by Hacked Game]
       (Folder per Original Game Name)
    PAL to NTSC Conversion
    CTL Type or Port
    Graphics + Play
    Play Only
    Graphics Only
    Logo Chnge-Remove Only
    NTSC to PAL Conversion
 Alternate ROM Versions
 Less-Complete PROs
 Multicarts
 PAL & SECAM Versions
 [Harmony Incompatible]
     Over 32 KB
     Other

Edited by A.J. Franzman
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A.J. your system is brilliant. I'm definitely going to follow your example. You have great knowledge of the 2600 catalog.

 

Speaking of which, is there no place to get a list of 2600 games sorted by genre, catagory, etc?

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A.J. your system is brilliant. I'm definitely going to follow your example. You have great knowledge of the 2600 catalog.

 

Speaking of which, is there no place to get a list of 2600 games sorted by genre, catagory, etc?

This may not be what you're wanting, but you can search by genre at Atarimania. Click on Games then Advanced Search. On the Advanced Search page, you might want to check the box that says "Original version (in white)" so you don't get as many results.

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AJ that is a brilliant idea. I love it, I just wish I had the time to do all that... :)

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Greetings everyone! I am currently looking for advice on how to sort my 2600 roms. I would like to create the ultimate catagorized assortment of games. Here are the genres I have so far. Please take a look and tell me what you think. What genres am I missing? And is there a list of Atari games by genre? That would be great. Thanks in advance for your help.

 

A to Z

20th Century Fox

Action Games

Activision

Adventure

Arcade

Atari Classics (games made by Atari)

Brain Games (Inludes Puzzle Games)

CBS Electronics

Driving Games

Fighting & Beat Em Ups

Flying & Flight Sim

Hacks

Homebrew

Horror Games

Imagic

Mattel - M-Network

Movie Games (Games based on Movies)

Multi-Carts

Pac-Man + Clones

Paddle Games

Public Domain

Pinball

Prototypes

Rare Games

RPGs

Shooting Games

-Shooting: Top Down

-Shotting: Side Scroller

Sports

Star Wars Games (I'm a Star Wars and Trek geek)

Starpath Games

Touch Pad Games

Trakball Games

TV Games (Games based on TV shows)

XXX - Adult Games

I like that idea except that I have 2 suggestions.

1 - If you will be using it near any people that will be shocked/offended/embarrases/think less of you... rename or bury the xxx folder, I would suggest under something that no one will look in like "Educational" ;-)

 

2 - On mine, I have 2 master folders "Owned" and "Wishlist", and both have the same subfolders. I like going into the Owned folder and being able to select only the carts I actually have. And when I get a new cart that I haven't had before, it is nice to be able to move it from the Wishlist to the Owned folder.

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