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THE 2018 ATARI AWARDS!

LIVE ON FEBRUARY 23, 2019

presented by

ZeroPage Homebrew, The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion and AtariAge

 

The 2018 edition of the Atari Awards, celebrating the best in Atari 2600 Homebrew, will take place LIVE on the ZeroPage Homebrew's Twitch channel on February 23rd, 2019 at 12PM PT | 3PM ET | 8PM GMT!

 

YOU GET TO VOTE starting January 23, 2019 for your favorite homebrews, hacks and demos when we reveal the final nominees in each of the categories below. After the voting closes on February 18, 2019 and your votes are tallied, the 2018 Atari Awards will be broadcast LIVE on February 23, 2019 to announce the winners and give out the awards!

 

Award Categories:

  • Best Homebrew

  • Best bB Homebrew

  • Best WIP Homebrew

  • Best Game Hack

  • Best Demo

  • Best Programming

  • Best Graphics

  • Best Music & Sound

  • Best Packaging

  • Technical Achievement Award

Please feel free to suggest and discuss below all your favorite homebrew games that you think should be nominated for an award for 2018!
(Qualifying games must be released during the period of January 1, 2018 through to December 31, 2018)

(note: List is a living document and may not be 100% accurate, please let us know if you spot any issues)

 

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Yeah, this was my idea while writing The Atari 2600 2018: Year in Review Homebrew Companion book, seeing that the last Homebrew Awards was back in 2004. I wanted to create a new one since the homebrew community is the busiest its been in a long time!

 

So this is a call out to all you homebrew gamers out there!!! Let's hear your suggestions!

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A lot of people will not know about the exact release dates. Therefore I suggest that someone compiles a (hint) list of the games which can be voted for.

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A lot of people will not know about the exactly release dates. Therefore I suggest that someone compiles a (hint) list of the games which can be voted for.

Will do! I have a running list of ROM file names that were released throughout this year, so it should be easy enough to clean it up a bit and post that info!

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A very good point! Arenafoot and I forget that the average person is not as geeky as we are about record keeping and release dates and such, hahah! We will post a list shortly so people will be able to take a look the 2018 titles (so far). :-)

 

A lot of people will not know about the exact release dates. Therefore I suggest that someone compiles a (hint) list of the games which can be voted for.

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Perhaps a "Best From 2005 - 2017" category to give shot to all the games released in the years that have past since the last awards? I figure that gives a fair shake to all those games which won't be included in the 2018 awards as well.

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IMO we shouldn't create too many categories before we know how many people are participating. Else the result might become random.

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YES! Finally someone has picked this up again and ran with it. I had SO much fun doing the old Stan Awards! Of course, back then the pool of nominees was MUCH smaller! Can't wait for this!

 

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Yes! We are planning to have a WIP category for the 'most anticipated WIP Atari 2600 game'. We don't want to miss out on all those games that are in progress. :-)

 

are these for finished releases only, or anything that comes out during the time period? Maybe a "Best/Most Intriguing WIP" category would be appropriate as well?

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Thank you so much for holding the Stan Awards back in the day. We're really looking forward to honouring all the hard work that is put into these games, hacks and demos. :-)

 

YES! Finally someone has picked this up again and ran with it. I had SO much fun doing the old Stan Awards! Of course, back then the pool of nominees was MUCH smaller! Can't wait for this!

 

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We don't want to be overloaded with too many categories but it's truly surprising how many games have been worked on or finished so far in 2018! We are definitely looking for more possible categories before we finalize and release the category list. Keep the suggestions coming for categories and games, we don't want to leave any out.

 

The list of games, hacks and demos released in 2018 is coming soon...

 

IMO we shouldn't create too many categories before we know how many people are participating. Else the result might become random.

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That might be a tad overwhelming with the sheer number of games that were released during that time but we'll take it into consideration!

 

Perhaps a "Best From 2005 - 2017" category to give shot to all the games released in the years that have past since the last awards? I figure that gives a fair shake to all those games which won't be included in the 2018 awards as well.

 

'Best label art' will probably fall under the 'best packaging' category so that we don't have to break it down too far into label, box, manual, etc. :-)

 

"Best label art" would also be a good category.

 

Yes, I agree, I think that this will also double as a catch up for some homebrews that people might have missed! Great time to try out some games that may have slipped by you! :-)

 

Nice Idea! Will be interesting to see a list as i missed most homebrews released in the first half of 2018.

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IMO we shouldn't create too many categories before we know how many people are participating. Else the result might become random.

 

And winning becomes less of an accomplishment when there is an award for everything given out to nearly anyone. I think all games should be judged on an even playing field that doesn't seperate between ASM or Bb. If you programed in ASM or Bb doesn't matter, you are in the same group. A game for the 2600 is a game for the 2600. Doesn't matter what tools where used to code it in such a case.

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But the recent spate of coprocessors on the cartridge is definitely Not a level playing field. You can't fairly compare a game with an on board high speed Arm chip doing bus stuffing and other computational assists to a vanilla game limited to just the 6507 and what it can do. Those should be two distinct categories at least.

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Maybe add game categories. Best platformer, best racer, arcade game, etc.

Its hard to compare some categories, especially as not everybody likes everything.

 

I'm not the greatest platformer fan myself, but love multiplayer games and the beat your own score arcade games. This is clearly not the case for many other people here and thats great because all game types get represented. (Apart from sports, nobody seems to be making sports home-brews :P)

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But the recent spate of coprocessors on the cartridge is definitely Not a level playing field. You can't fairly compare a game with an on board high speed Arm chip doing bus stuffing and other computational assists to a vanilla game limited to just the 6507 and what it can do. Those should be two distinct categories at least.

 

Totally agree with you there.

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Hi guys, that’s a super cool initiative and a great motivation to anyone who wants to not only start some project but specially to make a release out of it. I’ve started one project a few months ago, and I’m wondering what is the path or directives to get a game released, or maybe simply to be considered in a discussion list, or even how do I get collaboration somehow in this process. Is there a specific thread for this discussions or I should simply to create a new topic and start publishing my roms. I’m really exited into getting involved with the community from now on but I’m quite newbie in this one to be honest. Any recommendation would be appreciated. Thanks!

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