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2600 Connection Issue #96 Published
November 10, 2008
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2600 Connection Issue #96 PublishedA new issue of the 2600 Connection newsletter is now available. Articles in the November/December Issue (#96) include:
  • Box Varieties of 2600 Games
  • Classic 80's Home Video Games
  • Just Like The Real Arcade Game -- Phoenix, Pleiades
  • Spotlight on Prototypes -- Universal Prototype 'H'
  • Spotlight on Homebrews -- Alien Greed II
  • Too Many Games Show Report
  • Letters
  • News & Notes
  • Classified Ads
The 2600 Connection is a printed newsletter published bimonthly. To learn how to purchase this issue or buy a subscription, please visit the 2600 Connection website.

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Incoming! Homebrew Label Contest
October 26, 2008
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Incoming! Homebrew Label ContestThose of you who keep tabs on the Atari 2600 homebrew scene may be familiar with Incoming! We first posted news about the game back in 2001, and author Ben Larson announced a final version of the game earlier this year. If you've ever played Artillery Duel on the 2600 (not to mention many similar games on various systems and computers over the years), then you'll be right at home with Incoming! Ben has addressed many of Artillery Duel's shortcomings with Incoming!, resulting in a much improved gameplay experience!

AtariAge and Ben Larson are sponsoring a contest to create original artwork for Incoming! This label artwork will appear on all copies of Incoming!, which will be released at the beginning of December in the AtariAge Store. This artwork will also be featured on the cover of the manual created for Incoming! You can learn more about the contest and what you need to do to enter here.

Submissions must be received by 11:59pm on November 16th, 2008!

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Retrogaming Times Monthly - October 2008
October 13, 2008
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Retrogaming Times Monthly - October 2008Issue #53 of the Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from the October 2008 issue include:
  • NES Realm - More from December 1988
  • Apple ][ Incider - Hardball
  • Who'd Win - Tengen Tetris vs. Nintendo Tetris
  • Apple ][ - Mario Bros.
You can find all these and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 133 months in a row! As always, you can browse through all the back issues of Retrogaming Times Monthly via their archives to get up to date.

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Houston Arcade Expo - November 7th/8th
October 8, 2008
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Houston Arcade Expo - November 7th/8thThe Houston Area Arcade Group (HAAG) is holding their annual arcade expo on November 7th and 8th at the Crowne Plaza Houston Reliant Park hotel. Admission is $25 for a weekend pass or $15 for a single day, which gets you access to over 100 arcade games and pinball machines all set to free play! You can also participate in arcade and pinball tournaments, win door prizes, try your luck at a game raffle, and partake in the full bar. There aren't many opportunities to enjoy large collections of classic arcade games, so if you are in the Houston area (or can get there!), you should be at this expo! AtariAge is sponsoring the event, and we'll have a slew of classic gaming systems (Atari 2600, 5200, ColecoVision, Intellivision, etc.) setup for play! For more information, please visit ArcadeCenter.com.

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Lead Label Contest - Now Open!
September 22, 2008
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Lead Label Contest - Now Open!Will you lead? Find the answer by travelling through the 20 tunnels of Lead, where you'll have to fire at incoming enemies, dodge deadly asteroids, scramble past menacing sentinels and catch wandering satellites to survive, and finally prove to yourself that you can do it.

Lead is a fast paced action game created by Simone Serra, whose first Atari 2600 homebrew release was the unique collection of puzzle and rhythm games in Sync. AtariAge and Simone Serra are sponsoring a contest to create original artwork for Simone's latest Atari 2600 homebrew. This label artwork will appear on all copies of Lead, which will be released at the beginning of December. This artwork will also be featured on the cover of the manual created for the game. You can learn more about the contest and how to enter here.

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Retrogaming Times Monthly #52 Available
September 10, 2008
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Retrogaming Times Monthly #52 AvailableIssue #52 of the Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from the September 2008 issue include:
  • NES'cade Gyruss
  • NES Realm - December 1986
  • Apple ][ Incider - The Apple ][ today - part 2 Summer Games
  • Who'd Win - Altered Beat vs Golden Axe
  • Old Wine in New Bottles: Midway Arcade Treasures 2 & 3
You can find all these and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 132 months in a row! We didn't report on the August issue, so if you missed that you can find it here. And as always, you can browse through all the back issues of Retrogaming Times Monthly via their archives to get up to date.

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Atari 2600 Connection #95 Published
September 2, 2008
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Atari 2600 Connection #95 PublishedA new issue of the 2600 Connection newsletter is now available. Articles in the Sep/Oct 2008 Issue (#95) include:
  • Paul Allen Newell - Interview
  • Spotlight on Prototypes – Gamma-Attack
  • Video Game Collector – Review
  • Just Like The Real Arcade Game – Congo Bongo, Zaxxon - Reviews
  • Easter Eggs – Towering Inferno, Actionauts
  • Letters
  • News & Notes
  • Classified Ads
The 2600 Connection is a printed newsletter published bimonthly. To learn how to purchase this issue or buy a subscription, please visit the 2600 Connection website.

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Oklahoma Video Game Expo - Saturday, August 9th
August 5, 2008
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Oklahoma Video Game Expo - Saturday, August 9thThe 2008 Oklahoma Video Game Exposition (OVGE) is slated to take place Saturday, August 9th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Atari, Coleco, Mattel, Nintendo, Sega and many more of your favorite classic gaming systems will once again rise from history in all their glory as the Marriott Tulsa Southern Hills Hotel hosts the fifth OVGE. The Oklahoma Video Game Exhibition is a gathering of collectors, video game enthusiasts, and vendors coming together to show, trade, buy, sell and have an incredible time! If you're a classic gaming fan and can get to the show, we highly recommend it! To learn more about the show, please visit the official Oklahoma Video Game Exposition web site.

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Portland Retro Gaming Expo August 2-3
July 27, 2008
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Portland Retro Gaming Expo August 2-3The NorthWest Classic Games Enthusiasts (NWCGE), a Pacific NorthWest-based group dedicated to the preservation and promotion of classic video games, is holding the 2008 Portland Retro Games Expo August 2nd and 3rd in Portland, Oregon. The Expo, now in its third year, brings together classic video game fans from across the NorthWest. Open to the public, it is an opportunity for nostalgic gamers to revisit their favorite video game systems of yore. The Retro Gaming Expo isn't just for collectors. Anyone with an interest in home video gaming will find something to enjoy. The expo will feature vendors and exhibitions of classic game consoles as well as contests and tournaments.

Complete information about the event, including location, admission, hours, and much more can be found at the Portland Retro Games Expo web site.

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Retrogaming Times July 2008 Issue Available
July 16, 2008
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Retrogaming Times July 2008 Issue AvailableIssue #50 of the Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from the July 2008 issue include:
  • Apple ][ Incider - Breaking Out
  • NES'cade - Jackal
  • Game Archeologist
  • Who'd Win - Star Wars vs Star Trek
  • Old Wine in New Bottles: SNK Arcade Classics 1
  • Fun Arcade Games That Never Made it to My Arcade
  • Real Life Games
You can find all these and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 130 months in a row! If you've missed any back issues, you can also look through their complete archives to get up to date.

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Atari 2600 Connection 94 Published
July 16, 2008
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Atari 2600 Connection 94 PublishedA new issue of the 2600 Connection newsletter is now available. Articles in the July/August 2008 Issue (#94) include:
  • Rob Fulop’s Actionauts - review
  • Spotlight on Homebrews – Colony 7, Squish ‘em, Bee-Ball, Melbourne Tatty, Sync
  • Just Like The Real Arcade Game – Pengo, Tac/Scan - reviews
  • Inside The 2600 – programmimg article
  • The 10 Best Atari 2600 Games - opinion
  • Letters
  • News & Notes
  • Classified Ads
  • The 2600 Connection is a printed newsletter published bimonthly. To learn how to purchase this issue or buy a subscription, please visit the 2600 Connection website.

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    Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in "Atari" Movie
    June 11, 2008
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    Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Paramount Pictures has given the green light for a movie centered around Atari's founder Nolan Bushnell. The movie, to be titled "Atari", is set to feature Leonardo DiCaprio as Nolan Bushnell. Atari was founded by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in 1972 and the company would become a pioneer in arcade games, home computers, and home video games. Atari became a household name in the late 1970s and early 1980s with their wildly popular Atari 2600 video game console. Nolan Bushnell would later start several other companies after being forced out of Atari, the most successful of which was the Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant chain. "Atari" is being written by Brian Hecker and Craig Sherman, who apparently were able to convince Bushnell that they could "do his unique story justice". No word yet on when this film will reach theaters, but you can bet we'll be keeping a close eye on this one!

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    Retrogaming Times Monthly #49 Published
    June 11, 2008
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    Retrogaming Times Monthly #49 PublishedIssue #49 of the Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Highlights from the June 2008 issue include:
    • Apple ][ Incider - Karateka II
    • NES'cade - Kung Fu
    • Game Archeologist
    • Who'd Win - Battlezone vs. Robot Tank
    • Old Wine in New Bottles: Retrogaming on Modern Hardware
    You can find all these and more inside the Retrogaming Times Monthly, now running 129 months in a row! If you've missed any back issues, you can also look through their complete archives to get up to date.

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    Explosion Takes Out AtariAge (Updated)
    June 2, 2008
    Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

    Explosion Takes Out AtariAge (Updated)If you tried visiting AtariAge between Saturday afternoon and today (Monday) around 2:30pm CST, you may have noticed that you could not reach the site. At 4:55pm CST on Saturday there was an electrical explosion at The Planet's data center in Houston where AtariAge's dedicated server is housed. This explosion and resulting fire damaged a significant portion of the building's electrical infrastructure, and all 9,000 servers hosted at this location went offline. Only last night was The Planet able to start restoring power to servers (fortunately none were damaged, nor was anyone injured), with the AtariAge server getting power and network connectivity restored a bit before 3:00pm today. This is, by far, the longest AtariAge has ever been offline since its launch over seven years ago, and hopefully we'll never have to suffer through such an outage again!

    Update: Yep, the site was unavailable again for an extended period of time, between about 2:45am early Tuesday morning until 5:30pm. Turns out the temporary backup generator that The Planet was using to power "Phase 1" of their Houston data center developed a fault and the generator could not be repaired. It then took some time for them to get another generator on site and operating. Hopefully we'll be online now without further interruptions of this nature. Other hosting options are now being explored.

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    Stella 2.6.1 Released
    May 30, 2008
    Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

    Stella 2.6.1 ReleasedThe excellent Atari 2600 emulator Stella has seen some significant updates this month, first to version 2.6, which was then quickly followed by version 2.6.1. The jump to version 2.6 brought several new features, which you can read about here. Version 2.6.1 includes several bug fixes as well as additional features and improvements, and you can learn about those here. Visit the Stella home page to download the latest version for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

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    Rob Fulop's Actionauts Now Available
    May 13, 2008
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    Rob Fulop's Actionauts Now AvailableRob Fulop has announced that a small number of his self-published Atari 2600 game Actionauts are now available for purchase to those who did not previously reserve a copy. After leaving Imagic in early 1984, Rob Fulop set out to independently create a new 2600 game featuring robots, which were a big craze in popular culture at the time. The game, Actionauts, allowed you to program an on-screen robot with a linear series of commands. Your goal as the player was to get the robot to achieve various objectives using these programming commands. Rob was forced to abandon Actionauts in 1984 after the 2600 marked crashed, but recently resurrected the game to make it available to Atari 2600 fans. Only 250 boxed copies were made available for sale, and of those fewer than 40 remain. Please visit RobFulop.com to learn more about the game and purchase a copy.

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    AtariProtos.com 8-bit Update
    May 6, 2008
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    AtariProtos.com 8-bit UpdateMatt Reichert has added several new Atari 8-bit prototype reviews to his extensive website AtariProtos.com. The newly reviewed games include: Frogger II, Tutankham, Up 'n Down, Star Trux, Saucer, Pac-Mac, Football, and Letter Tutor. Please visit AtariProtos.com to read these new reviews as well as the wealth of prototype reviews for the 2600, 5200 and 7800. You can discuss these updates with Matt Reichert (Tempest) and other AtariAge members in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.

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    Retrogaming Times Monthly #48
    May 6, 2008
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    Retrogaming Times Monthly #48Issue #48 of Retrogaming Times Monthly is now online. Articles in the May 2008 issue include:
    • Apple ][ Incider - Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting
    • Many Faces of Sir Lancelot
    • NES'cade - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
    • Game Archeologist
    • Tomy Tutor - Jungler
    You can find all these and more inside this month's Retrogaming Times Monthly, which has now been running for 128 months in a row. If you've missed any back issues, you can also look through their complete archives to get up to date.

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    DASM Version 2.20.11 Released
    April 30, 2008
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    DASM Version 2.20.11 ReleasedA new release of the DASM Macro Assembler, an important tool in developing Atari 2600 homebrews, has been released. DASM is a versatile macro assembler that supports several 8-bit microprocessors, including the Atari 2600's 6507 CPU. Andrew Davie has maintained DASM for the past several years, but has now handed over the reigns to Peter Froehlich, who's already setup a new DASM homepage and project page at SourceForge. This new version of DASM fixes several issues with the previous release (from 2004) and paves the way for more active development of the assembler. Please join the [dasm-discuss] mailing list if you'd like to discuss DASM with its new maintainer and other developers.

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    2600 Cabbage Patch Kids Proto Found and Released!
    April 28, 2008
    Posted by Albert Submit News | Archives

    2600 Cabbage Patch Kids Proto Found and Released!Another long-lost unreleased prototype has now seen the light of day, thanks to a discovery by Alex Handy at a flea market in California. Alex located a cache of old EPROMs, later realizing he had come across a copy of Cabbage Patch Kids: Adventures in the Park for the Atari 2600, a title released for the ColecoVision but which never saw the light of day on the 2600. With the help of long-time Atari enthusiast Joe Grand, all of Alex's finds were dumped. The bulk of the dumps were ColecoVision related, but the Cabbage Patch game for the 2600 turned out to be the find of a lifetime for Atari fans. Alex quickly posted all of the dumped binaries on his blog, including 10 different versions of the Cabbage Patch game.

    As luck would have it, Cabbage Patch Kids: Adventures in the Park is an impressive game, comparable in quality to many modern homebrew games. Cabbage Patch Kids is a side-scrolling game, similar to Pitfall! in this regard. The game consists of various screens that have different obstacles that must be overcome in order to proceed to the next screen. These include water-filled pits, bouncing balls, floating platforms, bees, and fires. You must complete ten screens on each level before a timer runs out. While traversing the screens you can also use trampolines to collect objects hidden in the trees for additional points.

    Our thanks go out to Alex Handy for graciously sharing all of his impressive flea market haul with the classic gaming community. For more details about Alex's flea market finds, please visit his blog. You can grab the "Final" version of the game and view some screenshots in our database here. For detailed reviews of each of the 10 versions of Cabbage Patch Kids that were dumped, please visit AtariProtos.com. You can discuss Cabbage Patch Kids and Alex's other discoveries with Alex (whose alias is VonGuard") and other AtariAge members in our Prototypes Forum.

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