New 2019 Homebrew Releases Now Available!
The new releases from October's Portland Retro Gaming Expo are now available to purchase online! In total we have nine new 2600 games, one new 5200 game, and one new 7800 title! You can click on the images below to jump directly to each game's entry in the store. Here's a list of the new games: Aardvark (2600) Amoeba Jump (2600) A Roach in Space (2600) Dragon's Descent (2600) Evil Magician Returns II (2600) Galagon (2600) Gyvolver (2600) Tyre Trax (2600) Wizard of Wor Arcade (2600) Scramble (5200) Baby Pac-Man (7800) We also have the AtariVox+ back in stock, which is used by four of the above new games for saving high scores, as well as by Wizard of Wor Arcade to replicate speech from the original arcade game! And, finally, we've added boxes as an option for about 50 games, including last year's new 2600, 5200, and 7800 boxed releases (Dungeon II: Solstice, Mappy, Space Game, Froggie, and RealSports Curling).
The Atari Lynx turned 30 in 2019 and Atari Gamer decided to turn this event into a momentous birthday party! The Atari Gamer Programming Competition was envisaged so that homebrew developers would bring a handful of new games to the Atari Lynx on its 30th Birthday. Instead, we got eleven new games across all genre styles! This ahead-of-its-time console is getting a whole lot of presents, so join in with us in celebrations, enjoy all the new games and keep on Lynxing! There are eleven new games for the Atari Lynx to celebrate its 30th Birthday. You can download their ROMs or play them in your web browser by following the links on this page. After you've played the games, please cast votes for your favorites! You can also discuss the games and leave comments in the discussion threads for each of these new titles in our forum. Your voice will help determine the winners! The complete ROM package is available for download here. Inside you will find all of the original submissions, as well as a directory with converted LYX ROMs for AgaCart and a directory of ROMs and a special launcher to use with the Lynx SD cartridge. Be sure to have a look at the README.txt file for more instructions. And don't forget to vote!
AtariAge Summer Sale through September 5th!
We've launched a Summer Sale with 10% off all 2600, 5200, 7800 and Jaguar games (minus pre-order games) in the AtariAge Store! Now's a great time to pick up some of those homebrew games you've been eyeing but haven't yet pulled the trigger on! This sale is for two weeks only, and only applies to games, hardware is excluded. As a BONUS, any purchase of $200 or more will receive a free copy of Balloon Trip or Sheep It Up!, a $25 value! Sale ends on Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 11:59pm CST! Please visit the AtariAge Store for complete details.
Tour of Ultimate 400/800 40th Anniversary Exhibit at VCF East
Our friend Curt Vendel of AtariMuseum.com attended the recent Vintage Computer Festival East, where he assembled an impressive exhibit covering the Atari 400/800 computers to honor the 40th anniversary of the Atari 8-bit computer line. Bill and Anthony of the The Guru Meditation YouTube channel were given a tour of this exhibit by Curt, where he describes some of the hardware and software on display. Besides the hardware that saw retail release that Atari 8-bit computer fans are familiar with, Curt also talks about some unreleased prototypes he had on hand, such an 850 Interface Module in a black, aluminum case, an 800D (Developer) system that had an expansion bus and serial ports on the side, and a cost-reduced Atari 800 "Collette" board where everything was on the main board as opposed to the use of expansion slots. Also on display was an interactive Atari sales kiosk featuring the ERIC Laserdisc demonstrator system. You can watch the video below:
New Updates at AtariProtos.com!
AtariProtos.com, a website that investigates and reviews unreleased prototypes for various Atari consoles, has uncovered new Work in Progress (WIP) versions of many Atari 2600 games. Many thanks to the efforts of Ken Van Mersbergen (Dutchman2000) for obtaining access to these games and sharing them with the community, and to Matt Reichert for reviewing these prototypes and describing how they differ from the released versions of the games. Several reviews of these prototypes have already been posted, with a promise of more to follow: Cosmic Swarm Fantastic Voyage Infiltrate Kangaroo Mr. Do's Castle Omega Race Popeye Star Wars: The Arcade Game Super Cobra Also discovered is a previously unknown game called Fighter Command, found in the collection of a former Roklan programmer. Not much is known about this particular game, but one prototype cartridge has the game labeled as "Combat II", not to be confused with the sequel to Combat (called Combat Two) that Atari was working on at one point. You can learn more about these prototypes by visiting the links above, and you can download the binaries themselves from this thread in our Prototypes forum.
2019 Portland Retro gaming Expo - October 18-20!
AtariAge will be making an appearance at this year's Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE), which starts Friday, October 18th and runs through Sunday, October 20th. We'll have a large booth near the main entrance, with a variety of new homebrew games making their debut, as well as demos of several games currently in development. Here are some of the games we're planning on making available for the first time in Portland: Aardvark (Atari 2600) Amoeba Jump (Atari 2600) Galagon (Atari 2600) Gyvolver (Atari 2600) A Roach in Space (Atari 2600) Tyre Trax (Atari 2600) Wizard of Wor Arcade (Atari 2600) Scramble (Atari 5200) Baby Pac-Man (Atari 7800) Demos will include Avalanche, ChaoticGrill, Deepstone Catabomb, Ninjish Guy in Low-Res World, Robot Zed, Tower of Rubble, Magicial Fairy Force, Arkanoid, and Adventure II XE. The Portland Retro Gaming Expo is one of the largest classic gaming events in the country, bursting at the seams with video games and game-related activities all weekend long! The PRGE Retrocade opens to the public at noon on Friday, featuring 30,000 square feet of full-size arcade games and pinball machines, and the main exhibition hall (along with the arcade) will be open Saturday and Sunday. Here's an incomplete list of what you'll find at the show: Exhibitors and Vendors selling classic gaming consoles and games Various panels in three separate auditoriums throughout the weekend Tons of special guests and speakers! Huge 30,000 square foot arcade PRGE live auction with many unique classic gaming items Tournaments throughout the show Cosplay contest Please visit the official Portland Retro Gaming Expo website to learn more about the show. If you're attending the show, please stop by our booth, say hello, and play some new games!
AtariAge Forum Upgrade
We've recently upgraded the AtariAge Forums to a significantly newer version! This was a long time coming, and the updated forum has a wealth of improvements over the previous incarnation. Here's a brief list of some of the improvements: Mobile - There is no longer a separate Mobile skin. Instead, all skins are now "responsive" and will display properly on phones and tablets. This means you have the full functionality and style of the forum regardless of what device you are using. HTTPS - You can now browse the forums securely full-time using HTTPS, and this is true for all of AtariAge, not just the forums. Additionally, you can enable two-factor authentication using Google Authenticator. Clubs - Brand new is a feature titled "Clubs", which allow users to create and manage their own communities, fully integrated with the forum. Club leaders can add new sections to their club, like forums, galleries, calendars and more. Think of Clubs as mini-forums that can encompass topics outside of classic gaming. It'll be quite interesting to watch clubs develop over time! Activity Streams - This is a powerful new feature of the forum that lets you easily customize how you discover new content on the forum. It may seem a bit intimidating at first, but once you play around with it for a bit you'll find it quite useful. After customizing an activity stream, you can save and name it appropriately so you can easily call it up again in the future. New Editor - The forum now uses the commercial CKEditor for posting and editing comments on the forum. This is a Rich Text editor, and there is no longer a simple text-only view. The editor shows content as it will appear when posted -- BBcode has been deprecated, and you don't need to "Preview" posts to make sure they look correct. However, you may still do so and can even preview how your post will appear on phones and tablets. Emoji - Yes, Emoji have arrived on the forum, so you can now use the same emoji you're become accustomed to on mobile devices and tablets. Animated GIFs - The post editor now has built-in support for animated GIFs via GIPHY. You can search from many thousands of animated GIFs and easily insert them into your posts. Attachments - It is much easier to add attachments to posts, private messages, and elsewhere. While in the editor, simply drag and drop images or other files from your computer directly into the editor window and they will be placed where you drag them. You can also copy/paste files directly into the editor. Easier Quoting - In addition to quoting an entire post as you could previously, now you can simply highlight text with your mouse and then click the "Quote Selection" popup to add that quoted text to your reply. Reactions - Instead of simply "Liking" a post, you can now choose from five different reactions (Like, Thanks, Haha, Confused, and Sad). We can customize these down the road if need be based on feedback. Tagging UsersYou can now tag someone in a post by prefixing their username with "@". For instance, if you want to tag me, you'd type "@Albert" and then choose my username from the popup that appears. This will cause my username to be highlighted in blue and I'll receive a notification that I was tagged in a post (or elsewhere). Downloads - We'll soon be adding a Downloads section to the forum. Primarily we intend to use this to allow homebrew authors to post binaries (ROMs) for their games either during development, when a game is completed, or both. Game binaries are organized by system (2600, 5200, 7800, etc.), and broken down by Homebrews, Hacks, Demos, and In Development, depending on the system. If you're an active user of the forum, please consider purchasing a subscription. It's very time consuming to keep AtariAge online, and it's also expensive as AtariAge is run on two dedicated servers--one serving the web pages and another devoted to the databases. On top of that we have a third server used for development, on which we also provide free hosting for several classic gaming-related sites. These dedicated servers run over $600 a month, and there are also various software-related expenses involved as well (such as the forum license, which is over $200 a year). The upgrade for the forums and moving AtariAge to a new web server during this process cost roughly $2,500. We do not presently have ads on AtariAge, but it is something we've considered doing to help offset the costs and time involved. We'd prefer not to go that route, though! Important! If you are UNABLE TO LOGIN to the forum after the upgrade, please make sure you login with your display name. If you had a login that was different than your visible name on the forum, it will no longer work (these were eliminated). You can read more information about this upgrade as well as leave feedback in our Announcements Forum.
ZeroPage Homebrew 12-Hour Homebrew Stella-Thon Fundraiser
ZeroPage Homebrew will be streaming a 12 HOUR homebrew gaming marathon fundraiser on July 12, 2019 for the continued development of the amazing Atari 2600 emulator Stella. Stella development began in 1996, is maintained by Stephen Anthony (stephena), and many contributors have put in the their time, equipment and dollars over the years towards its continued success. 100% of all funds raised through auctions and donations will go to the Stella project! Over the twelve hours of the marathon the crew at ZeroPage will be playing all your favorite homebrews, taking gaming challenges from the chat, trying for new highscores and generally having a ton of fun. We'll also be auctioning off a whole bunch of generously donated items to help raise funds for the incredible work that's being done on Stella. Supporting the development of Stella not only provides you with an amazing Atari 2600 emulator to play all your favorite old school and new homebrew games, it's also and incredibly important tool in the development of new games for your VCS! Stella has a large number of helpful utilities under the hood to help troubleshoot and analyze issues during the process of making a game. By supporting Stella, you're helping accelerate the development of games and push games to further and further heights! Generously Donated Auction Items (more to come!): Draconian - CIB (Signed) : Donated by Darrell Spice Jr. Medieval Mayhem - CIB with Rare Clear Shell Cart with Box (Signed) : Donated by Darrell Spice Jr. Space Rocks - CIB w/ Fridge Magnet (Signed) : Donated by Darrell Spice Jr. Space Rocks - Poster (Signed) : Donated by Darrell Spice Jr. Stay Frosty 2 - CIB w/ Limited Edition Cart #51 (Signed) : Donated by Darrell Spice Jr. Stella's Stocking - Cart #153 with Manual (Signed) : Donated by Darrell Spice Jr. Galaga - CIB (Signed): Donated by John Champeau of Champ Games Retron77 Console - CIB Loaded with Homebrew binaries donated by Chris Walton, Nathan Strum, Thomas Jentzsch, Manuel Rotschkar, Darrell Spice Jr., Andrew Davie, Oscar Toledo G. and John W. Champeau & Manuals from Albert of AtariAge (PLUS 2600-daptor D9, USB cable, OTG cable for the 2600-dapter, Retro-bit Genesis Gamepad) Donated by Nathan Strum Astronomer - CIB, Limited Edition #40 (Last Copy!) : Donated by David Flemming of Packrat Video Games The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion Volume 1 & 2 (Vol 1 & 2: Signed by Ed Fries (Microsoft/Halo/Halo 2600), Darrell Spice Jr. | Vol 2 signed by Brock Kesghey (Nexion 3D)) : Donated by Brian Matherne Gold Rush - CIB (Signed): Donated by Dan Kitchen of Tikivision Halo 2600 - CIB (Signed): Donated by Albert Yarusso of AtariAge The Stella-thon Twitch stream begins on Friday, July 12th, 2019 at Noon and runs a full twelve hours, ending at Midnight (Pacific Time).To learn more, please visit the Stella-thon 12 Hour Gaming Marathon Fundraiser! thread in our Atari 2600 Forum.
Speedball 2 and Fantasy World Dizzy for the Jaguar Announced
We've just added two new Atari Jaguar titles to the AtariAge Store! We're proud to reveal that Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe and Fantasy World Dizzy are now available to pre-order. Each game includes a high-quality, professionally printed box, manual and label. Fantasy World Dizzy (like Treasure Island Dizzy before it) is limited to 250 copies. We expect to ship these as soon as printing of the boxes, manuals and labels is complete, so order today to make sure you're among the first to enjoy them! Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe It's been two years since the last ball was thrown on a Speedball pitch. There are new teams, new stadia, and new rules. The arena is bigger, the players are tougher, and the action is faster than ever before. The challenge is this: take control of Brutal Deluxe, the worst team in Speedball history, and turn them into champions. Speedball 2 is a different ball game! Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe is a video game based on a violent futuristic cyberpunk sport that draws on elements of handball and ice hockey, and rewards violent play as well as goals. The concept of the game is very reminiscent of the 1975 film Rollerball. The original game was developed by Bitmap Brothers and is one of their most successful titles. Originally released for the Atari ST in 1990, Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe has been ported to a variety of additional systems and has finally made it's way to the Atari Jaguar! Fantasy World Dizzy Dizzy & Daisy strolled through the enchanted forest without a care in the world... But suddenly the Evil King's trolls seized poor Daisy! She was sent to the Wizards Weird's Tallest Tower, while Dizzy was dragged away and thrown into the deepest, darkest, dankest of the King's Dungeons in the bowels of Fantasy World. Dizzy was frightened! Who knew what fate awaited him...and he still hadn't done this week's homework! But then he remembered that he had a fresh green apple that he had planned to give to his teacher to escape detention, and he cheered up. And there was some bread and water on the table! A cunning plan began to brew in his mind... Dizzy and The Yolkfolk are characters created by the Oliver Twins, and these characters would appear in many games during the 8 and 16-bit eras. Most of their appearances were in multi-screen platform adventure puzzle games, however, they also appeared in some great arcade games as the title characters. Slowly, over the course of the series, we learn more about this odd little family and help them out of the tricky situations they find themselves in by visiting the many varied locations of their magical world. Fantasy World Dizzy is our second Dizzy release, following on the heels of Treasure Island Dizzy, which is still available for purchase (get it while supplies last, though!) You can learn more about Speedball 2: Brutal Deluxe and Fantasy World Dizzy by visiting the AtariAge Store.
Atari: A Visual History Kickstarter
Darren Doyle of Greyfox Books has launched a Kickstarter campaign to create the first unofficially-licensed coffee table book on the Atari 8-bit Home Computer, Atari: A Visual History. The book pays a huge tribute to this incredible home computer, its product design, and its amazing catalogue of third-party software associated with this iconic 8-bit system. Atari: A Visual History is the very first book of this kind to be released for the Atari 8-bit home computer enthusiast in a visual compendium, ever! Darren has spent many months on development of this title and has acquired some incredible content along the way. Features of the book include: 162 third-party Atari 8-bit games covered Remastered box art only found in this book Exclusive and new interviews Atari 800, Atari 800XL, and Atari 130XE systems profiled A visual compendium presentational coffee book Full hardcover publication And much more... With the Atari: A Visual History book, the visuals are the main focus, with roughly 210-220 word sound bites of text accompanying each game spread. The review of each game has especially been given a lot of research and thought during the writing process from Darren and all contributors involved. Within the book, you'll also find a series of larger features and interviews with developers and software house profiles and much more, ensuring a great mix of visuals and words. Overall, the book will contain around 50,000 words and hundreds of iconic images; each one is given its own unique flair in presentation and professional preservation which will make it the perfect coffee-table Atari book. The premise of the book is to cover a huge majority of classic third-party Atari 8-bit software from such amazing software houses as Datasoft, Broderbund, First Star Software and the likes. A selection of commercial and non-commercial homebrew games will also be covered in the book, giving these games the exposure in a visual compendium never seen in a format of this type before. Atari: A Visual History will also deliver a selection of interviews with game designers who worked on the Atari 8-bit. The three most popular computers of Atari's 8-bit computer range receive their very own profile coverage, with additional exclusive photography of these computers by Roberto Rogel, as well as a choice selection of Atari-related peripherals. The book will measure 170mm x 230mm (6” x 9”) and will only be available in hardcover form for maximum durability, comprising a whopping 420 pages of content. Please visit the Kickstarter campaign to learn more about Atari: A Visual History and make a pledge to support this project. You can discuss the book with its author Darren Doyle in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.