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We're proud to announce the addition of three new Atari Jaguar games to the AtariAge Store, Last Strike, reBOOTed, and Brawn and Brains! We've also re-issued an older Jaguar title, Xenon 2, with an updated box and label, as well as a completely new manual! Pre-order these games today, and we'll have them shipped to you in October. Here's a brief description of each of the new games: Last Strike: Last Strike is a fun shooter with both horizontal and vertical scrolling levels. You must defeat the enemies you encounter while traversing each level, rescuing any stranded humans you encounter along the way. And you'll want to rescue the humans, as you earn credits that you can later use in the shop to upgrade your ship! Some of the upgrades include the Megabomb, Twin Shot, Rear Shot, Shield, Extra Life, and Speedup. At the end of each level, you'll encounter an enemy boss that you must destroy in order to proceed to the next level! reBOOTed: From space, to the open highway, to the sea. The worlds of Reboot return in a multi-game cartridge that will make your head spin and TV explode with hours of fun! These landmark, thoroughly updated classics, can now be easily enjoyed in one cartridge! reBOOTed is a collection of seven Jaguar games on a single 6MB cartridge! The games featured in this multipack have all been given an update with new graphics, music and other additions such as Pro Controller support and cartridge saves. Some of these titles have previously never had a physical release, while others were only available on Jaguar CD or in extremely limited runs due to production costs. Brawn and Brains: Brawn and Brains is a collection of three unique Atari Jaguar games, each from a different Jaguar developer. This collection features Dragonkeep (Lawrence Staveley), Tiles (Rik Day), and Do the Same (Matmook/Jagware). This is the first release of these games in cartridge form, offered in an economical release with cartridge and manual.
The Lynx Programming Competition 2020 has come to an end now and that means that there are new games for Atari Lynx fans to try out. This year's competition didn't draw in as many entries as the one last year, but we dare say that the quality of this year's entries is well over par! The competition was hosted over at itch.io this time around, which provided for a much better platform for entry submissions and now opens up all the games for rating by the public. So be sure to try out each game, you can play them all online via Atari Gamer's Atari Lynx Emulator. Direct links to play the games can be found over on this page at Atari Gamer. The competition was sponsored by Atari Gamer, RetroHQ, Mark/Space: Project Argon and AtariAge. Voting ends September 15, 2020, so be sure to try out these new Lynx games and vote for your favorites today!
Atari Gamer and RetroHQ have launched a fresh Atari Lynx 2020 Programming Competition this year with the theme of "Future", retro future that is! This is a programming competition for anyone wanting to show off their skills at coding for the Atari Lynx. If you think you have what it takes, join, submit and bask in the retro glory of this amazing console! The contest runs through August 15, 2020, after which voting for the winning entries will commence! Prizes include a Lynx GameDrive cartridge from RetroHQ, cash donated by Mark/Space, and the opportunity to have your new Lynx game professionally published by AtariAge (with five free copies of your game, along with royalties). For more details about the contest and how you can enter, please visit the Lynx 2020 Programming Competition page at Atari Gamer. This is the second Lynx Programming contest hosted by Atari Gamer, and you can check out the details of last year's competition here - Atari Lynx 30th Birthday Programming Competition. You can discuss the Lynx 2020 Programming Competition with other AtariAge members in our Atari Lynx Programming Forum. Good luck, we can't wait to see (and play!) all the great entries!
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!
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.
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:
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.
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!
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 havï»¿e 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.
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