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Houston Arcade Expo - November 7th/8th
October 20, 2014
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Houston Arcade Expo - November 7th/8thThe 2014 Houston Area Arcade Expo is taking place November 7th and 8th at the Houston Northwest Crowne Plaza. Hosted by the Houston Area Arcade Group, this is an annual event celebrating the electronic games people love to play. Gamers buy, sell, and trade pinball, video game and game console items, and, best of all, pinballs, arcade cabinets and consoles are set up on free play for the duration of the show. The organizers put together a promo video that does a great job of capturing the spirit of the event!

Highlights for this year's show include:
  • 200+ Pinball, Arcade & Console games on free play
  • Special guests Billy Mitchell and Walter Day
  • Atari 2600 Homebrew Programming talk by Darrell Spice, Jr.
  • Session with former Williams Programmer Ken Graham
  • Pinball shop and repair clinic with John Costa
  • Game swap meet Saturday morning at 8am
  • The History of Pinball with Dan Ferguson
  • See Dutch Pinball's new The Big Lebowski pinball machine
  • Tournaments with prizes throughout the weekend
  • Cosplay arcade costume contest Saturday
There aren't many opportunities to enjoy large collections of classic arcade games and pinball machines, so if you are in the Houston area (or can get there!), you should be at this expo! Admission is $30 for a weekend pass or $20 for a single day (you save $5 by purchasing your tickets in advance). For more information, please visit ArcadeCenter.com.

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ANTIC: Atari 8-bit Podcast Episode 15
October 14, 2014
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ANTIC: Atari 8-bit Podcast Episode 15Episode 15 of ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast is now available. This latest episode features:
  • Interview with Gray Chang (Claim Jumper, Dog Daze)
  • Interview with Jonathan Halliday (Atari 8-bit GUI)
  • Software of the Month: Aspeqt
  • Hardware of the Month: SIDE2
The podcast is going to move interviews into their own mini-episodes - one interview per episode, at a rate of one or two a week. These will be in addition to the regular monthly shows, which won't have any interviews. The first interview-only episode will be with Paul Laughton, who wrote Atari BASIC, the Atari filesystem software, and Apple DOS 3.1.

ANTIC, The Atari 8-bit Podcast focuses on Atari 8-bit computers (800, XL, XE), and is hosted by Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, and Brad Arnold. You can find the current and past episodes of ANTIC on iTunes, the Apple Podcast App, and at www.AtariPodcast.com. You can discuss the podcast in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.

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New High Score Contest at Highscore.com
October 12, 2014
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New High Score Contest at Highscore.com HighScore.com is holding a new high score contest for several classic gaming systems, with great prizes for the winners! Categories include Atari 2600, Atari 400/800/XL/XE, Atari 5200, Atari 7800, Jaguar, Lynx, and TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine. The following prizes are up for grabs:
  • Harmony SD card cartridge for Atari 2600 (valued at $60 USD)
  • AtariMax 5200 Ultimate SD Multi-Cart (valued at $129 USD)
  • Lothratek SIDE2 Compact Flash cartridge for Atari 8-bit computers and XEGS (valued at $62 USD)
  • Turbo Everdrive microSD card adapter for PC Engine and TurboGrafx-16 consoles (valued at $79 USD)
  • Multiple $50 gift certificates for the AtariAge Store are also up for grabs
HighScore.com is a high score registry based on peer review, enabling average players to see how they rank relative to their peers. The site can show users how they rank in their city, state, country, and the world, and awards trophy icons (a.k.a. badges) to users who hold the highest score in their region. Users can submit scores along with photos or videos to document their accomplishment, then other site users can vote on whether or not they believe the score is legitimate. After the voting is finished, the user will receive any trophies they qualify for, and they will then also receive a ranking.

The contest runs through December 20th, 2014. You can learn full details about the contest here, and discuss the contest with other AtariAge visitors in our Contests Forum. Good luck!

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New Atari 2600 Prototypes Reviewed
October 10, 2014
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Our friend Matt Reichert has posted reviews AtariProtos.com of several recently discovered Atari 2600 titles. The first title is Elf Adventure, revealed about a year ago, appears appears to be a possible sequel to the classic game Adventure. This version of Elf Adventure looks to be fairly early in development, but it uses a similar graphics style to Adventure. One title amongst a batch of newly discovered prototypes is Morse Code Tutor, which seems to be just that: a program to help hone your Morse code skills. It's not known if this was being developed officially at Atari or by the programmer in his spare time, but it's a surprising find after all these years. Also discovered was an updated and nearly complete version of Xevious for the 2600. Prototypes of Xevious had been discovered in the past, but this new version appears to be just about finished. One additional new prototype, an FM Synth cart, was also found in this batch of prototypes (from a box owned by a former Atari employee), but Matt has yet to review this prototype due to its technical nature and lack of visuals.



You can learn about these discoveries and more over at AtariProtos.com. To discuss these titles with Matt and AtariAge users, please join the discussion in our Prototypes Forum.

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2014 Portland Retro Gaming Expo - October 18-19
October 9, 2014
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2014 Portland Retro Gaming Expo - October 18-19This year's Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) takes place on October 18th and 19th (Saturday and Sunday) at the Oregon Convention Center. If you're a classic gaming fan and can get to Portland for this event, we wholeheartedly recommend it! The Portland Retro Gaming Expo is one of the largest such events in the country. Here are some of the show's attractions:
  • Vendors selling classic gaming consoles and games
  • Various panels in two separate auditoriums throughout the weekend
  • Special guests and speakers including Garry Kitchen, David Crane, Howard Scott Warshaw, Bob Smith, Keith Robinson, and more!
  • Huge 20,000 square foot arcade
  • New homebrew games from several vendors
  • PRGE live auction held on Saturday evening
  • Tournaments throughout the show
  • Live concert on Saturday night
  • 2014 Tetris World Championships
  • Cosplay contest
To learn more about the show, please visit the official Portland Retro Gaming Expo website.

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Austin Classic Gaming Fest, August 16-17
July 28, 2014
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Austin Classic Gaming Fest, August 16-17The 7th annual Classic Gaming Fest is taking place in Austin, Texas on August 16th and 17th. This year's show has been greatly expanded in size and will occupy 25,000 square feet in the Palmer Event Center. The Classic Gaming Fest caters to fans of classic gaming systems, featuring retro game tournaments, costume contests, live video game music, and a huge vendor area where you can buy and play classic video games, consoles, merchandise, and more! Admission is only $10 for the entire weekend.

At Classic Game Fest 2014, over 20 local Texas-based artists will be on hand to create and sell unique gamer-inspired arts and crafts. Retro game tournaments will be going on all weekend long at massive tournament/demo areas and projected onto the walls for the entire crowd to enjoy! Live video game music performances including VGM rock bands, chiptunes artists, hip-hop performers, and comedy acts that gamers of any age will absolutely love will rotate on stage. Costume contests for amateur, professional, and best group/mash-up will be held and led by international cosplay star MarieDoll. Also featured at CGF will be a free play arcade featuring over 20+ classic stand up arcades from the 80s and 90s along with an amazing video game museum.

AtariAge will be present at the Classic Game Fest with a large number of Atari 2600, 5200 and 7800 systems setup for play all weekend. You'll be able to try out some of the latest homebrew games, upcoming games to be released later this year, and other games currently in development. Darrell Spice, Jr., author of Medieval Mayhem and Space Rocks for the 2600, will be on hand to present a talk about creating new games for classic Atari consoles.

Please visit the Classic Gaming Fest website to learn more about the event!

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ANTIC: Atari 8-bit Podcast Episode 13
July 22, 2014
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ANTIC: Atari 8-bit Podcast Episode 13Episode 13 of ANTIC: The Atari 8-bit Podcast is now available. This latest episode features:
  • Interview with Fernando Herrera (First Star Software, Astro Chase, My First Alphabet)
  • Software of the Month: LeBreak
  • Hardware of the Month: MPP 1000C and 1000E modem
  • Website of the month: AtariLeaks
  • Feature Topic: Atari 8-bit file extensions
ANTIC, The Atari 8-bit Podcast focuses on Atari 8-bit computers (800, XL, XE), and is hosted by Randy Kindig, Kevin Savetz, and Brad Arnold. You can find the current and past episodes of ANTIC on iTunes, the Apple Podcast App, and at www.AtariPodcast.com. You can discuss the podcast in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.

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Atari Jaguar Protector: RESURGENCE
July 18, 2014
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Atari Jaguar Protector: RESURGENCE Invaders have jammed our newly deployed missile silos, meteor storms strike at will, and scouting reports indicate the deadly Vorton obliterates everything in its path. Will you be the next PROTECTOR?

Songbird Productions has announced that Protector: RESURGENCE is coming to the Atari Jaguar CD in September 2014! RESURGENCE is an expansion CD for your Protector SE cartridge, and features 24 new waves, new galaxy and ground graphics, new ship graphic, new enemies, and more. A limited 50-disc run will be made available at the Classic Gaming Expo in Las Vegas, including some graphics and audio unique to that disc, followed by the general release of the game.

You can discuss Protector: RESURGENCE with other AtariAge members and Songbird Productions in our Atari Jaguar Forum.

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"ATARI Corp. - Business Is War" Cover Released
July 3, 2014
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The noted video game historian team of Marty Goldberg and Curt Vendel, co-authors of the popular book Atari Inc. – Business is Fun, will tell the story of Atari Corporation in their upcoming book "Atari Corp. - Business Is War." In honor of the 30th anniversary of Jack Tramiel's founding of Atari Corporation, they have released the book's stunning cover in advance to video game and computer fans alike. Hand painted by artist Lukas Ketner, the cover personifies the company, its products and history.

“Our intent was to really have a cover that embodies the company at a glance," said Goldberg. "The iconic Jack Tramiel and his sons Sam, Leonard and Gary surrounded by the now legendary products they introduced to us. At the same time, the seriousness and competitive business nature Jack and his companies were known for had to be shown. Lukas captured it all perfectly and in a style that anyone who grew up with Atari should recognize!"



You can read the full press release in our online forum, where you can also view a larger image of the upcoming book's cover.

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Stella Version 4.0 Released
July 1, 2014
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Stella Version 4.0 ReleasedA significant new release of the Atari 2600 emulator Stella, version 4.0, has been released today. Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator released under the GNU General Public License (GPL), and versions have been released for a wide variety of operating systems. Stella allows you to enjoy the large library of Atari 2600 titles on your computer, and it's an exceptional tool for anyone creating new homebrew games for the 2600. Stella is actively maintained by Stephen Anthony, who continues to make improvements and add new features to the emulator.

Changes in this new release of Stella include:
  • Ported Stella to SDL2, which brings many new features. Among the largest improvements is native hardware acceleration support for Windows (Direct3D) and Linux/OSX (OpenGL). It is also now possible to port Stella to iOS and Android devices using OpenGLES. Hardware acceleration is now required, which means up-to-date drivers are needed. Software rendering is still present, but is somewhat unoptimized and unsupported going forward.
  • Fullscreen video modes now use the desktop resolution. Switching to fullscreen and back to windowed mode no longer rearranges icons on your desktop.
  • TIA TV effects are now available in all video modes, since hardware acceleration is a requirement.
  • Added a much more detailed view of cart extended RAM to a new debugger tab. Special thanks to SpiceWare for this implementation.
  • Added preliminary support for 'DASH' bankswitching scheme by A. Davie.
  • The AtariVox and SaveKey controllers now have the ability in the debugger to completely erase the virtual EEPROM data.
  • Added 'savesnap' debugger prompt command, and also associated context menu item to the debugger TIA output area. This saves the current TIA image to a PNG file.
  • Added 'hidecursor' commandline option, which allows to completely disable showing the mouse cursor (useful on systems that don't have a mouse).
  • Removed 'uipalette' option, as the original palette is no longer supported.
  • Updated included PNG library to latest stable version.
You can visit the Stella website to download the latest version for your platform. If you actively use Stella, making a donation will help ensure it's continued development. To view a detailed list of all the changes, as well as discuss the emulator with Stella's primary developer, please visit our Emulation Forum.

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