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2018 Atari Awards - Vote Today!
January 24, 2019
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2018 Atari Awards


Welcome to the 2018 Atari Awards, where YOU get to vote on your favorite homebrew games, hacks and demos of 2018! Voting Ends on February 18, 2019 at 23:59:59 PST. You can click each of the threads in the 2018 Atari Awards forum to vote, as well as the links below for each category. We've made available a package you can download containing game binaries, instructions, and packaging so you can make informed decisions when voting.

The results of the 2018 edition of the Atari Awards will be announced LIVE on the ZeroPage Homebrew's Twitch channel on February 23rd, 2019 at 12PM PT | 3PM ET | 8PM GMT during a special broadcast. ZeroPage Homebrew will be announcing the winners and runners up on the broadcast in each of the categories along with LIVE acceptance speeches from the winners, plus much more! Results will then be posted in our 2018 Atari Awards forum.

2018 Atari Awards Categories: The 2018 Atari Awards are presented by ZeroPage Homebrew, The Atari 2600 Homebrew Companion, and AtariAge. Good luck to all the nominees!

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Atari800MacX Version 5.0.0 Released
January 9, 2019
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Atari800MacX Version 5.0.0 ReleasedAfter a long hiatus, a new version of the Atari800MacX Atari 8-bit computer emulator for macOS is now available! Atari800MacX is a native macOS port of the popular Atari800 emulator, which forms the basis for many Atari 8-bit emulators on various platforms. Most importantly, version 5.0.0 of Atari800MacX supports the latest versions of macOS (Sierra and above). Changes in this new release include:
  • Changed from using underlying SDL Library 1.2 to SDL Library 2.0. This allows operation on macOS Sierra, High Sierra, and Mojave. Note, no testing has been done on Sierra and High Sierra.
  • This release requires 10.12 Sierra or above.
  • Sound now works in macOS Sierra and up
  • Fixed crashes with Atari 825 Printer emulation and Epson FX80 Printer emulation.
  • Fixes issues with Color Wells for Fullscreen Monitor and Atari 1020 Printer emulation. Changed to use text boxes to specify 0-255 Red, Green, and Blue values for colors.
Please visit the Atari800MacX home page for complete details about what's new and to download the latest version (source code is also available). You can discuss Atari800MacX in our Atari 8-bit Computers Forum.

Discuss online: 28 comments in Atari 8-Bit Computers Forum

Atari Jaguar Game Compilation: reBOOTed!
January 2, 2019
Submitted by Albert Submit News | Archives

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019! For our Atari Jaguar fans, we're working on a new compilation of seven Atari Jaguar games released by Reboot over the last decade, all of which have been given an update with new graphics, music and other additions such as Pro Controller support and cartridge saves. Titled, "reBOOTed", this collection features 16+ megabytes of code, music and graphics squeezed into a 6 megabyte cartridge. Some of these titles never had a physical release while others were only available on Jaguar CD or in extremely limited runs due to production costs.

reBOOTed features the following games:
  • Beebris: Special Edition
  • Downfall: OG PLUS
  • HMS Raptor - Oxygenated
  • Kobayashi Maru - Redux
  • Rocketeer: Rebooted
  • Expressway: Re-Expressed
  • Rocks Off! (Again)
The reBOOTed cartridge also contains:
  • Reboot's "JAGTOPIA" system for booting un-encrypted CD titles and
  • BJL homebrew loader from 42Bastian Schick allowing code upload with a cable
reBOOTed will see a release later in 2019 in the AtariAge Store, and you can learn more about this compiliation in our Atari Jaguar Forum. We've put together a teaser trailer for the reBOOTed as well:





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Stella 6.0 Released
December 28, 2018
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Stella 6.0 ReleasedA major new version of the popular Atari 2600 emulator Stella has been released. Stella 6.0 introduces several new changes, with the largest of them involving cycle-exact TIA audio emulation. Several games that never worked correctly before, such as E.T. and Ms. Pac-Man, now sound exactly as they do on a real console. Stella is a multi-platform Atari 2600 VCS emulator released under the GNU General Public License (GPL), and versions are available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. Stella allows you to enjoy the large library of Atari 2600 titles on your computer, and it's also an exceptional tool for anyone creating new homebrew games for the 2600.

You can learn more about this latest version of Stella straight from its primary developer, including a complete list of improvements in Stella 6.0, in our Emulation Forum. Visit the official Stella website to download the appropriate veresion for your operating system.

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CollectorVision Phoenix Kickstarter - Now with 2600 Support!
October 25, 2018
Submitted by Albert Submit News | Archives

CollectorVision has announced their CollectorVision Phoenix system, a new ColecoVision-compatible system based on FPGA technology. The Phoenix allows you to play ColecoVision cartridges just as you would on a regular ColecoVision. The Phoenix is compatible with all ColecoVision game cartridges and runs them with 100% accuracy. Since the Phoenix is based on FPGA technology, it will be possible to add support to play games from additional systems down the road. From the start, the Phoenix will allow you to enjoy ColecoVision and 2600 games.

CollectorVision Phoenix


Here are some of the Phoenix's features:
  • F18A Video Enhanced Compatibility Built-in
  • Officially licensed Opcode SGM compatibility Built-in
  • Built-in Atari 2600 core, so you can play Atari 2600 games too!
  • Original-style ColecoVision (DB-9) Controller Ports
  • Original ColecoVision Cartridge Port
  • Original-style SNES/SFC Controller Port (For even more controller compatibility!) (NTT Data compatible)
  • SD card firmware updating [via SD card slot]
  • PS2 Keyboard input
  • The SEX7264 “COURTNEY” Wavetable Sound Generator (WSG) is a new custom sound chip which can produce a rich plurality of sounds with minimal intervention of the CPU.
The Phoenix includes:
  • CollectorVision Phoenix Video Game System
  • Sydney Hunter & the Caverns of Death (Exclusive pack-in Game cartridge)
  • 10 Built-in digital Homebrew games included!
  • Instruction Manual
  • HDMI Cable
  • Worldwide Power Supply [100-240v, 50/60hz, USA/JPN plug-type]
  • Expansion Module Port


We're excited about this system, since original ColecoVision systems are notoriously fussy and difficult to repair. Having a new ColecoVision-compatible system using all new parts with HDMI output is a big win for ColecoVision fans! You can learn more about the Phoenix and how to buy one by visiting the CollectorVision Phoenix Kickstarter. You can also discuss the Phoenix in our ColecoVision / Adam Forum.

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2018 Portland Retro Gaming Expo, October 19-22
September 25, 2018
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Portland Retro Gaming Expo
The 2018 Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE), begins Friday, October 19th and runs through Sunday, October 21st at the Oregon Convention Center. The Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE) 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: AtariAge will have a large booth at the show right near the main entrance, where you'll be able to play new and upcoming homebrew games, as well as our large back catalog of games we've published over the years. We'll also have several new games available to purchase for the first time in Portland! You can see the new games we've announced thus far, as well as demos of upcoming games, in our Portland Retro Gaming Forum.

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!

Discuss online: 24 comments in 2018 Portland Retro Gaming Expo Forum

Defender of the Crown and Treasure Island Dizzy Arrive on the Jaguar!
September 18, 2018
Submitted by Albert Submit News | Archives

AtariAge is proud to announce that Defender of the Crown and Treasure Island Dizzy are coming to the Atari Jaguar! Both of these chart-topping classic games are now available to pre-order in the AtariAge Store. Each game includes a high-quality, professionally printed box, manual and label, and each is being released in limited quantities (300 copies for Defender of the Crown and 250 for Treasure Island Dizzy).
Defender of the Crown and Treasure Island Dizzy


Defender of the Crown

IT IS A TIME OF LEGENDS. A time for heroes. A time of bitter strife, when great men rise above their peers to perform great deeds. A chapter of history is in the making.

Your liege the king is dead, the throne vacant. Britain enters a season of destruction, a winter of killing that can end only when the last brave Saxon knight lies dead or the castles of the Normans lie in heaps of rubble, emptied of the foul oppressors that have enslaved your people. It is a time when foreign invaders shall learn truths administered by the shining blades of Saxon swords. It is a time when heroes are made, and legends are born.

Defender of the Crown was Cinemaware's first game, making its debut on the Commodore Amiga back in 1986. A strategy computer game designed by Kellyn Beck, it raised the bar for computer graphics in home computer games. Defender of the Crown would be ported to many computer systems and game consoles over time and has now been realized on the Atari Jaguar.



Treasure Island Dizzy

Dizzy was looking forward to his round-the-world cruise. When he told the other Yolkfolk about the good deal he found, they wondered just what lay ahead of him. Dizzy enjoyed the cruise at first. The captain, Long John Silver, was a lovely old bloke with a kindly manner, good at insulting and degrading the fare paying punters. He was well-balanced -- he had a parrot on one shoulder and a chip on the other.

Dizzy thought he would organize a game of cricket on the aft deck. In a fit of blinding stupidity, he used LJ's spare leg collection as makeshift stumps, and when they ere lost overboard he was made to walk the plank! That was how he came to find himself gently poaching on the silent, sun-kissed beach of a seemingly deserted island...

He had to somehow find a way back to the Yolkfolk and lodge his compensation claim with the travel agent...

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.



You can learn more about Defender of the Crown and Treasure Island Dizzy by visiting the AtariAge Store.

Discuss online: 162 comments in Atari Jaguar Forum

Play Atari 2600 Games using QR Codes
September 6, 2018
Submitted by Albert Submit News | Archives

You've surely seen QR Codes all over the place in the last decade. QR codes are a means of encoding information into a compact, square graphic that can be scanned (usually by cell phones these days) and decoded. Most often these codes are a link to a website, but they can be used to store any manner of information. Atari 2600 fan Seth Robinson recently embarked on the challenge of encoding Atari 2600 games as QR codes stored on paper cards, and then using a camera to decode the game and run it in an emulator.

As QR codes can store about 3K of 8-bit data, a 2K Atari 2600 game can easily fit in a standard QR code. Larger 4K games can be encoded using two QR codes, one on each side of the card. You then have to flip the code to load the second half of the game. As a large percentage of Atari 2600 games are either 2K or 4K in size, this allows you to run quite a few games from QR codes. Seth used a Raspberry Pi and a Picamera and open source software to read the "PaperCart" Atari 2600 game cards he printed, and once decoded they are run in the RetroPie Atari 2600 emulator.



For all the details about this PaperCart system system (including how to create your own), please visit Seth's Code Dojo page.

Discuss online: 53 comments in Atari 2600 Forum

Don't Want a Box? No Problem!
August 28, 2018
Submitted by Albert Submit News | Archives

We know that not everyone cares about paying extra for a box when buying new homebrew games. We've updated eight of our latest games for the 2600 and 5200 in the AtariAge Store so you can now buy them without the box. These games still come with a high-quality label and manual, but the box is now optional. Here are the games:

Anguna Assembloids Draconian Drive! Panky the Panda Space Cactus Canyon Super Cobra Arcade Ratcatcher


Here's a list of the games: Click on any of the above images or links above to learn more about each game!

Discuss online: 28 comments in Atari 2600 Forum

A7800 Emulator Update
August 11, 2018
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A7800 Emulator UpdateA new release of the A7800 Atari 7800 emulator is now available. A7800 is a fork of the MAME Atari 7800 driver, with several enhancements and fixes added:
  • Support for emulation of Proline Joysticks, VCS Joysticks, Lightguns, Paddles, Driving Controllers, Keypads, Trak-Balls, Amiga Mice, and ST Mice.
  • Maria DMA timing has been improved further, with the addition of accurate DMA hole penalties.
  • Improved saturated/normalized colors with palette selection.
  • Streamlined UI including menu options to have an Atari 7800 system focus.
  • A bug in the existing RIOT emulation has been fixed.
  • MAME compatibility and syntax has been maintained, to allow for the reuse of MAME configuration files and front-ends.
What's new for the v0.188-03 release?
  • Keypad Controller emulation fixed.
  • Updated default mappings for Console and Player 2.
  • Console temperature/Color palette selection added.
  • Fixed graphics glitch in Super Skateboardin' status area.
  • User interface improvements including streamlined menus.
  • Verified (real-time) load and save state support.
  • Full illustrative manual added to the download archive.
  • Optional display enhancement effects: HLSL with YIQ, CRT-geom(-deluxe), super-eagle, hq series, (super) xbr line.
Downloads for Windows, MacOS, and Linux are available at the A7800 home page. Source code is posted as well. You can discuss A7800 in our Atari 7800 Forum.

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