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Retro Chat / The History of Steve Jobs at Atari
« on: September 17, 2017, 18:28:56 PM »
Gaming Historian provides a history of Steve Jobs time at Atari. Before Steve Jobs changed the world of technology at Apple, he was just a college dropout looking for a job. He ended up at a new startup video game company, Atari, where he worked on one of their most popular titles.


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Faran Thomason, the ex-Atari and Nintendo developer, sat down with the folks from Arcade Attack for an interview.  He worked on the Atari Jaguar games Cybermorph, Bubsy, Supercross 3D and Baldies. 
 
Check out the interview here:
Arcade Attack: Faran Thomason (Atari/Nintendo) – Interview

Originally posted by Adriano Arcade on Atari Age.

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Retro News Round up / Atari ‘Retro’ Handheld
« on: September 04, 2017, 17:15:41 PM »
A new 2600-based handheld is coming later this year and it is called the Atari ‘Retro’ Handheld.  The system retains the console’s iconic "wood" effect, and comes packed with 50 classic games.


“We are delighted to be working with Atari on this amazing project,” said David Pain of PQube, who is developing the officially licensed machine, as well as the Atari ‘Retro’ Plug and Play TV Joystick. “Having sold over a million retro gaming consoles, we have taken the extensive feedback from press, retail and the consumer to develop new range of hardware that is faithful to the Atari brand.”

“We are thrilled to partner with PQube on the compact handheld and Plug and Play TV Joystick,” added Fred Chresnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari. “Both products are packed with nostalgic and fun-filled games that will give our fans the opportunity to relive the golden age of videogames wherever they go.”

The full list of games for the handheld machine and Plug and Play Joystick are:

1.3D Tic-Tac-Toe (31 in 1)
2.Adventure
3.Air-Sea Battle
4.Asteroids
5.Black Jack
6.Bowling
7.Breakout
8.Canyon Bomber
9.Casino
10.Centipede
11.Circus Atari
12.Crystal Castles
13.Demons to Diamonds
14.Desert Falcon
15.Dodge ’em
16.Double Dunk
17.Fun With Numbers
18.Golf
19.Gravitar
20.Haunted House
21.Home Run
22.Human Cannonball
23.Maze Craze
24.Millipede
25.Miniature Golf
26.Missile Command
27.Night Driver
28.Off the Wall
29.Pong – Video Olympics
30.Quadrun
31.Radar Lock
32.Realsports Football
33.Realsports Tennis
34.Realsports Volleyball
35.Sprintmaster
36.Star Raiders
37.Steeplechase
38.Stellar Track
39.Street Racer
40.Submarine Commander
41.Super Baseball
42.Super Breakout
43.Swordquest: Earthworld
44.Swordquest: Fireworld
45.Swordquest: Waterworld
46.Tempest
47.Video Checkers
48.Video Chess
49.Video Pinball
50.Yar’s Revenge

The Atari ‘Retro’ Handheld console will retail for £34.99 and the Atari ‘Retro’ TV Plug and Play Joystick will set you back £24.99. Both are available to order via FunStockRetro, and if you use the code FMYTH5 on checkout you’ll get 5% off your total order.

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Retro Chat / The History of the Famicom Modem
« on: September 03, 2017, 16:03:07 PM »
The Famicom Network System or Famicom Modem as it's also known, is  modem accessory for the Famicom that was released in 1988 exclusively for Japan. The Famicom modem allowed its users to use their Famicom to get stock updates, check bank account balances,  trade stocks and even bet on horse races. This is the story of how Nomura Securities, Japan's oldest - Financial company and Nintendo teamed up to create Nintendo's first modem.


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Retro Chat / The History of the Atari Lynx
« on: September 03, 2017, 16:00:34 PM »
The Atari Lynx was a handheld video game console released in 1989. It had a lit colour screen, sprite scaling capabilities, very few good games, was the size of a house and used 900 AA batteries every 12 seconds. But still I love it.  Here is, not one, but three videos looking at the history of this powerful handheld system.






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Retro News Round up / RIP Ken Siders
« on: August 29, 2017, 01:01:54 AM »
I have saw news to report.  Homebrew developer Ken Siders, the man behind several titles for the Atari 5200, 7800 and 8-Bit computers (among them, b*nQ and Beef Drop) has passed away.  He died unexpectedly at the age of 49. I never met Ken but when dealing with him online, he was always nice.  The Atari community will certainly miss him.  My condolences go to his family.

The condolence page can be found: http://www.boydbornfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Kenneth-Siders/

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Retro Chat / The History of the Game Boy Player
« on: August 27, 2017, 18:10:41 PM »
The Gaming Historian talks all about Nintendo's Game Boy Player. In 2003, Nintendo released the follow-up to the Super Game Boy, the Game Boy Player. A device for the Gamecube, the Game Boy Player could play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games. Is it the best way to play Nintendo handheld games on your television? Find out!


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Retro Chat / The History of the MSX
« on: August 27, 2017, 18:07:17 PM »
The MSX Platform was established in 1983 in an attempt by Microsoft and ASCII corporation to try and standardize the low end computing market, in Eastern regions with the aim of global expansion. This video charts this story and looks at some of the machines along the way.


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Retro Chat / How to Protect Your Collection
« on: August 21, 2017, 04:10:04 AM »
I just watched t his video from Metal Jesus and I thought I'd share it.  Always important to know how to protect one's collection! 


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Retro Chat / The History of the Sega Virtua Processor
« on: August 21, 2017, 03:56:11 AM »
Here is the history of Sega's response to the Nintendo Super FX chip, the Sega Virtua Processor!


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Retro Chat / The History of the 3DO
« on: August 21, 2017, 03:53:31 AM »
The 3DO was one of the most hyped consoles of the 90s. It received a large amount of attention from the mainstream media, financial investors, and gamers alike. When released, it was considered an incredibly powerful and impressive system. So why did it have such a short run and why did the 3DO Company fail. In this video we're going to look at how the founder EA teamed with the co creators of the original Amiga computer and Atari lynx to create one of the most anticipated pieces of gaming hardware from the 90s… only to see it fail to capture the market that seemed to covet it.


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Homebrew Games / New Atari 2600 Hack - C.I.F.S.
« on: August 20, 2017, 18:41:53 PM »
C.I.F.S., or Communist Invaders From Space is a new hack for the 2600 from Scott Dayton. Vaporize the Mutant Warriors before they overrun your Home Planet! The Evil Ruler of the planet Rooskee has launched a diabolical attack. A cunning Mother Creature, filled with irradiated vodka, transforms helpless slaves captured on peaceful planets into bloodthirsty Communist Mutants!

The game merges the gameplay of Space Invaders with the graphics from Communist Mutants from Space (the Supercharger title for the 2600). 


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Homebrew Games / New Atari 2600 Hombrew - VCS Music
« on: August 20, 2017, 18:37:51 PM »
Flush has released a new homebrew title for the Atari 2600 that is not a game but a musical one.  This 32KB file will play for 1 hour on the 2600 with various musical scores using the TIA to the max.  Apparently, this is only volume 1.  So, be sure to download and test the binary.  I like the visualization they've done with it.  Moving up or down changes from a jukebox to just a visualizer and moving left or right changes the tune. 




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Marketplace / Lynx Reprints and new releases Available Now
« on: August 19, 2017, 04:36:13 AM »
Beta Phase Games is now taking orders for the Lynx reprints of some Lynx games we previously released: Hotdog and Relief Pitcher.

Additionally, they are distributing the initial release of a prototype LX.net discovered. The game is called Quadromania, an action-puzzle game similar to Dr. Mario.

The new version of AVP is available in limited numbers... the version available is the 07.13.1994 which, despite being the earliest, is considered the most complete (has both types of enemies (alien, human) and has textured walls, ceiling, floor. Sage has also restored the alien as a playable character.

The cost of the games is $35 + S&H. Shipping will be actual cost determined when we are ready to start taking payment (next monday or tuesday).

Please email orders to betaphasegamesorders@yahoo.com.

Attached is a pic of the games, same back and interior as last time.



Hotdog, Relief Pitcher, and AVP are the small PLCC chips soldered onto the PCB.  Quadromania is the larger chip soldered onto a red PCB.

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Marketplace / Fury Unlimited Budget Games
« on: August 19, 2017, 03:03:05 AM »
For fans of the Vectrex, Fury Unlimited is now offering budget titles.  These are just game PCB's with no case, instructions, or box. If you need some of their games to complete your collection, these are at a good price!  Check them here:  Fury Unlimited Budget Games.


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