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RepliCade x Tempest is a fully-playable miniature arcade cabinet developed by New Wave Toys and officially licensed by Atari.

Tempest was released by Atari in 1980 and was an instant arcade classic. Now, New Wave Toys is creating the ultimate collector's piece in highly detailed 1/6 scale!

Their RepliCade x Tempest machine is constructed of wood and metal and features a custom-made Modular Spinner Knob controller with two interchangeable size options: 1/6 scale for show and a larger knob for better control during play modes. Accurately reproduced FIRE and SUPER ZAPPER buttons feature modern gamepad quality.

All RepliCade Amusements run the original ROM you remember playing back in the arcade, and this Tempest machine is no exception!

Entertainment / Solo: A Star Wars Story
« on: February 06, 2018, 00:10:38 AM »
Here's the new teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story, coming to theaters May 25...

Homebrew Games / New Atari XL/XE Homebrew - HeliCommander
« on: February 04, 2018, 20:39:25 PM »
AA member peteym5 has announced a new game for the Atari XL/XE computers called HeliCommander.  The game is an arcade action game in the style of Chopper Command and Choplifter.  It will be released in cart form and will require at least 16K of RAM on your Atari computer.  The game has parallax scrolling to create a 3D effect, colorful scrolling objects and a detailed background.  Your enemies include choppers, tanks, bombers, trucks and bunkers. The game is currently undergoing testing and is expected either this month or next month.  Here is a video of the game in action.

Homebrew Games / New Atari Lynx Homebrew - Unnamed
« on: February 04, 2018, 20:22:42 PM »
AA member hikachi  has started a thread to announce his second Atari Lynx game:  Unnamed!  Here is his post:

This project is at a very early stage. It might not be finished, it might be only a demo. Time will tell what can be achieved and what is possible on Lynx. Honestly I'm also not sure if I can manage making it.  Anyway idea is that Unnamed will be escape adventure game based on graphics and some small portions of text. It will include interaction with environment (collecting items, opening doors etc.) Of course there will be a few rooms / stages. All of this will be submerged in mystery atmoshpere. 

Homebrew Games / New Intellivision Homebrew - Planetoids
« on: February 04, 2018, 20:14:13 PM »
AA member fsuinnc has released a new game for the Intellivision called Planetoids.  The game is not finished yet but he wanted to share it with the community.  The game is a clone of Asteroids but, currently, you are invincible.  The game lasts 90 seconds and you get one point for each planetoid you destroy. The game will save your score as long as you don't push reset for the system.

Homebrew Games / New Atari 2600 Hack - Broadside
« on: February 04, 2018, 20:03:51 PM »
Here is a new hack of Combat by AA member CDS Games called Broadside...

The Story
It is the War of 1812 and England and America vie for control of the seas. Captain the brig Niagara on the shores of Lake Erie, take command of the sloop Wasp or frigate Constitution in the North Atlantic, or slink the schooner Carolina through dark waters to engage the enemy in a daring night battle.

How to Play
The object of the game is to score more points than your opponent before time runs out. Every time your cannons hit the enemy, you are awarded one point.

Retro Chat / The History of Tetris
« on: February 04, 2018, 18:55:03 PM »
The Gaming Historian looks at a certain addictive game created in 1984, during the Cold War, by Russian programmer Alexey Pajitnov. 

Retro Chat / Tron Custom Arcade Mini Tabletop
« on: January 31, 2018, 03:22:00 AM »
I can't remember if this has been posted about in the forum.  It certainly looks fantastic!

Retro Chat / Atari June 1987 CES Sales Video
« on: January 31, 2018, 02:46:19 AM »
Here is a rather interesting sales video from Atari at CES in 1987.  Have a watch...

Homebrew Games / New Atari 2600 Hombrew - Snow Flakes
« on: January 20, 2018, 04:00:02 AM »
AA member Lolkiu64 has released a new mini-game for the Atari 2600 called Snow Flakes.  It's Winter time, and your outside as a paddle catching snow flakes, but watch out these snow flakes are tricky.  If one snow flake falls on the snowy floor, your toast!!!

Press fire to start the game
Use the select switch the quit back to the menu (your score will reset to 0)
Left Difficulty Switch to change the size of your paddle
Right Difficulty Switch to alter the height of the cloud

Homebrew Games / New Atari 2600 Homebrew - Stardust
« on: January 20, 2018, 03:53:05 AM »
AA member metalbabble has released a new game for the Atari 2600 called Stardust.

The TLDR of how to play:

 * Explore space, use the navigation map on the bottom of the screen for guidance
 * Shoot asteroids, aliens - don't get hit
 * Find all 4 planets
 * Land on the planet, defeat the boss, get a power up (multi-ships, etc).
 * Return to the starting base

RVG Interviews / Brian Colin Questions Needed
« on: January 19, 2018, 01:01:27 AM »

I had the chance to meet Brian during FreePlay Florida this past November.  He's a very nice guy and he agreed to do an interview for us. So, here is your chance to post some questions that we can send Brian.  If you don't know who Brian is, he is a video game designer who is best known for his work on Rampage, Arch Rivals, and Rampage: World Tour. He is currently the CEO of Game Refuge,Inc., an independent video game development company.  He has been very prolific in video game development and he is named as an inventor in three different US patents related to gaming history.

Colin's animated short film In Search of a Plot (1977) earned awards at the Chicago International Film Festival, the Melbourne International Amateur Film Festival, the Datsun/Playboy FOCUS International Film Festival, the National Student and Amateur Filmmakers' Festival of Comedy and CINE.

Retro Podcasts / The Intellivisionaries Podcast - Episode 33
« on: January 13, 2018, 20:33:33 PM »

In this episode we review the Mattel Electronics Intellivoice game TRON Solar Sailer by the late Keith Robinson. We interview former Blue Sky Ranger Mark Urbaniec about his involvement with the game, and his memories of working with Keith. There’s a listener interview with Steve Craft and his brother Jay. There’s a lot of non-Christmas talk by George, and numerous clips from Keith Robinson (sourced from previously released and unreleased material) about TRON Solar Sailer. And of course we have Feedback, News and even a few Easter Eggs. This is also our longest episode ever, clocking in at just over 7 hours!

Download .mp3 of this episode
0:00:00 – Turn on the tube TV, insert TRON Solar Sailer and go!
0:00:35 – Intellivisionaries Theme (The Not Quite Christmas Mix)
0:01:51 – George: episode rundown
0:03:44 – Welcome
0:11:31 – Ray Kaestner promo
0:11:41 – B-17 Bomber TV commercial
0:12:11 – Feedback
0:31:21 – Intellivision II Spaulding TV commercial
0:31:49 – Dear Mr. Intellivision spoof (Podcast Length)
0:32:38 – George: letter
0:33:49 – News
0:51:31 – George: Christmas box (1)
0:52:09 – Channel F Files promo
0:52:28 – Listener Interview: Steve and Jay Craft
2:02:26 – Easter Egg?
2:03:09 – George: Christmas box (2)
2:04:30 – William on the Keith Robinson clips
2:05:15 – Game Review: TRON Solar Sailer (part 1)
2:14:34 – Wendell Brown promo
2:14:47 – Game Review: TRON Solar Sailer (part 2)
3:48:46 – Keith Robinson promo
3:48:55 – Programmer Interview: Mark Urbaniec
5:13:06 – George: no Christmas
5:13:50 – Game Review: TRON Solar Sailer (part 3)
5:40:49 – Intellivision Flashback commercial
5:42:32 – Atari Age + INTV Steve TRON Solar Sailer feedback
6:24:58 – 1982 Intellivision holiday TV commercial
6:25:27 – Mark Urbaniec promo
6:25:34 – Game Review: TRON Solar Sailer (part 4)
6:34:16 – George: Christmas jokes
6:34:56 – More Easter Eggs?
6:35:12 – Additional Keith Robinson clips
6:42:38 – Wrap Up / “Treasured” by Paul ‘Nurmix’ Nurminen
6:47:01 – Outtakes
6:55:27 – Intellivisionaries promo
6:55:38 – Christmas chat with Keith Robinson (unreleased recording)

Listen Here:  Episode 33: TRON Solar Sailer

Retro Podcasts / Atari Lynx Handycast
« on: January 04, 2018, 04:53:34 AM »

This is a new podcast that's coming next month dedicated to the Atari Lynx.  The podcast will be run by Mark Little.  Here is his own announcement...

Hello, fellow Lynxians.
Thanks to all of you who have already liked the Atari Lynx HandyCast FB page and are patiently waiting for the podcast to arrive in February. And to those who haven't hit the Like button yet: go ahead and do it (you know you want to).
I thought I would take this time to give everyone a brief (well, maybe it's not so brief) outline of what I have in mind for the HandyCast:
To begin with, I hope everyone following me on this journey understands that I am not the expert on all things Atari Lynx; there are others out there that I'm sure know the ins-and-outs of the system better than I do (especially in the technical realm, because I'm actually dangerous with a soldering iron in my hand); to those folks in this community, I welcome your input and expertise. However, I will say that I have totally immersed myself in the Lynx since I first got one back in February of this year, and as I have had some experience with podcasting already, I thought I would go ahead and take up the torch.
My first episode, episode 00, will cover the history of the console. It will also include my own experience with the system, brief though it may be.
After that, each monthly episode (episode 01 to episode 36) will cover two Atari-published Lynx games. I plan to go in part number order so that I'm reviewing games generally (but not always) in chronological order. There are 62 Atari-published games released during the original run of the Lynx (1989-~1994/95). Every sixth episode or so I will cover 2 of the 10 games released by third-party vendors (Telegames, Shadowsoft, and Beyond Games) during that same time. At two games per month, that means that I should finish covering the 72 original-release games in three years (roughly February of 2021).
At that point I'll decide whether to cover the later releases games (Bubble Trouble, Alien vs. Predator, etc.), homebrew games (Alpine Games, Weltenschläkter, etc.) and other self-published and/or prototype titles for the Lynx. Of course, someone else may decide to cover those games in their own podcast before I get to them, and that of course is fine. For myself, I'm just focusing on the list of 72 titles that are generally accepted by the Lynx community to be the original games released during the Lynx's brief lifetime on the market.
Episode 01 will cover the first two games in part number order published by Atari for the Lynx: Blue Lightning (PA2020) and Electrocop (PA2021), both of which were launch titles for the Lynx I. As I will in all of my coverage (and as Ferg does in his excellent long-running podcast The Atari 2600 Game by Game Podcast), I will include statistics about each game, a review of its gameplay, graphics, music, and the people who worked on them, as well as my own thoughts on each game. I will also include how much each game has recently sold on eBay; we all want to keep on top of that in order to know how much to budget to get the carts we don't have, right?
Most importantly, I also hope to include feedback and opinions on the games I will be covering from everyone and anyone in the Atari Lynx community. I want the HandyCast to be OUR podcast for our beloved system, not just mine.
And speaking of the community: I've already received suggestions about people in the community or industry whom I might want to interview for the HandyCast. If I can secure these interviews, I will post them as special episodes alongside the original 36 planned episodes.
Lastly, I want to make this podcast fun for our great community, not just informative. I want anyone listening to the HandyCast who doesn't already own a Lynx to be excited about picking one up. And I also want to inspire those gamers and collectors whom are already Lynx owners and collectors to spread the word.
Eat. Sleep. LYNX. Repeat.
Mark Little
a.k.a. MillipedeMan

Check it out here:  Atari Lynx Handycast

Homebrew Games / New Atari 7800 Homebrew - Venture
« on: January 02, 2018, 22:13:03 PM »
The guys from Video61 are working on a new game for the Atari 7800:  Venture!  Yes, an appropriate arcade port is being created for the system!  Their intention is to create a port that is better than the existing ports for any home console or computer from yesteryear!  This is supposed to even out do their 5200/8-Bit version (which is already excellent).  The game may even expand a bit from the arcade version.  Here is a WIP video of the game.

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