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  1. Atari Systems

    1. Atari General

      A general discussion for Atari-related topics that aren't covered by a specific Atari console or computer forum.

    2. Atari 2600

      The Atari 2600 is the system that started it all for Atari, and is by far the most popular classic gaming console. This forum covers all 2600 systems produced by Atari, as well as 2600-compatible consoles produced by third-parties.

    3. Atari 5200

      The Atari 5200 was Atari's second cartridge-based game console. Based on the Atari 8-bit computer line and labeled the "SuperSystem", the 5200 was Atari's answer to growing competition in a market they were losing control over.

    4. Atari 7800

      The Atari 7800 ProSystem is a contemporary of the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Master System. Based on extensive feedback from Atari customers, the 7800 features a streamlined design, backward compatibility with the 2600, a powerful graphics processor, and simplified controllers.

    5. Atari Lynx

      Lynx was Atari's first portable game system, and world's first color handheld. It was designed by Epyx and the engineers who created the Amiga. Ahead of its time, the Lynx sported a backlit color screen, stereo sound (in model 2) and an impressive range of games. Check out our rarity guide or explore many games listed on Atari Gamer.


    6. Atari Jaguar

      Atari's last game console, the Atari Jaguar represented a huge leap in technology from previous offerings. Featuring a 64-bit architecture, the Jaguar had great potential, but its power was difficult to tap. Even then, many great games were released and the Jaguar has an avid fan base today.

    7. Atari VCS

      Discussion forum for the new Atari VCS console.

    8. Dedicated Systems

      Before Atari produced the famous 2600, they created many standalone consoles such as Pong, Speedway, and Stunt Cycle. Recently, Atari has been creating new dedicated consoles, such as the Atari Flashback.

    9. Atari 8-Bit Computers

      Atari's original 8-bit computer line, featuring the Atari 400, 800, XL, and XE series of computers. Powerful and well-engineered, the Atari 8-bit computers are still popular with fans today!

    10. Atari ST/TT/Falcon Computers

      Atari's next generation computer line, the Atari ST computers were based on the Motorola 68000 series chips, the same as the Macintosh at the time. The ST would also be followed by the TT and Falcon.

    11. Atari Portfolio

      The Atari Portfolio is a palmtop, IBM PC-compatible portable computer released by Atari in 1989, the world's first palmtop computer!

  2. Classic Consoles

    1. Classic Console Discussion

      Discussion of classic gaming consoles outside the Atari realm.

    2. ColecoVision / Adam

      Coleco launched the ColecoVision in 1982, with the console quickly becoming popular due to its library of arcade ports. The ColecoVision has a large homebrew following today.

    3. Intellivision / Aquarius

      This forum is for discussion of the Mattel Intellivision, Atari's primary competitor against the 2600, as well as the Mattel Aquarius computer. Intellivision systems include the original Intellivision, Intellivision II, INTV III, and the Sears Super Video Arcade.

    4. Bally Arcade/Astrocade

      Discussion forum for the Bally Arcade/Astrocade console.

    5. Odyssey 2 / Videopac

      Discussion revolving around the Odyssey 2 / Videopac G7000/G7400

    6. Vectrex

      Discuss the world's only vector-based video game console here!

    7. Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) / Famicom

      Discuss Nintendo's first cartridge-based system, the NES, here!

    8. Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) / Super Famicom

      Discuss Nintendo's second cartridge based system here!

    9. Sega Genesis

      Sega's popular fourth-generation 16-bit system, would ultimately compete head-to-head with the Super Nintendo.

    10. 3DO Interactive Multiplayer

      Discussion forum for the 3DO console and the unreleased Panasonic M2

    11. Dreamcast

      Discussion for the SEGA Dreamcast console.

    12. SMS High Score Club

      Join the Sega Master System High Score Club today!

    13. TG-16/PC Engine High Score Club

      Compete for high scores on the TurboGrafx-16 and PC Engine!

  3. Classic Computing

    1. Classic Computing Discussion

      Use this forum to discuss the plethora of classic computers outside of Atari 8-bit offerings. These include the Apple II, Commodore 64/128, Amiga, TI 99/4a, MSX, TRS-80 and others.

    2. Apple II Computers

      Discussion for Apple's 8-bit computer line.

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    4. Commodore 8-bit Computers

      Discussion for Commodore PET, Vic-20, Commodore 64, Commodore 128, and other 8-bit Commodore systems.

    5. Commodore Amiga

      Discussion for Amiga Computers, CDTV, and CD32

    6. Tandy Computers

      Discussion for Tandy computers, including the TRS-80 Models I, II, III, and 4, Color Computers, and Model 100.

  4. Modern Consoles

    1. Modern Gaming Discussion

      This forum is for discussion of all modern game systems, including gaming on consoles and computers.

    2. Sony Playstation 5

      Discuss Sony's Playstation 5 console here!

    3. Xbox Series S/X

      Discuss Microsoft's latest Xbox Series S and X consoles here!

    4. Atari VCS (Redirect)   (4,365 visits to this link)

      Discussion forum for the new Atari VCS console.

    5. Nintendo Switch

      Discussion about Nintendo's latest game console and games.

    6. Microsoft Xbox One

      Discussion forum for the Xbox One.

    7. Sony PlayStation 4

      Talk about the Sony Playstation 4 here.

    8. Microsoft Xbox 360

      Discussion about the Microsoft Xbox 360 (not including the original Xbox).

    9. Sony Playstation 3

      Please discuss the Sony Playstation 3 and games here.

    10. Nintendo Wii / Wii U

      Discussion forum for the Nintendo Wii and Wii U consoles and games.

  5. Gaming General

    1. Gaming General Discussion

      Gaming discussion not covered by other specific gaming forums.

    2. Arcade and Pinball

      Many of us grew up pumping quarters into arcade games, and here's where you can discuss all your favorites. From Pong to Pinball to the latest arcade games, if it has a coin slot, then you're at the right place!

    3. Emulation

      Emulators allow you to experience classic games on modern PCs (and other devices!) Discuss the latest emulator developments and ask questions about emulation here!

    4. Hardware

      This forum is for discussion of hardware at a more technical level than you'll find in the other forums. If you have a hardware question you'd like to ask or have some interesting knowledge you'd like to share with others, post it here!

    5. Prototypes

      Ever wondered about all those games that were announced but never released? Or games that have been discovered over the years that no one even knew existed? Or have you discovered a new prototype that no one's seen yet? Here's the place to talk about prototype games, led by Tempest of AtariProtos.com.

    6. Gaming Publications and Websites

      This forum is for discussion of gaming related magazines, books, websites, and other publications.

    7. International

      Internacional - Internazionale - Internationaal - Internasjonal - This forum is for discussion of classic and modern gaming in languages other than English.

  6. Marketplace

    1. Buy, Sell, and Trade

      Please use this forum as a tool to buy, sell, and trade games and hardware.

    2. Auction Central

      Use this forum to discuss auctions on eBay. Have something up for auction you'd like to share? Post it here! You can also highlight amusing, off-the-wall, or interesting auctions that others may want to hear about!

    3. Wanted

      Use this forum to post a list of the gaming hardware and software you're looking for!

    4. Free Games and More

      Spreading the Love with Free Games and other items.

    5. User Feedback Forum

      Please use this forum to leave feedback about other users on AtariAge that you've had good and/or bad experiences with. Please read the sticky at the top of this forum before posting!

  7. Community

    1. Events

      Use this forum to discuss gaming events of all types, including expos revolving around classic gaming, events catering to modern systems, arcade expos, and local gatherings of collectors getting together or a day of gaming.

    2. Show Us Your Collection!

      If you're a repeat visitor to AtariAge, it's likely you also collect classic games and systems. Here's your chance to show off to the rest of the community your collection!

    3. Member Blogs

      As members update their Blogs, messages will be posted in this forum so you can more easily keep tabs on who's writing what!

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    6. Contests

      These forums are for discussing and participating in contests started by AtariAge, contests run by forum members, and of course, the weekly High Score Contests!

    7. User Groups

      This forum and its subforums are for classic gaming and computing user groups. Find people in your area who share your love of this hobby!

    8. AtariAge News Discussion

      Discuss news posted on the front page of AtariAge!

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    9. User Submitted News

      Please submit classic gaming news here!

  8. Game Programming

    1. Homebrew Discussion

      Here you can talk about homebrew games that don't have their own forums allocated (which will be most of them). Have an idea for a game that you'd like to see someone program? Are you programming a game and want some feedback? Discuss it here!

    2. Programming

      The programming forums are technical discussions of programming various classic gaming consoles. The more popular consoles have their own dedicated programing forums, so please only use this forum for topics that fall outside of those forums.

    3. Hacks

      A hack is an existing game that has somehow been modifed in terms of graphics, colors, sounds, and/or gameplay. If you've modified a game and would like to share it with others, or have an idea for a modification you'd like to see done to an existing game, you can discuss it here.

  9. Site

    1. Announcements

      Important site or forum-related announcements will be posted here. If you see a new announcement, please stop by to read it!

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      Have a question about how to use the forum?  Ask here and others can answer (including admins and mods!)  

    3. AtariAge Store Discussion

      We'll post announcements about the AtariAge Store here, and you can also post your questions and comments about the store in this forum as well.

    4. Site and Forum Feedback

      Do you have suggestions for how AtariAge can be improved? Please post them here, as well as criticisms, and kudos about the web site!

    5. Rarity Guide

      The AtariAge Rarity Guide is a living, breathing document! If you have feedback regarding rarity guide values and the database in general, please discuss it here!

    6. Archived Forums

      Resting place for forums that have have run their course and are archived here for reference.

  • Recent Status Updates

    • Razzie.P

      Amusing to see people so determined to argue every single point, that they're now arguing with the people who agree with them.
      1. Cebus Capucinis

        It's like egocentric bipolarism. "YOU'RE RIGHT, BUT YOU'RE ALSO WRONG, YOU FOOL!" I find that if you put a small handful of people on ignore it generally goes away, as it's definitely a "rogue's gallery" originating it.
      2. bent_pin

        No, they aren't.
        JK, could you imagine 😆
      3. ClassicGMR

        @Razzie.P I mean... you could be right but I can't take that chance. >.<
      4. NE146

        What's this you've said to me, my good friend? I'll have you know I graduated top of my class in conflict resolution, and I've been involved in numerous friendly discussions, and I have over 300 confirmed friends. I am trained in polite discussions and I'm the top mediator in the entire neighborhood. You are worth more to me than just another target. I hope we will come to have a friendship never before seen on this Earth. Don't you think you might be hurting someone's feelings saying that over the internet? Think about it, my friend. As we speak I am contacting my good friends across the USA and your P.O. box is being traced right now so you better prepare for the greeting cards, friend. The greeting cards that help you with your hate.
    • Cebus Capucinis

      I could really go for an Eastern European buffet right now.
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      2. Cebus Capucinis

        I mean who's to say it's not one? Buncha PRUDES, that's who!
      3. x=usr(1536)

        The best part about the Eastern European buffet: it's completely in keeping with the traditional lack of privation and hardship in that part of the world!
        Oh, wait.
      4. Cebus Capucinis

        That's why I think it wasn't in that part of the world (if it's not an outright lie), lol and that it was an Eastern European focused buffet somewhere else.
        Basically I'm trying to trigger the AI chatbot to spin a yarn.
      5. Cebus Capucinis

        Although there's a ton of whimsy in imagining a Uzbekistani Peter Piper Pizza, with Yakov the Yak leading the animatronic Mongolian throat singing band while management escorts a fat, sweaty man weighing 300+lb out the door, a pile of broken plates and pizza crumbs trailing behind him....
      6. x=usr(1536)

        At which point, the fat, sweaty man is beaten by the Albanian Mafia in the parking lot, bound and gagged, and bundled into the trunk of a 20-year-old Mercedes that just barely manages to scrape its way to the nearest body of deep water with a convenient drop above it.
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    • bent_pin

      I won the day, yesterday.
      Very cool. Thanks for the likes 😁
      1. Atarian7

        You have a very high likes to posts ratio.
      2. bent_pin

        Thanks. Feel like Sally Field. Needed that today. Broadband is still down and they are dragging their feet admitting there's an issue.
        Oh well, there are worse places to be without broadband than my little forest patch.
        Are you feeling better today? How's the air in your neck of the woods?
      3. Atarian7

        I'm doing better.  I can't tell if it is smoky.  It doesn't look like it, but it's hard to tell because it's cloudy.   We're supposed to get some rain today which might
      4. bent_pin

        Rain helped here yesterday. I was comfortable letting the chickens back into Cluckingham Palace last night. They hate it in the barn.
        Glad you're doing better, respiratory irritation is third behind ear and tooth pain on my list of conditions that suck.
      5. jeremiahjt

        I was curious what won you the day, so I took a look and realized I do not know how the winning the day works.  Is it simply most reactions across all your content?  If somebody had one post with 99 likes, and somebody else had 100 posts each with one like, who would win?
    • Charlie Cat

      Jon Arbuckle on a date. One of my favorite Jon dates. Also a rare time when Garfield isn't featured in a strip. Me and @OldSchoolRetroGamer can related to the Garfield panel logo section at times. 

      1. Atarian7

        I wonder how his date would react if he said collecting video games "can be very rewarding...".
      2. bent_pin

        Remember the one where he was getting ready for his date and he wanted to wear a bunch of different things that showed his adventurous side? He had ski goggles, jogging shorts, and a tennis racket. Then his date showed up in a similar outfit and Garfield said, "God made two of em??"
    • John Stamos Mullet

      Hey, hey, what do you say Someone took your plans away So what's all the fuss There ain't nobody that spies like us
      1. GoldLeader

        That was a Classic!  ...and the music at the end! Never knew it was a hit song...I avoided radio back then.
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    • Released 6/9/23:   Metgan's Traffic Mission        2.99   A short action/racing game from Metgan games! Dodge cars and other obstacles and get to the finish line during a period of heavy rain and traffic. 
    • Exactly! When I play 5200 Centipede, Pac Man or Moon Patrol, my mind goes back to that 82/83 arcade, as well as owning an inferior 2600 and so appreciating my 5200. That nostalgic frame of reference so enhances my enjoyment. My family member, who came of age in the late 1990's Playstation era, just gives me a blank stare when I show him to him about the 5200. 
    • snake was cake but I really need a refunder for my home that might allow destruction of boxes that fall.
    • This post is spot on. To see 5200 Centipede in 82 was an amazing experience to witness.  A lot of the hate comes from people that were not in that time.     I had the 7800 in 87 and the NES and Sega was already out.  The Atari brand was already fading and a new breed of gaming was already evolving. 
    • Great work tep392 ..    I am working on a release of dropzone for the atari which includes bug fixes (I see you have fixed some) my fixes include overscan issues on the left (these are fixed) ntsc issues of dropzone logo not dropping and a colour line running underneath etc. Garbage here and there was also shown after game over which I also have fixes.   I have also added 5 trainers and a highscore table saver so we don't need a pen a paper anymore   I have converted ste's c64 title page over and re dithered it like I would do on the c64 on my own art .. sort of enemyised stes title page.   My question is ... would you be interested in allowing your ntsc patches to be added as an option on the trainer menu when ntsc is detected to slow the game down to pal   look forward to hearing from you   TheEnemy/Alex of TREX
    • You also have to be of a certain age demographic to truly appreciate the 5200. Im sure the majority of us were either pre-teens or teenagers back in '82/83 when the system came out. We remember going to the mall arcade, wishing we could play those same arcade games, with arcade quality at home. We also grew up during the first generation of home consoles and probably thought the 5200 was a fantastic marvel when we first saw it, along with its controllers. I can speak for myself that these nostalgia factors is why I love the 5200. For someone who did not grow up in this era, came of age maybe in the 1990's or 2000's , does not have the same frame of reference and appreciation we have, and views the 5200 only at face value, I can see them look at it  like a "piece of junk".
    • I'm glad that he's turning to Goldeneye 64's forgotten control scheme. One that has, sadly, been forgotten.
    • I noticed that after you capture the first flag one will start blinking, capturing that flag next will get you 100 points with each successive blinking flag doubling in score, the second blinker will be 200 then 400 and the last blinking flag is 800. All non blinking flags are 50 points I guess. Does having a lot of extra time on the timer get you anything more than extra time to solve a level? 🙂
    • Once summer (school year summer, not actual season of summer) started I began playing a lot of 2600 games.  I really was not planning on playing a lot of 2600 games this summer, but it has started out that way.   It all started with Space Shuttle: A Journey Into Space.  My best friend had this one back in the day, but I never really played it.  I remember him playing it a few times though.   I have had that game on my play list for a while, and I finally decided to take the plunge.  I put the switch overly over the switches on my four switch system and laid the deck card down on top of the system.  I read the manual.  Then I read through it again.  I started with the first flight and just watched, trying to get a feel for what everything should look like.  The instruction manual said you have limited control over some functions on flight one, so I did flight one again while playing around with the controller, but it really does not let you do much.   Then I tried the second flight.  I succeeded on this one pretty quick.  I probably had a couple of aborted missions, but this did not take too long to complete.   Next was the third and final flight.  The first time I successfully rendezvoused with the satellite I immediately landed to complete the mission and got the Payload Specialist rank.  I tried again, this time completing two satellite rendezvouses so I could get the Mission Specialist Rank.  Pretty soon (maybe even the next attempt) I had made five successful rendezvouses with the satellite and landed for the Pilot rank and completed the requirements for the Pilot patch.  This was easy.   Since then I have tried to complete six satellite dockings many, many, many times with no luck.  I do not even think I have made five times again.  I do not know if I made a mistake by landing after five dockings when I made Pilot, or if I got real lucky getting the Pilot ranking when I did.  I will keep trying this one until I get that Shuttle Commander ranking.   Another impetus for my 2600 summer was Superman.  I have completed Superman before, but not in a while.  I did not have this one as a kid, nor knew anyone who did.  I was at a local game store and they had this in a RetroN 77.  I decided to just see how quick I could beat it.  I captured all five henchmen (I know you do not have to do this), captured Lex Luthor, and rebuilt the bridge, but the game did not end.  I had completely forgot about having to turn into the pride of Smallville and make your way to the Daily Planet building.   After looking it up, and seeing what I had forgot, I had to complete Superman at home.  Quite a few times actually, it is a fun game.  My five year old also attempted it, but she had trouble carrying stuff while flying.   At the game store I bought a copy of Cookie Monster Munch because it was in excellent condition.  My seven year old who is special needs saw it and asked to play it, we play the children's games occasionaly.  She completed one round with some help from me and then gave the Kid's Controller to me.  I actually went to one of the harder rounds where you compete against Cookie Monster and grabbed 35 cookies.  If you have never watched Cookie Monster eat that many cookies, once he gets to 20 he starts slamming those things as fast a the 2600 can handle it.   I also gave Adventure a spin.  I had Adventure as a kid, and although I had no manual, I played enough that I could beat the first game easily enough.  I am not sure I ever beat the second game as a kid, but I have done that as an adult before.  The third game though, I am not sure if I ever have.  I tried it and probably had the best possible placement of the yellow key and the Enchanted Chalice you can get.  I beat it quick.  I then went for something else I have never done, find the Easter egg.  Rhindle game me a little trouble hiding out where he was, but I found the dot and made my way to the Easter egg for the very first time.  I should have done this a long time ago.   I was needing a break from Space Shuttle a couple of days later and decided to give Raiders of the Lost Ark a try.  I had this one as a kid, but I had no manual so I could never figure it out.  I remember many times plugging the game in and trying to get something to happen using the left controller and the buttons on my 7800 ProSystem, to no avail of course.  I have known about controlling Indy with the right controller for some time, but I have never tried to give a go again, until now.   I read through the manual, until it came to the warning about spoilers.  I played the game and had no idea what to do, so I went back to the manual.  I read past the spoiler warning and got to another spoiler warning.  So I stopped there and went back to the game.  I got a little further, but no a whole lot.  I read the last spoiler section in the manual and tried again.  I still did not get very far, so I turned to the internet.  It may be cheating, but I do not have infinite time to try to figure everything out.  Last night I beat Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time, and then found the Yar and HSW2 easter egg for good measure.  I find this game quite fun, I really wish I would have had the manual as a kid and tried figuring stuff out myself.   That is my summer of gaming so far, outside of some High Score Club games.  I will continue to work on Space Shuttle.  E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial will probably be the next game I try.  My same best friend had this one back then, but I did not.  I remember playing it some, but no manual and a burning hatred of the pits meant I never beat it.  I have Haunted House and Star Raiders pulled out already.  I plan on beating every variation in Haunted House and trying to get the best rank in Star Raiders.  I will also be pulling out Riddle of the Sphinx to try that one, as I have never really played it.   That is a lot of text, but I have been having a great time with my 2600 these first couple of weeks of summer and I just wanted to share.    
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