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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)   (8,193 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!

    2. Forum Questions and Answers

      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

    • Giles N

      My Analogue Lynx Adapters are launched and on their way: touch down 4th of March !!
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    • Rick Dangerous

      My Alienware M15 R6 won't turn on...lights up, then goes dead after 3-4 seconds.  Might have to add Alienware to my list, along with HP, of brands to never buy again.  lol
      1. jd_1138

        Sorry to hear.  Ugh. Too bad it's not a desktop, as it'd be way easier to diagnose. I don't buy powerful laptops. I just buy new $300-$350 Chromebooks that are sorta in between a crappy cheapie one and a premium one. They last for like 4 years or so. And for Windows laptops, I buy $150 or so used ones off eBay that have at least 16 GB RAM. Then I spend about $500 on desktop budget gaming rigs. All in all, I am not spending much but getting a lot of bang for the buck. I usually buy Lenovo laptops and ASUS parts for my gaming rig builds.
      2. CyranoJ

        Same laptop I have, take the battery out and see if it powers up.
    • Jess Ragan

      For an extra kinky gaming experience, put a Xonox double-ender into two Atari 2600s at the same time.
      1. RARusk

        [ass-to-ass intensifies]
    • Charlie Cat

      I'm with you Garfield. 

      1. Kiwi

        Jon:Now his forehead is a fivehead now!!! We're working on a sixhead now...
        Garfield: Oh good grief!!!
      2. Living Room Arcade

        Oh!  I get it now!  You're sharing comic strips!  All this time I looked at your posts on the front page and wondered, "What's so funny?"  Today, I clicked on it and saw the comic strip!  

      3. GoldLeader

        @Living Room Arcade
        Yeah,  if you go to "My Activity Streams" and select Status Updates,  you can see what people have written.
      4. Charlie Cat

        @Living Room Arcade That's right LRA. You can also click onto my profile, my activity, and then status updates to see all the Garfield strips I share daily. Hope they will be to your liking. 
    • r_chase

      When are they gonna start making CRT TVs again? As much I would like a RetroTink ting, I can't afford that right now. Maybe when it goes down in price...eventually, but for now, I'll probably end up with an old one so I can play my 2600 Jr.
      1. moycon

        Hear, hear!! And let's not forget typewriters, and not those electric kind, I mean the old manual ones that don't need to be plugged in... And don't get me started on phones. 
      2. GoldLeader

        Most will tell you it's not worth it to tool up a factory (at Great Expense) to make vacuum tubes again,....But wouldn't it be cool if they made at least a quick couple of runs of CRT TVs, XY Monitors, Power Amp, and Guitar Tubes for Tube Amps?  
      3. x=usr(1536)

        I, for one, look forward to the cellular phone industry realising the superiority of the rotary dial and two-piece candlestick design.
  • Recent Posts

    • Just uploaded CVBasic v0.1.0, see the first post.   It includes the executable for the compiler, the prologue/epilogue files, and several examples including two minigames: Viboritas, and Space Attack.  
    • Seriously - this idea, in and by itself, could be pure genius if translated into tight and responsive gameplay. I do not all see how it could feel very ‘natural’ given the 2600 limited graphics capabilities.  As a stand-alone game, it would have taken things in a utterly different direction. As I mentioned or slightly alluded to, it sounds like an early take on ‘The Sims’-type of games. But given that modern consoles and PCs have super high resolution, even so 2D art can look like perfect handdrawings, the concept of reading facial expressions to see what the feelings - emotional states are, then to find ways to change them, is a very interesting concept. The difficulty would be to make gameplay that is intuitive, responsive, understandable to the player, so the player won’t have to guess wildly at what practical task at hand really is. Even if it would be open in many directions - angry, sad, happy, bored, concentrated, dreamy, normal-be-ones-business -, all could be turned into ‘interested, adventurous follower’, a game-mechanic how this change would be produced, and being easy to grasp for the player, would have to be designed.  This should be an adventure or fantasy game, not a lecture in behavioral psychology. 
    • This post is just a placeholder I'm putting up in advance of the actual writeup; it seemed like some folks might like to see one way as to how shoehorning an Atarivox+ into a 2600 Jr. can be accomplished.  It's basically a follow-on from doing the same thing in a 7800 last year, and was done to see how feasible it might (or might not) be to undertake in a Jr.  Please note that this is very much a version 1.0 installation, and there's room for improvement in a couple of areas as well as tidying to be done.   There were three main goals in doing this: one, see if it was possible to physically fit the Atarivox+ in a 2600 Jr. case; two, have the Atarivox' audio mixed with the standard TIA audio output, eliminating the need for external speakers; three, be able to turn off the Atarivox if its presence interfered with specific games.   The modifications that this machine already had were a UAV, Traco 2-2450 DC-DC converter, and replacing the ribbon cable for the Reset and Select buttons with wires.   If anyone would like to request a photo of a particular part of the board, speak up now - once the case is reassembled sometime in the next 24 hours, it won't be opened again for a very, very long time             
    • Back in the late 90's, I had a nice book about rS232 and all the ins and outs. Can't think of the name though. I may still have it, but it'd be in my semi-trailer if I do, and I haven't been in that for a coulpe of years, One of the back doors is rooted at the hinges, so when I do open it I have to be ready to make a new door with plywood.
    • https://www.discerningreaders.com/watson-sr-original-story-think.html
    • Thanks, moycon!   Yes, getting old really sucks.  But as they say, the alternative is nothing to look forward to either.  Game on!   -Ben
    • Sounds good... I'm in the Akron area so it's not a bad trip (or you can ship it, either way).  I also have some adaptec SCSI adapters... just need to know the slot type.
    • In case someone else finds this useful, here is an MS Word doc that I found somewhere with more info on TI-99 and RS232.   9902.doc
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