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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)   (9,135 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.

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    • Charlie Cat

      Happy Birthday Garfield. 

      And....His first strip 46 years ago today. 

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    • Charlie Cat

      The Kickstarter campaign is now active for Sensitivity for the Neo Geo AES, MVS, and CD. Please feel free to come by the Neo-Geo thread and support AtariAge member @ColecoGamer and Gold Star Team on their project folks. 
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    • shane857

      Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese...🧀
      1. ClassicGMR

        Or attempting to buy a drink... or "damn it sonny gimme my 10% senior discount!" or trying to pretend you're NOT a pedo while watching the magic show for kids at the library... etc etc
      2. Random Terrain

        So an 80 year old can marry a 21 year old! Wait, old people smell like cheese, so maybe not.
      3. Neon Wraith

        Or a whiskey, wine, beer, classic car, milk.  About that last one, if you age that long enough it becomes cheese.
      4. Neon Wraith

        Oh, and then there is that Atari Age thing...🙂
    • Jess Ragan

      Marvel vs. Capcom Fighting Collection isn't coming to the Xbox. Everyone head for the life boats... this system is headed straight to the bottom of the ocean.
      1. r_chase

        [citation needed]
      2. Hydro Thunder

        unfortunately, @r_chase...
        https://kotaku.com/xbox-marvel-vs-capcom-mvc2-collection-arcade-switch-ps5-1851546799#:~:text=On June 18%2C Capcom revealed,has some Xbox fans worried.
    • H.E.R.O.

      Thanks to johnnywc that I picked up the Atari 2600 Turbo & Elevator Agent game. I've been behind the last six months with my mother passing last December but I've got three months before my wife gives birth to our second set of girl twins (makes 5 girls total).  
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  • Recent Posts

    • It's for the 2600+, not CDFJ drivers. Of course I can talk about the new CDFJ driver itself. All I am doing with that is making essentially the entire ROM "visible" to the console so that future carts can easily be read by the 2600+. As for how existing CDFJ games will work on the 2600+, that gets into the algorithms in the 2600+ firmware and I think discussing that publicly may be verboten.
    • Well,  like I said 2 months from now,  Je vous en prie 
    • Well, if you want to take the attention in that direction.... Patreon supporters can currently pre-order a nice green LED Biopede in a box (along with some other games....)  
    • We should chat, I have a couple Amiga's that were decked out, one has a video toaster as well.  
    • Well it’s true that every company tries the best out itself in one way or another from it’s. Competitors pricewise or hardwarewis and/or show it’s strengths, sega was not kidding about it’s blast processing slogan because it’s cpu was slightly faster then the snes cpu and and sega also dropped it’s price a bit to better compeat against the snes. now sega did had made their mistakes as well such as claiming that the sega saturn was slightly more powerful then the playstation and that sony was just a baby company (hahaha) but the saturn’s two 32bit cpu’s just couldn’t run well with each other to benefit over the playstation 1’s cpu performances among other things. now atari also did made a huge mistake by not implementing a pokey soundchip into their atari 7800 but they still said in their 7800 commercials that the atari 7800 could do produce fantastic sound (yeah fastastic outdated sound) and atari also sold their 7800 for a much lower price. nec called their system the turbo grafix 16 whereas it’s cpu was still 8bits but it was overclocked to a whopping 7,9 mhz and it’s other chips were 16bits to somewhat justifie their claims, it was still a damn good system. now about the snes,among those other cartride based systems off course memory space was damn expensive back then, so companies tried hard to save on memory, so instead of using streamed audio they used synthesized audio (trying to recreate real music rather then streaming recorded music aside from making their own synthesef original music) but there were exceptions, if a consple couldn’t do sprite scaling or decompress data and/or without slowing down the cpu alooot, then they had to waste that extra space with multiple versions of identical sprotes at different sizes and use non-compressed data as well. however these days memory space is in terms of costs and usage no longer an issue so imagine how much we could push those old hardware systems to it’s limits as well as trying to overcome some of it’s limitations by using more clever programming tricks, for instance if the snes could stream 4bit COLOR fmv and 16khz stereo sound by using HDMA that would be great, so far i have only seem a bad apple demo with 2bit color, same thing for the genesis, i believe there is even a movie to genesis convertor software out there to run movies on a stock genesis, now if only there will be also a movie2snes convertor to run movies on a stock snes that would be pretty neat. the most impressive project so far i,ve seen is the nested project to run nes games on a stock snes, pretty mind blowing, so with all those limitations in mind, it does lead to creativity, for instanceci bet that if the snes CD-addon was released, then nobody would,ve ever tried to found ways to get around the snes sound limitations, both star ocean and tales of phantasia uses sound streaming and also sprite scaling trough software, now that’s what i call a hell of a great example at what can be done on a stock snes, just imagine how much better better hacked versions of existing snes games could be😁    
    • Let's just call this licking the bowl after he's done mixing the cake. I needed to fix a potential problem in the SG-1000 version of the game, as it doesn't work on a literal SG-1000. JoppyFurr from SMSpower had a theory about this:    
    • I have installed rev3 on my console, which allowed me to play 7800 version of Ms. Pac-Man, Crystal Quest and Stay Frosty 2.   I have issues with Donkey Kong Junior - it loads it properly, but after a second gibberish appears on the screen.  I can load also Escape from The Castle, but it shows a lot of strange flicker.  If the issues are unknown I can post some videos today in the evening. 
    • Ya, that is weird.  I suspect it's because new 3rd party controllers would have only worked for the 5200, vs. 9-pin aftermarket Atari 2600 controllers that could have also worked on other platforms.  Yet again, bigger markets.  I really wish that Atari had put out an all-buttons controller along with Asteroids, that thing would have been perfect for many button games like Space Invaders, Star Castle, Rip Off, Space Duel, etc., and it could have led the way to a digital joystick (same guts).  But, as you say, hardly anybody even bothered to make controllers for the 5200.     Right?  I was always surprised that Elite never made it to the 8-bits.
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