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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)   (7,019 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.

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    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.

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    • Thank you @Sporadic that makes sense. Regarding the format of the image, I believe it is correct but I cannot say with certainty as I lack the experience. This is the image properties in GIMP:   I have another program I use which says of the same file that it is 4bpp (16 colors).
    • If you capture the tape in audio format, e.g. wav or mp3, then that wpuld be converted to a cas tape image.   However I more suspect you'd want to load files, e.g. basic programs, which you'd simply save to a mounted ATR as bas or lst.   I wouldn't worry about thinking about doing commercial games as 1) these need reworking as loading from disk is different from cassette and 2) most have been done and available in atr or xex format. 
    • I wouldn’t mind seeing a Bomberman game for the Jaguar. The more games, the merrier! 
    • Easy to learn, hard (difficult or CHALLENGING) to master. That's a core ethos of classic Atari and arcades... especially given the attribution of that phrase to Nolan Bushnell.   That is an essential ethos that should not be forgotten in the recharged games as well as new games.   
    • This doesn't specifically clear the screen. It does print a string of characters at the line and position you specify...   100 ROW=2 110 COL=4 120 S$="PRINT AT LINE 2 COLUMN 4" 130 GOSUB 1000 ... 1000 REM MESSAGE ROUTINE 1** 1010 FOR N=1 TO LEN(S$) 1020 CALL HCHAR(ROW,COL+N,ASC(SEG$(S$,N,1))) 1030 NEXT N 1040 RETURN     The quotes indicate that the enclosed characters are to be handled as a STRING CONSTANT, as opposed to a NUMERIC VARIABLE. The colon in this example is used as a LINE FEED.
    • Ya, I was only talking "better" in terms of reproducing the arcade versions.  Can't get to an original cabinet (or accurate MAME cab)?  At least get the right controllers, then, to play a decent emulation.   Easier is easier, but who wants that when it comes to being challenged?  When I play pick-up basketball games I much prefer playing guys who are at least a little better than I am, that makes me work harder and appreciate scoring on them/defending them.  And I get better.  Easier is playing against guys who don't play basketball or who aren't that good or who are kids.  Sure, I'll look like Kobe Bryant against them but where's the fun in that?  I scored the most!!  Well, ya, how could you not against those clowns?   If it's easy it's not a challenge, it's just going through the motions, winning is a foregone conclusion.  I want it to be a real accomplishment that I could play authentic Missile Command (with that goddamn giant trak-ball) for longer than 10 minutes.  Or other hard arcade games.  Don't make it easier for me!  What's the point, then?  The first time I got to the next (red) level in Tempest I felt like some kind of hero... for like 5 minutes until I saw someone else breezing through the yellow levels, hahaaha.
    • Sheltered in terms of access to that type of experience (real arcades in the '80s), that's whatever that means.  Like I said, similar to Europeans who love muscle cars, they never had the experience like here where (at least back in the '70s and '80s) you could see those cars all over the place.  Many in beaten condition, but still diamonds in the rough (and cheap!!) along with many in great condition.  Man, I miss those sounds.  Now the only way I can get to seem a lot in one place is a classic car show (there are a few great ones in the greater L.A./O.C. area each year).   Yes, that's what matters most, enjoyment.  That's not what matters most when doing a specific comparison, though.  You've done the best you can with what's available to you right now, I appreciate those video captures of you playing the arcade versions of the recharged games.  I was hoping you'd be able to really feel the difference in gameplay but missing the correct controls makes the comparison less accurate.  Obviously, playing actual arcade cabinets is the gold standard but no way you can pull that off where you are.  But it is possible for you to get USB trak-balls and/or spinners.  I have no idea if that standard works (directly or with an adapter) with a PS5, though.  It's worth the effort, believe me, as soon as you get the right control scheme you see why fans of the originals really love those games.  Or why the games were so challenging.   Defender is another example, that's a very unique control scheme (2-way joystick with reverse, thrust buttons and then the weapons buttons and hyperspace).     Ain't no gamepad pulling that off, hahahaa.
    • Hi @Albert  I did just learn about that game actually!   A member here informed me about it, but it still is it's own (impressive!) style game.  I'm still learning so I figured I'd try to see if I could reproduce the wooden game to keep my mind focused on a specific game design to keep me focused.     Thanks! Caleb
    • "Better" is subjective depending on what criteria you are looking for. Easier could be "better". However, I would argue Easier might not be more authentic or accurate or most desired. That depends on the players.   For ledzep, it is not better because for him authentic experience is a desire in his criteria for that arcade experience. For others, what is BETTER is up each other person's criteria.   For the authentic accurate experience of an arcade original really needs to be best experienced with the original arcade system or accurate reproduction of the arcade and controls. It comes down to criteria.
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