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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)   (9,094 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

    • Charlie Cat

      Nice teeth Garfield. 

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    • 7800Knight

      "Listen, it's too big a world to be in competition with everybody else. The only guy I have to get better than is who I am right now. And in your case, that's tough enough." - Colonel Sherman T. Potter, M*A*S*H 4077
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    • SlidellMan

      For @yerzmyey:
      I'd like to see someone connect an Electribe, MC-303, or DSi Tempest to an ST, TT, or Falcon via MIDI.
      1. SlidellMan

        Oh, and here's something from Architecture on the MiSTeR FPGA front:
    • shane857

      Why Men and Women are on different planets...
      We are very simple and Women are more complicated.
      2. Bathrooms
      A man usually has about 6 items:
      toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, shampoo, body wash and a towel.
      The average number of items in a typical woman's bathroom is 338
      Most men would not be able to identify more than 10 of these items...
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    • Maztr_0n

      Okay, what drugs were people on in the late 70's when they invented the Intellivision, Colecovision and Atari 5200 controllers?

      "yo lets, like mash a keyboard with a joystick to make a jack of no trades"

      just... make a normal joystick and keypad/board, that's what people actually wanted...
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      2. BassGuitari

        At a time when you usually either had a paddle or 8-way joystick and a single button, they were very forward-thinking and at least theoretically offered more flexibility and sophistication in the kinds of game designs that could be implemented, beyond (but also including) simple arcade fare. Of course they later turned out to be evolutionary dead-ends, but at the time, when there really wasn't any precedent, they made sense. (CV and 5200 were '80s designs, btw.)
      3. shane857

        In the 1970s cocaine regained popularity as a recreational drug and was glamorized in the U.S. popular media. Articles from the time proclaimed cocaine as non-addictive. The drug was viewed as harmless until the 1985 emergence of crack...🤣
      4. GoldLeader

        They were neat at the time.  I have a soft spot for them to a point.
      5. Maztr_0n

        thanks shane, the switch to crack is often called "The Reagan Special"
      6. Atariboy

        Atari's programmers were against it, but management and engineers that didn't play games forced it through.
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  • Recent Posts

    • That's good to know.  I saw someone post that it was just the PAL version as well.  On the Atari website, the cart doesn't say if it's PAL or NTSC.  So I assume the cart is region free.
    • I was thinking something was shorted too but I cannot find it.  I've tested for shorts on every pin.  On both the DB9 side and the DIN13 side, I actually cut the pins off that I don't need to reduce the chance of shorts.   No, I probably should have.  The DB9 side was easy to handle as I have done many of those in the past.  The DIN13 was a challenge with my old eyes.  However, I did check for shorts and it seems to be OK.     Nope.  And neither did the 1040ST that has always worked before.   And there is the main problem for me and ST's.  I cannot seem to get any of them to display a picture anywhere.  At least not for long.  The ONLY ST I have that has an RF modulator has been moved over to another 520ST.  That was a mistake because it doesn't have all of the parts for the RF / composite to work.  So I might populate the parts to get composite (I have a good composite ST cable).   The other 520ST (the ugly one that USED to work) no longer works with this cable (it did before).   The other 1040's I have do not have RF modulators.   If I could just buy a quality ST RGB video cable I would.  But they all seem to be either composite (which I have) or SCART which I cannot use.   Or, if I can muster up the motivation this weekend, I might try and do a breadboard "cable" again like in the pictures.  At least I would be able to see if the ST's are fried.    
    • Me too.  I hate that part.  It's hard to jump over them using a joystick.  Once I get the game, I'd use the custom gamepad to see if it's easier.  It should be.  I've never beaten the game but perhaps one day I will.
    • It sounds good, but I don´t think it will work out that way. If Atari gets involved with the business side of their operations, I think that will gradually result in Atari exerting influence on decisions. If there is disagreement of whether or not a project should be made, who do you think will win the argument?   Increased financing, in itself, is a good thing if those companies have profitable projects waiting that they couldn´t do without extra funding. But they didn´t need Atari for that. They could have offered new shares, and Wade and others would have been interested. No need to get Atari involved.
    • Glad you did this one. One of my favorite 16-Bit shmups. This has the distinction of being the 1st Sega CD I ever saw and played, and the nostalgia factor is high. That intro blew my 10-year old mind back when I first saw it! Soundtrack is great too! 
    • The shield of the DIN 13 connector would normally be expected to be GND anyway.   It seems likely that something is shorting out in the DB9. Did the 520ST work again after the DB9 cover was removed? Look for whiskers of wire or solder.   Did you insulate each wire with sleeving at each DB9 solder bucket connection and isolate spare wires in the cable that may touch something unintentinally?   EDIT: This is your cable with pin designations:-   DB9 --> DIN13 1 -> 13 GND 2 -> 13 GND 3 -> 7 RED 4 -> 6 GREEN 5 -> 10 BLUE 6 -> NC 7 -> NC 8 -> 9 HSYNC 9 -> 12 VSYNC
    • I cannot contribute any examples because I utterly hate games with timers and time limits! For me, much of the point of the game is exploring the environment and a time limit makes that impossible.   Some games, e.g. Doom, award bonus points for finishing a level quickly. I always rank very poorly as I ignore the timer when I play. 
    • VID_20240614_140651~2.mp4   I was playing venture (PAL) this morning and surprisingly, the sprites disappearing issue happened again. Since I couldn't record it with that game, I tried Dark Chambers and as can be seen in the video, from time to time the sprites half disappear. I disabled all the functions that could be affecting the performance of my television and I even tried it on the rest of the televisions in my house but the problem persists, curiously it has only happened to me in long gaming sessions, however when I turn on the console after days without Using it does not present this problem. I'm afraid that there are still problems with the 50Hz rendering or with the use of the console's memory, since in games with fast action like yars' revenge or crystal castles, apart from the problem of sprites disappearing I have also come to appreciate slowdowns after playing for about half an hour.
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