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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)   (7,709 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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    • Ouch, it is the second year in a row when you entered the thread well past participation deadline. Perhaps put an alarm to log into AtariAge at the beginning of October, or sooner next year.
    • Are you sure that the script isn't a red herring, though?  I've not found a reference to it anywhere else in the contents of Firmware.img.    Where it is called from may be obscured by compression, or other means, but it also may be a remnant of what was used during the development of the device, but is no longer used.   Of course a way to test that would be to alter the script to always run a specific game, for example.
    • Ports… It’s what’s for dinner!    
    • Hi.  Magic Spell is one of my creations.  It was published in the September 1986 issue of Analog magazine.  I've attached an ATR with Magic Spell on it.  I also included Fastload which allows you to build up a personal dictionary faster.  When you run Fastload, you point it to a document which already has correctly spelled words in it.  It will load all the words in the document to the dictionary without any prompts to the user.  Make sure you only feed it documents containing correctly spelled words.   Have fun!   Angelo Magic Spell.atr analog_no_46.pdf
    • Guys, I wrote an OSS list before launch with links and I have a zip for DL. They should be up online. I'll check this tomorrow and report back.   I didn't include an application folder and the raw dumper source as I was advised it was proprietary. 
    • And, just to cover one point a little further, note how it says that each column can be controlled separately and can be scrolled horizontally in 8 pixel increments. So, if I'm getting that correctly, that should mean you could move individual columns to totally different columned positions on the screen from where you might move some other columns, which I can only imagine what might be possible there with some out-the-box thinking.   Both my examples above are basically shifting all the moving columns the same amount horizontally as each other each time they move, but really, that's just me thinking inside the box. I'm sure someone with really creative talent could think of ways to move multiple different columns to multiple different column positions across the screen at different intervals for some very cool effects, and even more so when combined with HDMA for splitting up the columns down the screen so some parts of a columns move/jump horizontally while others do not, plus that along with adding in the second layer and so on too.    
    • The power goes into the USB C female. The USB C male goes into the device (e.g my phone). On the USB A female I plug a joystick or USB stick. That works fine with my Samsung phone or tablet. But the 2600+ does not get power. The cable supports USB 2.0   As those cables seem to fail on some devices, can anyone share a link to a cable from amazon, which has been proved to work with the 2600+
    • The center of the 8-way joystick to the center of the index finger operated pushbutton is 11.5" (~size of a 8.5" x 11" piece of paper for general reference).  Granted, further away than "usual"...but by no means uncomfortable...at least not for me.  As an adult male standing 6'1", when my arms are neutral at my sides, with my forearms and hands forward...my index fingers are naturally ~17" apart.  So with this setup, even when using the 8-way joystick...it feels totally comfortable...again to me...but everybody is different.  I have plenty of other 8-way dedicated, 4-way dedicated, and 2-way dedicated controllers that I've built for myself...but again...as the idea of this project was to build a 3-in-1 joystick controller...the extra distance is bit of a necessity.     1 - Could be I suppose...would need to find/select a USB encoder for the wiring.  All of the controllers I've previously built are wired for a "specific" console...but a USB version is always possible.   2 - No idea...would depend on the hardware, and machining & wiring complexity.  Probably wouldn't need the (2) rotary switches, as I assume whatever emulator you'd be using would allow for the assigning of buttons.  Top of my head, probably would be somewhere in the range of $350-$450...again just a guess without having all of the hardware specified.  
    • The check is done in dmenu.bin - this receives the cartridge dump from /dev/ttyS0 and then creates a /tmp/atari2600.bin file and runs retroarch with it. If I disable dmenu.bin I and resinsert the cartridge (or change the dipswitch) and then after a few seconds do: [root@rk312x:/oem]# hexdump -Cv /dev/ttyS0 & [root@rk312x:/oem]# echo -n -e '\x95' >/dev/ttyS0   I get (what I think is)  a dump of the cartridge including the extra bytes at the beginning: 00000000 ee ea aa 55 26 00 04 78 d8 a2 ff 9a a9 00 95 02 |...U&..x........| 00000010 ca d0 fb 20 67 fb a9 ff 85 b8 85 ba 20 67 fb 20 |... g....... g. | 00000020 49 fb 20 73 fa 20 6c f0 20 91 f0 20 1a f1 20 5e |I. s. l. .. .. ^| 00000030 f1 20 63 f2 20 c3 f2 20 5e f3 20 9c f4 20 28 f5 |. c. .. ^. .. (.| <snip> 00000ff0 55 55 55 d9 55 55 99 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 |UUU.UU..........|    
    • Something I've been curious about, and the one thing that always prevents me from getting something like this or Steam Deck -- if someone already has a pretty high end gaming PC and has no interest in playing handheld, do these still offer any benefit to warrant owning?   I'm always interested in picking one up, but I'm not sure if it offers anything I don't already have.
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