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Atari 2600 45th Anniversary Classic Gaming Countdown


Thomas Jentzsch
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Attached is a spreadsheet listing created by CloneSpy using AtariMania's V16 collection (minus multi carts).

 

594 in total, but you can remove a few (e.g. "208 in 1 Menu", "Color Bar Generator" or Zoo Keeper Sounds and some early prototypes). But I suppose >550 will still remain.

 

BTW: There are only very few PAL only games. And some are really worth a play (e.g. Imagic's Wing War) and exist as TV format conversions.

 

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Thank you so much for the list Thomas, it will be very helpful compiling all the games to play later this year!

 

I will probably be removing all the multicart compilations, hacks and utility carts. I'll probably be removing all the prototypes as well since they weren't released during the original run of the system and weren't available for people to buy/play.

 

Good idea on the TV format conversions so I'll be able to play them all on my NTSC console, plus I'll make sure to play all the 'fixed' versions of games so I don't get screen rolling/blanking.

 

- James

 

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I was able to find some more resources for release dates that will probably cover 95% of the 2600 games. Now I just have to slog through it all and merge the data:

 

https://www.atariarchive.org/atari-vcs-game-release-dates/

https://www.randomterrain.com/atari-2600-memories.html#memories

https://mcurrent.name/atarihistory/wci_games.html

 

- James

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5 hours ago, Thomas Jentzsch said:

Are the PAL-only releases on these lists too?

I will definitely be including PAL-only releases in the marathon but I don't think there's much/any release date information in the links I have. I'll probably have to research them separately.

 

- James

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Wikipedia has some info too. Of course most PAL games are just conversions or Taiwanese pirates of NTSC games. But I suppose maybe 20 are really PAL exclusive (Fatal Run, Klax, Wing Wars, Ghostbusters II, My Golf, Pick 'n Pile, Acid Drop, the Videogems games...). 

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For the Mystique games, I think Nathan Strum's idea mentioned during the last stream of turning off the video feed and just watching your reactions and your attempts to describe what is going on in the screen in tactful terms would be most entertaining. :)

 

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1 hour ago, littaum said:

For the Mystique games, I think Nathan Strum's idea mentioned during the last stream of turning off the video feed and just watching your reactions and your attempts to describe what is going on in the screen in tactful terms would be most entertaining. :)

 

I agree, I think that was an excellent suggestion from @Nathan Strum as it allows us to play EVERY game without skipping over any!

 

- James

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IT STARTS TOMORROW!

We will be celebrating the Atari 2600's 45th Anniversary by playing through every single Atari 2600 game ever released to the public during the classic run of the console from 1977-1992, IN ORDER OF RELEASE DATE! We will be starting the countdown tomorrow with games released from 1977-1979. Make sure you tune in and let us know what you think of each of the games as we power through each one five minutes at a time! See you there!

 

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We play EVERY Atari 2600 Game released in 1980!

 

The Atari 2600's 45th Anniversary Countdown continues tomorrow with all the classic 2600 games released to the public in 1980 such as Space Invaders, Boxing, Video Pinball, Dragster and Adventure! What is your favourite game from 1980?

 

Fri Jul 22, 2022 @ 2PM PT | 5PM ET | 9PM GMT
WATCH LIVE: https://twitch.tv/zeropagehomebrew/
WATCH LATER: https://youtube.com/zeropagehomebrew/

 

 

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EVERY Atari 2600 Game released in 1981!

 

The Atari 2600's 45th Anniversary Countdown continues tonight with all the classic 2600 games released to the public in 1981 such as Asteroids, Missile Command, Kaboom, Warlords and Ice Hockey! What is your favourite game from 1981? (full list below)

 

Mon Jul 25, 2022 @ 8PM PT | 11PM ET | 3AM GMT+1DAY
WATCH LIVE: https://twitch.tv/zeropagehomebrew/
WATCH LATER: https://youtube.com/zeropagehomebrew/

 

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Action Pak* Jan 1, 1981**
MagiCard Jan 1, 1981**
Video Life Jan 1, 1981**
Steeplechase Mar 4, 1981
Stellar Track Mar 4, 1981
Othello Mar 7, 1981
Laser Blast Mar 12, 1981
Missile Command Mar 13, 1981
Tennis Mar 15, 1981
Video Pinball Apr 10, 1981
Warlords Jun 10, 1981
Freeway Jul 9, 1981
Kaboom! Jul 9, 1981
Asteroids Jul 13, 1981
Super Breakout Oct 4, 1981
Ice Hockey Dec 7, 1981
Stampede Dec 7, 1981
Skeet Shoot Dec 27, 1981

 

* Action Pak is a packaged re-release of Othello, Dodge 'Em, and Breakout so we won't be playing it.

** Anything that shows Jan 1, 19XX was released during the year but the exact date is unknown. Similarly anything that show Month 1, 19XX was released during that month but the exact day is unknown.

 

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EVERY Atari 2600 Game released in 1982 (Part 3)!

 

The Atari 2600's 45th Anniversary Countdown continues tonight with the final part of all the classic 2600 games released to the public in 1982 such as River Raid, Gorf, Turmoil and Wizard of Wor! What is your favourite game from the final part of 1982? (list below)

 

Wed Aug 3, 2022 @ (LIVE @ 7PM PT | 9PM ET | 2AM GMT+1DAY)
WATCH LIVE: https://twitch.tv/zeropagehomebrew/
WATCH LATER: https://youtube.com/zeropagehomebrew/

 

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Wabbit
Challenge of Nexar
Final Approach
Tapeworm
Cross Force
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Amidar
Carnival
Marauder
Alien
Mega Force
Turmoil
Condor Attack
Karate
Mines of Minos
CocoNuts
Fast Food
Dark Cavern
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Sky Jinks
Dragonstomper
Escape from the Mindmaster
Bachelor Party
Beat'Em & Eat'Em
Custer's Revenge
China Syndrome
RealSports Football
Spider-Man
International Soccer
Cosmic Creeps
Gorf
Wizard of Wor
Fantastic Voyage
Vanguard
River Raid
Dragonfire

 

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EVERY Atari 2600 Game released in 1983 (Part 1)!

 

Oh boy, here comes 1983.... The Atari 2600's 45th Anniversary Countdown continues tomorrow with the first part of all the classic 2600 games released to the public in 1983 such as Phoenix, Spider Fighter, Journey Escape Bobby Goes Home and Pooyan! What is your favourite game from the first part of 1983? (list below)

 

Fri Aug 5, 2022 @ (LIVE @ 12PM PT | 3PM ET | 7PM GMT)
WATCH LIVE: https://twitch.tv/zeropagehomebrew/
WATCH LATER: https://youtube.com/zeropagehomebrew/


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Spider Fighter
Confrontation
Gauntlet
Malagai
Donald Duck's Speedboat
Obelix
Pepsi Invaders
Phoenix
Quadrun
Mission 3000 A.D.
Mr. Postman
Open Sesame
Snail Against Squirrel
Assault
Great Escape
Wall-Defender
Bobby Is Going Home
Berenstain Bears
Journey Escape
Video Jogger
Video Reflex
Pac-Kong
Gamma-Attack
Alien's Return
Base Attack
Panda Chase
Parachute
Wing War
Marine Wars
Pooyan
Strategy X
Spitfire Attack
Survival Run
Dice Puzzle
Scuba Diver
Stunt Man

 

 

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EVERY Atari 2600 Game released in 1983 (Part 2)!

 

The Atari 2600's 45th Anniversary Countdown continues tonight with the second part of all the classic 2600 games released to the public in 1983 such as Eggomania, Save our Ship, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Gopher! What is your least hated games from the second part of 1983? (list below)

 

Mon Aug 8, 2022 @ (LIVE @ 7PM PT | 10PM ET | 2AM GMT+1Day)
WATCH LIVE: https://twitch.tv/zeropagehomebrew/
WATCH LATER: https://youtube.com/zeropagehomebrew/

 

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Burning Desire
Cathouse Blues
Knight on the Town
Eddy Langfinger, der Museumsdieb
Motocross
The Music Machine
Bumper Bash
Mangia
Master Builder
Zoo Fun
Nuts
Save Our Ship
Demolition Herby
Ram It
Stargunner
X-man
Eggomania
Gopher
M.A.D.
Name This Game
Picnic
Squeeze Box
Missile Control
Mission Survive
Surfer's Paradise: But Danger Below!
Treasure Below
Halloween
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

 

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  EVERY Atari 2600 Game released in 1983 (Part 3)!

 

The Atari 2600's 45th Anniversary Countdown continues tonight with the third part of all the classic 2600 games released to the public in 1983 such as Ms. Pac-Man, Star Wars Jedi Arena, Entombed, Frankenstein's Monster and Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes! What are your favourite games from the third part of 1983? (list below)

 

Wed Aug 10, 2022 @ (LIVE @ 7PM PT | 10PM ET | 2AM GMT+1Day)
WATCH LIVE: https://twitch.tv/zeropagehomebrew/
WATCH LATER: https://youtube.com/zeropagehomebrew/

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Adventures of Tron
Air Raiders
Bermuda Triangle
Centipede
Cosmic Corridor
Crazy Climber
Crypts of Chaos
Dishaster
Entombed
Frankenstein's Monster
G.I. Joe: Cobra Strike
Guardian
Killer Satellites (cassette)
Ms. Pac-Man
Piece o' Cake
Raft Rider
Reactor
Rescue Terra 1
Revenge of the Beefsteak Tomatoes
Seahawk
Seaquest
Shootin' Gallery
Star Wars: Jedi Arena
Sub-Scan
Swordquest: Fireworld
Tac-Scan
Tron: Deadly Discs

 

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2 hours ago, Thomas Jentzsch said:

Some of the games (e.g. Gopher) would work much better with paddles. And Gopher seems to have a simple enough display kernel to make it work with paddles quite easily.

Gopher would be greatly enhanced by paddles that's for sure. It's a really tough game with a joystick and I don't think any of the gameplay would be changed that much with it.

 

- James

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