The New Atari VCS Johnny Tenspeed's Bicycle Emporium

Atari VCS Ad #8: Basketball

Posted May 29, 2018 by Ric Pryor

Tomorrow's the big day! After nearly a year of waiting, Atari SA will finally start taking orders for the new VCS.

So far no word on when they will actually start making the new VCS.

Dr. J heartily endorses the new Atari VCS
File Under: Ataribox

It's Like Being There

Posted May 28, 2018 by Ric Pryor

I've always said that nothing captures the speed and beauty of ice hockey quite like a screen crammed full of light blue text.

Ice Hockey as Epic Prose on the Commodore 64
File Under: Hockey

Atari in the Media: Myth Chaser

Posted May 27, 2018 by Ric Pryor

As the crowdfunding pre-order date draws closer, more and more of the non-gaming press is picking up the Atari VCS story. Case in point: the new issue of Myth Chaser Magazine.

Myth Chaser Magazine thinks the VCS is too far-fetched to believe
File Under: Ataribox

Past Behavior is the Best Predictor of Future Behavior

Posted May 26, 2018 by Ric Pryor

We're just four days away from the start of crowdfunding pre-ordering for the new Atari VCS. We've been here before, of course. Atari initially planned to start accepting orders for the non-existent console back in December, but cancelled the campaign at the last minute because of undisclosed issues with "one key element."

Atari has been hard at work since then, showing an empty VCS shell in a hotel room across the street from the Game Developers Conference and posting a Facebook video of a guy playing Tempest 4000 while sitting next to a table with a couple of what appear to be non-functioning Atariboxes on it.

Whatever the missing "key element" was in December, it doesn't appear to have been working hardware, because there's still no sign of that. Regardless, barring another cancellation, Atari will starting taking money for the VCS Wednesday morning.

File Under: Ataribox

Whatever That Is, Say No

Posted May 25, 2018 by Ric Pryor

One of the most popular features of the Power Pros series is Success Mode, a life simulator that puts you in control of a baseball player on the path to becoming a star. Sometimes that path takes a detour to a creepy lab run by a guy who you just know has a basement full of failed experiments he calls his "children."

File Under: Baseball

How You Doin'?

Posted May 23, 2018 by Ric Pryor

Reggie Jackson Baseball for the Sega Master System asks "Have you ever been sexually harassed by a Jumbotron?" then provides you with your answer.

Reggie Jackson Baseball asks 'Have you ever been sexually harassed by a Jumbotron?'
File Under: Baseball

Atari VCS Ad #7: Grandpa

Posted May 21, 2018 by Ric Pryor

While crowdfunding pre-ordering for the new Atari VCS will begin next week, consoles won't begin shipping until next spring at the earliest. If you put $200 into a CD at 2.5% interest, one year from now you'll have $205 and no VCS. If you give that $200 to Atari SA on May 30th, one year from now you'll have $0 and no VCS.

Maybe you'll get your VCS in time to enjoy it with your grandkids
File Under: Ataribox

Atari VCS Menu Interface Test

Posted May 20, 2018 by Ric Pryor

This week Atari SA re-released year-old footage of the menu screen for the new VCS. Interestingly, with crowdfunding pre-ordering set to begin in just a few days, they clipped the end off the video before posting it on Facebook. Here's the original, unedited video. (Click the image for a larger version)

Exclusive unedited Atari VCS menu footage
File Under: Ataribox

Atari VCS Ad #6: Madness

Posted May 17, 2018 by Ric Pryor

Is it madness to pay $200 for the VCS now when it won't ship until next year, if it even ships at all? Yes. Yes it is.

The new Atari VCS comes pre-loaded with those old games your gramma played!
File Under: Ataribox

When Pixelated Representations of Men Were Pixelated Representations of Men

Posted May 15, 2018 by Ric Pryor

Legends of the Diamond for the NES takes you back to the good old days of baseball. The days when Brooks Robinson was a Gold Glove... catcher? And batters could choke the $#&@ out of the pitcher without getting ejected.

Legends of the Diamond Nintendo Entertainment System
File Under: Baseball
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