The New Atari VCS Johnny Tenspeed's Bicycle Emporium

Abstract Impressionism in 8 Bits

Posted June 8, 2018 by Ric Pryor

The best Atari 2600 arcade ports faithfully recreate the gameplay of the original, even when the graphics make it difficult to be sure exactly what the original was. (BTW, this is Up 'n Down by Sega.)

File Under: Miscellaneous

Can't Hear Those Buzzers and Bells

Posted June 1, 2018 by Ric Pryor

With enough grit and determination you can turn anything into a text game. Even pinball.

File Under: Pinball

There Has to Be a Twist

Posted May 31, 2018 by Ric Pryor

The ball behavior in Bumper Bash will literally make your high school physics teacher cry, but it's the most fun pinball game on the Atari 2600.

File Under: Pinball

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
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