Dragon's Lair and Space Ace Top The DVD Charts
December 26, 1999 - Express.com,
one of the top retailers of DVDs and games, reports that the #1 selling DVD-ROM title for the week
ending December 24 was Space Ace by Digital Leisure. It was ranked #4 during the
same period at Amazon.com. As for
Dragon's Lair, it was ranked #3 at DVD Express and #10 at Amazon. Will there ever
be a let-up in popularity of these 17-year-old classics? Apparently not!
Activision Invades Nintendo
December 21, 1999 - The revamped edition of Taito's classic
Space Invaders is now available for Nintendo 64. Expect to
see gameplay that is very similar to the recently-released Playstation
CGE Hosts Warren Robinett's Book Poll
December 19, 1999 - The organizers of Classic Gaming Expo
are asking people interested in seeing the book
Imaginary Worlds: The Design of Adventure and Rocky's Boots
released to e-mail them for a petition that will be presented to
Warren Robinett, the creator of the classic game Adventure
for the Atari 2600.
Hit This Link
to head on over to the official Classic Gaming Expo site.
CGE Organizers Release 2600 ROMS
December 18, 1999 - Two never before seen Atari 2600
games, Garfield and Sky Patrol, are now
available for download and playable on a 2600 emulator for your
computer. Garfield was developed by Steve Woita of Taz
and Quadrun fame, while Sky Patrol was one of the very
few unreleased Imagic titles and was done by Brad Johnson. Expect to
see screenshots and brief synopses of both of these games from AGH
in the near future. In the meantime, visit the
Classic Gaming Expo Site
to download the ROMs.
Twin Galaxies To Host Tournament Of The Century
December 12, 1999 - The championship is being coordinated
by Twin Galaxies and hosted at the Funspot Family Fun Center in Weirs
Beach, NH. It will crown the final video game champions of the century
as well as hand out awards to the players, magazines, manufacturers and
arcades of the year.
Classic Konami Games Come To PlayStation
December 9, 1999 - Konami has announced that
they've shipped Konami Arcade Classics for the Sony
PlayStation. It carries a MSRP of $29.95 and includes Circue
Charlie, Gyruss, Pooyan, Road Fighter, Roc 'n' Rope, Scramble,
Shao-Lin's Road, Super Cobra, Time Pilot and Yie Ar
Kung-Fu -- all preserved in their original form.
More Game & Watch Fun
December 7, 1999 - Game & Watch Gallery 3
for Nintendo's Game Boy is now available in stores, according to
Nintendo. The third compilation of classic hand-held games include
both the original versions as well as modern versions of the classic
games with improved play control, graphics, color and sound. This 8
megabit cartridge contains Egg, Turtle Bridge, Greenhouse,
Donkey Kong Jr., and Mario Bros.
Jaguar Crossword Puzzles And More
November 30, 1999 - Good Deal Games has added some nifty
Atari Jaguar crossword puzzles to its already impressive list of
crosswords featuring Atari and classic gaming puzzles.
Hit This Link
and test your gaming knowledge... or lack thereof.
New Jag Game Shipping!
November 27, 1999 - The first wave of Protector
shipments went out today to those who pre-ordered and promptly paid off
their balance (mostly USA customers.) The next wave, including most of
the paid international orders, should go in the mail next weekend.
Toobin' For Game Boy
November 15, 1999 - Yet another classic is coming to Game
Boy, thanks to the classic portmasters themselves, Digital Eclipse. Midway
will be publishing Toobin' and expects it to be available for consumption
sometime early next year.
PC Atari Updated
November 12, 1999 - The venerable Atari 2600 emulator had
been long considered dead, but after over a year's hiatus, it's back in
a big way. Click here to find out
Download PC Atari 2.2
Space Invaders For GBC
November 12, 1999 - Game publishers are increasingly seeing
the Game Boy color for what it really is: a cash cow for simple and
addicting games (seen the sales figures for Game & Watch Gallery &
Super Mario Deluxe lately?). It's Activision turn to jump on the bandwagon
as it has announced that an enhanced version of Space Invaders is now
available on Nintendo's little portable.
JerryG Calls It Quits
November 11, 1999 - Longtime classic games dealer Jerry Greiner
has decided to go out of business, and everything is up for sale, including
Read JerryG's Announcement
Shockwave.com Gets More Classics
October 28, 1999 - Midway and Macromedia have entered
into an agreement where the arcade Defender, Joust, Spy Hunter,
Moon Patrol and Marble Madness will be available for play
Of course, you'll need to download Shockwave in order to play them.
Two New Updated Classics Now Available
October 28, 1999 - Your local game retailer should now have
Paperboy and Space Invaders waiting for you.
The former is being published by Midway for Nintendo 64 and the latter is
by Activision for Gameboy Color.
CinciClassic '99 Date And Location Set
October 27, 1999 - The second annual event -- and last classic
celebration of the Millenium -- will be the weekend of November 5-7, 1999
at the offices of C/2 Interactive Solutions in Cincinnati Ohio. Also new
this year is a constantly updated web site detailing everything you need to
know about the event, including news, hotel information and a page detailing
requests to share rides and accommodations. Check it out at
The Official CinciClassic Website
Midway Announces The Availability Of Arcade Party Pak
October 27, 1999 - PlayStation and PC owners now get the
chance to enjoy some of Midway and Atari's mid to late 80's stuff this
time around. Full details in the press release below.
Official Press Release
No More Pinball By Williams
October 25, 1999 - In sad news for Pinball fans everywhere,
veneral pinball maker WMS Industries, Inc. -- parent owner of Bally and
Williams -- has announced that it will be discontinue making pinball
Official Press Release
Midway Scratches Five Titles From Upcoming CD
October 25, 1999 - In what is a big blow to hardcore classic gamers
everywhere, it has been confirmed that Gorf, Satan's Hollow,
Wizard of Wor, Gauntlet II and Omega Race
will not make it onto the next Classic Playstation CD compilation from Midway as
originally announced. It has also been generically renamed as Arcade Party
Pack. We can only guess that the above five games are being held back
for a separate release at a later time.
Supercharger CD & Stella Video Go On Sale
October 24, 1999 - Both products, which were
premiered at CGE'99, are now available direct from
These are $30 apiece, but there are certain discounts when buying both
($10 off for one of each) or buying multiple copies. For more info, hit
the above link.
Stella at 20 video
Stella Gets A New Brain CD For Supercharger
Two Atari Demos Available For Download
October 22, 1999 - You can now check out
Pong and Nerf Arena Blast,
two highly anticipated titles from Atari, on your PC.
The latter is the first original title from the new-look,
Download Pong Demo
Download Nerf Arena Blast Demo
Intellivision CD Ships For Playstation
October 11, 1999 - Activision has announced that
Intellivision Classics is now shipping. This classic
compilation for Playstation features a plethora of past
favorites -- perfectly emulated -- including Astrosmash,
Utopia, Sea Battle and Star Strike.
Like Activision's 2600 Classics before it, this disc will retail
Songbird Pre-order Announcement
October 2, 1999 - Songbird Productions has announced a
pre-order program for its upcoming Jaguar releases, including a special
offer for those who pre-order most or all of the new games, The announced
games are Skyhammer, Soccer Kid, Hyper Force and Protector.
All the information can be found on
the Songbird Website.
Namco Museum Hits Nintendo 64
September 23, 1999 - Namco Museum 64 will find its way
to Nintendo's flagship machine, courtesy of Namco. The compilation will
feature Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug,
Galaga, Galaxian and Pole Position.
The cartridge should be out in time for the Winter holidays.
Pac-Man Champion Honored At Tokyo Game Show
September 18, 1999 - Billy Mitchell, the world's first
(and still only) perfect scorer in the arcade Pac-Man received
the royalty treatement at Namco's massive booth during the Tokyo Game
Show, where Namco's chief Mr. Nakamura awarded Mitchell with a special
plaque commemorating his special achievement. In addition, Namco
received the "Game of the Century" plaque which was originally awarded
to the company during this past month's
Classic Gaming Expo '99.
Hasbro Announces First Games For DC
September 8, 1999 - Atari Centipede
and Worms Armageddon lead Hasbro's entry into Sega's
Full Press Release
More Updated Classics On The Way
September 3, 1999 - Millipede,
Combat and Frogger II are the
next three titles planned to be resurrected from the back
catalog of classics titles by Hasbro/Atari.
Skyhammer Release Imminent
August 30, 1999 - Jaguar and Lynx developer/publisher
Songbird Productions has announced that the Rebellion-developed
Jaguar game, Skyhammer, is expected to be on sale in time
Full Press Release
VSS Front End Now Also
August 26, 1999 - Todd Lawrence, creator of Regal
Beagle -- the terrific front-end program for Virtual Super System
(5200 emulator) -- has included support for the V7800 Atari 7800
emulator in the latest version of his software. Make sure to
read the readme file. The v7800.exe and 5200.exe must be in the
same directory that you install the Regal Beagle.
Download Regal Beagle 2000
Lexis Ships For Atari Lynx
August 17, 1999 - Make your Lynx purr this fall
with Lexis, an addicting puzzle game developed by Shadowsoft
(of Joust and Robotron fame) and published by Songbird Productions.
The retail price is $39.95, and can be ordered from the
Titles For Next Atari
Compilation CD Revealed
August 4, 1999 - The next classic game bundle
for PC and Playstation will feature -- among other titles --
Asteroids Deluxe, Battlezone,
Crystal Castles, Gravitar,
Millipede and Warlords.
A release date has not yet been announced.
Crystal Mines Author To
Appear At CGE'99, Songbird Giveaways
August 2, 1999 - Ken Beckett, the author of
Crystal Mines (NES) and Crystal Mines II (Atari Lynx) will
be on hand at this year's festivities. He is also assisting
Songbird Productions in the development of the upcoming
Crystal Mines II: Buried Treasure expansion,
slated for unveiling at the event.
Full Press Release
Twin Galaxies To Host A Slew Of
Tournaments And High Score Competitions At CGE'99
July 30, 1999 - Among the activities planned are
an England vs. USA Tetris showdown, $1,000 Joust
arcade contest, Atari 2600 Warlords Championship and
Midway's Hydro Thunder championship.
Hit This Link
to pay a visit to the official CGE'99 website and also to read the
full press release.
Telegames Goes Full Steam!!
July 29, 1999 - Telegames USA has announced that they will
have the World-wide premier (and sale) of Yars' Revenge
for Game Boy and Game Boy Color at
Classic Gaming Expo '99.
This product will not be available in stores until September. This would
be a great opportunity for attendees to get the autograph of
HOWARD SCOTT WARSHAW on the box! Telegames will also be
premiering (and selling) the long-awaited Lynx game, HyperDrome
as well as their other Lynx, Jaguar, and classic game products.
Goodies On The JagFest '99 Video
July 22, 1999 - Carl Forhan of Songbird Productions has revealed to AGH
that, besides live footage from the show, the official JagFest '99 video will feature
video clips from two unfinished Jaguar games (in addition to clips from all the games
being published by Songbird Productions), namely Total Carnage by HMS and
Virtual VCS by Temporary Sanity. Also on the tape will be some direct feeds
of rare 2600 games like Edtris and Oystron. More about JagFest'99, and
information on how to order the video can be found on the
Official JagFest '99 Homepage.
Perfect Score In Pac-Man!
July 4, 1999 - At the Funspot Family Fun Center in
New Hampshire, Billy Mitchell scored 3,333,360 points in
Pac-Man -- the maximum possible points allowed
by the game before the game ends with a split screen. The
game lasted about six hours, and was the first time in
history this had been achieved. To get a perfect game
on Pac-Man, the player must eat every dot, every energizer,
every blue ghost and every fruit up to and including
board 256. This has to be accomplished on the first
Hasbro's Atari Arcade Hits Volume I Now Shipping
June 30, 1999 - This compilation for Playstation and
PC is somewhat of a re-release of Midway's original Atari compilation.
It contains many of the original 2-D favorites from yesteryear.
Titles on the menu include Asteroids, Centipede,
Missile Command, Tempest,
Super Breakout and Pong. New to this
collection include an interview with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell.
Songbird Productions To Attend CGE'99, Announces New Lynx Games
June 27, 1999 - Songbird Productions recently committed
to attending Classic Gaming Expo,
and have announced two new Lynx products that will be launched at CGE.
In addition to that, they also hope to demo unreleased Jaguar games,
including Protector and Skyhammer.
Click here for the full Press
Intellivision Lives! For Playstation
June 21, 1999 - According to Imagine's PSX site, Activision
will be bringing the Intellivision emulator for Playstation this fall.
Earlier this year, the Blue Sky Rangers released a PC and Mac version.
Given that Activision published some Intellivision titles of its own
in the early 80's, it's quite possible that this PSX compilation will
have the most games of the bunch. Stay tuned for more info.
Legendary Hardware Engineers To Speak At CGE'99
June 11, 1999 - The first of what will be a slew of
panel discussions has been announced by the show coordinators.
An unprecedented round table discussion consisting of
game console and computer "fathers" is the first one on
tap. Jay Smith, Joe Decuir, Jerry Lawson, Jay Fenton,
Ralph Baer and RJ Mical will be the panelists, and Van
Burnham will moderate the discussion. Please visit the
Classic Gaming Expo '99
site to read the Press Release, as well as biographies of
all the dignitaries that will be on hand at CGE'99.
Robby Roto ROM Now Public Domain
June 11, 1999 - A very nice bit of news -- Robby
Roto creator and copyright holder Jay Fenton has officially
made the ROM for the game freely downloadable for non-commercial
purposes. His statement has been posted over at:
Founder Of Atari To Be Absent From CGE'99
June 9, 1999 - The coordinators of Classic Gaming Expo
regret that Mr. Nolan Bushnell will not be attending this year's
Songbird Productions Announces Upcoming Atari Releases
June 1, 1999 - Songbird Productions
announced today that it has licensed a number of unreleased games for
the Jaguar platform: Soccer Kid from Krisalis Software Ltd.,
Hyper Force from Visual Impact, and Skyhammer
from Rebellion. In addition to that, they've also announced June 18, 1999
as the target release date for their upcoming game Ponx,
which will be released on the Lynx platform.
Click here to read the full
Nintendo Readies Excitebike 64 For Q4 Release
May 30, 1999 - Excitebike is back, but this time it's for the
N64. The celebrated NES and arcade motorcycle game will be revamped in a big way,
including the ability to play with up to three friends and tons of tracks.
The track editor found in the NES version is thankfully retained, and
gameplay is said to rival its mid-80's brethren. Excitebike 64
is scheduled for a December 1999 release.
Spy Hunter Sequel Confirmed To Be In Development
May 26, 1999 - In a partnership with Paradigm Entertainment,
Midway will be updating the 80's arcade classic, Spy Hunter,
for the new millenium. The latest technologies will allow the game to be
set in a full three-dimensional world. No release date or platform was
mentioned in the announcement.
Classic Gaming Expo '99 At E3
May 18, 1999 - Show organizers of this Summer's upcoming
CGE'99 made their presence felt throughout the LA Convention Center this
past weekend. Over six thousand CGE show flyers were distributed through
Imagine Publishing, Nyko and Hasbro's booths (all three are first-tier
sponsors for CGE'99), where the CGE organizers had acquired bin distribution
rights. Furthermore, several strategy meetings were held, which included
consultation from Nolan Bushnell, Jay Smith and Don Bluth in preparation
for the show. For the latest info surrounding this can't-miss event,
Konami Joins The Classic Bandwagon
May 18, 1999 - To address the preferences of the growing number
of nostalgic game player and growing consumer audience, Konami will release
Konami Arcade Classics for Sony Playstation, which provides a simple,
yet enjoyable game experience. KAC is a faithful re-issue of 10 classic
arcade games, including: Circus Charlie, Gyruss,
Pooyan, Road Fighter, Roc 'N Rope,
Scramble, Shao Lin's Road, Super Cobra,
Time Pilot and Yie Ar Kung Fu. With their original
artwork, Konami Arcade Classics is sure to bring back memories to the old
arcade game player while bringing in a new audience to the simple elegance
of the games from yesteryear. Konami Arcade Classics is scheduled for release
in Q3 1999.
7800 Finally Gets Emulated
May 17, 1999 - The coding pro who brought us Virtual VCS,
Virtual Super System (the first 5200 emulator) and O2EM has given us a very nice
gift in the form of V7800, the first emulator out the door that runs 7800 games.
This is Dan Boris's first release of this emulator, so don't expect miracles right
off the bat. However, the games are playable and there is sound support.
Visit Dan's Atari 7800 Tech Page
to download V7800 version 0.10.
Even More Jaguar News
May 16, 1999 - AGH has learned from a very reliable source
that another Jaguar game is slated for release later this year (and no, it's not one
of the already known titles!). More info about this game will be revealed in the next
couple of weeks, so keep checking our site for the latest news.
It's Now Official: The Jaguar Has Been Set Free!
May 15, 1999 - That's right, folks ... AGH is proud to
announce that Hasbro has officially released the rights to the Atari Jaguar platform.
AGH's very own John Hardie, currently at the E3 expo, was handed the press release
about it from Mark Goodreau and Dana Henry at Hasbro's booth yesterday. As we reported
earlier, this will enable existing and future unpublished Jaguar titles to easily be
produced and distributed without the developers having to obtain a licensing agreement
with Hasbro Interactive. For the full press release,
Classic Updates To Be Shown @ E3
May 10, 1999 - Missile Command, Q*Bert
and Pong are the latest old-schoool favorites to undergo plastic
surgery at the hands of Hasbro-owned Atari. Updated versions of all three titles
will be revealed at E3 for most popular formats, including PC and PlayStation.
Hasbro's first two remakes (Frogger and Centipede)
were overwhelming successes on store shelves so expect more of the same with
the new triumverate to be released later this year.
Atari Jaguar Encryption To Go Public!
May 5, 1999 - You heard it here first! We were contacted
today by Mark Goodreau of Hasbro Interactive, and in the conversation
with AGH he shared Hasbro's plan to open the development and publishing
of Atari Jaguar software into the public domain. Hasbro is allegedly set to
disclose the encryption process they acquired from Atari when they purchased
the company last year. This will enable existing and future unpublished
Jaguar titles to easily be produced and distributed. This is good news,
as the long awaited BattleSphere now has a clear path for
release, and Protector, Gorf 2000 and others
cannot be far behind. Full details will be announced as we get the official
word from Hasbro.
Videogames Chosen As Part Of The 80's Stamp Collection
April 20, 1999 - Americans had their chance to
have their say, and have chosen video games as the topic they
most want to see on a postage stamp commemorating the 1980s.
The fall of the Berlin Wall was a close second. Ballots were
cast throughout February to choose 15 topics for stamps
depicting that decade, to be released in January. The set is
one of 10 recalling each decade of this century. Other stamps
commemorating the 1980s will depict the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial, the movie "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," and the
Cabbage Patch Kids.
Hasbro Interactive Acquires Rights To 11 Namco Titles
April 14, 1999 - Providing further evidence that
classic game fever is in full bloom, Hasbro Interactive (parent
company of Atari) will be bringing out games based on some of
Namco's most respected titles.
- Full Press Release.
Comp.sys.atari.announce Newsgroup Back In Action
April 13, 1999 - Good news! After a lengthy hiatus, the
USENET newsgroup comp.sys.atari.announce is back. Kevin Savetz has taken
over as moderator, and just approved a posting, the group's first in years.
Savetz plans to update the group's charter, and will work with the
Atari/Usenet community to make the newsgroup as useful as it can be.
C.s.a.a will be a low-volume newsgroup offering news about Atari
software, hardware, Web sites, and other information relevant to
Atari users. Articles may be related to Atari 8-bit, ST, Portfolio,
and PC clones.
SFX Is RTS
April 5, 1999 - Ready to ship, that is. Carl
Forhan has announced April 16 as the target ship date, with
individuals who pre-ordered the game to receive their copies
shortly thereafter. Those who have been standing on the
fence are urged to order copies soon, as there's no telling
when supplies will run out. For the full press release,
Pac-Man Fever To Be Re-Released On CD
March 28 1999 - Buckner And Garcia fans
everywhere, rejoice! The remastered CD will be ready
to ship around May 15, and the first 300 pre-orderers
will get an 8 x 10 photo of the guys and the new CD
personally autographed by Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia.
Please visit the
Official Buckner And Garcia Site
for further details.
Atari Games And Sega Agree To Cross-License Patents
March 15, 1999 - In Japan, Atari Games Corp.
was recently awarded a patent on force-feedback steering
technology that was first introduced in its Hard Drivin'
arcade racer. The company had already been issued the same patent
in U.S., Europe and elsewhere some time ago. In related news,
Atari Games and Sega announced that they have entered in a patent
cross-licensing agreement, where Atari Games has granted Sega
a worldwide non-exclusive license to its force feedback steering
technology for use in Sega's arcade games and Sega's home video
game systems. In turn, Sega has granted Atari Games a non-exclusive
worldwide license to its "viewpoint changeover" that was first
pioneered in Virtua Racing.
Esteemed AGH Co-Editor Interviewed
March 2, 1999 - John Hardie is the featured guest
in the second episode of Back In Time -- The Classic Gaming Broadcast.
John discusses a number of topics including details for Classic
Gaming Expo '99 and his new book deal. Check it out at
Third Gallery For Game Boy
February 27, 1999 - Nintendo announced that it will
be bringing out a third installment of its Game & Watch Gallery
series to the Game Boy Color. Game & Watch Gallery 3 will
include five games, each with classic and modern modes of play,
with enhanced graphics and sounds for each of the new versions of
the games. Games included in the third iteration of the series
include Egg, Green House, Turtle Bridge,
Mario Bros., and Donkey Kong Jr. The game will
be released in Japan on April 8. A U.S. release date has yet to
have been announced.
Atari Founder Bushnell To Attend CGE'99
February 25, 1999 - It's now official! Legendary
entrepreneur, founder of Atari and creator of Pong has confirmed
that he will be attending Classic Gaming Expo '99 as a distinguished
guest. For the full story, please visit the official
Classic Gaming Expo
Vote For Video Game Postage Stamps!
February 19, 1999 - The United States Post Office is
issuing stamps to commemorate various decades of the Twentieth
Century, including the 1980's. Thirty design subjects are being
considered, and the Post Office is holding a public vote to decide
which will be used. One design subject is Video Games. Voting
ballots can be obtained in local post offices, or on-line at
The Video Games stamp can be voted for under the "Lifestyles"
We urge you to let the public know about this and pass along the
word. There is no limit to the number of votes you are allowed
to cast, so tell everyone you can to vote often!
Classic Gaming Expo '99 Takes Flight
January 29, 1999 - AGH is pleased to announce
Classic Gaming Expo '99,
the second annual event devoted to the celebration of electronic
entertainment's past. It will take place in Las Vegas on August
14-15 of this year. Check the newly launched website for
the latest news, including the names of legendary pioneers
scheduled to attend.
N64 Lode Runner Gets Publisher
January 24, 1999 - Infogrames has picked up
Lode Runner 3-D (formerly called Lode Runner 64) from Big
Bang Software will release it this spring for Nintendo 64.
Lode Runner 3-D puts the player through 100 puzzle levels
in five three dimensional worlds. Here's hoping the gold
grubber can make a successful transition to 3-D.
A Revamped Sinistar On The Way
January 15, 1999 - Yep, you heard right, and the
company who'll be publishing it will surprise you (no, it's not
Midway). We're not at liberty to disclose any further information,
except that it promises to offer incredible lighting effects and
booming explosions. Stay tuned for more details.
GBC Klax In The Works
January 12, 1999 - Work is progressing nicely at Genetic
Fantasia, where the team is close to completion on the Atari arcade
classic for Gameboy Color. Expect to see it in stores sometime this
spring, with Midway publishing this title.
Videotopia Wraps Up In Dallas
January 7, 1999 - Videotopia's appearance in Dallas, Texas
concluded on January 5th and is currently not on display. However, the
traveling videogame museum exhibit is scheduled to appear at the Maryland
Science Center in Baltimore's beautiful Inner Harbor this summer. More
tour locations will be posted at http://www.videotopia.com as negotiations
with its future hosts are concluded.