From: C. Greenaway
I was playing my copy of the forgettable E.T. for Atari and since I was playing it in a dark room I got to thinking that it really felt like I was playing the Blair Witch Project. Laugh if you wish but you must admit that after watching a flick like that E.T. the game really looks like that movie and is definitely scary at that point! Especially when E.T. is on his last bit on energy! What do you think?
Also I am working on an idea for a new Atari classic game. It is based on pro indoor lacrosse and will feature broken limbs just like Ice Hockey! Let me know if there are any people who make old fashioned Atari games that I can give the idea to. Thanx for your time and have a good day!
The only similarities we see between the Blair Witch Project and
VCS E.T. are that they both are horrible. Ok, and they both make
an observer dizzy.
Lacrosse -- now WHY hasn't anyone thought of such a brilliant
Lacrosse -- now WHY hasn't anyone thought of such a brilliant idea before!
I just found another one that is IMPOSSIBLE to find. It's called Ghostbusters II (based on the movie), and you can't find it anywhere. It was made in 1989, meaning that they didn't make many. I suggest you find out more info on this, so maybe it can be added to the collection.
Actually, Ghostbusters II was a PAL-only (Europe & Australia primarily) release but it's fairly easy to find in places where it was released. It falls short of being a "holy grail" cartridge, however.
I have a cart that is labeled Lock n' Chase from Mattel. (Actually I have 2) BUT, one of them has a different game on it. It's sort of a flight simulator game, where you would automatically go down the runway and pull back on the joystick just as you obtained the correct speed to take off. Then you search for "enemy" aircraft that are in black. It's a really cool game. The control board gives you Altitude readings, number of "enemies," a locator bar to show approaching enemies, I'm just tring to find out what the real name of the game is. There is no indication anywhere. I was wondering if this description sounds familiar to you. If you have time, let me know if this rings a bell. I'm going to try to get a digital camera so I can take a screen shot. Thank you for your time
Looks like Air Raiders if it's a 2600-compatible cartridge. There were often mislabelings in game cartridges, so your story does not come as a surprise.
I worked for a company about 3 years ago called K-Byte/Reptron. Their biz is in manufacturing electronics for other companies. Well I had the chance once to visit one of the offices of the in-house programmers/database administrators. Positioned on the window ledge were two titles (damned if I can remember the names now) for the Atari 2600 (and clones) produced evidently by Reptron.
I'm not sure if I ever was told if they were simply manufactured, or if they were actually programmed by Reptron (I'd almost think they were written).
I did find out that the company was a major producer of such games before the crash occurred. It drove them into buying their chip provider at the time (K-Byte) and merging to save themselves by proferring their services as a third-party manufacturer for hire.
Just an interesting memory that came to me whilst reminiscing over your pages. Great work by the way.. I've had a lot of my questions about Atari answered, and a lot of old fond memories reclaimed.
Thanks for writing. Fascinating story! K-Byte
and Reptron were two of the more prominent companies
producing game software for the Atari and Apple
computers in the early 1980's. Both companies
wrote and published their own games, although
many of their games were also published and
distributed by other companies (CBS Software
and Sirius Software) at one time or another.
They were also seperate companies as well. I
didn't know that they had merged later on.
Anyways, thanks for the kind words and the
Anyways, thanks for the kind words and the interesting insight.
Hi! I was wondering if you could answer a question for me in regards to the Atari 5200 system. I have a 2-port system, and recently aquired a 4-port at a nearby flea market, and for some reason there is no apparent way to connect the power supply to the system! I've even taken it apart and examined the insides and can see no way to connect the power supply, unlike the 2-port system I had already been using. I'm sure the power supply is the right one since it and the 2 joysticks came together and are similar to the ones I already have, something just doesn't seem right. If you could answer my question or offer help in any way I would be greatly in you debt.
The 4-port 5200 system has a unique configuration.
You need the 5200-specific TV switchbox, first of all.
Then you plug in the power connector (the side opposite
of the part that goes into the power socket in the wall)
into the switchbox!
The info is right there on our 5200 FAQ as well. Hope
The info is right there on our 5200 FAQ as well. Hope that helps.
Hi, been looking at the pics of Native for seems like years now (on the AGH web page), and I'm curious, is this game pretty much dead, or is there some hope of it coming out? I though it looked like a great 2D shooter, doh.
Unfortunately, Duranik (the developer of Native) failed to receive funding in order to finish the game. As it stands now, it's a kick-butt one-level shooter on the Jag.... Doh!
Could you please tell me where I could find games for my Atari 1200XL?
Given that the 1200XL is a part of the vast Atari 8-bit computer family -- all of which are 95% compatible with each other -- it shouldn't be too hard to locate cartridges or floppy disks for play on your system. Try scouring through the newsgroup comp.sys.atari.8bit; you should be enjoying some games in no time.