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Atari Nerd Inter-Web Mashup-up: Dec 4, 2008

Atari Nerd Inter-Web Mashup-up: Dec 4, 2008

What's new (and old) in the world of Atari - Press releases, blogs, messages boards sites and more...

This week we have A LOT of news from Atari (many older game franchises revived); A lot of ST, 2600, and 800 game reviews and retrospectives; a Leo Laporte (yes, THAT leoville.com Leo Laporte) review of Mule; A free Atari game development system; Another portable 2600 mod;WOW on the 2600; new emulator releases; and so much more I can't list it all.

Announcements from the Current Atari
- Atari buys the rights to Sam and Max, a great adventure franchise from the last 80's early 90's.
- Atari Buys the rights to Tale of Despereaux (now defunct, but with now life blood being pumped in).
- Atari displeased with how used game sales hurt publishers (great old Atari home computers logo used in this story!!!)
- CVG reports the Chronicles of Riddick team saying "The Move To Atari Has Been Fantastic".
- Atari plans to move to mostly on-line distribution over time.
- Gamespy reports that Atari is reviving the Baldur's Gate, Test Drive, and Never Winter Nights franchises.
- Atari distance themselves from sleazy anti-piracy forces and practices in the UK.

Blogs/Sites/Discussions
-The wonderful Joy Of Sticks site has a slew of new content for your Atari ST enjoyment: A great article of ST development teams of yesteryear, A Rockford Review, PicrossST, and Oids Review (one of my favorite games of all time).

- The Atari ST Games Blog has a huge selection of reviews a articles of ST games: Panza Kick Boxing (1990), The Flood (1990), and Populous (1990).

- Yet another awesome game blog, Matty On Games has ST content: Grandad Quest For the Holy Vest review, An article on the Oids/Thrust like game called Grav, and a 1994 ST Pac Man port.

- Did you know that Leo Laporte used to write form Hi-Res Magazine? His Atari 800 MULE Review (from back in the day) is 1/2 way down the page.

- Midway, the actual owner of Atari Games Coin-ops, has been sold for $100,000 by Sumner Redstone to a private investor.

- Atari has released a free game development system. Complete with 3d editors, compilers, debugger, script editor, etc. Called Atari Lite-C, the free version can be used for non-commercial purposes only.

- The Atari Gear 2600 by Chris Koopa is a VCS crammed into a Game Gear case! Nice mod, Chris!

- EmuHQ reports that there is a new version of the great ST emulator (for multiple systems), Hatari. Hatari is open source and does Falcon Emulation (sweet!).Check out the SourceForge page.

- It looks like Molten Core have actually released a World Of War Craft port on the 2600. You should try this via with the Legacy Engineering Group's Atari CX30 replica UBS Joystick.

- Retro Thing has a nice write up on the Androbot - a classic 80's device that allowed 2600 owners to control a robot.

- Lexus uses Atari 2600 Centipede in a new Christmas commercial.

- The Gleaming Goat Blog as a new entry with some love for 2600 games.

- David Parrak give a shout out to the 800 in his post of devolving from Hardcore to casual gamer...David, you are MIDCORE!

- A new version of Virtual Jaguar has been released.

- Atari Mania Random 800 Game - Night Strike! - TG Software's Missile Command like game

- Atari Legend featured ST Game- Paramax.- I have never tried this one, but it looks like a sweet Gauntlet adventure style game.

- Little Green Desktop's game of the Minute - Rolling Thunder - A Side scrolling platform blaster.

- Recycled Games has a 2600 Dig Dug review and a 2600 Chase The Chuck Wagon Review.

- Here are 8bitrocket, we have added our first Atari Nerd Podcast (because someone had to finally do it), and a review of the new Atari 2600 USB Replica Joystick (playing 7800 emulated games).

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