Make your own free website on Tripod.com

New Developments logoNew Developments

What's New in the Atari Community

WORLD OF ATARI '98 | TITAN PRESS RELEASE | DUECE '98 | OHIO SWAP
ATARI 8-BIT FONT | VINTAGE COMPUTER SHOW | ATARI TIMES
ATARINEWS: ON THE PROWL SECTION!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mr. Keita Iida, keita@mindspring.com or
         Mr. Rich Tsukiji, woa98@jps.net
         916-422-7424 (voice), 916-422-7424 (fax)
 

RENOWN INDUSTRY ARTISANS TARGET AUGUST REUNION

- Yesteryear Remembered Fondly With Shared Anticipation -
by Donald A. Thomas, Jr. (curator@icwhen.com, http://www.icwhen.com)
the text for this article is available at
http://www.icwhen.com/articles/renown_artisans.html
[permission to reprint with byline]

-- By late Friday, August 21, 1998, many of the world's most beloved video game creators and marketers will arrive in Las Vegas to celebrate the opening of the first annual Classic Video Game Show and Exhibition. The
Saturday and Sunday event, dubbed "World of Atari '98", will play host to the world's first gathering of the "retro-gaming" elite and is open to the public.

"We've made elaborate arrangements to turn the exhibition areas of the Holiday Inn Boardwalk Hotel and Casino into a living museum of the video game era that spawned a mammoth industry," explained Mr. Keita Iida, co-promoter of the show. "World of Atari '98 honors a corporate catalyst for so many careers and companies that built the Silicon Valley."

Show promoters confirm today that pre-show ticket sales are already in the hundreds plus dozens of confirmations have been received from noted guests. As a first year endeavor, promoters have been exceptionally pleased with the pre-show results. Among the announced attendees are persons such as Mr. Bill Kunkel, co-founder of "Electronic Games" Magazine.

"As someone who's been writing about and designing electronic games for two decades," stated Kunkel, "it always heartens me to see people who remember how this all started. Today, it's a little tough to explain what was so damned exciting about two 'paddles' and a square 'ball', but there's nothing like historical perspective to transform an amusement into a hobby.

"We'll talk, we'll remember, and we'll laugh," Kunkel added with a smile. "You can't beat that with a Whack-A-Mole mallet!"

The premiere celebration of video games from yesteryear was decidedly called "World of Atari '98" in honor of the veteran Show Producer, Mr. Rich Tsukiji. Tsukiji hosted a number of World of Atari shows at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, California during the mid to late 1980's.

"Accordingly, many of the exhibits and guests this first year are ex-employees or extraordinary supporters of Atari," explained Iida. "We are doing our best to keep up with a list of all the official confirmations from attending celebrities on the official WOA'98 Web Site."

World of Atari '98 promises a number of exhibits and activities throughout the two-day event including a licensed, bonded game collectors' auction conducted by U.S.A. Auctions. Mr. Howard Scott Warshaw, mastermind behind the Atari 2600 versions of "Yar's Revenge", "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" will debut the second of his continuing video series, "Once Upon Atari". Keynote speakers are expected to avail themselves to answer questions and sign autographs prior to and following their presentations or directly on the exhibit floor.

"I find it very interesting that someone cares about what I did 15 years ago other than myself!" Mr. Steve Woita shared candidly. "Finally... a reunion for the little games that made this business fun!" Woita, famous for the
Atari 2600 hits "Taz", "Asterix" and "Quadrun", also created a number of titles for the Sega Genesis and Nintendo platforms.

"Classic gaming is not just a pastime for persons who remember a different kind of gaming experience. It is also not just a hand-me-down experience for a younger crowd. Classic gaming has evolved into a phenomenon that
contemporary publishers and distributors too often ignore," points out Mr. Donald A. Thomas, Jr., ex-Atari Consumer Services and Marketing Director.

"If you want to know what core gaming elements sell best, one has to have an appreciation for the history of the same classic games that established the industry. To purposely ignore those factors is an insistence on allowing
such ignorance guide the industry's future." Persons interested in attending the Classic Gaming Show in Vegas are encouraged to write woa98@jps.net or call (916) 422-7424. Special room rates may still be available for persons who stay at the Holiday Inn Boardwalk Hotel and Casino. Visit the official WOA'98 Web Site at
http://www.atarihq.com/atari98 for hotel, airfare, rental car or exhibitor information.

TOP.

New Press Release from Titan Systems in the UK

Because of the large size of this text file, it has been inluded as a link. Click here to see the entire contents.
TOP.

DUECE '98

Missed the MIST show this year???... did ya' also miss the Houston SAFARI show, too???... read on and expect updates throughout the year...

The Atari Users of North Texas (AUNT) Computer Exposition will be coming again to Dallas this November in conjunction with the monthly DFW XChange Super Saturday activities at the beautiful Dallas Infomart. Show date is planned for Saturday the 14th. As with the last three DEUCE shows, the actual show date will be finalized 120 days prior to the exposition. The exposition, along with the Super Saturday activities, charge no admission fees and are open to the general public. The one day exposition is planned to begin at 8:30 AM and run until 4:00 PM. A Friday evening pre-show get together and a post show get together are also being planned.

November is still a great time to visit the Dallas Metroplex. The DFW Xchange Super Saturday activities are a monthly computer extravaganza where thousands of computer enthusiast get together, share their computer interests and enjoy some of the best computer and high-tech electronic buys in Texas. This November will be special for us Atarians because many of our finest developers and dealers will be participating in the activities.

The Dallas Infomart facility, a replica of the famous 1895 world fair crystal palace, is located in the heart of the Dallas commerce district at 1950 Stemmons Freeway (I-35E). The facility is leased by the DFW Xchange each month to provide a community service to all computer users in the  Metroplex area. The Atari Users of North Texas is one of many participating user groups that help support this community service by sharing our Atari computer interests, general computer expertise and providing user assistance to our local Atarians and the interested general public.

Vendors are being lined up. Systems for Tomorrow, chroMagic, Crawly Crypt Corporation, and Emmulators have already expressed their interest in participating in the show.  Vendors interested in participating can contact David Acklam at (972) 242-9655 or on-line at d.acklam@genie.com. You can also visit the AUNT home page at http//www.startext.net/homes/aunt.

TOP.

Call for ALL Atarians -- Swap Meet in Columbus, Ohio, USA

       *****  NOTE:  This is NOT vaporware -- the space IS reserved  *****

This is a pre-call to all Atarians everywhere of every platform (game machines and home computers).  We of the Atari Computer Enthusiasts of Columbus  [a.k.a. ACEC]      WILL be hosting a SWAP MEET/SHOW/SALE on Saturday, September 26, 1998 in Columbus, Ohio, USA.  We've placed a security deposit and have marked off the calendar!

At this time, we are posting to provide early alert and gain a preliminary response from the Atari community.  We wish to hear from all, but WE WOULD PARTICULARLY LIKE TO HEAR FROM (any remaining) ATARI VENDORS who may wish to attend so that we may include notice of their intention in later posts/publicity.  We wish to hear from all so that we may better plan this activity and make certain that everyone interested receives a map to the location (in the north central portion of Columbus, just off of Interstate 71).  We will shortly be able to e-mail that map in .BMP or other format.

We are not planning on making any money from this:  Tables will be available to Vendors and flea marketeers for $5 per table pre-registration.  This price INCLUDES door admission for one person.  Obviously, we will not be planning a much greater admission price for people just wishing to walk in, look around, talk, and buy!  ACEC merely wishes to continue to promote the Atari community as it has since the '70's.

The precise time and other details for the meet are yet to be set; Atari community response will be a prime factor in determining how long the doors will be open and what other shapes the meet takes.

PLEASE FORWARD this note to anyone you know --  any vendor, any collector, anyone cleaning out their closet -- who might be interested in things Atari.

PLEASE RESPOND to:
primary contact:         rwarenz@infinet.com
                                 Wayne's World BBS (614) 761-1891
secondary contact:     chwbrown@ee.net  (Charles Brown)

SEE ALSO:
    (item 7.) ACEC, special interest group (item 13.), on the gopher server freenet.columbus.oh.us or www.freenet.columbus.oh.us

TOP.

TrueType Atari 8-bit Fonts Available for Download!

It took a bit longer than I expected, but the TrueType font based the Atari 8-bit character set I have been working on is finished. It will be on my website sometime tomorrow (June 25) at this URL:

http://www2.bitstream.net/~marksim/atarimac/fonts.html

It is actually three fonts:

Atari Classic Chunky
   A pixel-for-pixel interpretation (think "stairsteps")
Atari Classic Smooth
   A version with the jaggies flattened out (think "ramps")
Atari Classic Extrasmooth
   Similar to Smooth but with curves (think "slides")

This is freeware and is available in both Mac and PC (Windows) formats.

(Note: some characters will not be accessible, depending on your OS, since some of the A8 characters occupy special low-ASCII locations which have special meanings to Macs and PCs.)

Mark

TOP.


Organization: Vintage Computer Festival http://www.siconic.com/vcf
 ___________________________________________________________________________
|                                                                           |
|   .================================================================.      |
|  //   ______   o_                                     ___________  \\     |
| //   /      \    \     o    o    o    o    o    o    |     ____  \  \\    |
| H   /        |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    \  \  \\   |
| H  /     ____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|____|___  \  \  `=o |
| H  |    |                                                     |  \  \     |
| H  |    | The Premier Event for Computer Enthusiasts is Back! |   \  \__  |
| H  |    |                                                     |    \    | |
| H  o    |   V I N T A G E  C O M P U T E R  F E S T I V A L   |__   \   o |
| H       |                                                     |  \   \    |
| H        \                     - VCF2 -                       |   \   `-o |
| H         |                                                   |\   `----o |
| H         |  September 26-27, Santa Clara Convention Center   | `-------o |
| H        /              Santa Clara, California               |           |
| H       |                                                     |           |
| H       |          Speakers, Exhibit and Flea Market          |           |
| H       |                                                     |           |
| H       | O           http://www.siconic.com/vcf              |           |
| H       |_____________________________________________________|    ____o  |
| H            |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |       /       |
| H            |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |______/        |
| H============'    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |_________________   |
| H                /     |    |    \    \    \    |_____________________ |  |
| H               /     /     |     `-o  \    \                         ||  |
| H  o___________/     /      \______     \    \                        ||  |
| H                   o              \_____|____|___________________    ||  |
| H  ____________________________    |                              |   ||  |
| H |                            |   |    The  S P E A K E R S      |   ||  |
| `=| Why would YOU come to the  | __|                              |___||  |
|  _| Vintage Computer Festival? |   |                              |    |  |
| | |____________________________|   |-David Rutland                |    |  |
| |__________________________________|                              |    |  |
|    ________________________     ___| On the National Bureau of    |__  |  |
|   |  || || ||              |   /   | Standards Western Automatic  |    |  |
| .-| To Learn the History   |--'    | Computer (SWAC). Mr. Rutland |    |  |
| | |__||_||_||______________|       | worked under Harry D. Huskey |    |  |
| o  ________________________     ___| to create the control unit   |____|  |
|   |  || || ||              |   /   | for this little known but    |       |
| o-| For the Nostalgia      |--'    | historically significant     |       |
|   |__||_||_||______________|       | computer.                    |       |
| o  ________________________ \______|                              |___o   |
| | |  || || ||              |       |                              |       |
| `-| To Hear the Speakers   |-._____|       FEATURED SPEAKER       |     o |
|   |__||_||_||______________|       |                              |    /  |
|    ________________________    ____|-Ray Holt                     |___/   |
|   |  || || ||              |__/    |                              |       |
| .-|To Buy Vintage Computers|-------| Who really invented the      |-----o |
| | |__||_||_||______________|       | first microprocessor?  Guess |       |
| o  ________________________  ______| again.  The answer will stun |_____  |
|   |  || || ||              |/      | you.  This designer of the   |     | |
| o-|For the Games & Contests|--.    | JOLT and developer of the    |     | |
|   |__||_||_||______________|   \___| classic Synertek SYM-1 sin-  |     | |
|    ________________________      __| gle-board computer will re-  |_____| |
|   |  || || ||              |       | veal why computer history    |     | |
| o-|To Meet Other Collectors|-o     | may need to be re-written.   |     | |
|   |__||_||_||______________|___    |                              |     | |
|    ________________________    \___|                              |__o  | |
|   |  || || ||              |       | * speaker list as of 6/1/98  |     | |
| o-| To Meet the Pioneers   |---.   |             ____           O |     | |
|   |__||_||_||______________|    \  |____________/    \____________|     | |
|    ________________________      \                                      | |
|   |  || || ||              |      \                                     | |
| .-| For the Prizes!        |----.  \________________________________o   | |
| | |__||_||_||______________|     \                                      | |
| |                                 \__________________________________   | |
| o                   o________                                        \  | |
|  ,=============o             \      ______________________________    | | |
| //             |         o__  \    |                              |   | | |
| H   ___________|________    \  \___|    The  W O R K S H O P S    |___| | |
| H  |                    |    \     |                              |     | |
| H  \ Philosophy of the  /     \    |                              |     | |
| H   | Vintage Computer |___    \___|-Tom Geller                   |_____| |
| H   |    Festival...   |   \       |                              |       |
| H  /                    \   \      | Whether you're into game     |       |
| H  | The main mission   |    \_____| consoles, handheld devices,  |____o  |
| H  | of the Vintage     |          | arcade machines or personal  |       |
| H  | Computer Festival  |          | computers, there's a Mac-    |       |
| H  | is to promote the  |__________| based emulator for you.      |____o  |
| H  | preservation of    |          |                              |       |
| H  | "obsolete" compu-  |          |                              |       |
| H  | ters by offering-  |       ___| * workshop list as of 6/1/98 |_____  |
| H  | attendees a chance |      /   |             ____           O |     H |
| H  | to experience the  |     /    |____________/    \____________|     H |
| H  | technologies, peo- |    /                                          H |
| H  | ple and stories    |    |                                          H |
| H  | that embody the-   |    |                                          H |
| H  | remarkable tale of |    |      __    ___ __________________        H |
| H  | the computer revo- |    |     |  |__|   |                  |       H |
| H  | lution.            |    |     |         |Someone lucky will|==-----H |
| H  |____________________|    |     |         | go home with an  |       H |
| H            |               /     |   _     |                  |       H |
| H            o            o_/      |  (_)    |    IMSAI 8080    |==--o  H |
| H     _________________________    |         |                  |       H |
| H o__|  VCF2  S P O N S O R S  |   |         | See the VCF web  |       H |
| H    |     www.haggle.com      |   |   __    | page for details |==--o  H |
| H____|   Dr. Dobb's Journal    |   |__|  |___|__________________|       H |
| H    |_________________________|                                        H |
| \\                                                                     // |
|  `====================================================================='  |
|                                                                           |
| V2.0 rev 1            http://www.siconic.com/vcf         (C) SICONIC 1998 |
|___________________________________________________________________________|"
 TOP.

Atari Times Special Issue!

Hi everyone,

I am currently putting the final touches to a paper based special edition of
the Atari Times (UK).

I'm posting this to see how much interest there would be in such a
publication.

It currently runs to 44 A5 pages and this edition is focused on tutorials.
However, I hope to release further (more generic) special editions if this
one is successful.

I'm hoping that it will cost no more than £2 (UKP) inc.postage. I will be
making no profit from this venture, I just hope to cover my costs!

If you would be interested in purchasing the Atari Times special edtion,
please send me an e-mail and let me know.

Also, if you are able to assist in the distuibution of the Atari Times
Special Edition in your country then please let me know.

Cheers,

* Colin Polonowski, polonowski@zetnet.co.uk
* Experienced in Java, HTML, BASIC and Modula-2.
* User of Windows 95, DOS, TOS/GEM, MagiC, UNIX.
* The Zone - http://www.users.zetnet.co.uk/polonowski/

TOP

The following news articles are from Brian Gudzevich's AtariNews: One the Prowl Newsletter

THE WAIT IS ALMOST OVER

It has been said that, if you put your mind to it, you can do anything,
and 4Play has finally done what many have believed to be the impossible,
by putting their minds to it for the last 1745 days.  They have
completed the most important step towards finishing BattleSphere:
coding it.  All that remains is the encryption, cart production, and
distribution.The most anticipated Jaguar game of all time will be ours
soon.

http://www.best.com/~sebab/dvidgames/dsphere/sphere.shtml


LYNX TO TV ADAPTER DETAILS

Details have been released about the Wizztronics Lynx to TV adapter.  The
adapter will cost $99, which is a good price, considering the prototype
cost $17,000!  The board is 2x2 in. and must be installed.  If you have a
Lynx 2, it should be fairly easy to install, however, a Lynx 1 is much
harder.  The Lynxes widescreen aspect ratio is also maintained.
Unfortunately, there is no graphical improvement, but the resolution won't
be that much of a problem.  And just for reference, the prototype was
12x15 in. with 165 components, and the final release has only 8 parts.

http://www.wizztronics.com/lynx.htm


NEW LYNX MULTI-CART ANNOUNCED

A new cartridge will soon be released for the Atari Lynx.  The title of
the cart is S.I.M.I.S. which is an acronym for the contained games.  Find
out more information about this exciting new release and other upcoming
Lynx games at:

http://www.millcomm.com/~forhan/lynx.html

TOP

To subscribe to AtariNews: On the Prowl, e-mail Brian Gudzevich at Brionhold@aol.com.


Back.