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- 48k memory, two cartridge slots (the other was rarely used). built like a tank.
techno hardcore punk
entity Atari Teenage Riot
During its first years in business,
Atari under the management of Nolan
Bushnell (Atari's Founder), a young video game designer while building a
new video game called Breakout was working on the side with his rather
strange friend who used to come to Atari in the middle of the night to play
video games for hours on end. Well this young video game designer
approached Nolan Busnhell with his idea for the design of a home computer system.
Nolan turned the idea down but gave the young video game designer and his strange
friend some names and tele#s of contacts who might help them with their budding
computer venture. Well the 2 friends went off, designed their
new computer and began to sell it, it was called The Apple
computer and the young video game designer was named Steve Jobs (The current
CEO of Apple) and his strange friend? None other then The WOZ, Steve
In 1983 - Jaron
Lanier, an engineer for Atari, Inc. developed the DataGlove, which could
be used in Virtual
Reality Games, what happened to the technology and whether or not it was
applied to any applications by Atari or an Atari licensee is unknown.
STEVE JOBS began his high-tech career at Atari. He was known to walk around barefoot, kick up his dirty feet on executives' desks, and talk continuously about going to India to meet a guru. Not only did he do the latter, he designed BREAKOUT before leaving Atari for good.
In the mid eighties, Atari was bought out by the Tramiel Brothers. Jack Tramiel headed Commodore in the C64 heyday. Ashort while later, they bought a southern California electronics chain called _The Federated Group_ to stock their new line of XE and ST computers.
A sort of cross between _Missile Command_ and _Space Invaders_. You control three guns protecting the legendary city of Atlantis, which is being invaded by an enemy known as the Gorgons. The Gorgon fleet attacks from the air and attempts to destroy your city. Use your guns to shoot the enemy ships down. The game is over when the entire city is destroyed.
synth punk track _Atari Track & Field/New Controller Conspiracy_ MP3 (192k) by Atom & His Package off of _Redefining Music_ on Hopeless (2001)
_Yar's Revenge_ (ROM)(1982) for Atari 2600
A highly original shooter, Yars' Revenge has players maneuvering a "fly simulator" around the screen, avoiding Swirls and guided missiles while firing at an energy shield that protects an enemy laser base (called a Qotile), which moves vertically along the right side of the screen. The objective is to shoot a hole through the shield (which is comprised of cells) and destroy the laser base. However, standard shots cannot kill the Qotile; players must activate the Zorlon Cannon, which appears on the left side of the screen when the fly simulator comes in contact with (and thus devours) a cell. Destroying the Qotile requires strategy and planning as well as a nicely aimed shot from the cannon. The fly simulator moves with a sense of urgency and precision, making this a fun and fast game. Full-screen explosions and a no-fire neutral zone (a colorful, glittering strip down the center of the playfield) give the game graphical flare, but an annoying buzzing sound grates on the nerves. Despite audio deficiencies and the lack of a two-player simultaneous mode (oh, what could have been...), this is a great game with a huge following.
- An old Atari 2600 video game that hacker Knight Lightning played when
he was seven and discovered secret rooms. This led to an interest in finding
secrets in computers. Interestingly, the secret room KL found (which contained
the initials of a programmer) is often considered to be the first easter
egg ever put in a commercial program.
first mention of Atari in Usenet:
From: CSTACY@MIT-AI (CSTACY@MIT-AI)
Subject: INFO-MICRO Digest V3 #45
Date: 1981-05-22 15:01:37 PST
INFO-MICRO AM Digest Thursday, 21 May 1981 Volume 3 : Issue 45
Micro Architecture - 8086/Z80 & NSC16000,
Micro Networking - CP/M,
Lisps - Choices & Plisp & Oregon Lisp,
Mince - Onyx, Atari Expansion, Circuit Analysis,
Data Ram Query, Video Boards - NEC & MATROX
Date: 29 April 1981 14:51-EDT
From: John Howard Palevich <TANG at MIT-AI>
Axlon, Inc. (made up of former Atari engineers) has an add on page 371 of the May 1981 _Byte_ for a product called the Axlon 256. I called them up and here are the details:
Cost: $895 (for the box, the disk software and 64K) $2100 for 256K Conections to Atari: 1 card slot in back, one joystick port up front. (the joystick port is used to select the bank of memory, the card is for the address and data line.)
What it does: $4000 to $7FFF becomes bank switched with fifteen other banks of 16K. They give you a patch to DOS so that you can pretend that you have this super fast disk. . . .
What it might do: They claim to be working on a co-processor that can use at the memory you aren't looking at. They are also finishing up (release July) a 128K board that switches in eight sixteen K banks, so you can have 256K that switches in 32K banks, or eight whole address spaces to play around with.
They have also interfaced
this thing to the Apple II and the Apple ///.