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Guide your diamond to capture the screen while being chased by sparks and the mighty Qix himself! Come see why Qix is this weeks Game of the Week!
  
Our own Retro Rogue caught up with Phoenix author Leonard Herman for an interview. He tells us what to expect in the new edition of Phoenix.

New to all this emulation stuff? Check out the Newbie Guide.
News - July 19, 2001
Retrogaming Times #47
July 19, 2001 21:34 | Blue Lander |
A new issue of Retrogaming Times, "The Newsletter for the Retro Gamer in All of Us," has been released. This issue has more information about the Devastator joystick, a recap of the Classic Computer and Gaming Show, a rundown of the most underrated Atari 2600 games, and much more. Definitely worth a look.

Infogrames to Release Atari Anniversary Edition
July 19, 2001 7:50 | Blue Lander |
This has been rumored for a while, but the official announcement was made yesterday that Infogrames will be releasing a new compilation of classic Atari games for both PC and Dreamcast. We now known exactly which games are going to be included:
This monster compilation of 12 of the best-known games from Atari's arcade stable of the '70s and early '80s includes Asteroids®, Asteroids® Deluxe™, Battlezone™, Centipede®, Crystal Castles®, Gravitar®, Millipede®, Missile Command®, Pong®, Super Breakout®, Tempest™, and Warlords®. All come authentically recreated in emulated form just like you remember them from the arcades.
Aside from the games, each package will include video interviews with the designers, and other multimedia content. The PC version will also come with an assortment of desktop themes. Read the full press release at Infogrames. Thanks to Paul Liadis for the news.

News - July 18, 2001
ClassicGaming Hosts a Rogue
July 18, 2001 5:44 | Liberator |
ClassicGaming's first Game of the Millenium was little game called Rogue. The mailbag's response to this Game of the Week was impressive, enough so to inspire the author of the article to try his hand at creating a web site. Text-mode is the name of our newest member site, dedicated entirely to those terrific text-mode games of old. Got DOS? You'll need it.

To kick things off right, Text-mode caught up with Kurt Dekker, creator of Text Missile Command and a plethora of other recent text-mode classics. In the interview, Kurt talks about Shareware, old computers, and much more. "All points 2X".


Four Newly Released Atari Commercials
July 18, 2001 15:50 | Blue Lander |
The Atari Historical Society has just converted and released four commercials from the 2600 and 5200 eras. They are:
- An MTV Centipede commercial
- A Club Centipede commercial
- A 5200 Pole Position Music Video commercial
- A 5200 Joust commercial
Check them out here. I think I like the Joust commercial the best. It's just so epic :p

Genre and the Video Game
July 18, 2001 12:10 | Blue Lander |
I don't know how long this has been out there, but I just discovered it today, so I thought I'd pass it along. Genre and the Video Game is an essay that was written by Mark J. P. Wolf back in 2000. It's a little academic, but I found it totally engrossing. As the title of the essay suggests, it's an analysis of genre distinctions found in video games. Here's a little sample:
Just as different forms of dance (foxtrot, waltz, ballet, jazz) are defined by how the dancers move rather than how they look, an examination of the variety and range of video games reveals the inadequacy of classification by iconography of even narrative-based games. While some video games can be classified in a manner similar to that of films (we might say that Outlaw is a Western, Space Invaders science fiction, and Combat a war game), classification by iconography ignores the fundamental differences and similarities which are to be found in the player's experience of the game.
There are lots of classic games used as examples. If you haven't read this essay before, I highly recommend you give it a read. (Just as a warning: the essay is written in XHTML, so you might have update your browser to access it.)

MAME32QA Now Has Flyer Packs
July 18, 2001 8:11 | Blue Lander |
The MAME32 Flyer Packs, which help spruce up the GUI of MAME32 (and a number of MAME DOS frontends as well), can now be downloaded from John IV's hosted site, MAME32QA. The old home of the flyer packs, The Arcade Flyer Archive, has shifted its focus entirely to its searchable flyer archive, which includes a large variety of beautiful, high-quality flyer scans, many of which have file sizes that are simply too large to be used in MAME32.

News - July 17, 2001
A Little Dose of Classic Strategy
July 17, 2001 8:30 | Blue Lander |
It looks like the good folks at StrategyPlanet have posted up a new guide for the classic, turn-based game by the name of Slay. If you remember this game, go check it out, and if you don't remember, go take a peek anyway, since the game is still available, and you just might like what you see! Thanks to StrategyPlanet's very own Dragon for the news.

Final Fantasy: TSW Box Office Totals
July 17, 2001 7:06 | Blue Lander |
This news is a little late, but here goes. The new Final Fantasy movie, Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within opened over the weekend with ticket sales totaling $11.5 million, good enough for the fourth-highest draw of the week. While the movie seems to have more in common with the later installments of the video game series, completely unsubstantiated rumors state that both the Red Mage and the Black Belt make cameo appearances in the film.

Dragon Warrior III Released for GBC
July 17, 2001 6:16 | Liberator |
Nintendo releases Dragon Warrior III for the Game Boy Color this week. This is yet another in their line of NES game ports to GBC. According to Electronic Boutique, this game is "one of the largest Game Boy Game Pak configurations ever released in North America." Check it out if you want to relive the game. And best of all, this time you won't be stuck in front of the TV playing because you can take it with you.

News - July 16, 2001
VRCADE Front-end to Be Developed
July 16, 2001 21:11 | Liberator |
James Widmark has come up with an ambitious project. He wants to create a real time, 3D front-end for MAME. He calls it VRCADE. The idea is that you could move around a virtual arcade, walk up to a 3D rendering of the game you want to play and start playing. Think first person shooter meets MAME front-end. Mr. Widmark is currently looking for those that can help him, so visit the VRCADE page if you'd like to learn more.

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!
July 16, 2001 20:48 | Liberator |
Moviefone takes aim at Hollywood's latest trend: turning video games into movies. (Witness Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy.) But as they point out, eventually all the new games will be done and film makers will have to go back to old-school games. Presented here are previews for Pong: The Movie, Ken Burns' Frogger, and Ms. Pac-Man's Diary. (Thanks to Ant for the link.)

Top Ten Characters from 3DActionPlanet
July 16, 2001 19:09 | Liberator |
GameSpy sister site 3DActionPlanet has selected their The Top 10 Game Characters of All Time. What does 3D action have to do with classic gaming, you ask? Well, you'd be surprised how many of the characters in the list got their start in good old 2D. Check it out!

Blue Lander Has Landed
July 16, 2001 17:23 | Blue Lander |
Allow me to introduce myself. I’m the newest staff member here at ClassicGaming.com, and my primary duties will be posting news and moderating some of the forums, along with whatever other trouble I can get into. I hope I can contribute even a fraction of the great work that both past and current staff members have brought to this great site. If you have any news you’d like to share, don't hesitate to send it along, and I’ll get the word out as soon as possible.

New Atari Computer Emulator Releases
July 16, 2001 10:24 | Retro Rogue |
Atari computer fans are treated to not one, but two releases of emulators for the 8bit and 16 bit line of Atari computers. Atari 800 Win Plus is now at version 2.8, and can handle emulation for the Atari 400/800, 800XL, and 130XE series as well as the Atari 5200 game console. Steem is at version 1.6 and emulates the Atari ST line of computers.

SwordQuest: Airworld Finally Being Created
July 16, 2001 10:11 | Liberator |
Most Atari 2600 collectors are well aware the final game in the SwordQuest series, Airworld, was never released or, so it's been said, even started in development. Well, Dutchman has decided to complete the series. He is currently seeking help to create a game in the style of the other three, complete with a comic book. If you have ideas to share or the skills to help with the project, please check it out.

Arcade PocketPack for Pocket PC
July 16, 2001 9:58 | Liberator |
Ever wish you could fit an classic arcade in your pocket? Well, Microsoft's new Arcade PocketPak for the Pocket PC may not be a complete arcade, but it's as good as your local convenience store back in the '80s. Arcade PocketPak features emulated versions of Dig Dug, Ms. Pac-Man, and Pac-Man. The collection was developed by Larry Bank, former developer of HiVE (High Velocity Emulator).