Archive for the ‘Atari’ Category


Atari 2600 Manuals and Nintendo Club Magazines on Scribd

April 19, 2014

As a Smashwords contributor, I was recently given a free subscription to Scribd. I found a way to sideload the Scribd app on my Kindle and immediately searched for Atari and Nintendo stuff. I was very happy with what I found. There were several collections of Atari 2600 Manuals and several issues of both Nintendo Club and Nintendo Power magazine.



Access to these manuals and magazines is just more of my portable nostalgia. It is bits of my childhood that I can check out and spend a few minutes with anytime I want. If you ate similarly looking for portable nostalgia, I suggest you get the Scribd app and look around. Also, my books ANESthetized and Arcadian are there. Apparently you can get them there for free. If you do, please give me a good review at!


Seaquest for Android

February 12, 2014

Activision’s Seaquest was one of my favorite Atari 2600 games. Activision games were always great, and I thought Seaquest was one of their greatest. I played it excessively. I even got a high enough score to get the mail-in patch (though, to my eternal regret, I never mailed-in for it).

Seaquest is featured on the Android Activision app from Google Play, but even after sideloading that on my Kindle Fire HD, I couldn’t get it to function. Fortunately, there is another way to play Seaquest on the Kindle. There is a Seaquest app on the Kindle store.
This app does not look like an official release, which makes me worry for its future a little bit, and it doesn’t come as part of a collection of games like the Google Play offering did. But it looks like it is a fairly faithful reproduction of the original (though it does have some additional navigation buttons).

Besides this version of Seaquest, there is another app called Seaquest. It looks a lot different, with a scrolling screen and updated graphics. I’m not sure if it is supposed to be a remake of the original, but it looks like it plays the same.

If you’d like to get the reproduction Seaquest, you can find it here for $1.99. You can get the updated version here.



February 10, 2014

I’m reading AtariInc: Business Is Fun. I haven’t finished it yet, but I came across this great prototype of a VCS that was produced by Atari shell company Kee games. It looks a lot better than the Woody to me! Screenshot_2014-02-09-21-14-26


I Heart Atari

November 20, 2013

Just found this t-shirt on Ebay. Brilliant.

Heart Atari

If you’re interested, you can find it here.


More 2600 Comic Book Ads

July 4, 2013

The comics of the mid 80s were filled with great ads for Atari 2600 games. Here are a few more.

More 2600 Comic Book Ads


Atari 2600 Moon Patrol Comic Book Ad

June 16, 2013

I just got my hands on the 2600 version of Moon Patrol. I don’t know if it is ad good as this ad from The Amazing Spider-Man 251 makes it seem, but it definitely is one of the better 2600 arcade ports, capturing the essence and fun of the game if not the graphics and sound.



Celebrities on Video Games

June 2, 2013

How did Atari and Intellivision sell so many consoles and cartridges prior to the great crash of 1983? By getting stars to shill for them, of course. Here are just a few stars (or soon to be stars) I’ve found in old video game commercials.


Atari Hot Wheels

May 2, 2013

Once again, two loves comes together.  This time, it is the Atari 2600 and Hot Wheels cars.

Granted, I didn’t love Hot Wheels as much as some kids did (though I was very found of the Cobra Stunt Set), but I loved the Atari 2600 and all its games & colors & logos, so when I saw these Atari 2600 Hot Wheels cars, I was immediately smitten.

I’m no expert in this area, but it looks like there were six cars total: one generic 2600 vehicle, and five game vehicles (Tempest, Centipede, Pong, Missile Command, and Breakout).  Of the six, Centipede is definitely my favorite.


Atari 2600 Grip A Grabber

April 24, 2013

I spent a little of my birthday yesterday playing my Atari 2600.  It was the first time I had touched it in a long while, and one thing I noticed was just how difficult it is to use the controllers.  Something that would have helped yesterday (as well as back in the day) is this item that popped up on my Ebay feed this morning; that Atari 2600 Grip A Grabber.



The Grip A Grabber looks to me to be a third party device, and a fairly simple one at that.  It’s just a ball that is stuck on top of the controller.  It is dressed up a little with some Pac-Man-esque sticker that runs around the equator of the ball, but it is still just a ball.  I can’t help thinking, though, that this would really help me with 2600 Berzerk.


Atari Flashback 4

November 13, 2012

Atari posted on Facebook today that their Flashback 4 has been released.

Since I have an old 2600 and prefer to play on that, I won’t be buying one.  Still, if you’re the modern retro type (and I kind of am; I like emulating the old school games on the computer), then the Flashback might be for you.  It has 75 games, including:

3D Tic-Tac-Toe
Adventure II
Air·Sea Battle
Black Jack
Canyon Bomber
Championship Soccer
Circus Atari
Combat Two
Crystal Castles
Demons to Diamonds
Desert Falcon
Dodge ‘Em
Double Dunk
Fatal Run
Flag Capture
Frog Pond
Front Line
Fun with Numbers
Grand Prix
Haunted House
Home Run
Human Cannonball
Jungle Hunt
Maze Craze
Miniature Golf
Missile Command
Night Driver
Off The Wall
Realsports Baseball
Realsports Basketball
Realsports Soccer
Realsports Volleyball
Return to Haunted House
Save Mary
Sky Diver
Slot Machine
Slot Racers
Space Invaders
Space War
Star Ship
Stellar Track
Street Racer
Submarine Commander
Super Baseball
Super Breakout
Super Football
Video Checkers
Video Chess
Video Olympics
Video Pinball
Yars’ Revenge

I have the cartridges of lots of these, and I have lots of others on the Atari Android app, but if you don’t have them, Flashback 4 is a good way to pick them up.  You can get it at, but I’ve also heard it is at retail stores as well.


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