Aztec Challenge for the Atari 2600

Aztec Challenge for the Atari 2600

The Story of A-VCS-tec Challenge

After finishing Mental Kombat I decided to continue 2600 development and thought of a nice game with use of moving and animated sprites.

The Introduction Sequence
The cartridge starts up with playing the music and fading in the mask in the middle of the screen.

Afterwards the game title appears and a scrolltext at the bottom of the screen shows the credits for the development and the copyright.

The Game
You find yourself located on a plain field and can barely see a small pyramid on the horizon. The sun is burning and before long the first spear is thrown by one of the spear-throwers along the sides of your path.

As the game progresses, the pyramid is zooming and you’re getting closer to your goal: the safety of the pyramid’s inside.

You should try not to collide with the spears, because otherwise a screen like this will inform you that your quest is over. Your final score is shown until you use the fire-button to return to the game’s introduction sequence.

And if you manage to survive all the different levels, you will be presented with an endsequence to celebrate your victory. [More at Source]

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Modder places USB flash drive in Atari 2600 cart


Well, kids, if you like your USB drives with a little style, a little kitsch, and far too large to be carried conveniently, a gentleman named Robotic Evil, Inc. has just the thing for you. The evil one is hard at work as we speak, taking 2GB thumb drives and placing them in the artifacts of genuine geek nostalgia. Really, who wouldn’t want to receive a hand-assembled computer peripheral in the shape of an Atari game cartridge or an NES controller? These things cost $29.99 (add another $5 for shipping and handling) and they’re available at this dude’s Etsy store. Check out the NES controller / drive yourself after the break.

[Via BoingBoing]



Via [Engadget]

Edible Atari 2600…

atari_2600_cake_joysticks[TechnaBob] posted a rather interesting post about an Atari 2600 that was edible. Now,  here I’m thinking.. wow.. when did they make edible electronics?!
but no.. looks like this was a [Cakes by the Pound] response to an [edible Atari 2600 Joystick]

atari_2600_cake_console

 

 

At least the cake looks better then the web site. =/   But there’s some major detail here as anyone that’s played the brick can tell you!

Hack the classic Atari 2600 console

When Atari introduced the Video Computer System (VCS) back in 1977, no one predicted it would be a runaway success and ultimately spawn the multibillion-dollar gaming industry that we know today. The VCS, later renamed the 2600, is now nearly 30 years old, and still has a large fan base that keeps the system alive and thriving in the 21st century. A multitude of Web sites are devoted to the game system, and a large community of programmers and hobbyists still create new games for the 2600, with access to resources the original programmers could only dream of. If you’re lucky enough to still have a functioning 2600 at your disposal, now you can amp up your enjoyment of the vintage system even further. In this sample chapter from Game Console Hacking: Having Fun While Voiding Your Warranty, learn how to do the following hacks for the Atari 2600:

  • Create an Atari 2600 left-handed joystick
  • Repair your Atari 2600 joysticks
  • Revitalize your Atari 2600 paddles
  • Use an NEW control pad with your 2600
  • Add stereo output to your 2600
  • Complete an Atari 2600 S-video/composite modification

Title: Game Console Hacking: Having Fun While Voiding Your Warranty
ISBN: 1931836310
Published: October 2004
Authors: Joe Grand and Albert Yarusso
Chapter: Chapter 8: Atari 2600
Published by Syngress Publishing

Source: Hack the classic Atari 2600 console
Originally published on Wed, 13 Dec 2006 18:57:28 GMT

Aztec Challenge for the Atari 2600

Aztec Challenge for the Atari 2600

The Story of A-VCS-TEC Challenge
After finishing Mental Kombat I decided to continue 2600 development and thought of a nice game with use of moving and animated sprites.

The Introduction Sequence
The cartridge starts up with playing the music and fading in the mask in the middle of the screen.


 
Afterwards the game title appears and a scroll text at the bottom of the screen shows the credits for the development and the copyright.



The Game:
You find yourself located on a plain field and can barely see a small pyramid on the horizon. The sun is burning and before long the first spear is thrown by one of the spear-throwers along the sides of your path.


As the game progresses, the pyramid is zooming and you’re getting closer to your goal: the safety of the pyramid’s inside.


 
You should try not to collide with the spears, because otherwise a screen like this will inform you that your quest is over. Your final score is shown until you use the fire-button to return to the game’s introduction sequence.

And if you manage to survive all the different levels, you will be presented with an end sequence to celebrate your victory. [More at Source]