Classic Gaming EXPO
Release from CGE Services, Corp
The organizers of Classic
Gaming Expo have announced the dates of the 2002 show
to take place at Jackie Gaughan's Plaza Hotel. On
Saturday August 10th, and Sunday August 11th, the computer
and gaming industries most innovative pioneers will
gather in Las Vegas to attend Classic Gaming Expo 2002. Dubbed
"CGE2K2", the fifth annual event will celebrate
multiple historical anniversaries and is inspired by
a strong, continued commitment to classic game updates
and re-releases by the industries major publishers.
Heading up this years
celebration are several historical video game anniversaries,
most notable of which is the thirty-year anniversary
of the founding of Atari. Officially formed in
1972, Atari has become a name synonymous with video
games and is still in existence today under the guidance
of parent company Infogrames. In addition to the formation
of Atari, 2002 also marks twenty-five years since the
release of their Atari 2600 game system, one of the
best-selling consoles of all time.
Other milestones being
celebrated at this years Expo include the twenty-year
anniversaries of the release of both the Coleco and
the Vectrex game systems. These systems, released in
1982, helped to revolutionize the video game industry. "It's amazing to think that
all of these important historical events have anniversaries
said Sean Kelly, co-promoter of Classic Gaming Expo.
there are several smaller events to commemorate - including
our fifth year of organizing CGE".
Other items of interest
at this years show include an updated museum exhibit,
numerous additions to the guest speaker list, and the
release of several new games for various classic systems.
The Classic Gaming Expo museum encompasses hundreds
of items including many one-of-a-kind prototypes. The
museum contains the largest public display of classic
game hardware, software, and memorabilia in the world. "What makes the Classic Gaming
Expo Museum so special is the fact that it's comprised
of items belonging to dozens of individuals", states co-promoter John
is not just a single person's collection but rather
a grouping of items on loan from enthusiasts as well
as many of our distinguished guests".
Aside from the numerous
keynote speeches by various industry legends throughout
the show, CGE 2002 will play host to a large number
of classic video game vendors and exhibitors. While
many of them will be selling mint-condition hardware
and software from the days of old, others will be presenting
new products for sale for systems such as the Vectrex,
ColecoVision, Atari 2600, 5200, Lynx, and Jaguar as
well as many modern-day consoles. Other show highlights
include various classic console game stations, tournaments,
raffles, door prizes, live music, and an incredible
number of classic coin-operated video games, all set
on free play for the attendees. "We're thankful for the ongoing support
and interest shown by the video game industry", notes co-promoter Joe
feel it's vital that this history be preserved for generations
Now in its fifth year,
Classic Gaming Expo remains the industries only annual
event that is dedicated to celebrating and preserving
the history of electronic entertainment; bringing together
industry pioneers, gaming enthusiasts, and the media
for the ultimate experience in learning, game-playing
and networking. Visit www.cgexpo.com for further information.
Steem v2.2 released
has arrived. Although v2.1 was only released a short
time ago, its authors, Anthony and Russell Hayward,
have already managed to fix a host of bugs and add even
more features into this fantastic ST emulator. If you
are after a reliable and stable Atari ST emulator, Steem
will do you proud.
the latest version at http://steem.atari.org.
alive! 4 mag released
After several months
development, alive! mag 4 was recently released. The
Atari ST/Falcon disk-based magazine is packed with over
70 articles, chip music and more besides. Highlights
of the issue include reports from Paracon 3, ALT3 and
E-JagFest 2001 as well as articles on Tempest (upgrade
for Falcon owners) and the forthcoming CT060 by Czuba-Tech.
The latest issue of alive!
also includes interviews with the Highwire team, Spex
of Escape, Mr Pink of Reservoir Gods and ST Cooper of
The Coolest Paradise. For all this and more, download
your copy at http://alive.atari.org.
AtarICQ v0.153 released
This month sees the release
of a new version of AtarICQ. ICQ has already taken the
internet by storm and proudly claims several million
users. Why is ICQ so popular? Well, how else can you
chat with other internet users anywhere in the world
MyAtari reviewed an earlier
version of AtarICQ back in December 2001. To find out
what you are missing, download your copy at http://aicq.atari-users.net
Aniplayer v2.19 released
Aniplayer, the popular
shareware media player for the ST/Falcon has recently
been updated. It supports a variety of video formats
including QuickTime (MOV), Video For Windows (AVI),
Autodesk Animator (FLI/FLC/FLH) and MPEG 1/2 (MPG).
Aniplayer also supports
a good selection of audio formats including Audio Visual
Research (AVR), Microsoft RIFF-WAVE (WAV), Apple Interchange
File Format (AIF), DVSM Falcon Winrec (DVS), Real Audio
(RA 14.4K and 28.8K), MPEG 1/2 Audio Layer 1,2,3 (MP1/2/3)
and Ogg Vorbis (OGG).
Download your copy at
DDP announce latest
By Derryck Croker
That dedicated band of
Atari enthusiasts DDP Translations have released two
more English translations of programs originally in
The first of these is the resource
file for ASH's Emailer 2.3h. ASH recently published
an update to their email and news client to overcome
a folder creation bug, and to bring some text from the
binary into the resource file. This will be the last
update to this easy-to-use program, and DDP Translations
recommend that users download the upgrades from ASH's
web site and the resource file from DDP Translations.
In second place is Papillon.
ASH have for some time had our translated resource files
for this art program available for download, but now
thanks to Richard Gordon Faika of Arthur and Luna fame
we can now offer a patch to translate the remaining
German that was compiled into the binary. Richard's
TTP and a simple text file are all that's needed.
Both these downloads
are available from the DDP section at http://www.cix.co.uk/~derryck which also hosts the home page
of the Cheshunt Computer Club.
Black Ice White Noise
Video Clips released
News has reached us about an unleased Jaguar prototype
game entitled, Black Ice White Noise. Jagcube (http://jagcube.atari.org) has recently released five
video clips of the game (by Atari) which look stunning
as the screen-shots below show. Anyone interested completing
To find out more about
the game and download the video clips, check out http://jagcube.atari.org.
DX Android released
Looks like this is a
good month for Atari MIDI fans. I have been working
in conjunction with David Leaver to produce a copyright
free version of DX Android by Tom Bajoras. He was finally
able to take out the copy protection, so now we have
a working edition of this fabulous program.
The program was originally
named DX-Droid, but had to change its name to appease
George Lucus and friends, so the final version was called
DX-Android. There were even adverts in the electronic
music magazines at the time with a picture of a droid
(very akin to Star Wars) playing a DX7 and ST computer
along with a TX816 rack! Those with DX7 synths today
can still use this excellent program. DX-Android was
one of the first programs to incorporate Random Patch
generation, thus making it a landmark application in
For further information,
please visit Tim's Atari MIDI World at http://tamw.atari-users.net.