Old News

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Another minor update. Added a message from Owen about emails that all must read before contacting Owen with your questions and concerns. Please take the time to read and understand the message. Thanks.

A HUGE update coming soon, with a couple of surprises. Stay tuned :)

Thursday, January 13, 2005

A minor update. Added Cannon Ball pictures to the Cannon Ball page. Also moved the ZVG info to the links page and fixed the link tothe Atari 2600 prototype.

Friday, January 30, 2004

Added a flyer of Owen "hard at work" on Space Duel. The flyer is entitled "Visioneering. The Quadrascan Color System and New Space Duel." You can view the flyer here and from the Space Duel page. Thanks to our good friend Scott Evans from Safestuff.com for the scan.

Tuesday, January 13, 2004

Just a minor update. Added some new Mailbag stuff, fixed some broken links, and added screenshots to the Grudge Match page now that the game is in MAME. Also added a new counter.

Sunday, September 7, 2003

Removed the About page and linked the resume in PDF format. Also added some new Mailbag & Stories stuff received over the weekend.

Thursday, September 4, 2003

Could it be? YES! It's an update!!

New stuff added to the site includes some new Game Stories for Skydiver, PT Commander, Yahtzee, Goalie Ghost, Name That Tune, Shrike Avenger, Grudge Match, and Major Havoc. There are a few new Mailbag And Stories submissions, and the Mailbag And Stories sections have been rearranged so that the newer stories will come first (in Mailbag And Stories page 1). Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Just a quick note- if there is a relatively minor site update (such as a mailbag entry), the front page will always have the date of the latest update. Unless there's a major update or something newsworthy, there will no longer be any mention of it on this page. If there IS, however, a major update, we'll let you know on the front page.

Sunday, June 1, 2003

Once in a while, something happens :)

Updated the mailbag pages with new mail. Add 1/2 a page to Mailbag 5, and a new full Mailbag page 6. We're hoping to add more information to the Game Stories page soon, so keep checking back.

Friday, November 15, 2002

Finally, a page update! As you can see, there's been a slight redesign on the site. It turns out that the site looked like crap in every browser other than Internet Explorer on the PC (and IE 4.5 on the Mac, but who still uses that old browser?). Therefore, frames were added to get rid of the more redundant parts of the pages and to make it compatable with every browser. However, it hasn't been tested with every browser. If it still looks bad to you, drop me a line and I'll see what I can do to fix it.

All dead KLOV links on the Game Stories pages have been fixed.

Derek Litton went to this years California Extreme show and took some pictures of a panel that Owen sat on. This panel discussed Atari's past, game design, and showed the hilarious "Outstanding In Our Field" video. You can view pictures from the show here. Owen is the guy staring at the camera, looking pissed off (although he really wasn't) :)

Friday, June 21, 2002

Welcome to the new site design! I think you will find that this new look and feel will be much easier on the eyes and the fingers as you navigate through it. All of the sections have been expanded (take a look at the Game Stories pages to see what I mean) and the clutter has been blasted out to hyperspace!! We are quite proud of the work and the finished product! Let us know what you think of this new design and feel free to offer any suggestions! Meanwhile, enjoy your stay!! (Have I used enough exclamation marks?)!!!!!

Monday, June 17, 2002

I've added a story and pictures about Kermit, a robot that Atari Engineering designed and built, and that I rescued when it was abandoned. You can view the story and pictures here or by using the link to the left.

Monday, June 10, 2002

From: "oll" oll@arcadeollNOSPAM.com (be sure to remove the NOSPAM from his address)

"Wow its pretty cool being able to contact like one of the coolest games designers ever! hehe.

Well I am quite a keen Atari collector in the United Kingdom, and to say getting my hands on anything cool and Atari is hard is an understatement. Most of the stuff is as you know in the US. I was just wondering if you have any Atari stuff for sale? Like game design pictures, proto boards that you might be willing to part with or anything else that is above you run of the mill.

I quite appreciate you may have been asked this question 500,000 times but you never know huh!"

If you can help oll out, drop him a line.

Friday, March 15, 2002

Mailbag Updated

I've added new comments and questions to the Mailbag section of the site, including a nice story about my game Triple Hunt (Witch Hunt, in particular). You can view From The Mailbag using the link at the left.

Friday, March 1, 2002

We Have Moved!

Yes, the site has been moved to the Atari Historical Society's servers. Most of you probably never noticed the change. Thanks to Curt Vendel for the space and for making us a part of his great collection of pages. Also, please take note of the email change. I can now be reached at owen@orubin.com.

Tuesday, February 5, 2002

Radio Show Quote Added

The Source ran a radio show in early 1982 about the movie Tron and video games, and I was asked to quote about what makes a good arcade video game great. You can hear the portion of the show where I made my comment here or click the link in the menu at the left. If you wish to hear the entire show, visit Tronfan.com and click the Tron Radio Special-1982 graphics link.

Friday, January 25, 2002

Dedicated Major Havoc For Sale

Dan Mowczan has a fully-restored, dedicated Major Havoc machine for sale. Dan has painstakingly restored this machine to its original condition, and I have offered to post it here in hopes of helping him find this beautiful game a new owner. You can see pictures of the game and a description of it here.

Thursday, January 24, 2002

Alpha One Prototype Pictures Added

The Major Havoc prototype Alpha One has been added to MAME. I've put up a page with 10 pictures of the game game running. Check out the differences in the story compared to Major Havoc! I've explained other differences on the page. Check it out here!

Monday, December 31, 2001

The Who It's Hard Page Added

Happy Holiday's everyone! I've been extremely swamped with work and the holidays, so I haven't been able to update the site as much lately. I've added a couple more letters to the Mailbag page, and I've also added a page for The Who's album It's Hard, which featured one of my games on the cover. Click the picture of the cover at the left to check it out. Once work eases up a bit, I promise more stories and updates will be forthcoming! Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2001

Visitor Mail Section Added

I have added a visitor mail section to the site. You can check it out here.

I appreciate all of the kind comments and am pleased to answer your questions. I can't guarantee that every message will be added to the page, as a lot of times people will ask similar questions, but I will add those that don't address something that I have already answered.

You can send questions/comments/etc to owen@orubin.com. Keep them coming!

Thursday, October 11, 2001

The story of Cannonball posted:

We have a new request- the story of my very first game, Cannonball. Created in 1976 where I was one of the first programmers to join Atari. I had no idea on Atari's game creation process, so I made it up. Ok, not the right way, but the game did ship! Have a look, click here.