Greeting fellow Atari enthusiasts...
First off, the What's New "Gap" from 2008-2009 is actually very inaccurate, there have been numerous updates, but most have been undocumented and I am working on sync'ing the What's New updates with the site updates. Also much of it was posted directly to atariage.com which is one of the single best active communities for Atari discussion and development by enthusiasts and homebrewers.
Happy 25th Anniversary to the Atari 7800 Pro System !!!
The Atari 7800 section of the website has gotten a major overhaul and lots of great new eye candy and developer materials have been added. As many people know, the Atari 7800 is my all time favorite Atari game console and I have been pushing for more support and development on the platform. Through some efforts, I've helped Bob "Pacmanplus" over at Atariage.com and from this he has delivered a plethora of new titles for the Atari 7800 from Pac Man, Pac Man Plus, Super Pac Man, Jr. Pac Man, Asteroids Deluxe, Space Duel, Space Invaders and more are on their way. Kenfused has done some excellent work as well with Beef Drop (a Burgertime clone) and a Q*Bert clone as well. Some new faces on the 7800 scene are GrooveyBee and Gorf, both of which are working on some great projects...
So to help things along, please have a look in the Game Development section, I have added well over a dozen of the original source codes to some of the best Atari 7800 games written from Centipede to Dig Dug, Robotron to Xevious, Commando, and much more. I hope these will be great learning tools and the basis for code for many coders to develop on the 7800 and just as the Atari 2600 developers have stretched the boundaries and created games no one would've imagined in their wildest dreams, it is my hope that this same enthusiasm can carry over to an open and active 7800 developers community and bring forth games that would make even a NES owner envious.
Last, but certainly not least, check out the High Score Cartridge section, a newly unearthed prototype #1 of the original HSC has been discovered, along with documents and sketches from GCC on the project.
To answer everyone's question - yes, I will be making 25 special edition Atari 7800 25th anniversary High Score cartridges, I do need some help with having a new label design created, so if someone wants to create one, please contact me: email@example.com
No -- I am NOT taking pre-orders or holding any for anyone. I will make an announcement in July with a date they will go onsale and will post them up onto a storefront that has been setup, it will be locked so only 1 per person can be purchased and once the 25 are gone, that is it.
So enjoy the new updates and lets celebrate this incredible consoles 25th anniversary...
HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE ATARI 7800 PROSYSTEM