Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Atari User Issue 24 is out now!

We're celebrating our 2nd anniversary with a bumper issue that includes the latest news on Atari's Chapter 11 woes, latest homebrew news, reviews, more ST coin-op conversion and much more including:

How to install a 576K RamDisk with battery backup for your Atari 130XE
Installing the Atari emulator Colleen on your Android device and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD
A look at Q*Bert on the different Atari Platforms
Show Report from Revival
More Atari history
CLOAD - a look at the world of turbo loaders for the Atari XL/XE
Interview with the DarkLord, sysop of the famous DarkForce Atari BBS
Plus more...

With this issue, every reader gets a FREE fully licensed and custom written version of RealDOS for the Atari XL/XE , courtesy of Stephen Carden and ILS.

To subscribe to Atari User or to purchase the latest issue, visit the Atari User website .

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Atari parent files for bankruptcy protection in French courts as dire financial situation is revealed

A day after Atari Inc filed for Chapter 11 protection in the USA, citing efforts to split from its unprofitable French parent company, today said French parent filed for similar protection against creditors in the French Courts. Both Atari SA and Atari Europe SAS have filed for Book 6 protection.

In a bizarre twist, a new press statement was issued today stating that both Atari Inc and its French parent are coordinating efforts to protect the company.
Atari’s dire financial position has now been revealed. Atari’s board met last month to discuss options as a deadline for a previous restructuring arrangement with BlueBay loomed. BlueBay agreed to extend the term for their $21 million debt until March 31st 2013 but warned they could not offer any further funding or assistance, and were continuing their efforts to offload their stake in the company.
For their part, Atari management continued in vain with their own efforts to secure funding and a potential buyer. Without funding, the cash-strapped company revealed it would be announcing an operating loss for the second half of 2012, and would end the year with significant losses.
As Atari Inc filed for bankruptcy it sought permission from the courts to release funds to cover unpaid wages. The situation is desperate, and with debts of up to $50 million USD owed to over 200 creditors you could say the writing is well and truly on the wall. As for assets, the company has stated a value between $1 to $10 million USD.
Without significant investment the company is doomed, and investors haven’t exactly been queuing up to help out. Everything is for sale, even the rights to the Fuji logo.  Given the debt mountain the company faces it may be doubtful that someone will move now to save the company or buy its assets. The vultures are gathering and many will probably wait for Atari to fail so they can pick at its bones for a knockdown price.
As Atari Inc seems to be heading helplessly toward the wall, we’re reminded that the company of today holds almost no resemblance to the Atari Inc of old. There will be no love lost, no flowers sent from long-time fans of the brand and retro gaming and computing enthusiasts.
Many will hope that Atari joins hundreds of other once great consumer brands in corporate heaven. At least then the retro community will be able to do what they do best, without fear of persecution from a company that failed to make a profit but yet excelled at alienating its most die-hard of fans.
This sorry saga is not over yet. We should remember that today’s news impacts on Atari employees and their families. There are real people behind the headlines. We should also take some comfort in the fact that, whatever happens, the Atari brand will endure. It is now much more than any corporation that might hide behind it.
Steve Wilds
Atari User Magazine

Monday, January 21, 2013

Atari files for bankruptcy protection

Atari Inc has filed for bankruptcy protection today in an attempt to split itself from its loss making French parent company, Atari S.A.

Atari has struggled to be profitable for some time, selling off assets and focusing on low-cost online and mobile gaming - ditching big-budget titles such as the Test Drive franchise.

Whilst today's move in New York could be a positive development as Atari aims to protect its key interests and assets and start again with a clean slate, more worrying is the news that Atari could sell off key intellectual properties such as the rights to Pong and even to the use of the famous Fuji symbol itself , in an attempt to raise cash.

Is this a promising new start or is this just part of Atari's long and agonising death? Is it time for Atari's long-time fans to step in and start up a community effort to save the brand once and for all? Let us know on twitter, hashtag #SAVETHEBRAND .

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Atari User Sale Now On!

Atari User Back Issue Sale Now On!

The Atari User Back Issue Sale is now on! For every back issue you purchase before the end of January 5th 2013, we’ll send you another back issue completely FREE. Buy 2, get 2 FREE, buy 6, get six FREE!
We’ll email you after you complete your purchase to find out which FREE issues you’d like.  Order your back issues today from Atari User  and take advantage of this limited time offer!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Atari User Issue 21 is out now!

Folks, Atari User Issue 21 is here, and just in time for Christmas.

This issue is full of reviews, including the new Star Castle game for the Atari 2600 and Impulse-X for the Atari Jaguar. We continue our in-depth look at Atari through the years, one month at a time, and cover yet more coin-op conversions for the Atari ST.

Also this issue a show report from the recent Play Expo, news, our dedicated homebrew column, a look at British 8-bit micros that didn't make it, and a lot more!

The latest issue is available to buy as a PDF download from Atari User and in print editions from Magcloud and Lulu . The magcloud edition is full colour, glossy, and the Lulu edition has black and white interior pages with a full color quality cover.

Friday, December 7, 2012

New Atari book launched!

Long time Atari enthusiasts and historians Curt Vendel and Marty Goldberg have released their new book Atari Inc: Business is Fun .
Several years in the making, and weighing in at 800 pages, the book covers the often called golden years of Atari, before the company was off-loaded by Warner Communications to Jack Tramiel.
With hundreds of pictures, many of them never published before, interviews and factual information, this book aims to be the definitive historical piece to Atari history and puts to bed many myths about the company once and for all.

Atari Inc: Business is fun is available now from Amazon in the USA, and from Amazon UK.  It is a must buy purchase for any Atari enthusiast as well as anyone else with a broader interest in video gaming history.

Friday, November 23, 2012

It's Black Friday!

We're celebrating the day the whole world goes crazy by not discounting anything this weekend!

Instead, LIKE Atari User on facebook, message us within facebook with a quick hello and your email address and we'll send you a download link for Issue 19 of the mag, FOR FREE!

No catches. We just hope you'll like the magazine so much you will tell all your friends and maybe subscribe or buy future issues!

This offer ends Sunday 25th November 2012.