Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween


Here at Atari User Towers we're getting ready to hit the town dressed as zombies, witches and evil nurses.

We haven't forgotten our dear readers though which is why you'll find in the latest issue of Atari User (spookily issue 13) a Halloween special feature dedicated to the scariest and evilest games you can play on your Atari - from the Atari 2600 to the Atari Jaguar.

Trick or treat anyone?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Atari Apologise over debacle

Andrew Davie, owner of, has confirmed that Atari have apologised for demanding that he hand over his domain name to them.

Davie & Atari have been in regular contact in recent weeks to reach an amicable solution to the issue. As far as Davie is concerned the matter is now closed and resolved.

Atari's recent cease & desist crusade resulted in a backlash from Atari enthusiasts, the retro community and the gaming press. Atari are now making efforts to build bridges with their retro fans and ensure future efforts to protect their intellectual properties are more tightly screened and focused on genuine infringement , rather than seemingly blindingly targeting anyone using the name "Atari" on their website.

Here at Atari User we believe this is a very positive development and hopefully a sign that Atari are indeed going to be making an effort to re-engage with the retro community.

Monday, October 24, 2011

SillyVenture 2K11

SillyVenture is back again this year, and will be held from the 10th to the 13th of November in Gdansk, Poland. Aiming to be even bigger and better than before, this year's SillyVenture looks like it is going to be amazing.

Check out the SillyVenture website (in English & Polish) for full details of what could be the Atari party of the year! Full location details as well as information on local accommodation and pricing is on the site.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Atari User Issue 13 Out Now!

In Issue 13 we look at the scariest & most evil games you can play on your Atari - just in time for Halloween. We feature UK software label Firebird, and the games they released for the Atari XL/XE and we look inside Atari UK once more, this time focusing on the games they released for the Atari ST.

We have an exclusive report from the recent Sunrise Demo Party, take a look at the Jaleco coin-op games converted to the Atari ST, check out the latest developments on the Atari homebrew scene and our popular Game Over! series looks at yet more unreleased titles for the Atari 2600 & Atari 5200.

Also this issue, we check out the different Star Wars games released for the various Atari platforms, our series on BASIC programming for the Atari 8-bit continues, plus we have lots of reviews for the Atari Jaguar, Lynx, 2600 & 7800. Finally, we check out Atari's latest facebook game - Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter.

This issue is available in PDF, or in print from lulu or magcloud (magcloud are running a 25% discount offer through October 31st). Check out the Atari User website for details.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Steve Jobs Has Died

Apple co-founder Steve Jobs has died. The company issued a brief statement today, he was 56.

Jobs had been suffering from pancreatic cancer, and had recently stood down as chief-executive.

"Steve's brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve," said Apple.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

New Game for the Atari Jaguar

There has been a lot of talk about a new and secretive game for the Atari Jaguar that was to have been demoed in exclusive at the Retro Revolution & Atari User Live! event this weekend in Chelmsford.

We can now show you a screenshot of the new game. Some of you may have got to see a sneak peak at Retro Revolution but, as already mentioned here on the AU blog,  some gremlins meant that the demo wasn't 100% ready.

So, here is a screenshot of the game, courtesy of Stormworks Interactive, so you can see it is in the works. We'll be posting more details as the project rolls along.

Retro Revolution a major success!

The first Retro Revolution event hosted this weekend in Chelmsford was a major success, with a vast selection of retro hardware on display to check out and play, and loads of visitors who ended up stumbling home in the wee hours!

Atari User Live! was there, and Kieren kindly did a quick video to give those of you who couldn't attend a look at what you missed. A big thanks to Steve and Rinoa for putting together a brilliant event and hopefully more will follow.

We'll be posting some pics here on the AU blog over the next few days, plus look out for an event report in issue 14 of Atari User Magazine.

As for rumors of an exclusive demo of a new game for the Atari Jaguar, sadly some gremlins (maybe sponsored by Sony?!) meant that the demo wasn't ready on time. That is about as much as we can say on the subject at the moment as we've all been sworn to secrecy - under pain of death.

We'll bring you more news on what this elusive and highly secretive game is as we get it.