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batari Basic Pages

batari Basic Commands

If you always wanted to make your own Atari 2600 games, but Assembly Language was too hard to learn, your dreams are about to come true. Now you can finally make the games of your dreams with an easy-to-use BASIC-like language called batari Basic.



Visual batari Basic Guide

Learn about Visual batari Basic, the bB IDE. VbB has all kinds of useful tools that make creating games with batari Basic more fun and speeds up the process so you can get your game from idea to reality faster than ever before.



bB Playfield Editor

Draw DPC+ and standard kernel Atari 2600 playfields.



bB Tools and Toys

Quickly convert hex, decimal, binary and more with the programming equivalents tool. You can also play around with bits, use the simple calculator, and spellcheck your REMs.



The bB Music and Sound Toy

Play real Atari 2600 sounds online and create data for your bB programs. (Turn your sound down!)






7800basic Pages


Make Atari 7800 games using BASIC.



Creating 7800basic Graphics With Gimp

Adapted from a post by Atarius Maximus.



Creating 7800basic Maps With the Tiled App

Adapted from a post by Atarius Maximus.






General Atari 2600 Programming

TIA Color Charts and Tools

Includes an NTSC/PAL color conversion tool and Atari 2600 color compatibility tools that can help you quickly find colors that go great together (possibly saving you a lot of time and energy).



Tone Toy 2008

Use it like a toy or use it to find new sound effects for your games.



Atari 2600 Music and Sound Page

Adapted info and charts related to Atari 2600 music and sound. Includes and adapted version of the Atari 2600 VCS Sound Frequency And Waveform Guide by Eckhard Stolberg.



Game Standards and Procedures

The official Atari 2600 Game Standards and Procedures document from 1987 with errors corrected.



Game Design Rejuvenation

Personal guidelines and player advocacy.



Game Design Ideals

Can we increase the fun and reduce frustration, aggression, fear, and stress?



Atari's Promise Means it's Not Cheating

The Atari 2600 is a permanent part of a home entertainment center.



The Motivation and Creativity Page

For programmers who procrastinate, have writer's block, lost interest, or can't get started.



Free Game Making Ideas

Based on aphorisms, proverbs, and common sense concepts.



RT's Game Likes and Dislikes

Things I wish and don't wish to see in games.






Assembly Language Programming

Atari 2600 Programming for Newbies

Atari 2600 programming tutorial by Andrew Davie that was originally posted at AtariAge.


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Let's Make a Game!

Create a simple game in 14 steps with Darrell Spice, Jr. (SpiceWare). Originally posted at AtariAge.


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The Robert M Lessons

Assembly language programming lessons by Robert Mundschau that were originally posted at AtariAge.


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Guide to Cycle Counting

The easy way to deal with a few of the timing issues of the 6502 and TIA. By Nick Bensema.



How to Draw A Playfield

Covers concepts of program flow on the Atari 2600, as well as an in-depth look at a simple display routine. By Nick Bensema.







Atari 2600 Video Game Release Dates

An incomplete list of Atari 2600 video game release dates by month in the USA.


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NTSC Game Index

NTSC Company List

Activision Release Dates From the Archives




To What Degree Do You Love E.T.?

This is a 5 page subsection about E.T. with opinions, tips, videos, manual scan, and a map.

Manual Scan Map Tips E.T. Appreciation Page Cake



Favorite Atari 2600 Games

A list of my favorite games.



What is the Harmony Cartridge?

The Harmony Cartridge is a simple, affordable, time-saving, space-saving, hassle-free way to play hundreds of games on your Atari 2600 console.







Packri Monster Simulator

I owned a Bandai Packri Monster handheld game around 1983 and stupidly sold it a couple of years later when I grew tired of it. I regretted getting rid of it for many years because it was my most important and only handheld game at the time. I no longer have to kick myself thanks to the Packri Monster Simulator (freeware). It's as close as you will ever get to the real thing without hunting down a used one. No emulator needed. Just download and play. Real images, real sounds, and close attention to every move and cut scene.



Seaweed Assault

The first game I made for the Atari 2600.






Scanning Tips

Have you ever scanned in a page from an Atari-related magazine or game manual or an ad in a magazine or newspaper and had the other side of the page show through? To fix that ugly problem, slide a piece of black construction paper behind the page when you scan and it will usually make the ghost image disappear like magic. You don't have to cut anything or use tape. Just slide a piece of black construction paper behind the page you want to scan. It's nondestructive, very easy to do, and it should give you a nice clean scan.


Another thing some people get are ugly patterns throughout their images. That's pretty easy to fix too. Just use the built-in Descreen filter that comes with your scanner software. If you don't have that filter, scanning the image at a high resolution, then resizing the image to a smaller width and height with your favorite image editor should get rid of the pattern.


I use a Descreen filter and scan at a high resolution, then resize to make sure my scans look as perfect as possible.

Descreen to remove Moiré Interference






The Fortress of infinitude

Old Fortress of infinitude Logo

This section of my web site is an extension of a silly little Atari 2600 VCS club that I created for me and a couple people I knew back in 1982. That club was called The Fortress of infinitude. I made club membership cards, a few posters, and some T-shirts.


In 1983, The Fortress of infinitude was transformed into a future arcade idea for a school project. The slogan I made up for it was, Warning: Once You Enter, You May Never Want to Leave. The Fortress of infinitude was to be a sanctuary for older games with an infinite supply of new games adding to the list. I liked the idea of a fortress that protected the old games, but had new games coming in all the time. No game would ever be lost. This new F of i was a giant futuristic castle with walls that looked like old stone. The basement would look like a huge cave with realistic looking cave walls and would have indoor miniature golf and a mini-amusement park, including my favorite ride, the Tilt-A-Whirl. Since most people like the look and feel of original arcade and pinball games, The Fortress of infinitude would have many floors dedicated to the games of the late 1970s through the 1980s. It would probably have 2 years of games for each floor.


Not only would there be arcade games on the other floors, but there would be a library of home video games and computer games that people could select from an arcade-game-like control panel. Each player would have credit card sized memory cards that would remember all of their individual game playing information. For example, If you were in the middle of playing a game and you had to leave, the card would remember your place so you could continue playing another day.






Is AtariAge Down?

If AtariAge isn't loading, click the link above and see if it's just you or if the site is down for everyone. If the server isn't responding, you can report it at Facebook or Twitter.


My bB Programs

Buy Seaweed Assault

Stella: Debug Colors Mode

    Toggle Debug Colors Alt + Comma
    Toggle Player0 Alt + z
    Toggle Player1 Alt + x
    Toggle Missile0 Alt + c
    Toggle Missile1 Alt + v
    Toggle Ball Alt + b
    Toggle Playfield Alt + n

For Programmers


If you use Save As before making any significant changes to your program and your latest version won't compile, don't worry. You can use WinMerge to compare the latest file that works with the one that doesn't. You can see the differences and quickly track down the problem.



The best Atari 2600 VCS emulator for testing your games.



Bandicam is the best screen/emulator recording software for making YouTube videos of your games that I have ever tried (I don't have a Mac and I don't use Linux). It really does seem to have less lag (as they claim on their main page). When I start recording video games in Stella with other programs, there is a noticeable, jarring slow down, but not with Bandicam. (When using Stella, remember to press Alt + P to enable the phosphor effect before recording.)


The program makes it very clear what you are going to record. There is no irritating flashing rectangle around the area you're recording and you can easily disable the FPS overlay (under the FPS Tab), so you can record a game you're playing without any irritating distractions.


Unlike some other programs, you won't have to spend time just trying to find the record button. There are no mysteries or weird, complicated problems. It just works.



Create animated GIFs directly from an emulator such as Stella. Using 33 FPS instead of 30 FPS seems to give a smoother result without increasing the file size by a huge amount. Program recommended by walaber. When using Stella, remember to press Alt + P to enable the phosphor effect before recording. You can also use a free online tool to resize your GIFs.


Atari 2600 Label Maker

Produces authentic looking Atari 2600 Labels including the famous "Picture Label" using your own image and title. Related link: Atari Cart & Box Fonts


How to Make an Arrow

If you want to make arrows to point out things in a photo (like the arrows you might see in magazines and Atari game manuals), there are two freeware programs that I know of with that ability:



Makes the kind of arrows you might see in an Atari 2600 game manual. Select the Line Tool and click on the arrow checkbox.



Makes arrows with larger heads. These arrows have nubs that you can grab to deform them. Great for making curved arrows. Select the Line/Curve Tool and choose the type of arrow you want from the Style menu.


For Everybody

Google News: Atari 2600


Google News: Atari 7800


Original Pac-Man Fever Album

YouTube playlist of the real songs from the early 1980s.


Alan: A Video Game Junkie from SNL

Famous video from Saturday Night Live.



Everything Atari.


Rom Hunter's Collection

"The most genuine and best documented Atari 2600 ROM collection in the world."



The most popular Atari 2600 emulator.



A very good emulator that can also be embedded on your own web site so people can play the games you make online. It's much better than JStella.


International Arcade Museum

The place to go to find information about arcade games.


Arcade Flyer Archive

Feel the nostalgia.


Handheld Games Museum

Hunt for pics of your favorite classic handheld games.


Arcade Game Glossary

Common terms specific to arcade games.


Christmas Catalogs

Look at those old pages you use to drool over.


Electronic Games Magazine

Scans of almost every issue of the magazine.


How to Clean Cartridges


Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser (#ad)

An eraser can be used to clean cartridge contacts too.


How to Clean Equipment

Harmony Cartridge

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In Case You Didn't Know


Trump's Jab = Bad

Did you know that Trump's rushed experimental rona jab has less than one percent overall benefit? It also has many possible horrible side effects. Some brainwashed rona jab cultists claim that there are no victims of the jab, but person after person will post what the jab did to them, a friend, or a family member on web sites such as Facebook and Twitter and they'll be lucky if they don't get banned soon after. Posting the truth is “misinformation” don't you know. Awakened sheep might turn into lions, so powerful people will do just about anything to keep the sheep from waking up.


Check out these videos:

What is causing the mysterious self-assembling non-organic clots?

If You Got the COVID Shot and Aren't Injured, This May Be Why

Full Video of Tennessee House of Representatives Health Subcommittee Hearing Room 2 (The Doctors Start Talking at 33:28)



H Word and I Word = Good

Take a look at my page called The H Word and Beyond. You might also want to look at my page called Zinc and Quercetin. My sister and I have been taking those two supplements since summer of 2020 in the hopes that they would scare away the flu and other viruses (or at least make them less severe).



B Vitamins = Good

Some people appear to have a mental illness because they have a vitamin B deficiency. For example, the wife of a guy I used to chat with online had severe mood swings which seemed to be caused by food allergies or intolerances. She would became irrational, obnoxious, throw tantrums, and generally act like she had a mental illness. The horrid behavior stopped after she started taking a vitamin B complex. I've been taking Jarrow B-Right (#ad) for many years. It makes me much easier to live with.



Soy = Bad

Unfermented soy is bad! “When she stopped eating soy, the mental problems went away.” Fermented soy doesn't bother me, but the various versions of unfermented soy (soy flour, soybean oil, and so on) that are used in all kinds of products these days causes a negative mental health reaction in me that a vitamin B complex can't tame. The sinister encroachment of soy has made the careful reading of ingredients a necessity.



Wheat = Bad

If you are overweight, have type II diabetes, or are worried about the condition of your heart, check out the videos by Ken D Berry, William Davis, and Ivor Cummins. It seems that most people should avoid wheat, not just those who have a wheat allergy or celiac disease. Check out these books: Undoctored (#ad), Wheat Belly (#ad), and Eat Rich, Live Long (#ad).



Negative Ions = Good

Negative ions are good for us. You might want to avoid positive ion generators and ozone generators. A plain old air cleaner is better than nothing, but one that produces negative ions makes the air in a room fresher and easier for me to breathe. It also helps to brighten my mood.



Litterbugs = Bad

Never litter. Toss it in the trash or take it home. Do not throw it on the ground. Also remember that good people clean up after themselves at home, out in public, at a campsite and so on. Leave it better than you found it.



Climate Change Cash Grab = Bad

Seems like more people than ever finally care about water, land, and air pollution, but the climate change cash grab scam is designed to put more of your money into the bank accounts of greedy politicians. Those power-hungry schemers try to trick us with bad data and lies about overpopulation while pretending to be caring do-gooders. Trying to eliminate pollution is a good thing, but the carbon footprint of the average law-abiding human right now is actually making the planet greener instead of killing it.


Eliminating farms and ranches, eating bugs, getting locked down in 15-minute cities, owning nothing, using digital currency (with expiration dates) that is tied to your social credit score, and paying higher taxes will not make things better and “save the Earth.” All that stuff is part of an agenda that has nothing to do with making the world a better place for the average person. It's all about control, depopulation, and making things better for the ultra-rich. They just want enough peasants left alive to keep things running smoothly.


Watch these two YouTube videos for more information:

CO2 is Greening The Earth

The Climate Agenda



How to Wake Up Normies

Charlie Robinson had some good advice about waking up normies (see the link to the video below). He said instead of verbally unloading or being nasty or acting like a bully, ask the person a question. Being nice and asking a question will help the person actually think about the subject.


Interesting videos:

Charlie Robinson Talks About the Best Way to Wake Up Normies

Georgia Guidestones Explained

The Men Who Own Everything


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