Monday, June 11, 2018

2600 Connection ATARI VCS print newsletters 1997-1998


Here is a set of 12 issues of the print newsletter 2600 CONNECTION which I was the editor and publisher for during the years of 1997 - 1998. Great, timeless information!  If you are an Atari 2600 fanatic, you will enjoy reading these issues!

Here are the list of articles:

Issue #39 (Jan / Feb 1997 - the "Star Wars" Issue) 
A New Hope for Atari Fans, An Interview with Rex Bradford, programmer of Empire Strikes Back and Jedi Arena, reviews of the four Star Wars games -- The Empire Strikes Back, Jedi Arena, Death Star Battle, and Star Wars: The Arcade Game, Okie Dokie - a new game for the Atari 2600, Letters 

Issue #40 (Mar / Apr 1997) 
You know you're a Classic Videogamer if..., An Interview with Dan Oliver - programmer of Space Cavern (by Apollo) Rescue Terra I (by Venturevision) and Laser Gates (by Imagic), Atari 2600 Crossword Puzzle Contest, Questions & Answers, Letters 

Issue #41 (May / June 1997) The "Howard Scott Warshaw" issue 
This issue is all about Howard Scott Warshaw, the programmer of Yar's Revenge, ET, and Raiders of the Lost Ark for the Atari 2600. It doesn't contain the normal letters section like each issue does, but the focus here is on Howard. Includes a four page interview with Howard and reviews of the three games Howard created for the Atari 2600. 

Issue #42 (July / August 1997) 
Stell-a-Sketch released for the 2600!, Spotlight on Activision: The first four Activision games ( Dragster, Boxing, Checkers, and Fishing Derby ), Rare Game Review: Wizard, Halcyon Days: a review of a collection of interviews with a number of game programmers, Crossword Puzzle Solution and winners announced, News & Notes, Clint Dyer discovers Stunt Cycle and Dukes of Hazzard (Atari prototypes), Letters 

Issue #43 (September / October 1997) 
More "Home-brew" Games Emerge for the 2600 (Lunar Rescue and The Dark Mage), Electronicon Convention, Phoenix (2nd edition) Book Review, Rock Band Splitsville Captures Atari 2600 in a song, Letters, Spotlight on Activision : Skiing, Bridge, Tennis, Laser Blast, Freeway 

Issue #44 (November / December 1997) 
20 Years of Atari Celebrated with Special Reunion, Rare Game Review: Aquaventure, Tales of the 2600, Basketball Games for the Atari 2600 , News & Notes, Letters, Spotlight on Activision : Kaboom, Stampede, Ice Hockey, Barnstorming, Grand Prix, and Chopper Command 

Issue #45 (January / February 1998) 
More "Home-brew" Games Emerge for the 2600 (Oystron and This Planet Sucks), Digital Press Classic Videogame Collector's Guide & CD-ROM review, review of Once Upon Atari - Howard Scott Warshaw's video documentary about Atari, Spotlight on Activision : Starmaster, Megamania, Pitfall, Sky Jinks, River Raid, Spider Fighter 

Issue #46 (March / April 1998) 
Pinball Games for the 2600 - reviews of Video Pinball and Midnight Magic (both by Atari) and Bumper Bash (by Spectravision), Oystron - reviewed!, Hasbro buys Atari, Letters, Spotlight on Activision : Seaquest, Oink, Dolphin, Keystone Kapers, Enduro, Plaque Attack 

Issue #47 (Special Spring 1998 Issue) 
E3 Shock: Atari 2600 Dominates 1998 Show, New cartridge found: The Battle of Jericho, Atari buys JTS, Atari 26000 to Debut at E3 Show, Microsoft monopolizes with Windows 2600 cartridges, Chit Labs Develops Alfy - a Robot for the Atari 2600, Wattanassuhar releases powerhouse 2600 computer system, Letters 

Issue #48 (May / June 1998) 
An Interview with Bob Colbert (programmer of Okie Dokie and Stell-a-Sketch), How to Load Atari ROM Image files into a Starpath Supercharger, Playing games on an Atari 2600 with a CD player, Takes of the 2600: "The Game that would not die", Letters, Spotlight on Activision: Robot Tank, Crackpots, Decathlon, Frostbite, Pressure Cooker, Space Shuttle 

Issue #49 (July / August 1998) 
Twin Galaxies' Official Video Game & Pinball Book of World Records (book review), Pitfall handheld game by Tiger Electronics (game review), The Rex Bradford Interview Part 2 (programmer of The Empire Strikes Back by Parker Bros.), Tales of the 2600 (Chris Pyhtila recollects his introduction to the Atari 2600), Spotlight on Activision: Private Eye, Pitfall II: Lost Caverns, H.E.R.O., Beamrider, and Cosmic Commuter 

Issue #50 (September / October 1998) 
World of Atari '98 - Las Vegas, NV - Convention report, All In The Pac-Family - Reviews of Atari's Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man and Jr. Pac-Man, Pac-Man Wanna-be's - Reviews of the Pac-Man clones for the Atari 2600, Arcade Artist - two Pac-man cartoons by David Allen, Pitfall 3-D: Beyond the Jungle - (by Activision) - Sony PlayStation Game Review, Keystone Kapers - Tigervision - Handheld game review, Seen & Heard on the Internet: tidbits of info about the 2600, etc., Activision Announces 2600 Package for Sony Playstation: Lineup Uncertain, Issue 49 Contest Winners announced, A Letter from the editor, Spotlight on Activision: Kung Fu Master, Commando, River Raid II, Rampage, Double Dragon, and Ghostbusters.

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