Jump to content

Join the World of Atari!

Sign In or Create Your Atari I/O Account to join the party! Membership is always free! Gain full access to an amazing new retrogaming community with UNLIMITED member features, weekly high score championships, and prizes. Join other friendly retrogamers as we celebrate nostalgia & classic games, from Atari to Nintendo, Sega, TurboGrafx-16 and beyond!

Most Liked Content

#34041 Vacation carts

Posted by AtariBrian on 29 June 2017 - 05:57 PM

Just finished eating breakfast on our cape cod vacation and saw an interesting store (Greg's used books), figured I'd kill some time while my wife went into a shoe store. Place was very cool, other than used books they had some records, movies, board games and best of all games. Picked up these carts, all pretty rare. It's not often I find carts I dont have in the wild, especially this many. Owner was very cool also.
  • Justin, The Professor, MaximumRD and 16 others like this

#6550 On the 15th Anniversary of this website

Posted by Justin on 22 September 2015 - 08:46 PM

On September 22, 2000 I soft-launched this website as Atari7800.com. It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since this all began. 

The site was rich in content with lots of pictures and in-depth articles that told Atari’s history. A web store sold brand new Atari games and systems. We offered repair service where Atari no longer provided support and accepted PayPal when most vendors did not. Our Refurbished Atari systems were second to none, remanufactured with the highest-quality parts, new joysticks and bulletproof 3-year warranties. The 5200 and 7800 systems even received factory-replacement metal nameplates. 
That first year we were very busy with the new site. Blogs weren't really a thing yet (unless you counted GeoCities, TheGlobe.com, and AOL Hometown sites as blogs) though I was regularly posting what amounted to blog articles about Atari. One popular post was called "Raiders of the Lost Carts", which was probably the first of the sardonic Photoshopped Atari cart label collections. Another favorite article from November, 2000 gave a tour of Toys R Us store 7046 in Sugar Land, TX and looked at the influence Atari-era video games still had on what could be found in the store.
At the time, the Internet still felt like a new thing and most Atari-related websites were sparse with minimal graphics and basic facts. Some sites were pretty cool and had lots of detailed product specs and names of engineers who had once worked on this project or that. But there wasn't much to evoke the good-natured spirit of fun and simplicity that embodied how most people remember playing Atari games, or anything very exciting to spark a nostalgic fire in their belly to bring them back to the World of Atari. In the summer of 2000 I set out to change all that. At every level I tried to raise the standard of what was being done. Whether I succeeded or not is up to you.
The site during soft launch, Fall 2000
In early 2014 I began rebuilding the website from scratch. I wanted a modern responsive site to showcase Atari products in a way that was on par with Apple or Google. I wanted to create a blog where I could publish articles that were deep and interesting, that told a story and made you think. I wanted to build a new community that was new and different from anything that had become before. I wanted to create a place that would be really special.
Most of my arcade friends are really into other game systems. When they talk about what they love - Dreamcast, Game Cube, even Pokémon - it's always about their love for these games and how much fun they have playing them. Yet it’s nearly impossible to talk about our love of Atari without first hearing “what sucked about Atari" or "ET is the worst video game ever made", or having to preface sharing your love for the 5200 or Jaguar with "I know the controllers sucked, but..."
We don't need to apologize for what we enjoy. We should be free to share our love for classic gaming and nostalgia with other friendly like-minded nostalgia gamers without ridicule or scorn. One of the foremost objectives of this site has been to create a new kind of community where we can really get to know each other away from all of the arguments, drama and scams. Atari was always meant to be fun. We've tried to create a space not just to talk about classic gaming, but to share personal stories of nostalgia and take part in activities and events that were meant to be fun and foster new friendships in the community. I think it's helped us attract a member base that is just insanely awesome.
Earlier in the Summer we celebrated the first anniversary of the new website and Atari I/O Forums. In such a short amount of time our little website has matured into a thriving community of new friends sharing old memories and a lifetime of nostalgia. 
I think today would be a good opportunity to recognize all of the people who have made this such a special place to spend our time. There's a lot of care that goes into the site.
Mrs. Rowsdower
Atari Creep
Video 61
Dan Iacovelli
Atari Adventure Square
Clint Thompson
Atari Today
an ox
Arcade Dude 44
Weird Paul
The Professor
DeLorean Silhouette
Doctor Octagon
Museum Matt
Atari Joe
Emily Grace Detering
Gene N. Landrum, Ph.D.
Regan Cheng
Emily Grace Detering
Lance Ringquist 
Charles "Chuckernaut” Goddeeris
Jenny Levasseur
Tevan Whiting
Jeff Minter
Daniel McMillan
Lost Ark Video Games
Vic Sage
The Retroist
Karl Morris
Julie Wade
David Newman
George Reese
Geraldene, and everybody else back at Atari Borregas who was always so helpful and so inspirational for so many years. It meant a lot to me then and it means so much more to me now. Thank you guys so much for making those rainy days after school so much fun.

  • Doctor Octagon, The Professor, Museum Matt and 14 others like this

#30757 My Atari 7800 Kiosk

Posted by Justin on 24 March 2017 - 06:25 PM

I thought I'd share some pictures of my Atari 7800 Kiosk that I assembled during the earliest days of this website, in 2001. This is not an original kiosk from Atari as to my knowledge there was never an official Atari 7800 retail kiosk, aside from Atari's display at the 1984 Consumer Electronics Show - so I decided to make my own. Unfortunately this kiosk no longer exists and these are likely the only pictures I have. I may attempt to build another one of these kiosks sometime in the future.


I made this kiosk mostly using the structure of a generic Toys R Us game kiosk from that time, along with some other components and custom parts. The Atari 7800 Kiosk is about 80% complete in these pictures. Custom "Atari 7800 ProSystem" signage, controller mounts, custom wiring and a larger Sony Trinitron TV were added a bit later on. Custom Atari artwork was made for the sides of the kiosk which you would not have been able to see in these pictures. Additional games would hang from the back pegboard panel on either side of the first 7800 box, and a more substantial set of games were displayed on the two shelves below. Atari 7800 systems and accessories were displayed on the bottom shelf, and Atari Lynx systems and games were displayed on the upper shelf. All items displayed were brand new.


I had considered mounting a flat screen monitor against the back panel where you see the first Atari 7800 box hanging, but I opted not to do this. While I wanted the kiosk to be really cool, I also wanted it to look and feel as if it could have plausibly been used in a retail space during the 7800's lifespan. Flatscreens were pretty new in 2001, and that wasn't really the feel I was going for.


These pictures popped up when I found some old images from the earliest days of this website (2000-2002) on an old laptop this week. There's some really cool stuff in there that I can’t wait to share with you over coming weeks. I'll be posting more soon in a new thread giving you a glimpse into life at Atari I/O / Atari7800.com back in the day. Be sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram as I'll be posting on there too! Enjoy  :commodore_joystick:

Attached Thumbnails

  • kiosk_1.jpg
  • kiosk_3.jpg
  • kiosk_4.jpg
  • kiosk_5.jpg
  • kiosk_6.jpg

  • The Professor, MaximumRD, greenween and 13 others like this

#33167 I guess I'll start off here

Posted by IndyJones1023 on 06 June 2017 - 01:45 PM

Hi, all! I'm an old timer. Got my first 2600 in 1978 or so. Still have a Woody, 1040ST, ColecoVision, INTV, and most newer systems. Even built a full MAME machine. But I guess my claim to fame is I'm the guy who made the Atari Manual Tome back in 2002.





  • Justin, The Professor, Zontar and 12 others like this

#31782 Exciting (and scary) news!

Posted by Rowsdower70 on 24 April 2017 - 03:19 PM

As most of you know, the Mrs and I piddle around with selling games and game related crafts for quite some time. 

Well, we've decided to take the next step.   We're going to the County Clerk this week to register a DBA form for our new business, and we are rebranding from  The Nerdery of Southeast Texas to....

The Game Czar
"Where the Games Are"

I am hiring a friend who is a talented graphic artist to give us a logo and banner art to work with, and we've signed on for Retropalooza V in Dallas (the big one).

It's a big step, and I'm nervous and excited. 

My experience at Atari.IO over the past couple of years has definitely expanded my desire to make this work in some capacity, so thank you guys.

Good thoughts and prayers are appreciated!



  • Justin, The Professor, greenween and 12 others like this

#19577 Mr. Do! Meant something to me......

Posted by MaximumRD on 12 May 2016 - 05:58 PM

Mr. Do! for Colecovision. Perhaps not as accurate or arcade perfect compared to other ports but still my personal Favorite version for a reason.  So much so when I got the Atarimax cart I sold / traded / gave away the remainder of my original carts however THIS ONE I kept because though only a loose cartridge it is in perfect condition BUT MORE THEN THAT back in the day my mother and I would compete, one of the few videogames she got into but she got good, we both did, to the point where it was not just what the high score was but how many times you rolled it before landing the high score. When I got home from school she always had a new high score for me to beat lol. Mom died a few years ago much to young from lung cancer so I keep it for sentimental reasons as well, RIP mom. :)



Attached Thumbnails

  • DSC00089.JPG

  • Justin, The Professor, greenween and 12 others like this

#18664 Huge purchase today!

Posted by mbergeron on 18 April 2016 - 03:08 AM

A friend of mine was selling some of his Intellivision collection and I just couldn't help myself.  I'm now at 77 CIB games.

Picked up this lot for US$350.  It's a hell of a lot of cash but check it out, just a couple of the games are worth the price of admission.



Dracula and Lady Bug are sealed!  All the games are complete with overlays and manuals and in mint/near mint shape.

Can't wait to play some of these!

  • The Professor, MaximumRD, RickR and 12 others like this

#6010 A view of the RickR sanctum

Posted by RickR on 06 September 2015 - 05:57 PM

A view of my attic, where most of my stuff is kept.  This is shelf #1 of 2.  Someday, I'd like to be able to keep this stuff out for use, but no room at the present time. 



Attached Thumbnails

  • Attic 003.JPG

  • Justin, MaximumRD, Fire_In_The_Valley and 11 others like this

#27588 Unexpected Surprise

Posted by kamakazi20012 on 22 December 2016 - 09:36 PM

I would like to share a bit of a story with you guys that just happened not even an hour ago.  




Long story short, my wife's helper had to bring her two girls with her today because there was no babysitter available.  We don't mind and usually have lots of things to do with kids just for this reason.  The oldest one, who is 7, asks me if she could play the game I was playing.  I had just finished rebuilding the controller and was taking it for a test run.  When she asked I handed her the controller.  The best test in the world is letting a child use it, right?


What impressed me the most is here is a child, never played an Atari before but has a Wii and plays XBOX, plays Ms. Pac-Man and Pac-Man on the 5200 and as soon as the game screen appeared she is going, "Wow!!  That looks cool!"  She plays for about an hour total and I'm watching her on the screen and how she is using the controller.  All is going good, no problems, and she is not having any issues with the controller.


What was said next really shocked me..."I really like this machine."  Just as calm and collective as possible.  So, for me, that tells me that the 5200 is really not a bad system after all if a child, who has never played one before, says something like that their first time of using it.  


I had to share this because I thought it was cool to experience.


Reason for edit:  I had originally posted a picture.  Since this child is not mine, and for the child's safety, I thought it best to ask her parent's permission to post the picture first on this site.  I got permission so the picture has returned. 

  • Justin, The Professor, MaximumRD and 11 others like this

#24162 Tiny Toons Game - I worked on it!

Posted by eR1c on 16 September 2016 - 05:32 PM

My first post,


I worked on this game back in 1993-4ish.  Don't recall the exact date off hand.



I worked as a both a traditional and digital animator on this game.  I specifically remember drawing, scanning then coloring the various sprites.  We would animate hundreds of frames to get a walk, jump, kick, etc...   


The game was scrapped well into the project.  The wiki page says it was due to poor quality (I actually resent that a bit), ...as I remember it funding was cancelled on the game due to poor sales of the Jaguar and the fact that the company did not want to continue to put money into this game as there were considerable production costs to get a physical game out.  The company I worked for was a small animation studio that was contracted out to do the animated characters.  I remember there was another company doing backgrounds and other aspects of the game.  I am still in touch w/ about 3 of the other animators on the project (I think there were about 6 of us total).  As far as I know everyone is still in the design business in some capacity.  


I happen to find this post as I was thinking back on some of the projects I've worked on in my career.

here is my personal design site,


-it doesn't have any of this Atari work shown on it, but I think I reference the studio in my resume.  That was a fun time, lots of hard work, but a lot of fun.  Our team had a lot of passion for this project, -more so than a lot of bigger more popular releases I've worked on.  I think we all loved that it was Atari, and I remember even at the time wanting Atari to make a comeback in a more significant way. 


Anyway, I hope you find stuff like this interesting to share.

I do not know if I have any original artwork from the project, -I will have to ask one of the designers I worked w/ if he knows (he still works very close to me here in San Francisco).  This was pre CD ROM days, -well CD's may have existed but it wasn't so easy to back up your work and take it with you.  Floppy disks wouldn't have been practical.  I do remember using large hard drives to back everything up.  -And Silicon Graphics (Indigo) machines for the coloring of the animated sprite characters.  But in general whatever we did was property of the studio and wasn't easy to take with you.  I couldn't exactly walk out with the traditional sketches ...


Was happy to have worked on a project for Atari (was one of the highlights of my career).

  • Justin, The Professor, MaximumRD and 11 others like this

#19487 Hello from Malak

Posted by MalakZero on 11 May 2016 - 03:25 AM

Hey everyone, I found about this site from "No Swear Gamer" on Youtube.  I'm a big fan of the 7800/2600 and just added a XEGS to my collection. I hope to make some friends as well as trades here :) 

  • Justin, The Professor, MaximumRD and 11 others like this

#16177 Coleco Gemini

Posted by RickR on 22 February 2016 - 09:43 PM

I got a Gemini!  A few pictures for you:


It came with one Gemeni controller, an Atari-branded power adapter, and a set of "Gemini" labeled paddles.

Gemini 2016-02-22 001.JPG


Gemini 2016-02-22 011.JPG


The controller integrates a joystick and one paddle.

Gemini 2016-02-22 012.JPG


I had never known about these paddles.  Very similar to Atari paddles...the only difference seems to be the Gemini branding, and the missing flat part for the sticker.

Gemini 2016-02-22 014.JPG


It's very similar in size to a 2600jr.  Just a little taller.

Gemini 2016-02-22 006.JPG


Gemini 2016-02-22 010.JPG


Everything seems to work fine.  And the picture quality on this thing is razor sharp -- easily the best of any of my other 2600's.  The controller works very nicely, although the joystick is a little "squishy" for my taste.  It doesn't really work well with the Harmony cart...Harmony wants me to use the paddle to select a game, but in paddle mode, the button doesn't seem to work. 


This thing is awesome, and I'm so excited to have it. 





  • Justin, The Professor, DeLorean and 11 others like this

#13862 Any Zelda fans?

Posted by Mrs Rowsdower on 08 January 2016 - 12:06 AM

My latest project that I wanted to show off :)



  • Justin, The Professor, Zontar and 11 others like this

#11804 Our Philosophy for Building This Community

Posted by MaximumRD on 07 December 2015 - 05:41 PM

Pretty much bang on with what is said HERE - 







Please try to remember this when posting or replying / commenting  ;)


Little squabbles about "what is better / best" or forcing a "your wrong, I am right!" attitude goes against the vibe we try to nurture here. Leave that for "other" forums. 







  • Justin, The Professor, DeLorean and 11 others like this

#32677 Atari I/O Retro Junk Box 9: Junk Box 9 From Outer Space

Posted by AtariBrian on 25 May 2017 - 10:27 PM

Ok, here is what I took out.  Nice and easy junk box (no huge things) and it only took me 2 tries to get everything back in!  It's off to NSG tomorrow.

Yoshi (my daughter made me take this for her)

Mr T. Pin!!!

Checkers for the Intellivision (playing this feels very lonely)

Mortal Combat II for the Genesis (I only played the snes version back in the day, this one is way better)

Tomb Raider II and Vice City for the playstation (These are both games that stole lots of my life when they were new, no longer have them kinda psyched to lose some more of my life again)

Intellivision II owners manual

Desert strike for the snes (tried it out quick, seems kinda fun.)



  • Justin, The Professor, greenween and 10 others like this

#32011 So happy to have this in the collection!

Posted by Kid A on 02 May 2017 - 01:40 AM

So actually it was a friend of mine who saw this picked it up for me. I paid for it about 2 and a half weeks ago. I got it barely yesterday being that he lives about 2 hours from me and I saw him finally yesterday. Check out what I got!


What an awesome addition to the collection. It was found at a thrift shop. Unfortunately it wasn't like $3 or anything like that. that would have been awesome. Although if that were the case my buddy probably would have kept it. I felt I got a really good deal on it and I'm really happy with it.
  • Justin, The Professor, MaximumRD and 10 others like this

#25546 Celebrated 15 years Anniversary wife my wife tonight!

Posted by MaximumRD on 28 October 2016 - 03:39 AM

Posting a little late but I consider this as being my personal greatest "adventure"  :)  :spot: I was encouraged by Justin to share so though I had not initially thought to do so outside my Facebook timeline I know I am at home here among you all and so I share because I think it is an achievement and despite whatever faults I have I am very proud that tonight we celebrated 15 years together and 13 years of marriage. We went to a great local dining establishment here in town called THE FIXX CAFE. It was delicious and everything went great. Here we are and here is what we had. I had the Pasta Special and a Guinness and Melissa had a Martini :martini: and Halibut Special.








Where we celebrated







  • Justin, The Professor, DeLorean and 10 others like this

#17156 Ballblaɀer's collection: 2600, 5200, Vectrex, and...

Posted by Ballblaɀer on 10 March 2016 - 10:16 PM

...I figure I'll start things off with a bang.  Behold!






I love, love, love my 2800.  Everything about it!  Don't get me wrong, I love a woodgrain sixer like anyone else, but there's just something about this thing that grabs me by the shoulders and demands my attention:




It's got a great overall look, but there's also the little things, like the Atari plates on the controllers:




Got a 4-player game?  Got you covered:




Sure, I can't play Space Shuttle on it very easily:




And I do wonder why my controllers weren't manufactured at the same time the console was made:




I mean, is it a Sears Video Arcade II with different plates?  Well, yeah.  But regardless -- this is beautiful technology to me, and it's easy for me to see why they modeled the 7800 on this design.


More to come!

  • Justin, MaximumRD, Arenafoot and 10 others like this

#15322 "The MaximumRD Cuban Smack-Down"

Posted by The Professor on 07 February 2016 - 05:11 PM

No. "Hi guys" is an Introduce Yourself topic, not a Jaguar topic.

If you're banned at AtariAge it would most likely be for a good reason. We are not the Island of Misfit Toys for people banned at other forums. This is a special community with some very nice people and a friendly feel. I would recommend checking out the House Rules before diving in the deep end: http://forums.atari..../5-house-rules/

If you're sincere about being here you'll be able to engage other members through conversation in various threads, they'll get to know you and see you're here. Play well with others and you'll do just fine here. Welcome to the forums :)
  • Justin, DeLorean, MaximumRD and 10 others like this

#13168 Happy Holidays to All!

Posted by StormSurge on 24 December 2015 - 10:46 AM

I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone involved in this wonderful community for all you've done to help rekindle my love for these classic games.

For Ferg's wonderful podcast, which introduced me to the No Swear Gamer, who posted on FB about this place. THANK YOU!


For everyone here, from the admins to the new members who sign up daily, thank you! Between the Junk Box, the contests, the TRADES, the Danisen showdowns, the stories, the comments, for everything. I love coming here multiple times a day just to see what's going on. This is my Cheers & I'm grateful to every last one of you.

And thank you for the support while I was attempting to land a new job, which was a successful attempt. Today is my last day at my current job, which I love, but the job I'm going to is almost too good to be true. Thank you for that!

And for those of you who are not feeling the holiday spirit for whatever reason, keep your head up. Things WILL get better and if you need any help whatsoever to try and take your mind off of the real world, drop me a line to chat or challenge me to any game on the Danisen list. Odds are you'll get a win.



  • Justin, Doctor Octagon, The Professor and 10 others like this