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Atari : A Visual History Book (Concept Project)


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#1 Greyfox

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Posted 17 June 2018 - 10:09 AM

Hello everybody,

Many of you may know me and many of you may not, I was the creator of a couple of Atari digital publications a few years back. The Atari Gamer Magazine and the Atari ST Gamer Series found over @ http://www.Atarigamer.co.uk and the AtariCrypt Atari ST Magazine which can be found for free here: https://ataricrypt.b...t-magazine.html


I had decided that I had given the Atari community some great product to enjoy and decided I wouldn't produce anymore Atari conent in the near future, but reecently had seen some products that completely fit the bill in a direction I wanted to go in for quite some time and have returned and began work on a new book pubication I am very passionate about and just knew this had to be done due to the complete lack of the Atari 8-bit computer range and its incredible software, so with that I present to you all a new Atari pubication in the works.

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The Sales Pitch

The books premise will be to cover a huge majority of classic third-party Atari 8-bit software from such amazing software houses, like Datasoft, Broderbund, First Star Software, English Software and a selection of commercial homebrew games plus many more for the first time giving these games the exposure in a visual compendium never seen in a format of this type before. The Book will also deliver a selection of Interviews with Game designers who worked on the Atari 8-bit computers and other unannounced additions to the book that you will see when released. I will also be profiling three Atari 8-bit machines the Atari 800 - Atari 800XL and the Atari 130XE home computers with additional photography of these computers throughout the book as well as a choice selection of Atari related Peripherals. With the completed publication completed, I will be taking the product to a crowdfunding platform in order to allow this publication to become a physical book for all Atari 8-bit fans and vintage computer enthusiasts that share an interest in the Atari 8-bit Home computer. Also to help the project meet its goal I will be working very closely with http://www.rhayadercomputers.co.uk in order to create some very unique and fantastic perks to add to the book that will not be available anywhere else so there is a lot of stuff in the works for this project.

 

The Book Previews

When creating something like this I am all about the visuals of a product and want to give the best experience in seeing these wonderful pieces of art and code and gameplay become one, so with that each game covered in the book with include on the left a remastered image of the Box or cassette inlay art work with a 200 word write about the game and a single screen shot of the games in action, I have chosen not include any Offical Atari branded games in the book due to facing a possible Cease and Desist violation order against the book that could prevent the book being released and will be going through under fair usage and investigative journlism allowing this to be successful as an Unoffical Visual History of the Atari 8-bit. This was something I decided I would do after what Atari had placed against Marc Oberhäuser and his Atari related publication. So please enjoy the previews of the some of the games that will be included in the book.

 

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How can YOU help?

With this project been a very serious undertaking, I decided who better to make this truly happen then the Atari community itself? I am looking for contributors to the book, whether it be a contributing game review of 200 words for games that will be included in the finished book and have your name credited and mentioned in the contributors section of the book, as well as an seasoned photographers with Atari hardware that would be willing to contribute photography of physical Atari hardware to be included throughout the book with full accreditation given for all imagery used. I wanted to open end this project to my fellow Atarians to help produce the best Atari 8-bit publication ever created, I'm also on the look-out for exclusive interviewees willing to share their thoughts and experiences creating for the Atari 8-bit platform, I have a few leads at the present, but the more the merrier for inclusion in the book.
 
 
I wish to personally thank you all for your time here, and hopefully we can make history with this book, I truly wish to go all out in a blaze of glory with it and with your help we can, so please get in touch with me via PM here @ Atari IO or support@atarigamer.co.uk if you can help with this project, all will be included within the book as the main contributor.

 

Thanks everyone for your time

 

Kind regards

 

Darren.

 

Creator of the Atari Gamer Magazine Series

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Edited by Greyfox, 17 June 2018 - 10:10 AM.

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#2 kamakazi20012

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Posted 17 June 2018 - 10:28 AM

This sounds like a book no A8 owner would want to be without. And I am already loving the example pages! I would have to go with a hardback edition personally. Since this is about the Atari 8-bits, are you going to include the XEGS as well? It is an 8-bit computer at heart.

Also...are going to include games just in the UK or are you going to include those in the US and other countries as well? Some regions got games that others didn't.

Good Luck!
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#3 TrekMD

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Posted 17 June 2018 - 03:57 PM

Wow, that looks fantastic!


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#4 Greyfox

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Posted 17 June 2018 - 07:48 PM

This sounds like a book no A8 owner would want to be without. And I am already loving the example pages! I would have to go with a hardback edition personally. Since this is about the Atari 8-bits, are you going to include the XEGS as well? It is an 8-bit computer at heart.
Also...are going to include games just in the UK or are you going to include those in the US and other countries as well? Some regions got games that others didn't.
Good Luck!


Many thanks for reply and yes I am scouring all third party titles from across the waters and in Europe they will be all included in the book. Something I forgot to mention in this press release is than I may need some exclusive atari game box art or cassette covers scanned for contribution to the game reviews, so far I've been very lucky with the artwork. Also to answer your question in relation to the XEGS coverage it will be probably be additional photography rather than a feature on the machine, I may do, but at the moment it will be unlikely.

Wow, that looks fantastic!


Many thanks Trek, I was be showcasing this in many other places soon, I just wanted to post this in the local Atari domains

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#5 Greyfox

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Posted 13 October 2018 - 07:12 PM

Hello everyone, Hope all is very well with you all and that you are relaxing in the sunshine of the Atari 8-bit scene, I firstly want to apologise for my lack on inactivity here at Atari IO, to which I have from time to time popped in to see what has been happening, but with that I have been working tirelessly every day I am off work to continue to engage with the Atari Visual History book and have had an incredible journey with it so far, I have managed to secure some exclusive interviews in the book with some revelations I was personally stunned by. I have also created a total of over 140 game spreads that with be going into the book while trying to write up the reviews for them has been if I'm honest a big dagger in my side because it's reducing my creative flair in the process and was the reasoning why I reach out to you all here in helping me and to be a part of this project with forthcoming contributors from Atari IO, I am now reaching out to you all in relation to review write-ups. I have a vast majority of games yet to have words attached to them for inclusion in the book, therefore will truly help the project become a reality far quicker than if I have to construct the reviews which could take a further 3 months before I could consider running the crowdfunding on this project.

If this is something that you would be now committed too to contributing too, please, please get in touch with me via PM, I will gladly assign a selection of games to review or even if it is just one, your name goes in the book as a contributor :) The reviews as quite simply, a 200-210 word count, who created the game and what the games are about and your personal homage to the game.

I also wish to mention that the Software company profiles I wish to include in the book are also available at this time too. These consist of "Datasoft", "English Software", "Broderbund Software" and "Synapse Software" profiles taking up about 4 pages each to consist of roughly 2,000 to 2,500 words

again time is not playing well on my side at the moment and would very much love to have you guys internally involved with this project so that the planned crowdfunding stages can be set in place in March 2019 timeframe.

Thanks again guys

Darren.

p.s. I have a collection of the original programmers of some classic Atari 8-bit title reviewing their own games within the book as something special, to say the least, as well as one of them actually proofreading the content for me as they are now technical manual writers. lol.

P.s.s. @Scott, I will be in touch with you very soon now.
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#6 Scott Stilphen

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 06:39 PM

Thanks for the update, Darren.  I'll echo the comments of others in saying I'm looking forward to this.


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