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Jaguar USB Tap: The agony (of hardware bugs) and the ecstacy (of firmware)

Development environment   To start writing code for our STM32F07 series uC via an ST-Link programmer (embedded in a cheap Nucleo board, see previous entries) all we need are a few easy to obtain tools: a C compiler (although Rust is becoming more interesting as an embedded language), a debugger and a tool for handling communication with the uC over the ST-Link. ST provide several options for fully integrated IDEs with varying levels of platform and license support but my personal preference is

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Project: Jaguar USB Tap

Justification   In recent years the retro-gaming community has taken a revisionist view of the Atari Jaguar. What was once a console marred by failure is now more regularly being perceived as a missed opportunity. Rather than maintaining a reputation as a broken console the Jaguar is becoming more highly regarded as a technical innovator failed by a lack of capital and business acumen of the company who developed and marketed it. Consequently, demand for Jaguar consoles and peripherals has inc

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010 - Ultra Vortek

010 - Ultra Vortek

Ultra Vortek Published: 1995 by Atari Developed: Beyond Games 2D arcade fighting games were incredibly popular in the mid-90s and console gamers wanted that experience at home. Unfortunately, with the notable exception of Primal Rage for the Jaguar CD, Atari's 64-bit console lacked conversions of well known arcade titles like Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter 2. Instead, Jaguar 2D fighter fans were treated to questionable ports of 16-bit console titles like Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story and

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009 - Syndicate

Syndicate Published: 1994 by Ocean Developed: Bullfrog   Syndicate began life as a fairly popular overhead RTS on the PC and Amiga. The goal of Syndicate is to build the wealth, power and territory of your criminal enterprise through a combination of force, persuasion, taxation and research. The depth and novelty of the game led to a host of conversions. The last time I tried to play Syndicate was over 20 years ago and I was not at all impressed. In the intervening years, I've read that this g

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Reader's Choice - You Name The Game

Those who have been following this blog might know that I use Excel to randomly select which Jaguar game that I'll review next. This approach basically forces me to reconnect with games that I may not otherwise choose to play. Overall, it's been a fun experiment and one that I intend to continue as I wind my way through my Jaguar collection.   That said, I'm just about finished with my Syndicate review (009) and I thought that I'd open up post number 010 to my fellow forum members. If the

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008 - Zoop!

Zoop Published: 1995 by Viacom Designed by Hookstone, Ltd. Jaguar Version: Electric Spectacle Productions, Ltd.   Zoop is one of those games that no one seemed to ask for but was nonetheless pushed out to nearly every platform on the market. Billed as "America's Greatest Killer of Time!", this puzzler appeared on Gameboy, Game Gear, SNES, Genesis, PlayStation, Saturn, Macintosh, Windows, and our own beloved Jaguar. The ads were EVERYWHERE. This was a game that was scientifically proven to be s

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007 - Super Burnout

Super Burnout Published: 1995 by Atari in association with Virtual Xperience Developed by Shen Technologies SARL   Super Burnout is 2D sprite-based motorcycle racer in the tradition of Sega's Hang-On. Published by Atari in 1995 and developed by first-time French developer Shen Technologies SARL, Super Burnout is viewed by many Jaguar gamers as one of the system's hidden gems. The silky smooth framerate, incredible sprite scaling, and tight controls stand in stark contrast to those of other Jag

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006 - White Men Can't Jump

White Men Can't Jump Published 1995 by Atari Developed by High Voltage Software   White Men Can't Jump (WMCJ) is an Atari Jaguar exclusive developed by High Voltage Software and published by Atari in 1995. The game shipped with the Jaguar Team Tap peripheral for four player action. WMCJ is loosely based on the 1992 movie of the same name, which stars Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as street basketball hustlers. As in the movie, players play pick-up basketball for cold hard cash on the mean

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005 - Robinson's Requiem

Robinson's Requiem Published 2011 by Songbird Productions Developed by Silmarils Sofware   Robinson's Requiem is a combination first person adventure and point and click survival game. The player is Trepliev1, a Robinson space explorer from Alien World Exploration (AWE) who becomes stranded on the planet Zarathustra. With minimal equipment, you set out to explore the planet and survive various hazards. These include other Robinsons, natives, and a generally hostile environment. Robinson's Requ

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2017 Atari VCS/2600 Homebrew List (as of 3/5/17)

This is just this year and just for the Atari VCS/2600............. 2017 Homebrews released Jan. 4, 2017 - Toledo Atomchess (AtariAge forum) Jan. 7, 2017 - Pixels (AtariAge forum) Jan. 23, 2017 - Dungeon II: Solstice (AtariAge forum) Feb. 6, 2017 - Eagle One (AtariAge forum) Mar. 2, 2017 - Sharknado - NeoGames (Atari 2600 Homebrew FB group)   Hacks released 1/6/17 - Tapper - Portable (AtariAge forums) - Thomas Jentzsch 1/6/17 - Budweiser Tapper hack - Portable (AtariAge forums) - Thomas Jentzs

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004 - Cybermorph

Cybermorph Published:1993 by Atari Corporation Developed by Attention To Detail (ATD)   "Good luck." These are the first words that the player hears when their morphing T-Griffon unfolds on a remote planet. And Atari needed all the luck it could get when the Jaguar launched to limited markets in the winter of 1993. The odds were stacked against the once-giant of the industry. Atari released the Jaguar to a crowded market where the SNES and Genesis dominated and other consoles from SNK, 3DO, Ph

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003 - Pinball Fantasies

Pinball Fantasies Published: 1995 by Twenty First Century Entertainment Developed by Spidersoft Limited   Released in 1995, Pinball Fantasies is a Jaguar conversion of the 1992 Commodore Amiga game of the same name. Billed as a “pinball simulator”, Pinball Fantasies features four tables and semi-realistic play. In addition to the Amiga and Jaguar versions, Pinball Fantasies saw release on the Amiga CD32, Super NES, DOS and Gameboy. The game has also appeared in compilations on platforms as var

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002 - Iron Soldier 2 (CD)

Iron Soldier 2 Published: 1997 by Telegames Developed by Eclipse Software Design   Iron Solidier 2 (IS2) is one of six completed Jaguar games that Telegames published under license from Atari following Atari Corporation's reverse merger with JTS. As the name implies, IS2 is the direct sequel to the 1994 Jaguar title Iron Soldier, a fan favorite among Jaguar owners. In fact, I believe IS2 is one of only two commercially released sequels to first gen Jaguar games to appear on the platform. Like

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My YouTube Channel

As some of you may have read in a post on Atari.IO somewhere I am trying to adventure into the world of making videos. My main goal is to have an easier method of expressing my thoughts and adventures surrounding video games. And I've had a YouTube Channel since 2011 with no real reason to have one. The only reason why I had it was because I had a racing game on my first gen iPad I got for college that saved replays on YouTube. You couldn't save replays any other way so I created a YouTube ac

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001 - Bubsy In: Fractured Furry Tales

Bubsy In: Fractured Furry Tales Published: 1994 by Atari Developed by Imagitec Design, Inc.   Bubsy In: Fractured Furry Tales is a Jaguar exclusive installment in the Bubsy series, published by Atari under license from Accolade. For the uninitiated, Bubsy is a wisecracking bobcat that runs, glides and bounces his way through hazard laden levels. The game departs from the main Bubsy franchise, which pits Bubsy against yarn obsessed space aliens, and instead places our orange hero in various fai

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Post 000 - An Introduction

Welcome to what I hope is the first of many entries in The Gaming Notebook. In this blog, I will share my thoughts and impressions on various games. The point of this exercise is to reacquaint myself with some of the lesser played titles in my collection.   The main focus of this blog will be Jaguar gaming. I have been playing Jaguar since late 1994 and have a complete retail collection, the majority of post-JTS releases and many homebrews. At last count, this equates to 82 Jaguar games!

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