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The Atari Flashback and Atari Flashback 2 are dedicated video game consoles marketed by Atari in the mid-2000s. They are preprogrammed with classic Atari 2600 and Atari 7800 console games from the 1970s and 1980s built in, and do not use cartridges. A dedicated console is a video game console that is dedicated to a built in game or games, and is not equipped for additional games, via cartridge or other media. ... The Atari 2600, Sony PSOne, Nintendo Gamecube, and Xbox 360 A video game console is an interactive entertainment computer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Atari 2600, released in October, 1977, was the first successful video game console to use plug-in cartridges instead of having one or more games built in. ... The Atari 7800 is a video game console released by Atari in 1986 (a test market occurred in June 1984). ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... In a variety of electronic equipments, a cartridge (in video game terms, cart, game pack, or Game Pak) can be one method of programming different functionality, providing variable content, or a method by which consumables may be replenished. ...


Both systems are powered by an AC adapter (included), come with a pair of joystick controllers, and use standard composite video and monaural audio RCA plugs to connect to a television. Joystick elements: 1. ... Composite video is the format of an analog television (picture only) signal before it is combined with a sound signal and modulated onto an RF carrier. ... Monaural (often shortened to mono) sound reproduction is single-channel. ... RCAs logo as seen today on many products. ...

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Atari Flashback

Atari Flashback
Manufacturer Atari
Type
Generation Sixth generation era
First available 2004
Media
Predecessor Atari Jaguar II
Successor Atari Flashback 2

The Atari Flashback was released in 2004. The console resembled an Atari 7800 in appearance, and came with a pair of controllers which resembled those of the Atari 7800 but were slightly smaller. The system had twenty games built-in, all originally developed by Atari for the 2600 and 7800 game systems. The games which originally required analog paddle controllers were made to work with the included joysticks. Image File history File links Flashback-small. ... A console manufacturer is a company that manufactures and distributes video game consoles. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Home video-game systems became popular during the 1970s and 80s. ... It has been proposed below that Sixth generation era be renamed and moved to History of video games (Sixth generation era). ... The Atari Jaguar II was to be the successor to the Atari Jaguar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A paddle is a game controller with a round wheel and one or more fire buttons, where the wheel is typically used to control movement of the player object along one axis of the video screen. ...


It was designed by Atari veteran Curt Vendel, whose company Legacy Engineering designs other home video game and video arcade products. Atari gave Legacy Engineering ten weeks to design the product, produce its games, and ready it for the 2004 holiday season. The Atari Flashback was based on "NES-on-a-chip" hardware, not resembling either of the Atari systems which the Flashback was supposed to represent. As a result, the games it contained were ports and differed in varying degrees from the original games, and therefore the Flashback was unpopular with some purists. The Christmas season (also known as the holiday season) is a term that covers the time when two interconnected periods of celebration are held. ... The NOAC has a model number NT6578. ... In computer science, porting is the adaptation of a piece of software so that it will function in a different computing environment to that for which it was originally written. ...


Included games

One game, Saboteur (originally designed by Howard Scott Warshaw), was advertised as "unreleased"; though never part of the Atari lineup, it was sold at the Philly Classic 5 convention in 2004. Howard Scott Warshaw is a former game designer who worked for Atari in the early 1980s, where he designed and programed the games Yars Revenge, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the infamous flop, E.T. He has also written two books and directed two video documentaries. ...


Atari 2600

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Atari 7800

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Atari Flashback 2

Atari Flashback 2
Though much smaller in size, the Atari Flashback 2 resembles the original Atari VCS console from 1977.
Manufacturer Atari
Type
Generation Seventh generation era
First available 2005
Media
Predecessor Atari Flashback

The Atari Flashback 2, the successor to the original Atari Flashback console, was released in 2005. It has forty Atari 2600 games built-in. A few of the included games are homebrews which were created by enthusiasts in recent years, and two of the games were originally published by Activision. Image File history File links Flashbackmain510. ... A console manufacturer is a company that manufactures and distributes video game consoles. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Home video-game systems became popular during the 1970s and 80s. ... The seventh generation era (sometimes referred to as the HD era or the Touch era) is a video game era in the history of computer and video games that began towards the end of 2004, but isnt set to really take off until late 2005/early 2006 with the... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Homebrew is a term frequently applied only to video games that are produced by consumers on proprietary game platforms; in other words, game platforms that are not typically user-programmable, or use proprietary hardware for storage. ... Activision, Inc. ...


The appearance of the Atari Flashback 2 is reminiscent of the original Atari 2600 console from 1977. It is roughly two-thirds the size of the original, and much lighter in weight. The Flashback 2 console has five buttons (power, reset, left and right difficulty toggles, and select); on the back it has a color/black-and-white slider switch and a two ports for the included joysticks. The joysticks bear very close similarity to the original Atari joysticks from 1977, and are compatible and interchangeable with them. The Flashback 2 does not come with paddle controllers, but original paddle controllers can be connected to it and used with its paddle-based games. For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ...


Curt Vendel and Legacy Engineering returned to develop the Flashback 2. Unlike the original Flashback console, the Flashback 2 contains a single-chip version of circuitry designed by Vendel; it is a reproduction of the original ciruitry in that of the original Atari 2600. Therefore, the Atari Flashback 2 runs games just as they ran on an original console. The Atari Flashback 2 project was codenamed "Michele", after Vendel's wife. Her name is printed on the motherboard. A project code name is a name (usually a single word or short phrase) which is given to a project being developed by industry, academia, government, and other concerns. ... A motherboard, also known as a mainboard, system board, or logic boards on Apple Computers, and sometimes abbreviated as mobo (generally credited to the magazine Maximum PC) is the central or primary circuit board making up a complex electronic system, such as a modern computer. ...


Marty Goldberg (of ClassicGaming.Com, Atari Gaming Headquarters and the Midwest Gaming Classic) was brought on board to Legacy Engineering as a technical writer to develop the content for the packed in manual and full design of the online manual. Because of changes in game content during the development and problems with the graphic design company keeping edit revisions straight, the manual which comes with the Flashback 2 has several errors in it including typos. For example, contrary to the manual there is no two-player mode in Centipede, and there is no connected-ship gameplay in Space Duel. Likewise in the description of Save Mary: "Barnaby just blew up the nearby damn." appears. MGC logo Presented by Dan Loosen and Gary Heil of the The GOAT Store, Marty Goldberg of ClassicGaming. ... A typographical error or typo is a mistake made during the typing process. ...


Included games

The available games are arranged into four categories selectable from an on-screen menu. Once a game is selected, the only way back to the menu is to use the power button to turn the console off and on again.


The games listed below as hacks used other games' code as a starting point and modified their gameplay or appearance. Homebrews were written from scratch by Atari fans in the 1990s and 2000s. Unreleased prototypes are games which were developed by Atari in the 1970s and 1980s but never sold to consumers; some of these games may have bugs or be incomplete. A few of the games listed are new and exclusive to the Flashback 2.


Adventure Territory

  • Adventure
  • Adventure II (A sequel to Adventure that is built on the original Adventure assembly language based game code)
  • Haunted House
  • Return To Haunted House (A sequel to Haunted House that is built off the original Adventure's assembly language based game code combined graphics from the original Haunted House)
  • Secret Quest
  • Wizard (unreleased prototype)

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Arcade Favorites

  • Arcade Asteroids (a hack of the original Atari 2600 Asteroids with the sprites changed to be outlines to more accurately portray the arcade version)
  • Arcade Pong (exclusive to the Flashback 2, a version of Pong which can use paddle controllers if attached)
  • Asteroids Deluxe (exclusive to the Flashback 2)
  • Battlezone
  • Centipede
  • Lunar Lander (exclusive to the Flashback 2)
  • Millipede
  • Missile Command
  • Space Duel (exclusive to the Flashback 2)

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Skill and Action Zone

  • 3D Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Aquaventure (unreleased prototype)
  • Atari Climber (homebrew, released in 2004 as "Climber 5")
  • Combat
  • Combat 2 (unreleased prototype)
  • Dodge 'Em
  • Fatal Run
  • Frog Pond (unreleased prototype)
  • Hangman
  • Human Cannonball
  • Maze Craze
  • Off The Wall
  • Outlaw
  • Pitfall! (originally released by Activision)
  • Radar Lock
  • River Raid (originally released by Activision)
  • Save Mary (unreleased prototype)
  • Video Checkers
  • Video Chess

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Space Station

  • Caverns Of Mars (exclusive to the Flashback 2)
  • Quadrun (originally sold only by mail order through the Atari fan club)
  • Saboteur (unreleased prototype)
  • Space War
  • Yars' Return (exclusive to the Flashback 2)
  • Yars' Revenge

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Paddle Games

The console also includes two hidden titles which require the use of paddle controllers. The Flashback 2 does not come with paddle controllers, so these games cannot be played unless the user has an original set of Atari 2600 paddle controllers. To access the hidden paddle game menu, the user must press up on the joystick 1 time, pull down 9 times, push up 7 times, and pull down 2 times. (This represents the year 1972, in which Pong first appeared). The code must be entered steadily and without pauses (enter it too quickly and it won't work). 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Pong helped bring computerized video games into everyday life. ...

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Test screens

Controller test screens can be accessed by holding down the select and reset buttons while pressing the power button to turn on the console. With the color/black-and-white switch set to 'color', the joystick test screen will appear; with it set to black-and-white, the paddle test screen will appear. These test screens allow a gamer to test controller inputs as well as the console's colors and sounds.


Revisions

There have so far been three revisions of the Atari Flashback 2.

  • Rev. A has a problem with the synthesized voice in Quadrun not working due to a problem with the emulation of the original cartridge's voice chip (when play begins, the game should speak "Quadrun" three times). It also contains a prototype version of Millipede programmed by General Computer Corporation [1]; this version has problems with the display losing vertical hold and appearing to "roll", making the game unplayable.
  • Rev. B fixes the voice synthesis in Quadrun and contains the Atari version of Millipede.
  • Rev. C features a reduced-size PCB, which was designed to simplify installing a cartridge port (as described below). There are no changes to the unit's functionality.

A few of the included games, such as Lunar Lander, exhibit some flicker. This is due to limitations in the original Atari hardware, which the Flashback 2 reproduces accurately. Curt Vendel noted that the Flashback 2-exclusive games were programmed under a strict schedule, and later commissioned developers to tweak these games in order to reduce flickering [2]. However, as of June 2006, Atari has not produced a Flashback 2 revision with the improved games. The General Computer Corporation was an early video game company. ... Lunar Lander was an early computer game that originally ran on the DEC GT40 graphics terminal (frequently connected to a PDP-10 mainframe computer) in 1974. ... Flicker is visible fading between image frames displayed on cathode ray tube (CRT) based monitor. ...


Adding a cartridge port

While the original Atari 2600 consoles had a cartridge slot, the Atari Flashback 2 does not include one. However, a hobbyist can easily modify a Flashback 2 to use Atari 2600 cartridges, and can even install a switch across certain points of the motherboard so that the console can be easily set to play the forty built-in games again. The motherboard is printed with several solder points and a guide to what contact points associate with which cartridge pinouts. Complete details regarding the cartridge modification can be found at "http://www.atarimuseum.com/fb2hacks/", a site set up by Curt Vendel. A solder is a fusible metal alloy (often of tin and lead, although lead-based solders were outlawed in many parts of the world in the 1980s), with a melting point or melting range below 450 °C (840 °F) and is melted to join metallic surfaces, especially in the fields...


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Review: Atari Flashback 2 console (1582 words)
Released at the end of last year, the original Atari Flashback console was an interesting experiment at creating a stand-alone, self-contained console.
Atari also commissioned several new translations, with the obscure, yet strangely addictive Lunar Lander making its debut in a first-rate translation that captures the minimalist feel of the arcade game, right down to the appealing fl and white graphics.
Overall, Atari Flashback 2 represents a quantum leap forward for the company with an excellent mix of known and obscure titles that makes it an excellent purchase for gamers who remember electronic gaming's pioneering days and younger players who may want an accurate version of the classic gaming era.
Atari Flashback - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1338 words)
The Atari Flashback was based on "NES-on-a-chip" hardware, not resembling either of the Atari systems which the Flashback was supposed to represent.
The Atari Flashback 2, the successor to the original Atari Flashback console, was released in 2005.
The appearance of the Atari Flashback 2 is reminiscent of the original Atari 2600 console from 1977.
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