Awesome Site of the Week: AtariAge
Let’s get to the bottom line first — AtariAge.com is the destination for any fan of classic or modern video games. Yes, the title of the site suggests that it caters to only the Atari, but that’s not the case at all.
AtariAge, in a nutshell, is a forum where fans of all video games can get together and discuss their favorite systems, a place where one can find newly developed games for their favorite classic systems and a news source for anything having to do with gaming. It is, in short, a major resource for fans of video games from any era. If that’s not enough to get you over there, I’m not sure what is.
Let’s hit up a few highlights of the site that you, too, can understand how truly awesome it is. One of the most prominent features is the rarity guide for all Atari systems (Atari 2600, 5200, 7800, Jaguar and Lynx). You’ll find artwork for old games there, screen shots, an idea of how hard it is to find each game, some of the history behind the titles and manuals. The guide was one of features the site emphasized early on and it is still an outstanding resource.
The store is also a great section. You can buy games, hardware and such through the store, and the most compelling thing about it is the fact that a huge selection of homebrew games is available. We’re talking about brand new games that have been programmed over the past few years for the Atari systems as well as the the ColecoVision, Commodore 64 and Atari computers. Yes, there are some programmers who simply won’t let old consoles die and thank goodness for that.
Then, of course, you’ve got the forums. Want to just discuss your favorite games and systems? You can do that. Want to find some Xbox Live games to compete against? You’ll find that, too. You will also find information about eBay auctions to some harder to find games and systems, information about upcoming homebrews, news about upcoming classic video game exhibitions and, well, just a whole lot of stuff.
If you have an interest — and especially in classic consoles — you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to AtariAge. Here’s a warning — it is addictive. Click here to visit the site and get hooked on it.
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