Were the following titles released?

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Were the following titles released?

Postby Atari Frog » Fri Feb 06, 2004 7:46 pm

Many titles were announced for the A8 but failed to materialize. Does anybody have further info on the following titles?
- Dino Eggs
- Critical Mass
- Winter Games
- Summer Games II
- Skyfox
- Q*bert's Qubes...

More to follow :wink:

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Postby Arqueologia_Digital » Fri Feb 06, 2004 11:23 pm

I remember to saw Winter games in a shop, but it was only a pirate :evil: (when i entered the shop to bought it i got angry)...
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Postby bazino » Sun Feb 08, 2004 8:59 am

Arqueologia_Digital wrote:I remember to saw Winter games in a shop, but it was only a pirate :evil: (when i entered the shop to bought it i got angry)...


Can you tell us more about it ?
I have always dream about an a8 version of winter games...
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Postby Atari Frog » Sun Feb 08, 2004 1:13 pm

Summer Games II and Winter Games showed up in many dealer catalogs but it appears the games were never released. Do betas exist? We'd need to track down ex-Epyx programmers to know for sure...

There was an urban legend about Summer Games II at the time. I was told that the game was so heavily protected the pirates could never spread the game.

Something strange about Winter Games now... The French magazine POKEY had a picture of the game displayed on the XEGS in an article. Was it a mock-up? I'll try to post it here...

Matias, I believe the game you saw was Winter Olympiad '88, Winter Events or Winter Olympics. Most pirates usually wanted to impress you and "sold" the games with other names. Another example would be Screaming Wings renamed 1942.

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Postby Arqueologia_Digital » Sun Feb 08, 2004 11:39 pm

Atari Frog wrote:Matias, I believe the game you saw was Winter Olympiad '88, Winter Events or Winter Olympics. Most pirates usually wanted to impress you and "sold" the games with other names. Another example would be Screaming Wings renamed 1942.

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I´m not sure...but i think you´re right, the point is i became very surprised and then depressed... :?
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quick note about Urban Legends...

Postby andy_bernstein » Tue Feb 24, 2004 6:51 pm

Back in 1996, myself and atarifrog (hello BM) had dinner with Bradley Koda from Best Electronics. We talked a little bit about the MIA Commando cartridge (where did the screenshots published in Atarian Magazine come from, etc...). Anyway, Bradley told us that Commando was not completed, that maybe John Hardie would have a proto (again uncomplete), etc...

As all of you know, last year Sunmark released the complete Commando. Up to that release, I really trusted Bradley on this (who is extremely knowledgeable about the whereabouts of Atari Corp.) so I have to say that there is some hope -but not much- that Summer Games II and Winter Games do exist on the A8 platform (probably incomplete anyway).

I have to say that the best bet is probably to create a port (by ripping the 7800 or C64 versions).

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Postby VW » Sun Sep 26, 2004 3:32 am

Are there any places to look up stuff about porting games? My programming experience is mostly C/C++ but I did a bit with Assembler Editor back in the day. I would think porting a 7800 game would be pretty easy but a C-64 game would be extremely difficult. I sure would love to play Bard's Tale on the 8 bit though :lol: That's about when EA really pissed me and I'm sure everyone else here off by continuing to support C-64 and dumping Atari.
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Postby Andre » Wed Nov 03, 2004 1:26 pm

VW wrote:Are there any places to look up stuff about porting games? My programming experience is mostly C/C++ but I did a bit with Assembler Editor back in the day.


There is a nice cross-development system: CC65 (C to 6502 Assembler; Atari 8-Bit libraries included). You may give it a try...
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Postby avram » Thu Nov 04, 2004 4:52 pm

I think a conversion of the Bard's Tale is being worked on by Wrathchild at atariage.com

Have a look here: http://www.atariage.com/forums/viewtopi ... highlight=
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Postby scottith » Thu Jun 16, 2016 4:18 am

Atari Frog wrote:Something strange about Winter Games now... The French magazine POKEY had a picture of the game displayed on the XEGS in an article. Was it a mock-up? I'll try to post it here...



What happened with this? Are there scans of the magazine available online somewhere?
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