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September 6, 2012
Christmas Bytes
Get A Slow Year and Racing the Beam when you support this indie film about videogames in 1982 on Kickstarter
A few months ago Brett Neveu sent me a script for a movie he is producing, about a group of teenagers hoping to get an Atari VCS for Christmas 1982. The script is fun and charming, sitting somewhere just between Dazed and Confused and Ferris Bueller's Day Off. There's now ...
April 25, 2012
Star Castle for Atari VCS
D. Scott Williamson's "impossible" adaptation
In the fifth chapter of Racing the Beam, Nick and I discuss Howard Scott Warshaw's popular Atari game Yars' Revenge. The game is often called Atari's most successful original game for the Atari 2600, but in fact it was originally meant to be an adaptation of Star Castle, a then-popular ...
November 28, 2011
Innovative Leisure Opening
Video with talks by me, Jesse Fuchs, Sonny Rae Tempest
I had previously mentioned Innovative Leisure, a show of new games for Atari I curated at Babycastles. The opening took place almost two weeks ago, but due to travel and then the Thanksgiving holiday, it's taken me this long to follow up. Thanks to Ida Benedetto, you can watch this ...
November 10, 2011
Innovative Leisure
An exhibition of new games for the Atari
I'm curating an exhibit of new Atari games at Babycastles, which opens this Sunday, November 13th. It's called Innovative Leisure (a term I lifted from an early Atari slogan) and will take place at a new art games arcade at Death By Audio. The show exhibits games by Sonny Ray ...
October 3, 2011
The Unbearable Lightness of Clicking
Leigh Alexander on my games
Popular game enthusiast site Kotaku just published an article by my friend and game writer Leigh Alexander, about my last two games, Cow Clicker and A Slow Year. My good friend Frank Lantz makes several appearances. I guess I'm not going to say much more about the article, except that ...
July 18, 2011
Atari VCS Programming in TextMate
An easier way to make Atari games on your Mac
Download the TextMate Atari VCS Support Installer (Mac OS X 10.5+, 60k)Several years ago I was really getting heavily into Atari VCS programming—for teaching, for art, and for research on Racing the Beam. VCS programming is notoriously hard at first, but like anything once you get the hang of it, ...
June 22, 2011
A Slow Year Limited Edition
Photos of the signed, numbered set of twenty-five
I started working on my Atari "game poems" project A Slow Year almost exactly three years ago. I had spent an idle summer afternoon writing 6502 assembly on the couch, and the first versions of the summer game took form. Slowly, over time, the work revealed itself to me: a ...
June 17, 2011
A Slow Year Nears
Box and book preview
I'm spending this week and the start of next putting the final touches on the limited editions of A Slow Year. This involves a lot of trimming and glueing, as I'm attaching images and plaques to their final homes on books and boxes. It's hard to explain how good it ...
June 14, 2011
A Joyboard Game Rediscovered
New Versions of lost Video Soft Titles for Atari
In the description of my Amiga/Joyboard homage game Guru Meditation, I made the following statement: As far as I know there have been no games released for the joyboard since Mogul Maniac (not counting two unreleased Amiga prototypes from the early 80s), so Guru Meditation also reminds us of ...
November 22, 2010
A Slow Year is Now Available
Please buy one!
I'm happy to announce that my award-winning game A Slow Year is now available for purchase. I often have the pleasure of announcing a new videogame I've made or book I've written. Today I get to do both for a single release, as A Slow Year is both a book ...
November 8, 2010
A Slow Year Limited Editions
Let me know if you want one.
A Slow Year is about to ship, and I'll be posting information about it in the very near future. As I've mentioned before, the game will be released in two editions, both packaged as unusual books of poetry: a Windows/Mac edition running in a custom emulator, and a numbered, signed ...
October 13, 2010
A Slow Year Wins at Indiecade
My Atari VCS game earns Virtuoso, Vanguard awards
Last week and weekend I exhibited A Slow Year, my Atari VCS game poem project, at Indiecade. The show and the conference were fantastic, and it was a pleasure to meet new friends, see old ones, hear great talks, and see great games. I was particularly happy to meet Gaijin ...
September 29, 2010
A Slow Year Cover Art
The book jacket for my game
A Slow Year has gone to the printer at long last. I thought I'd share the jacket art. I've shown the illustration here before, but not the cover. This is the jacket for the standard edition, which will be available in trade paperback with software for Windows and Mac. The ...
August 1, 2010
Halo 2600
Ed Fries demakes Halo for Atari
Ed Fries, who used to run game publishing for Xbox, has created a demake of Halo for the Atari 2600. I'd talked to Ed about the project when I was exhibiting A Slow Year at the IGF this year, and he'd been kind enough to show me some late stage ...
June 25, 2010
Playful & Playable
Plus yet another update on A Slow Year
My forthcoming game A Slow Year is on exhibit at a show curated by Lara Sánchez Coterón, Playful & Playable: Critica y Experimentacion con Videojuegos. It runs until September 15 at Sala Amarica, in Vitoria Gasteiz (in northern Spain). Here's a description of the exhibition, which also includes work by ...
June 2, 2010
A Slow Tease
Updates on the Development and Release of A Slow Year
One of the lovely things about making a videogame called A Slow Year is that I can take as damn well long as I please to get it done. But that doesn't mean I don't owe an update to those of you who have been following the game. At the ...
March 20, 2010
I Wore Pixel Socks
Interview about A Slow Year
At the IGF, Adam Niese over at PixelSocks interviewed me about A Slow Year. The interview is now online, and you can read it at PixelSocks.com. Issues we discussed include the idea of the "game poem," how instructions and other meta-textual materials contribute to a work, reactions and expectations for ...
March 12, 2010
A Slow Year Cover Art
GDC continues, and I owe this site updates. For now, a small one. I gave a short talk about A Slow Year at the Nuovo Sessions today, in which I revealed the cover and label art for the game. I thought I'd post those here for the rest of you, ...
March 10, 2010
An Atari Travels
My VCS Goes to GDC
As you may remember, I brought my Atari out to GDC for the Independent Game Festival. It's been having an unusual time indeed during its travels, and I believe it hasn't seen this much excitement in some 33 years. Here are some highlights: In the Delta SkyClub Stowed under the ...
March 5, 2010
Exhaust Objects
Thoughts from an Atari 1978 Board and ROM
In anticipation of the Independent Game Festival next week, today I constructed the first two cartridges of A Slow Year. More on that soon, but for now I wanted to share the object below, residue from the construction. It's a board holding a 2k mask ROM for an Atari game. ...