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Inside the Homebrew Atari 2600 Scene
Thursday, May 20th, 2004   |  Read the Full Article

“Have you played Atari today?” was an ad jingle for the Atari 2600 VCS game console during its reign in the early years of the video game industry, from the late 1970s to early 1980s. That question that could apply even now, thanks to the passion of programmers who’ve continued to make new Atari games for the past few years. These “homebrew” games come in cartridge form (for use on actual Atari 2600 consoles) and have free public releases as code that runs on Atari 2600 emulators. (Homebrew developers use two of the most popular emulators, z26 and Stella, to test their games.) Emulators have greatly increased the audience for homebrew games outside of those who still own the consoles.



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