Atari Legend - Latest News, Reviews and Interviews Legends Never Die! https://atarilegend.com/themes/templates/1/includes/icons/favicon.png 2020-06-24T00:00:00Z Atari Legend https://atarilegend.com/news/news.php Interview: Frank Schoonjans https://atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=47 2020-06-24T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard The Atari ST scene doesn't pay much attention to the more serious side of things, and that is a shame, because some really amazing business applications have their roots on the ST. In Germany, that ST was mainly sold as a business machine to begin with. A few weeks ago, I met Frank Schoonjans in the Atari ST Facebook group. Frank created the spreadsheet <a href="https://www.med-calc.com/legacysoftware/3dcalc/" class="standard_tile_link_black">3D-Calc</a> on the Atari ST. This program was added to the 'Atari business pack', a software bundle by Atari BENELUX, together with <a href="http://www.atarimania.com/utility-atari-st-that-s-write_29590.html" class="standard_tile_link_black">That's Write</a> and 'Astodat IV'. Globally, the program was distributed by Michtron. Join me as we take a deeper look... News: Interview with Frank Schoonjans, creator of 3D-Calc spreadsheet https://atarilegend.com/news/news.php?id=452 2020-06-24T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard The Atari ST scene doesn't pay much attention to the more serious side of things, and that is a shame, because some really amazing business applications have their roots on the ST. A few weeks ago, I met <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=47" class="standard_tile_link_black">Frank Schoonjans</a> on the Atari ST Facebook group. Frank created the spreadsheet <a href="https://www.med-calc.com/legacysoftware/3dcalc/" class="standard_tile_link_black">3D-Calc</a> on the Atari ST. This program was added to the 'Atari business pack', a software bundle by Atari BENELUX, together with <a href="http://www.atarimania.com/utility-atari-st-that-s-write_29590.html" class="standard_tile_link_black">That's Write</a> and 'Astodat IV'. Globally, the program was distributed by Michtron. Join me as we take a deeper<a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=47" class="standard_tile_link_black"> look</a>... Interview: David Walters https://atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=46 2020-06-10T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard These days with social media, it is so easy to get in touch with almost anyone. And when I saw the name David Walters pop up on my Twitter feed, I instantly knew who he was. David created one of the most infamous FPS games on the Atari ST. <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/games/games_detail.php?game_id=3269" class="standard_tile_link_black">Hellgate</a> has gotten a lot of hate and praise at the same time over the years. This game might seem a bit slow compared to <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/games/games_detail.php?game_id=3991" class="standard_tile_link_black">Wolfenstein</a> or <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/games/games_detail.php?game_id=3396" class="standard_tile_link_black">Substation</a>, but taking into account it was programmed in STOS, you can't deny the accomplishment that was made. News: A chat with 'Hellgate' programmer David Walters https://atarilegend.com/news/news.php?id=451 2020-06-10T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/games/games_detail.php?game_id=3269" class="standard_tile_link_black">Hellgate</a> was one of the most notorious of the FPS releases on the ST, hated and loved at the same time. An accomplishment, considering it was programmed in STOS 3D. What were they thinking? We let programmer <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=46" class="standard_tile_link_black">David Walters</a> explain... News: Interview with Retrobones member Dawid https://atarilegend.com/news/news.php?id=450 2020-05-29T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard There is a new game in the works called <a href="http://retrobones.com/" class="standard_tile_link_black">Vergeworld : Icarus rising</a>. The game will be available on a whole lot of 68K machines, including the Atari ST. We talked with story writer and community manager Dawid and went indepth on the game. Check it <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=45" class="standard_tile_link_black">out</a>. Interview: Dawid Wolski https://atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=45 2020-05-29T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard When I witnessed the first ever glimpses of a technique called <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voxel_Space" class="standard_tile_link_black">Voxel Space</a>, my jaw dropped to the floor. That was in 1993, on a friend's PC, and the game was called <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comanche_(video_game_series)" class="standard_tile_link_black">Commanche : Maximum Overkill</a>. Little did I know, that this was also possible on an Atari ST. And when reading the <a href="http://www.atari-forum.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=38578&hilit=vergeworld" class="standard_tile_link_black">thread</a> on Atari-Forum about a possible new game for the Atari family of home computers called Vergeworld : Icarus Rising, I had to get in touch with the guys from <a href="http://retrobones.com/" class="standard_tile_link_black">Retrobones</a> to learn more. Excited yet? Check this out. Review: Blood Money https://atarilegend.com/games/games_reviews_detail.php?review_id=153 2020-04-04T00:00:00Z Morcar Graphically, it's also nice on the eyes with well-defined graphics and animation. You really get the feeling that the developers put some thought and love into the game. Remember what I said about the large levels? Well these are wonderful and are very different to each other, they also scroll fairly smooth in all four directions. Review: Cybernoid - The Fighting Machine https://atarilegend.com/games/games_reviews_detail.php?review_id=159 2020-03-28T00:00:00Z Morcar When you boot up the game you’re presented with a fantastic loading picture of your ship. It's detailed with bold colours and it tells you <i>This is 16-bit, bitch</i>. Then you get the wonderful rendition of the Cybernoid theme that's on all the 8-bit versions. It's not exact but the changes still make it noticeable to anyone who knows it. News: More boxscans again https://atarilegend.com/news/news.php?id=449 2020-03-15T00:00:00Z Marcer Thanks must go to my atm favorite Original supplier:<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Kristian aka Krilar.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Many boxscans and Kryoflux dumps. all the Dumps will hopefully be able for download here, when our Web coders find free-time to haxxor it. <br /><br /> <br /><br /> Meanwhile, you can atleast enjoy the boxscans and game infos. <br /><br /> <br /><br /> // Marcer News: A chat with visual story teller Darren Doyle https://atarilegend.com/news/news.php?id=448 2019-12-09T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard I have been a long time fan of <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=44" class="standard_tile_link_black">Darren Doyle</a>. This scener is responsible for the amazing <a href="https://www.greyfoxbooks.com/product/atari-st-magazine-issue-one/" class="standard_tile_link_black">Atari ST Gamer magazine</a> and the <a href="https://www.greyfoxbooks.com/product/ataricrypt-magazine/" class="standard_tile_link_black">Atari Crypt magazine</a>. I love his visual style, which reminds me of the good ol' days of computer magazines. A few weeks ago the result of his succesfull Kickstarter, the book <a href="https://www.greyfoxbooks.com/product/the-atari-a-visual-history/" class="standard_tile_link_black">Atari : A Visual History</a>, was brought to my door by the postman. What an amazing treat. Enjoy this indepth <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=44" class="standard_tile_link_black">interview</a> in which Darren talks about his experiences in starting a publishing company for books and retro games. Interview: Darren Doyle https://atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=44 2019-12-09T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard Lately, some great Atari-related books have been released for all of us fanatics. One of those titles is <a href="https://www.greyfoxbooks.com/product/the-atari-a-visual-history/" class="standard_tile_link_black">Atari : A Visual History</a> from one of my favorite graphics artists, Darren Doyle. Although this book is not Atari ST related, it covers all there is to know about the Atari 8-bit. Knowing Darren's work I participated on the Kickstarter and boy, ever since the book arrived, I have been hooked. Darren is also responsible for the amazing digital magazines <a href="https://www.greyfoxbooks.com/product/atari-gamer-magazine/" class="standard_tile_link_black">Atari Gamer</a> and <a href="https://www.greyfoxbooks.com/product/atari-st-magazine-issue-one/" class="standard_tile_link_black">Atari ST Gamer</a>. Recently he started a game publishing company called <a href="https://www.bitmapsoft.co.uk/" class="standard_tile_link_black">BitmapSoft</a>. Read all about it in this in-depth interview. News: We talk to Karl Morris - Author of 'We Love Atari' https://atarilegend.com/news/news.php?id=447 2019-11-30T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard Last week a nice package came in the mail. Finally, the 2 volumes of <a href="http://www.zafinnbooks.com/" class="standard_tile_link_black">We Love Atari</a> made it to my doorstep. These books by Karl Morris ooze passion and a true love for Atari. I was so impressed by the depth and amount of historical detail found in these books, I just had to contact Karl for an <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=43" class="standard_tile_link_black">interview</a> to find out how it all started. Interview: Karl Morris https://atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=43 2019-11-30T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard Last week a nice package came in the mail. Finally, the 2 volumes of '<a href="http://www.zafinnbooks.com/" class="standard_tile_link_black">We Love Atari</a>' made it to my doorstep. These books by Karl Morris ooze passion and a true love for Atari. I was so impressed by the depth and amount of historical detail found in these books, I just had to contact Karl for an interview to find out how it all started. 'We Love Atari' covers the history of the brand from 1972 till 1996. Karl is not new to the Atari scene, going back as early as 1998 when he created his first Atari website. Want to learn more about some of the greatest Atari-related literature? Look no further. Interview: Mathieu Stempell https://atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=42 2019-10-16T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard You don't know Mathieu Stempell? Perhaps you are more acquainted with his nickname Dma-Sc. He has worked on so many productions on the Atari ST, demos as well as games, that I'm almost embarrassed that it took this long before we scored an interview with him. Mathieu is a self-made musician who knows almost everything there is to know about the YM chip. He is currently working on the soundtrack for the upcoming release <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/games/games_detail.php?game_id=6369" class="standard_tile_link_black">Athanor 2</a>. Check out the interview if you want to learn more about the history and future of one of the most important chip musicians in the ST scene today. News: Up close with chiptuner Dma-Sc https://atarilegend.com/news/news.php?id=446 2019-10-16T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard Dma-Sc is a nick that regularly pops up in the scene. In real life, this chip musician goes by the name of Mathieu Stempell. I met Mathieu at the STNICCC party in 2015 and while he is one of the most important Atari ST chiptuners of the past years, he has such a nice and down to earth personality. Check out the <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=42" class="standard_tile_link_black">interview</a> to learn more about his past and his future plans. News: Creating Wolf3D - Ray shares all the details https://atarilegend.com/news/news.php?id=444 2019-10-02T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard Ray seems to be one of those guys who have done the impossible. In his case, it was converting the amazing id Software classic Wolfenstein 3D to the Atari ST. Everybody who has played this version on his humble ST will agree with me. And we had the chance to talk to the scener who is responsible for one of the coolest accomplishments in Atari ST gaming history.Want to learn more? Check out the interview <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=41" class="standard_tile_link_black">here</a>. Interview: Reimund Dratwa https://atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=41 2019-10-02T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard Ray seems to be one of those guys who have done the impossible. In his case, it was converting the amazing <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Id_Software" class="standard_tile_link_black">id Software</a> classic <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/games/games_detail.php?game_id=3991" class="standard_tile_link_black">Wolfenstein 3D</a> to the Atari ST. Everybody who has played this version on his humble ST will agree with me. And we had the chance to talk to the scener who is responsible for one of the coolest accomplishments in Atari ST gaming history. News: Synthwave alert - An interview with Stefan Benz / Lotek Style https://atarilegend.com/news/news.php?id=443 2019-09-17T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard If there is one man who has done his share of contributions to the Atari ST scene, it must be Stefan Benz. He is the founder of projects like Fading Twilight and Fujiology, main Atari ST archivist at demozoo.org, full time YM Rocker and member of The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation. He has been creating chiptunes since the early 90's and has recently released his first synthwave album called Laser Days. If you are a fan of Atari ST demos, the scene or music, this has got to be your cup of tea! Check it out <a href="https://www.atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=40" class="standard_tile_link_black">here</a>. Interview: Stefan Benz https://atarilegend.com/interviews/interviews_detail.php?selected_interview_id=40 2019-09-17T00:00:00Z ST Graveyard If there is one man who has done his share of contributions to the Atari ST scene, it must be Stefan Benz. He is the founder of projects like Fading Twilight and Fujiology, the main Atari ST archivist at demozoo.org, full time YM Rocker and member of The Sirius Cybernetics Corporation. He has been creating chiptunes since the early 90s and has recently released his first synthwave album called Laser Days. If you are a fan of Atari ST demos, the scene or music, this has got to be your cup of tea! News: Box scanning and buying originals! https://atarilegend.com/news/news.php?id=442 2019-09-13T00:00:00Z Marcer In the last few months, I was lucky enough to borrow Krilar's complete originals collection, for dumping and box-scanning. <br /><br /> <br /><br /> Now he has got into dumping and scanning too and he has supplied his own preservation dumps too. Many thanks mate!!<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Meanwhile, whilst I was working out the original games, a small devil woke up inside me. <br /><br /> - Hey some boxes are cool. <br /><br /> - Hello Ebay! <br /><br /> <br /><br /> Now i have started to collect and buy original games like a madman.<br /><br /> The majority of the games I personally try to buy are missing from our database, nor are they available elsewhere.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> So work is going on in the shadows here on Atari Legend. We are beavering away to get as much information, box scans and preparations for the hosting of these original disk dumps are on-going.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> Marcer / Atari Legend<br /><br />