Sunday, March 5, 2017
I sometimes feel like I am a piece of 40 year old hardware that is struggling to keep up with the rapidly changing times. I may never fully understand the functionality of some of these advances, and many of them will go right over my head, BUT there is one thing I still know how to do, and that's play video games. So as I work my way back into the 2600 Homebrewing universe, I'm coming at it the only way I know how: as a gamer.
As a part of this effort, I'm going to create two new features here on Electric Frankfurter that will hopefully help keep me on track and keep the ol' blog updated with new content on a more regular basis. The first project is an ongoing development tracker which will be my attempt to stay abreast of any and all homebrew games in development for the Atari 2600. This is going to be tricky in the current climate with so many developers out there working on both the original assembly programming platform and the new batariBasic platform and who knows what else. It used to be that 90% of Atari homebrewing was concentrated in the Atariage.com community; a community in which I still participate and strongly recommend as one of the best places to hang out on the internet. I will be using Atariage and a couple of other outlets as my primary source for the goings-on in the homebrew world. However, I would love any heads up from you, the humble reader, if you are aware of an active project that I have missed. I want to keep this project tracker as a way of knowing for myself what is coming up as well as perhaps provide a valuable resource to the homebrewing community. It is my intention to update the tracker weekly at a minimum and more often if there is more activity.
So with any luck, I'm going to try to rev up the engine and give EF its vigor back by indulging in an aspect of my video game hobby that has long been under-enjoyed. Come along with me, check out some cool games for the most classic video game system ever, and join in the conversation. It'll be fun.