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February 28, 2006

The 2006 Atari 2600 Champion

Congratulations to Chris who in a dramatic finale pulled off the upset and eeked out an 11th round win in Activision Boxing. His handshake afterwards was very weak and I am certain that his thumbs will have to be looked at by a Doctor!

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February 27, 2006

Thank You!

Thank you for joining us at NWCGE 2K6 and the Atari Championships this past weekend!

A special Thank You to Joe Decuir for a great keynote and some unique insights into the relations between the Atari 2600 and the Xbox 360! Thanks to David Galloway and Bob Montgomery, homebrew programmers and true Atarians for some phenomenal demos and keynote. Thanks to Jim Valley for a great KIRO 710 interview with Joe Decuir, for getting our link on there and for the touching finish to a crowning Championship Finale.

Thanks to all of our Sponsors and Vendors! Thanks for keeping the spirit of classic gaming alive!

Also a big Thank You to Rick our main organizer, Lee, Rob, Nate, Alison, Tina, John in no particular order... ah well, there are just too darn many to list you all! Comment here if you must have your name on here! :)

We promise to be back bigger and better next year but no need to wait that long - check us out at the SAKURA CON in March!

February 24, 2006

What, When, Where, How Much?

NorthWest Classic Games Enthusiasts Expo 2006
FEBRUARY 25-26, 2006

Come see the beginnings of the video game industry and how it has evolved from the early days of Pong and Atari to today's present system offerings from Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft. Play, compete for prizes, and meet gaming fanatics just like YOU. In addition, you'll be able to buy, sell, and trade videogames of all different systems.
In the Annual Atari 2600 Championships you can compete for the grand prize by playing your way through multiple rounds (qualification, elimination, finals). If you can hold an Atari joystick you can win!

NorthWest Classic Games Enthusiasts Expo 2006
Saturday 2/25 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 2/26 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Annual NorthWest Atari 2600 Championship
Sunday 2/26 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Holiday Inn
Seattle Sea-Tac Intl Airport
17338 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA 98188

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How Much?
One Day: $10 (no Atari 2600 Championship)
Two Days: $15 (no Atari 2600 Championship)

Atari 2600 Championship: $15 (includes Sunday admission)

Special Guests?
Joe Decuir - one of the original designers, engineers and game programmers of the Atari 2600 console - will hold a keynote on Sunday 2/26 @ noon. Joe has also worked on computer modems, the Amiga computer and much more!
David Galloway - programmer of the new Atari 2600 games 'Football' and 'Amiga Boing 2.0' - will show demos and sell his new games! David and Bob will have a keynote on Saturday 2/25 around noon.
Bob Montgomery - creator of 'Go Fish!' and 'Reindeer Rescue' for the Atari 2600 - has demos, Atari songs and lots of games to show.

February 19, 2006

Show release of Mr. Roboto for Odyssey 2

Packrat Videogames is please to announce the release of a new Odyssey 2 game at this year's NWCGE show: Mr. Roboto!

Anybody that saw this awesome game at CGE last fall agrees that this has to be one of the best if not the best Odyssey 2 game out there!

Combining strategic chess-like elements with fast paced shooting and dodging action Mr. Roboto sets a new standard for the Odyssey 2. If you have ever played Archon on the Atari 8-bits or the Commodore 64 then imagine the same concept implemented on the Odyssey 2. Impossible you say? Well, Mr. Roboto pulls it off!

Brilliant action, great graphics, nice sound effects, Mr. Roboto is a must-have for the Odyssey 2!

Show Exclusive Game ATRIX for Atari 2600

NWCGE is proud to announce a show exclusive game for the Atari 2600: ATRIX. Imagine The Matrix Atari-style! This unique game plays unlike any other Atari game you've seen and has very addictive qualities!

There will also be an ATRIX contest with the winner getting a free copy of ATRIX for the Atari 2600!

ATRIX (limited run) for the Atari 2600, NWCGE show exclusive!

ATRIX is more then just a hack of IXION, Thomas Jentzsch (SWOOPS!, Thrust plus, Jammed) made many changes to IXION to make it more fun and more of a challenge. some of the things changed:
+ bug fixes:
+ constant 262 scanlines (was 260/261)
+ missile bounce dir (one angle was completely wrong)
+ make the game harder:
+ less lives (-50%) (was 6, now 3)
+ less time (-25%)
+ less own missile bounces (-50%) (was 2, now 1)
+ shorter orb movement (-33%)
+ less enemy shots delay (-50%)
+ faster enemy shots (+100%)
+ faster enemy respawn (-50%)
+ less enemy turning delay (-~33%)
+ scoring:
+ more blocks for 10k bonus score (was 103, now 105)
+ less points for old 10k bonus (was 10k now 5k)
+ less points for old 15k bonus (was 15k, now 10k)
+ plus some additional graphical hacks and enhancements were made to reflect the storyline mentioned below and to add a spiffy NWCGE Expo title screen.

The story behind ATRIX....
It seems that Winky's latest adventure has led him down a dark futuristic path. He must deal with the machines of Xion. In a mixed up story about destiny and the chosen one. Things couldn't have gotten any worse. In trying to keep ahead of the Agents Smith and Brown, the Sentinels are hot on his tail.
Armed with little more than a magical sword, Winky soon found himself in well over his head. The oracle never mentioned that it would come to this. It is up to you to jack into the ATRIX and guide the Nebucanezzera ship to free Winky from the ATRIX and save all of the A-T-A-R-I digital history, preserving forever the promise of Xion. There is no time for trilogies, the time is now.
Winky is NOT the one. Rather, he is just an innocent by-stander caught between pixels of the past and the future of polygons. Save him.... while there is time!

Getting in is easy. Help Winky escape... and you may live.

February 14, 2006

Event Location

NorthWest Classic Games Enthusiasts Expo 2006

Multiple people asked for a map of the event location here you go:

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And here is a link Sea-Tac Holiday Inn.