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Jagfest 2002 Goes to New Dimensions


For Immediate Release:

June 1st, 2002

(St. Louis, MO.)-- In what could be considered an unprecedented move, the organizers of The Sixth Annual Atari Jaguar Festival have decided to broaden the scope of the event by showcasing not only the Atari Jaguar, but classic and next generation systems. Adding to this, Jagfest 2k2 will also provide an avenue for creators of "homebrew" software to show their creations to the world. Last years Jagfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin set the stage by allowing non Atari systems to have a limited presence. This year that idea will be taken further by making their inclusion official.

James Garvin, owner of OMC Games and a principal organizer of this year's Jagfest, states: "Jagfest symbolizes what can happen when a group of gamers actually care about their games, and it has survived this long because of dedication from its community. Our goal is to insure that Jagfest will survive for years to come, and to do this the concept of what Jagfest stands for can be expanded to include gaming in general. The "Jag" in Jagfest won't be lost, though. It will still retain a major presence in the show, but gamers of all types should be able to share some of the same heritage that has kept the Jaguar alive after all of these years. This change is just a natural progression of the show."

Daniel Iacovelli, Founder and President of The Atari Video Club and co-organizer of this year’s Jagfest also states:” The addition of old school and next generation will add a new dimension to the event. My club has seen the progression of this event since its start in 1997, from just Atari Jaguar and Lynx being shown at the first event to the addition of classic systems shown at the last year’s event, it just seemed natural to continue from that plus extending it to new dimensions”.

The Sixth Annual Atari Jaguar Festival (dubbed Jagfest 2k2) is being held in downtown St. Louis, Missouri at The Mayfair Wyndham Historic Hotel. (806 St. Charles Street St.Louis, Missouri 63101. Phone: 314-421-2500) on Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th 2002.

For more information On Jag fest 2k2 e-mail Greg George at greg@ataritimes.com, James Garvin at omc@omcgames.com ,Daniel Iacovelli at atarivideoclub@yahoo.com or JT August at starsabre@worldnet.att.net visit the Jagfest 2002 site at http://omcgames.com/jagfest (be sure to visit the Jag fest message board and post your ideas for this event.)

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Sixth annual Atari Jaguar Festival to be held Downtown St. Louis

For immediate Release:

April 17, 2002

Greg George webmaster of The Atari Times, James Garvin of OMC Games and Daniel Iacovelli Chairperson of The Atari Video Club/Jaguar Community United has agreed to host the Sixth Annual Atari Jaguar Festival (dubbed Jagfest 2k2) in downtown St. Louis, Missouri at The Mayfair Wyndham Historic Hotel. (806 St. Charles Street St. Louis, Missouri 63101. Phone: 314-421-2500.) For the first time this event will be held on two days instead of one, Friday, July 12th and Saturday, July 13th 2002.

The scheduled time for the event is 10am to 6pm on the first day and 10am to 4pm on the second day (a full schedule of events will be announced in the days to come).

Admission cost for this event is $25.00 for those who wish to pre-pay and $30.00 for those who wish pay at the door; this cost covers for both days. At this time table prices are estimated to be: Visitor tables: $40.00 Dealer Tables: $50.00 (extra tables are $5.00 each) (Table Fees are subject to change)

For more information On Jag fest 2k2 e-mail Greg George at greg@ataritimes.com, James Garvin at omc@omcgames.com or Daniel Iacovelli at atarivideoclub@yahoo.com or visit the Jagfest 2002 site at http://omcgames.com/jagfest/jf2k2.html (be sure to visit the Jag fest message board and post your ideas for this event.)

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SCATOLOGIC INC. NOW SHIPPING BATTLESPHERE GOLD™: THE LIMITED EDITION ENHANCED BATTLESPHERE™

March 15, 2002 

For immediate release: 

ALBANY, NY -- To Commemorate the Second Anniversary of the release of BattleSphere™, ScatoLOGIC Inc. Announces the release of BattleSphere Gold™, a special enhanced and upgraded Anniversary Special Limited Edition of their Runaway Smash Hit  BattleSphere™ Game.

The addition of a totally new data compression algorithm has enabled the ScatoLOGIC design team to pack countless refinements into the BattleSphere Gold™ cartridge, yet maintain compatibility with the Original  BattleSphere™ Cartridge for networked gaming action.

ScatoLOGIC COO Douglas Engel says: The Gold Version contains more updates than we can count. Most of the  animations have been completely redone. The number of cheat codes has been nearly tripled. A cool new alien menace  has been added to Gauntlet. Small bugs have been corrected. The menu system has been reworked.  Rendering efficiency has been enhanced in some aspects up to 40%. With all of these additions, there was still room left over for  two hidden bonus games and the JUGS-DD™ JagCD encryption nullifier. The bonus games will surely please the classic  gaming fans, and everyone will be pleased to know that JUGS-DD™ is now available to the public, allowing new  software to be released for the JagCD.

 To further distinguish the BattleSphere Gold™ Edition, each Cartridge is contructed using crystal  clear Polycarbonate Materials, and is packaged in Special Edition BattleSphere Gold™ packaging with \ the BattleSphere Gold™ Seal of Authenticity. 

 As an added bonus, each BattleSphere Gold™ is shipped with a complete JUGS™ Development Kit, and the  ScatoLOGIC Demo CD™, demonstrating the amazing JUGS-DD™ CD Encryption Nullifier feature. 

 BattleSphere Gold™ is available from http://www.battlesphere.com.

Copyright 2000-2002 ScatoLOGIC Inc. All rights reserved. This article may  be reprinted in its entirety. BattleSphere™ is copyright and  trademark 4Play/ScatoLOGIC. All rights reserved.


PROTECT HAVEN-7 ONCE AGAIN!

March 15, 2002

For immediate release:

ROCHESTER, MN -- Anxious Jaguar fans will be happy to know that Protector: Special Edition (P:SE) is almost here. The official release date is April 10, 2002, and the retail price is an incredible $74.95, which includes the bonus glass-mastered Native Demo CD at no additional charge. Orders may be sent via check/MO or PayPal starting on April 3, 2002.

P:SE builds on the immensely popular Protector for the Atari Jaguar with a bundle of new and groundbreaking enhancements, including 40 all-new levels and gameplay improvements to make the game even more enjoyable and challenging for newcomers and pros alike. More jaw-dropping landscapes and backgrounds are sure to keep players hungering for each new level, and several new songs have been added to the mix as well. All-new for this version are a number of high-color RGB title and special screens throughout the game, and some cool rewards for players who dare to complete the game.

As if that wasn't enough, Songbird owner Carl Forhan also indicated that P:SE will include two incredible features to help spur hobby development and lower costs for future CD-based games: BJL and JagFree CD. BJL is an open hobby protocol for downloading Jaguar games to RAM, and is a cost-effective alternative for developing new games. JagFree CD allows new CD games to be published and played easily on any consumer Jaguar CD unit. And the inclusion of an all-new 2048 byte serial EEPROM for saved game data on P:SE allows room for up to 15 games to hold data in addition to P:SE itself.

Several new JagFree CD software projects are currently under development; more details will be forthcoming soon. Look for the copyrighted JagFree CD logo on all current and future Jaguar CD software to ensure compatibility with the versatile JagFree CD standard.

Songbird Productions is the premier developer and publisher for the Atari Lynx and Jaguar. To keep up to date with the latest news at Songbird Productions, be sure to visit the company web site at http://songbird.atari.net . JagFree CD is copyright and trademark 2001 Songbird Productions. Protector is a trademark of Bethesda Softworks. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. All rights reserved. This message may be reprinted in its entirety


SCATOLOGIC INC. SHIPS FIRST NEW JAGUAR CD SOFTWARE SINCE 1997

March 14, 2002

For immediate release:

ALBANY, NY -- ScatoLOGIC Inc. releases the first new software for the Jaguar CD since 1997.

ScatoLOGIC Inc. is pleased to announce the release of their first Jaguar CD title. Designed to run on any Jaguar CD unit which has an encryption / verification defeater cartridge installed, the ScatoLOGIC Demo CD becomes the first new CD software to be produced in several years. 

The ScatoLOGIC Demo CD™ comes packed with several never before seen demo programs, including  the amazing JAZ 3D and Sound Demo, the Sinister Slam Racer Demo, the ScatoLOGIC Music Player Mark II,  the Native Demo, and many, many more! 

The ScatoLOGIC Demo CD will load on any standard Jaguar CD console which uses a CD encryption  defeater.

The ScatoLOGIC Demo CD is now shipping at the incredibly low  price of $14.95. 

Go to http://www.scatologic.com or http://www.battlesphere.com for instructions on  how to place an order. 

Copyright 2000-2002 ScatoLOGIC Inc. All rights reserved. This article may  be reprinted in its entirety. BattleSphere™ is copyright and  trademark 4Play/ScatoLOGIC. All rights reserved.


LOCK AND LOAD, IT'S TIME FOR CYBERVIRUS!

February 4, 2002

For immediate release:

ROCHESTER, MN -- CyberVirus will begin shipping to eager Lynx fans on February 18, 2002. The retail price is $42.95 plus shipping ($5 for USA/Canada, $8 for international). PayPal orders may be sent to songbird@atari.net, and check/MO orders may be sent using the printable order form available on http://songbird.atari.net. All international orders should use PayPal unless other arrangements have been made directly with Songbird.

CyberVirus takes Lynx gaming to an entirely new level by offering 16 action-packed missions all set in an amazing 3D environment. You are a soldier inserted deep into enemy territory, where you alone hold the key to turn back the Cybot threat. Avoid land mines and hunt for weapon prototypes while repelling robots, mutant spiders, and other enemies. This general release of CyberVirus contains many new features, including stealth armor, strafing movement, powerups, storyboards, an enhanced mission select screen, new objectives, all-new cheats and easter eggs, and more.

Songbird Productions is the premier developer and publisher for the Atari Lynx and Jaguar. To keep up to date with the latest news at Songbird Productions, be sure to visit the company web site at http://songbird.atari.net. CyberVirus is copyright and trademark 2001 Songbird Productions. All rights reserved. This message may be reprinted in its entirety.


NEW JAGUAR AND LYNX GAMES ON THE PROWL IN 2002

January 10, 2002

For immediate release:

ROCHESTER, MN -- Two years ago today Songbird Productions announced the acquisition of three properties from former Atari Lynx and Jaguar developer Beyond Games, including the highly-anticipated CyberVirus. Songbird today announced the official release date for CyberVirus as February 18, 2002.

CyberVirus takes Lynx gaming to an entirely new level by offering 16 action-packed missions all set in an amazing 3D environment. You are a soldier inserted deep into enemy territory, where you alone hold the key to turn back the Cybot threat. Avoid land mines and hunt for weapon prototypes while repelling robots, mutant spiders, and other enemies. This general release of CyberVirus contains many new features, including stealth armor, strafing movement, powerups, storyboards, an enhanced mission select screen, new objectives, all-new cheats and easter eggs, and more.

Songbird continues its tradition of unparalleled support for orphaned Atari systems by also announcing the release of Protector: Special Edition (P:SE) on April 10, 2002. This games builds on the immensely popular Protector for the Atari Jaguar with a bundle of new enhancements, including 40 all-new levels and improvements in gameplay and balance to make the game fun and challenging for newcomers and pros alike. More jaw-dropping landscapes and backgrounds are sure to keep players hungering for each new level, and several new songs have been added to the mix as well.

As if that wasn't enough, Songbird owner Carl Forhan also indicated that P:SE will include two incredible features to help spur hobby development and lower costs for future CD-based games: BJL and JagFree CD. BJL is a hobby protocol for downloading Jaguar games to RAM, and is a cost-effective alternative for developing new games. JagFree CD allows new CD games to be published and played easily on any consumer Jaguar CD unit.

At press time, Carl revealed plans to bundle a CD game with P:SE. Carl commented, "I want every Jaguar fan who purchases P:SE to know that the JagFree CD feature is present and works correctly with properly produced Jaguar CDs. Thus, I've been able to work out a deal to include the demo version of Native on CD with P:SE. While only a one level demo, Native is an impressive start to a game I know many Jaguar fans are anxious to see in action." Carl indicated other CD games were also in the works and would be available in the near future.

When asked if there is anything else fans can look forward to in the two new games, Carl responded, "There is a special treat waiting for players who finish these games. All I'll say is you'll definitely want to reach the end on both of them."

If you would like to chat with Carl Forhan and other Atari fans about these exciting developments, be sure to drop by The Atari Times' chatroom (http://www.ataritimes.com) at 10pm CST today, Thursday, January 10th, 2002.

Songbird Productions is the premier developer and publisher for the Atari Lynx and Jaguar. To keep up to date with the latest news at Songbird Productions, be sure to visit the company web site at http://songbird.atari.net. CyberVirus and JagFree CD are copyright and trademark 2001 Songbird Productions. Protector is a trademark of Bethesda Softworks. All rights reserved. This message may be reprinted in its entirety.