Yars’ Revenge Cartridge

While cleaning up my computer room, I ran across my Yars’ Revenge cartridge for the Atari 2600.

Nothing special about it; Atari made thousands (maybe millions) of them.

Oh wait, I almost forgot: mine was signed by Howard Scott Warshaw, the creator of Yars’ Revenge.

Someday, if possible, I’d like to also get the cart signed by Ray Kassar, former CEO of Atari. For those of you who don’t know, “Yar” is “Ray” backwards. In the game’s manual, players learn that Yars are from the planet Razak (Kassar, reversed phonetically).

Fans of the game should check out Sean Hartter’s custom Yars’ Revenge artwork and The Retroist’s minimalist Yars’ Revenge Wallpaper. If you would like to know more about the development of Yars’ Revenge, check out the amazing book Racing the Beam. It’s a must read for anyone who has ever wondered how programmers squeezed all that magic out of the Atari 2600.

And, if you want to know how to beat the game … here you go:

Howard Scott Warshaw – Once Upon Atari


An absolute heartfelt round of applause to IGN’s Video Channel over on YouTube for posting these tantalizing bits of the documentary by Howard Scott Warshaw, the designer of Yar’s Revenge, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and of course E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600. Once Upon Atari takes us back to the “Glory Days” of the company through interviews with those programmers and visionaries that had a hand in crafting the foundation of the video games we all love playing today.

You can purchase the DVD over on Howard’s website, by following his link above. Each “episode” on the DVD is about 30 minutes long of which there are four and they’ve cut the price of this documentary to $29.99! When I receive my own copy I’ll be sure to give a more thorough review but just those little snippets on YouTube have me begging for more.

A huge thanks to Atari Age for the great pic up top!

Want To Play Star Castle On The Atari 2600?

While awaiting the next episode of The Walking Dead I happened to stumble upon this YouTube video by chilledbroccoli that has a brief interview with D. Scott Williamson, a fan of the Atari 2600 who didn’t agree with Yar’s Revenge creator, Howard Scott Warshaw, when in interviews stated it would be impossible to port the classic Star Castle to the 2600 home system.