Train2Game News Atari 2600 returns for Christmas

One of the most iconic video games consoles, the Atari 2600 is returning as a handheld console and innovative plug and play TV joystick in time for Christmas 2018.

The ‘Atari “Retro” Handheld‘ features the immortalised “wood” effect and includes 50 classic games built-in, including: Asteroids®, Pong®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, Breakout®, Millipede® and more.

In addition to featuring a 2.4″ screen, it also includes A/V output (with HDMI adapter available) and super responsive buttons with a stylish analogue control stick.

The ‘Atari “Retro” Plug and Play TV Joystick‘ features a progressive design, with the inclusion of an arcade style button on top of the controller and will connect to your TV with the included A/V cable (or HDMI with an available adapter). It will feature the same 50 built-in games as the handheld.

Pre-orders from FunstockRetro.co.uk will also receive an exclusive limited edition Centipede coin:

The range is officially licensed by Atari and is being developed by PQube, the leading distributor of retro gaming hardware in Europe.

The range was originally announced in 2017 however, development has seen the product range move to October 19th 2018. A lot of care and attention has been put into remaining faithful to the Atari brand and the outcome will be worth the wait. The new images in this announcement are photos of the latest samples, ahead of final production and give the first glimpse of the final design.

CEO of PQube, David Pain quoted:
“We are delighted to be working with Atari on this amazing project. Having sold over a million retro gaming consoles, we have taken the extensive feedback from press, retail and the consumer to develop new range of hardware that is faithful to the Atari brand”

CEO of Atari, Frederik Chesnais quoted:
“We are thrilled to partner with PQube on the compact handheld and Plug and Play TV Joystick,” said Fred Chresnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari. “Both products are packed with nostalgic and fun-filled games that will give our fans the opportunity to relive the golden age of videogames wherever they go.”

The “Atari ‘Retro’ Handheld console” will retail for just £34.99 and the “Atari ‘Retro’ TV Plug and Play Joystick” at just £24.99. It is available to pre-order now at Europe’s Number One Retro Gaming Destination, FunstockRetro.co.uk

Train2game News SEGA Art Prints

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Funstock.co.uk today announced a brand new range of officially licensed SEGA art prints (in common poster sizes) featuring iconic imagery from classic titles; Sonic The Hedgehog, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Shinobi and Alex Kidd.

The majority of this stunning collection is scheduled for release at the end of March, however, there are 2 sets of Limited Edition prints that are scheduled to co-inside with Sonic the Hedgehog’s 25th Anniversary (in June) with one piece releasing in April and the second one in May. The Limited Edition prints are all hand numbered and limited to just 995 prints!

The range features a split of prints across magnificent 300GSM textured paper and 300GSM paper in a variety of sizes and 14 unique designs.

The SEGA Art Prints are available at: www.funstock.co.uk .

Train2Game News Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium

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Europe’s Number One Retro Gaming Destination, Funstock.co.uk, announce the release of Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium by Bitmap Books.

The book celebrates the visual side of the glorious Amiga computer and Amiga games. Each spread features a beautiful image and insight from prominent Amiga developers, artists and journalists; ranging from a mini review from an ex-journalist such as Gary Penn or Steve Jarratt, to illustrations from renowned artists such as Roger Dean (Psygnosis) and Bob Wakelin (Ocean) printed in all their full-colour glory. The book also feature game maps, loading screens and stunning artwork.

The book is over 420 pages long, printed lithographically in magnificent quality with an elegant design and layout.

Industry legends such as David Perry (Supremacy), Dino Dini (Kick Off, Goal!), Jon Hare (Sensible Software), Ron Gilbert (LucasArts) and many, many more contributed to the writing of the book.

This is the second book by high-end computer game artwork specialists Bitmap Books – their first, Commodore 64: A Visual Commpendium, is currently available to purchase.

The foreword has been written by ex-Sensible Software graphic artist Stoo Cambridge, who made his name creating the artwork for classic games such as Cannon Fodder and Sensible Soccer.

The book, titled “Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium” by Bitmap Books is available to buy now, exclusively at www.funstock.co.uk

Train2Game News From Bedrooms to Billions out now

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“From Bedrooms To Billions” – a movie documenting the history of the UK games industry is OUT NOW exclusively at Europe’s Number One Retro Gaming Destination, Funstock.co.uk

After being successfully funded via Kickstarter the creators went on to develop a fascinating 150 minute in-depth journey told through interviews and archive footage featuring industry legends including Peter Molyneux, Ian Livingstone, David Perry, David Braben, Ben Daglish, Oliver Frey, Miles Jacobson, Jeff Minter and many more.

The movie tells the story of how the creativity and vision of a relatively small number of individuals allowed the UK to play a key, pioneering role in shaping the billion dollar video games industry.

In addition to the original 150min documentary the Special Edition version (available on Blu-Ray and DVD) features over 150min of additional content, numerous game ‘making of’ features, industry stories and ‘making music on the C64’ features with Rob Hubbard and Fred Gray.

General Manager of Funstock.co.uk, Andy Pearson quoted:

“From Bedrooms to Billions is the definitive documentary on the UK video games industry. It features virtually every personality you can imagine from the golden age of gaming, with exclusive interviews shot for this movie. It is expertly crafted by veteran film makers with a strong passion for the games industry – and this passion shines through. It is an absolute MUST see for anyone with even the slightest interest in gaming. It’s a fascinating story, told by fascinating people.” Andy Pearson, General Manager, Funstock.co.uk

Visit here for more information:  http://www.funstock.co.uk/from-bedrooms-to-billions-home