How come you don't have <game
name> listed on your site?
AtariProtos.com is not a general Atari
game review site. I normally only do reviews for
games for which prototypes have been found with some
exceptions such as when I'm able to get sufficient
information from the programmer, people who have
actually played the prototype, or screenshots.
While there are a lot of games out there that most
likely had prototypes made, they generally will not be
added to my site until an actual prototype is
have a prototype that is not listed on your site. Can I
send you the rom?
I gladly accept all roms for prototypes I
don't have listed. Those people contributing roms
will be added to the credits page and will have my undying
What are those strange numbers I see listed occasionally
instead of dates?
Those numbers (such as 213-03) are
actually a date code Atari sometimes used on their
prototypes. The first number is the day of the
year, so since there are 365 days in a year, 213 would
be August 2nd. The second number is a bit more
cryptic, but is believed to be the "Build Number" of the
day. In this case the 03 would mean it's the 3rd
version of the game they made on that day.
4. What are the colored dots I see occasionally on the
The colored dots were used by Atari to designate what
the prototype was for. Different colors represented
different areas that the prototypes were used in (internal
development, home testing, archival copy, focus group
5. Can I have the ROM to <game
As a general rule I do not give out roms to the
prototypes I review on my site, although I may make an
exception if there is a good reason. There are several
reasons for this:
- Sometimes I am given a ROM
as a special favor by someone just so I can do a review for
my page, but the owner does not wish the ROM to be publicly
- Other times I do not
actually own the ROM in question as I was either asked to
delete it, or was sent screenshots and a description the
game by a prototype owner but not the ROM itself.
All the roms that I can release can be found on the
AtariAge forum or AtariMania.
- Legal and copyright reasons also keep me from releasing
many of the roms on my site.
6. I think I've noticed an error on one of your pages,
should I let you know?
By all means! I'll be the first person to admit
that I am not perfect and occasionally make an error.
If you see an error on one of my pages (be it
grammatical or factual), please inform me immediately.
7. I have a prototype for a non-Atari system
(Colecovision, Intellivision, Vic-20, etc.), would you be
interested in it?
Although my website focuses on Atari prototypes, I have
an interest in prototypes for all classic systems.
While AtariProtos may never cover these systems (although
you never know), I can pass them onto experts in those
8. How do you find all these prototypes?
Research, diligence, hard work, and occasionally dumb
luck. While many of my prototypes came from the
normal sources (Ebay, other collectors, thrift stores,
etc.), I also have received prototypes from the
programmers themselves. There's no one good place to
find prototypes, just be diligent with your searching and
make sure you follow every lead. What may look like
a dead end now, may eventually lead you to a major find.
9. I have a question about a prototype, can I ask you
a few questions?
Of course! I'm always willing to answer
questions about prototypes. I can be reached at
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