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Dear Fruitman... - The Atari Times

Dear Fruitman...


Sinking like a stone
by Fruitman

June 23, 2001
Guess what folks? There is no letter this week.

In fact, there is a huge dearth of material on all Atari websites. 

Why is that? Why is it that so many people want Atari coverage, yet are not willing to sacrifice even the smallest amount of time to give back to the community which has supported them? Shoot, here at The Atari Times, Greg is even PAYING for people to write articles. But where are they? Only a few people have contributed anything in the past 6 months! Look, it's real simple. You like Atari coverage? Great. If you want to keep it, send in an article.

The same goes for those writing games. Do you think they would spend all that time working on a game only to have nobody buy a copy? Is THAT the kind of encouragement you want to give Carl Forhan, KrunchForce, Harry Dodgson, and the other hobby programmers?

"Hey, great game. But I'm too cheap to scrape $70 together to buy it. Maybe if you offered it for FREE I'd take a copy. But $70 is just too much..."

You think this is EASY work? It's not. Putting together a game, or keeping a website fresh is not an easy task. For a single person (and I don't mean not married) it's incredibly difficult. There is no way ONE person can create anything within a reasonable amount of time. But if we work together... We can accomplish miracles!

How long do you think it would take one person to create the Pyramid at Giza? (I don't even want to think about it.) Now, divide that work up into 10,000 people and the job gets completed in a MUCH shorter amount of time. And those 10,000 people didn't do much more than lay two or three bricks! (Ok, so they're the size of a house...)

Anyway the point of my rant is: Contribute SOMETHING to the Atari community! Write an article for TAT. Send me a letter. If you're good with art, write any of the hobby programmers and contribute your talents. Or get the Lynx dev kit and write your own game. I understand Greg is working on a Lynx magazine. Why don't you send in some reviews? 



Reader Comments for Dear Fruitman...

Amen by Charles F. Gray aka Atari on 2009-01-06 17:20:34
I love this line:

"Hey, great game. But I'm too cheap to scrape $70 together to buy it. Maybe if you offered it for FREE I'd take a copy. But $70 is just too much..."

Unfortunately in the Atari Community, there are those who want a game for the price of the parts and free shipping to boot. It does take a lot of time to do a homebrew or even a hack.

Thankfully the Atari 2600 scene has grown a lot from the ancient year of 2001. And oddly enough the limited games I have done which at the time was looked at by some as blasphemy is a common occurrence at the Atari Age Forums nowadays.

"You think this is EASY work? It's not. Putting together a game, or keeping a website fresh is not an easy task. For a single person (and I don't mean not married) it's incredibly difficult." So true!

Atari Charles


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