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I wasn’t sure whether to post this after @pushcx’s Mitigating Content Marketing post. I don’t have anything really to sell but I guess if people like it they can sign up, and if it’s over the line I’ll happily delete it.

Anyways, I spent about a month playing nearly every commercial Atari Lynx game. My cousin got one as a kid and I was green with envy for years… ok, decades. I recently got an RG-350 which has the Handy emulator and decided to go through each commercially released game I could find. This is my loveletter to the Atari Lynx, and I thought it might be better to post instead of a flurry of Atari Lynx dev and hardware mod links.


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    I have always picked the “technically successful commercial failure” route, even as a child. The only exception was the Commodore 64.

    I was big into the Amiga, BeOS, webOS (Palm)….and the Atari Lynx.

    In the case of the Amiga, it was serendipity: we didn’t have a lot of money and my father found an old Amiga 1000 at an estate sale that was partially melted from a house fire and had a dodgy power supply and was thus being sold for only a few dollars.

    For the Lynx, it was actually a really dark time in my life, and I would sit and dream about the Lynx, sitting at the gas station reading gaming magazines. I was 11 years old and we were basically homeless…but then my father was called up to active duty for the first Gulf War and that Christmas even though we didn’t have a home (I was living in a small motel room where my mom worked) I got a Lynx thanks to active duty pay. That game console was literally my lifeline for sanity.

    (TMI I know, but when I saw the headline “a love letter to the Atari Lynx” I wanted to point out that I truly loved the Lynx.)

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      Wow, I was with you early on having loved the Amiga, Palm and Lynx but that second half… Thanks for sharing that!

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        Thanks for posting that memory. It’s a nice reminder that these little devices and programs and magazines (and now blog posts, podcasts, videos) circulate in unpredictable ways. I am sure that the folks who worked on the Lynx could not have imagined what it would mean to you to own one.

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          Amiga should have taken over the world. It was a beautiful machine. I had a 500, 1200 and 2000 at various points.

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          How is coding for the Lynx? I’ve tried getting into the SNES before, but the DMA-heavy flow for performant code made it more a chore than fun. I’ve heard the Lynx delivered surprisingly comparable power in a nicer package.

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            I’ve only followed ChibiAkumas’ vid on YouTube, but it looks fairly straightforward compared to the SNES.