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2004 MyAtari Reader Awards Although a little later than planned... I am proud to announce the winners of the 2004 MyAtari Reader Awards.

To briefly recap, the MyAtari Reader Awards is an annual awards ceremony which was started in 2002 with the sole aim of providing our readers the opportunity to reward the individuals and companies that continue to support the Atari community.

After an initial nomination stage in March this year, a shortlist of five nominees was drawn up for each of the categories below:

  • Best Atari supporting company of the year
  • Best Atari magazine of the year
  • Best Atari web site of the year
  • Best Game release of the year
  • Best Programmer of the year
  • Best Commercial software release of the year
  • Best Non-Commercial software release of the year
  • Best Hardware upgrade of the year
  • Outstanding contribution to the Atari community

Following suggestions from readers after last year's awards, we changed and improved the voting system this year. Rather than asking for a single vote in each of the categories, the nominees could be voted for in sequence. This provided us with a far more accurate voting system which produced some extremely interesting results. Much to our surprise, the top spot in some of the categories were much closer than we expected... with one being decided by practically the last vote!

The winners of the 2004 MyAtari Reader Awards are...

Best Atari supporting company of the year

Winner: AtariAge
Runner-up:
Best Electronics

Albert Yarusso wrote:
We're honored to have been chosen for two MyAtari.net awards this year and I'd like to personally thank everyone who took the time to vote for AtariAge. Running AtariAge is a labor of love, and we greatly enjoy being able to provide a place on the internet where people can learn about old Atari systems, keep up on the latest Atari-related news, talk about classic gaming in our forums, and purchase the latest homebrew games. The AtariAge Store, through which we sell homebrew games and other merchandise, allows us to financially support the site and attend various classic gaming events without resorting to annoying banner or pop-up ads, subscriptions, or donations, while providing a venue for homebrew authors to display and promote their latest creations. 

Thanks again for the great support from MyAtari.net's readers, and you can look forward to continued improvements to AtariAge in the future!

Best Atari magazine of the year

Winner: 2600 Connection
Runner-up: ALIVE

Russ Perry Jr wrote:
Considering how late the last issue was, and how late the next one is already, I'm not sure I'm all that deserving of an award, but it's nice to know that people appreciate the newsletter. It was an honor for me to take over the 2600 Connection from Tim after 50 amazing issues, and I'm glad that there are still enough people who are interested enough to keep it going. I thank our readers for their support over the years!

Best Atari website of the year

Winner: www.atariage.com
Runner-up:
www.atari-users.net

Albert Yarusso wrote:
We're honored to have been chosen for two MyAtari.net awards this year and I'd like to personally thank everyone who took the time to vote for AtariAge. Running AtariAge is a labor of love, and we greatly enjoy being able to provide a place on the internet where people can learn about old Atari systems, keep up on the latest Atari-related news, talk about classic gaming in our forums, and purchase the latest homebrew games. The AtariAge Store, through which we sell homebrew games and other merchandise, allows us to financially support the site and attend various classic gaming events without resorting to annoying banner or pop-up ads, subscriptions, or donations, while providing a venue for homebrew authors to display and promote their latest creations. 

Thanks again for the great support from MyAtari.net's readers, and you can look forward to continued improvements to AtariAge in the future!

Best Game release of the year

Winner: Castle Crisis
Runner-up:
Alpine Games

Bryan Edewaard wrote:
I'm really excited about how Castle Crisis has been received, and I'd like to thank my wife Heather, the people at AtariAge and MyAtari and everyone else for being excited about it too!

When I started this project, I had fallen out of touch with the Atari community and had no idea how many people would even be interested in it, but in the end it has been very rewarding to hear how much fun people are having with it. Now, everyone back to your paddles!

Best Programmer of the year

Winner: Didier Méquigon
Runner-up:
Duranik

Didier Méquigon wrote:
Thanks a lot to all MyAtari readers :-) I'm happy because I have used lot of my time for all CT60 patches and special features. The last step was to start Linux/MagiC without special program in the auto folder, with a boot menu. I hope work again on Aniplayer now...

Best Commercial software release of the year

Winner: Papyrus X
Runner-up:
Alpine Games

 

Best Non-Commercial software release of the year

Winner: HighWire
Runner-up:
Aranym

Dan Ackerman wrote:
On behalf of the entire HighWire team, I would like to thank you for your votes in this year's MyAtari Reader Awards. I argued that other people were more worthy of accepting this award for HighWire, and there are a number of them, but AltF4 asked me to write this as my time could be better spent doing this than coding.

Seriously though, without Ralph Lowinski and his work, HighWire would not be what it is today. But I can not forget Markus Lutz, Gerhard Stoll and David Leaver, who all contributed patches, among others who I am probably forgetting at the moment. Then the work of people like Ed Baiz and Joakim Hogberg (among others), who have worked to keep the documentation readable and helpful has been invaluable. Protos has kept the project accessible for the French community. And we would be no where without the gracious support of Rob Malhert, who provides all the web space for the HighWire site, the Bugtracker, mailing lists and CVS server.

As I look beyond these, I also see the myriad of people that have tested, reported bugs, made suggestions and generally promoted the use and growth of HighWire as a project and a program. So it is with an overwhelming sense of my very small part in the scope of the project, that I accept this award from the readers of MyAtari on behalf of everyone involved with HighWire.

Thank You!

Best Hardware upgrade of the year

Winner: CT60
Runner-up:
EtherNEC Adapter

Rodolphe Czuba wrote:
I'm very proud to receive this award. I hope I will keep pleasure designing hardware for TOS computers and there will be people to enjoy with ..

Read you soon with my next design for F030, MSTE & TT ;-)

Outstanding contribution of the year

Winner: Rodolphe Czuba
Runner-up:
Duranik

Rodolphe Czuba wrote:
I'm very proud to receive this award. I hope I will keep pleasure designing hardware for TOS computers and there will be people to enjoy with ..

Read you soon with my next design for F030, MSTE & TT ;-)

Thank you to everyone who voted in the awards (all 3,400 votes) and congratulations to the winners!

Matthew Bacon

Matthew Bacon, Editor
matt@myatari.net

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I'm going to borrow one of Matthew's phrases here: where has all the time gone?! It's already that time of year again, when we UK people converge in what will hopefully be a sunny Rochester again for the second JagFest UK. I foresee a great deal of work looming and hence, the next issues of MyAtari have been planned as far ahead as August, which, for us, is pretty good going. That half-price wall planner I bought in March was the best 74 pence I ever spent, and it still came with the first three months intact!

Big thanks to Mark Rayson for coming along to our curry night last month and bringing a camera, so we could do our report. Looking forward to the two big festivals in June!

Shiuming Lai

Shiuming Lai, Features and Technical Editor
shiuming@myatari.net

 

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