About Atari Party

What Is It?

Atari Party is an event to celebrate old video games. It's a kind of hands-on, living museum, where various game systems and games will be showcased. It's a free event, open to the public, and all games will be available to play for free.

Note: This is not a trading or selling event. All games are from volunteers' personal collections, and are being brought so everyone can play them.

Who's Running It?

As of 2017, Marlin "MacRorie" Bates, of Woodland, took over the reins of Atari Party. More info coming soon!

From 2009 through 2016, Bill Kendrick, known in Davis as a co-founder of the Linux Users' Group of Davis (LUGOD), and known globally as developer of Tux Paint, the award-winning open source children's art (as well as other open source software), founded and ran the show.

Bill grew up with the Atari 2600 and owned and programmed an Atari 1200XL since he was 7 years old. He still owns a variety of Atari systems, though doesn't consider himself a 'collector'. As of mid-2017, he'll no longer be living in Davis.

Why Are You Doing This?

In 2003, Bill Kendrick participated in his first Vintage Computer Festival at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. People were bringing Commodore 64 and Apple ][ folks, so he decided to go as an exhibitor to represent Atari 8-bit computers.

In 2008, having recently moved back to Davis, and with a little space and time to set all his game systems up again, he ended up with an itch to share all the fun with friends. VCF West never took place in 2008, so the itch was not satisified.

Bill came up with the idea of an "Atari Party", similar to how people had been having "Wii Parties" at the time — with a pair of paddles and a copy of Warlords, you can have 4-player fun on the Atari, too! Asking all of his friends via Facebook if they'd be interested, he received an overwhelming response, so scheduled the first Atari Party in Davis, California!

Some photos of Bill Kendrick's Atari exhibits at Vintage Computer Fesitvals

Kids enjoying games at VCF 6.0

Me (Bill Kendrick) and Robert Bernardo (Commodre 64 guy) at VCF 6.0

People playing Enduro at VCF 7.0
Some photos from Atari Party 2009

Playing on an Atari 800XL

Watching a guest speaker talk

Playing Atari 2600
Some photos from Atari Party 2010

Atari Jaguar, projected

Various 2600s

Atari XL
Some photos from Atari Party 2011

Lots of gaming

Classic computing TV shows

Insides of an Atari 800
Some photos from Atari Party 2012 with Digital Game Museum

Al Alcorn, Atari employee #003, about to speak.

"Computer Space" arcade game

"Pong" arcade game
Some photos from Atari Party 2013

Books being packed up for display.


Atari 2600 "Space Invaders"
Some photos from Atari Party 2014

A variety of Atari home video game and computer controllers.

Atari Flashback, Paddle TV Games, and Lynx, and Nintendo Game Boy Advance SP

"San Francisco Rush" on PlayStation 2
Some photos from Atari Party 2015

Atari employee Dan "The TrakBall Man" Kramer

Various Atari STs

"Tempest" arcade game
Some photos from Atari Party 2016

"Dragon's Lair" on Atari Jaguar.

Atari Portfolio palmtop computer.

Atari Video Music

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