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|title=<center>Birthday Mania</center>
 
|title=<center>Birthday Mania</center>
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|image= Birthday Mania cartridge.jpg
|imagecaption=The first screenshot of the game to appear online.
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|imagecaption=Cartridge of the game.
|status = <span style="color:red;">'''Lost'''</span>
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|status=<span style="color:green;">'''Found'''</span>
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|datefound=31 Jul 2019
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|foundby=[https://atariage.com/forums/profile/292-atari_warlord/ Atari_Warlord]
 
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A young programmer named Anthony Towcar took interest in the Atari 2600 and developed Birthday Mania in 1984. The game itself never had any commercial release, but instead advertised in the New York Star Ledger newspaper. Consumers would mail in a check to Anthony Towcar and would recieve the game personalized with their name on the title screen. The game featured many birthday themed activities including blowing out birthday candles and popping balloons. The game itself only sold somewhere from 10 to 15 copies, only 1 of which has been found and verified by Atari collector Jerry Grainer. An anonymous atariage user claims to have a copy, though this has not yet been verified. In 2009, a copy of the game surfaced and was put up for sale, the highest known offer being $6,500. Though the offer was turned down by the seller. The game today is believed to be worth anywhere between $15,000 and $35,000. On November 16, 2015, YouTube user Trevgauntlet uploaded a high quality video of gameplay from Birthday Mania being played on the Stella emuator. According to the YouTube user, the footage is taken from a man named Thomas Jentzsch, though the ROM he owns has not been leaked online.
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'''''Birthday Mania''''' is an Atari 2600 game developed in 1984 by a young programmer named Anthony Tokar. The game itself never had any commercial release, but was instead advertised in the ''Newark Star Ledger'' newspaper. Buyers would mail a check to Tokar and receive the game personalized with their name on the title screen. The game featured many birthday-themed activities including blowing out birthday candles and popping balloons.<ref>[http://www.retrogamescollector.com/weird-and-rare-birthday-mania-atari-2600/ Retro Games Collecteor article on the game.] Retrieved 07 Mar '18</ref>
  
{{#ev:youtube|https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4jBXkF0B-c|320x240|center|A video of gameplay taken from Thomas Jentzsch|frame}}
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==History==
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''Birthday Mania'' was developed in 1984 by Anthony Tokar, who was inspired to make the game out of his love for Atari. He taught himself how to program the 6502 chip, and spent several months developing the game.<ref name="R2">[http://atariage.com/forums/topic/204909-birthday-mania-unwrapped/page-1 AtariAge forum thread on the game.] Retrieved 07 Mar '18</ref> It only sold somewhere from 10 to 15 copies, only one of which has been found and verified by Atari collector Jerry Grainer. It is likely that these low sales were partly due to the video game crash of 1983, a severe decline in the North American video game market from 1983 to 1985. A more obvious reason for its rarity could be the fact that it had no commercial release.
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In 2009, a copy of the game surfaced at auction; the highest known offer was $6,500, but the game went unsold. The game today is believed to be worth anywhere between $15,000 and $35,000.<ref name="R2"/>
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In 2012, AtariAge user Atari_Warlord contacted Tokar, inquiring about the game and the possibility of reproductions. Tokar stated he would give away the copyright as long as any profits went to charity.<ref name="R2"/> However, the game would remain undumped for quite some time.
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On November 16th, 2015, YouTube user Trevgauntlet uploaded a high-quality video of gameplay from ''Birthday Mania'' being played on the Stella emulator. According to Trevgauntlet, the footage is from a man named Thomas Jentzsch.
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On July 31st, 2019, Tokar's personalized ROM was dumped by Atari_Warlord.<ref>[https://atariage.com/forums/topic/204909-birthday-mania-unwrapped/page/10/?tab=comments#comment-4320309 AtariAge forum comment displaying the original ROM dump.] Retrieved 02 Aug '19</ref> An unpersonalized ROM was later dumped by AtariAge user Shawn the same day.<ref>[https://atariage.com/forums/topic/204909-birthday-mania-unwrapped/page/11/?tab=comments#comment-4320447 AtariAge forum comment displaying a ROM dump without personalization.] Retrieved 02 Aug '19</ref>
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==Gallery==
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[[File:Birthday_mania.jpg|thumb|305px|center|The first screenshot of the game to appear online.]]
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==Videos==
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{{Video|perrow  =2
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  |description1 =A video of gameplay taken from Thomas Jentzsch.
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  |description2 =A video discussing about the video game's origins. Courtesy of Evil Pixel.
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==References==
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[[Category:Found media]]

Latest revision as of 18:41, 3 May 2020

Birthday Mania cartridge.jpg

Cartridge of the game.

Status: Found

Date found: 31 Jul 2019

Found by: Atari_Warlord

Birthday Mania is an Atari 2600 game developed in 1984 by a young programmer named Anthony Tokar. The game itself never had any commercial release, but was instead advertised in the Newark Star Ledger newspaper. Buyers would mail a check to Tokar and receive the game personalized with their name on the title screen. The game featured many birthday-themed activities including blowing out birthday candles and popping balloons.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

Birthday Mania was developed in 1984 by Anthony Tokar, who was inspired to make the game out of his love for Atari. He taught himself how to program the 6502 chip, and spent several months developing the game.[2] It only sold somewhere from 10 to 15 copies, only one of which has been found and verified by Atari collector Jerry Grainer. It is likely that these low sales were partly due to the video game crash of 1983, a severe decline in the North American video game market from 1983 to 1985. A more obvious reason for its rarity could be the fact that it had no commercial release.

In 2009, a copy of the game surfaced at auction; the highest known offer was $6,500, but the game went unsold. The game today is believed to be worth anywhere between $15,000 and $35,000.[2]

In 2012, AtariAge user Atari_Warlord contacted Tokar, inquiring about the game and the possibility of reproductions. Tokar stated he would give away the copyright as long as any profits went to charity.[2] However, the game would remain undumped for quite some time.

On November 16th, 2015, YouTube user Trevgauntlet uploaded a high-quality video of gameplay from Birthday Mania being played on the Stella emulator. According to Trevgauntlet, the footage is from a man named Thomas Jentzsch.

On July 31st, 2019, Tokar's personalized ROM was dumped by Atari_Warlord.[3] An unpersonalized ROM was later dumped by AtariAge user Shawn the same day.[4]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

The first screenshot of the game to appear online.

Videos[edit | edit source]

A video of gameplay taken from Thomas Jentzsch.
A video discussing about the video game's origins. Courtesy of Evil Pixel.

References[edit | edit source]