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Re: Atari Unreleased Prototype "Vicious Circle"
03/07/17 10:04 PM


> Is there any fan following of this game?

Well, considering it was one of those unreleased prototypes that really only saw the light of day through showings at California Extreme until it was dumped and put in MAME... I really doubt most gamers know of its existence!

For a 1996 game, it was known about by rare arcade collectors since at least 1997: https://groups.google.com/d/msg/rec.games.video.arcade/Zlqp6M8fa-0/30lpmxEUxFAJ
Mentioned in Jim Hernandez's game list in 1999: https://www.mikesarcade.com/cgi-bin/spies.cgi?action=url&type=info&page=JimsDB.txt
and shown at shows as far back as 2000: http://www.caextreme.org/2000-show/protoplasm.htm
... and it went into MAME in 2002: http://www.progettoemma.net/index.php?gioco=vcircle&lang=en

Info pages:
http://adb.arcadeitalia.net/dettaglio_mame.php?game_name=vcircle&lang=en
http://www.arcade-history.com/?n=vicious-circle&page=detail&id=3063
http://www.arcade-museum.com/game_detail.php?game_id=10305
http://arcarc.xmission.com/Pictures/Prototype/Vicious%20circle/
http://www.fightabase.com/gameMain.aspx?id=761
http://www.gamesdatabase.org/game/arcade/vicious_circle
http://www.mamedb.org/Game.aspx?id=9571
http://www.system16.com/hardware.php?id=778&page=1#541
http://www.uvlist.net/game-97411-Vicious+Circle
http://www.vazcomics.org/mamend/V/vcircle.htm
http://www.vizzed.com/games/vicious-circle-(prototype)-mame-arcade-62816-game

Reviews / Articles / Discussions:
http://neoplayerpodcast.blogspot.com.br/2015/11/review-vicious-circle-arcade-prototipo.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUOcb5hmakg
http://atariage.com/forums/topic/134226-vicious-circle-atari-cojag/ (2008)
http://www.killerinstinctcentral.com/vicious-circle-an-unreleased-killer-instinct-clone-from-atari/ (2013)

Gameplay video:
http://www.progettosnaps.net/videosnaps/mp4/vcircle.mp4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3uAaaTXC04

Known to have worked on the game:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-villagran-a5108b24/
http://www.davidmarch.org/2.html
http://www.retrogamingtimes.com/rgtimes19/

Theories as to why it wasn't released:
Commenter "dauber" theorizes that "Vicious Circle" and other games' development was axed during the Midway/Atari Games merger for, uh, pure efficiency's sake (in the comments of the following page):
https://www.kotaku.com.au/2016/04/lostbe...d-now-playable/

Brian McKee in the above Retrogaming Times article claimed it was "a COJAG based fighting game that could not get enough bandwidth from the hardware to be fun enough."

PS. Ironically, there's a character in the game named "Stiletta". No relation.

- Stiletto

Edited by Stiletto (03/07/17 10:35 PM)







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* Atari Unreleased Prototype "Vicious Circle" Big Karnak 03/07/17 05:19 AM
. * Re: Atari Unreleased Prototype "Vicious Circle" StilettoAdministrator  03/07/17 10:04 PM
. * Re: Atari Unreleased Prototype "Vicious Circle" Big Karnak  03/08/17 03:12 AM

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