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The ubiquitous video game font standard, likely designed by Lyle Rains of Atari; first used in 1976's "Sprint 2" by Atari, and then on until well into the 1990s. Used by most video arcade game companies, including (but not limited to): Namco, Williams Electronics, Irem, Atari, Konami, Bally-Midway, Taito, Nintendo and Sega. The lower case characters are from several Atari video arcade games from 1984-1987. Plenty of alternate characters -- variations used in conjunction with the standard font, all selected from a variety of MAME32 game roms.


Added a new alternate "W" and a new alternate "Y", after a WHOLE lot of character shifting to make room. :^P
Comment by Goatmeal 6th july 2010

If you want to create a retro arcade game, then this is the font for you.

Comment by Tethrarxitet (TheSoul903) 8th april 2020

@TheSoul903 - Thank you for the vote of confidence!  :^)

Comment by Goatmeal 8th april 2020

This font was created on the day I was born! (No lie!)

Comment by DarkGuy572 16th may 2021

Hi Goatmeal, i am reaching out to you because i'm also fontstructing my own creation based on the Lyle Rains standard.

I want to know how many variants of the letters and numbers were made over the years, as i want to add them as alternate glyphs under the Unicode Private Use Area groups.


Comment by raphaelfontmaker 15th april 2023

@raphaelfontmaker - Greetings!  That is an admirable project; unfortunately, there are probably dozens, if not hundreds, of variations: some might have just one glyph different, while others might have many.

Unfortunately, I have no idea how many variants there are, or if anyone else does.  The variants in this version come from some of the more notable games of their day to which I had access, but is certainly by no means complete.  It was more of a "sampling" of alternate glyphs.

Good luck!  I look forward to seeing you progress.  :^)

Comment by Goatmeal 18th april 2023

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