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Tuesday, September 07, 2021

70s stylin
I guess I know the next Xbox disc I’ll be buying (or getting as a gift). “Atari Anthology” is coming, a collection of 85(!) ancient games from the ’70s and ’80s, part of a wave of retro-gaming products the latter-day Atari Inc. is preparing to release.

Oldschool videogaming rules. As it is, the only games I play on my Xbox anymore are Robotron: 2084 and Joust, off the Midway Arcade Classics disc.

Yes, I still have the same Atari 2600 from my childhood, along with a mess of cartridges, and they all work. And I can get plenty of Java/Shockwave versions of these games off the Web. But it’s all about convenience, and that’s well worth the $20-30 this disc will cost.

“They are not easy to master,” [Atari CEO Bruno] Bonnell said. “Some people believe that because they are old games they will finish them very soon. But I think people will be sweating to finish.”

The concept of “finishing” games is one of the key things that separate these old-timers from latter-day and modern games. You were never finished with a game like Centipede or Moon Patrol — that was the point. These games were built for the arcade, and the object for gameplayers back then was to shoot for a high score; therefore, the game never ended, it just kept going to higher and higher levels. I think when game structures evolved to include a game object that eventually ended, something was lost.

- Costa Tsiokos, Tue 09/07/2021 05:30:16 PM
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  1. That’s NOTHIN. I had a CD-R that had a Nintendo emulator and roughly 650 Nintendo games… I was playing 4th & Inches til the cows came home.

    Comment by blunted — 09/07/2021 @ 05:56:10 PM

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