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POSTED 14/8/17


ATARI FLASHBACK CLASSICS VOL 1

Atari



We have the technology, but what do we want? 1970s GAMES!!!

Believe us, there’s nothing wrong with that. Nostalgia is both valid and desirable – without a respect for the past, who knows what fuck-ups we collective meatbags known as humanity would let loose?

Remember, Mike Judge’s Idiocracy is a documentary...

If you’re thinking that this package contains only old Atari VCS/2600 games then you’d be wrong – and that’s a good thing. Despite respecting nostalgia, it must be remembered that if the programmers of those games back then had today’s tech, we wouldn’t be looking at games that appear to have been made from LEGO Duplo.

But, unlike today when whizz-bang graphics can dazzle enough to hide playability sins, the technical limitations that these brilliant types faced pushed them to make games as playable as they could possibly be. Yes, even the sports sims that look (and often play) shitely today enraptured in their day.

Where were we? Oh yeah. While there are 50 games on this compilation (and another 50 on the next one), many of them you’ll look at, play for a minute or two and never return to. But that’s OK, as there’s enough here to make the budget-priced compilation a must for any gamer who has even a modicum of respect for what led us to where we are today.

There are nine pixel/vector perfect arcade conversions – including the crazy addictive Black Widow, awesome Warlords, Tempest, Centipede and even the one that pretty much started it all, Pong. A tip here: Any paddle game you choose, change the control settings to ‘’relative” in order to use the analogue stick – the touchpad blows.

With worldwide arcade high scores, game manuals and oodles of settings, this beats the crap out of trying to wire up an old Atari to a new TV. Plus, it’s important history. I like history...

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