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Retroman

04.28.2005

retroman

Good things never die, or is that marketers just don't want them do die? In the video game arena, there's the newer super-realistic games that have amazing graphics and sound, so why do older systems always seem to have a place in gamer's hearts?

Gutierrez contributed a portrait of Blanka from Street Fighter 2, a game he has played incessantly since he was a kid. "Eventually, my nickname at school became Blanka. When I got into real fights, I even tried using some of his moves. They never worked," said Gutierrez. "I often ask myself, what would Blanka do? I even met my wife because of this game. So yes, I owe my whole life to Blanka."

Sure, you can emulate older games, but is it as good as really going retro? Atari is betting that Atari Flashback 2.0 is going to be a hit with the classic look, two joysticks and 40 games for only $30. Do I want one? My first thought is YES! Then common sense kicks in and says WHY?

"The Atari Flashback series harkens back to the early days of video games where the simplicity of design and the addictive game mechanics connected instantly with audiences of all ages. Even in this day of advanced and more complex gameplay, these legacy games continue to elicit fantastic reactions via the on-screen action, and again, to a wide and broad audience," said Wim Stocks, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing, Licensing and Distribution. "Now, on the 30th anniversary of Pong -- the grandfather of all video games -- it is fitting that we begin to commemorate this milestone with the launch of Atari Flashback 2.0."

Simplicity of design and addictive game mechanics? I seem to recall these systems were cutting edge at the time. Of course for the best video gaming you had to goto to real ARCADE. Ahhh, the arcade and tokens. 10 tokens for a $1 back in the day, at the one arcade that used the train caboose that Burger King currently has in Redmond. I can't remember the name right now, but it was small and had about 15 games. The bigger arcades cost more, and games like Dragon's Lair had a lot of 'wow factor', but the better games did have good addictive game mechanics, usually causing you to pump token after token into these machines. The home consoles were not as good, but they were better than Pong.

Will these games stand up in today's gaming age? Probably not. For 'Old School' gamers the classic games and look will be fun. Those old Atari joysticks were great. Of course they did break down and it was fun to take them apart and see how basic they really were. Will the new system be like that? Will all the games be built into the system? So many questions, for so much gaming I haven't thought about in a long time.


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Comments

Jon said:

The train caboose that used to site on the corner of Greenwood and 4th, where The Breakfast Club is now? I loved that place! I particularly remember playing "Popeye" there, but there were also the other classics like "Moon Patrol."



Brad said:

I remember playing dig dug there.... with Chris. I also recall that when that shut down the only arcade was like this 10 game area in the Wagner's mall and at the actual malls.



Brad said:

On a completely different topic, since I was looking through some of your old posts, you mentioned Eric Zelenka. I know the name, and I know very few people's names from High School. The picture you linked to wasn't very clear. Who was he again?



monkeyinabox said:

We had a few classes with Eric back in highschool: English (remember when we made those record albums?) and Math with Mr. Roberts.

Here's a webcast with him at Apple. He looks a little different, but maybe his voice and face will job your memory.

http://archive.macosxlabs.org/webcasts/2004-06-17_Xsan/




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