Atari was one of the biggest names in video games during the 2nd Generation of consoles, and helped contribute to the popularity of home-based consoles as a form of interactive entertainment. In fact, until the 3rd generation and the rise of Nintendo, Atari was the best-selling video game console of that era. Like many early consoles, development was easy and cheap, and often could be done by a single person, as opposed to the teams of up to 100 people needed for a single AAA development title today. Many of us old fogeys, myself included, whiled many hours away on Atari’s best-selling console, the Atari 2600, as well as played many popular Atari games in the video arcades. To fuel the current nostalgia going around, Code Mystics has brought us Atari Vault, a collection of 100 of the most popular first party Atari 2600 and Atari arcade games.
Popular South African band Goldfish shows love for all things retro in the music video for the single, We Come Together taken off their album, Get Busy Living.
We Come Together was created by Mike Scott with contributions by some 20+ artists from every continent in the world (except for Antarctica, because who the hell would willingly live there?) The music video features lovable characters and scenes from your favourite retro arcade games. It has Angry Birds, Darth Vader, Hello Kitty, and Keyboard Cat. It has fatalities, giblets, and katamaris. It’s got voxel art, claymation, and chiptunes. All in all, it is made of WIN.
If you’re interested, find the “making of” video after the jump.
I can just feel the joy of Atari fans going apoplectic. A pioneer in arcades games, Atari has recently revamped its website and added a new section with with a handful of their classic games for you to play (for free) in your web browser. And yes, they have included the beloved Asteroids and Lunar Lander. Along with each faithful recreation, a online leaderboard allows you to submit your scores.
The fun begins at Atari Arcade.
Bonus: Another old favourite, Quake is also playable in your web browser.
The hottest Geometry Wars-style action seen in a Flash game! Shoot those space muthas.
Use the arrow keys or W-A-S-D to move; aim and fire with the mouse. Your defeated enemies leave behind “pips”, which should be collected and spent at “Space Shop” for upgrades. Avoid everything, shoot everything!
Split ’em up is a fun, unique retro shooter that pits you against an aggressive alien horde. Wipe out all of the invaders with minimum damage to your shields!
How to play
Left/Right = Move laser cannons around the perimeter
Up/Down = Toggle between modes: red cannons are linked together, blue cannons will travel independently of one another
Space bar= Fire!
Play the game at Let’s Design. (Game removed from post due to noise pollution – thanks tipster Tim!)