Seeing as how we’re in an age where the term “old-school” is often relegated to discussions involving the Super Nintendo or Sega Genesis, I was quite taken aback to see Brad’s recent nostalgia trip involving antiquated Atarian hardware. While we certainly discuss classic gaming and whatnot around here, we hardly ever go back that far; trudging through the primordial ooze of gaming that so many modern gamers are ignorant of. I was especially surprised at his timing, as over the last several days I have been going through my collection of Atari 2600 carts (with the “help” of my toddler daughter), reliving ancient experiences from my pre-teen years.
While it has turned out to be research of sorts (I’m working on a little sumthin’ for the site), it has certainly been fun, and I’ve noticed that my overall opinion of the Atari 2600 experience hasn’t really changed at all over the last 26 years. There was a whole hell of a lot of insufferable crap released for the 2600, but the games that were good back then, are still good to this day…albeit in tiny, nostalgic doses. (We must remain realistic on this.)
And since Brad brought it up, I’d like to plug one of my old-tyme, favorite Atari sites: AtariAge, which is a complete treasure trove of Atari-related info. Check it!