CNet review of Atari Flashback 8 Gold: a rant

To be a hardcore Atari 2600 fan means constantly defending the console against the same old stupid complaints over graphics and sound and Pac-Man and E.T. and so on and so forth, even among fellow classic gamers. However, most classic gamers will at least concede the importance of the system to the history of video … Continue reading CNet review of Atari Flashback 8 Gold: a rant

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Why the Atari 2600 and why now?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1ZLov8Xne0 Unless you’re already under its spell, a perfectly reasonable question you may have is why in the world would anyone want to blog about the Atari 2600 in 2016. Heck, I ask myself that question. Is it early onset dementia? The hopelessness of a middle-age man whose past looks brighter than his future? It’s … Continue reading Why the Atari 2600 and why now?

Game Reviews: Blueprint through Bowling

Blueprint (CBS Electronics, 1982, ’83) Blueprint is a hidden gem in the Atari 2600 library that I have just recently discovered. Based on the 1982 Bally Midway arcade game of the same name, Blueprint is a multi-objective memory game. The game starts with pieces of your weapon being scattered in houses throughout a neighbourhood. Your … Continue reading Game Reviews: Blueprint through Bowling