Atari Mania!

Sunday, February 22nd, 2004 @ 12:58 am | Pop Culture

In a fit of nostalgia, I downloaded every Atari 2600 game ever made tonight. This is not as ridiculous a task as it may seem, since the average Atari game is around 4k, and they’re available in convenient zip libraries. You can fit them all in a 2.7 MB zip file (including the emulator).

Anyone over the age of 25 probably remembers the Atari quite fondly. It was the one video game system that Baby Boomers and Gen X’ers both played. (As I remember, the grown-ups played the Atari as much as the kids did. When’s the last time you’ve seen anyone’s mom playing a Nintendo or a Playstation for any length of time?) I remember my mom spending hours trying to beat Raiders of the Lost Ark (a ridiculously obtuse and complicated adventure game, even by today’s standards). I dutifully emailed her the 2.7 MB zip file. Hope she gets it.

As fun as old Atari games are, they’re only entertaining for a few minutes. But with over 500 games available, there’s plenty of ADHD-style entertainment. So, head over to Atari Age and do the following:

  • Download an emulator (I recommend Cyberstella or z26)
  • Download some ROMS (hell, download ‘em all from the top of the page!)

While you’re at it:

Have fun!

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