Thursday, May 05, 2005

New Retrospective

Yesterday the new Nintendo DS game Retro Atari Classics finally arrived, shipped in from abroad, though I thought I was buying from an Australian source on eBay. In the end, it was somewhat cheaper than I would have paid in the stores anyway.

A few of the games included on the cartridge I think are a few years before my time; still fun to play though after all those years. I remember playing Asteroids quite a bit when I was very young, on my friend's old Atari 2600 and later, a PC remake of the old Breakout game managed to take up a lot of my time.

It's interesting to look back on what was once state of the art digital entertainment. The blips and beeps, chunky square pixels and simple, elegant gameplay. Makes you wonder how things will be in another twenty to thirty years time.

Back when I had my old Commodore 64, I can remember the painted covers of the games and how they all were so impressive on the box that they made the graphics of the actual game seem just a touch lacking. Only recently have the in-game visuals begun to catch up with the designs on the box.

Oh no, the batteries are running low and I've misplaced my charger around here somewhere. I guess the pixelated lunar landing will have to wait until tomorrow.

Save the world by launching more and more missiles


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