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(AARP)   Alright you old Farks, stop yelling at the kids with their skateboards hip-hopping on your lawns and play some old school Atari video games courtesy of AARP   (games.aarp.org) divider line
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2020-11-25 9:42:46 PM  
The things one finds going through Mom's e-mail pile.

/ 99% spam of course.
 
2020-11-25 10:54:42 PM  
The kids are fine, but can I yell at the 30-something assholes across the street?  Loud music?  Ok fine whatever it isn't 4 in the morning or something.  Severely over-bassed car parked in the garage so it creates a perfect garage-sized amp that's pointed at our house?  Fark you.  We had shiat trying to walk off the shelves.
 
2020-11-26 3:12:23 AM  
What about Breakout and Pac Man that I used to play in bars in 1976?  One was a 2 person Pac Man "table" machine, which you could play and eat bar food and drink on.
 
2020-11-26 3:37:32 AM  
What about Yars Revenge? That was the best.
 
2020-11-26 6:18:51 AM  

PaulRB: What about Breakout and Pac Man that I used to play in bars in 1976?  One was a 2 person Pac Man "table" machine, which you could play and eat bar food and drink on.


Breakout is there. I doubt you'll see Pac-Man as that isn't by Atari.

I played the Asteroids game there for a while. Not bad.
 
2020-11-26 6:34:53 AM  
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We have to do this...
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2020-11-26 6:53:37 AM  
I grew up with a 2600. Spent countless hours on it.
A few years ago, I bought one of those mini Atari's with tons of games on it. Played it for Les than an hour.
Man did those games actually sucked.
 
2020-11-26 7:43:16 AM  
The AARP is now hosting the games I played when I was a kid?

Fark you.
 
2020-11-26 7:44:33 AM  
So why are Asteroids, Centipede and Missile Command free, but PONG is "Members Only"?
 
2020-11-26 7:45:28 AM  

bostonguy: The AARP is now hosting the games I played when I was a kid?

Fark you.


(I think this is how Farkettes of a certain age felt when Luke Perry was on the magazine's cover.)
 
2020-11-26 7:48:45 AM  

Gordon Bennett: PaulRB: What about Breakout and Pac Man that I used to play in bars in 1976?  One was a 2 person Pac Man "table" machine, which you could play and eat bar food and drink on.

Breakout is there. I doubt you'll see Pac-Man as that isn't by Atari.

I played the Asteroids game there for a while. Not bad.


Correct, Pac-Man was from Namco, distributed in the US by Bally-Midway for coin operated machines in 1980. Atari did license Pac-Man for home consoles but that was later.
 
2020-11-26 8:04:56 AM  
csb/

I still have the PONG my mother bought for us in 1976.  It can run on six D-cell batteries or A/C power.  Still have the original box as she was insistent it be packed away after use.

I also have my 2600 with about 30 Atari and Activision games.  Been wanting to connect it to my flat panel TV for a few years just for grins.

/csb
 
2020-11-26 8:42:35 AM  

padraig: I grew up with a 2600. Spent countless hours on it.
A few years ago, I bought one of those mini Atari's with tons of games on it. Played it for Les than an hour.
Man did those games actually sucked.


Home video games never really got good until designers stopped trying to duplicate the arcade experience.
 
2020-11-26 9:07:45 AM  
I love centipede its got the best pewpewpew noises.
 
2020-11-26 9:34:40 AM  
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Fun fact....Tony Hawk is old enough to be a member of AARP and still skates.
 
2020-11-26 10:23:47 AM  
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2020-11-26 10:33:47 AM  

Chemlight Battery: padraig: I grew up with a 2600. Spent countless hours on it.
A few years ago, I bought one of those mini Atari's with tons of games on it. Played it for Les than an hour.
Man did those games actually sucked.

Home video games never really got good until designers stopped trying to duplicate the arcade experience.


That's actually quite an astute observation.

Looking at games like Super Mario Bros or Zelda, it's obvious that home video games had to offer gameplays that went further that the "one-quarter games"
 
2020-11-26 10:38:58 AM  

Chief Superintendent Lookout: csb/

I still have the PONG my mother bought for us in 1976.  It can run on six D-cell batteries or A/C power.  Still have the original box as she was insistent it be packed away after use.

I also have my 2600 with about 30 Atari and Activision games.  Been wanting to connect it to my flat panel TV for a few years just for grins.

/csb


I purchased an old 2600 at a second hand store years ago, that snowballed into one of each style 2600 console and a Coleco and maybe a Intellivision (I have too much junk). If I remember correctly I have north of 100 games and have E.T. still in the shrink wrap.
 
2020-11-26 11:18:35 AM  

Newfadian: Chief Superintendent Lookout: csb/

I still have the PONG my mother bought for us in 1976.  It can run on six D-cell batteries or A/C power.  Still have the original box as she was insistent it be packed away after use.

I also have my 2600 with about 30 Atari and Activision games.  Been wanting to connect it to my flat panel TV for a few years just for grins.

/csb

I purchased an old 2600 at a second hand store years ago, that snowballed into one of each style 2600 console and a Coleco and maybe a Intellivision (I have too much junk). If I remember correctly I have north of 100 games and have E.T. still in the shrink wrap.


Does it still have dirt on it from where you unburied it ?
 
2020-11-26 11:34:43 AM  
I don't know why I thought 40 years later I would be any better at Missile Command.
 
2020-11-26 12:04:13 PM  
No Tecmo Bowl, no thanks.
 
2020-11-26 12:05:14 PM  

dstanley: I don't know why I thought 40 years later I would be any better at Missile Command.


I'd like to join you party...
 
2020-11-26 1:34:31 PM  

padraig: Chemlight Battery: padraig: I grew up with a 2600. Spent countless hours on it.
A few years ago, I bought one of those mini Atari's with tons of games on it. Played it for Les than an hour.
Man did those games actually sucked.

Home video games never really got good until designers stopped trying to duplicate the arcade experience.

That's actually quite an astute observation.

Looking at games like Super Mario Bros or Zelda, it's obvious that home video games had to offer gameplays that went further that the "one-quarter games"


I think it's comparable to how movies evolved. Movies didn't get good until filmmakers stopped trying to duplicate the live theater experience on film. In today's world I think VR is in that same position. I see VR trying to duplicate the non VR game experience but in a VR setting. I bet VR doesn't really take off until someone comes up with a completely different mindset specific to VR. VR
 
2020-11-26 2:13:45 PM  

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Fun fact....Tony Hawk is old enough to be a member of AARP and still skates.


But I learned from fark that anybody over 25 who gets on a skateboard is a stupid, childish piece of shiat who deserves a shattered pelvis.
 
2020-11-26 4:13:22 PM  

Birnone: padraig: Chemlight Battery: padraig: I grew up with a 2600. Spent countless hours on it.
A few years ago, I bought one of those mini Atari's with tons of games on it. Played it for Les than an hour.
Man did those games actually sucked.

Home video games never really got good until designers stopped trying to duplicate the arcade experience.

That's actually quite an astute observation.

Looking at games like Super Mario Bros or Zelda, it's obvious that home video games had to offer gameplays that went further that the "one-quarter games"

I think it's comparable to how movies evolved. Movies didn't get good until filmmakers stopped trying to duplicate the live theater experience on film. In today's world I think VR is in that same position. I see VR trying to duplicate the non VR game experience but in a VR setting. I bet VR doesn't really take off until someone comes up with a completely different mindset specific to VR. VR


Kinda like mobile games. They really only took off with Angry Birds, I seem to remember, because it actually took advantage of the touch screen to create new way to control games. Before that, all action games seems to want to emulate joypads.
 
2020-11-26 4:43:15 PM  

PaulRB: What about Breakout and Pac Man that I used to play in bars in 1976?  One was a 2 person Pac Man "table" machine, which you could play and eat bar food and drink on.


Those are great. They always had them at Pizza Hut, back when they actually served pizza in-house. It was pretty decent back then, too, but they always had one of the tabletop games.
 
2020-11-26 4:43:47 PM  

Gordon Bennett: PaulRB: What about Breakout and Pac Man that I used to play in bars in 1976?  One was a 2 person Pac Man "table" machine, which you could play and eat bar food and drink on.

Breakout is there. I doubt you'll see Pac-Man as that isn't by Atari.

I played the Asteroids game there for a while. Not bad.


Missile Command was surprisingly responsive for playing on my phone...
 
2020-11-26 9:32:05 PM  

padraig: Chemlight Battery: padraig: I grew up with a 2600. Spent countless hours on it.
A few years ago, I bought one of those mini Atari's with tons of games on it. Played it for Les than an hour.
Man did those games actually sucked.

Home video games never really got good until designers stopped trying to duplicate the arcade experience.

That's actually quite an astute observation.

Looking at games like Super Mario Bros or Zelda, it's obvious that home video games had to offer gameplays that went further that the "one-quarter games"


And conversely shortly after you could get an arcade perfect experience like Soulblade, arcades promptly died.
 
2020-11-26 10:01:09 PM  
AARP can go bite the big one.  My wife is 51 and they are sending her trash.

It took me years, but I finally convinced them that I would never join or use any of their deals, ever. Not even once.
 
2020-11-27 1:28:41 AM  

Fano: padraig: Chemlight Battery: padraig: I grew up with a 2600. Spent countless hours on it.
A few years ago, I bought one of those mini Atari's with tons of games on it. Played it for Les than an hour.
Man did those games actually sucked.

Home video games never really got good until designers stopped trying to duplicate the arcade experience.

That's actually quite an astute observation.

Looking at games like Super Mario Bros or Zelda, it's obvious that home video games had to offer gameplays that went further that the "one-quarter games"

And conversely shortly after you could get an arcade perfect experience like Soulblade, arcades promptly died.


Arcade games, the original "Pay to win" !

/Insert coin to continue
 
2020-11-27 10:05:34 AM  
I have a Atari multi game app on my phone that has both arcade and VCS versions on it. And a separate Denny's one with Asteroids, Centipede, and Breakout. With breakfast-centric graphics.
 
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