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Video games: Old-school

March 1, 2009

Ever get nostalgic for the heady days of the early 80’s when music was all about the synth, hair defied gravity, and home video game consols were 8 bit? Well, if you’re looking for the gaming experience without the unecessary hassle and expense and risk of having to wear fluorescent green shirts and listen to Flock of Seagulls music that’s associated with inventing your own time machine, check out 2600Online, which has a slew of games from the Atari 2600 stable ready to challenge your skill and your belief that anything so cheap looking could have spawned an entire subculture that would last more than 20 years (Thanks to SF Signal for bringing our attention to this site on one of its recent Tidbits lists). You’ll find old favourites like Pac-man, Ms Pac-man, Frogger and Joust, along with less well-known fare like Venture (which I had for my ColecoVision consol) and Krull (I had no idea Krull was made into a video game! Hollywood marketing guys will try anything to squeeze an extra buck out of a property, no matter how bad, won’t they?). For some of them, like Haunted House, the suck factor was way too high to make them worth playing more than a few seconds, but others, like Frogger, were still fun and worth playing for a little while.

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