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85 Vintage games available later this year on one disc!

 

Game Informer Article

 

Atari Anthology will include 18 arcades games such as Asteroids, Battlezone, Missile Command, and Pong; 62 Atari 2600 games including Gravitar, Millipede and Super Breakout and five bonus titles, such as Off the Wall, Blackjack, Desert Falcon, Steeplechase and Sprintmaster.

 

 

Carlos.

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Wow, looking at the list in the Gamespot Article, we'll get the Arcade version of Gravitar, Tempest, and Lunar Lander.

 

Gravitar is a fantastic game. I can't wait to play it with a decent joystick, although I believe the original just had rotate left/right buttons.

 

Somebody please announce a combo paddle/trackball controller to go with this title, so we can play tempest, superbreakout, centipede , and missle command properly! Please!? I would pay up to 50 bucks for such a controller.

 

Carlos.

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Very cool - although I have to say that I'm honestly a little disappointed (yeah, there's no pleasing me!). There are a number of classic titles which are conspicuously absent... for instance:

 

Defender

Dig Dug

Frogger

Pac Man

Pitfall

River Raid

Space Invaders

Zaxxon...

 

There are also several less well-known titles which I would have hoped for, which aren't included... for instance:

 

Freeway

Tennis

Venture...

 

Maybe these were all already released in an earlier product I'm not aware of... or perhaps the issue is that these games weren't developed/owned by Atari themselves or their subsidiaries. I really don't know. If it's a licensing issue, then I can understand. Still though, my ideal "anthology" would contain ALL the popular games that existed for the system, regardless of the developer. I'd rather see a cooperative effort on the part of several companies to produce a truly comprehensive collection of classic games.

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Originally posted by dogbert@Sep 7 2004, 11:27 PM

A lot of them aren't actually Atari titles - Frogger & Pacman for example are Namco I believe, and the likes of Freeway, River Raid & Pitfall are Activision (again, I believe - I'm far from an Atari2600 expert).

You are spot on with those titles being Activision's...

Not to mention the other games that Cathartic mentioned are all licensed games from other developers.

 

Hence why you won't see them here...

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I think these are right (from memory):

 

 

 

Williams

Defender

 

Namco

Dig Dug

Pac Man

 

Taito

Space Invaders

 

Gremlin

Frogger

Zaxxon...

 

Activision

Freeway

Tennis

Pitfall

River Raid

 

Exidy

Venture...

 

 

But some of these titles (Williams, Namco) are going to appear on XBox Arcade. And some exist on other discs that have been released.

 

What I am hoping for most is Live scoreboards (though many of these games can be rolled over by good players).

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Yeah, I suspected it probably had to do with licensing. But wouldn't it be nice if everyone could work with each other to put together one nice, complete, consolidated package as an homage to the 2600, and then share the profits it generates? I know it's highly unrealistic, but this piecemeal crap really pisses me off.

 

It's along the same lines as TV studios that try releasing television shows on DVD in the "2-shows-per-disc" format. They charge $19.95 for each 2-show disc to really milk your wallet, instead of just releasing an entire season for $54.95. Personally, I will *never* buy any TV show DVD's that are released in the 2-show-per-disc format. I simply won't support such a blatant attempt at gouging my finances, no matter how much I like the show.

 

OK, so my analogy is slightly flawed. I know it's fundamentally a different situation, since the TV studio doesn't have licensing issues to worry about - they own all the shows. But the gut feeling is the same. I wish I didn't have to spend $100+ to buy 5 discs from 5 different companies to recreate the core of my old 2600. Especially when each collection is going to have a slew of games that I really have no interest in. I'm going to end up spending $100 to obtain a handful of games that I really want.

 

It's just a little frustrating to me, is all.

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I've got a Cuttle Cart 2 in a 7800, so I've got every released 2600 game available for play. :)

 

But back on the topic, these companies don't want to work together. Atari (Infogrames), Namco, Williams (Midway) are competitors. There just isn't the interest there.

 

If you want to play all of your favorite 2600 games, you need to go other routes. But we can't talk about where to get roms. :)

 

In related news:

 

http://www.atari.com/us/news/2110

 

A new console with no cartridge port, two controllers, and 20 built-in 2600/7800 games. Will probably be selling for $35-#40 this xmas.

 

Still trying to find out what hardware it uses. Those Jakks games use a NES-on-a-chip, and the games are ported.

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Originally posted by Beer Monkey@Sep 8 2004, 12:29 PM

 

In related news:

 

http://www.atari.com/us/news/2110

 

A new console with no cartridge port, two controllers, and 20 built-in 2600/7800 games. Will probably be selling for $35-#40 this xmas.

 

Still trying to find out what hardware it uses. Those Jakks games use a NES-on-a-chip, and the games are ported.

That's this guy, a couple of threads down.

 

Carlos.

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