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Atari Brings Reto Games Online for Free

Since the "average gamer" is somewhat old and grumpy (according to a recent study), perhaps Atari's revamped website will bring back those cherished memories of yesteryear. How? By providing free-to-play versions of games released in the arcades and on the classic Atari 2600 console during the 1980s.

Thankfully, what fans won't see (so far) on Atari's Arcade page is the crappy remake of Pac-Man, or the console version of E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial (deemed the worst video game of all creation). Currently the company is offering four playable arcade hits: Asteroids, Battlezone, Crystal Castles, and Lunar Lander. The other two offerings were originally published on the Atari 2600: Adventure and Yar's Revenge, both awesome games for its 4-bit time.

Unfortunately, it seems that word travels quick: the Atari website is experiencing heavy traffic of sorts, thus timing out when trying to load. But once the site actually remains viewable, all six games play just as they did all those decades ago... but without the clunky joystick and the smell of stinky feet emanating from the arcade floor.

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  • kikireeki
    Six, wow! I hope they have enough storage to upload more of these massive games!
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  • mlauzon76
    This is cool, I remember playing some of those Atari games in the arcades, I even briefly owned the ET game, but back then you could take the games back to the store where you bought them, even if they were opened and they'd give you your money back!
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  • kingnoobe
    Where is frogger! I want frogger!
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  • Uncle Meat
    both awesome games for its 4-bit time.

    4 bit? The 2600 was 8 bit.
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  • ta152h
    The 2600 used a derivative of the 6502 called the 6507. As the previous person posted, it's 8-bit.

    I loved playing Adventure. That Red Dragon was a beast.

    Defender was a really cool console game. Arcades back then were so much fun. Now, you just have a punch of dweebs at home playing on their TVs. It's just not the same experience as going out, playing on consoles, having pool tables and ping pong tables nearby if you choose, and a snack bar.

    The loss of the arcade was a dark day.
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  • mlauzon76
    ta152hThe loss of the arcade was a dark day.
    Montreal, QC, Canada still has some arcades, they used to have a few on St. Catherines just east of the Montreal Forum where the Canadians used to play, now there is only the one not that far from the former Forum. So, arcades are still around, however not as much as they were in the heyday of the '80s.
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  • mlauzon76
    Uncle Meat4 bit? The 2600 was 8 bit.
    The article was most likely written by someone who was born at the end of the '80s and has no idea what they are talking about!
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  • city_zen
    the "average gamer" is somewhat old and grumpy

    Now, Kevin, I remember a study about gamers' average AGE, but it didn't say anything about their GRUMPINESS. Come on! :)
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  • anamaniac
    mlauzon76Montreal, QC, Canada still has some arcades, they used to have a few on St. Catherines just east of the Montreal Forum where the Canadians used to play, now there is only the one not that far from the former Forum. So, arcades are still around, however not as much as they were in the heyday of the '80s.And they are expensive as hell.
    $2 a token, and the game requires 2 token to start, and only 3 minutes you have to add more tokens???
    I love arcades, but damn, so pricey.
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  • mlauzon76
    anamaniacAnd they are expensive as hell.$2 a token, and the game requires 2 token to start, and only 3 minutes you have to add more tokens???I love arcades, but damn, so pricey.
    Don't know what you're talking about, the only games in that arcade that I would consider 'pricey', would be the ones you have to sit down for, ie: racing games. The other games in that arcade are usually between 1-3 tokens each.
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