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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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