While sifting through my news reader this morning, I came across an interesting article. It appears a gentleman named Scott Williamson completed a project recently to port the old arcade game Star Castle to the Atari 2600. Now granted, the Atari 2600 is now over 30 years old, so why bother? Simply for the challenge and the love of the game. I won’t go into the details, since he well documents his quest in his blog, but it’s definitely worth a read, especially if you’re a nostalgic gamer like myself. Scott’s also got a Kickstarter project going if you want to get the actual game and some goodies.
My first game console was the Atari 2600, so it holds a special place in my heart, and it’s one of the platforms I emulate the most. It’s not that I play the old games heavily, it’s more for the nostalgia value and the occasional distraction. Atari has released their greatest hits on various platforms over the years (NDS, Gameboy, PSP, etc), they even released 2 dedicated consoles that look and operate like the original Atari console. Now Atari has released their Greatest Hits app for the iPhone and iPad. It’s free, but here’s the catch, you’ll need to in-app purchase the games. You can get groupings of the games or just buy all of them outright for $15.