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Posted by Littlejehova

Wooh i love atari

Posted by Purple_eye

Awesome

Edited by Cirdain

Oh shit that was an amazing first 2 shots.

"I brought some old-ass games"

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Posted by paisan13

Thanks Drew ^_^

Posted by The_BrownGhost

Yeah!

Posted by JJ_FIGGY

sixth

Posted by rjayb89

Some weird cracky audio sounds up in dis.

Edited by paulunga

Gonna put this out there: E.T. - not the worst game out there. Not even the worst Atari 5200 game.

Edit: Or 2600, whatever.

Posted by AndrewB

Was this live? I scoured the site for it all week and never saw a notice or anything.

Posted by cordialsnail

Happy Holidays

Posted by Darth_Furder
@AndrewB I believe it was mentioned on I Love Mondays earlier this week. It was their TNT for the week, as it was their last day at the office.
Posted by AndrewB

@Darth_Furder: Totally waited all Thursday for it. I guess it must have been an EST issue.

And holy shit, I totally kept my old Atari games in the same brown leather case that Jeff has.

Posted by Max_Cherry

Fuck Patrick's young.

Edited by Geoborealis

Totally Awesome.

BTW

PS, a major selling point for the original Nintendo Entertainment System was its arcade perfect version of Super Mario Bros.

Posted by blake_brown

"I am about as old as video games"

Jeff Gerstmann IS video games

Posted by hollitz

ET didn't look that much worse than anything else at that time.

Posted by Geoborealis

Atari cartridges went for $25 - $30 at the time, and that seemed like a lot of money. I remember

by parents getting Defender and Pac Man for $28 each.

Posted by Geoborealis

Atari cartridges went for $25 - $30 at the time, and that seemed like a lot of money. I remember

by parents getting Defender and Pac Man for $28 each.

Posted by Troncek

Nice!

Posted by Incapability

@Geoborealis said:

Atari cartridges went for $25 - $30 at the time, and that seemed like a lot of money. I remember

by parents getting Defender and Pac Man for $28 each.

Interesting fact, 30 US Dollars in 1981 is comparatively about $75 today.

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=30+1981+us+dollars

That's a lot of money to play Space Invaders.

Posted by Anthony

@AndrewB said:

Was this live? I scoured the site for it all week and never saw a notice or anything.

Yes it was this week's replacement for TNT.

Posted by Anthony

@AndrewB said:

Was this live? I scoured the site for it all week and never saw a notice or anything.

They mentioned it on I Love Mondays

Posted by MeatSim

Them even streaming out video from and ancient machine like the Atari 2600 is crazy.

Posted by m0nk3y80y

Ba na na na na na na na BATSWORD!!

Posted by I_smell

Hey I'm watching the part where you think about whether these old games are worth going back to or not.

I started making web games a few years ago and I've just graduated to selling stand-alone Steam type games now. Seeing Game-Room games is always interesting because they're designed from a different starting point. Like- nobody would ever come up with Dig Dug in 2011 because people start designing games now around "Who do you play as?" and "What's the mechanic?" and "Which genre is this in?" while the backbone of what defines Dig Dug or Pacman isn't any of those things.

Atari 2600 games are designed from questions like "What's onscreen?" and "What ends the game?" and "How do you get more time?" so they come out as really abstract toys. Nobody at any point says "this game is set in the future", but in a 2011 game that might be the FIRST thing you say.

And that way, some of the stuff in Game Room looked like "new" ideas to me, because I'd never come up with anything like Warlords or Keystone Capers. I don't know what goes on in Game Design schools (I think they're usually dumb as hell) but yeah I think they could benefit from talking about Atari games for a couple hours.

Posted by fr0y0

@SlickWillyJJ said:

Fuck Patrick's young.

If you think that, hit the forums and ask people for their age/year of birth. Eerie.

I'm an early 1987 model myself.

Posted by Lightningproof

@fr0y0 said:

@SlickWillyJJ said:

Fuck Patrick's young.

If you think that, hit the forums and ask people for their age/year of birth. Eerie.

I'm an early 1987 model myself.

1993, and I'm old enough to drink, vote, and create multi-car pile-ups (in the UK, at least).

You guys all ooooooold.

Edited by chilibean_3

Eh, I hate to say it because it's kind of a cheesy way to do things but pointing a camera at the TV might be a better way of capturing footage for these old systems. With this set up we always get a bunch of invisible stuff.

Posted by ApolloBob

@fr0y0: @Lightningproof:

Born in 1969, my fine young gentlemen! Atari 2600 was my first game console, unless you count a machine that played 6 variations of pong (well 5 pong games and a light gun game which you could get perfect scores on by pointing the gun out the window and firing into the daylight).

Alive in 6 separate decades - check that shit out! But don't fear getting old, fresh faced duders, you can still play videogames and maybe even work at a place that makes them. Keeps me young, or possibly in a state of denial about my arrested development.

Posted by PatPandaHat

I love the fact that Pac-Man 2600 is /the/ sound of video games for most television.

Posted by DeadDorf

@chilibean_3: I agree. This technology solution doesn't work particularly well, and hasn't for any old system yet.

Posted by Elod

@AndrewB: I'd suggest you follow some of the GB guys and WhiskeyLive on twitter as well to get the lowdown on when stuff is going down live.

Posted by cheywoodward2

Reese's Pieces are the bane of my existence.

Edited by vaportra1l

I love how it's weird notion that arcade machines were better than home consoles back in the day. As a kid I probably put hundred bucks in quarters into TMNT, Final Fight and Golden Axe at the 7-11 by my house. Not to mention the arcade in the mall that I'd go to when my mom would go shopping.

And yes, as a kid I never figured out how Raiders of the Lost Ark on the 2600 worked.

Posted by Mathey

@ApolloBob said:

@fr0y0: @Lightningproof:

Born in 1969, my fine young gentlemen! Atari 2600 was my first game console, unless you count a machine that played 6 variations of pong (well 5 pong games and a light gun game which you could get perfect scores on by pointing the gun out the window and firing into the daylight).

Alive in 6 separate decades - check that shit out! But don't fear getting old, fresh faced duders, you can still play videogames and maybe even work at a place that makes them. Keeps me young, or possibly in a state of denial about my arrested development.

God bless you, you old bastard!

Posted by Cheesebob

My Dad still plays games and he is 50. Beat that!

Posted by Linkster7

@Cheesebob said:

My Dad still plays games and he is 50. Beat that!

My mom is 54 and still plays game. BEATEN!

Posted by Krelle

As a general rule, I try not to speak or interact with people born in the 90s.

Edited by vhold

My baby sitter broke my dedicated pong machine when I was 5, blamed it on me and I got in trouble for it. To this day it still makes me angry when I think about it. Curse you lying baby sitter.

Posted by geirr

YES, THANKS GIANT BOMB!

Posted by billyhoush

@rjayb89 said:

Some weird cracky audio sounds up in dis.

Glad you posted this. I thought my laptop speakers were going.

Posted by gormers

I love that kind of rattling sound when Jeff is browsing through the games.

Posted by KamikazeCaterpillar

NOTHING STOPS THE GAME ROOM QUICK LOOK!

Posted by EverydayOdyssey

You guys are great. I played ET after I (actually, my Dad) bought it at a flea market in the 1980s - Jeff is awesome at getting out of those holes. I only remember sitting on my cold basement floor, playing ET for the 2600, and thinking I should probably do something else.

Posted by UitDeToekomst

@gormers: yeah, you just don't hear that rattling sound anymore with everything coming on discs in DVD/Bluray cases and being stood on media racks. brings back memories of many, may years ago when playing games all day long with my brother in the early-to-mid 80s.

Posted by Ninja

@KamikazeCaterpillar said:

NOTHING STOPS THE GAME ROOM QUICK LOOK!

You sir, you made my day.

Posted by TopSteer

@Linkster7 said:

@Cheesebob said:

My Dad still plays games and he is 50. Beat that!

My mom is 54 and still plays game. BEATEN!

My Dad is 55 and he still plays, although it's mostly older RPGs. I think the newest console he has is a PS2.

Posted by Ghostmut

Jesus, Patrick's voice and everything about him is so fucking annoying.

Posted by ssj4raditz

@gormers said:

I love that kind of rattling sound when Jeff is browsing through the games.

Yeah, nothing beats sifting through stacks of cartridges.

Edited by Christoffer

This was some awesome content. Couldn't care less about these platforms (so shoot me, I was a commodore kid) but this was great all the same.

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