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Retro Gaming => Atari Chat => Topic started by: TrekMD on March 08, 2020, 04:19:16 AM

Title: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on March 08, 2020, 04:19:16 AM
I discovered this channel on You Tube by chance.  It covers Atari 2600 games in relatively short episodes.  In each video a brief history of the game being discussed is given.  I found these to be informative and fun to watch.  Here are three episodes of the Atari Archive which cover Combat, Air Sea Battle, and Video Olympics...

https://youtu.be/LNtI90yiOOU

https://youtu.be/0l0AQ5LuvQM

https://youtu.be/rie4hsUeDuA
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: LYNXGUY on June 24, 2020, 23:26:30 PM
WOW these videos are great, now I will be watching these as long as The Atari Archive keeps putting them on Youtube. . . . . . .
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on June 24, 2020, 23:29:57 PM
Glad you liked them.  I didn't post more as there had not been any reaction.  Here is the latest one...

https://youtu.be/QNk52A0dWto
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: zapiy on June 25, 2020, 21:57:30 PM
These videos are excellent.  8)
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on June 25, 2020, 23:11:00 PM
They sure are! 
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: davyk on June 27, 2020, 00:00:40 AM
Great info in that...but was something wrong with the 2600 footage capture ? The signposts aren't always visible in the footage in that port in this video.
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on June 27, 2020, 02:19:14 AM
Maybe he had an issue with whatever he was using to capture the video. I think this game has some flicker too that doesn't help.  I still say this game should be hacked and updated with improved car graphics.  :)
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: davyk on June 27, 2020, 10:23:59 AM
Ah!

The game must display the road and the objects on alternate frames. The persistence of vision we experience adds them together.

For footage sometimes emulating is easier. :)


It's a great port on the 2600. I never owned it in the day as I considered it too simplistic but I wish I had retrospectively. There are quite a few games like that! I may create a thread about it. :)





Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on June 27, 2020, 16:40:53 PM
OK, this is an older episode but of a very important game to the 2600....

https://youtu.be/ad3TLYZOI-M
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on July 21, 2020, 01:47:58 AM
Next episode...

https://youtu.be/twnPnn_-Rm0
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: davyk on July 21, 2020, 09:30:58 AM
That gets a mention in my "games I wished I owned BITD" thread.

I remember the arcade game. The sound on it was turned way up and the sound of the clowns bouncing around could be heard half away around the arcade I used to visit. The version this arcade had a deeper bass sound for what is in this video - so it was some some of variant on the original I'm guessing -  and it became pretty much part of the atmosphere of the place :)

Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on July 21, 2020, 12:03:06 PM
I don't think I've ever seen the arcade version of the game.  For me, Circus Atari was an "original" Atari game until many years later when I learned of the arcade version.
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on August 09, 2020, 15:50:11 PM
Next episode on Fishing Derby...

https://youtu.be/sY2eYPX2xe0
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on September 03, 2020, 23:52:42 PM
Here is the latest episode of Atari Archive.  This time the game covered is Activision's Dragster!

https://youtu.be/Uyp3v13FhCw
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on September 27, 2020, 16:14:52 PM
Here's episode 41...Activision's Boxing!

https://youtu.be/GWQVpuK3ZsA
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on October 12, 2020, 00:10:56 AM
Here is Atari Archive Episode 42...

https://youtu.be/dbE1QxqZrNE
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: HDN on October 18, 2020, 17:02:18 PM
@TrekMD I love Atari Archive! It's one of the few YouTube channels that I actually have post notifications for.

This is pretty funny, actually. I think we discovered it on the same day! March 8th sounds about right. I think that's within a day or two (I'm pretty sure it's the day of).
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on October 18, 2020, 17:07:36 PM
We both struck gold about the same time.  That's cool.  :)
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on November 15, 2020, 15:48:28 PM
Here is the latest episode, on a game that I love and that I did not know was an arcade game originally until very recently. 

https://youtu.be/JfxwXe4kDU4
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: davyk on November 15, 2020, 18:03:33 PM
I remember seeing this game in a cabinet. There were quite a few different versions of it with different names.

The lady who developed this also did Warlords?  She had a pretty good hit rate! Two excellent games.
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on November 15, 2020, 21:12:30 PM
Yes, she made two really good games!  I finally saw a real arcade machine of the original game at the local arcade last year. 
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on December 16, 2020, 22:54:48 PM
Here's episode 44...

https://youtu.be/1F8fr-W3Ocw
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on January 27, 2021, 22:08:08 PM
Here is episode 45...

https://youtu.be/sJkvZcJJBYo
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: onthinice on January 28, 2021, 17:51:18 PM
I was never very good but enjoyed playing the game.
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on February 27, 2021, 21:07:16 PM
Here is episode 46...

https://youtu.be/QKtRTOkOE7s
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: onthinice on March 07, 2021, 17:37:19 PM
This is classic. I remember Bridge being a big card game so it only seemed natural for Activision to release a cart version. I still do not understand the game but at least the option to play is available.  :D
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on March 07, 2021, 18:24:50 PM
I have very little clue with most card games, so I never really got any card games for my 2600.
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on March 30, 2021, 00:36:47 AM
Here is episode 47...

https://youtu.be/ACgmI-VMeZ8
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on May 24, 2021, 23:06:12 PM
Othello: Atari Archive Episode 48...

https://youtu.be/kUNx9ULi3Uk
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: davyk on May 25, 2021, 10:30:57 AM


Othello was one of the first board games that computers were able to play perfectly. The number of available moves is small and decreases with every turn. A computer with a modest amount of memory could perform an exhaustive search of all possible outcomes from every available move.  Perhaps the old 2600 version didn't do that but it would have been able to put up a very credible game.
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on May 25, 2021, 23:27:17 PM
I never owned Othello.  I actually didn't even know about this game growing up!
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: davyk on May 26, 2021, 00:19:00 AM
Didn't own the cart myself but I played it using emulation.
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on May 26, 2021, 00:41:02 AM
That's how I've played it also but, what I meant, was that I was not even aware of the table game this was based on! 
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: davyk on May 26, 2021, 11:02:09 AM
Ah OK. It could be a combo of your age plus the fact that board games fell out of fashion for a while.

They are a big thing again now - esp. in Europe. The Germans seem to still have a strong culture of family playing together and they are perfect for it. Most of the really great games come from Europe at the minute.

Othello is very well known here in the UK. I still have a copy of the actual board game.
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on May 26, 2021, 23:16:27 PM
I grew up on Puerto Rico.  My friends and cousins loved playing board games but, for some off reason, Othello was not one of the games we ever played. 
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on June 01, 2021, 00:21:10 AM
Steeplechase: Atari Archive 49

This is another game I was no familiar with until years later.  I didn't know it was a Sears exclusive game.  I've played it since and I do like it...

https://youtu.be/rTBvr2C1_LY
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: davyk on June 01, 2021, 10:19:48 AM
Steeplechase was on the dedicated paddle game unit produced by Jakks several years ago. It's an interesting game. I remember seeing a YT video of the arcade version that supported a large number of players. I think the arcade machine was button press only but the height of the jump was controlled by how long you held the jump button down instead of using the paddle to set the height.

A few arcades in the UK still have a physical horse race game where each player throws a ball at a target and the horse moves depending on which hole in the target the ball falls into. I presume this videogame was inspired by that. I think Carnival Games on Wii had a recreation of it too.
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: davyk on June 01, 2021, 11:54:39 AM
Back to Othello - the wikipedia entry for it is pretty interesting. It was an early Nintendo arcade game and there was even a home unit produced by them.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reversi#/media/File:Nintendo-TV-Game-Computer.jpg)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reversi


It was sold in the US - maybe it didn't make it to Central America which is why you wouldn't have seen it.
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on June 02, 2021, 03:02:03 AM
Puerto Rico is in the Caribbean, not Central America.  :)  We didn't have Toys'R'Us growing up.  We could only get toys from department stores that no longer exist:  Barkers, The New York Store, Woolworths...  I guess they didn't bring that game to use on the island.  :)

I didn't know that Steeplechase was based on an arcade game either.  That's cool.  That from the time Atari adapted arcade game gameplay with no licensing. 
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: davyk on June 02, 2021, 07:59:04 AM
Oops.  Apologies re my geography. I knew it was an island but thought it was part of the central American region.  Every day is a school day. :)
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: davyk on June 02, 2021, 15:47:05 PM
Arcade game

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EG4MYsvKUw
Title: Re: Atari Archive
Post by: TrekMD on June 04, 2021, 03:02:56 AM
That's cool.  :)
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