Gaming Veterans Podcast #298: Atari 50 – The Anniversary Celebration – News

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December 12, 2022 – 12:01 — last updated 3 hours ago


Together with Stephan Freundorfer, Heinrich and Jörg feel the pixels of the new collection of old Atari games including rich bonus material.

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From Pong to VCS to Jaguar, to celebrate Atari’s 50th anniversary, a new collection has arrived that combines an interactive museum with emulated games – including a few new bonus titles. At the meeting of Atari 50-The Anniversary Celebration suits us guest veteran Stephan Freundorfer aside, who looks back on a happy Atari childhood. How do we like the oldies from today’s perspective, how good is the background material and which games do we miss on offer? Before we dive into the golden Atari age, at the beginning of the episode we devote ourselves to fresh news, current game reports and probing listener questions.

0:00:15 News & small talk

  • 0:03:32 Mixed news: The 16 year old Dwarf Fortress turns out to be new Steam hitGamePlan expands the reference book »game consoles and home computers“, a GoogleDoodle reminiscent of video game pioneer Gerald Lawson.
  • 0:12:17 What was the last thing we played? Marvel’s Midnight Suns, soccer story, Hearthstone: March of the Lich King, Knights of Honor 2, Cult of the Lamb.
  • 0:36:56 Listener mail from Thomas Kabs.
  • 0:44:41 We welcome guest veteran Stephan Freundorfer, who, in his capacity as pong hoarder and translator, Atari book perfectly qualified for today’s main topic.
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0:53:49 Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration

  • 0:54:11 Archive material, video interviews and over 80 games: Digital Eclipse has put together a big retro package for Atari’s 50th birthday.
  • 1:04:35 The Atari interactive story is divided into five chapters. We had the most fun in the arcade early days and the VCS era.
  • 1:19:49 There are also previously unreleased and newly developed games: Vctr-Sctr is a fun vector homage – and the SwordQuest series is finally coming to an end.
  • 1:25:10 In addition to licensed titles, the slot machines from Atari Games are unfortunately missing. The home computer history is also somewhat neglected.
  • 1:37:24 Press review and veteran conclusion.

1:43:07 Credits