Just finishing off the Atari 2600 retrospective with a few links and thoughts…
- Activision Patch Gallery: One of the things I’ve lamented about the Atari 2600 platform is the formulaic quality of many games: you basically manipulate a bunch of pixels on the screen to reach an arbitrary goal like 10,000 points. What fun is that? Well, to make things more interesting, Activision had this program where you could send a polaroid of your screen when you reached the arbitrary goal, and they would send you a patch. For example, I was a member of the Chopper Commandos (for Chopper Command), Explorer’s Club (Pitfall!), and Trail Drive (Stampede).
The practice of photographing the screen when you reached the end of a game lasted well into the Nintendo age (though the patches had disappeared by then – you instead got your photos published in Nintendo Power or some other such publication), but had disappeared by the 16 bit era (at least, I think so!)
- Composite Map of the Lost Caverns from my favorite A2600 game, Pitfall II: Lost Caverns. It was made from the Commodore 64 version of Pitfall II, but the layout is the same for the 2600 version of the game (the only difference is the graphics).
- YouTube is filled with cheesy old Atari 2600 commercials, strategy videos, and parodies.
- Kaedrin reader and video game enthusiast Samael has posted a list of his favorite Pre-NES games, including a selection of Intellivision games (a system I never owned).
That about wraps it up for the Atari 2600. Have I missed anything? Drop a comment below…