I loved the old Atari. My first (and I’m sure many others) first major foray into the video gaming universe. There may have been others (a certain Magnavox comes to mind) but Atari was the best. Even Pac-Man, as craptastic a cash-in you could ever imagine, in those days made you smile. Singing “Pac-Man fever” in your parents car. All the way from the store.

Some games have held up in my mind; Adventure (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adventure_(Atari_2600)) for one always has struck me as a classic of gameplay and some really cool elements like the bridge, magnet and of course the now famous easter-egg element (hey those classic developers had to get credit where they could).

River Raid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_Raid) was another one my friends and I would play for hours. Simple premise: shoot enemies, don’t crash, don’t run out of fuel. Great stuff.

Yar’s Revenge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yars_Revenge)….just read the wikipedia article about it. Before the renaissance of independent developers there was no way you could ever explain something like this. Or expect any publisher to bankroll it. I could see the pitch…there’s this bug…who nibbles on a force field…with a big giant laser gun…oh forget it.