Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Chris Buongiorno plays Atari 2600 Spider-Man, Marvel and Spidey’s first video game released in 1982 by Parker Brothers. You saw Chris about two years ago here on The Jag Bar, if you saw the episode for Supercross 3-D. That was the episode where everybody was getting really nauseous because the game was that good. But Chris disappeared for 2 years… Why? Well that’s because he was working with Spidey himself – assisting Jon Watts, the Director of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This is going to be a big Atari 7800 showcase, so I just wanted to share with you guys this little “unboxing of things to come in the show”. We’re going to take a look at the Best Electronics 7800 Light Gun, the Video 61 7800 Grip-Stick, the 7800 European Controller, a brand new AV Modded Atari 7800, and an Atari 7800 Trak-Ball. I mean, really, let’s be honest, few of you had 7800s. Those who did are very fond of them. But for the most part, in this time period, most everybody was playing Sega Master System, I mean even that’s few and far between, but mostly the world was being run by Nintendo. This equipment here, the Atari 7800, was kind of being left out. So we’re going to give this equipment and these games a new chance to shine. And we’re going to invite guests over and we’re going to have a good time, and we’re gonna rack up the high scores and that’s how we’re gonna do it. This is the loot! I mean, man, this is like Christmas here! I am so excited. I can’t wait to get this show rolling.
Adam Savage says he’s not a gamer, but the co-host of the Discovery Channel television series MythBusters is absolutely enthralled with Atari’s Millipede, and has been ever since he first discovered the game as a teenager while working at a bar as a busboy in 1984. Now a bit older and more successful, Adam has had the privilege of finding a Millipede arcade machine on Craigslist and bringing it home to his San Francisco workshop.
Lost Ark Video Games is steeped in arcade culture with a really cool vibe all it’s own. Walls overflow with old Game Boys, Retron consoles, and used cartridges for Atari, Nintendo, and Sega systems, but there’s a lot of stuff at Lost Ark that you wouldn’t normally find. The store has a feel best described as “retro-otaku.” As you walk further into the store, you see that Lost Ark also has a retro arcade that includes classic arcade games, pinball machines, and one of the largest collections of Japanese candy cab import games in the United States. General admission to the arcade is usually $5, and all coin-op machines are on free-play.
Those awesome people at Intellivision Productions were kind enough to send us an Intellivision Flashback system last week. Obviously, as soon as it arrived we cracked it open, sorted through our overlays, hooked it to the TV and started playing. I was going to post a full review of the Intellivision Flashback later this month, but couldn’t help posting a bunch of videos to Instagram of our friend Keith playing the Intellivision about 30 seconds after we pulled it out of the box.
“You are now cleared for departure to the 21st century!” bellowed across the speaker when first boarding Horizons, a closed attraction that once served as EPCOT’s living thesis of tomorrow. The “tomorrow” EPCOT envisioned was both ambitious and optimistic. When EPCOT Center opened on October 1st, 1982 it really was like you were experiencing the future.
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell spoke at Google about his history, passions, what made things work and what didn’t. It’s a fascinating talk that’s about an hour long and well worth watching. Google has made the talk available on YouTube, and we’ve embedded the video along with stray observations.
“Great eras live forever.” We built this website with that in our hearts. When we remember Atari, often times we remember much more than games. We remember the music, the movies, the feel of the moment we lived in. We’ve created a video to express our love to something that cannot be put in words. It’s our homage to that moment, an overture that attempts to capture everything we love most about Atari and the era it defined. We love Atari, and we hope you do too.
By The Professor on September 21, 2014 Welcome to another installment of a recurring feature we’re calling “Retroist Rewind”. We’ll be looking back at classic episodes from our favorite retro-themed podcast, The Retroist, talk about our favorite episodes, and discuss the show in the Forums. If you haven’t listened to The Retroist Podcast before, you’re […]