Atari Steam is in the works getting ready to offer a step back in time to the days when the video gaming technology was in its infancy. While the Atari days are long gone, it’s hard to forget that jaw-dropping experience in the ‘70s when you first got to play a video game on a TV set. That is when this new technology changed the terrain of the nation’s living rooms and family rooms forever as they doubled up for video game rooms.
What Atari Steam is setting up to offer is a retro selection of 100 games out of the Atari Vault from back in the days when Atari was the dominant force in video games, according to MSN News on January 22. This is being developed by Code Mystics and it is expected to be out sometime this spring.
You will soon be able to take a trip down memory lane to play your favorite games like Asteroids, Centipede, Warlords, Missile Command and Tempest and other long-forgotten titles. These retro offerings will take advantage of the technology that’s been developed since the days Atari reigned. With the new technology applied to the old Atari, the Atari Steam will also appeal to today’s gamer.
According to PC Magazine, Atari Steam will be released as a “single PC title with new features and multiplayer capabilities.” Folks who honed in their video game skills with the original Atari will find that Atari Steam will offer “significantly improved precision control.” Not to mention the original soundtracks will return with the retro games, bringing the real feel of these retro games to all your senses!
As MSN reports, “They won’t be simple ports though, thanks to the addition of online and local multiplayer, Steam controller support and Steam leaderboards.” Atari Steam will offer those who weren’t around during the dawn of the video game a feel for the history of these games via these earlier titles.
As antiquated as the early Atari technology might seem today, it left an entire generation awestruck back in the day. For the folks who were born from the late ’70s on, they lived in a world that always had the video game.
For baby boomers, the birth of these games marked the first time this type of technology was widespread and found in many of the nation’s homes. This was during a time before the home computers. People were no longer reading about the capabilities technology had, they were experiencing it for themselves. It was a big deal!
The price range for the Atari Stream is not known, but PC Magazine reminds the gamers from the Atari generation that they can head over to Atari Arcade to brush up on their skills ahead of the Atari Steam release. Several years ago Atari teamed up with Microsoft and put eight of the classic games for free online. Atari Arcade offers Asteroids, Centipede, Combat, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Yars Revenge, Pong, and Super Breakout skills.