(last updated on April 29, 2014)
Bill sent me a link regarding this recreation of “Adventure”, the classic Atari 2600 console game. It’s been recreated in Flash, and runs in your browser. VERY COOL.
I never had a 2600 myself, unfortunately, so it didn’t have quite the nostalgic shock value that I should have enjoyed. I’m an Apple II guy, and got into consoles pretty late in life.
Anyway, having never played Adventure before, I got down to figuring out that the dot was you, and that there was a magnet and key somehow involved. I must admit I quickly grew bored, as kids are wont to be these days.
On a tangential note, I was reminded me of what programmers back then went through to draw a dot on the screen (hint: there was no bitmapped graphics support). And check out these sad, sad hardware specs:
RAM: 128 Bytes, in VLSI
ROM: 6K max
Cpu Clock: 1.19 MHz
Graphics Clock: 3.58 MHz
Slot Config: Rom access only
CPU Avail: less than 50%
I’d kind of like to play Intellivision StarStrike again…will have to look into that.