Atari is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and with it the spark that launched the modern video game industry.
It has been 50 years since a small team in Silicon Valley first combined their passion, creativity and curiosity into constructing video games and hardware. Atari emerged as a result of their efforts, and the name became one of the most familiar and enduring entertainment and pop culture brands in the world.
“Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration takes players on an interactive journey through 50 years of video games via interviews with designers, developers and industry leaders, documentary footage, product design documents, high-resolution original artwork, and a specially-curated list of more than 90 playable games.
At the heart of Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration are the Interactive Timelines, which combine historical trivia, digital artifacts, all-new video interviews, and playable games into one singular experience. When you encounter a game in the Timeline, you can immediately play it without losing your place.
The massive list of games spans six original Atari console and home computer platforms and generations of arcade titles, the most ever included in a collection by the team at Digital Eclipse. For the first time ever, games from the cult favorite Atari Jaguar and Atari Lynx platforms will be playable on modern consoles. Behind every game are the stories of Atari, what was happening at the company, what went into the creation of the games and the hardware on which they ran, all told by the people who were there. It is a rare opportunity to get a rich behind-the-scenes look at the history of video games.”
Together with presenting these Atari classics exactly as they were, the talented team at Digital Eclipse has also created the Reimagined series – six new games that revisit, mash-up and reimagine Atari Classics:
- Swordquest: AirWorld
- Haunted Houses
- Neo Breakout
- Yars’ Revenge Reimagined
A total of 90+ playable games are included in Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration, and the whole package is worth an affordable $40.
Watch Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration trailer on YouTube here.