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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Atari-Land ’83 – When Video Games Fell to Earth


In the late 70’s/early 80’s video games ruled the earth. Pixelated adventures such as Pac Man, Missile Command and Space Invaders ate coins across the globe at an alarming rate. The video game giants at the time decided to transfer the excitement of the arcade to the living room.


A long way from the EA FIFA, NBA Live and Madden franchises

But the industry overreached itself with lacklustre emulations of arcade classics and disastrously woeful movie tie ins such as ET and Indiana Jones (which infamously ended up as landfill in the deserts of New Mexico). Thus, in ’83 video games came crashing down to Earth.

In this well put together and thoroughly educational video, the boys at Ahoy give us an illustrated look at the Video Games Crash of 1983 and ponders the question, could it ever happen again?

Now, in 2016, Atari are bringing back 100 of their most famous classics such as Asteroids, Battlezone and Centipede for Steam, showing a new generation of gamers how it was done, old school style.

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Let us know in the comments your favourite classic video game moments.

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Mark lives in Belfast where he runs a ukulele club, plays board games and watches old TV shows. His interests include Cold War architecture, trawling for vintage toys on eBay and reading Starship schematics on Memory Alpha. He was a finalist on the UK version of King of the Nerds.

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