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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Atari Retro: Games for People with Low Vision

Do you remember playing Pong? Did you have it on your old ATARI 2600? I can remember my visually impaired friends gathering around the floor model TV to play. We'd play that thing for hours! I can remember how easy the graphics were to see because most games were set against a black background.

Those days of fun aren't over. You can purchase an updated Atari 2600 for your children and bring back the memories. That's right, you get all the retro action without having to store all those silly cartridges.

It definitely looks retro, right down to the dark wooden panels and the terrible color scheme. You even get two of the classic joystick controllers, with improved mechanics inside, of course. The included 7 foot A/V cable will hook up to just about any TV. The AC adapter is also included.

All your favorite old games are built in, along with some new ones:

  • Adventure
  • Adventure II
  • Haunted House
  • Return To Haunted House
  • Secret Quest
  • Wizard
  • Asteroids
  • Asteroids Deluxe
  • Pong
  • Battlezone
  • Centipede
  • Lunar Lander
  • Millipede
  • Missle Command
  • Space Duel
  • Caverns of Mars
  • Quadrun
  • Saboteur
  • Space War
  • Yars' Revenge
  • Yars Return
  • 3D Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Aquaventure
  • Climber
  • Combat
  • Combat 2
  • Dodge'em
  • Frog Pond
  • Hangman
  • Human Cannonball
  • Maze Craze
  • Off the Wall
  • Outlaw
  • Pitfall!
  • Radar Lock
  • River Raid
  • Save Mary
  • Video Checkers
  • Video Chess

The Atari Retro would be a great gift for someone with low vision. Click this link to purchase the Atari Retro from First Street. I purchased mine at Wal-Mart in the Small Electronics section.

ATARI 2600 Games Online

Even now, with all of our current technology, it still amazes me that I can go online and once again relive the adventure of pixels versus pixels. And if you are feeling nostalgic, you can do the same. Here are some websites where you can get immersed in some of the classic Atari 2600 games of the past.

At, there are lots of classic games you can play online, including one of my very favorite ones, Adventure. Adventure was the first ever video game to have an Easter Egg, that is a little secret message that could only be revealed when you found the secret dot and brought it beyond the wall. Other classic games such as Dig Dug and Tetris can be found as well.

To visit, click here:

At AtariTimes, you'll find great online versions of many of the popular classics, both the ones produced by Atari and the ones produced by third party creators. Demon Attack, Circus Atari, Carnival, Chopper Command, Pitfall and more are all here. There are even some titles that are rare or new, so you'll be able to experience it all again. Of course, instead of a joystick, you'll have to make due with the arrow keys and the spacebar. But it is still a lot of fun. You will need to install JAVA before these games will play.

To visit the AtariTimes section of online games, click here:

Now if ATARI wasn't your thing and you'd rather play the versions that were in the arcades, this site is for you! Play old fun games like PacMan, Tetris, Donkey Kong, Duck Hunt, and more. Man, that's a blast from the past...

Click this link to visit

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