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Why do AtGames Atari 2600 systems use 5200 Space Invaders?

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Does anyone know why the AtGames Atari systems use the 5200 version of Space Invaders, instead of the 2600 Space Invaders? All the other games on the system appear to be the 2600 versions.

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Because AtGAMES.

 

Not sure what you are getting at here? It's actually the arcade port, not the 5200 port...

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Blind rage hate against atgames because even when there are those times they do it right, it's still taboo to give credit so it's easier to crap on them on the whole as to not look like you've gone soft on hating them.

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Does anyone know why the AtGames Atari systems use the 5200 version of Space Invaders, instead of the 2600 Space Invaders? All the other games on the system appear to be the 2600 versions.

It's a custom port just for the unit, as is Frogger.

 

This squiggly thing is the 5200 version.

https://youtu.be/qBDW3IervjI

 

I don't feel AtGames deserves the hate it gets. "Because AtGames" isn't as funny as some people think it is.

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In the case of Frogger, it was due to copyrighted music they were unable to license, so it was easier to reimplement the arcade version sans music than hire a 2600 programmer trying to lift or replace the music from the 2600 version. When it comes to Space Invaders, I have no clue, perhaps it is a similar situation where the do-dum-do-dum-do-dum sound is copyrighted and needed to be lifted or replaced?

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Because Taito didn't want the "inferior" version from the 2600 used so they put in an arcade port instead. I don't know why since Atari's verison of SI wasn't that bad like say Pac-man...

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Thanks for the responses -

Also, why were Front Line, Polairs, and Jungle Hunt not the 2600 versions in Atari Flashback?

And, what is the game "Strip Off"?

 

Chris.

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I'm sure there's some marketing logic behind it all, like they showed a focus group the headliner games for the Flashback iteration they were making and people in the focus group said "I remember Pac-Man / Frogger / Space Invaders / etc. looking better than that!". So by making custom graphically improved versions of the big name system seller games they're appealing to the general public's false memories of how cool Atari games were 40 years ago, not the reality of the way the games were that folks around here are keenly aware of because we still play them all the time.

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It's a custom port just for the unit, as is Frogger.

 

This squiggly thing is the 5200 version.

https://youtu.be/qBDW3IervjI

 

I don't feel AtGames deserves the hate it gets. "Because AtGames" isn't as funny as some people think it is.

Lots of things don't deserve the hate they get, but it's the internet!

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Thanks for the responses -

Also, why were Front Line, Polairs, and Jungle Hunt not the 2600 versions in Atari Flashback?

And, what is the game "Strip Off"?

 

Chris.

 

The other Taito games ARE the 2600 originals. Strip Off and other games with less recognizable names are homebrews that are included. As was stated, the ONLY games that are not native to the Atari 2600 are Frogger and Space Invaders, and that's for the reasons previously stated.

 

Stay tuned for announcements about the 2018 products and their feature-sets and game lists. Any issues with the game lists will be addressed in the best way possible.

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Because Taito didn't want the "inferior" version from the 2600 used so they put in an arcade port instead. I don't know why since Atari's verison of SI wasn't that bad like say Pac-man...

 

This is correct. I too disagreed with the decision, because Atari 2600 Space Invaders IS a great game, and in many ways better than the original arcade version (when you can't play on the beautiful original arcade machine itself, with that awesome holographic mirror effect). Fortunately, with an SD card slot (like found on the Portable), you can put on the Atari 2600 version yourself.

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Stay tuned for announcements about the 2018 products

That's such a retro television (or is it radio?) thing to say. icon_laughingblue.gif icon_thumbsup.gif

 

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I found a review of the Atari Flashback 8 Gold HD which came to the conclusion the two most playable games on the console are .. Frogger and Space Invaders. :D

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I'm open to suggestions...

Not a dig, just an observation.

 

Retro language is totally appropriate for groovy Atari products!

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Not a dig, just an observation.

 

Retro language is totally appropriate for groovy Atari products!

 

I didn't take it as a dig. Now I'm wondering... ;-)

 

Seriously, I do have trouble thinking of what to say other than "stay tuned" in that type of situation.

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A dig would be more like, oh yeah, Bill he's so muscular and a careful writer (i.e. more about my own failings than yours)

 

WATCH THIS SPACE for more up to the minute updates about AtGames!

 

DON'T CLOSE THAT BROWSER WINDOW

 

just don't be like "Atari," with "sign up for our mailing list!"

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Just speculation, but one reason why Taito may have insisted on an arcade adaptation over the 2600 port has to do with the artwork.

 

Space Invaders is a pop-culture thing, and Taito markets all kinds of merchandise - mugs, bags, T-shirts, etc etc - using the invader sprite artwork from the original arcade game. The 2600 sprites, while attractive in their own right, don't look like the arcade invaders at all.

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