Getting Kids To Program Old School Video Games
from the where's-the-dragon-that-eats-a-block? dept
It seems that every recent story about Atari has been about their attempts (in their modern form — quite different from the original Atari) to make a killing on the nostalgia market, offering up classic games from years back to today’s adults — either on computers or (increasingly) on mobile phones. However, it appears that many feel the basic concepts of old Atari videogames are still valuable for game designers to learn — resulting in a competition to design new games for the Atari 2600. Of course, there’s one twist: the games needed to be created in 24 hours. While the story is amusing to read, what it really does is remind people that, despite all the amazing graphics found in today’s game, a game is still about gameplay at its core — which many of today’s game designers seem to forget. Update: News.com has some pictures of the games that were developed in all their pixelated glory.