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April 2017 Retro Gaming Article

April 16, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Don't be upset when this painfully angular Atari console never reaches Kickstarter

Atari console concept for Kickstarter
Recently circulating is this rendered reminder not to invest in "cool console concepts" without a verified working prototype.
Like many Atari fans, it's hard for me to accept that Atari is no more. The creativity that created the 2600 and countless arcade games vanished decades ago only to be resurrected by a series of holding companies. These companies only see dollar-signs and seek to use the backlog of Atari IPs as a licensing business. For the most part, they'd be better off selling t-shirts than games. Although I love the Flashback Classics games for PS4 and Xbox One.

A lone image is hardly reason to box-up your Atari consoles!
Recently, I've seen the above image floating around social media with the insinuation that an upcoming Kickstarter campaign is seeking to create an Atari-branded game console that will play games from Atari's primary game consoles. As if the "2015" text isn't enough, let's not for get the lesson we learned from the Chameleon game console that spun out of control amidst lies and false promises. Until you see a verified working prototype, don't get excited!

I'd love to see a game console capable of playing the various cartridge-based games from Atari. I often wonder why the various multi-cart clones (Retro Freak, Retron5, etc) completely ignore Atari games. There must be a reason.

The logistics of creating a console capable of playing carts from the 2600, 5200, 7800, and Jaguar is daunting to say the least. Even the Flashbacks don't have cartridge slots. I love the concept, but know it takes more than a picture to launch enough interest.

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