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That is turning out to be a banner decade for Gen Xers who can’t get their fill of Seventies nostalgia. Along with having fun with the Schoolhouse Rock! fiftieth Anniversary Singalong that’s streaming on Hulu and final Sunday’s roof-raising Grammy efficiency honoring 50 years of hip-hop, growing older latchkey children can now shell out a cool grand for a whole set of fiftieth anniversary Atari XP collectible cartridges.
For these of you struggling to do the maths: final yr was the official fiftieth anniversary of the corporate, as Atari was based in 1972. Nonetheless, the primary Atari 2600 dwelling gaming console didn’t hit the cabinets till 1977, and lots of the video games didn’t come out till the early Eighties.
Starting Feb. 7, Atari fanatics can place preorders for one in all solely 100 units, which incorporates the next 10 video games:
Journey Asteroids Centipede Crystal Castles Gravitar Haunted Home Missile Command Tremendous Breakout Warlords Yars’ Revenge
The collectible field set comes on the heels of the November 2022 launch of Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration, which, in response to its press launch, is an “interactive journey by means of 50 years of video video games, together with a specifically curated listing of greater than 100 playable classics and 6 totally new titles.”
Notably absent from the gathering is everybody’s favourite insatiable yellow sphere, Pac-Man, which Atari launched in 1982 after adapting it from Namco’s 1980 arcade recreation. Pac-Man went on to promote greater than 8 million models worldwide, turning into the best-selling Atari 2600 recreation of all time.
Whereas the hefty price ticket means players will primarily be paying $100 for every of the ten video games (that are admittedly fairly primitive by at the moment’s requirements), the truth that solely 100 units are on supply factors to the probability of eBay bidding wars within the not-too-distant future.