Play Atari Games

Written by Adam Blau
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Atari has been a strong and constant developer of video games for decades. From the earliest days of its gaming consoles (like the Atari 2600) to its hot new titles like the Roller Coaster Tycoon and Dragon Ball Z series, Atari has always been a major force in the development of video games. As newer gaming technologies come to the fore, Atari has been quick to embrace them and develop exciting games surrounding the new features.

Playing Classic Atari Games Today

One fascinating factor of Atari games is that they have surprising longevity. Many of Atari's games from 1980 are just as enjoyable today as they were decades ago. It is not surprising to see several generations' worth of people enjoying Atari video games.

Classic Atari video games can be enjoyed today in a few ways. One way, of course, is to find an old Atari gaming console and cartridges. Yard sales and auction sites are often boons for the classic gamer, as people often slough off the older technology in favor of newer technology. It is not uncommon to see people selling their old game systems and vast collections of cartridges for a fraction of their original selling price.

If the price and dubious quality of a hardware gaming system prove to be deterrents for the prospective gamer, he or she may be interested in downloading a free Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator (MAME) for the home computer. Atari has made their classic video game ROMs available for licensing (for a small fee). When used in conjunction with MAME software, these ROMs can enable a user to play his or her favorite Atari games using the authentic code from the originals.

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