Re: [stella] Infogrames considers Atari 2600 B-Side release!

Subject: Re: [stella] Infogrames considers Atari 2600 B-Side release!
From: "Christopher Rydberg" <solitaire0@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2001 05:27:42 -0000

There just is no tradition in the game business to produce anything like a
box-set and they aren't used to contracting out documentarians.

Well, that's not exactly true. Japan has a bit of that going around, but nothing like the music biz. In Japan they have the Phantasy Star Collection for Saturn that collects the entire series up to that point on a single disc and includes big books with art and whatever. They also have the Square collection with all the Square games collected into big boxed sets and made to run on the PS. They even have an ultra cool Biohazard (aka Resident Evil) collection that comes in a Solid Steel Briefcase. It's awesome. The difference is that the US gaming market is just now maturing. I don't even mean the US gamers. I mean more the management and companies. Sadly the leaders of the industry are stupid about what makes it work. They hoard their old intellectual properties like dragons on great piles of gold with no conception of what they hold. They never loved the games. Most of them spend their weekends in the Hamptons or playing golf. How many of them are shut up in a room with a stack of 10 and 20 year old cartridges trying to finally finish that game of Might and Magic for Genisis or trying to cause the score counter to roll over on their favorite variation of Pong. They didn't grow up with it and they don't understand it. What they understand is business. The almighty dollar. Where's the movie tie in that makes it recognizable for parents? Is it at all connected to Harry Potter? Can we put Waldo in it somewhere? What is the deal? Square did not build their gaming empire on BS. They were near bankrupt and needed a hit. What did they do? A Beavis and Butthead game? No. A Bartman Saves the Universe sequal? No. They put everything they had into a gaming experience. They tried to deliver an experience that was beyond all that had come before. They succeeded. They have continued to try and do that with every game and their succeesses have compounded. Their in it for the money , but they don't act like it when it comes down to game time. They deliver and experience which is what the heart of any game should be. It's a challenge, it's entertainment, it's FUN! Damn! I holler till I'm red in the face about this and it never seems to sink in. I've watched countless failures.

Our engine is beyond anything you've ever seen. Every character model has fully functional digits and even eyelashes.


I don't care if it looks like a turd in the bowl. If it plays like Quake's multiplayer I'm in. That is an experience. A nerve-wrecking, finger twiching experience. Goldeneye. N64. Did they just spit out a tie in for a quick buck? No. They delivered a tie in years after the movie was released that single handedly revived the ailing N64 in the US. It was an awesome experience. Totally unique. It was the fabled "killer-app". It was Alien Vs. Predator for the Jag. It was Space Invaders for the VCS. It was everything a gamer could want. And it still is. I can still sit down and experience Space Invaders or the arcade Centipede. They are super classics. They are defining points in the history and language of gaming. They are not be quick bucked to death. The should be reevered and placed on high. If they are to be sold again it should be done with honor and respect for the great achievements that they are. They are the wheel that allowed for the automobile. Don't sell me a damn stone circle. Show me the history. Show me the how, the who and the where. I want to see pictures of the skating rink that Atari started in. I want to see that Sports buyer from Sears who started the Atari Sears relation ship. I want to see Nolan B's big smiling bearded face in the game.

I've said enough. I'm sorry if I've wasted anyone's time. But this matters to me. I see history and culture disappearing and dying because "adults" have catogorized it as unimportant. So many novels and plays and songs are just gone now because no one gave a damn. I will not allow it to happen to video games.

Christopher Rydberg solitaire0@xxxxxxxxxxx

P.S.-How's that for a tangent? Started on collectors editions and boxed sets and ended crying about the end of culture. Don't worry. I'm not crazy, just passionate.
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