Towards the top of the Dreamcast’s lifespan, when these in cost at Sega knew issues have been unlikely to go effectively, probably the most uncommon firstparty video games in historical past was commissioned: Segagaga. This was a game where you managed Sega and, enjoying by way of its traditional titles and managing the Dreamcast’s fortunes, may change the world and ‘defeat’ a poorly-disguised Sony Corporation and its PlayStation.

There’s one thing undeniably melancholy about Segagaga. The collapse of the corporate’s {hardware} enterprise was existential for Sega, in addition to humiliating, and this love-letter to its personal historical past and followers felt like the final word ‘what if’ state of affairs, a parting reward to recollect what might need been.

Sega has clearly reinvented itself as a significant writer and is now in impolite health. The similar cannot be stated for one more of the previous giants, Atari, which has gone by way of numerous palms over the previous couple of many years, few of which have accomplished something attention-grabbing with the once-great firm.

The present lot do, not less than, appear to have some ambition: Even if it is all a bit too blockchain-y and pie-in-the-sky at occasions (nevermind the nonsense over SouljaBoy claiming he owned the corporate), it has managed to develop a number of new variations of traditional titles in addition to launch a brand new piece of Atari {hardware}. And now, it is doing a Segagaga.

Atari Mania is basically an enormous assortment of minigames, based mostly on traditional titles from the corporate’s historical past, framed by an RPG-lite construction where you play because the caretaker of the Atari vault. The vault is a storehouse for previous Atari video games till one evening “a dead pixel appears and soon enough, all heck breaks loose!!”

It guarantees over 150 minigames exhibiting the vary of Atari’s again catalogue, and that it will be mixing and matching them up. “You’ll fight back Centipedes with a Pong paddle while the iconic Adventure dragon hunts you down!”

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The caretaker facet of the game sees you fixing puzzles in addition to enjoying the minigames, whereas the game is as you would possibly count on full of easter eggs (Atari’s Will Robinett is mostly thought of the primary developer to insert one in every of these in a game with Adventure), trophies, collectibles together with classic artwork, posters and manuals. In addition you may unlock remastered variations of the video games by enjoying.

I do not actually know tips on how to interpret this little bit of the PR fluff although, about characters such as you’ve by no means seen them earlier than: “Go face to antennae with some of the greatest games and characters in videogame history. Trust us: you’ll never think of Bentley Bear the same way again!” Oookay.

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Atari’s story is a tragedy. It’s not that the corporate went down or stopped being a key participant, a lot because it grew to become little greater than a t-shirt vendor for a very long time, seemingly unable to do something attention-grabbing with its properties, whether or not which means reinvention or just releasing respectable variations of them.

I’m fascinated about Atari and below the present possession, the video games have been higher than they’ve in a very long time. Pong Quest, for instance, made Pong into an ‘RPG’ and, whereas I would not name it a traditional, I revered it having a superb crack at reinventing one of many easiest (and most iconic) video games on the planet. I’m not saying Atari Mania is gonna be nice. But by god it is good to dwell in a world where Atari could be making one thing half-decent.