Atari Arcade Game Play in Internet Explorer
Written by Alan Monday, 3 September 2012 07:00
A couple of days ago Microsoft made the announcement that they had partnered with classic game maker Atari to bring several of those old 80′s games to the PC via Internet Explorer. All of these titles, and many others, have been available for years through questionable means, such as ROM’s, but this time around you are free and clear to blast Asteroids to your heart’s content.
Users are required to have Internet Explorer 9, but IE 10 also works just fine. If you have either version, and you should have AT LEAST IE 9 to be safe online these days, then launch it and head over to Atari.com/Arcade. Here you will have access to such classics as Combat, Lunar lander, Missile Command, Pong, Super Breakout, Yar’s Revenge, Asteroids and Centipede. Microsoft promises more titles are on the way in the near future.
When you visit the above mentioned site you will find a list of games to the left that you can scroll through. Choose any of the eight available games to get started. In this case I chose Centipede, one of my favorites from my youth.
The first thing I notice was that the game looks slightly different – I was what appeared to be a garden gnome who was shooting at the marauding bug. The second thing I noticed was that the mouse plugged into my laptop was completely useless. In fact it didn’t function at all. The game required the keyboard for play – the arrow keys for movement and the space-bar for shooting.
Other games that were tried had similar play – slightly different from the original, and no mouse controls. Users can actually visit the same web site from other browsers and play the same games in similar fashion, so Microsoft doesn’t really have an exclusive here. I still prefer to play the originals, but finding the means to do that isn’t something that will be posted here.
While this is very cool for all of those who remember back to the days of these early classics, it would be nice if the games stayed true to the originals. It would also have been a nice touch to add support for the mouse, but most of us can probably live without that. Finally, let’s see some more of those early games brought back for a new generation.