Scoring System for Atari 2600-7800

You know I can’t really seem to score and Atari game with a number rating, it seems to harsh and for the matter hard. For an Atari game on a 2600, the controls are basic you have one button and a joystick. Some games require you to use the paddle controller otherwise, they are simply controls and really don’t need to be reviewed unless noted. Graphics for these games only start to get better (I mean upgrade) when we get to high end console such as the LYNX and JAGUAR.

What I am trying to say is here is a simple rating system for any and all Atari 2600-7800 games.

  1. BAD– This game is awful and should be thrown back into the dungeon where it came from.
  2. HMM– the game is neither good or bad its just there to exist
  3. OK– The game has some interesting quality to it
  4. GOOD– You leave beating this game with a sense of accomplishment but you know that you can’t really beat an Atari game or can you…
  5. GREAT– You can play this game over and over and feel good knowing that you have a great game on you hands.
  6. AMAZING– The best of the best video games belong here but is there an Atari game worth this score?

Now for any games above 7800 such as LYNX and JAGUAR, I will be using a Number scoring system.

The First Reviews are In For ATARI Month

Yes I know that I am a little late getting Atari Month going and believe me I am trying to get back into reviewing games. Alright enough about me and my petty things lets get started!!

First up is ADVENTURE for the Atari 2600 come find out if the adventure is really worth going on!

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And for the Second is BREAKOUT for the Atari 2600. Can you break all the bricks in this addictive arcade classic!

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Is there an Atari game that you want me to review? Don’t fret! All this month is Atari and I am doing random games from various Atari Consoles! So if you don’t see the game that you wanted reviewed on here go ahead and give me a shout out on the Facebook page, leave a tweet on Twitter or leave me comment below and I will do my best to get it on here!!

Okay time to get back on track!

I have been gone for the longest time because well lets face it, I have been lazy. We have all been there. There have been a few things that made a turn for the worst but things are looking a lot better now. The last four months not posting anything has been on my mind but with school, getting into the MLT program and so forth things have gotten pretty crazy. Now it is time to take a step back and look at what made me happy, what I strive to do. Well I want people to come to this site to take a look at honest reviews for every video game possible ( shooting for every game here). I want people to remember the games of their past or maybe find an obscure game that they have never heard of! Its all going to be right here!

So with out further to do I will be making changes here, no longer will there be a Movies Category, I just don’t have time to do reviews on them and that could be something that could be implemented later on. And there will be more but I don’t want to spill to much for everyone!

Now the awesome part! August is just around the corner and starting in August it will be ATARI MONTH! Expect to see loads of ATARI games from the 2600-7800, Jaguar and Lynx! Yes that’s right the granddaddy of all video game system’s depending on who you are asking (lets not get technical). But the question remains….how do you review an Atari game especially on the 2600? We will just have to find out….

Awesome Update

So I have finally got around to making a sub-page for Sega Genesis and it is now under the CONSOLE SECTION. I have released an interesting first review for it, ALIEN SOLDIER for the SEGA CHANNEL!!! Come check it out at

https://themodernretrocorner.com/consoles/sega-genesis/alien-soldier-sega-channel/

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https://themodernretrocorner.com/consoles/sega-genesis/alien-soldier-sega-channel/

Venom Trailer 2 Released!

Finally the Symbiote revealed…

Last night the new trailer for Venom came out and a lot of people are excited. Finally we get to see what Sony Entertainment forget to give us in the first trailer: The Symbiote.

Personally I am excited for Venom and looks even better then the first trailer put out. Maybe there is a glimmer of hope for the movie yet.

Venom releases on October 4th 2018 in theaters everywhere.

Something to Think About… Plug N Plays

Name calling at its Worst?

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Everybody knows the Plug N Plays and pretty much everyone grew up wanting one for their birthday. Maybe you saw them on the store shelves at Walmart or Target; Pac-Man, Namco 6-1 Games, Batman. When you here the term Plug N Play in gaming there are three things that come to mind; first the obvious (needing to put this in here for everyone’s tech sake) to simply plug in a device to a computer and use it with out the need of drivers or really anything else, The SECOND is Jakk Pacific Plug N Play, those are the ones that everyone saw on the shelves at Walmart and Target such as Pacman, Batman, Spiderman and so forth… then there is the last one BOOTLEG, KNOCKOFF, just to name a few. These are the ones that you find at flea markets, swap meets and other back world places but that doesn’t mean you can’t find them anywhere else either.

First off Jakk Pacific Plug N Plays were fun to play and somewhat what cheap to buy some more expensive than others depending on the game or license product you find. I remember the surge back in the early 2000’s when they hit store shelves and people where buying them up as cheap birthday gifts and then they started to wane a bit and you could find them on the clearance aisle for cheap. These games are not the best games you could play but they were decent for what they were.

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And then they were lost in the darkness…

Until another surge of Plug N Plays came sweeping through…You would often find Player Choice (Now named Power Player or Power Racer) with over 100,000 games in 1 at thrift stores. Now nobody knew where these came from, well I certainly didn’t at the time but wow how about that over one hundred thousand games in one little controller, at the time that sounded awesome but to my surprise it was all Nintendo games in different formats. I thought this was cool and at the time most rental places had PS2 and Xbox games so Nintendo was a little hard to come by. I would see these every where and then different looking Plug N Plays would start to pop up here and there as I started going to different thrift shops. I didn’t know there were so many!

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Now I have always called these types of Plug N Plays, well Plug N Plays and nothing else. I have heard over the course of many years that they are called BOOTLEG and KNOCKOFF consoles which to my dismay they are. But that doesn’t mean we should call something such as this a derogatory name. Yes you heard right, I feel that calling them BOOTLEG is a derogatory name. Now call me a hypocrite but Knockoff sounds a bit better but not by much. I know what you are all thinking, they are taking the games we all know and love and ripping them to their console with just a few simple editing tricks such as; wiping the Nintendo logo away, copying one game and changing the sprites in every copied game, ect).

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There are tons of these everywhere but still I don’t think name calling is the right thing to do just because the console and games are crap and yes I have played many that have been. Call them by there name even if you have to find out what it is or simply call it a Plug N Play. If I went in to Game stop, Vintage Stock or Game Xchange, you wouldn’t here me calling the Xbox a load of ^*& do you? These people would look at me in the worst way. The same goes for Plug N Plays. I dislike the Xbox and I do have one I think the PS is far greater but I don’t go around calling it crap. I simple call it by its name. Now I will have to say that a lot of it has to do with YouTube. Click-bait at its best if you will. I would rather watch a video that said “The Top Ten Worst Plug N Plays Ever!” then watch a video that had the title “The Top Ten Worst BOOTLEG CONSOLES Ever!”

Lets Be honest with ourselves, they may have slightly different names to attract those that don’t know best about video games but we as gamers know that these so called “consoles” do not play CD, DVD, BLU-RAY at all. They have built in games in them that aren’t the best. For Example the PSXBOX I believe it is called doesn’t play PS or Xbox games nor does it have any of them built in. Now its OK to get make fun of it for the laughs (being a hypocrite now) but calling it a BOOTLEG is just taking it to far. Somebody took the time to make this and maybe this was the best they could do. Maybe this was an attempt to sell to unexpecting customers that didn’t know better. Who is to say? All I know is that the name calling is at its worst when you refer it to BOOTLEG or really anything other than Plug N Play.

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I hope that I have gave you something to think about. What do you think? I want to here from you!

Stay Retro my friends,

~Retro Mark

 

 

Update

SO yeah I have been updating the website very slowly…. School has weighed on me over the pass weeks and its going to get busier as school comes to an end. I have updated some of the categories such as DOS and NES so go on over and check them out! (forgot what they were :0 ) For all of you out there looking for movies the next one I plan on doing is Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War of course and it will be spoiler free!

~ Retro Mark

 

 

Spyro The Dragon- Remastered

Another Legend Is Coming Back

 

 

It clear to see with all the success that Crash Bandicoot has had with his current remaster that it is evidently clear that something legendary in the hay-day of the original PlayStation has to come back. Enter the Dragon; Spyro! Like that nod, I bet you do. From what the trailer showed, everything from the original has stayed true. Lets hope that the gameplay has been tweaked for the better, from what I remember that even though the controls were OK, the ramming feature was a bit weird.

The trilogy will be a remaster of the first three games and will be “Made from the ground up that will have improved lighting, improved environments, updated controls and recreated cinematics. Activision has promises “full analog stick support with smooth handling”

Insomniac Games is the original developer which is responsible for other game such as Ratchet and clank and the upcoming SPIDERMAN game for PS4. Toys for Bob is handling the remastering of the games with Stewart Copeland’s original soundtrack be remastered as well.

What do you all think about Spyro the Reignited Trilogy? Are you excited? Released Date is Expected to be in September 2018.