What a difference 30 years makes...

We celebrate the anniversary of the Atari 2600 through the medium of cruel comparisons

Oct 2, 2007

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Xbox 360's great-grandfather, PS3's distant ancestor and Wii's, er, third cousin once removed. That's right, the Atari 2600! Don't tell us you didn't know...

Being the first real videogame console, 2600 was also the home of the first recognisable videogames genres. So, we thought, what better way to celebrate the old boy's big 3-0 by seeing how its brave gaming heroes compare to the audiovisual treats we take for granted today. Join us, for a scathing walk down memory lane...

Right, first up is Asteroids. Close relative of Spacewar!- perhaps the first game ever created - Asteroids used to be the chief reason we never had any pocket money. We're that old.

Next to modern-day space blast twitchfest Geometry Wars, though, Asteroids looks... er, what's the inoffensive term for 'bag of balls'? Certainly, we owe Asteroids a debt of gratitute, for helping to kickstart a gaming revolution. But on this evidence, we sure don't owe it a replay...

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