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Re: 2011/4/21: Atari 2600: Circus Atari, Keystone Kapers, Phoenix

Posted: May 28th, 2017, 1:56 am
by wolverine96
I was reading through your Atari 2600 game reviews, and I noticed for Phoenix, you said the following:
"The game cost me $36, and adjusted for inflation, that's over $4,800 in today's currency."

This is extremely exaggerated. According to this calculator, $36 in 1983 equals $89.05 in 2017 (sorry to burst your bubble :D ).

I was born in the mid 90s, so growing up we had an Xbox and an Atari 2600 that my dad had as a kid. We had a box full of games (including 4 copies of Space Invaders, one with a picture label), but no Phoenix. Unfortunately, we had a flood in our basement about 10 years ago and lost an Atari 2600 console and every game except Golf and Combat. I am into programming, so for some reason I became interested in buying some 2600 carts on eBay. (I know assembly, and I'm currently learning to program the 2600. Hopefully I will see some of my future games reviewed here!) I now own Phoenix, and it is pretty fun (although not on my top 10 list). I prefer Demon Attack, but the boss level is pretty cool.

Re: 2011/4/21: Atari 2600: Circus Atari, Keystone Kapers, Phoenix

Posted: May 28th, 2017, 8:24 am
by VideoGameCritic
Great post Wolverine.

I suspect the $4,800 reference in the Phoenix review was supposed to be a joke, although frankly I can't remember for sure. You got me thinking maybe it's time to update some of the reviews of my old Atari favorites. Besides, I really feel like the urge to play Phoenix right now!

Funny you should mention a flooded basement. I've also lost stuff in a basement flood too. I wonder how many video game casualties happen every year resulting from broken sump pumps. I've learned that if you have anything worthwhile in your basement, keep it elevated off the floor.

Glad to see you are carrying the torch for the 2600. There's something special about that system. It is gaming at its purest.