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Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration - Digital Eclipse talks importance of game preservation

We spoke with Digital Eclipse about game preservation in light of the Atari 50 release.

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Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration launched last month to commemorate the massive 50-year milestone for one of the industry’s most influential companies. It features several of the most notable games from throughout Atari’s history, as well as insightful interviews with developers and facts about the company’s past. We got to chat with some of the folks at Digital Eclipse that helped bring the Anniversary Celebration to life.

Shacknews head of video Greg Burke speaks with several members of the Digital Eclipse team in a new interview to discuss Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration. In the video, the developers discuss their roles within the project. Editorial Director Chris Kohler spoke about how the studio wanted to do something unique with The Anniversary Celebration. “We’re really trying to avoid calling it a collection… because we really wanted to do something that was different, even from the other products that we’ve made,” he explained. “Rather than say, ‘hey here’s a list of video games you can play…’”

Digital Eclipse also discusses how this project sets itself apart from previous collections by having a narrative throughline for players to experience. “In this collection, we wanted to focus on telling this narrative, historic aspect of Atari’s last 50 years,” said Stephen Frost. He went on to say that the list of games featured continued to grow and change as they decided what the overarching story of the collection would be.

Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration was released in November for PC and consoles. While our interview with Digital Eclipse is filled with insight to the project’s creation, the game itself is stuffed with everything you could want to know about Atari’s rich history. For more intriguing interviews, be sure to subscribe to the Shacknews and GamerHubTV YouTube channels.

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      December 6, 2022 12:12 PM

      Cool interview -- I really gotta pick this up. :)

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        December 6, 2022 12:25 PM

        Yeah when I saw it announced initially I kinda rolled my eyes at yet another Atari compilation but it sounds like they did a really impressive job on this one.

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          December 6, 2022 1:26 PM

          With one was done with some serious love and will be the benchmark others will be measured against in the future.

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            December 6, 2022 1:50 PM

            Yeah I haven't played it yet but the thing Atari compilations always had an issue in that "Atari" means different things depending on context. Usually they'd focus on either the 2600 output or the arcade output and not both, or much else. These guys though, they added Jaguar and Lynx emulation and everything else. Impressive.

            Also I reached out to that Jaguar emulator developer and offered my Mac porting services. He says he can't share the code with anyone yet (even privately) but if that changes he'll let me know.

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          December 6, 2022 1:35 PM

          I love the Digital Eclipse guys and have been meaning to pick it up to support them. :)

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