To coincide with the London 2012 Olympics and to give my friend and I a proper reason to play through massive amounts of video games, all the while competing, I devised the Leonard 2012 Video Game Olympics. We’ll attempt to play through every video game in our combined collections, as long as there’s a fairly easy way of competing. Competitive multiplayer games are a no-brainer, as are video games including scores. I’m including every video game in the results, even though we may not play them. It’ll be a convenient way of cataloging my collection.
The first round revolved around the Atari 2600. One of the pioneers of the video game industry, it brought video games into homes in a big, big way. I have 21 games for the system and perhaps because of their simplicity, they were either good or bad. I’ll probably discuss them in further detail soon, but standouts were Asteroids, Combat, Dragster, Galaxian, Vanguard, Video Pinball, and Yars’ Revenge.
Of the 21 games for the Atari 2600, 15 of them were applicable to the event. I lead the medal count with 8 compared to my friend’s 7, while he leads the high score count with 8 compared to my 7. Essentially, the first round was a wash. up next is the Intellivision, if I can figure out a way to get it working.
If anyone has any ideas for games to include or possible prizes, lemme know. This event will take a very long time, but it’ll be a fun way to experience the evolution of the industry, game design, and advances in technology and thinking. Plus, it’ll just be fun.
6 thoughts on “Leonard 2012 Video Game Olympics – Round 1 – Atari 2600”
This can be considered the ultimate evolution of our Game-A-Thon idea from so many years ago.
Haha, now this is an awesome idea. I love that you guys are starting all the way back with the 2600.
It kind of reminds me of a movie I just saw recently called The Do-Deca-Pentathlon in which two brothers created a 25-game event to determine the ultimate champion. It was pretty entertaining.
Good luck with your tournament!
Thank you! I read you review of the movie and I’m glad I did. I’d never heard of it before then and it sounds quite interesting.