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Hands On: Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration - A Lovingly Crafted History Lesson

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Developed by the brilliant Digital Eclipse.

The first thing you'll notice when booting up Atari 50: The Anniversary Celebration is just how much effort has gone into putting this collection together. Developed by the brilliant Digital Eclipse (TNMT: The Cowabunga Collection), 'Atari 50' rounds up over 90 playable Atari games (including six new ones) along with an in-depth retelling of the history of the company, from its earliest days through to the Atari Jaguar and beyond.

You can just play the games if you want to, but the main way to experience The Anniversary Celebration is to navigate through a timeline in which you'll be presented with high-quality images of arcade machines, consoles, game boxes, posters and more, along with quotes from key Atari alumni. There's even a whole bunch of new documentary footage along the way, in which you'll learn about everything from the creation of Pong to whether Atari employees used to take drugs while they worked (spoiler, they did!).

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