Source “I see their smiles, and they’re telling their kids, ‘I played Oregon Trail, and this is the game we grew up with playing in school,’ or ‘I had an Atari.’ It’s bringing back a lot of good memories for the older folks, and the kids are just having a blast as well. That’s a great feeling.”
“It fascinates me today that people still play the games we wrote 40 years ago and still want new games,” he says. “So it’s incredibly satisfying that I went full circle and finally got everything done after starting it so long ago.” Now called Casey’s Gold, the railroad adventure game is being produced on a cartridge and sold to people who still own an Atari 2600, a dinosaur of a system by today’s standards; it was most popular in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s and ceased production in 1992. Kitchen was inspired when he learned about the vibrant homebrew community that still appreciates the old console.
None of this enthusiasm surprises Hardie. He encounters it every day at his museum. Kitchen even was involved with a computer figure-skating game featuring Oympian Kristi Yamaguchi in the 1990s, one of the first games to incorporate motion-capture video into its graphics. So it was a back-to-basics labor of love that caused him to return to an old game he never quite finished while working for publisher Activision in 1983.
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