A few weeks ago I chided Atari for making a new game based on the old Star Raiders Atari 2600 game. My logic was that 1) no one remembered Star Raiders except for its massive controller (which was incorrect, because everything is The Best Thing Ever to some nerd, somewhere) and 2) there’s no way a modern videogame could have any real similarity to an Atari 2600 game anyways.
Well, I suspect Atari read that post, and decided to fuck with me even further by announcing a new Yars’ Revenge game. This is significant because Yars’ Revenge is actually remembered fondly, because it was a terrible game with a hilariously complicated, extremely odd story behind its incredibly shitty gameplay. Seriously, here’s a screenshot of the original:
?And that was the entirety of the game, that one screen, over and over, with one minor variation. And yet the premise was that you were an alien in a bug-like ship firing your Zorlon Cannon at the evil Qotile to avenge the planet it destroyed and it was just bizarrely specific and detailed for such a simple, goofy-looking game. AND NOW ATARI IS MAKING A NEW ONE. AND THIS IS THE TRAILER.
Note the change from Yars’ Revenge to Yar’s Revenge, and not that Yar is now AN ANIME CHICK IN A MECHA SUIT. This is just as ridiculous as the new Star Raiders game, but just like the original Yars‘, it’s ridiculous in a way I can’t help but find fascinating. I can’t wait to play this thing, just to see what nonsense they’ve come up with. Apparently it’s going to be an Xbox Live/PSN game, and I’ll try to let you guys know the minute it becomes available. (Via Kotaku)
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.