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Atari to hit gamers with a blast from the past

Thanks to Erz, who’s manning the wire for sending this one off;

Atari wants to take you back in time, and to get there, you can ride a “Centipede” or an “Asteroid,” or bounce back and forth between the pixilated paddles of “Pong.”

The video game company told The Associated Press on Tuesday it plans to reissue scores of its classic titles from yesteryear on a single disc that can be played on the game consoles Xbox and PlayStation 2.

“Atari Anthology” will feature 85 games and is scheduled to go on sale in November at a cost of about $20.

But it’s only one of the nostalgia projects Atari will push into the market then. The second is Atari Flashback, a slightly miniaturized version of the old Atari 7800 from the mid-’80s. It will have 20 games built into it, including “Breakout,” “Solaris,” “Crystal Castles” and “Battlezone.”

Flashback will sell for $45 and include a pair of old-school joysticks.

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By Brian Garside

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