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Posted on May 30th 2020 at 08:00:00 AM by (Duke0619)
Posted under H.E.R.O Atari 2600, Atari, 2600, H.E.R.O., HERO,

I have always referred to H.E.R.O. as my favorite Atari 2600 game. It's a game I had as a child and have often hailed its theme and gameplay as masterful.  But one little thing had always bothered me about H.E.R.O. - I had never beaten it!  Going back and finally mastering games I played as a kid has become quite the adventure for me. There's something dramatically satisfying about combining the nostalgia driven experience of replaying a game from childhood with the brand new experience of finally beating it. It's like creating a portal between two worlds; like somehow magically connecting my past with the present.  And it's a really special thing when there happens to be a game that you tout as your favorite, but still haven't completed yet. The list of games that fall into this category is obviously finite, and I cherish the opportunities that I have to venture into that realm and overcome a challenge that has eluded me for decades.  In fact,  I cherish them so much that I like to document them.  Here is my three part video series where I put on my laser helmet, strap on my Prop-Pack, and attempt to finally save all of the trapped miners in my favorite Atari game of all time.

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Isn't that the one where you dive into caverns to rescue stranded spelunkers and bring them back to the surface? IIRC you die if you touch the cave walls, kinda like Berzerk. If that's the one you're talking about, it was one of the games that was available to play in my middle school's secondary computer lab back in the mid-1980s.

Yep, that's right-- my middle school had two computer labs. Hey, it's based in Mountain View, what didja expect?

But don't get too jealous; while the main computer lab had fairly modern IBM PCs complete with 5.25" floppy drives and sprocket-feed fanfold paper printers, the second lab was chock full of cheapie Commodore PET computers that the school district likely bought at surplus prices. The PETs were used for the typing class... and playing games such as Oregon Trail, SkiFree... And H.E.R.O., which was a big fave. Anything to dull the emotional pain and psychological torture of attending middle school...

Now you're probably wondering where I'm going with all this? Pretty much nowhere, that's where. Mmmmmyep...

Kudos sir, this is one title I've always wanted to revisit and finish myself.  One of my favorites all the way from my C64 days.

Also I think this was the first classic title my oldest son really enjoyed, back when he was maybe eight or nine.  Within a year he got to 7-2 on SMB with no warps, so I think we were on the right track Wink

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