MadMind wrote: Emulations they may be, but it isn't difficult to emulate older games, therefore you're not going to be able to tell the difference.
Uh ... no offense, but sez you.
If you're talking about downloading the original ROMs and playing them on emulators on your PC, then you're (mostly) correct. But my understanding from browsing the geekery over at atariage.com is that the PS2 games aren't the original ROMs, they are remakes. I know for a fact those plug-and-play joysticks aren't the original games and although I haven't personally played the Atari games on the PS2, I recently purchased a PC CD of old Intellivision games and they are noticeably different in lots of ways - I don't see why the Atari games would be any different.
MadMind wrote:The big downside of course to playing emulated Atari games on the PS2, or any other format, is the lack of trackball & paddles. The paddle games especially are nearly impossible to play on consoles (Breakout!).
First of all, that's a pretty big downside. Kaboom! is one of my all-time favorite games, and I'm a pretty big fan of Circus Atari, Warlords, Night Driver and Astroblast (which works with a joystick, but ain't nearly as good) - not to mention Indy 500, which requires the special driving paddle.
But really, MM, I'm not sure why you think playing an emulated game on a completely different system is somehow the same or equivalent, but it just ain't.
MadMind wrote:Let's run this down. For the price of a PS2 ($130 Retail) and Activision Anthology and Atari Anthology ($30 for both games approx.)...
That'd be around $160 for 133 Atari 2600 games. Taking into account that some cartridges are more rare than others, to purchase 133 Atari 2600 catridges these days could run you more than $160.
That's all well and good (even if I'd need to buy TWO Activision anthologies to get all the games I would want), but I already own the Atari consoles and a buttload of games and I have for years. Why would I want to re-buy a bunch of games I already own to play them in (what I consider to be) an inferior fashion?
Furthermore, you're wrong about the difference in price, as a quick search of eBay would've made clear:
Atari 2600 HUGE game lot of 103!! Final price: $102.50
Atari 2600 system, 61 Different Games, Lot, Tested!! Loads of Accesories ... Final price: $56.00
Huge lot of - 40 - ATARI 2600 games Final price: $41.00
And so on ...
Sure SOME games are really expensive, but here's a general fact about rarity: the more rare a game is, the crappier it is. The most expensive games around for the Atari are pretty much worthless except to collectors. So sure, I could get an emulated Quadrun for a lot less than the hundreds of dollars it goes for on the collector's market, but so what? It blows - so who cares?