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August 2015 Retro Gaming Article


August 29, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Bad Magic is a stunning new album from Motorhead - a band who formed the same year as Atari's Steeplechase

I was stoked to pick up the new Motorhead CD and discover they're rocking just as hard as ever! I'm still riding a wave of excitement from bands I've followed, for most of my life, who are still creating great music.

As a point of interest I've been looking at the games released the same year each band formed. Motorhead began in 1975, the same year Atari released their Steeplechase arcade game. Lemme formed Motorhead and is still the frontman - and lone original member.

Motorhead Bad Magic Atari Steeplechase arcade game Atari's Steeplechase is a horse racing game for up to six players who can play against one another. The game involves making your horse jump over obstacles on a narrow horizontal course. The monitor has six rows - one for each horse - each with an individual colored overlay. You always play against a computer player with horse number 7. The fastest horse wins.

Steeplechase arcade controls Can you imagine crowding 6 people around this control deck? Even Rampage's 3-player option offered a flanged front pannel to give players some space.

This arcade game was ported to the Atari 2600 and years later wound up on the Atari Flashback series of emulation consoles. Steeplechase was included on the Atari Anthology release for PS2 and Xbox.

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