Researching Old Atari Games brings up nostalgia and surprise

Is it as shocking to everyone else, over 30 years old, how basic the graphics were on Atari games? I seem to research them for various projects about every 3 years or so, and every time I look at them I can’t believe how simple they are. Especially in consideration to how amazing it seemed as a kid to have all these different games and talk trash on your brother or cousin on who was the best at which games.

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I look across some of my favorites like Pitfall and Dig Dug, and think to myself, ‘I swear it looked cooler than that back in the day’. The UX (or game mechanic) seemed so much more complex when you were a kid and console games just came out. Would kids today, after having the amazing graphics and in-depth game features even appreciate the old Atari games?

What if I took the exact game mechanics of Pitfall and just updated the graphics to photorealistic 3D style, would it be fun in today’s world? I want to play all the games now, to really get a sense of what the UX is, what you really strive for (like points, levels, achievements) and see how it compares to even the simplest mobile app games these days. Boy how times/games have changed.