A few weeks ago, onetime Microsoft VP Ed Fries released an incredible title called Halo 2600. In case you couldn’t tell from the title, it’s essentially Halo as it would be playable on the Atari 2600 back in the early ’80s: Master Chief running from blocky room to blocky room, taking out the Covenant with single-pixel blasts from his Spartan laser while atrocious sound effects threaten to induce cochlear bleeding. But much like cartoons and cleavage, we have a nearly bottomless appetite for gaming nostalgia, so we can’t stop playing (or bleeding from the ears). And Ed’s ingenuity got us thinking: why don’t we get in on the action? There are plenty of great games from the high-def generation of consoles that are crying out for 4-bit versions. So we mocked up a few. Ed, if you’re reading this, take these ideas and run with ’em! We’ll take our royalties in Microsoft Points…

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