Saturday, July 28, 2012

Bits and Bytes: The retro Olympic Games

How's this for topical? The Olympics has officially started after last night's impressive - and lengthy - opening ceremony that included rolling green fields, giant chimneys emerging from the ground as if by magic, a massive Lord Voldemort vanquished by Mary Poppins, Mr Bean and a skydiving Queen! Just a normal Friday night over here in Great Britain.

To commemorate the event, the Guardian website has created this retro-styled video game that allows you to try your hand at a few events. Take a look after the jump.

See how your personal best in the 100m, 10km, 100m freestyle swim and bicycle road race compares against the all-time greats - and whether your time would have ever earned you a place on the podium. You can also share your results with your friends on Facebook, become a keyboard warrior, unlock secret codes and much more.


For a historical perspective of Olympic video games take a look at this The oldest I could find was 35 years old!