Items tagged with Atari

We first brought you news of the Atari GameBand last month when the company teased the announcement via a new website. The only clues that we had about the new device were two fists raised into the air joined by the statement: “Brand New Gaming Hardware Coming soon…” Well, we now know what Atari and its partners have been working on behind the scenes thanks to a new Kickstarter campaign promoting the smartwatch. The GameBand is being billed as the world’s first gaming smartwatch, and comes bundled with 20 classic Atari games that you can play straight from your wrist. Some of the retrotastic games... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Nintendo tasting super-sweet success with its NES Classic Edition, companies all over have been wondering whether or not they could repeat the big N's success -- including Atari. We find this out through a new update to the website for GameBand, a wearable device that up to this point supported only Minecraft. With the teaser below, few secrets are kept. To guess at what's coming, it helps to look at where we're coming from - or, at least where GameBand comes from. The Minecraft edition of the wearable includes a multi-OS copy of the game, allowing fans to get their... Read more...
When Chris Sawyer's RollerCoaster Tycoon hit the PC back in 1999, the world couldn't have expected what kind of masterpiece it would be. It's not perfect, but the fact that it gave anyone and everyone reigns over complex theme parks and wild rides drew people in by the millions. And now, that same gameplay that hooked people nearly 18-years-ago is back, and it's on mobile. Released for a meager $5.99, RollerCoaster Tycoon takes the best elements of the first two games to create a robust mobile port that's sure to hook you for hours (or even dozens of hours, for that matter!) Based on its preview... Read more...
These days it seems as though all roads lead to mobile, so why fight it? Nolan Bushnell, a man with an impressive resume that includes founding both Atari and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theaters chain, is embracing the movement by taking his talents to Spil Games, a Dutch video game company. Now at 73 years old, Bushnell still has ideas bouncing around in his head, and given his past history, it would ludicrous to ignore them. Spil Games certainly isn't—as part of the newly formed partnership, the development studio will produce and publish at least three mobile games in collaboration with... Read more...
I was lucky enough to grow up at a time when the Atari 2600 was the hottest console on the block. It's not that I don't enjoy gaming on today's systems (especially a modern PC), but it was wildly fantastic to grab a controller with a single button and jump into any game without any tutorials, long intros, or other fluff. I don't know if games from that era would appeal to today's audience, but if you want a hands-on history lesson (or want to relive the early days of console gaming), Steam is selling a bundle of 100 old school Atari titles at a discount. "Relive the Golden Age of Gaming with 100... Read more...
If you're a gamer who's planning to travel to Amsterdam in the future, there's a new hotel that's well worth checking out. Called "The Arcade", its name doesn't leave much to the imagination. This is a hotel that caters to gamers through and through, and the only reason we'd imagine a gamer wouldn't want to check in is because they want to make sure they don't spend their entire vacation at the hotel. For starters, each room in The Arcade hotel is kitted out with a classic console and a TV that it's best-suited for (in one shot, someone playing Duck Hunt for the NES on an old CRT TV can be seen).... Read more...
Can't get enough of quarter munchers of yore? Well, if you don't mind being strapped to a computer, you might want to pay attention to a new mega compilation that Atari will be releasing this spring. Called Atari Vault, this compilation will feature a treasure trove of 100 classic titles, including Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Tempest, Warlords, and many more. At the moment, some details on Atari Vault are scarce, such as pricing, screenshots and the full list of games. But, it's not hard to get excited about how epic this collection could be. The press release notes that this... Read more...
Hundreds of Atari 2600 cartridges of E.T. The Extra Terrestrial that were excavated last year from a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico collectively raked in nearly $108,000 through eBay auctions. Some $65,000 of that will go to the city of Alamogordo, while the Tularosa Basin Historical Society will receive over $16,000. Over $26,600 went to shipping fees and other expenses. A team of excavators led by operational consultant Joe Lewandowski unearthed the E.T. cartridges in front of a film crew. The high profile (among gaming historians) dig was the basis a documentary called Atari: Game Over,... Read more...
It appears that one man’s trash is, indeed, another man’s treasure as bids for old, dirty, and crumpled up Atari 2600 games on Ebay have exceeded $500. Thousands of Atari games were buried in Alamogordo, New Mexico and, after being buried for 30 years, were dug up and are now being sold on Ebay that includes copies of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Defender, Asteroids, and other classic games. The games are being sold through the Tularosa Basin Historical society on Ebay. Right now, only 100 cartridges are being auctioned off on Ebay to get a sense of how much they’ll go for with... Read more...
Yes folks, Atari is still around, and though it's no longer the same company that brought us the iconic Atari 2600 game console in the late 1970s, the brand is still involved in gaming. Atari's latest project is called Minimum, a third-person shooter set in a minimalistic stylized universe featuring 5-on-5 combat, and it's now available on Steam for just $4.99, marked down on sale from $9.99 for a limited time. You can also score a team pack consisting of five copies for $17.49, marked down from $34.99, bringing the tally for you and four friends to just $3.50 each. However you slice it, Steam's... Read more...
It was the stuff of gaming lore, but after being unceremoniously buried in an Alamogordo, NM landfill in 1983 after selling poorly, a multitude of Atari cartridges were dug up this spring. It was a lark for anyone remotely keyed into the story, but then--what exactly is supposed to happen with 1,377 unsold Atari game cartridges from over thirty years ago? You sell them, that’s what. (And give some away.) The city of Alamogordo has decided to distribute the cartridges to film companies and museums, as well as the general public, according to the Alamogordo News. Diggers found some 60 different... Read more...
Back in 1983, Atari had a flop on their hands with “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”. Officially, no one knew what happened to the scads of unsold cartridges, but the legend was that Atari secretly just dumped them all into a New Mexico landfill and covered them up with concrete. (Um, yeah, it was a different time.) After more than three decades, a company called Fuel Entertainment managed to get the rights to excavate the Alamogordo site and invited Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios to film the whole shebang. The result? Al Capone’s vault it was not. The excavators hit... Read more...
Everyone loves a good vintage gaming console ROM, and the Internet Archive is introducing five classic console emulators from way, way back as part of its Historical Software collection. The “Console Living Room” list is comprised of the Atari 2600, Atari 7800 ProSystem, ColecoVision, Magnavox Odyssey 2, and the Astrocade. The Internet Archive uses JSMESS, and everything runs in your web browser. Here’s the kicker: These emulations don’t just have a few games to choose from. There are hundreds and hundreds of titles. For example, hit up the Atari 2600 page and scroll...and... Read more...
When it comes to major technological anniversaries, we tend to focus on the big ones. 10 years, 25 years, 50 years, etc. But for some reason, Google just can't wait for the big 4-0 when it comes to Atari's legendary Breakout title. On the famed game's 37th birthday, Google has overhauled the image search results for Atari Breakout. For those familiar with Google's goofing, you'll know that it has a habit of playing with Doodles on the homepage -- even going so far as to include a real-deal Pac-Man game there in years past. The easter egg is active right now, allowing you to play a Google version... Read more...
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