Items tagged with Atari

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...
Hot on the heels (in the worst possible way) of THQ filing for bankruptcy last month comes Atari's US-based headquarters doing the same. It's the company's goal to break free from its France-based overlord Atari, SA and then get bought out to reform as a private company and subsequently continue business under a new name. Atari, Inc. didn't begin its life as Atari, but rather GT Interactive. It was then named Infogrames, Inc. in 1999 thanks to a company stake increase, and finally, was renamed to Atari, Inc. in 2003 once Infogrames was able to acquire the rights to use the Atari name.... Read more...
Pong is 40 years old, and to celebrate the venerable video game, Atari is pulling out all the stops. First, there’s a new Pong game out for iOS called Pong World. Pong World is intriguing because it began life as an entrant in the Pong Indie Developer Challenge. The game features four different environments and plenty of new features such as power ups, “paddle creatures”, and different game modes. It’s a free download, and you can get it from the App Store now. A Pong game is...neat. But what is far cooler is a modded Xbox 360 that has an LCD stuck on it and looks like an... Read more...
If you have a hard time picturing what your childhood would have been like without blasting asteroids to smithereens or battling your friends in Pong, you’re in for a treat. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, you’re still in for a lot of fun, thanks to Atari. The venerable game maker is partnering with Internet Explorer to launch Atari Arcade, complete with a ton of Atari’s best-loved games. Atari’s 40-year anniversary and Internet Explorer’s upcoming version 10 are the reasons for the new, HTML5-based online game platform. Multiple browsers are supported,... Read more...
As you’re strolling down memory lane (or for younger folks, marveling at the artifacts of the stone ages of gaming) in the wake of Atari’s 40th anniversary, the company has a little present for you: 100 of its classic games, free. The Atari’s Greatest Hits app is normally $9.99, but the latest update--1.5.2., the 40th Anniversary Update--gives users all 100 games for free. Prepare to enjoy your favorites like Centipede and Asteroids with a single tear of remembered childhood wonder. Some of the titles, such as Warlords and Tempest have Bluetooth multiplayer support to enable head-to-head... Read more...
Kids today complaining of the Mass Effect 3 ending controversy, bug patches, and game delays should take a moment to appreciate how good they really have it, and where some of us old fogies (by young pup standards) first cut our teeth. For me, it was the Atari 2600 with games like Pitfall (totally rad for its day) and E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial (still considered by many as the worst game of all time). Unhappy with the way Mass Effect 3 ended? Trying avoiding pixel hungry dragons in Adventure, only to be rewarded with a flashing screen. While you're thinking about how good you really have it, tip... Read more...
It hasn't even been 12 months since multiple manufacturers were positioning Adobe Flash support as a centerpiece of their tablet strategies. Flash, we were told, was required for a "full Internet experience," and vital to the presentation of rich content. Today, Adobe dropped a bombshell. From this point forward, "We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook." Adobe will continue to provide bug fixes and security... Read more...