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Atari turns to gambling to score some easy cash

Atari turns to gambling to score some easy cash

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Once giant of the videogaming business Atari has fallen on hard times in the more recent past. Last year, the Atari brand split from the European company under the same name (which was formerly French software publisher Infogrammes) by filing for Chapter... >>

Atari ET excavation finds 30-year old game

Atari ET excavation finds 30-year old game

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UPDATE: They've found the game they were looking for. --Although some still maintain that it is an urban myth, the green light has finally been given to dig up thousands of copies of what is often claimed to be the worst game of all time.Atari is alleged... >>

Xbox documentary series to unearth Atari's E.T. urban legend in 2014

Xbox documentary series to unearth Atari's E.T. urban legend in 2014

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Everyone loves a good urban legend. Now throw Atari, E.T., filmmaker Zak Penn, and a small, ancient town in New Mexico into the mix, and you have the roux for a great television series. Or at least that's what Microsoft is hoping.A few days after confirming... >>

The PS4 we all really want: A homage to the Atari VCS

The PS4 we all really want: A homage to the Atari VCS

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Although we actually like the design of the PlayStation 4, we don't think it will take long for some excellent mods and decals from accessory manufacturers to come along and give us consoles that are more personal. And we hope that the latter will consider... >>

Skyscraper to be transformed into 401ft game of Pong

Skyscraper to be transformed into 401ft game of Pong

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Most memories of Pong consist of headache-inducing five-hour play sessions on fuzzy 1970s television screens. Now the game is about to get its name in lights, with a 500 LED light version mounted on the side of a building in Philadelphia.The building-sized... >>

Atari files for bankruptcy in order to split from Atari... Eh?

Atari files for bankruptcy in order to split from Atari... Eh?

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The US operations of famed and iconic videogames brand Atari are seeking to split from its European parent company, also named Atari, by filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.French games publisher Infogrammes acquired the Atari name when it bought Hasbro... >>

Pong is 40, free iPad and iPhone Pong World game released to celebrate

Pong is 40, free iPad and iPhone Pong World game released to celebrate

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Pong, the original arcade game created by gaming legend Nolan Bushnell, was 40 years-old yesterday, having been released on 29 November 1972. And to celebrate, Atari - the company he also founded - has released the winner of the Pong Indie Developer Challenge,... >>

Wii U won't be big success, says godfather of gaming Nolan Bushnell

Wii U won't be big success, says godfather of gaming Nolan Bushnell

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The Nintendo Wii U is the first in the next generation of games consoles to hit the market, with the Xbox 720 and PS4 widely expected to be launched in summer 2013. It went on sale in the US on 18 November and will hit the UK and the rest of Europe this... >>

Atari Arcade classics get HTML5 makeover for Internet Explorer

Atari Arcade classics get HTML5 makeover for Internet Explorer

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Microsoft has teamed up with Atari to launch a new website that allows Internet Explorer users to play eight classic Atari games, including Pong and Mission Command.The experience, which will actually work on any HTML5 browser including Chrome (although... >>

Pong heading to iOS, and you could be its creator

Pong heading to iOS, and you could be its creator

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Atari has announced that it is bringing the classic arcade game Pong to the iPhone and iPad - but with a twist. Instead of making and releasing it itself, Atari is asking developers to create a new version of the game."In celebration of Atari’s and... >>

Atari set to release iCade style iPad controller

Atari set to release iCade style iPad controller

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Atari appears to have jumped on the "appcessories" bandwagon, launching its own special iPad controller. The peripheral was accidentally leaked via an Atari Greatest Hits iPad app update, which included support for the Atari Arcade Duo Powered Joystick. Things... >>

Atari's Greatest Hits for iPhone and iPad debuts

Atari's Greatest Hits for iPhone and iPad debuts

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Atari has released an app for the iPhone and iPad that is packed to the gills with classic games from yesteryear. And while it was only available in New Zealand initially, it's now gone global.Atari’s Greatest Hits promises to bring the best of retro... >>

Test Drive Unlimited 2
3.5 stars

Test Drive Unlimited 2

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Let's get the bad news over with. Given that it's been a good 5 years since the release of Test Drive Unlimited, it's hugely disappointing that the sequel arrives feeling so unpolished in key areas, so dated in others, and with the major issue that so... >>

New Halo game: Out now (Atari 2600 version)

New Halo game: Out now (Atari 2600 version)

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If you can't wait until 14 September to get your new Halo adventure fix, and you can't be bothered to play in the online tournament to win the chance to kill Rio Ferdinand (on the game, not in real life), then Ed Fries may have just come up with the answer.Because... >>

Retro Thing launches classic USB joystick

Retro Thing launches classic USB joystick

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Retro Thing has worked with Legacy Engineering to create the Clear Classic USB Joystick, an Atari 2600-esque effort aimed at the PC and Mac market. The joystick combines the classic style with transparent plastic and contains a blue LED that illuminates... >>

Five game-changing console controllers

Five game-changing console controllers

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Ever since games consoles came into our front rooms, both the hardware and software developers have looked for new ways to make their titles stand out from the crowd. One sure fire method is to reinvent the interface or design one with just your game... >>

Atari offers "Photo Sauce" Facebook app

Atari offers "Photo Sauce" Facebook app

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Atari has launched a new social networking app - Atari Photo Sauce. This new application lets Facebook users "express themselves" by dragging and dropping digital stickers across their pics. The stickers include "cute graphics, irreverent sayings and... >>

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - Xbox 360
4.0 stars

Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - Xbox 360

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Chances are you’re well aware of the Riddick universe. If not from the classic Xbox title Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, then the films starring self confessed video game addict Vin Diesel. Athena packs in two games in one. Not only... >>

Bush shoe attack hits the casual gaming world

Bush shoe attack hits the casual gaming world

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You've seen the YouTube video, now play the game. The shoe-throwing attack of Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi on President Bush at the weekend has been made into an online Flash game by developer T-Enterprise. The YouTube footage of the incident has... >>

Time Magazine lists top 10 games of 2008

Time Magazine lists top 10 games of 2008

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Time Magazine has named Grand Theft Auto IV as the best game of 2008. In it's list of the top ten games of the year, the magazine described GTA IV as "a grade-A shoot-'em-up that doubles as an interactive novel and triples as a sly critique of American... >>

THQ signs two famous actors to voice Wii game

THQ signs two famous actors to voice Wii game

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THQ has pulled out the big guns and signed up two famous actors for its new Wii game. Equally potty Dennis Hopper and Billy Bob Thornton are both set to provide voices for Deadly Creatures - an action adventure game with a twist that is due out in February.... >>

Analysts predict Nintendo will suffer most in the credit crunch

Analysts predict Nintendo will suffer most in the credit crunch

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Two industry analysts have predicted that casual-centric gaming firms could suffer under the pressure of the credit crunch, and have picked out Nintendo in particular as a company that could suffer more than most. They figure that while hardcore gamers... >>

Wii sales hit 800,000 over Thanksgiving weekend

Wii sales hit 800,000 over Thanksgiving weekend

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Nintendo has reported strong sales over the Thanksgiving weekend in the States, with company boss Satoru Iwata stating around 800,000 Wii consoles were sold across the country. If this is true, that more than doubles the 350,000 sold over the same weekend... >>

Music games inspiring UK children to learn real instruments

Music games inspiring UK children to learn real instruments

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A survey has shown that millions of British youngster have been inspired to learn to play an instrument after playing music console games such as Guitar Hero and Rock Band. The survey, carried out by the UK's largest music charity Youth Music, said that... >>

Warner Bros. launches free AIDS prevention game in Kenya

Warner Bros. launches free AIDS prevention game in Kenya

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Warner Bros. has teamed up with the US government to deliver a free multiplayer PC game to Kenya in an attempt to change the HIV risk perception, attitude and behaviour of its inhabitants. Developed by Virtual Heroes, the game is called "Pamoja Mtaani",... >>

Sega launches casual games website

Sega launches casual games website

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Sega has launched PlaySega.com, a new online portal for casual games which will target "all types of gaming and social networking fans". The site will offer a number of titles for free, including arcade classics, word, puzzle, quiz and sports games, as... >>

Wii Speak accessory launches

Wii Speak accessory launches

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Today sees the official launch of Nintendo's Wii Speak accessory and its linked-in communications portal, the Wii Speak Channel. The Wii Speak accessory is placed on top or in front of your TV and enables users to talk directly with each other through... >>

Art Style Rotohex in four-strong WiiWare update

Art Style Rotohex in four-strong WiiWare update

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As promised last week after the release of the first game in the Art Style Series, this week's WiiWare update offers you the second title in the collection - Rotohex. Described as a "fast-paced puzzle game", you can play solo or with a friend, as you... >>

Rockstar working on GTA IV PC patch

Rockstar working on GTA IV PC patch

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Rockstar has announced that it is working on a solution for Grand Theft Auto IV PC, after some gamers said they were having major reliability problems. "We are aware that a small number of fans are having problems running GTA IV on their PCs and we would... >>

Warhammer Online unlocks two new character classes

Warhammer Online unlocks two new character classes

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Two new character classes have been added in the latest patch for Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning. The Blazing Sun and Black Guard careers had previously only been available to those players who completed the Heavy Metal live event. However apparently,... >>

Nintendo apologises for Animal Crossing racial slur

Nintendo apologises for Animal Crossing racial slur

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Nintendo has apologised for offensive language that cropped up in a number of copies of Animal Crossing: Wild World for the DS. The games were sent to members of the press (of all people) to show off the character import feature of Animal Crossing: City... >>

Microsoft confirms Xbox 360 Jasper consoles available

Microsoft confirms Xbox 360 Jasper consoles available

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Microsoft has confirmed the rumours that its latest internal redesign of its Xbox 360 console is now available on our shelves, with Arcade versions of the console getting a little something extra too. The new Jasper motherboards are said to finally banish... >>

Ascaron teams with Nobilis for new RPG, King's Bounty: The Legend

Ascaron teams with Nobilis for new RPG, King's Bounty: The Legend

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Ascaron Entertainment, the developer behind the Sacred game series, has announced a new RPG in partnership with Lyon-based publisher Nobilis. King's Bounty: The Legend is a knight saga that is described as a mixture between "role-playing adventure and... >>

World at War DLC will be "untraditional"

World at War DLC will be "untraditional"

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Call of Duty: World at War fans can look forward to downloadable content in 2009, according to the game's executive producer Daniel Suarez. However unlike the game itself, which stuck close to the successful formula of its predecessor "Modern Warfare",... >>

Alone In The Dark: Inferno - PS3
3.5 stars

Alone In The Dark: Inferno - PS3

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If you look back at our review of the Xbox 360 version of this latest in the long running Alone In The Dark series, we were heavily critical of the irritating camera system, horrible driving sections, and a pretty dull and tedious gaming experience. Well... >>

Microsoft announces new Avatar-using Live title

Microsoft announces new Avatar-using Live title

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As you should know by now, next week Microsoft will be launching the New Xbox Experience, and has announced it will be releasing a new Xbox Live game to mark the occasion as well. A Kingdom for Keflings will allow Xbox gamers to use their own customised... >>

Dropped games not "exploitable" enough, says Activision Blizzard

Dropped games not "exploitable" enough, says Activision Blizzard

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Activision Blizzard has explained the reason it dropped a number of Sierra games when it merged with Vivendia. Bobby Kotick, Acitivision Blizzard boss, said that the dropped games did not exhibit "potential to be exploited every year across every platform".... >>

Hellgate: London set to return

Hellgate: London set to return

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For any gamers distraught at the news that the Hellgate: London servers are set to close at the beginning of next year, the South Korean company that now owns the rights to the game has announced that it will be making a comeback. HanbitSoft has said... >>

EA makes mistake with Red Alert 3 CD keys

EA makes mistake with Red Alert 3 CD keys

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EA has made a bit of a mistake with the CD keys for Red Alert 3, printing many with 19 numbers instead of the required 20. However, in an attempt to disguise the mess up, EA has come up with a rather fantastic solution that gives you another game to play,... >>

Atari dates pre-Christmas games

Atari dates pre-Christmas games

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Atari has released dates for all its games we can expect before Christmas. Alone in the Dark: Inferno for the PS3 will eventually see release on 14th November, some six months after its launch on Xbox 360 back in May. The game has had the "Inferno" added... >>

Atari to publish new Chronicles of Riddick game

Atari to publish new Chronicles of Riddick game

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Atari has announced that first person shooter The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, is to join its 2009 publishing line-up. The title will be the first in the franchise to come to next-gen consoles, and is scheduled for launch on Xbox 360,... >>

Publishers accuse non-gamers of game piracy

Publishers accuse non-gamers of game piracy

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As games firms are getting tougher on illegal file sharers, and cracking down on pirates, it appears they could also be accusing hundreds of innocent people in the process. These claims come from a Which? Computing investigation, which was kicked off... >>

EA boss speaks out against suing file-sharers

EA boss speaks out against suing file-sharers

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EA Sports boss Peter Moore has spoken out against gaming companies suing internet users for illegally downloading their software. Moore, talking at the Leipzig Games Convention, was commenting on the news that five games firms were fining 25,000 file-sharers... >>

Five games firms fine 25,000 file-sharers

Five games firms fine 25,000 file-sharers

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Five top game firms are planning to fine 25,000 British gamers for illegally downloading their software through file-sharing networks. Codemasters, Atari, Reality Pump, Topware and Techland are seeking £300 in damages from each of the 25,000 - racking... >>

GAME sales up by over 50% this year

GAME sales up by over 50% this year

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GAME has issued sales data for the first half of 2008 that shows the group's sales have risen by 54%, with like-for-like sales up 24.8%. Performance in the UK and Ireland is leading the group with sales up 58.2% and like-for-likes 28.1%, however international... >>

Increased game sales help HMV more than double profits

Increased game sales help HMV more than double profits

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HMV has announced its preliminary results for the 2008 financial year, showing growth in its video games sales has helped the company more than double its net profit. In hard figures, that's a jump from £14.2m to £37.3 in one year. Games and technology... >>

Soulcalibur fights its way to Xbox Live

Soulcalibur fights its way to Xbox Live

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This week's Xbox Live Arcade update sees the original Soulcalibur make an appearance in the download list. The game first appeared on Dreamcast in 1999 and proved so popular that it is soon to release its fourth title in the series for Xbox 360 and PS3.... >>