Atari archive

  • Atari ET excavation given the go-ahead, VCS cartridges finally to be dug up
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    Atari ET excavation given the go-ahead, VCS cartridges finally to be dug up

    By 4 April 2014

    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 to have buried thousands of unsold cartridges of E.T....

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

    By 19 December 2013

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

    By 2 December 2013

    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
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    Skyscraper to be transformed into 401ft game of Pong

    By 4 April 2013

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

    By 21 January 2013

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

    By 30 November 2012

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

    By 26 November 2012

    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
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    Atari Arcade classics get HTML5 makeover for Internet Explorer

    By 30 August 2012

    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
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    Pong heading to iOS, and you could be its creator

    By 29 February 2012

    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
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    Atari set to release iCade style iPad controller

    By 7 September 2011

    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. ...

  • Atari's Greatest Hits for iPhone and iPad debuts
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    Atari's Greatest Hits for iPhone and iPad debuts

    By 7 April 2011

    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  review
    Gaming 3.5 out of 5

    Test Drive Unlimited 2 review

    By 11 February 2011

    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)
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    New Halo game: Out now (Atari 2600 version)

    By 3 August 2010

    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....

  • VIDEO: Could Test Drive Unlimited 2 be the most boy racer-centric game ever?
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    VIDEO: Could Test Drive Unlimited 2 be the most boy racer-centric game ever?

    By 4 May 2010

    We love a bit of Test Drive Unlimited, with its massively multi-player maps and car-collecting focus. And we love chasing down 13-year-olds in Wisconsin and beating them in a head-to-head pedal-to-the-metal face off, but there's always been something...

  • Retro Thing launches classic USB joystick
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    Retro Thing launches classic USB joystick

    By 29 January 2010

    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
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    Five game-changing console controllers

    By 5 November 2009

    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
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    Atari offers "Photo Sauce" Facebook app

    By 22 October 2009

    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...

  • Universal buys film rights to "Asteroids"
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    Universal buys film rights to "Asteroids"

    By 3 July 2009

    Reuters is reporting that movie producer Universal has just acquired the movie rights to 1979's arcade smash hit "Asteroids", following a four-studio bidding war. Matthew Lopez, the chap behind "Race to Witch Mountain", will be writing the script. It's...

  • Firebox offers Atari tee
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    Firebox offers Atari tee

    By 5 May 2009

    If you can remember when popular games consoles boasted fake wood veneers, than you're the target market for this new tee. Firebox is offering Atari t-shirts for retro-gamers that want to publicly display their affection for the gaming great. Available...

  • Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - Xbox 360 review
    Gaming 4 out of 5

    Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena - Xbox 360 review

    By 28 April 2009

    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...

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    Bush shoe attack hits the casual gaming world

    By 17 December 2008

    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
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    Time Magazine lists top 10 games of 2008

    By 9 December 2008

    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
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    THQ signs two famous actors to voice Wii game

    By 9 December 2008

    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....

  • Halo Wars dated worldwide
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    Halo Wars dated worldwide

    By 9 December 2008

    Microsoft has confirmed release dates for its highly-anticipated strategy game Halo Wars, and the prediction of a February release date wasn't far wrong. Halo Wars will be released in Japan and Asia first, on 26 February. Europe will follow the next day...

  • Analysts predict Nintendo will suffer most in the credit crunch
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    Analysts predict Nintendo will suffer most in the credit crunch

    By 8 December 2008

    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...