All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Atari’

The Atari E.T. Game Land Fill Legend

The year is 1983. The Alamogordo Daily News reported in September that between 10-20 (actually 14) semi-trucks coming from a storehouse in El Paso, Texas, traveled 90 miles to a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. At night, they would unload, cover deep within the earth, and seal with concrete, Atari boxes, cartridges, consoles, and the shame brought with their creation. …

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Atari Landfill Excavation Will Have an Audience

In 1983 the video game industry crashed in the U.S. One of the most legendary tales from that period involved Atari‘s rushed video game adaptation of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. Atari had allegedly manufactured a far too ambitious number of cartridges for the game, leading to a massive revenue loss on the product. Legends since that time have held that Atari …

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Atari Games Buried in a Landfill? Old Legend Prompts New Search

Legend has it that there’s a massive grave of Atari games, most notably millions of copies of the epic commercial failure E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, buried in a New Mexico landfill. If you’re an Atari nerd or video game historian, you probably know the story. Back in 1983, reports emerged that between 10 and 20 semi truckloads full of Atari games …

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Play Atari’s Breakout in Google Image Search with This Awesome Easter Egg

If you were planning on getting any more work done today, well, cancel those plans. Go to Google Image search and type “atari breakout.” Are you doing it yet? What you’ll find is a wonderful little Easter Egg from Google, who have turned the image search results for the classic Atari game into a fun little game of their own. …

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Atari’s U.S. Branch Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Atari is one of the most well known brands in the gaming industry. That being said, the company now known as Atari hasn’t been associated with a hit for a long time. The modern gaming industry has not been kind to the company, but it’s making a comeback via mobile and social gaming. That comeback may be delayed for a …

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Atari Embraces HTML5 In Internet Explorer 10

I know it may seem unreal, but Internet Explorer is actually a decent browser these days. The latest iteration – IE10 – is already available in preview form on Windows 8. Once it launches, it will be expose millions of Internet users to the power of HTML5. To show off that power, Microsoft has partnered with a legend in gaming. …

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40 Years of Atari Celebrated with Arcade Giveaways [Infographic]

Atari may not be the biggest current name in gaming, but it has been around longer than most, and it has the titles to prove it. Pong, Asteroids, and Pac-Man all came from the minds at Atari. Recently, the company has been remaking some of its most classic arcade titles for re-release on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. …

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Iconic Video Games Get The IRL Treatment

The reality of how newer games are designed is that they want to get as close to reality as possible. Older games? It was an exercise in making the game fun, regardless of how it translated to real life. So when you say, “Ugh, why can’t Pacman be real?” think again. Patrick Runte, a german photographer, decided to take his …

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What If Angry Birds Was Released in the 80’s?

What do IntelliVision, the Commadore 64, and Atari 2600 all have in common? Aside from all bringing back awesome memories for children of the early 80’s and being hilarious examples of how much technology has changed, they all featured a little known game called Angry Birds. It would take Rovio three decades to finally cash in on the idea, but …

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Atari Wants You To Remake Pong

Pong is one of the greatest games ever made. Maybe not for its compelling gameplay, but for its simplicity that brought video games to millions of households. Atari has never really captured that kind of magic again, but they are going to try this year. Atari has announced via their Web site a contest for indie developers to remake Pong …

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DLD 2012: Atari Founder Details New Education Initiative

Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s, has a new pet project that aims straight for the classroom. At the Digital Life Design conference yesterday, Bushnell outlined his plans for Speed to Learn according to the DLD tumblr. The new service aims at updating the classroom for modern students to learn in new ways. “ADHD is misspelled – …

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