Atari

  • Atari Looks To Reinvent Itself As A Mobile Games Company; Hires Former iWON/Marvel Exec As EVP

    Atari Looks To Reinvent Itself As A Mobile Games Company; Hires Former iWON/Marvel Exec As EVP

    Founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, Atari played a central role in the early history of video games, going on to create what are still some of the most recognizable arcade games on the planet, like Centipede, Breakout and Pong, to name a few. Not to mention the fact that its joystick-controlled Atari 2600 console was pretty much synonymous with “video games” in… Read More

  • Atari’s New iPad Joystick Meant For Budget Gamers?

    Atari’s New iPad Joystick Meant For Budget Gamers?

    ThinkGeek’s iCade certainly has a sense of visual flair going for it, but discerning iPad gamers who could do without the retro throwback may soon have another choice. The existence of the Atari Arcade Duo-Powered Joystick was recently confirmed in the Atari Greatest Hits app’s changelog, hopefully meaning it will make its official debut soon. Read More

  • For The Geek Who Has Everything: A Gold-Plated Atari 2600

    For The Geek Who Has Everything: A Gold-Plated Atari 2600

    One thing most 30-something people in tech have in common is video gaming nostalgia. Generation X (and Generation i) can go on for hours discussing the merits of our favorite Nintendo games, our programming experience in school, and of course our beloved Ataris. Sure there were C64s and Amigas and such, but Atari’s 2600 and its successors were truly groundbreaking in the gaming… Read More

  • Mr. Atari Wants To Bring The Video Arcade Into The Classroom (TCTV)

    Mr. Atari Wants To Bring The Video Arcade Into The Classroom (TCTV)

    Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and Chuck E Cheese, wants to bring the video arcade into the classroom. His latest startup is called Speed To Learn, and very little is known about it. But he was just on a panel I moderated at the Venture Capital in Education Summit in New York City, where he revealed a little more of his game plan. I caught him on video after the panel (watch… Read More

  • An Atari 810 Disk Drive For MicroSD – Built To Scale

    This is the twee-est disk drive I’ve ever seen! Those of you who are old enough will remember the Atari 400 and 800 systems, with their separate disk drive, the 810. This Rossum character has put together a working replica of the 810 that takes MicroSD cards – at about a hundredth the size. Read More

  • Available Now: An Atari 400 Keyboard For Your Modern Computer

    Ah, the 80s, an era of unparalleled aesthetics and design savvy. Take this Atari 400 keyboard, for example. What kid wouldn’t want a keyboard in orange, brown, and tan complete with oddly shaped chiclet keys and no concern for ergonomics. This homage costs $149 and is made by Japanese company Niyari. Read More

  • The Atari ST Could Have Run Unix

    In a longish post over at Dadhacker, Landon Dyer tells us the story, in florid language, of the moment that the Atari ST very nearly ran Unix. Not Linux, mind you, but real, AT&T Unix. The license at that time cost $10 per seat, which would have allowed Atari to sell a version of Unix to the general public and, if you extrapolate out a bit, would have made it a dominant end-user platform… Read More

  • Atari's "Missile Command" Live-Action Film is Moving Forward

    In February last year, we blogged about Atari’s plans to sell the movie rights to retro action classic Missile Command, and today Variety is reporting it actually happened. And not only that: Missile Command now also has an executive producer, a person called Jim Wilson (who became Atari’s CEO just last week). Read More

  • Hackable Atari Controller For Your MAME Pleasure

    While I wouldn’t say that the Atari controller is particularly ergonomic, it’s a classic of the form and brings back all sorts of happy, fuzzy memories. This $25 controller connects to a Mac or PC via USB and supports all major game emulators including Stella and MAME. You can even pop it open and hack in two new buttons, just in case. Read More

  • Halo 2600: Halo Redone For the Atari 2600


    Now this is some fun stuff. A guy named Ed wanted to program for the Atari 2600 so he taught himself Atari assembly and created what amounts to Halo for the Atari. While the sprites are primitive and the gameplay is a little rough, it’s an amazing effort, especially for a dead platform. Best of all is his description of building the game from scratch. Read More

  • SPLORT FART: DIY Atari noises

    Dear pre-teens: Want to piss off your parents? Buy and build this thing. It’s a mini Atari-esque noise generator that fits inside an Altoids tin (not included.) While it makes noises like the Atari 2600 used to, it does not make “sounds” per se, in that said sounds could be pleasing to the ear. These are definitely not. It’s only $25 and it’s totally DIY. It… Read More

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