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Atari's buggy, unfinished Asteroids MMO is out now


...on Steam Early Access
Mar 27
Atari has taken a break from bullying indie developers to release Asteroids: Outpost, a gross and twisted cash-in on the beloved space shooter that first delighted arcade patrons in 1979. The "open world sandbox survival game... read
RollerCoaster Tycoon

Devs explain why the RollerCoaster Tycoon World trailer looked like ass


Fool me once ...
Mar 20
In case you missed it, we recently got a glimpse of the new RollerCoaster Tycoon installment and oh boy did it look like complete dog shit. Granted, graphics aren't the biggest expectation when it comes to a game like this, ... read
New ports of spiritual successor TxK 'will now never see the light of day'
Atari thought it was "absolutely rubbish," the Jaguar designer told developer Jeff Minter in 1993. The man felt compelled to pull Minter aside at the console's launch party and let him know how little Atari thought of Minter'... read feature

Blade Kitten

Sweet closure: Blade Kitten adds Episode 2 DLC years after its debut


That's commitment
Mar 17
Back in 2010, Atari published Blade Kitten, a middling sidescrolling action-platformer about a bounty hunter who is both a human and a cat. In the years since, developer Krome Studios (Ty the Tasmanian Tiger) acquired the rig... read
RollerCoaster Tycoon

RollerCoaster Tycoon World looks rough


What little optimism I have is fading
Mar 05
Mmm. There's no getting around it: RollerCoaster Tycoon World looks bad. I thought my expectations for the graphics were reasonable -- I've seen screenshots and they seemed adequate, if dated -- but in motion everything has become clear. You'd think this would be more of an upgrade from RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 considering that released over a decade ago. How disappointing. read
ATARI REBOOT

What old Atari games do you want to see rebooted?


Anna Kournikova's Pong
Feb 12
Asteroids is back. Well, sort of. Atari (or whatever company is calling itself Atari these days) is reviving the classic 1979 shooter as an open-world survival MMO for some reason. Money, probably. Also a complete and ut... read
ASTEROIDS

Atari is making a new Asteroids game (Yes, really!)


Everyone freak out
Feb 10
Atari just announced a new Asteroids game. No, you guys, I'm being serious. Stop laughing!  Asteroids: Outpost, as it's called, is described as an open-world MMO with survivalist gameplay. The experience casts players in... read
RollerCoaster Tycoon

Devious smile: 'Mishaps' can occur in RollerCoaster Tycoon World


Plus details on the freeform track editor
Feb 09
Area 52 is promising footage of RollerCoaster Tycoon World soon, presumably on or around the Game Developers Conference early next month. I look forward to seeing that, skeptical as I still am about the game. Until then, here... read
Predator toy

My desk craves this game-inspired Predator 2 figure


The Predator is in town...
Jan 09
I'm still kicking myself for missing NECA's glow-in-the-dark Jason Voorhees figure based on his loud design in Friday the 13th for the NES. It was exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con, and I should've had a friend nab one for me.... read
Together in the dark

New Alone in the Dark gets first trailer day after pre-order details


Alone in the dark together
Oct 31
Yesterday, Alone in the Dark: Illumination went up for pre-order on Steam. The "Eldritch Edition," as it were, with a mildly reduced price, exclusive weapon and character skins, blah blah blah. Today, Atari is finally showin... read
The Dream of the 70s-90s is alive in Portland
If you live in the Pacific Northwest, perhaps you attended the fifth annual Portland Retro Gaming Expo which took place the weekend before last. If you didn't, well -- here's a lovely pile of photos that the talented Geoffrey... read feature

AitD: Illumination

Alone in the Dark: Illumination looks like a horror game, alright


When you're talkin' to yourself, and nobody's home...
Sep 04
This concept art from Alone in the Dark: Illumination illustrate some of the environments in the game, and man, they're boring. From the grey concrete of an urban area to the grey scenic vistas of a mansion along the sho... read
CEO of Atari talks lessons learned and getting the series back on track
Back at gamescom, Atari announced RollerCoaster Tycoon World, a new installment to the much-loved amusement park series. However, after a 10-year series hiatus from the PC and the debut of the polarizing RollerCoaster Tycoon ... read feature

Spooky games

New Alone in the Dark and Haunted House hit PC this fall


Trailers, trailers, trailers!
Sep 01
Here are teasers for the previously announced Alone in the Dark and Haunted House reboots. Both are coming to PC this fall, so hopefully we'll have a few more spooky games to mess around with come Halloween time.  read

Atari is rebooting the Alone in the Dark franchise


And also Haunted House
Aug 19
Horror this, horror that. 2014 is going to be known for the year the horror genre really took off again. Presumably because games like Slender Man, Outlast, and more have made some of the bigger companies realize th... read
RollerCoaster Tycoon

RollerCoaster Tycoon World announced for PC


No microtransactions, thank goodness
Aug 12
RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile was a hot mess, representing some of the worst traits of mobile and free-to-play gaming, but we knew that Atari was planning a PC game as well, one that promised to be different from the mobile ... read
Atari: Game Over

Game Over: Stories of E.T. and industry failures uncovered in new trailer


Documentaries are the best
Jul 28
You ever hear of game developers living like rock stars? That's what Atari was doing back in the '80s when it was on top of the world. Then E.T. happened, and well, it all went wrong very quickly. As part of Xbox's... read
Denny's

Denny's partners with Atari to let you play with your food


Hotcakes!
Jul 01
Holy Moons over My Hammy! While Denny's is remixing their foods as part of their new Greatest hits Remixed menu promotion they're also working with Atari to create some pretty weird videogame/food remixes. Expect flying hash ... read
Primal Rage 2

Check out this 3-hour chunk of Primal Rage 2 gameplay


I'm ready for a trip to Illinois now
Jun 25
I don't know about you, but I have a very primal sort of rage about me when I dwell on the fact that I hadn't seen footage of Primal Rage 2 already. Luckily, there's a gaming mecca in Brookfield, Illinois that goes by the na... read
Arcade

Primal Rage 2 exists and it's playable in an arcade


Galloping Ghost Arcade
Jun 23
I had no idea! There was a Primal Rage 2, but it was never finished. Still, there are at least a couple arcade boards in existence of a prototype version, and Brookfield, Illinois-based Galloping Ghost Arcade has acquired on... read

Those unearthed landfill E.T. cartridges will be sold at auction


Everyone's getting a piece of this mud pie
May 31
Nearly a month after Alamogordo, New Mexico saw the unearthing of the biggest stain on the videogame industry's past, the city commission had decided to sell 700 of the 1,300 dug-up E.T. cartridges. First though, the city ha... read
E.T.

Conan O'Brien finds more videogame flops buried in the desert


You may not have even known some of these existed
May 06
Microsoft recently dragged a bunch of people down to the blistering New Mexico desert in hopes of finding the fabled E.T. videogame dump. They were successful, but they also found some other titles that only Conan's reporting on. This is super serious business, guys. read

Enjoy some video of the E.T. landfill excavation


One man's trash is another man's history
Apr 28
As you may have heard, one of gaming's great urban legends was confirmed over the weekend. Atari did, in fact, dump a large quantity of retail copies of E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial (and other games) in a New Mexico lan... read
ET Atari landfill

E.T. Atari cartridges found in New Mexico landfill


Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction
Apr 27
The legends are true. This weekend in Alamogordo, New Mexico, excavators uncovered the mythical cache of E.T. Atari 2600 cartridges, which were long rumored to have been dumped in the desert during the videogame crash of 1983... read
Minimum

Human Head has taken over development on Minimum for TimeGate


The other blocky shooter with titans
Apr 18
TimeGate Studios was making a free-to-play third-person combat game called Minimum that seemed like it had potential. It continues to despite the fact that its creator went through bankruptcy. Now, publisher Atari has "worke... read
E.T. landfill

We're all invited to the Atari E.T. landfill excavation


April 26!
Apr 10
In 1983, Atari buried unsold E.T. the Extra Terrestrial copies in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Now, it's (finally) being dug up and turned into a mini-documentary courtesy of Xbox Entertainment Studios. The event takes place April 26, 2014 and is open to the public. E.T. designer Howard Scott Warshaw will be there. Will you? read
Story Bundle

The eBook Video Game Bundle is out now


There's some great titles on the rise and fall of SEGA and Atari available
Apr 04
The previous videogame-themed collection of eBooks from Story Bundle kept me well read for quite some time, so I'm more than ready to dip into the new 3.0 bundle. There's some really eye-catching titles in the bundle, includi... read
RollerCoaster Tycoon

Atari: RollerCoaster Tycoon on PC 'completely different' than mobile game


And it's coming later
Mar 24
It's crummy that our gut reaction to a new RollerCoaster Tycoon happening was that of concern instead of sheer joy. After RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile was announced for iOS, we learned that Atari has plans for a "PC experien... read

Atari says a new RollerCoaster Tycoon in the works for PC


To be released this year
Mar 18
RollerCoaster Tycoon was announced for iOS this past week. The response was as expected, and our own Jordan Devore in particular was pretty bummed out that it was coming just for mobile devices. Well turn that frown upside do... read
The original games are on GOG.com, by the way
The 60 thumbs up and over 2,300 thumbs down the announcement trailer for RollerCoaster Tycoon 4 Mobile has received on YouTube truly says it all. But let's continue anyway: this will be a $2.99 download for iPhone, iPad, and... read feature

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Titanfall Arcade claims '8-bit is better with a Titan'


No, it most certainly is not
Mar 05
Hamza happened upon Titanfall Arcade, an official browser-based mashup of Titanfall and classic Atari games. Wondering why anyone would create such a thing, I couldn't help myself. I clicked. Asteroids is playable now, with M... read

The Internet Archive adds classic games


Playable in your browser
Dec 27
I love The Internet Archive for its Wayback Machine, which lets you see, say, what Destructoid looked like back in 2006. But its software collection is a geeky delight, and its new Console Living Room beta is also p... read






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