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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...

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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
// Brittany Vincent
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...

RollerCoaster Tycoon World is a return to form, features robust online modes and offline play

Sep 02 // Alessandro Fillari
"It is a challenge to try and stay ahead of the game, if you will, to create new and exciting content for our users that expect something great," said Atari CEO Fred Chesnais. "One hand, it's a challenge -- and we love a challenge, and if we make mistakes we fix them. The other hand we have this community that's support is so communicative, so we can talk about it and give us input." As with the previous games, you’re in charge with building and managing an amusement park. It’s your job to make sure the attractions are fun, the visitors are happy, and all the while making as much profit as possible. This time around, players have more options to make their own park unique. Everything from the park environment’s setting, stylistic aesthetic (such as Americana, Sci-Fi, and Western styles), and arrangement can be freely altered and shifted without any wait. The way people play simulators has changed since the last RollerCoaster Tycoon game on PC 10 years ago. And with the return to the PC, the developers wanted to incorporate online features. Online play is robust and very extensive. Players can observe the creation and management of another player’s park, acquire blueprints for rides, and they can even engage in four-player co-op and create an amusement park together, with each player manning their own section. But of course, if you’re not interested in playing online, you can build and manage your park in solitude offline. "We thought it was super important to be playable offline and to offer more than just a simple sandbox mode," said Chesnais. "We understand that people want to play this game at their own pace, when they have the opportunity to play it. Additionally, we thought it was important for us to include co-op play. The competitive nature of so many of these games now is we see that so many people stay engaged, whether they can play co-op play environments. So we thought it was very important that they had that choice." One of the core goals of RollerCoaster Tycoon World was to streamline the attraction building, while at the same time giving players more options to customize and refine the park to their liking. For instance, building rides now uses a node-based construction system. Placing a node will set the first piece of the track, and each node gives players the option to lay or remove tracks, raise or lower height, and increase pitch for turns. This allows for players to create rides quickly, but is also deep and intricate enough to give the hardcore builders enough options to make something incredibly ambitious. Moreover, when connected online, you can visit another player’s park and request the blueprint for rides that you like. With the blueprint you can recreate and tweak their ride to your liking. And yes, you can ride the coasters in first-person view to see the death-defying results up close. While the game is still fairly early in development, the developers at Pipeworks are making good progress so far. When it'll be released is anyone's guess, but what I've seen showed that this new RollerCoaster sim is a return to what fans expect from the series.
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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 ...

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Spooky games

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


Trailers, trailers, trailers!
Sep 01
// Steven Hansen
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. 
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Atari is rebooting the Alone in the Dark franchise


And also Haunted House
Aug 19
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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...
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RollerCoaster Tycoon

RollerCoaster Tycoon World announced for PC


No microtransactions, thank goodness
Aug 12
// Jordan Devore
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 ...
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Atari: Game Over

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


Documentaries are the best
Jul 28
// Brett Makedonski
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...
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Denny's

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


Hotcakes!
Jul 01
// Dale North
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 ...
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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
// Brittany Vincent
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...
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Arcade

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


Galloping Ghost Arcade
Jun 23
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Those unearthed landfill E.T. cartridges will be sold at auction


Everyone's getting a piece of this mud pie
May 31
// Abel Girmay
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...
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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
// Brett Makedonski
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.
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Enjoy some video of the E.T. landfill excavation


One man's trash is another man's history
Apr 28
// Conrad Zimmerman
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...
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ET Atari landfill

E.T. Atari cartridges found in New Mexico landfill


Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction
Apr 27
// Kyle MacGregor
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...
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Minimum

Human Head has taken over development on Minimum for TimeGate


The other blocky shooter with titans
Apr 18
// Jordan Devore
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...
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E.T. landfill

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


April 26!
Apr 10
// Steven Hansen
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?
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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
// Alasdair Duncan
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...
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RollerCoaster Tycoon

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


And it's coming later
Mar 24
// Jordan Devore
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...
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Atari says a new RollerCoaster Tycoon in the works for PC


To be released this year
Mar 18
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
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...
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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...

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


No, it most certainly is not
Mar 05
// Jordan Devore
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...
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The Internet Archive adds classic games


Playable in your browser
Dec 27
// Dale North
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...
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DTOID News drew some hot Santa Claus fanart.
Hey gang! Sorry I wasn't around on Tuesday, but there wasn't a whole lot of news -- so here's a rundown of today's big news, including yesterday's big ol' Nintendo Direct, that new realistic medieval RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance, and the Xbox One's upcoming documentary series on the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Atari 2600 game. No, seriously.

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Smithsonian

Smithsonian adds Flower and Halo 2600 to its collection


These are two wildly different titles added to the collection
Dec 17
// Alasdair Duncan
The Smithsonian American Art Museum has added another two videogames to its ever- expanding collection: thatgamecompany's Flower and Halo 2600, developed by Ed Fries. Whilst Flower had already been showcased at the 2012's Art...
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PlayStation 2600

Look at this amazing Atari themed PlayStation 4


I want one of these
Dec 03
// Joshua Derocher
John Carmack tweeted out a picture of an Atari 2600 sitting on top of a Playstation 4, and this inspired Phantom Fighter to create some photoshop magic. Phantom Fighter posted his awesome concept to his blog, The Food Sucks. This looks fantastic, and I want to have one. Would you use a wood-paneled gaming console?
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CD Projekt lore

CD Projekt almost failed before The Witcher 2


An expensive console port almost closed the studio
Nov 08
// Joshua Derocher
Eurogamer has an interesting story on the entire history of CD Projekt Red and the development of The Witcher games. One of the more noteworthy things to come out of it is how the studio almost closed before The Witcher&...
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Conan O'Brien

Conan O'Brien plays the Atari 2600 on Clueless Gamer


He takes on the infamous E.T.
Aug 09
// Chris Carter
In this episode of Clueless Gamer, comedian and late night host Conan O'Brien goes back in time, as he plays the Atari 2600. He takes on a number of games, including the iconic Pitfall, Space Invaders, and E.T. If you haven'...
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Super Mario Crossover

Super Mario Crossover 3.0 is finally out


Work on the team's original game, Super Retro Squad, is progressing slowly
Aug 03
// Tony Ponce
Super Mario Crossover, the pixel-for-pixel recreation of Super Mario Bros. that features a selectable cast of NES stars, was all set for the big 3.0 update this past June. It was unfortunately delayed a month, but it is now a...
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Star Control

Stardock plans to reboot Star Control


Inspired by Firaxis' template for XCOM
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
Galactic Civilizations developer Stardock is set to take on Star Control, a classic series by any measure, after picking up the rights from Atari. What are the studio's plans? CEO Brad Wardell has some reassuring words: "We e...
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Atari

Wargaming bids on Master of Orion in Atari asset sale


Free-to-play company also gunning for Total Annihilation
Jul 22
// Jordan Devore
Having filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Atari Inc. is in the process of selling its assets in order to break way from its French parent company Atari S.A. The bids and backup bids for some of the company's notable properties ...

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