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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 partners with Atari to let you play with your food

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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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...

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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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.

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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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...

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...
RollerCoaster Tycoon photo
The original games are on, 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...

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...
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 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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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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Outcast returns

The folks behind Outcast are reviving the franchise

This is a Kickstarter waiting to happen
Jul 02
// Jordan Devore
A short, unassuming notice was sent out today declaring the return of Appeal's beloved 1999 action-adventure game Outcast. Wait, what? It's really happening: studio founders Yann Robert, Franck Sauer, and Yves Grolet have wra...
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Nordic Games

Nordic grabs Silver and Desperados from Atari

You can never have enough IPs, apparently
Jun 24
// Jordan Devore
Following its acquisition of many THQ assets including notable franchises like Darksiders and Red Faction, Nordic Games has gotten its hands on two more intellectual properties. This time, it's Atari's Desperados an...
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Baldur's Gate

Baldur's Gate: EE pulled following 'contractual issues'

BGII: Enhanced Edition also affected
Jun 20
// Jordan Devore
Overhaul Games has issued a rather worrisome statement regarding Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and its revamped sequel. The game has been removed for purchase from the Apple App Store and Beamdog as a result of "contractual...
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Atari E.T.

The legendary Atari E.T. landfill is getting excavated

For a documentary
Jun 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
E.T. for the Atari 2600 has a crazy story behind it, and it's something any videogame fan should learn about. Long story short, Atari crushed all the copies of E.T. they couldn't sell and buried it under concrete in a landfil...

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