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Atari files bankruptcy, everything on sale photo
Atari files bankruptcy, everything on sale
by Dale North

Atari US has filed bankruptcy and will sell everything: games, film rights, and even their logo. This Everything Must Go sale and Chapter 11 filing are in an attempt to break away from its French parent company, Atari SA (formerly Infogrames). They want to go out on their own, raise money, and continue doing their thing, moving more into digital and mobile games.

But for now, everything is on sale. Assets include Pong, Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, Tempest, Test Drive, and more. How sad that does that sound?

Atari expects to "unlock revenue potential unrealized while under the control of Atari S.A" with this move. From there they expect that it will be business as usual. But with all of everything for sale, what will they have left to continue on?

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Review: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition photo
Review: Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
by Patrick Hancock

Baldur's Gate will forever be regarded as one of the classic PC RPGs. A lot of people never experienced it back in 1998, and it's not exactly the best-looking game anymore. To complicate things, it can be a pain to get the old game to run on newer machines, even after GOG.com began selling the title.

Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition not only remedies these issues, it also adds a good amount of new content, making it way easier to recommend to someone who previously missed out.

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Contest: Win an Atari 2600-themed Xbox 360! photo
Contest: Win an Atari 2600-themed Xbox 360!
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Check Atari's Facebook page for the winner!]

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the original PONG! To commemorate the occasion, Atari is releasing Pong World, the $50,000 grand prize winner of the Pong Indie Developer Challenge and first ever official Pong game to appear on iOS devices. Go check it out!

But that's not all! Atari is also partnering with your friends at Destructoid to give away the amazing Atari 2600-skinned Xbox 360 you see above! Complete with an attached LCD screen, this one-of-a-kind system is the complete package!

To have a chance at winning, all you need to do is complete the word puzzle you see below and submit your answer via Atari's Facebook page. Be sure to leave us a comment here as well letting us know you've submitted! (But no posting the answer -- that'd be cheating!)

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7:30 PM on 11.19.2012

Take a ride with Ubiktune's Motorway and Interlude

Fancy a swing on the funky road of chiptunes this week? Ubiktune's got you covered with another excellent set of releases on their never-ending chiptune label. Motorway is a jazz-funk chiptune album composed with changing tim...

Audun Sorlie



Review: Warlords photo
Review: Warlords
by Ian Bonds

In the '80s, if you had three friends over who all wanted to play Atari with you, there was really only one game you would reach for.

Warlords was the go-to game for multiplayer combat, and it was also the source for many frustrated arm punches and the first cases of thrown paddle controllers among buddies who lost the round. And while it has already received a 3D update (on Xbox Live Arcade in 2008), Atari is taking yet another crack at rehashing this classic title.

Have they found the right balance between old-school gameplay and new-school play mechanics?

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2:00 PM on 11.11.2012

Champions Online gets massive vehicle update

Champions Online has gone through some rather big changes since its launch back in 2009, most notably the one in 2011 which saw the MMO go free-to-play. Now there's another rather large update to the game, with...

Harry Monogenis

12:00 PM on 11.10.2012

F-bombs in the Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie trailer

Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie is still a thing that is happening. As proof, the official trailer just went live. You can watch it. So... do that. We've known previously that the film will follow the Nerd and a group of fr...

Tony Ponce

9:30 PM on 10.24.2012

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL KULOR! has got the chips

I've got another kickin' chiptune album for your twisted pleasure. You people make me sick! Between 2008 and now, Richard "Kulor" Armijo composed a bunch of tunes based on the NES, Game Boy, Master System, Game Gear, Atari 80...

Tony Ponce



The 80s computer sounds of Strange Light Under My Bed photo
The 80s computer sounds of Strange Light Under My Bed
by Tony Ponce

I have been all about the chiptunes lately! Is that a problem for anyone? I didn't think so!

The Ubiktune net label has just released a new album entitled Strange Light Under My Bed. However, these aren't the kinds of chiptunes you are accustomed to. No 2A03 / VRC6 NES sounds, no FM synth, no Game Boy blips and bloops... nuh uh. This time, it's all about retro computers.

On this five-track album, musician Yerzmyey pulled magic out of the ZX Spectrum 128K, ZX Spectrum 48K, Amiga 500, Atari 520 ST, and Atari Falcon 030 audio chips. Then he layered on psychedelic recording effects for a sound reminiscent of German electronica artists such as Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, and Klaus Schulze. I personally think the music would work as the score to an early 80s sci-fi film.

Strange Light Under My Bed another freebie release, so go and swipe it from the link below.

Yerzmyey - Strange Light Under My Bed [Ubiktune]

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8:00 PM on 09.04.2012

RollerCoaster Tycoon returns on 3DS next month

This past weekend, SimCity prompted Chad and I to discuss the disappointing lack of a new RollerCoaster Tycoon game. Then I remembered that -- oh, yeah -- we are getting one: RollerCoaster Tycoon 3D. Not exactly what we had i...

Jordan Devore

10:30 AM on 09.01.2012

The retro and modern armies are at all-out war!

Everyone loves to debate the merits of games from "back in the day" versus those of more contemporary fare. But why should we have to fight their battles for them? All those gaming heroes are perfectly capable of settling th...

Tony Ponce

8:00 PM on 08.04.2012

Game covers with an Atari 2600 twist

The current rage is reimagining anything and everything with an original Nintendo style twist. Sure, the pixel art remakes are nice, but EVERYONE is doing it. So it's nice to see someone approach things differently, as devian...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:15 PM on 06.27.2012

I had ALMOST forgotten how crappy Tiger LCD games were

Before the Game Boy, handheld gaming was dominated by LCD electronic devices, most famously the Game & Watch line. Each device was dedicated to playing a single game in the crudest way imaginable -- all possible object l...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 04.29.2012

Swordfight will get your joystick hard

I stand corrected. This is the weirdest story of the weekend! If you read Joseph Leray's "Nordic New Wave" feature from the other week, you ought to be familiar with Johann Sebastian Joust, a game using accelerometer-powered ...

Tony Ponce

5:00 PM on 03.21.2012

NCsoft bows out of E3, probably playing Farmville instead

I know you folks are starting to compile your own personal lists of who will or won't be in attendance at E3 this year, right? Well it seems you can definitely count on seeing Zynga there, so go ahead and breathe a sigh of re...

Liam Fisher

9:00 PM on 02.29.2012

Atari is bringing back the pong

Pong is almost 40 years old, which means it's probably going to get a sporty wee convertible and start hooking up with people half its age. To celebrate Pong's impending anniversary, Atari has challenged indie developers to d...

Fraser Brown