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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...
Three years ago as of yesterday, indie dev Exploding Rabbit's Super Mario Bros. Crossover was unleashed online, and the reception couldn't have been warmer. For the benefit of the unfortunate few who haven't heard of this da...
Modder Bacteria spent over three years and over $1,000 to merge 18 different consoles into one giant box. It contains circuitry from 15 different systems, works with one master controller, a single power supply, and a single...
Now through Tuesday, GOG.com is running a sale on memorable games from the Atari library such as Master of Orion 1 and 2, RollerCoaster Tycoon, Master of Magic, Blood, Star Control 1 and 2, Pirates!, and The Chronicles of Rid...
After Jace Hall got the cult-classic first-person shooter Blood on the road to a remake, Atari has stepped in and temporarily shut the project down. Hall notified the Blood fan community of The Postmortem about the standstill...
In this edition of Office Chat, I'm joined by Jordan Devore and Kyle MacGregor, as we express our enthusiasm for Namco's announcement that Project X Zone will see western release, our hope that Atari may actually rise from the ashes and our dismay at politicians making dramatic crack shots.
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 (for...
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 ol...
[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 priz...
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...
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 fru...
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...
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...
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...
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 chiptun...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
The Ferrari fanatics in attendance will want to keep an eye on Test Drive: Ferrari Racing Legends. The game revolves around this single brand and is due out on PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 in spring 2012. What got me to ta...
Atari has announced Asteroids: Gunner, an upcoming free game making its way to the App Store "soon" for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. People, this is Asteroids -- the official kind of Asteroids -- so I high...
Good Old Games is having the rather large Atari Collection on sale for 50% off this weekend. Some of the games have been on sale a couple of times before, so here's your chance to grab them if you had missed out. Notable game...
Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell has been predicting all kinds of fun things at GDC, suggesting that kids will one day play neurologically implanted videogames, and that we won't have another generation of consoles. Of co...
The Smithsonian is gearing up for their "Art of Video Games" exhibit which will feature images, concept art, sketches, and footage from 80 games. The games have been judged and voted, the art has been chosen, and all that's l...
Seeing as how we'll never get a Twin Peaks game in the same vein as L.A. Noire, sad as that makes me, this Atari 2600 tribute will have to do. It's a free game for PC and Mac fittingly called Black Lodge. The instruction manu...
If you're feeling nostalgic for the '80s and are interested in getting a bunch of games on the cheap, you just might be interested in this one. The Atari Flashback 3 is a "new" console that comes packed with 60 retro games fr...
The Kore Gang, a game that started life on the original Xbox and then later resurfaced on the Wii, is finally seeing a release in North America soon. The Wii action platformer is being published by Atari, and is set for an O...
Pull down your lap bars and empty your pockets into the safety pouch, because the next major installment in the RollerCoaster Tycoon series is coming to the 3DS. Developed by n-Space, the folks responsible for the Call of Dut...
Next in line for Atari's arcade reboot,  following Yars' Revenge and Star Raiders earlier this year, is Centipede. We know all about the game's post-apocalyptic setting and weapon variety, but today's trailer highlights...
So how many of you remember when Atari remade Warlords and it didn't look at all that fun?  Yeah, forget about that and watch this video.  It's really odd for a company to remake a game twice on the same platform, ...
Remember Missile Command? Of course you do, it was quite the thing back in the day, and is still enough of a thing that it continues to get attention. In fact, Missile Command 2 will be shown for the first time at next year's...
Videogames have come a long way since the days of the Odyssey and Atari, yet even decades later old titles like Pong and Duck Hunt continue to influence new generations of games.  One group of men, responsible for the Cl...
Chinese MMO publisher Perfect World has made an agreement to purchase Cryptic Studios, makers of Star Trek Online, from Atari. The sale, which is currently pending some closing conditions, is reported to have been made for 35...
It's silly to wish they'd scheduled this for December just so I could punch that headline up a bit, especially when Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale looks like it could be a rather fun cooperative dungeon crawl. The wa...
In March of next year, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will open its "The Art of Video Games" exhibition. It will showcase 80 games in an exploration of 40 years of videogames. Between February and April, the Smithsonian ...
Atari has released the first screenshots of Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale, coming to Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC later this year. Some very dark screenshots, I should say. They're taking this "dungeon" m...
Videogames are a part of everyday culture more so than they have ever been. They're part of TV shows, art works, (horrible) movies are made about them and you see games just about everywhere. Yet as big as they are now, ther...