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4:00 PM on 05.31.2014

Get stuck in the metal with this 17-minute tribute to video games

What's more metal than a 17-minute instrumental medley featuring some of your favorite video game tracks? Anything Nathan Explosion touches, but that's beside the point. This impressive project was three years in the making,...

Brittany Vincent


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Celebrate the launch of the Terra Battle Download Starter campaign by following them on Twitter to receive 5 Energy to get a jumpstart once the game launches. Developed by the legendary Final Fantasy creator, Hironobu Sakaguchi, Terra Battle launches in October..




6:00 PM on 05.17.2014

Pong-style assist trophy bounces into Smash Bros. 4

There was a time when Pong was one of the most popular videogames in the world. This was a time when games were often freely copied by anyone who wanted to take a stab at the fragile, untested world of videogame publishing. C...

Jonathan Holmes

2:30 PM on 01.13.2014

Watch someone program Pong within Super Mario World

There were a lot of highlights out of Awesome Games Done Quick 2014 this year, but this one in particular takes the cake for me. During the Tool Assisted Videos portion of the marathon, the people behind TASVideos.org shared...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

5:00 AM on 07.01.2013

MoMA adds retro pioneers, Minecraft to its art collection

In March, New York's Museum of Modern Art added 14 videogames to its Architecture and Design collection, with the intent of acquiring 40 over the next few years. The initial group was a varied sample, from Tetris to Vib-...

Steven Hansen

5:00 AM on 06.13.2013

Play pong with Bob the Bear in Google Chrome's Cube Slam

Of all the news I expected to be covering during E3, I never thought I'd be typing the words "Google Chrome," "Pong," and "Bear" in the same sentence, but there you go. Google has launched another goofy in-browser experiment...

Chris Carter



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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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



Bit.Trip SAGA pops and locks on the 3DS photo
Bit.Trip SAGA pops and locks on the 3DS
by Jonathan Holmes

I was lucky enough to bump into Mike Roush and Alex Neuse of Gaijin Games at E3 while shopping for bananas. I was even luckier to find that they had a work-in-progress build of Bit.Trip SAGA (the 3DS collection of all six critically acclaimed Bit.Trip titles) in their pocket.

"F*ck bananas," I told them. "I need to play this thing, like, yesterday."

So I played it, and here's what I thought.

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2:00 AM on 02.01.2010

Pong goes 3D, fails

While many of us would argue that Pong in 3D is called tennis a few enterprising gamers out there thought differently. They thought that Pong in 3D should be Pong. So they went ahead and made a tabletop version of it with a ...

Matthew Razak

2:00 AM on 10.05.2009

Modal Kombat delivers instrument controlled fighting

Have you been looking for a far less efficient, but suitably awesome way to control your games? Let's say a guitar so you could jam out while performing a fatality? Yale School of Music graduates David Hindman and Evan Drum...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 07.12.2009

Mario goes on a sex-crazed rampage

This really awesome video you’re about to watch was originally created as the prologue for a documentary on addictions to MMORPGs. Not sure what’s going on with that documentary, but who cares. This video by Vimeo...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





6:20 PM on 04.23.2009

Is this an exclusive sneak peek at the new Bit.Trip game?

I just got an email from an anonymous source featuring an image (seen above) with the file name "9_113_141520_11215145" and the text "Soon, our trip will continue. Sincerely, Only a man". At first I assume...

Jonathan Holmes



Destructoid review: Bit.Trip Beat photo
Destructoid review: Bit.Trip Beat
by Jonathan Holmes

Out of all the games that make up this "retro-revival" thing that's going on right now, Bit.Trip Beat is probably the "retro-est." Like the Geometry Wars games, Bit.Trip Beat takes its cues from the pre-NES era of gaming, but unlike that new American classic, Bit.Trip Beat doesn't just feel old-school; it completely revels in the fact that it's basically a glorified Atari 2600 game. From controls to graphics to sound, the game is often indistinguishable from something made in 1975. To borrow that strongly from an era that predates many Wii owners by ten, twenty, or even thirty years, is a bold move indeed.

Bit.Trip Beat feels like a game from an alternate version of Earth, where Space Invaders, Pac-Man and other games with actual "characters" never came into being. Imagine if after Pong, games just kept evolving in that direction: remaining totally abstract, button-free, and with all player movement restricted to the Y-axis. That's Bit.Trip Beat, a game from a world where the Atari 9999 is the most popular console on the planet.

Is this alternate reality a place you want to go to? Does rejecting of thirty years of gaming "evolution" lend itself to a fun experience? Hit the jump to find out.

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6:28 PM on 10.04.2007

G8brand brings it on with daring new apparel for gamers

I've seen enough cheesy gamer shirts to last me a lifetime. That's why a company like G8 catches my attention by taking a different type of approach. The concept here is both brand-aware and dynamic - a more understated look ...

Colette Bennett

7:24 AM on 06.16.2007

Computer plays Pong against another computer: the beginning of a dark future

Blogging programmer, Ashish Derhgawen, has presented us a slice of our most horrific future, where Pong playing super robots will enslave the world with paddles forged from the very reasoning of sin. Well, not really, ...

Jim Sterling

3:47 AM on 06.10.2007

CNN launches game; sadly, it's not Wolf Blitzer's Magical Moustache Ride

CNN, Ted Turner's foray into the acrimonious world of televised dog-wagging, launched its first foray into gaming recently with the release of Presidential Pong, a Flash title destined to be exactly as entertaining as th...

Earnest Cavalli