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How Atari Plans to Make Itself Even More Irrelevant to Gamers

Posted on 11 June, 2014  in Atari

Photo of an Atari replacement parts invoice

 

I’m a great fan of classic and vintage gaming, and of course Atari fits neatly in that era. So it was with delight I saw a Wired headline promising the (latest) resurrection of the venerable brand, in the hands of a new CEO.

 
Then I actually read the article. These remarks¬†from Atari reboot 9.0 boss Fred Chesnais explains why the publisher is taking a “no boxes” approach, meaning no games for consoles, period:

 

Atari is developing a new version of one of its classic titles, Asteroids, an arcade shooting game that was first released in 1979. In the new mobile game, players have to figure out how to survive on an asteroid after their spaceship crashes into it. ‘It’s social, so the more friends you have the better, and you can play anywhere because it’s on mobile,’ says Chesnais, who revived another failed gaming brand called MicroProse in 2007 (1). ‘It’s just much more relevant.’

 

So basically AsteroidsVille.  Good luck with that, Atari.

 

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The Legends Were True: Copies of Atari’s E.T. Unearthed in New Mexico

Posted on 26 April, 2014  in Atari 2600

Photo of a dig team member with a copy of Atari's

Put it back! PUT IT BACK (Credit: IGN)

 

Well, if that don’t beat all. IGN is reporting the long-awaited dig in the New Mexico desert proves Atari really did bury tens of thousands of unsold copies of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, the game that is often cited as the commercial flop leading to the Video Game Crash of 1983 – 1984 and the end of American dominance of the industry for decades after.

 

Xbox owners were able to watch a live stream of the event today; a documentary film is forthcoming. No word on what, if any, impact this will have on the upcoming Angry Video Game Nerd movie very loosely based on these events.

 

I was mildly surprised this dig turned up anything at all, but the burial of unsold video games that led to a corporate bankruptcy was certainly plausible. Now we know!

 

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