In the near future, Atari will be launching one hell of a reinvention of the arcade classic Asteroids. The company just announced Asteroids: Outpost will be a multiplayer-focused survival game for PC that's launched through Steam's Early Access program. That's a surprise.
It's a dispiriting law of nature, but everything in pop culture eventually grows old and starts to lose its edge. Thankfully, corporate sponsors are always ready to step up and put a stop to this uncontrollable slide towards obsolescence. That, or just make it worse.
The New York Times wants you to destroy its recommended articles, its magazine cover art and even its ads. And it's using a an homage to classic arcade game Asteroids to let you do it.
Tomorrow Asteroid 2005 YU 55 will pass the Earth closer than the moon, a 1,312 foot chunk of rock slipping by a mere 201,000 miles away. For scientists it presents an excellent opportunity to study near-Earth objects. For Atari it's an opportunity to market their new free-to-play iOS game, Asteroids Gunner.
Oh don't worry, id's latest and greatest is still scheduled to come out next week; it's premise just got a little bit weaker, as NASA reveals there are fewer apocalypse-causing asteroids rocketing through space than we once thought.
Looks like rumors that Roland Emmerich, the director behind such films as Independence Day, The Patriot and The Day After Tomorrow, is set to direct an Asteroids movie, based on the video game may not be true.
Time to test your Asteroids skills!
Starcraft II looks to be an amazing game in its own right, but it's also an incredible tool for making your own games.
Kitchen not Asteroids-referencing enough? Have a Centipede problem in your foyer, as in not enough Centipede stickers slathered upon your walls? Wall experts Blik and retro-game rights holders Atari can fix that right up.
As you read this, history is in the making. Asteroids is being played with great verve. High scores will topple.
On the third floor of the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, visitors to the Penny Arcade Expo East get to visit an actual arcade, filled with free-to-play arcade cabinets and pinball machines, just like mother used to make.
Did you ever play Space Invaders and, while you were dodging and firing and shooting, make up a story about who was in the tank and wish you could someday see them in a movie? Yeah, I didn't either.