Veteran Game Designer Canceling Ports After Atari Legal Challenge

If you were looking forward to playing Jeff Minter's Tempest-inspired TxK on a platform besides Vita, keep waiting. For now, Minter is relenting to Atari's demands. » 3/19/15 2:08pm 3/19/15 2:08pm

Veteran Game Developer Says Atari's Trying To Screw Him Over [UPDATE]

Tempest 2000 designer Jeff Minter wants to release his latest tube-centric shooter, TxK, on a bunch of platforms, but the longtime designer is saying Atari won't let him do that. Let's just say Minter doesn't have many kind things to say about his former employer. » 3/18/15 12:30pm 3/18/15 12:30pm

The Atari Action Figures We Never Had

Dan Polydoris from The Chicago Toy Collector toyed with classic 80s Kenner Star Wars figures and reforged them as a set of Atari characters, similar to what you can see on the boxes. » 3/06/15 9:30am 3/06/15 9:30am

New Rollercoaster Tycoon Game Looks Like Shit

Hey, a new Rollercoaster Tycoon game got shown off properly for the first time today! Remember Rollercoaster Tycoon, and how good it was 10, 15 years ago? Keep remembering, because this one looks like hell. » 3/05/15 6:00pm 3/05/15 6:00pm

Google AI Taught Itself How To To Be A Pro At Classic Video Games

Steam's Latest Survival Game Comes From An Unexpected Place

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. » 2/10/15 5:30pm 2/10/15 5:30pm

Father Makes Son Play Through Video Game History, Chronologically

For the last ten years, Andy Baio has been performing an experiment on his son. It is equal parts cruel and fascinating. Rather than let him play whatever video game he wanted, Baio made his boy work his way to modernity by playing through the history of video games chronologically. Starting with 1979's Galaxian. » 12/10/14 9:20pm 12/10/14 9:20pm

Long-Lost Cassette Tape Reveals Unheard Chubby Checker Atari Song

The great Chubby Checker once recorded a song to be used for a Dig-Dug commercial, only it wasn't, and the song hasn't been publicly heard (or heard of) until this week. History is so awesome. » 9/07/14 9:00pm 9/07/14 9:00pm

Alone In The Dark Is Coming Back, And I Am Afraid

Alone In The Dark is a series that, long ago, meant something. It was the original 3D survival horror game, and the first two titles weren't just terrifying and a blast to play, but had a gorgeous old-timey art style as well. In later years, though...well, let's just say time and some publisher misdeeds pissed that… » 8/19/14 8:42pm 8/19/14 8:42pm

Your Favorite Atari Games Are Now Advertisements For Denny's

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. » 7/01/14 3:00pm 7/01/14 3:00pm

Super Rare Arcade Game Now Playable Like It's No Big Deal

If the experts are correct then there are only two Primal Rage 2 arcade boards in existence, giving it a near legendary status. Now there's one sitting in the Galloping Ghost Arcade ruining all that elusive mystique. » 6/23/14 5:30am 6/23/14 5:30am

1980's Newscasters Struggled To Explain How Pac-Man Works

Pac-Man turns 34 today. It's exciting to see that the little yellow guy has survived into middle age. But before the Pac became the dot-eating legend we know him as today, he had to do the same thing every celebrity does: make a name for himself. » 5/22/14 5:30pm 5/22/14 5:30pm

Conan O'Brien Finds Other Horrible Games Buried With E.T.

We know E.T. wasn't the only game excavators found in the Atari landfill dig last weekend. But according to Conan O'Brien, there were even more movie-based flops buried in the New Mexico desert. » 5/06/14 9:20am 5/06/14 9:20am

Meet The Guy Who Says He Buried The E.T. Cartridges

Last month, thousands of copies of ET (along with other Atari games) were found buried beneath the New Mexico desert. James Heller was the man responsible for that. » 5/04/14 8:00pm 5/04/14 8:00pm

Minimum is going to be free to play this weekend, Atari announced today. You can try to snag a code for the neat-looking shooter the publisher rescued from TimeGate's untimely closure over at GamePedia's wiki for the game. Learn more about the game here. » 5/02/14 5:47pm 5/02/14 5:47pm

Some People Think The Atari Landfill Dig Is Fake

The excavation of Atari's game graveyard—which unearthed many copies of the infamous failed E.T. game—definitely happened. There are pictures. There are trustworthy witness reports. But somehow, some folks are still skeptical about it. Not everyone actually believes the entire thing happened, amusingly enough. » 4/29/14 4:30pm 4/29/14 4:30pm