The Infamous Atari Landfill Dig Is Finally Happening

Come April 26, 2014, one of gaming's greatest mysteries will finally be solved. Or maybe it will just be get even more convoluted and confusing. In either case, that is the official date Microsoft just announced for when someone is finally going to break ground on the infamous New Mexico landfill that's allegedly… » 4/10/14 12:30pm 4/10/14 12:30pm

Superman Is One Of The Reasons We Have a Video Game Ratings System

Remember the Superman game on the Atari 2600? That slightly obtuse piece of superhero wish fulfillment is part of a chain of careers and events that resulted in the formation of the ESRB. What does the big, red S have to do with the folks who put the letters E, T and M on video game boxes? Watch and see. » 3/04/14 6:00pm 3/04/14 6:00pm

After 30 Years, Donkey Kong Gets a Proper Port to the Atari 2600

Drawn to the Atari Age forums this week by Princess Rescuethe port of Super Mario Bros. to the Atari VCS—I stumbled across something even better: Donkey Kong VCS, a proper, great-looking and, most importantly, fun port of Donkey Kong for the 2600, after all these years. The original was none of these. » 7/20/13 4:13pm 7/20/13 4:13pm

Play Halo's Atari 2600 'Port' With This Cartridge Now On Sale

Almost three years ago, Ed Fries—a Microsoft executive instrumental in acquiring Bungie and making Halo the definitive Xbox series—created Halo 2600, a flash game demake that imagined the game on an old Atari VCS. Now, AtariAge.com is putting the game's ROM on a proper cartridge, with period box and label art and an… » 3/31/13 5:30pm 3/31/13 5:30pm

Pitfall!'s Creator Likens His Fame to Being a Child Star

There were a lot of one-hit wonders in the 1980s, but David Crane isn't one of them. The Activision programmer was behind Decathlon for the Atari 2600, Ghostbusters, one of the first great film-to-game adaptations on PC, and later, A Boy and His Blob. But he'll forever be known as Pitfall!'s creator, almost typecast as … » 9/08/12 4:00pm 9/08/12 4:00pm

Console Gaming's Oldest, Still-Standing Record Was Set 30 Years Ago…

Many video game records are thought to be extremely difficult, if not theoretically impossible to beat. There's one out there that may in fact be physically impossible to surpass. It's the fastest time in Dragster, an Activision title by Pitfall! creator David Crane, and the mark was set 30 years ago today. » 9/01/12 4:00pm 9/01/12 4:00pm

More Than 30 Years Later, Adventure Gets Another Sequel

Actually, Adventure, the Atari 2600 game that introduced video game Easter eggs to the popular imagination, among other things, now has its second sequel. Both were programmed by Byte Knight over on the Atari Age forums, and the latest, Evil Magician Returns II got an update on Thursday delivering a third level to the… » 8/26/12 11:00am 8/26/12 11:00am

8-Bit George Washington and Adolf Hitler Fight With Cyborg Dinosaurs…

Sure, you could debate legislative achievements and spheres of influence to determine who history's greatest leader was. But you could also imagine an old-school video game where Teddy Roosevelt and Josef Stalin—looking a lot like Nintendo's Mario—face off riding weaponized extinct giant lizards. Artist Jude Buffum… » 4/13/12 12:00am 4/13/12 12:00am

American Icons Gallery Show Recognizes Classic Gaming Consoles For the …

We live in an age of gaming gorgeousness. Gamers' lives nowadays are filled with fancy normal mapping and illumination engines, powered by slickly encased hardware that outputs onto super-sharp screens. In short, there's a lot of thought given to aesthetics in the present day. But, it hasn't always been this way and… » 11/15/11 10:00am 11/15/11 10:00am