New Ataribox Details Don’t Make It Sound Any More Promising

Atari, my dude, please get it together. The classic console maker has slowly trickled out details about its upcoming retro gaming machine over the last few months and each time it sounds more and more like this project is misguided. Today brought the biggest dump of news from Atari yet, and it’s too expensive, hasn’t been funded, and Atari doesn’t even seem to know who it’s for. Read More >>

Atari Is Jumping On The Retro Console Bandwagon In Style

Atari (or rather that company that bought the name when the actual Atari went bankrupt) is going to follow in Nintendo's footsteps with its Ataribox console - announcing a device designed to play retro games. And while not much is known about the new product yet, it also appears that it might also be adding support for more modern games too. Read More >>

Atari’s New Console Sounds Like a Bad Idea

About a week ago, a mysterious website appeared that offered a glimpse of what appeared to be a new console by Atari. The site offered nothing more than a short video and appears to have been made with a free website builder. On Friday, Atari’s CEO confirmed that the company is indeed building a new console but he didn’t explain why anyone should care. Read More >>

The Coolest Hardware Shown Off at E3 2017

E3 is is just finishing off and that means there's a lot of crazy gaming gear to look over! From Microsoft’s latest Xbox to a tiny Atari 2600, here’s the coolest stuff we saw this week. Read More >>

Why These Great Game Consoles Failed Spectacularly

There are few classes of consumer electronics that have had as exhilarating heights and as cringe-inducing lows as video game consoles. Since the Magnavox Odyssey plugged into TVs back in 1972 and delivered Pong to the masses, gaming consoles have demanded our attention. Read More >>

What Made Cartridge Games So Clever

Early consoles and home computers worked with extremely limited firepower. In those days, not only was the hardware less capable, there really wasn’t room for expandability to make machines like the Commodore VIC-20 or Famicom more capable. Or wasn’t there? Read More >>

Artificial Curiosity Allows This Bot to Triumph at Montezuma’s Revenge

When it first appeared in 1984, Montezuma’s Revenge was considered one of the most challenging video games to appear on a gaming console. Now, in an effort to help machines learn more efficiently, AI researchers have created an algorithm that actually motivates the hero of this classic video game in some very important ways—and it’s surprisingly effective. Read More >>

The Real Life Pong Table is a 70s Dream Come True

Think back to 1972 for a moment. A new video game company by the name of Atari has just created a magical machine where you can play games of virtual table-tennis against, well, something. Read More >>

An Atari Cartridge Game Boy Lets You Play Retro Games Without a Console

The electronics powering the Atari 2600 were even simpler than those found in the original Game Boy. So why are recreations like the Atari Flashback 2.0 so big? There’s no reason they have to be, as lovablechevy proved by squeezing them into a old Atari video game cartridge. Read More >>

Classic Atari Games are Being Turned Into Comic Books

Whether it be failed Hollywood adaptations or surprisingly entertaining novelisations, games are no strangers to being reinterpreted for other mediums. Most of the time though, the creations are constrained by the nuances of story and character already established by the gaming properties. Which is what makes today's announcement from Dynamite Entertainment so intriguing; it's set to publish a string of comic book series based on classic Atari gaming franchises, games that essentially had little in the way of plot to begin with. Read More >>

Google’s AI is Now Insanely Good at Playing Space Invaders 

Since Google acquired the artificial intelligence company DeepMind for $628m (£405m) last year, it's put the software to hard work...playing Atari 2600 video games. But no really, learning how to play 49 different Atari games showcases the promises, and the weaknesses, of DeepMind's software. Read More >>

You Can Buy a Buried E.T. Atari Cartridge for a Few Hundred Quid

Remember back in April, when excavators finally unearthed thousands of lost E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial video game cartridges for Atari 2600? Well, you can finally own one of them… if you've got at least an extra few hundred pounds to spare. Read More >>

The Man Who Buried the E.T Atari Game Cartridges Doesn’t Get What All the Fuss is About

It's a story that had passed into legend among gamer's before only recently being proven true. But for the man responsible for burying Atari's failed E.T game cartridges, it was just a job. Read More >>

Does Digital Media Make Physical Artefacts Obsolete?

Yesterday, a documentary group unearthed a cache of buried Atari 2600 game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. Game aficionados have been following the urban legend around the buried games for decades. The story has me wondering—with our media increasingly coming in intangible, digital-only form, will this sort of discovery cease to exist? What do you think? Read More >>

Game Cartridges Found Intact at E.T. Atari Dig

They exist! Excavators have found intact examples of the Atari 2600 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video game, complete with cartridge, packaging, and inserts, and the folks at the dig say there are lots more to be unearthed. To see what's been uncovered, head on over to Kotaku. Read More >>