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'Atari's Greatest Hits' app brings 100 new old games to iOS

A new universal iOS app from Atari is making the standard App Store rounds today, starting in New Zealand and propagating worldwide throughout the day. The Atari's Greatest Hits app is a free download that provides paid access to 100 games from Atari's arcade and 2600 library, including classics...

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Ben Heck's NEStari is virtually a virtual console

In a way, it's better than our own Virtual Console, because it's portable and it can play Journey Escape. Master console portablizer Ben Heckendorn made this portable NES/Atari monster out of an Atari Flashback 2 and a "NES-on-a-chip" found in many Famiclones and joystick-based TV games. The...

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Virtually Overlooked: Journey Escape

Welcome to our weekly feature, Virtually Overlooked, wherein we talk about games that aren't on the Virtual Console yet, but should be. Call it a retro-speculative. Workin' hard to get my fill Everybody wants a thrill Payin' anything to roll the dice Just one more time Some will win Some will...

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Atari candlestick makes us pine for the pre-Pong world

We've always considered ourselves lucky for having grown up in the modern world -- video games just wouldn't be the same without electricity -- but every once in a while, we find ourselves inexplicably drawn to the simplicity and elegance of the pre-Pong world. Lucky for us then, that the...

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Today's throwbackiest video: Atari Pole Position commercial from the 80s

"HEY! You look like a jerk!" Any commercial that starts off like this is gold in our book. We can't remember seeing a commercial so disproportionally different from the actual gameplay experience. Even the raw processing power *ahem* of the Atari 5200 couldn't make Pole Position look this...

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Sewing the seeds of retro: crocheted Atari 2600

Who said that grandma's skill set wasn't that useful? It's a custom crocheted Atari 2600, complete with two controllers, a game cartridge, and Pitfall on the screen. Amazing! These is exactly the sort of old school stuff we'd be filling our homes and offices up with if it was for sale in stores....

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The Atari 2600 changed the world

The Atari 2600 makes Wired's list of the top 10 gadgets that changed the world. This article from Wired Test lists the Walkman, Western Electric rotary phone, microwave, and other gadgets that we take for granted. The Atari 2600 spurred the home game industry, being the original must-own console. We...

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Microsoft to pull a PS3, place motion sensors in Xbox 360 pad?

In a recent episode of Gamertag radio, Peter Moore speaks out about the increasing complexity of video game controllers, comparing today's gamepads to the simplicity of the Atari 2600's button-and-stick joystick. He didn't exclude the Xbox 360 controller's design from criticism, mentioning that his...

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