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(BBC)   Atari US files Chapter 11 in attempt to split from Atari SA (i.e. Infogrames) - the maker of the original Pong have apparently had more recent hits with "Centipede" and "Missile Command"   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 118
    More: Interesting, ATARI, Pong, mobile games, Missile Command, centipedes  
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2013-01-21 09:08:03 AM  
Hopefully sticking their necks out will result in them rising from the pit they're stuck in and enable them to build the communication devices that will get the job done.
 
2013-01-21 09:17:00 AM  
Well, technically that is true.... Pong was 1972... Missile Command was late 70s and Centipede early 80s.

But, seems like they could have listed out some newer "successes", although, most of those were not under the "Atari" banner.
 
2013-01-21 09:32:09 AM  
i34.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-21 09:51:09 AM  
Pong was awesome.

i236.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-21 09:57:23 AM  

Eddie Adams from Torrance: Pong was awesome.


Get thee to  Funspot, the world's largest video arcade, in Laconia, New Hampshire. Among the 150 or so golden-age machines are a pristine fully-operating Pong and... equally perfect Computer Space. Both cost one token. And tokens are sold in bulk, so it costs less to play than in the 70s. Some kind of insane anti-inflation at work there.
 
2013-01-21 10:21:36 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Hopefully sticking their necks out will result in them rising from the pit they're stuck in and enable them to build the communication devices that will get the job done.


Ahh yes.. Must avoid the pits.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-01-21 10:31:40 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Hopefully sticking their necks out will result in them rising from the pit they're stuck in and enable them to build the communication devices that will get the job done.


you're my hero.  well played sir.
 
2013-01-21 10:42:29 AM  
Thanks Fartbongo!
 
2013-01-21 10:44:13 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Hopefully sticking their necks out will result in them rising from the pit they're stuck in and enable them to build the communication devices that will get the job done.


Done in one
 
2013-01-21 10:45:28 AM  
FTA: The maker of the ground-breaking video game Pong...

No.

Inasmuch as Napster today is "the file-sharing service that pissed off Lars Ulrich in the 90's".

That's some great journalism there, Loue.
 
2013-01-21 10:46:45 AM  
www.pinballrebel.comwww.retrofuture.co.uk
^^ the two greatest videogames ever made. All hail ATARI !!!
 
2013-01-21 10:47:38 AM  

rocinante721: [www.pinballrebel.com image 251x377][www.retrofuture.co.uk image 350x350]
^^ the two greatest videogames ever made. All hail ATARI !!!


multicolor vector graphics >> all else
 
2013-01-21 10:47:46 AM  
I remember when the diners' Pongs were replaced with Space Invaders. I think the latter was more of a jumping off point to today's games than Pong.
 
2013-01-21 10:51:30 AM  
See? I told you young idiots that "video games" were just a passing fad!
 
2013-01-21 10:52:12 AM  
www.amid.com

.. and props to ATARI for having the best box artwork ever (even though the graphics were mostly lines & dashes.

www.thispeanutlookslikeaduck.com
 
2013-01-21 10:52:22 AM  

rocinante721: rocinante721: [www.pinballrebel.com image 251x377][www.retrofuture.co.uk image 350x350]
^^ the two greatest videogames ever made. All hail ATARI !!!

multicolor vector graphics >> all else


Pinball > all arcade games
 
2013-01-21 10:55:12 AM  
I will also go on record for YARS' REVENGE being the best home console game. Played it endlessly ...

Wanted to name my son Xevious Qotile (we settled for Sean Michael)
 
2013-01-21 10:55:48 AM  

madgonad: rocinante721: rocinante721: [www.pinballrebel.com image 251x377][www.retrofuture.co.uk image 350x350]
^^ the two greatest videogames ever made. All hail ATARI !!!

multicolor vector graphics >> all else

Pinball > all arcade games


Only from SoHo down to Brighton
 
2013-01-21 11:00:18 AM  
Noticed a Computer Space on EBay yesterday.
 
2013-01-21 11:01:49 AM  

fat boy: Noticed a Computer Space on EBay yesterday.


I remember playing that in the Eastridge Mall in 1972.
 
2013-01-21 11:03:13 AM  
Those missiles were relentless. They just coming and coming. Faster and faster. Genius.
 
2013-01-21 11:04:43 AM  
 
2013-01-21 11:04:53 AM  

rocinante721: ^^ the two greatest videogames ever made. All hail ATARI !!!


Weird. It looks like you posted a picture of Tempest when you obviously meant to post Tron.
 
2013-01-21 11:04:55 AM  

The Southern Dandy: fat boy: Noticed a Computer Space on EBay yesterday.

I remember playing that in the Eastridge Mall in 1972.


It's worth mentioning that Computer Space is by today's standards a lousy game. in the Spacewar/Space Duel genre, but with sluggish controls and slow action.

Doesn't matter- it predates even Pong, and is worth playing just to have played it.
 
2013-01-21 11:05:47 AM  

rocinante721: .. and props to ATARI for having the best box artwork ever (even though the graphics were mostly lines & dashes.


Definitely. Someday I'd love to have a gallery of 2600 game box art in my home. It's amazing how much those boxes inspired the imagination.

cgrempire.com
www.romnation.net
 
2013-01-21 11:08:57 AM  
I don't know about development, but they've published some good titles in the last few years.
 
2013-01-21 11:10:20 AM  

ColSanders: rocinante721: .. and props to ATARI for having the best box artwork ever (even though the graphics were mostly lines & dashes.

Definitely. Someday I'd love to have a gallery of 2600 game box art in my home. It's amazing how much those boxes inspired the imagination.

[cgrempire.com image 264x172]
[www.romnation.net image 300x400]


Well, they had to make you "feel" like those lines and dashes actually represented something.  But, yes, they were a very distinct "art"... I am guessing many people could guess they came from Atari games if you took them off of the box.
 
2013-01-21 11:10:25 AM  
My deadline: Atari goes 'Pong,' files for bankruptcy in an attempt to Breakout from its French owners, continue the Odyssey on their own

Thank goodness ENCOM is still going strong.
 
2013-01-21 11:11:50 AM  

ColSanders: rocinante721: .. and props to ATARI for having the best box artwork ever (even though the graphics were mostly lines & dashes.

Definitely. Someday I'd love to have a gallery of 2600 game box art in my home. It's amazing how much those boxes inspired the imagination.

[cgrempire.com image 264x172]
[www.romnation.net image 300x400]


Well, guess you had to really push the boat out on the cover art so people would understand what the large square blobs on the screen were supposed to represent.
 
2013-01-21 11:15:00 AM  
Got Atari Flashback 4 for Christmas - awesome! Only downside is that it flickers on my LCD TV - anyone have a fix for that? Nothing from google or the manual worked...
 
2013-01-21 11:15:21 AM  
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-01-21 11:16:23 AM  
www.romnation.net
www.trowbridgegallery.com
Artist: 'Fark it, no-one will notice.'
 
2013-01-21 11:17:48 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Hopefully sticking their necks out will result in them rising from the pit they're stuck in and enable them to build the communication devices that will get the job done.


I seE.T. what you did there.
 
2013-01-21 11:20:43 AM  
What they need to do to get back on top is finally release "Rockfight".
 
2013-01-21 11:26:20 AM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: Hopefully sticking their necks out will result in them rising from the pit they're stuck in and enable them to build the communication devices that will get the job done.


This is why I have you favorited.
 
2013-01-21 11:26:49 AM  

timharrod: Get thee to  Funspot, the world's largest video arcade, in Laconia, New Hampshire. Among the 150 or so golden-age machines are a pristine fully-operating Pong and... equally perfect Computer Space. Both cost one token. And tokens are sold in bulk, so it costs less to play than in the 70s. Some kind of insane anti-inflation at work there.


Plus every once and awhile a Donkey Kong kill screen will come up if anyone is interested.
 
2013-01-21 11:33:12 AM  

GungFu: [www.romnation.net image 300x400]
[www.trowbridgegallery.com image 800x600]
Artist: 'Fark it, no-one will notice.'


The question is why Maurice Gibb is to Clint's left...
 
2013-01-21 11:35:41 AM  
Am I the only one who actually liked the 2600 version of Pacman?
 
2013-01-21 11:36:32 AM  
"The US operations of Atari have shifted their business from retail games to digital games in recent times and have become a growth engine for Atari SA."

So, retail games are analog?
 
2013-01-21 11:36:40 AM  

doczoidberg: Am I the only one who actually liked the 2600 version of Pacman?


Yes

/I mean, I guess as a kid we "liked" it since I recall playing it, but, I think that was mostly because we were 8 and couldn't get a ride to the arcade.
 
2013-01-21 11:39:02 AM  

doczoidberg: Am I the only one who actually liked the 2600 version of Pacman?


I liked it. I was damn good at it, too.

I still have my 2600 hooked up. Now this makes me want to play some Pac-Man again!!
 
2013-01-21 11:40:55 AM  
I guess my dream of getting a new Rollercoaster Tycoon game are for naught.

Definitely could use a new Rollercoaster Tycoon and a new Railroad Tycoon game (and not like that last shiatty piece of crap with Sid's name on it...)

Anybody have a ray of hope on either of these fronts?
 
2013-01-21 11:53:30 AM  
It's violent video games like Centipede and Missile Command that are responsible for these school shootings.
 
2013-01-21 11:59:37 AM  

doczoidberg: Am I the only one who actually liked the 2600 version of Pacman?


Perhaps it had a conservative dollop of merit as a maze game. But it should not have been called "Pac-Man."
 
2013-01-21 12:00:58 PM  
Speaking of classic Atari games, was the space man in Wreck It Ralph seen doing that low gravity walk in the terminal supposed to be Major Havoc?

Love that game.
 
2013-01-21 12:05:23 PM  
After this pitfall, the adventure is over. Pac it in.

/Kaboom
 
2013-01-21 12:17:30 PM  

timharrod: Eddie Adams from Torrance: Pong was awesome.

Get thee to  Funspot, the world's largest video arcade, in Laconia, New Hampshire. Among the 150 or so golden-age machines are a pristine fully-operating Pong and... equally perfect Computer Space. Both cost one token. And tokens are sold in bulk, so it costs less to play than in the 70s. Some kind of insane anti-inflation at work there.


I'll see your "150 games" and raise you 39,850. Not all playable at once, but they do have a rotating roster of about 100 arcade machines....and every console ever made.
 
2013-01-21 12:17:48 PM  

doczoidberg: Am I the only one who actually liked the 2600 version of Pacman?


I enjoyed the shiat out of E.T.

It's no wonder Atari went out of business though. All those free phone calls they were making were bound to come back on them.
 
2013-01-21 12:20:18 PM  
Permit me to go down pointless memory lane?

5th and 6th grade, early 1980's.... like their fathers and grandfathers wasting endless time in childhood debating the whole Ford versus GM thing, instead we spent endless time in recess, lunchhour and after school arguing over which video game system was better - the classic atari versus intellivision smackdown. Really, bottom line intellivision had better graphics but atari had so many more games. Oh and intellivision also had less licensing on the cool stuff - except maybe Tron, and had those dumb disc controllers.

However, 2 kids had parents who were willing to shell out for Colecovision, in which case they didn't have to debate anyone on the merits. Later it turned out those systems were pretty finicky but lets face it - in 1984? Those graphics were in the vernacular of the 80's: totally awesome. Awesome to the max.
 
2013-01-21 12:20:27 PM  
Seems a wise move for Atari. But i will never forgive them for the abomination that is E.T.
 
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