Atari taps Jeff Minter to resurrect classic coin-op ‘Tempest’

As seen in this 1981 commercial, Tempest was one of Atari’s flagship coin-operated arcade games. But unlike Space Command or Centipede, Tempest sent players down geometrically fractal tunnels in an advanced — and vibrantly psychedelic — semi-3D adventure. Atari thinks it’s high time this title was revived for current consoles, and it’s tapped celebrated game designer Jeff Minter to do …

‘Altered Beast’ and ‘Streets of Rage’ coming to film and TV

Sonic the Hedgehog has apparently opened the floodgates on Sega adaptations. Sega Group’s production arm is teaming with Fear the Walking Dead producer Circle of Confusion on adaptations of ’80s and ’90s classics Altered Beast and Streets of Rage, according to Variety. Beat ’em up game Streets of Rage pits your rogue cop against big city crime boss Mr. X, …

Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell launches a VR company

Atari’s Nolan Bushnell is busier than ever these days — in addition to his mobile game efforts, the video game pioneer is launching a virtual reality company. Modal VR is promising a combination of hardware and software that delivers high-end virtual experiences of the sort that make an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift seem like small potatoes. It’s completely wireless, …