Ben Heck’s Atari ‘Dragster’ speed run test rig

Even computer games have their own world records, and one of the oldest uncontested ones is the fastest time for Atari Dragster, at 5.51 seconds. But how legitimate is this speed? Ben is tasked with using RAM analysis and a microcontroller to check not only whether 5.51 seconds is possible, but whether this record can be broken. Have you broken …

Play Atari’s ‘Centipede’ on a tiny, authentic arcade cabinet

There’s something special to playing a vintage arcade cabinet, but it’s usually impractical to own one. It’s no mean feat to lug a gigantic machine into your home, and you’ll probably have to restore it to recapture its glory. Atari and New Wave Toys think they have a better idea. They’ve partnered on Replicade X Centipede, a 1/6th-scale cabinet replica …

Atari partners with LGBT Media to make more inclusive games

Atari is making good on its promise to stake part of its strategy on LGBTQ apps. The company has formed a partnership with LGBT Media, the company behind the social app LGBTQutie, to reach more of the community. The deal will see LGBT Media acquire and “re-launch” Atari’s city-building game Pridefest by taking advantage of its connections to the LGBTQ …

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 …

Ataribox will come in two suitably retro editions

Just over a month since its announcement at E3, Atari is offering a proper look at its first console in over 20 years. In an email to fans, the company reveals the Ataribox will come in two editions, both of which pair a recognizably retro aesthetic with contemporary design flourishes. Source: Atari email (via Reddit) Author:  Source: Engadget

Humans can help AI learn games more quickly

Google taught DeepMind to play Atari games all on its own, but letting humans help may be faster, according to researchers from Microsoft and Germany. They invited folks of varying skills to play five Atari 2600 titles: Ms. Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Video Pinball, Q*Bert and Montezuma’s Revenge. After watching 45 hours of human gameplay, the algorithm could beat its mentors …

Old-school tank shooter ‘Battlezone’ comes to Oculus and Vive

If you grew up in the age of arcades, you probably played Atari‘s seminal first-person tank game, Battlezone. In the arcade version, you’d play the game with your face stuck into a set of faux goggles that helped you feel like you were in the sweaty confines of an actual tank. It felt like stepping into a virtual world. When …

Real-life ‘Pong’ table is available as a crowdfunding project

Remember that real-world Pong table that was supposed to become a product you could buy if everything went smoothly? Well, it’s here… almost. The creators have launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to launch a production-grade, coffee table-sized version of the design. If you’re willing to pledge at least $1,100 ($990 if you were referred by an existing backer), you can …

Classic ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon’ comes to iOS and Android

Atari has just released RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic, a “new” game for mobile based on the Atari-produced theme park sims. Classic takes its cues from the original RCT and RCT 2, offering a more simple take on park design, construction and management than more recent titles in the series. It’s also the first RTC game for mobile that isn’t stuffed full …