Atari shows its non-functional ‘VCS’ console prototype at GDC 2018

Last June, venerated gaming company Atari announced that it was making a comeback. Specifically, that it would be jumping back into the console market with a retro-style entertainment system it dubbed at the time, the Ataribox. Eleven months later, we can finally see the results of the company’s IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign: say hello to the 2600-inspired Atari VCS. Author:  Source: …

GDC 2018 will feature the event’s first film festival

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) takes place in San Francisco next month and this year’s event includes the GDC’s first ever film festival. For three days starting March 19th, the GDC will host a selection of documentary and narrative films focused on the art and culture of video games, and Q&As with the filmmakers will follow most of the screenings. …

GDC retracts award for Atari founder amid online outcry

Yesterday, organizers for the upcoming Game Developers Conference announced the lineup for the 18th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, and topping that list were honors for a trio of men who helped build gaming as we know it: Vlambeer co-founder Rami Ismail (Ambassador Award), Double Fine founder Tim Schafer (Lifetime Achievement), and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell (Pioneer Award). But an …

‘Sonic Mania’ is a wonderful balance of nostalgia and novelty

If you’ve played Sonic the Hedgehog on your phone, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 in the last half-dozen years, you have Christian Whitehead to thank. In 2009, he created an unofficial proof of concept iPhone port of Sonic CD using a custom-built game engine — a project that eventually led to Sega hiring him to officially port Sonic CD, Sonic …