I always loved playing Atari’s vector-based arcade games back in the 1980s. Games like Tempest, BattleZone, and Quantum were some of my favorites. And then there was Star Wars. I loved shooting down TIE fighters, zapping radar towers, and zooming into the belly of the Death Star to take aim at its exhaust port in hopes of blowing the thing to smithereens.
If you grew up in the 1970s or 1980s, Atari was located somewhere near the center of your universe. The brand kicked off the home video game revolution with the Atari 2600, and also created some of the best and most memorable arcade games.
Woodgrain. There was a time when all of our coolest gadgets (and station wagons) were covered in this fake veneer. I for one, think it looks awesome and wish everything from our phones to our computers was still covered in the stuff.
I’ve long contemplated starting a collection of vintage computers and video games, but I really don’t have the space, and my wife probably wouldn’t appreciate a bunch of extra junk in our already jampacked house. Thanks to the wonders of 3D printing, I might be able to fulfill my dream without taking up much space at all.
If you want to relive some of that ’80s gaming glory you had on the Atari, there’s are a couple of new ways to enjoy that, courtesy of PQube. For starters, the Atari Retro Handheld system features a 2.4″ LCD screen, looks inspired by the classic console, and comes packed with 50 games inside.
Some of us are old enough to remember playing the Atari 2600 when it first arrived on the scene, but even younger gamers have to appreciate the console’s sweet 1970’s wood paneling design. Now you can wear that design on a kickass hoodie.
Rollercoaster Tycoon has some serious fans. The question is, do Nintendo Switch owners want a version of the game badly enough to claim a direct stake in the game’s success? Atari seems to think so. The company’s Game Partners division has launched a crowd investment campaign to raise money for a Switch version of the theme park construction game.
If you’re a fan of classic computer systems from the 1980s, then check this out. These custom-made cases let you build a working Raspberry Pi computer system that looks like a mini version of iconic retro systems.
Proving that they are on the bleeding edge of technology, Atari has announced that it’s working on a new line of wearables. The first product in the “Atari Connected Life” line? A Speakerhat, powered by Audiowear.
It has been just over a month since the rebirthed company known as Atari announced that it was working on a new console. Now they are giving us a better look at it. In an email to fans, the company revealed that the Ataribox will come in two editions, both very retro, but with some contemporary design elements as well.
When the first Atari 2600 came out, I wasn’t even in grade school. We had arcades that people spent time in at the local mall or at the gas station, but you never really thought about having videogames at home.
I loved the arcades back in my youth, at least when my dad would let me raid his stash of quarters and go. I had a particular penchant for Centipede mostly because it had a trackball rather than joysticks, and for some reason that was awesome to elementary school me.
These headphones by ROAM are a classy modern alternative to others on the market. This co-branded project with Atari offers an homage to the classic video game company, combined with a sleek modern design.
They have brushed titanium parts and the sound comes courtesy of dynamic balanced armature drivers.
Back in February, The Ben Heck Show had a special episode where Ben took out the Atari 2600’s CPU, RAM I/O and video driver and hand soldered them to a compact circuit board. Now he’s put together that miniaturized system to make a portable 2600.