The 1982 Tron Holiday Special

The 1982 Tron Holiday Special

By The Professor on August 5, 2014 Oh, how great this would have been with Jeff Bridges participating. A great video from Funny or Die! A recently unearthed Christmas classic from 1982, starring the incomparable Rip Taylor with most of your favorite Tron characters and laser bikes. The full video from Funny or Die below: […]

Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2014

Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2014

By DeLorean on July 30, 2014 Is July 30th marked in your calendar? It should be. July 30th is Howard Scott Warshaw Day! Not only is it HSW’s birthday, it’s a day to celebrate the works of one of Atari’s most prolific game designers. To celebrate, we’re posting a pretty great Q&A video with Howard […]

I Was Into Atari Before It Was “Retro”, But After It was “Cool”

I Was Into Atari Before It Was “Retro”, But After It was “Cool”

By Fard Muhammad on July 28, 2014  |  Twitter  |  Instagram I was into Atari before it was “retro”, but after it was “cool”. In other words, when it “sucked”. Now, though, it’s considered chic or bemusing to wear old Atari logo shirts and caps as the nostalgia movement is in full force in my […]

E.T. Excavation Documentary “Atari: Game Over” Debuts With Rough Cut At Comic Con 2014

E.T. Excavation Documentary “Atari: Game Over” Debuts With Rough Cut At Comic Con 2014

Microsoft offered Comic Con attendees an early look at what was billed as a rough cut of Atari: Game Over, the upcoming documentary ostensibly about the fabled Atari 2600 E.T. game. Though much has been made about the unearthing of buried Atari cartridges in the New Mexico desert, it does not prove to be the film’s most prominent focus. While the burial is present throughout, the film goes on to tell a larger story of the incredible rise and fall of Atari, once the fastest growing company in American history.

Win A New Yars’ Revenge, New E.T. Or A New 2600 Joystick In Our First Contest!

Win A New Yars’ Revenge, New E.T. Or A New 2600 Joystick In Our First Contest!

By Doctor Octagon on June 24, 2014 SCORE! We’ve announced our first contest! It’s a high-score competition with three prizes up for grabs: a sealed copy of Yars’ Revenge, a sealed copy of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, both complete with a crystal clear box protector, and a third bonus prize – a new 2600-style Joystick! The […]

Retroist Rewind: Atari 7800

Retroist Rewind: Atari 7800

By The Professor on July 21, 2014 Today we begin a new monthly feature we’re calling “Retroist Rewind”. We’ll be looking back at classic episodes from our favorite retro-themed podcast, The Retroist! We’ll post a monthly “Retroist Rewind” feature to the Blog, celebrate our favorite episodes, and discuss the show in the Forums. If you […]

Too Powerful for Its Own Good, Atari Lynx Remains A Favorite 25 Years Later

Too Powerful for Its Own Good, Atari Lynx Remains A Favorite 25 Years Later

This is a great article by Jeremy Parish about the Atari Lynx, its impact in the portable wars and its legacy today. The article is well written and touches on all things Atari after Warner Communications sold Atari to Commodore founder Jack Tramiel in a fire sale. What I like most about this article is […]

The 30th Anniversary Of The Death And Birth Of Atari

The 30th Anniversary Of The Death And Birth Of Atari

By Fard Muhammad on July 1, 2014  |  Twitter  |  Instagram On July 2, 1984, Warner Communications, after reeling from Atari, Inc.’s massive losses in 1983, sold the home console and computer divisions of the company to Commodore founder Jack Tramiel’s company called Tramel Technology Limited (or TTL). Upon receiving the assets from Warner, TTL […]

Pelé, The New York Cosmos, And How Atari Sank America’s Soccer League

Pelé, The New York Cosmos, And How Atari Sank America’s Soccer League

By The Professor Recent World Cup enthusiasm has lifted Soccer to new heights of popularity in the United States, as the 2014 US National Team’s performance has fueled America’s interest in the sport even further. With such strong Soccer spirit, I can’t help but think of the incredible story of the New York Cosmos and […]

Atari Is Like A Ship With A Hole In The Bottom, Leaking Water, And His Job Is To Get The Ship Pointed In The Right Direction

Atari Is Like A Ship With A Hole In The Bottom, Leaking Water, And His Job Is To Get The Ship Pointed In The Right Direction

By Doctor Octagon on June 11, 2014  |  Opinion His name is Fred Chesnais. Currently he’s CEO and majority shareholder of what we once called Atari and their dozen or so employees that remain on the books. His strategy for making Atari relevant again: “Let other people be Atari” by licensing the name to miscellaneous […]