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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
By Justin | Retroist | Instagram One afternoon at the end of 2013, Bryan Katzel was walking through Disney World with his family. They were there on vacation with Bryan’s friend and fellow toy industry veteran Eric LeFeber who had brought along a family of his own. Standing in the The Happiest Place on Earth […]
By Justin on September 1, 2004 | Retroist | Instagram In 1983 Nintendo was in talks to license the NES to Atari for worldwide distribution outside of Japan. Agreements were being met, the deal was nearly signed, but history would happen differently. Had a few minor skirmishes been avoided and the resignation of Atari CEO […]
In Moffett Park, a partition of land in Sunnyvale, California carved out between Caribbean Drive and Highway 237, lay the remains of what was once home to boundless imagination, creativity and wonder. Once upon a time this was home to the most magical company on Earth. This was home to Atari. The experience of walking around these buildings was surreal. It felt like a dead theme park. While modern companies and tech start-ups breathe new life into old offices, all you see is what once was. Like an old phone booth sitting broken and unused in the parking lot of an abandoned K-Mart. The phone booth had once been a ubiquitous part of daily life that once housed Clark Kent in his transformation into Superman, now it’s obsolete and the world around it has moved on. These are broken pieces of a fallen once-mighty empire. If you squint you can still see it.