atari

Tedium

Rise of the Wannabes: The Game Boy's Many Uninspired Knockoffs

How the success of the Game Boy inspired a wealth of rip-off consoles sold under a variety of bizarre corporate structures. This goes deeper than the Lynx.
Ernie Smith
11.7.17
all work and no play

Scientists Made a Huge Library of Atari Gameplay to Give AI a Power Up

Q*Bert and Ms. Pacman are featured, of course.
Jordan Pearson
6.4.17
Tedium

How Third-Party Game Devs Reverse-Engineered Their Way Onto Your Consoles (and Into Your Heart)

Third-party developers weren’t always quite so revered in the video game industry, but a pair of legal decisions helped them earn their place at the table.
Ernie Smith
3.18.17
Re-Exposure

Virtual Insanity: Atari’s Last-Ditch Attempt to Save the Jaguar

Mocked by the press and struggling to make headway, Atari fruitlessly tried to revive interest in the Jaguar with a 1995 virtual reality demo at E3. The vaporware was strong with this one.
Ernie Smith
2.3.17
history

From Bankruptcies to Backstabbing, the Story of Chuck E. Cheese Has It All

An Atari founder came up with the Chuck E. Cheese concept to promote Atari games, and it only got weirder from there.
Ernie Smith
1.5.17
short circuit

Here’s How An Old School Arcade Survives in the 21st Century

The Golden Age of the video arcade has come and gone, but one brave owner is bucking the digital trend.
Kevin Wong
9.9.16
Gaming

25 Video Game Cartridges, Ranked

From function to finesse, here are the greatest slabs of plastic that stored our video games.
Zack Kotzer
9.3.16
Gaming

Mechanical 'Pong' Takes the 'Video' Out of the Classic Video Game

A mechanical prototype gives the arcade throwback a tangible 21st century twist.
Madison Margolin
5.28.16
Gaming

Atari Is Really Trying Not to Screw Up the Next ‘RollerCoaster Tycoon’

It’s been a long road, but RollerCoaster Tycoon World finally looks good.
Emanuel Maiberg
2.29.16
videos

How Old-School Computer Graphics Overcame the Limited RAM of Early Machines

In this explainer, see how clever engineers jumped through hoops to provide you with glorious color.
Rachel Pick
8.19.15
video

Here’s a Very 90s Ad for the Camerica Freedom Stick

It didn’t really work any better than a TV remote.
Rachel Pick
7.29.15
Features

Passing the Arcade Torch

The problems with preserving arcade machines, and the new crop of hobbyists who can fix them.
Emanuel Maiberg
7.27.15
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