Atari 2600 Archived News Items

17 November 2014Landfill games raise more than $37,000 !

The first auction of Atari games uncovered from their 30-year resting place in a New Mexico landfill has raised more than $37,000 (£23k).

The games were unearthed during this summer's archaeological dig at a dumping ground in Alamogordo, New Mexico, which for three decades had been the final resting place of thousands of unwanted Atari 2600 cartridges.

Most famous are the copies of the widely-panned ET: The Extra-Terrestrial - and it was these that fetched the most at auction.

The highest bid for a single item was for a boxed copy of ET, still in decent condition, which raised $1,537 (about £940).

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26 April 2014Dump search for buried Atari flop begins

Hidden for three decades in a landfill deep in the New Mexico desert lie thousands of Atari cartridges from what is widely believed to be the worst video game made - or so the urban legend goes.

A group of film-makers hopes to get to the bottom of the mystery today by digging up the concrete-covered site in search of up to a million discarded copies of ET The Extraterrestrial that the game's maker wanted to hide forever.

The game and its contribution to the demise of Atari have been the source of fascination for video game enthusiasts for 30 years and the search for the cartridges will be featured in an upcoming documentary about the biggest video game company of the early 1980s.

"Bottom line, this is just trash. But there is a legend in it, we want to unlock that legend, that mystery," said a spokeswoman for the public relations firm working on behalf of Xbox Entertainment Studios, one of the companies developing the film. The documentary is expected to be released later this year on Microsoft's Xbox game consoles.

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26 April 2014E.T. cartridges found in infamous Atari landfill

Evidently, Atari did bury its biggest mistake in the New Mexico desert.

Excavators have found copies of the 1982 Atari 2600 cartridge E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial — a notorious flop blamed for console gaming's collapse a year later — in a dig at an Alamagordo, N.M. landfill on Saturday.

The highly publicized dig, which will be the subject of an upcoming documentary, appears to confirm the story that Atari dumped thousands of unsold E.T. cartridges at the site more than 30 years ago.

Polygon's Matt Leone, on the scene, says at least one E.T. package has been found "complete with inserts. They say there are lots more games down there."

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25 April 2014Home Computer Show - 2014

The Home Computer Show, sponsored by Rewind Games, is a show for retro computer users. You can visit the show or present your own computers at the show.

The activities include:
* hardware and software demonstrations
* presentations
* game competitions
* market for buying, selling or trading

The show will be held in Hilversum, the Netherlands on 17th May 2014. Opening times are from 9am - 5pm for exhibitors and 10am-5pm for the general public. Currently participants include the Atari Preservation Project, Atari User, hcc Commodore (the largest Commodore club in The Netherlands), Awesome Retro, and Mr. Atari (creator of the MyIDE device).

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11 April 2014Buried 80s Atari E.T. Games to be Unearthed

It was the Steven Spielberg film that became one of the most iconic movies of all time, but the video game “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” is considered to be Atari’s worst-selling ever.

The Alamogordo Landfill in New Mexico is believed to have millions of unsold cartridges of the game — one of the biggest flops in video game history — buried over 31 years ago deep beneath its surface, after Atari couldn't sell the millions of cartridges it manufactured. On 26th April 2014, a team film makers and garbage contractors will dig them up — and the public is invited to watch!

The excavation of the Atari 2600 game, released in 1982, is part of a Fuel Entertainment and Xbox Entertainment Studios collaborative documentary directed by Zak Penn, who directed “The Avengers” and “X-Men 2.”

“Other than garbage and the truth, I have no idea what we’ll find. I think that’s what’s exciting, we won’t know exactly what’s down there until they start digging. Alamogordo, April 26, be there to find out the truth,” Penn said.

09 September 2013Sonic the Hedgehog for the Atari 2600

Blue streak… speeds by… it’s Sonic the Hedgehog, for the Atari 2600. Where did it surface from? Was it hidden all these years in some basement at Sega Headquarters? Or is it a pirated game, made years after the Atari 2600′s demise?

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12 November 2012AtGames to Launch Atari Flashback® 4 to Celebrate Atari's 40th Anniversary!

In the Flashback 4, timeless Atari titles such as Asteroids®, Missile Command®, Centipede®, as well as other video classics such as Space Invaders and Jungle Hunt plus 70 other games promise to give hours of the purest video gaming entertainment for the whole family. Read the full article here ...

30 August 2012Atari Arcade Brings Classic Games Online for Free

Now you can experience the fun and nostalgia of some of your favourite classic Atari games online for free in a whole new way. Microsoft and Atari this morning launched the Atari Arcade, where you can play eight classic Atari games, including Asteroids, Centipede, Combat, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Yars Revenge, Pong, and Super Breakout. All the games have been completely remade in HTML5 and boast touch support as well as multi-player capabilities, letting you challenge your friends online. Though the Arcade is launching with eight games, Atari is striving to add additional titles from its library over time. The Arcade will work on any device with any modern browser, though Microsoft says it works best on Internet Explorer 10 with Windows 8 touch devices. All the current games are free to play, but if you visit with a browser other than Internet Explorer you'll see advertisements. While playing, the Arcade detects your device's power and adjusts between 3D and 2D elements and in-game performance, switching from 60 frames per second down to 30. "If you run it on 17-inch screen or 7-inch screen you get a great experience, and the same code works on both," Ryan Gavin, general manager of Internet Explorer, told PCMag.com. The website for Atari Arcade is at http://arcade.atari.com