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Atari Arcade Games Inspired The Original Apple Mouse

It’s hard to say if the Macintosh would have been so successful if it hadn’t had such a revolutionary interface — namely, the mouse. While Apple didn’t invent the mouse, it did commission the now legendary engineer Jim Yurchenco to make it viable. And he looked to Steve Jobs’ former employer for inspiration.


Does Digital Media Make Physical Artifacts Obsolete?

Today, diggers unearthed a cache of Atari 2600 game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. Game aficionados have told the urban legend around the buried games for decades. Now I’m wondering: in a world of digital-only media, will this sort of discovery cease to exist? What do you think?


Game Cartridges Found Intact At E.T. Atari Dig

Briefly: They exist! Excavators have found intact examples of the Atari 2600 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial video game, complete with cartridge, packaging, and inserts, and the folks at the dig say there are lots more to be unearthed.


A History Of Video Games In Commercials

It’s terrifying how long video games have actually existed. Utterly terrifying. Even more terrifying (and hilarious) are the commercials used to sell video games. Just for fun I decided to trail back through history to unearth almost a commercial for almost every single home console ever released. From the Magnavox Odyssey to the PlayStation 4 and everything inbetween: this is the history of video games in commercial form. Enjoy!


You Could Accidentally Swallow The World's Smallest Atari

Forget your old Game Boy, Game Gear, or even your smartphone; when it comes to compact gaming hardware, Adam from SheekGeek’s got everyone beat. Using the tiny display from an old Sony viewfinder and an all-in-one Atari joystick, he created what is easily the world’s smallest game console, putting even a Tamagotchi to shame.


Classic Controller Ornaments Will 1-Up Your Christmas Spirit

Your Christmas tree says as much about you as it does your love for the holidays. So this year why not skip the traditional ornaments like glass bulbs and shiny stars and go for something that will bring real character to your tree? If you’ve been a gamer for as long as you can remember, ThinkGeek’s got a $US20 set of classic controller ornaments that pays tribute to the game consoles you probably received as gifts during Christmases gone by.


Atari Files For Bankruptcy Protection

The Los Angeles Times is reporting today that Atari is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, which could see the retro computer game company live on.


LunchTimeWaster: Pong

Ah Pong. The father of games, the granddaddy of them all. Where it all began, the start of something special, the birth of video games as we know them — please stop me if you’re getting bored — the game that started a revolution, the one where… alright, I’ve ran out of clichés. It’s Pong. One of the first games ever made. And now you can play it at the new Atari Arcade from within your browser — complete with HTML5, multi-touch and multiplayer support in Internet Explorer 10. It also works great in Internet Explorer 9 on a Windows 7 PC, or any other modern browser.


LunchTimeWaster: Super Breakout

The original Breakout may actually rank as one of the most cloned games ever made. Super Breakout is not a clone, it’s a proper sequel, and it’s so good that you’ll find brand new games created today that follow its timeless template. Now you can play it at the new Atari Arcade from within your browser — complete with HTML5 and multi-touch support in Internet Explorer 10. It also works great in Internet Explorer 9 on a Windows 7 PC, or any other modern browser.


LunchTimeWaster: Combat

Combat was actually one of the nine launch titles for the Atari 2600 when it arrived all the way back in 1977, so it’s only fitting that it made the cut for our LunchtimeWaster Atari series. Combat was an insanely varied game for its time, boasting 27 games in one. Now you can play it at the new Atari Arcade from within your browser — complete with HTML5, multi-touch and multiplayer support in Internet Explorer 10. It also works great in Internet Explorer 9 on a Windows 7 PC, or any other modern browser.


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