For all of the hullabaloo its generated with its tiny consoles, Nintendo didn't invent retro gaming consoles. Not by a mile. When it released the NES Classic late last year, Nintendo wasn't creating a new field of consoles fuelled by nostalgia and the fat wallets of ageing Gen Xers. Rather, Nintendo was reinventing the retro console, which has long existed as a series of crummy knock-offs. AT Games was one of the purveyors of those crummy consoles — churning out Sega Genesis and Atari 2600 clones that cost next to nothing and often times felt like they played even less.
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About a week ago, a mysterious website appeared that offered a glimpse of what appeared to be a new console by Atari. The site offered nothing more than a short video and appears to have been made with a free website builder. On Friday, Atari's CEO confirmed that the company is indeed building a new console but he didn't explain why anyone should care.
When it first appeared in 1984, Montezuma's Revenge was considered one of the most challenging video games to appear on a gaming console. Now, in an effort to help machines learn more efficiently, AI researchers have created an algorithm that actually motivates the hero of this classic video game in some very important ways — and it's surprisingly effective.
If there ever was a strong case for a false advertising lawsuit, it would involve the box art that accompanied the countless video games released in the '80s. Rarely did the artwork match the visuals in the actual game, but instead of taking companies like Atari to court, artist Dan Polydoris has turned the characters on the boxes into actual action figures.
Since Google acquired the artificial intelligence company DeepMind for $US628 million last year, it's put the software to hard work... playing Atari 2600 video games. Really. It's learning how to play 49 different Atari games showcases the promises — and the weaknesses — of DeepMind's software.
Image Cache: This picture represents over 30 years of progress in video game graphics. And my, how far we've come. On one side, we have Indiana Jones in the video game version of Raiders of the Lost Ark on the Atari 2600. On the other side, we have Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4 on the PS4. We'll let you guess which side is which.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.