lightninglouie's Cultural History of Gaming Consoles

Recently lightninglouie posted a brief review of an old Atari 2600 game, Space Cavern. The conversation in the comments resulted in a comprehensive and incredibly well-versed history of gaming consoles that is worth reading. » 8/29/14 11:19am 8/29/14 11:19am

The Infamous Atari Landfill Dig Is Finally Happening

Come April 26, 2014, one of gaming's greatest mysteries will finally be solved. Or maybe it will just be get even more convoluted and confusing. In either case, that is the official date Microsoft just announced for when someone is finally going to break ground on the infamous New Mexico landfill that's allegedly… » 4/10/14 3:45pm 4/10/14 3:45pm

Someone's Going to Dig Up Atari's Infamous New Mexico Landfill

Alamogordo's city council has granted an excavation permit for the infamous landfill said to hold thousands of copies of E.T. and Pac-Man for the Atari 2600—two titles blamed for the mid-1980s crash of console gaming—and yes, the permit-holder is digging out the site specifically to find those games' remains. » 6/02/13 1:23pm 6/02/13 1:23pm

Atari illustrations predicted Wikipedia in 1982

In 1982, Atari Alan Kay collaborated with Bob Stein, who had consulted on the Encyclopedia Britannica, to develop concepts for an "Intelligent Encyclopedia." They then commissioned Disney illustrator Glenn Keane to illustrate their ideas. Despite being 30 years old, these images were remarkably prescient as to how… » 4/14/12 1:30pm 4/14/12 1:30pm

Atari Founder Writes Science Fiction Book, Opens New Horizons Of Money…

Did you know that the same guy founded Atari (in 1972) and the pizza/video-game chain Chuck E. Cheese? Nolan Bushnell was ousted from both companies right before they hit the big time. And now he's writing a science-fiction novel. » 9/18/09 7:30am 9/18/09 7:30am

Futuristic 1980s Family Wins Sweepstakes Due to Rigorous Toilet-Cleaning

“From a better world” comes a happy, shiny, space-age jumpsuit-wearing family showing off their new Atari computer and video games, won because mom used the right stuff to clean up after them. Once again, Future Mom is stuck doing the dirty work. Screw the jetpack, what good is the future without a toilet-cleaning… » 8/05/08 1:07pm 8/05/08 1:07pm