Iconic Atari turns 40, tries to stay relevant

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posted on Jul, 1 2012 @ 11:34 AM
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Iconic Atari turns 40, tries to stay relevant

Relevant,, lol,,

Steve Jobs worked at Atari
"Pong,"
"Centipede,"
"Call of Duty" creator Activision was started by four of Atari's


"The Atari 2600, launched in 1977,"

ahh yes i remember it well,,their was a game back then,, it used the "microsoft Starfield Generater,
with space warp , where u inputed the lat/long Co-oridinates,,and then mostly blew other ships up,,while maintaining, shields etc,,
for your space craft,,
anyone remember its name?
lol i don't ! lol,
great game though.

1977,,,was awe some




posted on Jul, 1 2012 @ 11:42 AM
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Would that be Star Raiders? Great game for the time. And yes I remember playing Pong when it came out. Lame by today's standards but we had a ball.



posted on Jul, 1 2012 @ 11:45 AM
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BINGO!
LOL,i would love too play that again,, lol
was so 4D in its design and thinking,,mixed with today's AI,,
cool

p.s i see this is not listed on recent posts page??,,wrong Forum?



posted on Jul, 1 2012 @ 11:46 AM
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Star Raiders was criticized at the time for violent gameplay!!!!!!!

lol,,kills me lol.

Star Raiders' sounds of engines, shots, explosions, alarms, etc. are synthesized directly using the Atari POKEY sound chip's capabilities. Author Doug Neubauer was involved in the design of POKEY.

The entire game, code and data, fits into 8K (8192 bytes) of ROM, and requires only 8K of RAM for its working data and display visuals; thus it can run on any Atari 8-bit computer.


ok,, no more,,
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posted on Jul, 1 2012 @ 12:06 PM
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Atari will always be relevant and fun to play.



posted on Jul, 1 2012 @ 12:12 PM
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Burger Time, one of the all time greatest games in my book.
Atari will never die!



posted on Jul, 1 2012 @ 12:16 PM
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I'd forgotten that one. You had to build a burger using patties, pickles, buns, etc, right? That was fun. States and Capitals was also good for a short time. Once you got it down though, not so much.

ETA: Found a site with all the games on it:

en.wikipedia.org...

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posted on Jul, 1 2012 @ 12:40 PM
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I've still got an Atari 520ST modded for an extra 520k of ram.
Also still got an Atari 4800.

Both still work.

My fav early computer was the ZX81. Learnt to program on it, had to coz there was sod all else to do with it



posted on Jul, 1 2012 @ 12:56 PM
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how come not seeing this thread on regular page?? can u move it or something?



posted on Jul, 1 2012 @ 12:59 PM
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I don't know the criteria for what makes the page but I moved this to Video Games. Appropriate forum.



posted on Jul, 2 2012 @ 07:59 AM
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Atari doesn't even exist anymore, it's just a brand name, that after the originaly company basically died in 1996 is thrown around between other companies. First it was a brand at JTS inc. who then sold the name to Hasbro who then sold it to Infogrames.
And that's what Atari is today: Infogrames. It has absolutely nothing to do with the original company that Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney started in 1972.


Originally posted by GmoS719
Atari will always be relevant and fun to play.


And Atari was only relevant until 1983. Once that idiot Jack Tramiel came in, Atari started to die a painful slow death. Except for the Atari ST nothing good came from that company.



posted on Jul, 10 2012 @ 04:09 PM
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I still play Adventure from time to time on my Atari joystick.

It's an Atari joystick with RCA leads that you plug into the TV. It contains 10 games, one of which is Adventure.


If you haven't seen this puppy, get it. It's nostalgia city!


www.amazon.com...



posted on Jul, 10 2012 @ 04:23 PM
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Man I loved me some Atari. The joystick creaking as you fought off the urge to throw it through the wall when you lost the 5th game of pong in a row.


Memories...



posted on Jul, 10 2012 @ 04:24 PM
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Originally posted by spinalremain
I still play Adventure from time to time on my Atari joystick.

It's an Atari joystick with RCA leads that you plug into the TV. It contains 10 games, one of which is Adventure.


If you haven't seen this puppy, get it. It's nostalgia city!


www.amazon.com...


I am sooo going to order something off this page before the sun sets!



posted on Jul, 10 2012 @ 09:42 PM
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I still have an Atari 7800, stored in a box,in my basement along
with several games.I wrapped the console in plastic before placing
it in the box.One of these days I would like to take it out and see if
it still works.
My favorite games:River Raid,Pole Position,Dark Chambers,Centipede,
Robotron,Space Invaders...ahh,those were the days.





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