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Goodwill sells insanely rare Atari game for thousands at auction

Goodwill sells insanely rare Atari game for thousands at auction

The Atari may not be as popular as Nintendo's classic consoles, but it still has an important place in retro game collecting. One of the rarest Atari 2600 games is distinguished by its T-shaped case and it was recently spotted in a box of donated items at Goodwill in Texas. As with other valuable donated items, the game was put up for auction on Goodwill's website where it raked in thousands of dollars.

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Atari VCS console is finally coming to retail stores this month

Atari VCS console is finally coming to retail stores this month

Crowdfunded projects have come and gone and many that have lasted years never delivered. Given those factors, it's almost a surprise that the Atari VCS hybrid PC console even launched at all. Yet here we are, almost four years after it first debuted as the AtariBox, the Atari VCS is finally launching in stores. Its commercial success, however, still hangs in the balance and in the hands of those who can figure out what the device is really for.

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Atari VCS gets a browser surprise ahead of launch

Atari VCS gets a browser surprise ahead of launch

Atari is currently shipping out the very first VCS consoles to those who backed the system on indiegogo, and when those backers get their units, it'll come packing a surprise: Google Chrome. Atari announced today that Chrome is the official built-in browser of the VCS. While it's somewhat rare to see consoles supporting a third-party browser like Chrome natively, it makes sense for the VCS as Atari envisions it as a console/PC hybrid.

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PONG re-released for your boomer parent Christmas

PONG re-released for your boomer parent Christmas

Today the folks at Atari re-released the original game PONG as a stand-alone gaming experience. Just like the original PONG, this unit includes two controllers and just ONE game. Instead of requiring a television set to show video, this "Atari Mini PONG Jr." is its own all-in-one system, including a 7.9-inch LCD panel for gameplay.

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Atari VCS is finally ready to ship to backers anytime now

Atari VCS is finally ready to ship to backers anytime now

Crowdfunding has helped many dreams come true but also dashed many hopes. Pretty much like investors, backers took not just the financial but also the emotional risks of supporting projects in the hopes of seeing them come to fruition. For some time, it almost seemed like the Atari VCS would be one of those that remained as footnotes in history but the team behind the console revival is proud to announce that it shouldn't be long before backers finally get their rewards.

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Atari VCS console will offer Plex movie streaming under new partnership

Atari VCS console will offer Plex movie streaming under new partnership

The upcoming -- and frequently delayed -- Atari VCS, a console that can be thought of as something like a 'remastered' Atari 2600, will offer streaming video through Plex, the company has announced. The app will be offered as part of the Atari VCS media apps under a new partnership between the two companies, giving users access to free ad-supported movies and TV shows.

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Atari VCS console has a new and hopefully final launch date

Atari VCS console has a new and hopefully final launch date

Atari's recreation of its 80s home console is unique in many ways. It isn't a miniature version, for one, and it is also terribly late. In fact, it proudly celebrated the second anniversary of its Indiegogo crowdfunding last May. After setbacks, delays, drama, and even more delays, the Atari VCS may finally be ready to launch in the last quarter of the year, just in time for the gaming holidays.

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Atari VCS shipments may begin this summer

Atari VCS shipments may begin this summer

It's been a long road, but it looks like Atari is nearly ready to ship out the first Atari VCS units. The VCS was first revealed a couple of years ago as something of a jack-of-all-trades; a console that seemed to tap into the nostalgia-fueled success of the NES Classic and the Sega Genesis Mini, but one that could still play more modern games at the same time. After all these years, the Atari VCS still feels a bit mysterious, but that veil should be finally pulled back entirely next month.

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PONG Quest is the Atari Pong RPG no one ever asked for nor wanted

PONG Quest is the Atari Pong RPG no one ever asked for nor wanted

As the first computer game to grace human history, Pong has a special place in the minds and hearts of gamers and game developers alike. As a game itself, however, some might find the crude digital version of table tennis to be dreadfully boring. We live in an age of nostalgic comebacks, remasters, and mashups so it's not exactly shocking that Atari is giving the granddaddy of computer games a refresh. It is, however, puzzling that it decided to turn the paddle and ball game into an RPG instead.

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Atari Hotels will put the gaming brand’s legacy to the test

Atari Hotels will put the gaming brand’s legacy to the test

Some people still speak fondly of Atari today, at least those old enough to remember the gaming company's glorious past. The name, however, holds little meaning to the current generation, especially after the icon has been involved in not a few controversial news of late. It seems that Atari is desperate to keep its name from becoming just a footnote in gaming history, desperate enough to strike a deal that will put its name on a chain of hotels in the US.

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Atari is building video game-themed hotels because why not?

Atari is building video game-themed hotels because why not?

While much of the attention Atari has received lately is down to the upcoming Atari VCS, it hasn't always been that way. Before the VCS was announced, Atari kept its business in the public eye by announcing some strange products. Some of those include its own cryptocurrency and even a hat with built-in speakers.

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Atari VCS backers won’t get their consoles on time

Atari VCS backers won’t get their consoles on time

We're quickly approaching the advertised release date for the Atari VCS, but Indiegogo backers will have to wait a bit longer than anticipated for their consoles. While the Atari VCS is set to go on sale to the general public in March 2020, Indiegogo backers were scheduled to get their at some point before the end of 2019. Now Atari VCS Chief Operating Officer Michael Artz is saying that's not going to happen.

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