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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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Atari VCS gaming PC in question after key architect quits

Atari VCS gaming PC in question after key architect quits

Crowdfunding has given rise to dreamers, scammers, and everything in between. It has become an almost level playing field where even big companies may fail to deliver on promises or even make them a reality. It may be too early to judge the already delayed Atari VCS "retro" gaming PC "console" but it seems that it is getting dragged into controversy yet again after the departure of the still-unfinished product's designer.

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Atari VCS will have a retro game subscription service

Atari VCS will have a retro game subscription service

Back when Atari first revealed the VCS, the company said it would be a platform for both modern and retro games. It turns out that it wasn't kidding about the console's retro gaming chops, today announcing that it's partnered with Antstream Arcade to supply the VCS with "thousands of retro games." Antstream will do so by offering its retro gaming subscription service on the console.

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Here’s how Atari VCS will run PC games

Here’s how Atari VCS will run PC games

As far as the Atari VCS is concerned, the biggest news to come out of E3 2019 was the launch of pre-orders for the machine. The console is still quite some time off - it isn't anticipated to begin shipping until sometime in March 2020 - but today, perhaps to tempt out some pre-orders from those who may be on the fence, Atari dished some more details on the console.

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Atari VCS preorders open today with exclusive finishes and bundles

Atari VCS preorders open today with exclusive finishes and bundles

The much-anticipated Atari VCS is finally up for order, though don't expect to get your retro console any time soon. Having raised more than $3 million back in 2018 through a crowdfunding campaign, and with backers apparently on-track to get their consoles by the end of the year, the Atari VCS is now headed to retailers for preorder.

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Atari VCS Classic Joystick blends the old with the new

Atari VCS Classic Joystick blends the old with the new

It's full steam ahead for the PC-based retro revival that is the Atari VCS, presuming there will no longer be any delays that push it back further than its new late 2019 target. But while Atari has talked a lot about what the console itself will be like, it has been curiously silent on the controllers it revealed in its crowdfunding campaign. It's ready to break that silence now that it's nearing production of the Classic Joystick and the Modern Controller and Atari 2600 fans might be in for a treat.

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Tesla will soon let you play Super Breakout in your car

Tesla will soon let you play Super Breakout in your car

You shouldn't be using your smartphone while driving and you most definitely shouldn't be playing games while your hands are on the wheel. But what if you're just sitting there, parked and waiting for someone? Rather than do something stressful, like being productive, Tesla is offering the next best thing: playing old-school Atari games on your electric car's dashboard, using that steering wheel as a giant controller.

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Atari VCS gaming PC console gets a design overhaul

Atari VCS gaming PC console gets a design overhaul

Dream come true or early April Fools? Probably neither or both, depending on who you ask. Atari has just announced what is tantamount to a deign and construction overhaul for its already delayed Atari VCS crowdfunded console. Noticeably missing from the announcement, however, is any mention of a delay for the launch of that console that supposed to come out last year. Hopefully, that means there won't be any, at least not from this redesign.

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Atari VCS console switches to AMD Ryzen, delayed to end of 2019

Atari VCS console switches to AMD Ryzen, delayed to end of 2019

Before Bitcoin was making headlines, the most revolutionary thing to happen in our modern world was crowdfunding. It made dreams possible but also robbed some not only of their aspirations but also of their money. Some crowdfunded projects, however, do seem to carry on and on and on, almost forever. One of those might be Atari's VCS gaming console which is being delayed to by a few months to provide what Atari promises to be a significant upgrade to the PC gaming console.

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