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Atari Games Delivered From Landfill to eBay

Asking prices for the excavated games are as high as $600

(Newser) - It may be widely considered the worst video game ever made —so bad it's tied to the eventual demise of Atari—but still, not everybody owns "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial," especially a copy straight from the famous "Atari Dump" with a property tag, certificate of... More »

NM City to Divvy Up Unearthed Atari Games

Including the 'worst game ever' found at landfill

(Newser) - Officials in southeastern New Mexico began work on a plan this week to divide a cache of Atari video games dug up from an old landfill last month. Joe Lewandowski, a consultant for the film companies that documented the dig, issued a draft of a distribution plan to Alamogordo city... More »

Landfill Dig Finds Hundreds of Copies of 'Worst Game Ever'

Crews reveal truth behind legend

(Newser) - Gaming lore holds that huge quantities of the supposed worst video game of all time—Atari's ET—were buried in a New Mexico landfill . Turns out, those who believed the story were right. In a dig in the southeastern city of Alamogordo, crews found hundreds of copies of the... More »

Landfill Search for 'Worst Video Game Ever' Halted

Atari's ET will continue to slumber untouched for now

(Newser) - Truckloads of Atari's 1983 ET game—often listed as the worst video game in history—are believed to be entombed in a New Mexico landfill , and it doesn't look like they'll be unearthed any time soon. The New Mexico Environment Department has nixed a film production company'... More »

Crew to Dig Up Tomb of Worst Video Game Ever

Vast trove of ET Atari games supposedly buried in landfill

(Newser) - ET left an indelible mark on video game history—as the protagonist of its worst game ever. The game was so terrible that some say it nearly destroyed the industry, which was in big trouble in 1983, the year after the launch of ET for the Atari 2600. Millions of... More »

Philly Skyscraper Hosts ... Giant Game of Pong

Science stunt helps kick off Tech Week

(Newser) - If anyone in downtown Philadelphia last night was wondering about that strangely familiar pattern of lights on the Cira Center, the AP has the answer: They were epic games of the classic Atari game Pong. The games played out via LED lights on the facade of the 29-story skyscraper, with... More »

Atari Files for Bankruptcy in US

In an effort to free itself from its French parent company

(Newser) - Atari is going bankrupt, but don't worry: It has an extra life. Or at least, that's what Atari Inc., the New York-based part of the legendary video game company, is hoping. It has declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in an effort to free itself of its French parent company... More »

Game, Aykroyd Bring Ghostbusters Back From Dead

(Newser) - Dan Aykroyd has been trying to get the Ghostbusters to cross streams again for 15 years, and now it’s finally happening—in video-game form. Unlike most movie tie-in games, Ghostbusters isn’t an afterthought—Atari’s giving it blockbuster treatment, complete with voices from Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and... More »

Why Game Boy, at 20, Still Rules

(Newser) - Nintendo's Game Boy portable gaming system has been around for 20 years today, and even has a spiritual successor in the DS. Benj Edwards takes a look at why the franchise is a lasting one on Ars Technica.
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British Game Companies Target 25K Downloaders

Alleged pirates told to pay $550 or face court

(Newser) - A group of five of the world’s top computer-game makers are getting tough on illegal downloaders, the Times of London reports, demanding settlements of about $555 from 25,000 people across Britain. Those who refuse to settle will be taken to court, the companies—Atari, Topware Interactive, Reality Pump,... More »

Atari 2600 Enters Hall of Fame

Console changed the face of video games says Salon

(Newser) - One of Gen X's most notable toys received 21st-century kudos on Thursday, when the Atari 2600 was inducted into the National Toy Hall of fame. The Atari console's initial library of 9 titles changed the face of video games, says Salon's Machinist columnist Farhad Manjoo. "There'd be no 'Halo... More »

'Pong' Inventor Muses on Gaming

(Newser) - Nolan Bushnell, often called the father of electronic games, is still masterminding new ways  to mix technology and entertainment, Electronic Design reports. Fusing his experiences as the inventor of Pong and founder of both Atari and Chuck E. Cheese restaurants, Bushnell has created uWink, a family restaurant where the tables... More »

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