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We strive to create quality, original retro gaming content with ties to our favorite games of yesteryear as well as modern gaming. Retro gaming is as vibrant as ever and nostalgia is at epic levels! Take a look at the retro gaming oddities we've jumped on in 2017!

August 2017 Retro Gaming Articles:

August 5, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Summer vacation part 2 is about to commence!

Taking some time off to tour the beaches, arcades, mini golf, and water parks of our local area. Enjoy the rest of the Summer!
Every time we take time off to explore our surroundings, my son and I find new things we hadn't discovered before. From the gigantic Pac-Man and Space Invaders Frenzy to 4-player Air Hockey, there are a lot of cool things out there.

As always, I try to expose my son to retro gaming. From Joust at the local arcade to some great releases from Limited Run Games for the PS4, every platform has some retro goodness to it! If your kid is hooked on Xbox, show them the wonders of Yar's revenge and Pac-Man! You may be surprised at how much the get into those old retro games we adore!
August 4, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

30 years after Def Leppard released Hysteria, I realized I'd never bought it

I debated buying the remastered Hysteria CD by Def Leppard until I scanned my collection and discovered I'd never bought a copy!
I wrote a similar article when I found a copy of Pyromania at Best Buy and discovered I'd omitted that one too. My CD collection has been in disarray for the last decade. I'm finally organizing it, which is a daunting process, but I'm discovering great music I'd forgotten about and finding holes that need filling.

So, I discovered last night, I'd never bought a copy of Hysteria. Fortunately, it's 30th anniversary was today and a remastered version hit retail shelves. AS I get my music collection in order, I'm sure I'll discover more items I need. It really says something about a band when I'm certain I owned all their CDs only to discover I don't. Def Leppard's music had such a powerful effect on me, I was certain I must have bought those discs. Glad to be finally catching up and revisiting these great albums!

The Goofy Foot NES controller
August 1, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

If your right-thumb is itching for an NES D-pad, the Goofy Foot controller is for you

The Goofy Foot NES controller
It's not about being left-handed or rolling right-foot-forward on your board. The Goofy Foot controller is for those looking up boost their skills & scores.
The Goofy Foot controller for the NES is a reversal of the standard control layout - it's backwards, in a good way. This isn't a controller for everyone. It's designed for those who have felt their right-thumb was better suited to guiding their gaming via the D-pad. Traditionally, this has been a left-thumb duty, but who says that's the only way to play? Not Steve DeLuca!

Creator of the Goofy Foot NES controller, Steve DeLuca, offers this labor of love to those seeking an alternate way to play NES video games. If you've ever thought you may have more control skills in your right hand... check out this slick controller. Currently fully-funded, the Goofy Foot controller Kickstarter, page outlines what may be the most unique accessory you've ever tried.

This is a really cool project and you can back it for varying levels of "kits" or a complete ready-to-play controller. It even has an open design with an accessible board that includes additional power and grounds to accommodate your own mods like custom LEDs. Check it out and see if this is something you want to back and be a part of.

July 2017 Retro Gaming Articles:

July 31, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Play Brew releases their “Arcade '86” craft beer inspired by classic video games

Play Brew Company's Arcade 86 beer series
Bringing you craft beer with a nostalgic twist, born from influential culture of the 80's & 90's.
It's cool to see a craft beer company making a connection between their passion for beer and video games. Check out the Play Brew Co website for more info and to see if it's available in your area.

Play Brew Company's “Arcade '86” Death Wish beer

Play Brew Company's Death Wish beer

Play Brew Company's “Arcade '86” Twin Turbo beer

Play Brew Company's Twin Turbo beer

Play Brew Company's “Arcade '86” Quick Strike beer

Play Brew Company's Quick Strike beer
July 30, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Radio Shack never had to label these adapters for Atari compatibility, the way Amazon does

Amazon decribes this RF adapter for Atari 2600 use
I bought many of these adapters over the years for my Atari 2600, and now Amazon labels them for our dumbed-down world.
The RF switch-boxes sold with most video game consoles in the early days were designed for the old 300 Ohm connections on the rear of most TV sets. As times modernized, those switch-boxes would have an F-connector for the coaxial connection on the set.

I never liked these boxes as they tended to be finicky and often needed some TLC (or a good smack) to deliver a proper picture. As a kid I dealt with the inconvenience of these magical little boxes. Once I moved into the big cruel world and had to fend for myself, I knew there had to be a better solution. Radio Shack to the rescue. It was easy to find an RCA-to-75Ohm adapter that would link my Atari 2600's output cable to the F-connector on the back of the TV.

I loved this solution and bought many of these little over the decades. I even bought a few more as the Radio Shack franchise faded away. I was certain they were readily available from any number of sources, but it felt good to buy them at The Shack.

During a random Amazon search, this favored product appeared with an "Atari 2600" description. I'd bought these for my 2600, but never saw it described for this purpose! It's a changing (and dumbed-down) world we live in today.
July 29, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Amazon's Treasure Truck was doling out NES Classic Edition consoles for $60 in select cities

Amazon's Treasure Truck was doling out NES Classic Edition consoles
Were there any retailers out there NOT hoarding these popular Nintendo Mini Consoles for future gains?
I'd never heard of Amazon's Treasure Truck. At first glance I'm not sure what to make of it. It's design makes me think several rickety carnival rides are about to be assembled in a vacant parking lot. Would you see this vehicle and expect a deal from Amazon?

If you were savvy to this mobile deal-wagon from Amazon (operating in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Seattle) and were lucky enough to have one cruising your town today (how likely is any of this?) you could have purchased an NES Classic Edition console for $60. Not a bad deal if you happened upon this opportunity. As much as I like the cool-factor of giving gamers another chance to obtain one, I can't help but remember the long lines for 3 or 4 consoles and the way Amazon sold out each wave in minutes.

WalMart pulled a similar sell-a-thon after one of last Fall's deliveries had sold out - suddenly Walmart had them. Clearly stores were putting some inventory aside for a rainy day.... or some occasion. While these cherished units still sell on eBay for well over $100, it's odd to find retailers still able to sell them at MSRP.

We've already had Walmart canceling orders for the upcoming SNES Mini Console due out this Fall. These mini mini consoles are duper awesome... if you can get one. I'm looking forward to trying my luck this Fall. It's the ultimate Nintendo Challenge!
July 29, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Unimpressed with 3D, I opted for the 2DS slab-model and now love the 2DS XL

Nintendo 2DS XL
The new design of the 2DS XL is wonderfully similar to the New 3DS without the 3D capability.
I"m sure the pricing wouldn't have been inline with what we have come to expect, but I wish this new 2DS had originally launched as a 3DS Lite. It's a great handheld console complete with the C-stick, larger screens, and amiibo support!

Dislike 3D? Dive into the 3DS game library with the 2DS XL!
I've said this in several prior posts - I ried to like the 3D effect, but found it disruptive and not a facet that really enhanced my enjoyment of games. I bought the initial 2DS for cost savings and to dive into the 3DS game library, which is full of great titles both physical and via the eShop.

I purchased the slab-model of 2DS when it was $80, so the $150 price tag of the 2DS X may seem high. I also feel this 2DS really has a lot more to offer and is still $50 less than the 3DS Xl. I'm hoping this will give new life to Nintendo's handheld console business... I'm secretly addicted to StreetPass!

While the Switch certainly has portable capabilities, I can't treat it the same without StreetPass or it's cost. I bring my 2DS everywhere, but the Switch stays home for the most part out of fear of dropping it. My 2DS is outfitted with a nerf case that's quite robust when it comes to tumbles.

If you haven't had a Nintendo handheld for a while, this may be a great fit for you to enjoy the 3DS game library!
July 28, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

I've always said: all game consoles should have a version of Namco Museum!

Namco Museum for Nintendo Switch
I've played Namco Museum on six different consoles, then this amazing compilation title faded away... until today on Switch!
I was excited for Sony's PlayStation back in 1995. The notion of a disc-based console - my first - seemed to open gaming to great new possibilities. And it did that and more, for me!

Dig Dug - Namco Museum for Nintendo Switch Despite the amazing new kinds of games coming to market, I discovered compilation games. Shiny discs full of my favorite arcade games from Williams, Midway, Activision, Intellivision, Atari, and more. As a kid, I loved the arcade ports on my Atari 2600. Both Pac-Man and Defender suffered from flickering and glitches galore, but I played the Hell out of them - endlessly (still do).

The compilation games released for the PlayStation looked to me like perfect arcade ports. As much as I loved Atari 2600 arcade ports, I knew the arcade was the only place I could really play true versions of these gems. But the PlayStation was different. I didn't give up on visiting arcades - not by a longshot - but playing my favorite arcade games at home was truly special.

Sky Kid - Namco Museum for Nintendo Switch At the time, Namco Museum was the disc that occupied my PlayStation more than any other title. Coincidentally, it was one of the few compilation titles to expand and grow with the advancements in the gaming industry. With a core set of games, it returned time and time again in various incarnations as I bought new video game consoles.

My final version was for the Nintendo Wii. From there, my beloved Namco Museum faded away. It was a download on a few more consoles I didn't own, but the physical releases disappeared from my favorite game shops.

Physical releases of Namco Museum seem to be a thing of the past, but the game itself has been redesigned for Nintendo's Switch! I wish it was coming as a physical release, but it is only a digital download. Such an iconic retro title really should offer a physical copy, but in these new times, I can't complain too much.

OK< i'll complain just a bit. Sure, I'd love a physical copy, but it's the pricing that gets me. At $30 it seems a bit pricey for a digital download. Times are changing, so I guess mainstream games won't be discounted even though a digital copy costs less to produce and distribute. I do like the new titles coming to this version including Pac-Man VS. It's reminiscent of the early viersions with interesting additions.
Unique to the Switch tablet, games can be played in portrait-mode like many arcade originals!

Namco Museum For Switch - Game List

  1. Pac-Man
  2. Pac-Man VS
  3. Dig Dug
  4. Galaga
  5. Galaga '88
  6. Rolling Thunder
  7. Rolling Thunder 2
  8. Splatterhouse
  9. Sky Kid
  10. Tank Force
  11. Tower of Druaga

July 26, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

WalMart confirms they meant to cancel your SNES Classic Edition pre-order... and all the others

Walmart cancels all NES Classic Edition pre-orders
Walmart accidentally posts SNES Classic Edition pre-order web page too early, then purposely cancels everyone's orders.
Last Fall's NES Mini Console launch madness was characterized by poor planning and the strangest product rollout I've seen in a long time. Despite all the peculiarities and limited quantities, I managed to get an NES Mini Console and it's just as cute and fun as I'd anticipated.

If I learned anything last year, it would be to pro-order the SNES Classic Edition this year. Nope. And I'll tell you why.

I liked the thrill of the chase. It's part of collecting... as is disappointment. I waited on a few lines only to be denied, but that got me into a few interesting conversations that led to other discoveries. Attempting to get a mini console last year and the following months was a mini adventure.

So, to set me up for another Fall of standing on lines, Walmart has kicked off this season with widespread pre-order cancellations. Just the way I like it. I'm excited to get on line in September and see if I can score the upcoming SNES version!
July 25, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

After the dreadful dearth and cancellation, Think Geek NOW has thousands of NES Mini Consoles!?!

Think Geek NOW has thousands of NES Mini Consoles
GameStops in my area had 4 or 5 NES Classic Editions each time another delivery arrived. How does Think Geek have thousands?
I recently bought a Nintendo Switch at Best Buy. Prior to this feat of good fortune, I'd ask the GameStop clerk if they had any Switches... and each time he said, YES. Then he told me they were only available online as part of a $480 bundle of stuff I didn't want. I wanted a $299 Switch!

Not long ago, GameStop bought online retailer, Think Geek. This is why many GameStops are now cluttered with random geek goodies sprinkled throughout their stores. During the height of NES Classic Edition madness, stores in my area were getting 3 or 4 units per month - GameStop included. Hundreds lined up to discover they only had 4 NES Mini Consoles.

Three months after it's official cancelation by Nintendo, Think Geek has thousands of them for sale as part of bundles beginning at $139. I'm not a fan of such cash-grab tactics of bundling a bunch of stuff along with the coveted mini console. But the real story here is how can GameStop/Think Geek have thousands of NES Classic Edition consoles!?!

Fan boys are once again vying for ways to place an oder, but there seems to be little interest or outrage about "thousands of consoles". I'm seeing terms like "found", "discovered", "stumbled onto" and the like in online articles. Are they kidding? Where the Hell did these units come from? Apparently, GameStop is not releasing any details.

Wal Mart pulled a similar stunt of "suddenly having lots of stock" weeks after one of Nintendo's scheduled blights. It seemed logical to think they hoarded them in an effort to sell them later as an exclusive when everyone else's supply was long gone. Is this what GameStop has done? How could they have thousands? Strage things are afoot at the Circle K, my friends... that's for sure!

By the way - Yes, they all sold out very quickly.
July 25, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

The Dreamcade Replay runs Windows 10, with features not found in many retro gaming consoles

Dreamcade Replay
Anyone lamenting the dearth of NES Classic Editions is besieged by Raspberry Pi fanatics, but there are other gaming options.
8/1/17 Update:
The Dreamcade Replay Kickstarter campaign is back in business. The intellectual property dispute issue seems to have been resolved. Pay attention to the details of the campaign page regarding any changes to the campaign's original offering.

7/28/17 Update:
Yesterday we received an email notification from Dream Arcades stating they were contacted by a third-party law firm regarding the inclusion of Atari games (intellectual property dispute) with their Dreamcade Replay on Kickstarter. It sounded as though this is a glitch or misunderstanding based on the relationship they claim with Atari.

Today we received a similar email from Kickstarter's Integrity team confirming the legal issues and stating the Kickstarter campaign will be put on hold until the issue is resolved. This will account for the "disappearance" of the Dreamcade Replay info on Kickstarter. All claims infer this is a misunderstanding and should be resolved within days. That would be great, but legai issues can drag on for months if not years over total trivia. We hope to see this cool project move forward and deliver a kick-ass console, but now is the time to be mindful of what is going on that may impede the campaign's success.

While many gamers play ROMS, from Atari and Nintendo to Sega and Sony, on computers, smaller ROM-based game consoles are often built around single board computers (SBC). Raspberry Pi is one of the popular solutions to running multiple emulators for a wide variety of retro game consoles.

Dream Arcades have a more powerful solution for $99. It's small in size, based on Windows 10, and plays the games from nearly every console made in the 70s through the 90s. That's a lot of video games! Their Dreamcade Replay is already funded on Kickstarter, but still has a few weeks until it's conclusion - with additional stretch goals.

Dreamcade Replay For the price conscious retro gamer, a Raspberry Pi running RetroPi can offer a lot of variety when it comes to playing old console and arcade games. But some of the later commercial consoles can tax the power of these SBCs.

Some PS1 and N64 emulators can overwhelm Pi-based devices. Your home computer has the power to tackle this issue, but what about those of us who love consoles and playing together on the living room TV?

Dreamcade Replay, from Dream Arcades, runs on Windows 10, has twice the power of Pi-based consoles, and boasts a robust software solution for managing games, adding more games, and controller compatibility.

ROMs exist in a legal gray-area in some instances and many manufacturers tout thousands of games, but their products don't really make it easy to play this massive array of games that exist across the web. It's wort noting this console comes with over 100 pre-installed games (listed on their KS page) and a solid strategy for expanding it's game library via USB and online streaming.

Check out the Dreamcade Replay Kickstarter campaign for more detailed descriptions of this console's offerings. I like that it seems more robust than the Raspberry Pi solutions and offers many options outside of gaming by being a Win10 device. Naturally, it supports keyboards and mice. Pretty slick!

Dream Arcades has been building multi-game arcade machines since 2003, however, these aren't individual build-to-order cabs coming from a small shop. Having streamlined their products, their factory can build hundreds of arcades at a time in an assembly line. Having done this type of work suggests they know how to bring new products to market, unlike many Kickstarter folks. Give their campaign a look and see if this project matches your gaming cravings.

July 24, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Excited to share your SDCC comic book finds with friends... start with the TSA

Airlines force passengers to remove Comics from carry-on bags at TSA checkpoints
Satellites in space perform facial recognition, but TSA scanners are stumped by comic books. Remind me why travel is safer now.
Stories are emerging, on social media, from San Diego Comic Con attendees complaining of airport TSA agents demanding removal of all comic books from carry-on bags at the TSA checkpoints. Bizarre changes of this sort have been in the news, from banning laptops to removing books and magazines for inspection. Now comic books are the target.

Isn't this simply the latest failing of a system designed to pacify and make us believe these intrusive demands somehow make us safer? With all the technology they purport to install in airports, none of it seems to recognize common items. When I see how far technology is growing and progressing, airport scanners yield similar results to TSA agents poking bags with a stick.

Not long ago, my son's bag was pulled by the TSA for additional inspection because his Nintendo 2DS was in his bag. I'm sure many handheld consoles go through these scanners every hour, how can this set off alarms, when the inspection of the questionable device doesn't even involve turning it on. The agent looked at it and let us go. Say, how much did that scanning device cost to install? And it's flagging of a bag results in a casual glance. How does the TSA define safety?

When I was a kid, air travel was a luxury and fun. My family didn't travel often, but when we did, it was an organized affair. The utter chaos that riddles airlines and travel these days is insane. TSA employees glancing at comics and electronic devices has no real effect on airport safety nor travel safety.

Today's society loves to put up a flimsy facade and pretend it offers strength. The real weakness of any airport is the utterly ignored area directly outside the airport's property. Think about that next time you're standing in line barefoot while some person in a security uniform asks how to turn on your laptop.
July 23, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

I'd buy this Atari hat in a heartbeat... if it didn't have built-in speakers

Rendered images of the Ataribox
I'd love to see an Atari lifestyle brand full of beer koozies, t-shirts, and hats... without speakers, microphones or batteries.
Steve jobs created products we didn't know we needed until we saw how quickly they changed our habits and lives. Maybe that's a bit overstated, but a ballcap with built-in speakers is the complete oposite. It's the sort of thing we scoff at on ABC's Sharktank. It doesn't seem to solve a problem or offer a benefit.

We've all seen that person who has a boombox blasting in a public space. We hate "that guy"! We don't embrace his music and groove to the beat. We avoid eye contact and scowl with disdain. How can a baseball hat with built-in speakers be much different? And more importantly, how did this become an Atari product?

Atari hat with built-in speakers This hat's two built-in speakers and a microphone can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth. You can answer phone calls as long as you don't mind the convo blaring over your Speakerhat.
Atari hat with built-in speakers I'm not sure I want this much tech stuffed into a hat, especially a rechargeable battery - recharged via USB-micro. Will this be the chat-conduit for the Ataribox console?

Atari Speakerhat price I'm not sure why Atari won't sell shirts and hats. They'd make a killing from those full of nostalgia. I'd buy several. They already have an Atari Life website. Can you buy a shirt? Nope! Just Speakerhats.

You can sign up for a chance to beta-test a Speakerhat, but lets look at the more interesting facet - the approximate value. By looking at the whopping $300 value of this beta program, it would seem they put the price tag of a Speakerhat around $250! I think $30 is a lot for a ballcap, but $250!?!

From the Atari Life website:
What is a Speakerhat?

A new listening experience
The Atari Speakerhat is a baseball-style cap with high-fidelity stereo speakers and microphone that can connect instantly to any Bluetooth-enabled device.
Connect to any smartphone, tablet, personal computer to play any music or other media content, initiate or accept phone calls, receive voice commands, etc.
The Atari Speakerhat feels natural and normal to wear for long periods of time, and achieves a balance of weight vs. sound quality and functionality. The intent is to continuously improve on design and engineering, until the technology is completely invisible.

Sound Science
The Atari Speakerhat is designed to be ultra-thin and lightweight. The technology inside consists of proprietary high-fidelity stereo speakers and microphone, V 4.1 CSR/Qualcomm® cVc audio technology, 5-band EQ, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP v1.4) and Headset Profile (HSP v1.2), rechargeable lithium Ion battery, universal control button, and LED indicator light.

Multiplayer Mode
Powered by Audiowear, the patented Speakerhat technology is a new listening experience, combined with Social Synchronous Broadcast technology, will allow multiple Speakerhat users to simultaneously listen to a single audio stream in perfect synchronization.

I applaud Atari's inclusion in the upcoming Blade Runner 2049 movie. That's powerful, well placed, and relevant in a number of ways. A hat with speakers? Not so much. Come on Atari, you're better than this.

In related product news: the "corn-on-the-cob hat" allows hands-free enjoyment of corn while shading your eyes from the sun's harmful rays.
July 23, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Any contender in the console wars should not begin the climb as a crowd funded mystery box

Atari did the requisite Ataribox tease. Now is the time for information and specs. Sparing with the Big 3, requires solid info, not fantasy.
Nostalgia is a powerful force. Despite Atari's downfall and current status as a brand owned by a holding company, it's name still evokes it's renown gaming past from arcade games to home consoles. Atari wants to come back. Cool, but which Atari is this?

The former gaming company was pivotal in shaping the beginning of the gaming industry. The holding company of the Atari brand wants to revive their gaming past with some sort of new game console, the Ataribox. I'd love to see an Atari resurgence, but "today's Atari" is just a name. The legacy of greatness resides with those who originally made it happen. None of these folks are part of today's Atari.

Atari is a brand that would probably sell best as a logo on a t-shirt. I can see great success if Atari were to become a lifestyle brand with an array of soft-goods that could expand into other areas.

Ataribox I'm still eager to know what Atari has in mind with their Ataribox game console, but I think the time to be coy and mysterious has passed. Consumers and gamers want information. If this console plays retro games as well as catering to modern games - we need to know more details.

If this is a solid concept with the goal to fill a void in current console offerings... Give us the facts!

Until Atari releases real information (not nostalgia-fueled fantasy fodder) and dismisses rumors of crowd funding, the Ataribox will have a hard time reaching enough people for it to be any more than a humorous footnote in Atari's history.
July 17, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

This Ataribox “tease” seems more of an admission they may not have a working prototype

Rendered images of the Ataribox
A proper tease can start with rendered images, but must soon move on to photos of the device and screenshots of games or UI.

Update: Crowd Funding?

Eurogamer reports the Ataribox may be crowd funded to limit risks for Atari's holding company!
"To limit risk taking, this product will initially be launched within the framework of a crowd-funding campaign," the note reads.
Could this be a crowd-funded product (aka: Kickstarter or similar site)? This detail has been absent from Atari's announcements. I see little evidence they have a proof-of-concept or prototype and even ATARI isn't confident enough to release the Ataribox without crowd funding. Combine that with past "Atari" products from the last few years and it paints a fairly dismal picture for those assuming this will reboot Atari's console fame.

Atari's brand has been in the possession of a holding companies for years. In the last few years the brand has been licensed for a variety of projects and products. All seem to have been executed by third party companies, which made a recent (early June) Atari announcement quite intriguing. They announced a new game console - the Ataribox. They touted it was "years in the making" and would support retro and modern games.

This brought widespread interest across the web, but quickly died-down as no new info appeared on their Ataribox website. Today they sent out an email to those who subscribed. It contained some rendered images and another round of vague info with no real specs.

At this time, I'd have to say we won't see the Ataribox for sale for another year. I wonder if they shouldn't have begun the tease at next year's E3 2018. I'm guessing they are teasing again with rendered images because they don't have a prototype console to photograph. Further supporting this is the lack of game info - not even a screen shot. The controller? Another mystery.

When they say is will cater to retro and modern games... will it play Asteroids and Railroad Tycoon? We live in a world of information and recently, a plethora of fake news. I wish Atari would release more info or at least tell us what phase of development the Ataribox is in currently. Their dearth of info suggests the project is in it's infancy. They wouldn't want to tip their hand too much, but their info makes me want a Retron 77.

I am excited to get more info, but the slow trickle doesn't satisfy me when I compare it to some of the former "Atari" products recently released. I'd like some justification to become legitimately excited for this. If it's just another download box or wanting to topple the Xbox empire, then I can quietly leave it alone. But if there's a chance that a cool Atari console could come to market, I'd like to know a bit more about it all! :)

Rendered images of the Ataribox In the information age, one can't tease too much without upping the ante. With this round of rendered images, one has to wonder if they have a prototype yet.
Rendered images of the Ataribox I'd like to have seen some controller pictures and more info about potential games. With this info lacking, it's hard to know how soon the Ataribox is slated for retail release.

I Really Do Love Atari... no really

I love Atari as much as the next person. At age twelve I used all my powers of persuasion to get my Mom to take me to a local appliance store that, among the washers, dryers, and refrigerators, carried Atari's home gaming console, The Atari 2600. That day changed my world and converted our family TV from an idiot-box to an interactive experience.

So, I do love "that" Atari, but fully realize it no longer exists. Gone are the days of Nolan Bushnell's crazy inventive ideas. Atari today is a holding company that bought the brand and it's iconic IPs. They've licensed the Atari brand for a bunch of projects, none of which made much impact.

Rendered images of the Ataribox The Atari email sent to Ataribox list subscribers On July 17
Thanks again for signing up to learn more about the Ataribox project!

We've been blown away by the feedback since the teaser release, and today, we're excited to share an exclusive first look at the Ataribox design with you.

Our objective is to create a new product that stays true to our heritage while appealing to both old and new fans of Atari.

Inspired by classic Atari design elements (such as the iconic use of wood, ribbed lines, and raised back); we are creating a smooth design, with ribs that flow seamlessly all around the body of the product, a front panel that can be either wood or glass, a front facing logo, indicator lights that glow through the material, and an array of new ports (HDMI, 4xUSB, SD). We intend to release two editions: a wood edition, and a black/red edition.

As you can guess, those ports suggest modern internal specs. It also means that while we will be delivering classic gaming content, we will also be delivering current gaming content.

We know you are hungry for more details; on specs, games, features, pricing, timing etc. We're not teasing you intentionally; we want to get this right, so we've opted to share things step by step as we bring Ataribox to life, and to listen closely to Atari community feedback as we do so. There are a lot of milestones, challenges and decision points in front of us in the months ahead. We'll be giving you lots more information and status updates as we progress, and we are thrilled to have you along for the ride!

Hope you like where we are taking this, we'll be in touch soon.

The Ataribox Project team.

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