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April 2018 Retro Gaming Article

April 30, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Atari will soon begin taking pre-orders on their new VCS game console via Indiegogo - buyer beware

Atari VCS game console and controllers
I am eager to purchase Atari's new console... when I see it on a retailer's shelf with a generous return policy.
Atari has gone above and beyond to withhold information and offer ambiguous info about this console. They continue down this path as they announce an upcoming pre-order. On May 30, Atari plans to roll out an Indiegogo campaign which they are referring to as a "Pre-order" event. Crowd funding and pre-orders are two different things.

Over the past year, Atari has beaten every ounce of excitement out of me. From sparse info to the ridiculous VCS "reveal" in a hotel suite at GDC. They treat their potential customers as though they were morons. Honesty and disclosure are the hallmarks of a viable product introduction. Atari's recent track record with hardware combined with the vague info they've released leads me to extreme skepticism. I should be excited, but I'm holding my wallet close until proof of concept is released. I'll bet some of you are still awaiting delivery of your GameBand...

I'm a huge Atari fan, but the Atari I love ceased two decades ago. I took a 2-hour lunch from work to buy an Atari Jaguar on launch day and still play that console to this very day.

There are still a lot of Atari fans who don't realize that Atari is only a holding company that owns rights to the brand and it's IPs. Those folks are going to put money into a crowd funding campaign that may not deliver a tangible product. If I see the Atari VCS on a reputable retailer's shelf, I'll buy it in a heartbeat!

To date, Frederic Chesnais' Atari has not put forth any marketing initiative to give credence to their ability to bring a hardware product to market - even on a limited crowd funded level. The Retro VGS (aka Coleco Chameleon) also began as an Indiegogo campaign and was removed as was Coleco's support when it was determined there was no viable product behind the campaign.

That scenario seems akin to the Gameband and Atari Watch. Anyone ever get one... or a refund? Atari has not convinced me they are anywhere near releasing a game console of any kind. Their crowd-funding campaign seems more likely to be gauging interest and further funding a future release of some sort. I wish them well. I hope they are successful. I look forward to buying an Atari VCS at a local electronics dealer or GameStop in the near future.

Atari VCS game console and controllers The Atari email sent on April 30, 2018:
Atari VCS Pre-Sale Opens May 30th on Indiegogo!
Featuring The Limited Atari VCS Collector's Edition
Special Retro-Inspired Wood Front and Certificate of Authenticity

Early Bird packages Start at $199 for Atari VCS Onyx
Updated Classic Joystick and Modern Controller Also Available to Order
Enjoy the Linux-powered Atari VCS to play, create or port your own games and multimedia content.

Many popular modern titles will be playable on Atari VCS.
As an homage to our past, every Atari VCS includes
the Atari Vault of more than 100 classic games.
Play all-time arcade and home entertainment favorites like Asteroids®, Centipede®, Breakout®, Missile Command®, Gravitar® and Yars' Revenge®

A completely modern connected device, the new VCS was designed in California by Atari. The company is partnered with AMD, who provides the VCS custom processor with Radeon Graphics Technology. The Atari VCS platform will offer support for 4K resolution, HDR and 60FPS content, onboard and expandable storage options, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as USB 3.0 support. A complete list of Atari VCS product specs will be posted at the time of pre-sale.

Atari appreciates your support and intense curiosity about VCS games and content, hardware specifications, production timelines and other key information. We're confident that we are putting the right pieces in place for a successful product and launch!

Atari VCS game console and controllers

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