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March 17, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Our next shot at Ataribox info may be next week's Game Developers Conference

Ataribox prototype at GDC
An Ataribox prototype is rumored to be at GDC as well as Tempest 4000 and a third Flashback compilation for PS4.
You don't have to wait for E3 to get a jump on upcoming video games. GDC 2018 is next week and hosts a slew of game devs eager to show off their wares. Atari announced the "Ataribox during last year's E3 conference, but did not attend nor show the hardware. I've found a few websites claiming Atari will be at GDC this year - with an Ataribox prototype.

As much as I want to believe this, Atari is not listed on the GDC website's Exhibitor list. That doesn't mean they can't be part of the mix in an external fashion, but I'd like to hear from Atari themselves rather than relying on third-party info. Shouldn't Atari be excited (and talkative) about showcasing upcoming games and hardware? Such a strange way to introduce products.

If I were to take a wild guess, I'd say the Ataribox is a fantastic idea that will never appear on a retail shelf. This contradicts what I've seen online regarding their GDC participation. time will tell.

In addition to their Ataribox, they are apparently going to to show Tempest 4000 for PS4 and the latest compilation disc in the Flashback series with another 50 arcade and console classics, again for the PS4. RollerCoaster Tycoon for Nintendo's Switch - a first for Atari - was also mentioned.

Every time the Atari name comes up, I can't help but get excited. I know it's a different company, but this time around... I'd be stoked to find out more about T4K - Minter creates amazing games!

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