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April 2020 Retro Gaming Article


April 3, 2020 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Atari VCS console designer, Rob Wyatt, sues Atari for non-payment on six months of Tin Giant's work

Atari VCS console
Those craving an Atari VCS console need to lower expectations due to the pandemic and Atari being sued by their lead architect.
X-box co-creator and lead architect on the modern Atari VCS project quit a while back and we speculated what that might mean. This was back when we thought there was at least a small chance Atari could deliver hardware to market. Having quit for non-payment of over $250,000 dollars, Rob Wyatt has now filed a lawsuit against Atari via his company, Tin Giant.

Between global pandemics and lawsuits, there doesn't seem to be any shortage of excuses for the numerous delays and missed deadlines of this ill-fated video game console project. The original concept was another PC-in-a-box that nobody wanted. It does nothing interesting, exciting, or necessary. There are various single-board computers, like the Raspberry Pi, that will let you play old Atari ROMs and modern games. Slap on an Atari logo and you'd never know the difference. A small group of fan-boys would disagree, but that's for another article.

I've cited numerous times that the current holding company that owns the Atari brand, has tried to release hardware, and other projects, that simply never came to fruition. Atari simply stepped away quietly and hoped nobody would notice. Few did... aside from those invested in these failures. But Atari under Fred Chesnais definitely faults on a lot of projects as if investor don't matter or exist.

Until Atari becomes a lifestyle company and delivers a slick line of shirts and hats - no, not speaker-hats - I'll just be grateful to have grown up as an Atari-kid. Fred's Atari has an awful track-record for delivery and a dubious relation with projects that seem briefly competent. I just want a cool atari logo shirt.

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