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University of North Dakota's Special Collections department now houses a cartridge of the Atari 2600 game Centipede, dug up from a landfill in New Mexico last year. Assistant professor of history Bill Caraher participated in the dig and threw down $60 to buy the cartridge on eBay. "While I usually...

January 12th 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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We've seen variations on this sort of thing before, but this mocked-up glimpse at our industry's terrifying future is more plausible than most. Something Awful founder Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka proposes what Pac-Man for the Atari 2600 might play like if it was released today in the video above. The sli...

November 19th 2014 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Want to buy some literal garbage? An eBay seller is auctioning off a collection of Atari 2600 cartridges recovered from a recent excavation of a New Mexico landfill, including several crushed copies of the infamous dud ET. An excavation team headed out to Alamogordo, New Mexico, earlier this year...

November 5th 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments
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Xbox Entertainment Studios and Lightbox Entertainment's documentary on the excavation of a New Mexico landfill where supposedly thousands of copies of E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600 won't be completed for some time yet, but if you want to know how the search went, well, the above im...

April 26th 2014 at 3:23pm 0 Comments
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There are two types of people on April 1st: those who are annoyed and indifferent to the tomfoolery going on all around them, and those who gleefully embrace the zany antics and baldfaced lies. For the record, I am of the latter crowd. I love April Fools' Day and the humor and creativity that it in...

April 5th 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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The Internet Archive has launched a beta version of the Console Living Room, a new initiative that makes hundreds of classic video games available for free, in-browser play. Part of the Internet Archive's preservation-focused Historical Software Collection, the Console Living Room uses the JSMESS...

December 30th 2013 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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An upcoming documentary focused on the video game industry crash of 1983 and the subsequent burial of thousands of unsold Atari cartridges will launch exclusively on Xbox in 2014, Microsoft announced this week. Canadian film production company Fuel Industries plans to head up an excavation of a Ne...

December 19th 2013 at 7:30pm 0 Comments
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The Atari 2600 isn't the kind of modern, hip guest you'd normally expect on a late-night talk show, but in the hands of Conan O'Brien it's excellent value - not literally, mind. With his Clueless Gamer spectacles, which clearly don't have a trace of rose tint, our host really doesn't get on with...

August 9th 2013 at 9:30am 0 Comments
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A planned excavation will soon give closure to a long-standing video game urban legend, and may provide new insight into the industry's crash in 1983. Canada-based film production company Fuel Industries has obtained permission from the City Commission of Alamogordo, New Mexico to excavate a landf...

May 31st 2013 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Modern MMO gamers are blessed with plenty of conveniences that we take for granted. One such convenience is the ability to simply download any online game without having to deal with the hassle of DVDs or CDs (trust me, young people, one day your children will be dubious when you tell them how yo...

March 9th 2013 at 2:00pm 0 Comments
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The world's only complete, in-box copy of Air Raid was auctioned yesterday for $33,433.30, the highest ever sale for an Atari 2600 game. The figure is nearly two grand more than the previous record held by the same game, which went for $31,600 in 2010. This copy is worth more because it also includ...

November 5th 2012 at 11:59pm 0 Comments