Remember Billy Mitchell, the star of excellent videogame documentary The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters? In 1999, the Donkey Kong champ was also the first person confirmed to attain a perfect score on Pac-Man.
The Art of Atari is a new hardcover celebrating the wonderful illustrations of the iconic game company's packaging, catalogs, and other artwork that, according to the book's introduction written by Ernest "Ready Player One" Cline, was "specially commissioned to enhance the Atari experience to further entice children and adults to embrace the new era of electronic entertainment." Speaking from personal experience, it totally worked.
The Art of Atari (Amazon)
Tubesockor pokes away at three Teenage Engineering Pocket Operators to play the music from the 1987 Commodore 64 classic game Delta. The original game music is by Rob Hubbard, inspired by Philip Glass's "Koyaanisqatsi" and Pink Floyd's "On the Run." Clips from the game below! (Thanks, UPSO!)
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“This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page," said production company Threshold’s CEO Larry Kasanoff. "We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes... What you [will] see in ‘Tetris’ is the teeny tip of an iceberg that has intergalactic significance."
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Remember the vidgame industry legend that in 1983 Atari dumped its stock of the "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill? Well, a pile of what's considered one of the crappiest vidgames in history has been unearthed. And the game's designer Howard Scott Warshaw, now a psychotherapist, was on hand.
"I've been carrying this thing, the theoretically worst video game of all time, for 30 years now," Warshaw said. "It was a game that was done in five weeks. It was a very brief development. I did the best that I could, and that's OK."
And, we present a new "Would you rather?" question:
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