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E.T. is frequently cited as a contributing factor to Atari's massive financial losses during 1983 and 1984. It was generally believed that as a result of overproduction and returns, millions of unsold cartridges were buried in an Alamogordo, New Mexico landfill. Microsoft's Xbox Entertainment Studios excavated an old landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico on April 26th and discovered 728,000 cartridges. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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If the Xbox 360 was released in 1977 and made by Atari, this is how it might look. This custom console was created by none other than master modder Ben Heck himself. Continue reading for a video.

[via Electronista]

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File this under: awesome custom-built portable game systems. Built by Ben Heck forum member "Mario", this Atari 2600 portable features a 3.5-inch LCD, two Game Boy Advance SP batteries, and a functional cartridge slot. Video after the break. Click here for more pictures.

[via Technabob - Medretro]

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Though the first Atari console may have been released over 30-years ago, there have been a countless number of commercials released for the games that continue to live on, thanks to YouTube. Continue reading to see five of our favorites.

[via Unrealitymag]

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To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, British engineer Iain Sharp decided to spend 12-months and $800 building a real-life version of Atari's Lunar Lander game, complete with a "science-fiction-sounding mission operator." Click here for first picture in gallery.

The computer measures success by the lander's descent rate and its final position relative to the targets. Three successful landings earn players one of a variety of vintage-looking pin-on buttons featuring Apollo-themed images.
[via Popsci]

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Before the McDonalds Monopoly game, there was the Atari giveaway, which included: 50 deluxe home computers / video games, 200 Atari Centipede games, and 1200 Atari home computers. Continue reading for the commercial.

[via GT]

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Master video game modder Ben HEck is back at it again, and this time, he's built a custom Atari 800 Laptop. It features a 15-inch display, Atari XEGS motherboard, and a flush-mount cartridge slot. Video after the break. Click here for first picture in gallery.

Uses original, new-old-stock Atari 800 keyboard. This is probably the best keyboard in the history of computing, so it was worth including.
[via Benheck]

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Priced from $35, these retro-styled wallets "are repurposed from 100% original Atari 2600 games, selected for their high quality labels from thousands." Continue reading to see a stop-motion video of the Pac-Man wallet.

Each one is assembled by hand and requires over 2 hours to repurpose from game to wallet. The only piece of the original game not used in the wallet design is the screw.
[via Kotaku - Etsy]

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First released in 1984 and available in 4-color or 16-color software variants, the Atari Touch Tablet "lets users manipulate the size, location and color of shapes and lines -- digitally." Click here for first picture in gallery.

Are you an artist wishing to unchain the shackles of traditional media, looking for a way to catapult yourself and your work into the 20th Century? A chap named Benj Edwards has been kind enough to unbox for us Atari's Touch Tablet.
[via Engadget - Technologizer]

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A modder named Chris Koopa has "melded the shell of old SEGA Game Gear portable with the guts of an Atari 2600 to create this Frankenstein's Monster of a gaming system, dubbed the Atari Gear 2600." Click here for first picture in gallery

By using the lightweight innards of an Atari Flashback 2, Chris was able to cram in a system loaded with 40 built-in Atari 2600 games. And thanks to a clever 2600 cart slot mod, the system can play original cartridges from the 2600 too.
[via Technabob - Atari Gear 2600]

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