Blip Mechanical Pong Game
Just about any gamer has played some form of Pong, but did you know that back in 1977 there was a tabletop version called Blip? This electro-mechanical version of the game was marketed by Tomy and can only play two-player matches similar to Atari’s video game. The timer provided the game’s motor function and when it was turned, a spring is wound via several gears, which then drove the arm upon which the LED light was mounted. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.

Atari VCS Ataribox

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Atari announced today at E3 that they’ve signed exclusive distribution agreements for the Atari VCS with Walmart and GameStop, with online pre-orders begining this week for U.S. customers – deliveries start in March 2020. The VCS systems pre-ordered on Indiegogo will be delivered in late 2019 as planned. Just to recap, it’s powered by an AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 processor and support for 4K60 video output, while running a custom Linux-based operating system called Atari OS. It ships with more than 100 classic games pre-installed, but also support new titles when available. Pricing starts at $249.99 for the Atari VCS 400 Onyx (4GB) and tops off at $389.99 for one of three Atari VCS 800 (8GB). Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.

Tesla Atari Games Update

Tesla has released its Software version 9.0 firmware update for all of its vehicles, provided they’re connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot to start the process. In addition to a ‘dash cam’ mode that enables the vehicle to record and store video from its front-facing camera in 10-minute clips, you also get Atari games that can be played when the car is parked. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

Atari VCS Game Console

Finally, after many months of speculation, and a delay, the Atari VCS is now up for pre-order. You can either choose a “collector’s edition” that features a wood-front finish for $299, or a classic black Onyx edition at $199. Both models and classic joysticks will only be available for pre-order on Indiegogo, but unfortunately, nothing will ship until mid-2019.Just to recap, it’s powered by an AMD custom processor that runs a variant of Linux. Continue reading for two more videos, including Tempest 4000 footage.

Atari VCS

Formerly known as the Ataribox, the Atari VCS was officially unveiled at GDC 2018, and it’s basically a Linux-powered gaming computer that can be used as both a PC and video game console, pre-loaded with a Atari classic games right out of the box. It will be powered by a semi-custom AMD processor with Radeon graphics, and feature an SD card slot, HDMI, USB, Ethernet ports, as well as Wi-Fi connectivity. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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.