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First look at ‘Atari: Game Over,’ a Microsoft-funded documentary about the worst video game of all time

At San Diego Comic-Con, Microsoft released the first trailer for “Atari: Game Over,” a documentary about the rise and fall of Atari, and the renowned gaming company’s utter failure to make a commercial success out of its game version of “E.T.” It’s the first episode in “Signal to Noise,” a series of documentaries for its… Read More

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Microsoft unearths mass grave of Atari ‘ET’ game cartridges, buried in 1983

Turns out Atari did, indeed, bury a giant cache of unsold “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill more than three decades ago. Yes, the game was that bad. Excavators discovered copies of the 1982 game during a dig today in Alamogordo, N.M., in addition to joysticks, instruction manuals and other classic Atari games like… Read More


Xbox film crew’s excavation of Atari ‘ET’ graveyard gets tangled in red tape

A plan to excavate a suspected mass burial of Atari ET video-game cartridges for a Microsoft Xbox documentary has been blocked, at least temporarily, by environmental concerns at the site in Alamogordo, N.M. The Alamagordo Daily News reported this week that the New Mexico Environment Department has so far declined to give the waste excavation approval required… Read More


Blast from the past: Play hundreds of games from classic consoles in your browser

If you miss the good ‘ol days playing games like Donkey Kong and Missile Command on classic old-school consoles, there’s a new badass website you really should to check out. The Internet Archive just debuted the Console Living Room, a collection of console video games from the 1970s and 1980s. There are hundreds of Atari 2600, Atari 7800,… Read More


Xbox original documentary will uncover mystery of legendary Atari video-game burial

It’s fitting that the first documentary slated for Microsoft’s Xbox is about video games. But it sounds like a great story even for non-gamers. Atari’s “mass burial” of unsold game consoles and cartridges in 1983 is considered by some to be an urban legend, but filmmakers working with Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios will film an… Read More

PopCap's 'Unpleasant Horse' is not for the faint of heart

Nerd Notes: Woz seems lonely, YouTube seems bored and Apple doesn’t seem to like horses

Woz says he’d mull return to Apple if asked — which he hasn’t been. Geek Zodiac.  Too bad geeks don’t get into things like ancient celestial paths based on constellations and ecliptic coordinate systems encompassing planets in space… The Crow is being remade.   We’re sure it’s providing emo kids everywhere with something to rage about.  Something to cry… Read More