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30 years later, Myst demake for Atari 2600 reminds us how far we’ve come

30 years later, Myst demake for Atari 2600 reminds us how...

Vince Weaver Nearly 30 years after its release on the Mac in 1993, Cyan's Myst is still as unstoppable as ever. As one of the most successful (yet sometimes divisive) computer games of all time, it sold 6 million boxed copies in the 1990s and later ended up on over a dozen platforms, with remakes…
A company called Atari is releasing a brand-new 2600 cartridge this year

A company called Atari is releasing a brand-new 2600 cartridge this...

Enlarge / A render of the Mr. Run and Jump Atari cartridge.Atari The company that currently owns the Atari name and trademarks has decided to give owners of the old Atari Video Computer System (aka the Atari 2600) something new to do. Mr. Run and Jump is a new Atari-published platformer that is coming to…
12 of the Weirdest Video Game Peripherals Ever Made

12 of the Weirdest Video Game Peripherals Ever Made

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Tony Hawk Ride - trailer featuring gameplay and board from ActivisionIn video game history, 2009 was the intersection of the “motion control all the things!” and “fake plastic instruments everywhere” eras, so the Tony Hawk skateboard peripheral must have seemed like a no-brainer. Released with Tony Hawk: Ride, the plastic skateboard was meant as a…
15 of the Best Luxury Gifts for Gamers

15 of the Best Luxury Gifts for Gamers

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Image: Steamforged GamesVideo games are but one of gaming’s many forms, existing alongside board games, tabletop RPGs, and collectible card games. Unsurprisingly, many popular video games are often adapted into various tabletop formats.There are large-scale board games that adapt the gameplay of popular video games into cooperative tabletop adventures. Some standouts include Monster Hunter, Skyrim,…
There’s a “new” Atari arcade game, and I can’t put it down

There’s a “new” Atari arcade game, and I can’t put it...

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Enlarge / A look at an alternate reality where vector displays never died. Atari's new 50th-anniversary compilation is stuffed with historical filler, but one new game contained in the package won't let me go. I'm talking about Vctr Sctr, a retro-style arcade shooter that melds the addictive gameplay of classics like Asteroids and Tempest with…
11 Real, Amazing Treasure Hunts You Could Do From Home

11 Real, Amazing Treasure Hunts You Could Do From Home

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Swordquest Earthworld Atari 2600 Complete Game GameplayIn 1982, with literary treasure hunting books flying off shelves, Atari entered the game with an elaborate contest that could be solved by piecing together the clues included in Swordquest, a series of Atari 2600 video games. The games were called Earthworld, Fireworld, Waterworld, and Skyworld, and solving the…
15 of NASA’s Coolest Inventions That Regular People Use

15 of NASA’s Coolest Inventions That Regular People Use

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Photo: Dima Zel (Shutterstock)The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s does more than create ambitious telescopes that can see the beginning of time and send people to the moon and back. It’s also responsible for Michael Phelps’ swimsuit, LASIK surgery, and the selfie. The everyday products listed below are only 15 of the more than 2,000…
The 103 classic games that did, and didn’t, make the Atari 50 anniversary cut

The 103 classic games that did, and didn’t, make the Atari...

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Enlarge / The box art for Atari 50 includes teases of various console designs and game box art images.Atari Corp. / Digital Eclipse Earlier this year, news emerged about yet another Atari classic-gaming compilation meant to celebrate the company's 50th anniversary. As we've seen quite a few Atari-branded collections over the years, we wondered exactly…
The Best Ways to Play Vintage Games on Your Modern TV

The Best Ways to Play Vintage Games on Your Modern TV

So, you want to play retro video games? Excellent. Whether you’re exploring old favorites or digging for new treasures, there’s a huge library of titles out there waiting for you. Some retro enthusiasts (like your dear author) will fall down the rabbit hole of era-appropriate hardware— original consoles, game paks, and CRTs—but not everyone wants…
14 Video Games to Play When You’re Good and High

14 Video Games to Play When You’re Good and High

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Like the animal that inspired it, Goat Simulator is dumb as hell. In it, you are a goat who is placed in various environments and encouraged to cause chaos. So run people over, bleat loudly, break everything, and hurl yourself off high buildings—do all the goat biz you’ve ever dreamed of. If you’re the kind…

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