For many gamers Atari is a blast from the past or just a logo on retro T-shirts but the company that dates back 36 years is looking to reclaim a stake of the video game landscape.

Atari Inc., founded by Nolan Bushnell, launched the first truly successful video game "Pong" in 1972 but has struggled in recent years with lackluster games like "Jenga World Tour" and "Godzilla Unleashed."

But a change in ownership this year aims to reinvigorate the company. French game publisher Infogrames had owned a majority stake in Atari since 2000 but acquired the rest of Atari this year and has assumed its name.

New Atari President Phil Harrison, who helped build Sony Worldwide Studios into a leading game development factory, said it's now up to the game maker to build the products and services that do the well-known Atari brand justice.

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If Atari made a big comeback, would you buy one of their consoles?
For many gamers Atari is a blast from the past or just a logo on retro T-shirts but the company that dates back 36 years is looking to reclaim a stake of the video game landscape.

Atari Inc., founded by Nolan Bushnell, launched the first truly successful video game "Pong" in 1972 but has struggled in recent years with lackluster games like "Jenga World Tour" and "Godzilla Unleashed."

But a change in ownership this year aims to reinvigorate the company. French game publisher Infogrames had owned a majority stake in Atari since 2000 but acquired the rest of Atari this year and has assumed its name.

New Atari President Phil Harrison, who helped build Sony Worldwide Studios into a leading game development factory, said it's now up to the game maker to build the products and services that do the well-known Atari brand justice.

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13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 3:46:31 AM EST (GMT-5)
I'd consider. I wouldn't buy one on the merit of it simply being Atari, but if it proved to be a good console, then I'd definitely consider it.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 4:26:11 AM EST (GMT-5)
Atari never died, they just stopped making consoles. They just publish games now, they're not talking about making consoles.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 9:46:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
it depends on the quality
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 4:32:55 PM EST (GMT-5)
as an IG, im always looking to try somethin new, so yeah , i'd give it a shot!
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 4:48:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Friday 12/12/08 - 4:26:11 AM MightyRhinox wrote:
Atari never died, they just stopped making consoles. They just publish games now, they're not talking about making consoles.


Yeah, they've published quite a few popular games in recent years, including the Neverwinter Nights, Alone In the Dark and a couple of the Unreal Tournament games, not to mention some standalone games like Fahrenheit and The Witcher which have sold well. It isn't like they've been anywhere.

And like MightyRhinox said, they aren't going to go back to making consoles. They're probably well aware that there isn't any more room in the market for one.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 5:24:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yeah! I love Atari!
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Friday 12/12/08 - 6:06:47 PM EST (GMT-5)
dude i want one of their consoles so bad!
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/13/08 - 12:24:43 AM EST (GMT-5)
I love Atari, I have a game console but it ended up breaking... I still have a whole bunch of games like Frogger, Astroids, Pac-Man and a few others.
13 yrs ago, 5 mos ago - Saturday 12/13/08 - 12:28:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
I still have a working Atari console. I still love to play that thing... Super Breakout FTW.
13 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Friday 3/27/09 - 5:22:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
Hell yeah! Atari Rocked my socks off!@
10 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/5/12 - 3:42:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
Yes i couldnt help myself
10 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/5/12 - 4:01:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
It depends on how interesting I think the games for it are.
10 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/5/12 - 4:12:24 PM EST (GMT-5)
I already have one and it still works. So no.
10 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Sunday 2/5/12 - 5:12:50 PM EST (GMT-5)
It depends on the games.
10 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 3/12/12 - 1:26:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
no I like my Xbox 360 too much, but I will buy the next Xbox that comes out
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Wednesday 11/13/13 - 11:19:12 PM EST (GMT-5)
If I could afford one, sure. I love Atari.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/14/13 - 4:17:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
A Jaguar again?

No.
8 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 11/14/13 - 4:21:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
my parents have an atari 2600 lying around. i think my dad would jump at the idea since he spent a while playing it.



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