Perfect Custom Action Figures Based On Classic Atari Video Game Box Art

If there ever was a strong case for a false advertising lawsuit, it would involve the box art that accompanied the countless video games released in the '80s. Rarely did the artwork match the visuals in the actual game, but instead of taking companies like Atari to court, artist Dan Polydoris has turned the characters… » 3/06/15 2:15pm 3/06/15 2:15pm

Father Makes Son Play Through Video Game History, Chronologically

For the last ten years, Andy Baio has been performing an experiment on his son. It is equal parts cruel and fascinating. Rather than let him play whatever video game he wanted, Baio made his boy work his way to modernity by playing through the history of video games chronologically. Starting with 1979's Galaxian. » 12/11/14 2:14am 12/11/14 2:14am

The incredible evolution of video game graphics in one image

This picture represents over 30 years of progress in video game graphics. And my, how far we've come. On one side, we have Indiana Jones in the video game version of Raiders of the Lost Ark on the Atari 2600. On the other side, we have Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4 on the PS4. We'll let you guess which side is which. » 12/10/14 10:44pm 12/10/14 10:44pm

Atari arcade games inspired the original Apple mouse

It's hard to say if the Macintosh would've been so successful if it hadn't had such a revolutionary interface—namely, the mouse. While Apple didn't invent the mouse, it did commission the now legendary engineer Jim Yurchenco to make it viable. And he looked to Steve Jobs' former employer for inspiration. » 8/18/14 5:41pm 8/18/14 5:41pm

The Atari E.T. Landfill Excavation Starts Today. What Will They Find?

In 1983, the failing Atari video game company allegedly dumped millions of unsold E.T. the Extra Terrestrial cartridges in a New Mexico landfill. Ever since, game nostalgists have tried to track them down. Today, screenwriter Zak Penn's documentary crew begin digging, and our friends at Wired got a sneak peek at the… » 4/26/14 11:00am 4/26/14 11:00am

You Could Accidentally Swallow the World's Smallest Atari

Forget your old Game Boy, Game Gear, or even your smartphone; when it comes to compact gaming hardware, Adam from SheekGeek's got everyone beat. Using the tiny display from an old Sony viewfinder and an all-in-one Atari joystick, he created what is easily the world's smallest game console, putting even a Tamagotchi… » 11/08/13 4:40pm 11/08/13 4:40pm

Classic Controller Ornaments Will 1-Up Your Holiday Spirit

Your Christmas tree says as much about you as it does your love for the holidays. So this year why not skip the traditional ornaments like glass bulbs and shiny stars and go for something that will bring real character to your tree? If you've been a gamer for as long as you can remember, ThinkGeek's got a $20 set of … » 11/05/13 5:03pm 11/05/13 5:03pm

You Can Play Atari Breakout on Google Image Search and It's Awesome

Google is famous for the Easter eggs stashed in its products. What seems an ordinary interface reveals itself to be something else entirely with the right set of keystrokes. This newly discovered gem might be one of the most entertaining we've ever seen. Head over to Google Image Search and punch in a query for "atari… » 5/13/13 6:11pm 5/13/13 6:11pm

Everything You Need To Turn Your Basement Into Your Own Private Chuck…

As a kid was there anything better than going to Chuck E. Cheese's for a friend's birthday party? Absolutely not. But in hindsight, was it really so great? You had to wait in line for the arcade games, there was usually someone's younger sibling who wouldn't stop crying, and every last inch of that place felt like it… » 4/24/12 3:40pm 4/24/12 3:40pm