Atari Bankrupt... :( Ode to a legend....

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#1 Posted by TheEroica (13299 posts) -

Gamespot Reports

The once great titan of all that was good and hopeful in our beloved hobby is in it's death rattle. They revolutionized the home console... They introduced some of the most beloved games in the history of gaming and now, after a checkered financial history of the highest of highs and lowest of lows, the mighty Atari falls... and as history proclaims, so shall we all.

Somewhere in this fair land Chuck-E-Cheese is crying...

For the kiddies in system wars...

A very small ode... (yes mods, it gets system wars(y) at the end... :P

2600

The Atari 2600... (my first console). Every day you turn on you precious xbox,ps3 or wiiu remember where you came from...

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games

So many great franchises lived on Atari consoles...

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...and a few really shiity ones... :P (I own this game by the way and it is utter crap)

jaguarjag

The Jaguar... Sold 8 copies... 8 of which were purchased by the developers themselves... 7 were returned... no one know where the 8th is...

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What Atari turned into... :(

System Wars relevance... (as promised)

Today a great company fell... many other companies have spawned successful business on the backs of Atari success (and failures)... Nintendo, Sony and MS all have reason to tip their hat to this company.

When ranking the truly great companies and influences, inovation and experiences in gaming history where do you believe Atari fits in... You can either just share a memory or give me list on what you think...

#2 Posted by fernandmondego_ (3170 posts) -
Not the same Atari.
#3 Posted by TheEroica (13299 posts) -
Not the same Atari.fernandmondego_
wait what? is my atari eulogy premature???
#4 Posted by campzor (34932 posts) -
#5 Posted by TheEroica (13299 posts) -
#6 Posted by Timstuff (26823 posts) -
What we call Atari today is actually Infogrames. The Atari that made all those old video games does not exist anymore.
#7 Posted by TheEroica (13299 posts) -
What we call Atari today is actually Infogrames. The Atari that made all those old video games does not exist anymore.Timstuff
sweet madness... when did this happen... Im weeping over the wrong grave stone!haha
#8 Posted by SecretPolice (21455 posts) -

Doooooomed, past tense. :P

#9 Posted by StormyJoe (4865 posts) -

The best Atri system was the 7800. It was a better machine than the NES. Had Atari had proper leadership at the time, the 7800 - which could have come out 2 years before the NES - could have returned the company to glory. Sadly, that did not happen; though it was good for Nintendo!

#10 Posted by Boddicker (2489 posts) -

I thought they went under after the Jaguar flopped. I'm assuming from the Chuck E Cheese references they made those kiddy arcade games.

#11 Posted by TheEroica (13299 posts) -

I thought they went under after the Jaguar flopped. I'm assuming from the Chuck E Cheese references they made those kiddy arcade games.

Boddicker
Actually the owner of atari had also owned chuck e cheese for a while or still does... though now im not sure which company is which!
#12 Posted by The_Gaming_Baby (6335 posts) -

The memories and the legacy will never die

#13 Posted by ZombieKiller7 (6248 posts) -

I thought they went bankrupt 30 years ago.

They were alive? Doing what exactly?

#14 Posted by burgeg (3599 posts) -

Cause she's an Xbox, and I'm on Atari. About the way you play your game in bed.

#15 Posted by ZombieKiller7 (6248 posts) -

Cause she's an Xbox, and I'm on Atari. About the way you play your game in bed.

burgeg

lol love that song

#16 Posted by faizan_faizan (7846 posts) -

Was the Amiga a part of the Atari?

#17 Posted by Articuno76 (18724 posts) -
Atari? Those guys that make T-shirts? *trollface*
#18 Posted by Heil68 (43413 posts) -
They still publish games? I could of swore i seen their logo recently while playing some game..
#19 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (8620 posts) -

The best Atri system was the 7800. It was a better machine than the NES. Had Atari had proper leadership at the time, the 7800 - which could have come out 2 years before the NES - could have returned the company to glory. Sadly, that did not happen; though it was good for Nintendo!

StormyJoe

Investors back then were pretty dumd to fire Nolan Bushnell.

Edited: He was forced out of the Company over a disagreement on Atari's future.

#20 Posted by FireEmblem_Man (8620 posts) -

While the company Infogrames may die out, the Atari name will live on and manifest itself once again later on.

#21 Posted by burgeg (3599 posts) -

You know what was a really cool game? The Pong game for PS1. That game was awesome. Some really creative twists on pong and it was super fun.

#22 Posted by Slimmin360 (1455 posts) -
R.I.P. Atari you will always be a part of my childhood, i'll always remember laying on my living room floor on that thick 70's green carpet in my six million dollar man feety pajamas on a saturday morning after watching Loony Tunes and eating my captn crunch, and diving into some Pac man and Pitfall and many others while my rainy saturdays just flew by in video gaming splendor. I've owned and enjoyed every Atari console and portable ever since and i'm deeply saddened by the dissolve of the company, hopefully they can find a way to come back and at least develop or contribute to developing games in some way. You'll always live on in our memories Atari...Thanks for the many years of fun.
#23 Posted by TheEroica (13299 posts) -
[QUOTE="Slimmin360"]R.I.P. Atari you will always be a part of my childhood, i'll always remember laying on my living room floor on that thick 70's green carpet in my six million dollar man feety pajamas on a saturday morning after watching Loony Tunes and eating my captn crunch, and diving into some Pac man and Pitfall and many others while my rainy saturdays just flew by in video gaming splendor. I've owned and enjoyed every Atari console and portable ever since and i'm deeply saddened by the dissolve of the company, hopefully they can find a way to come back and at least develop or contribute to developing games in some way. You'll always live on in our memories Atari...Thanks for the many years of fun.

Well said.
#24 Posted by tagyhag (15867 posts) -
Had they actually continued on the Panther. We could have had 4 console competitors to this day.
#25 Posted by carlisledavid79 (10503 posts) -

Was the Amiga a part of the Atari?

faizan_faizan
No, the Amiga was from Commodore as well as the Vic-20, C64, C128 etc etc
#26 Posted by vashkey (33718 posts) -
I'll always appreciate them for publishing the first wave of Dragon Ball games. Hell Budokai 3 is my favorite Dragon Ball game followed by Burst Limit.
#27 Posted by heretrix (37306 posts) -

I really don't consider this Atari to be the same as the legendary Atari of old. That brand has been dead for years.

#28 Posted by heretrix (37306 posts) -

[QUOTE="faizan_faizan"]

Was the Amiga a part of the Atari?

carlisledavid79

No, the Amiga was from Commodore as well as the Vic-20, C64, C128 etc etc

I think the Amiga is my favorite system out of any that I've owned and I've owned pretty much all of the relevant systems throughout the years. The developers that came out of that ecosystem have pretty much made gaming as popular as it is today. Outside of Nintendo, no other system comes close imo.

#29 Posted by caryslan2 (2092 posts) -


There are actually two companies that were known as Atari and both claim descent from the orginal Atari that created Pong and the 2600 and was owned by Time Warner. After the crash of 1983, Time Warner looked into selling Atari. They held onto the arcade division which was known as Atari Games while the home console division was sold to Jack Traimel. Jack Tramiel focused on Atari's computer line for several years, resulting in the 7800 being put on the shelve for several years. After Nintendo successfully revived the NA market with NES, the 7800 was pushed out and Atari began to develop game consoles during this time. It should be noted that this is the Atari that just went bankrupt. After the failure of the Lynx and Jaguar, this Atari was sold to Hasbro who marketed Atari games under the Atari Interactive label. By 2001, a company called Infogrames Interactive bought Hasbro Interactive which allowed them to gain access to the Atari name and their properties.


Around 2003, Infogrames changed their name to Atari.


This is not the only Atari that has gone bankrupt. It should be noted that the other Atari went under much earlier.


Atari Games was the arcade division of the original Atari. After the crash of 1983, Time Warner held onto them and they continued to make Arcade games. After Nintendo brought back the home console market, this Atari began to look into porting their games to the home market. Because they could not legally use the Atari name, they used the name Tengen for games that they released in the home market. Many gamers from the NES era may remember the battles between Tengen and Nintendo over the lockout chip, Nintendo's control over the games that were on their systems, and how Nintendo treated third-party developers.


Atari Games continued to survive until 1996 when they bought by WMS Industries or the company more commonly known as Midway Games. Under the ownership of Midway, Atari Games continued to develop arcade games until 2000 before Midway opted to leave that market due to the decline of arcades in the US. It was at this point where Atari games was refocused into a developer of home console games. Because there was already another Atari making games for homes, Midway opted to rename them Midway Games West. The final nail to this Atari came in 2003 when Midway Games West was disbanded due to slumping sales. A few years later in 2009, Midway Games themselves went bankrupt.


Warner Brothers Interactive now owns the rights to Atari's arcade legacy since they bought out Midway's assets.


The saga of Atari is a long and confusing one. If anyone wants to add to this, be my guest. I just wanted people to understand which Atari went bankrupt today. It should be noted however, both Ataris claim descent from the original Atari.

Which means the bankruptcy of this Atari is truly a sad thing. Hopefully, the legacy of both Ataris will continue to live on in some fashion.

#30 Posted by NEWMAHAY (3760 posts) -
Its only Atari in name
#31 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (15910 posts) -

Atari also had this. Good thing I already bought it:

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#32 Posted by osirisx3 (1756 posts) -

they have sucked for a long time i cant remember the last time i wanted one of thier games.

#33 Posted by pelvist (4621 posts) -

I had that ET game in the op, its the worst game i have ever played, ever.

#34 Posted by Slimmin360 (1455 posts) -
[QUOTE="TheEroica"][QUOTE="Slimmin360"]R.I.P. Atari you will always be a part of my childhood, i'll always remember laying on my living room floor on that thick 70's green carpet in my six million dollar man feety pajamas on a saturday morning after watching Loony Tunes and eating my captn crunch, and diving into some Pac man and Pitfall and many others while my rainy saturdays just flew by in video gaming splendor. I've owned and enjoyed every Atari console and portable ever since and i'm deeply saddened by the dissolve of the company, hopefully they can find a way to come back and at least develop or contribute to developing games in some way. You'll always live on in our memories Atari...Thanks for the many years of fun.

Well said.

Thanks Man.
#35 Posted by Ratchet_Fan8 (5544 posts) -
Its only Atari in name NEWMAHAY
#36 Posted by getyeryayasout (7163 posts) -
Dear console manufacturers, please use more faux wood paneling on all future devices. Nothing says cutting edge tech like a nice mahogany finish.
#37 Posted by DerveCreaves (329 posts) -
I remember being int the marketing and design group for the Jaguar and being at E3 a few times.  Then they cut the budget, for no reason. Then they cut out all projects and abandoned them accept the Jaguar. Then they dropped development of a few other devices and wasted money. Which then they cut the budget again. Which then we got some good companies on board but had terrible advertising after launch. Do the math with the school teacher worked for awhile but that was pretty much the biggest we could afford. Then we started to recoup but to save money skimped on improving dev tolls and other dev assistance. Then that made the Jaguar unbearable by 1995. Then it seemed like dumb management stopped giving a fluck. Then at 1998ish that was pretty much it. Like 3 games showed up and most of the money was spend on project scraped for no real reason but managements stupid heads thinking things may not work. After the money was already wasted. Good times.
#38 Posted by mariokart64fan (19377 posts) -


test drive unlimited test drive unlimited2 and test drive ferrari racing challenge ring bells

#39 Posted by V3rciS (2212 posts) -

Atari's been dead for long time now... yea sad I know. In my town there's still one abandond building that on the outside still has an Atari logo on it from the '80s lol. I think it's used to be some kind of a retail shop or something.

#40 Posted by faizan_faizan (7846 posts) -

[QUOTE="faizan_faizan"]

Was the Amiga a part of the Atari?

carlisledavid79

No, the Amiga was from Commodore as well as the Vic-20, C64, C128 etc etc

Ok, I do remember it being the most praised gaming system in my family.
And Hunter was incredible.

#41 Posted by FastEddie2121 (3081 posts) -

*lights a single candle*

it is done

#42 Posted by 2_Quiet_2_Riot (693 posts) -

Don't really care, tbh. The only consoles I had from them were a second hand Atari 400 and a 2600.

#43 Posted by DerveCreaves (329 posts) -

Don't really care, tbh. The only consoles I had from them were a second hand Atari 400 and a 2600.

2_Quiet_2_Riot
400 is not a console. you own nothing.
#44 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (15910 posts) -

Was the Amiga a part of the Atari?

faizan_faizan

I think some of the people who designed the Amiga came from Atari. I'd have to check the bonus DVD which came with my Amiga Forever set. It detailed the history of the Amiga and the people who were prominent in its creation.

#45 Posted by 2_Quiet_2_Riot (693 posts) -

[QUOTE="2_Quiet_2_Riot"]

Don't really care, tbh. The only consoles I had from them were a second hand Atari 400 and a 2600.

DerveCreaves

400 is not a console. you own nothing.

Wrong, it was. As far as I can remember in 1982, I was 5, it was a second hand sold to my dad by his co-worker and I know damn well it played like a console, pop in a cartridge and play ;)

You're an idiot :lol:

#46 Posted by DerveCreaves (329 posts) -

[QUOTE="DerveCreaves"][QUOTE="2_Quiet_2_Riot"]

Don't really care, tbh. The only consoles I had from them were a second hand Atari 400 and a 2600.

2_Quiet_2_Riot

400 is not a console. you own nothing.

Wrong, it was. As far as I can remember in 1982, I was 5, it was a second hand sold to my dad by his co-worker and I know damn well it played like a console, pop in a cartridge and play ;)

You're an idiot :lol:

Lol except I actually had one so I know it was a computer look: "The Atari 8-bit family is a series of 8-bit home computers manufactured from 1979 to 1992." " including the original Atari 400 and 800 and their successors, the XL and XE series of computers." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_8-bit_family Lol, go take your meds.
#47 Posted by Neon_Noir (1503 posts) -
#48 Posted by 2_Quiet_2_Riot (693 posts) -

[QUOTE="2_Quiet_2_Riot"]

[QUOTE="DerveCreaves"] 400 is not a console. you own nothing.DerveCreaves

Wrong, it was. As far as I can remember in 1982, I was 5, it was a second hand sold to my dad by his co-worker and I know damn well it played like a console, pop in a cartridge and play ;)

You're an idiot :lol:

Lol except I actually had one so I know it was a computer look: "The Atari 8-bit family is a series of 8-bit home computers manufactured from 1979 to 1992." " including the original Atari 400 and 800 and their successors, the XL and XE series of computers." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_8-bit_family Lol, go take your meds.

LOL Wikipedia, :lol: You're desperately trying.

I was 5 at the time, sorry to disapoint you but my Time machine Delorean was only in a movie. We played it like console, and I know damn well I played Missile Command, Pac-Man and Defender on it. ;)

Go back to bed, kiddo.

#49 Posted by DerveCreaves (329 posts) -

[QUOTE="DerveCreaves"][QUOTE="2_Quiet_2_Riot"]

Wrong, it was. As far as I can remember in 1982, I was 5, it was a second hand sold to my dad by his co-worker and I know damn well it played like a console, pop in a cartridge and play ;)

You're an idiot :lol:

2_Quiet_2_Riot

Lol except I actually had one so I know it was a computer look: "The Atari 8-bit family is a series of 8-bit home computers manufactured from 1979 to 1992." " including the original Atari 400 and 800 and their successors, the XL and XE series of computers." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari_8-bit_family Lol, go take your meds.

LOL Wikipedia, :lol: You're desperately trying.

I was 5 at the time, sorry to disapoint you but my Time machine Delorean was only in a movie. We played it like console, and I know damn well I played Missile Command, Pac-Man and Defender on it. ;)

Go back to bed, kiddo.

[img[http://www.gregterzian.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/atari_400_2.jpg[/img] How much ownage do you need before you take your meds? Also, the commodore 64 was a computer that had cartridge support. Lol you lack all knowledge.
#50 Posted by DerveCreaves (329 posts) -
 :lol: