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Atari is coming back with a mysterious console called the Atari Box. - Atari Image


The first gaming console I’ve ever laid my hands on was an Atari console, and the first game I’ve everplayed with it was a game called Nemesis.


This news is full nostalgia, I was about around nine or ten back then when my siblings and I played with Nemesis. The game was a bit difficult for me to beat at the time but the concept was relatively easy. I controlled a ship with a joystick which I could maneuver it freely in two dimensions, vertically and horizontally. The goal was not get hit by asteroids and then fire at incoming enemy spaceships. As simple as it was it was very time consuming and yet it made the best of my childhood summer vacations. Come to think of it, I even have no idea nor my siblings what version of the Atari we owned, all I remember was it was black and had purple keypads on the keyboard, with a black joystick and red trigger, so if anybody remembers what version it was, do let us know in the comment section or visit our forum section to talk about games. 🙂

Now, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais has confirmed publicly that the seasoned gaming company is working on a new game console, “We’re back in the hardware business” he said in a tech site.

See video, for their official teaser trailer:

Word online is that it’s going to be called the “Atari Box”, no idea yet if it’s a working title or the official name. There is no official details yet on the hardware specifications of the upcoming console but it was also mentioned in his public announcement that it will be based on the latest PC technology and the final design and look is still being polished. With virtual and augmented reality growing popular than ever, we’d expect Atari to also dive into the trend and we imagine they’ll remake the popular Atari games such as Asteroids, Breakout, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, or Defender, into awesome new graphics and even applied with virtual or augmented reality.

Atari once filed for bankruptcy protection back in 2013, but the company managed to rise back from the ashes and hopefully come back with a vengeance! This just goes to show that nothing is permanent when you go down hard in life, and if you focused on the end goal, things will just become better; Currently Atari is raking good profit in the lucrative mobile game industry and has been licensing various games to other consoles and gaming companies. Given their commercial success, this is a very feasible time to rebuild their image into one of the biggest console manufacturers again just like back in the early 70’s and 80’s. The generation Y and older Millennials are definitely going to get a deep kick of nostalgia out of this one.

Atari was originally founded back in 1972 in the United States of America by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney, the pioneer of arcade games, home video games consoles and even home computers.

The legendary game such as Pong, developed for the Atari 2600, helped defined and shaped electronic entertainment gaming industry in the 70’s to 80’s.

What's your favorite Atari Game? Set your vote in the poll below or add in your own answer! 🙂

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