Atari has entered into a collaborative publishing agreement with Dynamite for a comprehensive retrospective hardcover book, which would collect game production and concept artwork, photos, behind-the-scenes info, marketing art, and interviews with key people involved in Atari’s history. The deal also includes the right to create original comics and graphic novels in all sizes, as well as reprint existing comic material.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has brought together a number of iconic video game companies, whose characters—such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Frogger, and Q*bert—will be featured in next year’s action comedy Pixels, to be released on May 15.
Companies with classic arcade games that are teaming with Sony Pictures on the film include: Atari Interactive (publisher of Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, and Missile Command), Konami Digital Entertainment Co. Ltd. (Frogger), Bandai Namco Games Inc. (Pac-Man, Galaga, and Dig Dug), Nintendo (Donkey Kong), Columbia Pictures Industries Inc. (Q*bert), Taito Corporation (Space Invaders), and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Joust, Defender, Robotron, and Wizard of Wor).
Set in a minimalistic, stylized universe, Minimum features session-based combat that pits teams of five against each other with craftable weapons. Each team has their own gigantic, robotic Titan that they power up, which helps them fight and destroy the enemy’s base. At the core of Minimum is an elaborate blueprint crafting system, where players collect resources to create customized weapons and armor that can be powered up.
Minimum was created by TimeGate Studios, which early on, engaged in discussions to cooperate with Atari on the project. Atari then worked with TimeGate to help extricate Minimum out of the TimeGate bankruptcy. Human Head Studios, a Madison, Wisc.-based developer, helped Atari to further develop the game.
Fans can visit www.playminimum.com to pre-register for game updates and receive free bonus in-game items.
Tommo Inc. has completed the acquisition of the Humongous Entertainment Brand and most of its assets. The acquisition was initially announced last summer, when Tommo acquired the Humongous Entertainment Brand and over 100 classic game IP’s from Atari Inc. during the Atari assets bankruptcy auction. Humongous Entertainment was originally formed in 1992 and has sold more than 15 million games over 20 years.
See the creative thinking behind the finished designs of some of the most popular video arcade games at Atari by Design: From Concept to Creation, a new display opening at the National Museum of Play at The Strong Saturday, June 22.
The display offers game enthusiasts a rare opportunity to delve into the development of Gauntlet, Street Fighter, Gran Trak 10, Red Baron, and Gotcha. Game cabinets are paired with displays of preliminary designs, drawings, and sketches that went into their creation as well as some of the fliers and advertising materials used to promote their sale. Several of the machines, including Street Fighter and Gauntlet, are available for play. The display is produced by The Strong’s International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG). [Read more...]
The DiscoveryStore.com unveiled the iCade, which can turn an iPad into a retro, arcade-style cabinet complete with a full-sized joystick and eight buttons. The cradle is specially designed so that the iPad securely fits and apps can be easily manipulated by the cabinet’s controls.
With the compatible iCade app, users can access Atari’s extensive gaming library as well as other apps. The iCade app comes with a free game, Missile Defense, and the Atari gaming library includes an additional 100 games available for purchase. The games are sold in a set of four for $1 or in a 99-games set for $14.99. The iCade retails for $99.95.