Atari launches… umm… a fitness app.

So this was unexpected. Atari has launched a fitness app that will reward you for working out by letting you play some of the company's classic arcade games. Luckily, you won't need an Atari 2600 to use it. Atari Fit, when it launches later this month, will have 150 exercise routines and custom programs in…

CES 2011 – Ion's Atari iCade retro gaming iPad dock

A joint production with Atari, the Ion iCade tuns your iPad into a eighties style Atari games console complete with those indestructible knobs and buttons. Apparently the whole back catalogue of Atari is now on iTunes so you can…

Atari launch Photo Sauce Facebook photo editor

They may be best known for their pioneering games such as Pong and Gauntlet, but videogame legends Atari are set to enter the world of social networking with their Photo Sauce application for Facebook.

Asteroids the movie – what HD was made for

Asteroids is coming to a big screen near you. That’s no lie. The classic Atari title, originally released 30 years ago, is being made into a movie.

I’m expecting it to be quite intense viewing – plenty of complicated dialogue, elaborate plot twists and some Oscar-worthy performances from its cast.

Or maybe it will stay faithful to the original game and will simply be two-hours of a triangle-based spaceship blowing up some square-ish looking asteroids with little or no plot at all. Maybe they could even shoot it in black and white for added authenticity.

Universal has apparently signed up Matthew Lopez to write the script for the film which will be produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura.

It sounds like a winner. No honestly. Although it will have a hard job dislodging Super Mario Bros as the best ever movie adaptation of a game. Bob Hoskins as Mario – genius.

(via THR & @clashcityrocker)

Get yourself in the mood for the movie with a quick blast on the original game:

Asteroids made by Neave Games

Atari abandons filesharing lawsuits

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Following the news the other week that some pensioners had been accused of downloading pirated games, Atari has abandoned its ‘sue-your-own-customers’ strategy, developed in conjunction with trigger-happy lawyers Davenport-Lyons.

Although the company maintains that it will “always retain and reserve the right to protect our intellectual property from illegal copying and piracy”, this is a positive step from a company realising that the only thing it’s actually getting out of the campaign of intimidation is bad press.

Will other companies follow? Codemasters is the biggest games publisher still associated with the troubled law firm. With any luck, it will wake up too, and realise that bringing legal action against its customers is far more trouble that it’s worth. There are many other options for making money with games.

I’m off to go buy some Atari games.

Atari (via TorrentFreak)

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Pensioners 'caught' pirating games

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Poor Gill and Ken Murdoch. They’re aged 54 and 66 respectively, and they’ve never played a computer game in their lives. Imagine their shock when they opened a letter from law firm Davenport-Lyons that accused them of downloading an Atari game called Race 07, at 3am on November 26, 2007.

The letter demanded immediate compensation of £500 plus £25 costs, with the threat that that figure could rise into the thousands if legal action began against the couple. Over to Ken:

“A Swiss investigator had identified us as the downloader of this software at 2.59am on November 26, 2007. At 10am that day, I was at a government conference. The thought of me being up at 3am was ludicrous – and there are no kids in our house. The whole thing’s been a nightmare. We have never even played computer games.”