Remember when you used to sit in front of a box-size TV screen and play Pong for hours on end while eating roasted marshmallows in front of a fireplace? Ok, maybe some people on this site don't remember, but my parents do! I've sat in my room for countless hours getting lost in the luxurious world of Los Santos on GTAV, but back then, it was either outside or play on a Atari gaming system. It's hard to believe how far we've come since the 70's and 80's days of video games. Don't get me wrong, I own an Atari Flash Back Two, and even I can play it for hours on end.
In January of 2013, Atari as a company filed for bankruptcy, but they said it wasn't "game over" yet. Fast forward a year and Atari has recovered from bankruptcy and is looking to wiggle its way back into our society. As of yesterday, Atari's CEO Fred Chesnais announced that Atari is teaming up with the virtual games company FlowPlay to bring Atari to casinos to resurrect the 40+ year old company. Games such as blackjack and poker will have themes from games that Atari has made, such as Asteroids, Missile Command, and even Centipede.
Fred also went on to state that not only will these games be available in casinos, but also on the web and on mobile devices, and even on Facebook. "Entering social casino gaming is a logical next step for us given its appeal across multiple generations and its natural fit with the casual audience," Fred said. This could be make or break time for the company, and it looks like it could pull them out of bankruptcy and back onto the market.
What do you guys think? Will this move of bringing old fashioned Atari games bring them back on the market? Or will they crash and burn, like they did back in January of 2013? I think that this would be interesting to see. Being able to play Asteroids on my iPod wouldn't be bad, and it would give me something to do in class at school instead of droning out to older albums of Eminem or playing Flappy Bird over and over and over again.