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Does Atari have a future?

L.A. Times 2013/01/21 15:00:00
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The U.S. operations of iconic but long-troubled video game maker Atari have filed for bankruptcy in an effort to break free from their debt-laden French parent. Atari Inc. and three of its affiliates filed petitions for Chapter 11 reorganization in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York late Sunday.

Its leaders hope to break the American business free from French parent Atari S.A. and in the next few months find a buyer to take the company private. They hope to grow a modest business focused on digital and mobile platforms, according to a knowledgeable person not authorized to discuss the matter privately.

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  • Roydon Matthews 2013/06/19 23:23:27
    No
    Roydon Matthews
    Atari died as a casualty of the Video Game Crash of 1983. It has tried to resurrect itself but to be fair, it can't do anything now.
  • Computer Reaction Guy 2013/02/03 06:00:56
    No
    Computer Reaction Guy
    Atari died a long time ago...
  • casey 2013/02/03 02:23:47
    Yes
    casey
    It could easily have a future, with a name like atari and their classic game selection here's what they do. Put their classics on Android and IOS and make it compatible with a game controller, like the one being kickstarted. OR they could create their on controller, a retro atari looking one. I would be happy with an HD collection of their classics!
  • Hakking 2013/02/01 18:14:56
  • Wm Kabrich 2013/01/30 16:38:37
    Yes
    Wm Kabrich
    In my heart and soul they will always be great, but as they are now I just don't know :'-)
  • MCPL Kalsi 2013/01/30 04:01:12
    No
    MCPL Kalsi
    NO, i wish it did though
  • unseen 2013/01/28 21:47:06
    Yes
    unseen
    Classics should have a chance I still play frogger and pacman and that thing called pong
  • Katt 2013/01/28 03:50:06
    No
    Katt
    +1
    On the market no, in my heart yes
  • JustMe 2013/01/26 13:45:00
    Yes
    JustMe
    I hope so, they were awesome, I still have a 2600
  • Sarah 2013/01/26 01:00:12
    No
    Sarah
    +1
    I don't think the Atari will have enough major improvements to beat out Microsoft and Sony, but the Atari will always have that special place in a gamer's heart. I think it should keep its classic title.
  • Chibi Guru Z 2013/01/25 22:47:51
    Yes
    Chibi Guru Z
    Atari somehow always rolls back onto it's feet. Someone else will aquire it and breath life back into it. It's too iconic a name. The gaming world wont let it die.
  • grog 2013/01/25 19:11:27
    Yes
    grog
    If E.T. did not kill Atari nothing can.
  • The Andoxico 2013/01/25 17:33:23
    No
    The Andoxico
    +1
    few companies do, i wouldn't be crazy to say that nintendo is a dieing star
  • Sperry23 2013/01/25 16:54:08
    Yes
    Sperry23
    +1
    Maybe. If they can break away from the parent company, find a buyer, monetize the company, and put out their iconic games in mobile form, then maybe they'll make it.

    But there's an awful lot of ifs there.

    That being said, I'd love to be able to play some of the old 8-bit games on my smartphone or tablet. They were fun.
  • casey Sperry23 2013/02/03 02:26:05
    casey
    my thoughts exactly
  • Lashawn W 2013/01/24 23:36:22
    Yes
    Lashawn W
    Atari are the pioneers, give them a chance I'm sure they will prove their worth.
  • Not A Crybaby Richard <3Fre... 2013/01/24 18:21:13
    Yes
    Not A Crybaby Richard <3Freedom!
    Rollercoaster Tycoon 4!
  • Dane 2013/01/24 16:33:41
    Yes
    Dane
    more than this presidency
  • elvira 2013/01/23 13:17:07
    Yes
    elvira
    This is what big companies do to reconstruct themselves. Not a good thing for anyone they owe money to. :( Just ask any contractor who has done work for Donald Trump.
  • Cunning Stunts 2013/01/23 13:14:14
    Yes
    Cunning Stunts
    +1
    Probably not as a commercial entity though the fan base will probably never die out.

    I'm currently trying to mod a 2600 by replacing the original cartridge interface with a multi bridged logic chip combine with a 256MB USB flash drive and USB controller then load all the ROMS onto the flash drive accessible to a main menu. It would save the corrosion obstacle of maintaining the console cartridge port and the cartridges themselves.
  • kashmir... Cunning... 2013/01/28 02:38:54
  • Cunning... kashmir... 2013/02/04 10:57:04
    Cunning Stunts
    I only have enough concentration span to build maybe one barely working one.

    Put up a tac ad at your local uni campus and the computer nerds/engineers will flock to it.
  • Augure3VI Cunning... 2013/02/03 06:32:56
  • Cunning... Augure3VI 2013/02/04 10:57:41
    Cunning Stunts
    Not as fun as building a custom job specific to my needs though.
  • Nonpartisan 2013/01/22 22:15:21
    Yes
    Nonpartisan
    My Atari game system still works great.
  • Aran Smeallie 2013/01/22 20:23:14
    Yes
    Aran Smeallie
    +1
    IN GIMMICKY KNICK-KNACKS!
    atari head set
    still the coolest looking thing they've ever made
  • Juanb 2013/01/22 18:18:17
    Yes
    Juanb
    sure anything can happen
  • johnnyg 2013/01/22 16:56:13
    Yes
    johnnyg
    +1
    As soon as Pong II comes out!!
  • ..::localeye::.. 2013/01/22 16:32:19
    No
    ..::localeye::..
    I thought they were gone forever ago.
  • Chibi G... ..::loc... 2013/01/25 22:48:36
    Chibi Guru Z
    Nope, still around. Making software, not consoles.
  • pepper5419 2013/01/22 15:58:55
    No
    pepper5419
    +1
    When the last time you heard the name Atari? Remember Pong?They may have invented the first video gaming system but,thats like trying to reintroduce the VCR.
  • DJ Techzaz 2013/01/22 15:57:30
    No
    DJ Techzaz
    Maybe yes, but likely no.

    It depends on how they intend to model up business-wise, what they plan to put forward. If they stick to software, good story-lines in good playable games, I think they'd have a chance.
  • Aader 2013/01/22 15:37:33 (edited)
    Yes
    Aader
    And here is how. The Atari Company should find a new IP. Make lasting games. I don't know maybe an RTS about the middle ages for Xbox. Next build a forum then Advertise it. Let people who join suggest ideas for games. But most of all use Kickstarter.
  • Todd Parsons 2013/01/22 15:15:02
    No
    Todd Parsons
    They are too behind the times on their development. They should re-release the Atari 800 to try to capture the nostalgia crowd
  • SW 2013/01/22 14:14:56
    Yes
    SW
    As long as they stick with software why not...
  • SonofSpermcube 2013/01/22 14:06:04 (edited)
    No
    SonofSpermcube
    It doesn't have a past beyond about 1996, either. It's just a name. The current "Atari" has about as much to do with the company that built the 2600 and such as the current "Bugatti" has with the Bugatti of the 1930s.
  • SezMichael 2013/01/22 13:04:11
    No
    SezMichael
    No, unless in a movie called Back to the Future.
  • carlbrown4 2013/01/22 09:02:22
    No
    carlbrown4
    +1
    What the hell is ah Atari?
  • Dyonus 2013/01/22 08:51:26
    No
    Dyonus
    Maybe as a game developer company, but nothing more than that.
  • Poet OS™ a.k.a HavokX86™ 2013/01/22 06:18:12
    No
    Poet OS™ a.k.a HavokX86™
    The company has been dead for years, since the introduction of the newer systems. The games they release are okay, but are not going to keep them afloat.

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