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  1. Gaming

    Plan to Exhume Millions of E.T. Atari Cartridges Put on Hold Over Environmental Concerns

    Last June, we told you about a documentary film crew that planned to excavate a long-closed landfill rumored to be the final resting place of millions of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Atari game cartridges. Unfortunately, the plan is on hold, and it's not clear when, if ever, the cartridges will be dug up.

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  2. Gaming

    Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Pulled From Sale While Publishers And Developers Duke It Out

    The Enhanced Edition of the classic RPG Baldur's Gate has been removed from digital shelves at the Apple App Store and on the website of its developer, Beamdog. According to Beamdog's president Trent Oster, the game has been taken down "at our publishing partner's request as we attempt to resolve a number of contractual issues," the details of which they are legally prohibited from discussing. The legal dispute will prevent the release of the Android version, which has been expected for months, and a major patch for the game, and will send the Enhanced Edition of Baldur's Gate II plummeting into development hell. Excuse me, development Baator.

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  3. Gaming

    Atari E.T.’s Presumed Tomb Exhumed Soon

    There's a long standing urban legend about millions of copies of the Atari game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial being buried in the New Mexico desert, and a documentary film crew wants to settle it once and for all. They've just been given permission by the Alamogordo, New Mexico city council to excavate the landfill believed to be E.T.'s final resting place. Worst case scenario, there's a curse and they get doomed to have to play E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial for all time.

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  4. Gaming

    Looks Like We’re Getting Nothing Done Today: You Can Play Breakout in Google Image Search

    If you have a few minutes to kill, might we suggest typing "Atari Breakout" into Google Image Search? It will return images of the classic game, but after a few seconds those images will change into blocks, and your computer will beep and boop at you as the screen is transformed into the Atari classic Breakout. Google doesn't want anyone getting any work done today.

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  5. Gaming

    Game Over: Atari Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

    Atari Inc. and three of it affiliates in the U.S. are throwing in the towel. Filing for Chapter 11 reorganization in a New York State bankruptcy court, Atari Inc. aims to disentangle itself from its French parent company Atari S.A. -- originally Infogrames -- in a similar manner to how we scootch a few seats down the table to sit away from a creepy relative at family gatherings. If the American company successfully dissolves its ties to floundering France-based parent, Atari Inc.'s leaders intend to shift game development and publishing focus on digital and mobile platforms, though there are no specifics right now on what that might look like. Doesn't matter, really, since we all know they'll likely just churn out yet another modern update of Pong or Asteroids.

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  6. Science

    People Are Playing Video Games With Paramecia

    This is a paramecium. You probably haven't thought about it since 7th-grade biology, but as a refresher, it is a one-celled organism akin to the amoeba. And now scientists have started playing with them. Like pets. But while inserting them into old school video games like Pong and Pac-Man. How exactly have they made this happen, pitting microscopic creatures against each other in Atari games? Click through for the explanation and the video:

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  7. Gaming

    iCade, The iPad Arcade Cabinet, Is Now a Reality

    Remember the iCade, the iPad-powered arcade cabinet with which ThinkGeek buoyed our nerdy hopes on April Fool's Day, only to crush them thereafter? Well, OhGizmo!'s Andrew Liszewski confirms from CES that it has become an actual, real product, thanks to ION Audio and Atari, that it "feels just fantastic," equipped with more buttons than the original ThinkGeek mockup, and that it will be coming soon for $100. ION:
    The arcade action starts with the retro-gaming classic Asteroids and continues with many other Atari arcade titles. In addition to the extensive Atari library, new and existing apps can be easily updated to work with iCADE. Grab hold of iCADE's full-sized joystick and smash the eight arcade buttons for commanding control of iPad's on-screen action.
    If the iCade has you involuntarily salivating, also check out ThinkGeek's JOYSTICK-IT, a wireless, battery-less joystick for iPads and other tablet devices. (via OhGizmo! | ThinkGeek)

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  8. Weird

    Man Hit By Car While Attempting Real-Life Frogger

    Hey, everyone. A 23-year old, after what must have been a lengthy, thoughtful discussion with his friends, was hit by a car after attempting to recreate the Atari game of Frogger. No, really. Because he thought it could happen in real life. He thought that all vehicles in all four lanes of South Carolina highway traffic would be traveling equidistantly at the same exact speed. And he thought he had amphibian-like reflexes. Honest mistake. According to police reports, "Chief Jimmy Dixon says the man yelled 'go' and darted into oncoming traffic in the four-lane highway." Geekologie also notes that this is not the first time it's happened. (Oh, Sweden.) (via Geekologie, photo via Kotaku)

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  9. Gaming

    Long-Exposure Photos of Classic Video Games

    Artist Rosemarie Fiore took some fascinating long-exposure photos of the screens of classic '80s games by Atari, Centuri, and Taito. "By recording each second of an entire game on one frame of film, I captured  complex patterns not normally seen by the eye," she writes.

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