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Legacy Videogame Company Atari Cleared to Exit Bankruptcy

Atari Inc., the company that helped give birth to the modern-day videogame industry with the introduction of now-classic games such as Asteroids and Pong, received court approval of its plan to exit bankruptcy under the control of its French parent Atari S.A.

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Atari’s Bankruptcy Plan Leaves Most Lenders Out of Credits

Atari Inc. was a pioneer of videogames before the $70 billion industry left it behind. Now its creditors are set to meet a similar fate.

Playing to the Crowd: Gamecasting Goes Mainstream

Video games have always been social, but now they’re getting hooked up to the social Web.
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Q&A: Atari Founder Nolan Bushnell on Innovation, the “Next Steve Jobs” and Why Mobile Games Are “Over”

Also, why Google Glass is the next big thing in gaming.
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P4RC Names Kevin Dent as COO and Appoints Two New Board Members

P4RC, which is building a platform that rewards people with prizes for playing mobile games, has hired Kevin Dent as COO. Previously, Dent founded Tiswaz Entertainment, a games consulting firm. The Los Angeles-based company also announced that Jeffrey Lapin, former CEO of Atari, and Michael Pachter, a gaming analyst for Wedbush Securities, have joined the board.

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Atari Files Chapter 11 to Split From Parent

Atari Inc., the New York-based videogame company, filed to reorganize under Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy law.

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Zynga Breaks Out a Revamped Classic from Atari

Atari’s “Breakout” needs 50 cc of adorable bunnies, stat. The classic arcade game is getting a new life and a heavy dose of cuteness in Zynga’s just-released Super Bunny Breakout for iOS. It’s the first time the companies have worked together, and arguably the most high-profile partnership since Zynga started publishing third-party games earlier this year. Atari CEO Jim Wilson said that (like Zynga) Atari is making a major push into mobile, and has more games in development based on their existing catalog. However, he adds, the companies have not yet set in stone whether Zynga will be the publisher of those titles.

Smithsonian Brings Classic Arcade Games to Life (Video)

Festivities highlighted the opening of a videogame art exhibit at the Smithsonian.
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