Lodsys goes after top-dog gaming firms Atari, EA, Rovio in patent suit

By on July 22, 2011 at 11:40 PM.

Lodsys goes after top-dog gaming firms Atari, EA, Rovio in patent suit

Lodsys, the company that has been accusing iOS and Android developers of illegally using its in-app purchasing technology, is now also targeting high-profile gaming firms such as Atari, Electronic Arts, Angry Birds lab Rovio, Square Enix and Take-Two Interactive. According to FOSS Patents, Lodsys had this to say about Rovio:

Defendant Rovio has infringed and continues to infringe, directly, indirectly, literally, under the doctrine of equivalents, contributorily, and/or through the inducement of other, one or more claims of the ‘565 patent. Rovio makes, sells, uses, imports, and/or offers to sell infringing applications, including but not limited to Angry Birds for iPhone and Angry Birds for Android, which infringe at least claim 27 of ‘565 patent under 35 U.S.C. § 271.

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Atari’s ‘Greatest Hits’ delivers arcade experience on iOS devices

By on April 7, 2011 at 7:31 PM.

Atari’s ‘Greatest Hits’ delivers arcade experience on iOS devices

Stop dusting off your old Atari 2600 and get to the iTunes App Store, stat. Atari Interactive on Thursday announced the release of its Greatest Hits application for iOS devices including the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The download is free and includes PONG, but there are also a number of in-app purchases available including many classic Atari Arcade and Atari 2600 games. The app offers original cabinet and box art for each game, and there are 25 different packs of four games that cost $0.99 a piece — or you can buy the entire collection for $14.99. Titles include hits like Asteroid, Missile Command, Air-Sea Battle with Bluetooth multiplayer support, Breakout with Bluetooth multiplayer, Battlezone, and more. Atari’s Greatest Hits is compatible with devices running iOS 3.0 or later. We know what we’re doing for the rest of the night. More →

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Throwback Thursday: The Atari Lynx

By on March 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM.

Throwback Thursday: The Atari Lynx

Released in 1989, the Atari Lynx was a portable gaming device way ahead of its time. As the world’s first portable gaming device to boast a color display, the Lynx packed a host of other innovative features — including the ability to be held with the D-pad on the left or right for ambidextrous gameplay. The 16-bit gaming system packed  a 3.5-inch display which supported 4,096 colors, a 4MHz processor, 64KB of RAM, a 3.5mm headphone jack, ComLynx port, and was powered by six AA batteries. The ComLynx port could be used to daisy-chain multiple Lynx players together — up to eighteen total — for collaborative multiplayer gaming. The Lynx had the misfortune of being released in the same year as Nintendo’s Game Boy, which was priced $100 cheaper and viewed as less bulky. An updated Lynx handheld — the Lynx II — was released in 1991, but, thanks to Sega’s newly launched Game Gear and continued pressure from Nintendo, it didn’t fair much better. Any gaming pioneers out there buck the Nintendo and Sega trend and own an Atari Lynx? More →

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Throwback Thursday: Paperboy

By on July 29, 2010 at 5:17 PM.

Throwback Thursday: Paperboy

Paperboy was first introduced in 1984 by Atari and has most definitely become a cult classic. Your in-game objective is to navigate your cycling paperboy through their weekly paper route, delivering the broadsheet to your customers, and avoiding a host of obstacles, including: cars, dogs, rolling tires, lawnmowers, kids on tricycles, the Grim Reaper, and some weirdo with a knife. There are seven levels — Monday through Sunday — and each day gets progressively harder (duh!). Fail to deliver a paper or accidentally throw a paper through someones window and you risk losing a subscriber. Complete your route and you’re rewarded with some spiffy 8-bit music and a training course that offers you a chance to win bonus points. How were your Paperboy skills? Did you always see the headline “Paperboy Wins Award For Outstanding Paper-Delivery” or were you more of the “Paperboy Calls It Quits” type?

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Throwback Thursday: Atari 2600

By on June 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM.

Throwback Thursday: Atari 2600

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In honor of E3 week, we thought we would dedicate this week’s Throwback Thursday to a gaming device from the past: the Atari 2600. The console that really brought in-home gaming to the masses and a gadget we have a real soft spot for, the 2600 was first launched in 1977. At the time it retailed for $199, which is roughly equivalent to $730 today. Despite the high cost, Atari managed to move over a 250,000 units in its first year. Although by today’s standards its 8-bit 1.19MHz processor and 128 bytes of RAM are absolutely ridiculous, the 2600 managed to keep generations entertained — thanks to insanely addictive titles such as Missile Command, Pitfall and Space Invaders (don’t get us started on that awful Pac-Man port). In spite of the fact that many of the people who revere it weren’t even alive when it was finally discontinued in 1992, the 2600 retains a huge cult following. What memories do you have of the Atari 2600?

BGR Throwback Thursday is a weekly series covering our (and your) favorite gadgets of yesterday and yesteryear. More →

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