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Atari launches new affiliate program

Atari launches new affiliate program

Atari will be relaunching some classic games through social networks like Facebook.

Social networking sites such as Facebook will play host to hundreds of old Atari games that are to be reinvented under the newly launched Atari GO label.

Atari GO have also welcomed websites that already host unofficial emulations of Atari oldies, inviting them to become affiliates. This allows the company to have legitimate access to authentic versions of Atari games, providing they share any profits made from them.

For people who are keen on re-imagining Atari games for modern audiences on social networks, Atari GO also offers a developer program. The companies portfolio of over 1000 games is considered fair game.

Games featured that are available on Atari GO include Faeries vs. Darklings, Dark Orbit, Tempest, along with Centipede and Seafight. Asteroids Online is 'coming soon'.

Atari hopes to profit from the venture via microtransactions and hints that there's scope create bite-sized experiences that tie-in with the core publisher portfolio, with games like Test Drive Unlimited 2 mentioned as an example.

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SaNdCrAwLeR 24th September 2010, 18:26 Quote
good to see them not wanting to shut down these emulation sites but just asking to get a piece of the slice in exchange for recognition as an official partner!
Krayzie_B.o.n.e. 24th September 2010, 19:19 Quote
In this day and age I can't see anybody paying money to play Pac-Man or Centipede.

Atari should just load some classics on Facebook to play for free and split the share of the advertising dollars with Facebook.

Just like Farmville and it's 84 million active players.
paisa666 24th September 2010, 21:35 Quote
what??

they're not including the smash hit E.T the Extraterrestrial??

meh...
echeb 25th September 2010, 20:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by paisa666

they're not including the smash hit E.T the Extraterrestrial??

just because the're not doesn't mean somebody else won't make it with the developer kit. I've always wanted to know what the fuss was all about!
tommykl 26th September 2010, 20:14 Quote
Trust me the first couple of times you fall into a hole and repeatedly fail at trying fly out of will cause severe hatred of the game. It is pretty bad that I could remember that portion of the game after what 20+ years have pass since I've played it.
Niftyrat 28th September 2010, 19:14 Quote
Why is it micro transactions always seem to make me think of shareware? You play so much and then no game unless you pay, classics like river raid would do stunningly well I feel
AstralWanderer 30th September 2010, 16:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Krayzie_B.o.n.e.
In this day and age I can't see anybody paying money to play Pac-Man or Centipede...
I agree - I thought PuckMan and Millipede were far better. :)
knuck 30th September 2010, 19:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by paisa666
what??

they're not including the smash hit E.T the Extraterrestrial??

meh...
Quote:
Originally Posted by echeb
just because the're not doesn't mean somebody else won't make it with the developer kit. I've always wanted to know what the fuss was all about!


Did somebody say.... E.T ??

http://img36.imageshack.us/img36/5728/et2600.jpg


It's junk. Trust me. It may be almost 30 years old but that doesn't excuse how terrible this "game" is

EDIT: oh yeah and I also have this !

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/8541/gremlins2600.jpg
frenchscottie 30th September 2010, 20:28 Quote
Hey knuck they could be collectors items. they might be worth 200 or 300 pence lol.
knuck 30th September 2010, 20:51 Quote
not at all :(

1.50$ on ebay
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