Atari + Internet Explorer + You = Go Play Missile Command

Thu, Aug 30, 2012

Arcade, Frisky Misc, Social

Today’s news has a bunch of impressive numbers in it! TriplePoint client Atari is 40 years old. Popular browser Internet Explorer is about to release version 10. HTML5 has a 5 in it for some reason. Numbers! Even more impressive is what happens when those numbers get together: In celebration of Atari’s 40th anniversary and the upcoming release of IE10, Atari has launched several HTML5-based re-imaginings of their classic catalog in the new Atari Arcade, which is said to run just delightfully in IE. You can visit and play such games as “AsteroidsPongLunar LanderMissile CommandCentipede,” and get high scores, which are made of — you guessed it — more numbers. Good clean educational fun!

From the press release:

In celebration of Atari’s 40 year anniversary and the upcoming launch of Internet Explorer 10, classic games like AsteroidsPongLunar LanderMissile CommandCentipede, and others have been developed with new graphics and gameplay features. Like the arcades that first popularized gaming, players can go head-to-head with friends in competitive, real-time battles for high scores and leaderboard placement in the next evolution of Atari fan favorites like Super Breakout and Combat.

Atari’s new platform will grant developers access to Create.js, a suite of tools for creating cross-browser, cross-device HTML5 gaming and media experiences. This new offering will give developers a platform to publish and monetize games with the ability to utilize features like Facebook integration.

So, I’m not sure why you’re not playing Missile Command right now. You’re quickly running out of excuses.

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