Atari US Files Bankruptcy...Now What?
So, now what? Will the Atari brand survive? Will we see new game development under the name? Or will someone buy it just to collect on the retro gaming royalties on Atari merchandise? I'm pulling out my crystal ball to see what could happen to Atari in the near future.
So what if Apple decided to buy Atari? The two entities have already been linked with an Atari iPad dock that has already been developed called the Atari Arcade. It has a nice arcade look but something needs to be developed based on the Atari 2600. Those plug-and-play Atari joysticks games were pretty cool like what...10 years ago? Here's an idea...a bluetooth Atari 2600 paddle and joystick. I think Apple could pull that off. Give me an old school looking paddle controller that can sync up with my tablet. Call it the iPaddle, sell it for $79. I'm telling ya, people will buy it.
Golden-Aged Atari 2600s
What if some young billionaire bought Atari? Someone who had the money to essentially develop and distribute the ultimate retro Atari 2600 console system. I mean, they do call it "The Golden Age of Video Games" right? So why not go all out to commemorate Atari? Gold-plated gaming perfection, right down to the two prongs that connected to your TV. Only $9,999 and assured never to end up in a landfill.
So there are a few that I thought of when I heard this story. Whoever buys Atari, I hope they do more with it than just slap it on Hot Wheels cars. I really hope Atari not only survives for nostalgia's sake but that strides are made to keep the brand active in the gaming community. We may never see another home console produced but there are people out there (smarter than me) that can improve the legacy of these games other than selling t-shirts or making crappy movies. Leave a comment with what you would do if you bought the Atari brand!
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