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Old 05-31-18, 09:41 AM   #51
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

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I may be wrong, but I don't see people shelling out this kind of money to buy one of these.
There was enough demand to crash Indiegogo when it went live, and they raised a little over $2 million since the switch was flipped yesterday (which by crowdfunding standards is pretty huge). I don't understand it, but there does appear to be a good bit of demand.
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Old 05-31-18, 10:21 AM   #52
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

I don't know how fast they reached the 2 million mark, but Ouya raised over 8.5 million:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...o-game-console

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according to the timeline, the kickstarter opened on June 10 and that same day there's a post thanking people for reaching the goal of 2 million.
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Old 05-31-18, 11:15 AM   #53
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

People are dumb. I honestly canít believe they exceeded their goal without a working prototype or any new software shown off. People who shelled out for this pretty much are paying for a glorified steam box thatís got the Atari logo slapped on and will play the classic games (like the original cartridges are so hard to find or there arenít a bunch of clone/emulation consoles out there). I donít see studios suddenly developing games for this or any exclusives coming. This is a pipe dream system that unfortunately became a reality. Feel bad for the people who are going to realize this later when they actually get it.
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Old 05-31-18, 11:30 AM   #54
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

I don't see the point of shelling out when I can play these games on my phone.
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Old 05-31-18, 11:35 AM   #55
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

The scary thing is that being on indiegogo they didnít need a working prototype. So people basically invested in a bunch of promises based on a spec sheet and a couple mock ups of what the console/interface/controller are supposed to look like. Nothing actually shown though because I guess thatís not important to sell your system.
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Old 05-31-18, 12:13 PM   #56
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

I think the name gives people some comfort, but as the other article stated Atari hasn't released it's own hardware since the Jaguar, and it was a completely different company then (plus that failed miserably anyway).

I mean look at the wikipedia entry on how the brand has changed hands since then:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atari
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Old 05-31-18, 12:50 PM   #57
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The name is just that at this point. Basically some license holding company bought their brand and now can stick it on things. Atari doesnít really exist on its own. Also the Jaguar which is their most recent console wasnít even successful. They basically havenít been relevant since the early 80s. I mean really whatís their big claim since then? The Roller Coaster Tycoon franchise maybe?

Itís mind boggling to me. Imagine any other company doing this. Not showing an actual product, no new software (the retro stuff doesnít count) asking for money on a crowd funding site. Theyíd be a fucking laughing stock. My guess is there had to be a couple wealthy dumbasses who threw their money at this not really knowing what it is or totally blind sided by nostalgia and not realizing you can play those same games very easily or buy a good gaming PC which does the same thing.

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Old 05-31-18, 12:52 PM   #58
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

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The name is just that at this point. Basically some license holding company bought their brand and now can stick it on things. Atari doesnít really exist on its own. Also the Jaguar which is their most recent console wasnít even successful. They basically havenít been relevant since the early 80s. I mean really whatís their big claim since then? The Roller Coaster Tycoon franchise maybe?
Hey...The Lynx was kick ass back in the day!!

Agreed though. This is a nostalgia grab, nothing more. And they know it, which is why it's designed to look like an old console.
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Old 05-31-18, 01:36 PM   #59
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Hey...The Lynx was kick ass back in the day!
It was!

Although even then, you could say that that was Epyx's baby rather than Atari's.
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Old 06-30-18, 07:02 PM   #60
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

So yeah, I paid the 300 bucks for it; my thinking is that Atari is a name with pedigree and if this causes some disruption in the console business, I am totally for it.

The way it sounds they are going to work with indie publishers to create new versions of the games they own. This is a very exciting idea especially if they make it far more equitable than what Sony or Microsoft would do.

Plus it looks really good
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Old 06-30-18, 08:06 PM   #61
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

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So yeah, I paid the 300 bucks for it; my thinking is that Atari is a name with pedigree and if this causes some disruption in the console business, I am totally for it.

The way it sounds they are going to work with indie publishers to create new versions of the games they own. This is a very exciting idea especially if they make it far more equitable than what Sony or Microsoft would do.

Plus it looks really good
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Old 07-01-18, 12:25 AM   #62
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

Yeah, this sounds like a totally trustworthy company that is going to make a great consumer product!

https://www.neowin.net/news/atari-is...porter-a-troll
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Old 07-01-18, 12:37 AM   #63
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

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So yeah, I paid the 300 bucks for it; my thinking is that Atari is a name with pedigree and if this causes some disruption in the console business, I am totally for it.

The way it sounds they are going to work with indie publishers to create new versions of the games they own. This is a very exciting idea especially if they make it far more equitable than what Sony or Microsoft would do.

Plus it looks really good
Did you not bother to read the rest of the thread? Well, good luck as for me, I already have an ouya that can't do jack.
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Old 07-01-18, 02:58 AM   #64
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

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Yeah, this sounds like a totally trustworthy company that is going to make a great consumer product!

https://www.neowin.net/news/atari-is...porter-a-troll
I did follow that story in real time and the original story was an opinion piece, it wasnít a straight journalistic report. I do think calling him a troll was too far but those are the days we are living in now.

The people who are actually working on the thing have serious backgrounds though, this isnít some guy in a garage with an idea; itís a company doing a public capital injection instead of searching for a private one.

The Ouya failed because it didnít have IP that it could use to generate buzz and get developers on board, Atari has a ton of games that it can use to do that.

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Old 07-01-18, 10:12 AM   #65
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

The thing is though they really donít have a lot of games to sell this on anymore. The whole thing is being sold on nostalgia in which case you could have just bought one of those Flashback systems or whatever for like $50 or $60 tops. They havenít shown or announced one game thatís exclusive that sells the system and they likely arenít going to or if so itíll be like last minute because it wonít be anything exciting. I donít think anyone sees this as something thatís going to light the console market on fire.
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

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I did follow that story in real time and the original story was an opinion piece, it wasnít a straight journalistic report. I do think calling him a troll was too far but those are the days we are living in now.

The people who are actually working on the thing have serious backgrounds though, this isnít some guy in a garage with an idea; itís a company doing a public capital injection instead of searching for a private one.

The Ouya failed because it didnít have IP that it could use to generate buzz and get developers on board, Atari has a ton of games that it can use to do that.
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Old 07-01-18, 10:55 AM   #67
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

I'm surprised it's up to close to $3 million now. Them banking on the Atari "name" even though it's basically means nothing now seems to be working (sorry gmanca).
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Old 07-01-18, 11:29 AM   #68
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

Of course it was the name that got them almost 3 million and not the actual console, or rather lack there of.

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The thing is though they really donít have a lot of games to sell this on anymore. The whole thing is being sold on nostalgia in which case you could have just bought one of those Flashback systems or whatever for like $50 or $60 tops. They havenít shown or announced one game thatís exclusive that sells the system and they likely arenít going to or if so itíll be like last minute because it wonít be anything exciting. I donít think anyone sees this as something thatís going to light the console market on fire.
Yeah I mean I do have one of those flashback deals, the handheld version, but Iím not looking at this system to play the old Atari 2600 stuff, but rather to see what new versions of those games they will work with developers to make. It comes out in a year so for the developers, specifically indie ones, like Peteoglyph, they donít need to come up with completely new concepts, they just need to modernize the gameplay, like Frogger for PS1 did.

I am not worried about losing the money, I did this because I want to see what happens; buying now makes it possible for the future to happen as opposed to waiting for it to release to purchase it.
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Re: Atari offers first look at the Ataribox.

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Of course it was the name that got them almost 3 million and not the actual console, or rather lack there of.
Right, and it amuses to me that people see Atari even though there's absolutely little/no connection left to the original that even means anything.

Hey, nothing against people with money to blow. There were posters here that seemed to defend their Ouya purchase to the very end I'd be surprised if this ends up with any port worthwhile though, can't imagine developers would want to put anything on here that wouldn't be better suited for one of the other 3 major consoles already (especially the Switch these days) and limit their audience.
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