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Atari Wants To Reinvent Pong 180

Posted by Soulskill
from the officially-out-of-ideas dept.
mikejuk writes "Atari is offering up to $100,000 in a contest for a new version of Pong, the classic game that launched video games 40 years ago, for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. The judges for the contest include Nolan Bushnell, founder of Atari, who came up with the original idea for Pong. So, what does a 21st century Pong look like? How does it play? And what role does touch have in this, the simplest of games?"
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Atari Wants To Reinvent Pong

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  • Curveball (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 17, 2012 @03:08PM (#39390929)

    already been done... http://www.addictinggames.com/sports-games/curveball.jsp

  • Related article (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 17, 2012 @03:12PM (#39390961)

    http://www.indiegamemag.com/slicing-the-industrys-atari-just-how-offensive-is-the-pong-indie-developer-challenge
    No further comment. Just read it!

  • by SageinaRage (966293) on Saturday March 17, 2012 @03:44PM (#39391199)
    It's called Bit.Trip Beat and it's great.
  • Re:What's in a name? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Dogtanian (588974) on Saturday March 17, 2012 @03:51PM (#39391263) Homepage

    Apparently everything, as it turns out. Atari is nothing but a name, bought and sold like something found at Best Buy, and now brandished by a company with no resemblance or heritage to the company that defined the name.

    Yep- the current "Atari" is really just the company formerly known as Infogrames, who bought the name from Hasbro Interactive around a decade back.

    The original- and most famous- Atari Inc. was split in 1984. The computer and home division became Jack Tramiel's Atari Corp. (legally separate, but an obvious successor in interest) which fizzled out in the mid-90s and merged with a second-rate hard drive manufacturer that went bankrupt soon after. The arcade division (Atari Games) was sold to Midway who dropped the "Atari" name in the late 90s, and closed it altogether a few years later.

    IMHO that's where anything resembling a true continuation of the original Atari ended.. Hasbro Interactive and Infogrames were/are connected in name and rights only, but obviously it serves Infogrames', er... *Atari's* retro-credibility better if they get to present themselves as the "classic" Atari and present Bushnell as- or at least imply that he was- their founder.

  • Re:Hah! (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 17, 2012 @04:46PM (#39391597)

    Seriously, anyone entering this should read the rules very carefully. First of all, it isn't a straight 100k. It's 50k with POTENTIAL for 100k depending on how well it sells. Also, they take all rights for anyone who even enters the contest. Why is that? That's because they aren't going to just sell a new Pong. They're selling a Pong Pak (c) according to the rules. So they're going to take all the entrants that are decent and create a PAK of Pong games and sell that for pure profit.

    Oh, and bonus, the whole 50k to 100k revenue sharing part is minus any and all costs they can conjure up to defray it. So if the CEO flies to Jamaica for a week to "promote" the game, that's coming our of your pay check. Just an FYI.

    This contest is bullshit pure and simple. It just ain't worth it.

  • by bw777 (1111417) on Saturday March 17, 2012 @06:46PM (#39392307)

    Gamasutra covered how much of a scam this contest is [gamasutra.com].

    The executive summary: Atari gets full ownership and rights to every submission, winning or otherwise, and you'll never earn anywhere near $100k even if you win the top prize.

    All of this is rather unsurprising, given the dirty tricks Atari Legal have been playing lately. [slashdot.org]

  • by swell8 (2597795) on Saturday March 17, 2012 @07:31PM (#39392523)
    I started submitting an idea for this in line with a game I am presently working on. At a glance, they seem to share profit and everything is ok, but read the rules. This is what you give up with your entry: All Entries become the sole and exclusive property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Sponsor shall own all right, title and interest in and to each Entry, including without limitation all results and proceeds thereof and all elements or constituent parts of Entry (including without limitation the Mobile App, the Design Documents, the Video Trailer, the Playable and all illustrations, logos, mechanicals, renderings, characters, graphics, designs, layouts or other material therein) and all copyrights and renewals and extensions of copyrights therein and thereto. http://files.atari.com/pongContest/Indie_Pong_Developer_Challenge_Rules.pdf [atari.com] I bet this company has no clue how to reinvent PONG or how to successfully reach the mobile market. Under $50,000 in cash is not worth a real developer's time an intellectual property and that's just the winner. They own every entry, so without getting a dime, they own full rights to every idea in your submission. This type of exploitation of talent in the form of a gimmicky competition makes me sick. I can't believe I let myself get excited about it at first. Don't let the same thing happen to you.

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