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Atari Launches HTML5-Based “Atari Arcade” in Conjunction with Microsoft

Posted on August 30, 2012 AT 10:24am

Looks like you may not need Flash to kill time at work anymore.

Atari announced today that in celebration of their 40th anniversary and the impending release of Microsoft Internet Explorer 10, they have unveiled a slate of free HTML5-based enhanced ports of various classic arcade games in the form of the “Atari Arcade” website.  While the games should work in any HTML5-compatible browser (including on mobile devices) without plugins, the ad-free version of the site is only available through Internet Explorer.  And no, the site won’t be tricked into thinking another browser is Explorer if have your browser use Explorer’s user agent string.

As of right now, the games featured on the site are:

  • Asteroids
  • Centipede
  • Combat
  • Lunar Lander
  • Missile Command
  • Pong
  • Super Breakout
  • Yar’s Revenge

The site is very-touch friendly and clearly optimized for the Windows 8 “Modern UI” (the user interface formerly known as Metro), but it works just fine with a keyboard on your notebook and desktop PC as well.  A very nice happy medium in terms of design.

In the press release announcing the new “arcade,” Microsoft Internet Explorer general manager Ryan Gavin stated:

We were excited to work with a gaming legend, Atari, to bring their classic arcade games to life on the web with Internet Explorer.  Atari Arcade demonstrates what’s possible when you couple HTML5 along with a fast and fluid browser that is perfect for touch, which is precisely what you get with Internet Explorer 10. Now together with Internet Explorer and HTML5, we get to see some of our favorite games jump into the next generation of gaming on the web – which is pretty fantastic.

In addition to offering remakes of classic titles, “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.

This weekend at PAX Prime in Seattle, the Internet Explorer booth will provide “hands-on experience with the Atari Arcade,” which I would guess mean access via Windows 8 tablets since the site is already live.   In addition, the Internet Explorer YouTube channel has a nice video with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and HTML5 special Grant Skinner talking about the development of the games:

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