Book Review: Art Of Atari

Art of Atari
Hardcover | Kindle
Written by Tim Lapetino
Foreword by Ernest Cline
Afterword by Robert V. Conte
Dynamite Entertainment
Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Art of Atari, a lavish book which covers all things visually historic and celebratory regarding the storied, pioneering video game company, is out in bookstores now, and without question, if there ever was a must-have book for the video game zealot, the pop culture maven, or the scores of gamers in between, this is it.

Absolutely essential from cover to cover and irresistible in its one-two dazzling punch with its presentment of facts and a literal overstuffed yet 100 percent effective usage of photos containing pretty much every single facet of the company’s output that required some sort of art, Art of Atari leaves no stone un-turned, not even the most minute pebble. From the packaging of the boxes for its line of 2600 VCS games to the sides and front of its successful and now almost legendary line of arcade coin-op games, and advertisements that stretched from stark simple white background designs with a spectrum of colorful game boxes to the most rebel rousing and sensory lifting art of the highest caliber, it’s all showcased this hardcover tome, and then some.

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Classic Arcade Game Inspired ‘Pixels’ Posters Released Including Pac Man, Donkey Kong, More
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Sony Pictures has released a collection of classic arcade game-themed posters, featuring Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Centipede, and Galaga, for their upcoming movie Pixels.

The movie stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad, and Brian Cox, and is directed by Chris Columbus. You can read a synopsis and see the posters below.

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Geek Gear: ‘Space Zims’ Shirt
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The $10 t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel today is a mash-up of Space Invaders and Invader Zim called “Space Zims” by Rabzilla.

The shirt went on sale at RIPT today, Thursday, October 25, 2012, at midnight CST, and will continue for 24 hours from then, and once it’s over, it will not be sold on the site anymore.

The t-shirt is available in men’s (through 3XL) and women’s sizes for $10 each in red. Kids sizes are $15 (Boys, Girls, and Toddlers in red); Onesies are $18 (in red); Hoodie for $38 (in Men/Unisex sizes in red). You can also get the design on coasters for $25; iphone cases for $18; and prints (18″x24″) for $20.

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‘Space Invaders’ Is The Next Classic Game To Get A Movie Treatment
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Unless you’ve been hibernating for the last decade or two, you know that Hollywood will make a movie based on pretty much any video game, toy, or theme park ride. It’s something that we’ve grown used to over the years, and sometimes the movies actually end up being a lot of fun.

The next classic game to get the movie treatment is one that any game fan born before 1990 has most likely played at least once in their lifetime: Space Invaders.

The arcade game comes from designer Tomohiro Nishikado, and was first released by Japanese company Taito Corporation in 1978, and then in the United States through Midway Games.

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Geek Gear: Space Invaders Meet A Dalek In ‘Invader Who’
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The t-shirt deal of the day over at RIPT Apparel today is a mash-up of Doctor Who and Space Invaders called “Invader Who.”

The tee, by artist Megan Lara, is on sale at RIPT only for today, Monday January 3, 2011 until tonight at midnight CST. Once the time is up, the shirt will no longer be available at the site.

The t-shirt is available in both men’s and women’s sizes in Black for $10. Kids sizes are $15 (Boys, Girls & Toddlers in Black); Onesies are $18 (in Black). You can also get the design on a Hoodie for $38 (in Men/Unisex sizes in Black).

The design takes the pixel aliens from the 1980’s arcade game Space Invaders and puts them together with a pixeled Dalek from Doctor Who.

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