“There’s actually a ‘game’ DNA that exists in Microsoft that doesn’t exist anywhere else.” – Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Atari
One of my first memories of the Microsoft Redmond campus when I visited 15 years ago were the arcade games in the lobby’s and corridors of certain buildings. Little did I know that 15 years on I’d be able to sit at my desk and play those awesome classic games through the browser on my PC.
A team from Atari, Gskinner and Microsoft has done precisely that, launching The Atari Arcade. Using mouse and keyboard or touch in IE10 on Windows 8 you can now play classics such as Centipede, Lunar Lander, Missile Command, Asteroids and of course, Pong!
Today, eight Atari classics are available for play on IE 9 and IE10, with more scheduled for release in the next few months. There is also an SDK enabling use of the Atari Arcade platform to create more modern-day classics.
I’m testing out Pong right now…purely for work purposes of course.