Atari Corporation

Overview

Atari Corporation was formed in 1984 when Jack Tramiel bought the home computing and game console divisions of Atari, Inc. from Warner Communications and merged it with his own company, Tramel Technology Ltd. (TTL).

Jack Tramiel was the former CEO of Commodore International which had been recently ousted. During this time, he stopped all of their game and console development and focused only on developing computers. Jack Tramiel hired many of the engineers from Commodore to join him, however these engineers were sued by Commodore for stealing computer designs that were used in Commodore computers, and Commodore won. Atari also sued Commodore and Amiga Corp. for breach of contract, which was eventually settled out of court.

Atari came up with the Atari ST computer, which stopped the net losses at Atari, the ST sold 4 million units, mostly in Europe, it did not fare as well in the USA.

This success gave Atari more financial leverage, so Atari got into marketing the handheld console, the Atari Lynx (which was developed by Epyx). The Lynx had very good technical abilities, however it drained the batteries required for it very quickly, and they had a shortage of parts when a person needed it repaired. It was also more expensive than the Nintendo Game Boy and had less aggressive marketing strategies that the Game Boy had and did not have the third party development that the Game Boy and the SEGA Game Gear had.

Atari then proceeded to develop a 64-bit CD Based console, the Atari Jaguar, which was expensive on the market. It did not fare well in the beginning of it's introduction, and after the SEGA Saturn, Sony PlayStation and Nintendo 64 came out, the Jaguar was a complete failure because of its inability to compete with these systems. The Tramiel family eventually pulled out of the business and sold their stock to JTS Inc., but Atari does not exist anymore.

The name Atari is now used as a game publisher and subsidiary for Infogrames, which later re-branded its entire business to Atari. There are no plans on getting back into developing consoles.

Games

Pirates! Gold Plus(2012)
Arcade's Greatest Hits: The Atari Collection 2(1998)
World Tour Racing(1997)
Iron Soldier 2(1997)
Breakout 2000(1996)
Defender 2000(1996)
Battlezone/Super Breakout(1996)
Zoop(1996)
Fight for Life(1996)
Mutant Penguins(1996)
Head-On Soccer(1995)
Hover Strike(1995)
Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands(1995)
Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods(1995)
Blue Lightning(1995)
Ruiner Pinball(1995)
Vid Grid(1995)
Baldies(1995)
Battlemorph(1995)
Supercross 3D(1995)
I-War(1995)
Myst(1995)
Battlezone 2000(1995)
FlipOut!(1995)
White Men Can't Jump(1995)
Super Asteroids and Missile Command(1995)
Missile Command 3D(1995)
Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure(1995)
NBA Jam Tournament Edition(1995)
Ultra Vortek(1995)
Super Burnout(1995)
Atari Karts(1995)
Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story(1994)
Raiden(1994)
Bubsy In: Fractured Furry Tales(1994)
Wolfenstein 3D(1994)
Val d'Isère Skiing and Snowboarding(1994)
Club Drive(1994)
Alien Vs Predator(1994)
Iron Soldier(1994)
Zool 2(1994)
DOOM(1994)
Checkered Flag(1994)
Tempest 2000(1994)
Kasumi Ninja(1994)
Humans, The(1993)
BattleWheels(1993)
Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy(1993)
Cybermorph(1993)
Jimmy Connors Pro Tennis Tour(1993)

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Trivia

The word “atari” is a term from the Japanese board game Go.

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