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ATARI and IDW Games Partner for Classic Atari Tabletop Games

Atari®, one of the world’s most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, and IDW Games, announced today that they have entered into a partnership to produce a line of tabletop games based on several classic Atari videogame titles. Centipede®, Asteroids®, and Missile Command® are all headed to the tabletop by way of Jon Gilmour, co-designer of Dead of Winter, and his hand-picked crew of up-and-coming co-developers.

Set to capture the feel of these classic titles, the Atari line of board games are fun, intense and fast-paced. While each game in the series will play differently from the others, they will all have you nostalgic for the days of being hunched over a CRT in a dark arcade with your eyes on the prize: top of the high-score chart.

“Atari is one of the hallmarks of our generation,” says Jerry Bennington, VP of New Product Development. “We’re honored with the opportunity to be able to bring the Atari classic archive to the tabletop.”   
 
“IDW Games has a fantastic history of bringing licensed products to market, and we’re thrilled to work out a partnership and see our classic games on the tabletop,” says Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari.
 
The Atari series of games will launch with Centipede in the Fall of 2017 with future titles releasing intermittently shortly after.
 
For future details on the Atari tabletop games, follow IDW Games on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/idwgames/.
 

Dynamite Releasing Collection of Atari Poster Art

Last year’s release of Dynamite Entertainment’s Art of Atari® was indisputably one of the most talked-about releases of the year, collecting production and concept artwork, photos, and marketing materials from the video game pioneer. In April 2017, Dynamite will release the Atari Poster Book, curated by Art of Atari author Tim Lapetino, which collects some of the most iconic images from the golden age of gaming!

From the arcade to the living room, Atari is one of the most recognized names in the world. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of now classic titles including Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, and so many more.

The artwork of Atari inspired a generation and created a bridge from the simple on-screen graphics of its early games to the imaginations of eager gamers. Now, Dynamite Entertainment proudly brings the most iconic, mind-blowing video game illustrations to posters, each one easy-to-remove and perfect for display, showcasing the tremendous talent of Atari’s greatest artists!

“I’m thrilled that we are able to make the classic artwork of Atari available to fans and art aficionados in a new form,” Lapetino says. “It’s great to be able to showcase and enjoy the amazing artwork in this larger format, and it’s what fans have been clamoring for since I began researching Atari.”

“When Dynamite released the much-anticipated Art of Atari last year, its vivid imagery of yesteryear’s console classics clearly struck up fond memories in a generation of gamers,” says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “We’ve seen hundreds of fans on social media enthusiastically reviewing the book and, more importantly, celebrating its long-lost fantastic artwork. The Atari Poster Book will fulfill the collective desire of the Atari generation to admire this artwork in an even larger format, something they can proudly display as their favorite youthful pasttime.”

Dynamite Entertainment’s Atari Poster Book features 40 pages of incredible artwork, and will be released in June 2017 at finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere.

Dynamite Entertainment Announces the Art Of Atari Deluxe Edition

Dynamite Logo - B&WAs the buzz around Dynamite Entertainment’s upcoming release of ART OF ATARI® continues to grow, the publisher announces the highly limited Deluxe Edition of perhaps the most important retrospective in the history of gaming! Perfect for lifelong Atari fans, collectors, and those that appreciate its grand history, the ART OF ATARI Deluxe Edition recaptures the glory of retro gaming with nostalgic visuals of the Atari Era, plus countless hours of pixelated video game entertainment!

ART OF ATARI represents the most comprehensive retrospective to date, a whopping 350+ pages that provides insightful history and high-resolution scanned artwork culled from hundreds of production/concept illustrations, photographs, video game packaging, and groundbreaking advertisements from the height of Atari’s innovation and popularity. Now, for the hardcore enthusiast, Dynamite Entertainment proudly pulls out all the stops with this gorgeous ART OF ATARI Deluxe Edition, allowing them to relive the classic era of gaming with our Deluxe Edition special features:
• A sturdy Deluxe Edition slipcase, perfectly capturing the design of vintage game packaging!

• A unique, leather-bound Deluxe Edition “Game Cartridge” cover design!

• An Atari Vault Steam Key, allowing fans to relive the Golden Age of Gaming with 100 of the most popular iconic games (including Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, and many more), now with online multiplayer capability!

• A frameable Limited Edition Print featuring brand-new artwork by original Atari artist Cliff Spohn!
Since 1972, Atari pioneered video game technology which revolutionized interactive entertainment and birthed the modern gaming industry. The company created arcade games, home consoles, and personal computers to entertain millions of people around the world, creating instant classics like Asteroids®, Centipede®, Missile Command®, and Yar’s Revenge®.

“Before Atari, entertainment was something you only observed. Atari fearlessly revolutionized entertainment, transforming it into an interactive experience. Our world would never be the same again,” says Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “Publishing ART OF ATARI is a high point in Dynamite’s publishing history, as we honor the visual history of a bold innovator. Since announcing the project, we’ve received an overwhelming response of heartfelt excitement from the gaming community. For the most hardcore enthusiasts out there, we hope that our Deluxe Edition — with its many bonus features that include extensive game downloads — delivers a fun and colorful experience every bit as enjoyable as that electric feeling of having a joystick in hand.”

To bridge the gap between imagination and the new era of video games, Atari employed an array of talented artists and designers to emblazon game cartridges, packaging, and advertising with their mind-blowing visions. These sci-fi, sports, and adventure worlds elevated classic video games to the realm of high art. ART OF ATARI is the first official collection of original art created for its groundbreaking video games. Sourced from museums and private collections worldwide, this volume spans more than four decades of incredible art and design. Whether you’re a fan, a collector, or new to the world of Atari, this book offers the most complete retrospective of Atari artwork ever produced.
“For me, revisiting the beautiful artwork presented in this book is almost as good as taking a trip in Doc Brown’s time machine back to that halcyon era at the dawn of the digital age. But be warned, viewing these images may leave you with an overwhelming desire to revisit the ancient pixelated battlefields they each depict as well.” — from the Foreword by Ernest Cline, author of READY PLAYER ONE, soon to be a major motion picture, directed by Steven Spielberg

For updates, preview art and more, visit www.artofatari.comART OF ATARI arrives in limited quantities at finer retailers everywhere in October 2016 with a retail price of $99.99
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