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Since the oft promised Atari VCS delivery date continues to march toward us, and we keep receiving promises of more information very, very soon, I thought it would be worthwhile to post all significant marketing output released officially by Atari as the clock ticks. Ya know, just keepin' them honest. So here goes...
July 19- Indiegogo, Atari suspends backer updates on Indiegogo crowd funding site prior to completion of prototype, production and shipping phases in violation of Indiegogo terms of service.
July 19- Medium.com, Last blog post mentioning their demonstration from June 13th at a hotel suite down the road from the E3 conference. Empty, or non-functional 3D printed cases were shown again. Various 3D prints of controllers in various states of completion were also shown. A towedesktop computer was used to play a game unrelated to Atari and also show some early draft of a GUI for the game selection screen. No functional Atari VCS shown here or anywhere to date. Also presented more 3D renders of cases with various simulated labels on the front.
July 22- Facebook, Pre-Order the GameStop exclusive all-black onyx now.
July 23- Facebook, link to Digital Trends write up from June 13 describing Atari's lack of identity and purpose on the new Atari VCS
July 24- Facebook, link to June 13 interview with Michael Arzt by Gamertag radio
July 25- Facebook, Farewell Rutger Hauer
July 25- Facebook, Link to June 14 Variety write up about how frustrated Michael Arzt is that people call AtariVCS a retro console instead of a "Future Facing" console, while the writer points out retro console is the only name that makes sense as it's not a powerful system, but an appealing set-top PC.
July 26- Facebook, Link to unrelated website story about Nolan Bushnell
July 29- Facebook, Pre-order the black walnut Atari VCS now!
July 30- Facebook, Pre-order the onyx Atari VCS now!
July 31- Facebook, Link to official AtariVCS site mentioning becoming a developer. Site provides link to email address to sign up for updates.
July 31- Facebook, Atari adds shop now button to pre-order Atari VCS.
August 1- Facebook, Preorder classic joystick now on GameStop!
August 2- Facebook, We like Stranger Things???
August 5- Facebook, Pre-order Carbon Gold, formerly Kevlar, AtariVCS at WalMart website!
August 6- Facebook, Link to Tom's Hardware article from June 14, calling AtariVCS the Raspberry Pi for the living room, further confusing the identity and purpose of the product.
August 7- Facebook, Order the BladeRunner Atari Speakerhat!
August 8- Facebook, Pre-order the black walnut AtariVCS!
August 9- Facebook, Pre-order the Carbon Gold Atari VCS today!
August 12- Facebook, Link to unrelated IGN article from March 2014 about original Atari founders.
August 13- Facebook, Link to unrelated TheVerge article from September 2013 about box art. Which is your favorite???
August 14- Facebook, Pre-order the onyx edition Atari VCS all-in bundle now!
August 15- Facebook, Link to Digital trends write-up from June 13, again leading with Atari's frustration, lack of product identity, and niche use.
August 16- Facebook, Link to unrelated web site with erroneous facts about the original AtariVCS of which Atari SA had no involvement.
August 19- Facebook, Link to this subreddit. (Which they abandoned because they couldn't delete posts they didn't like.)
August 20- Facebook, We have a new development blog up! In case you missed it: Link provided to same month old Medium post from July 19. (Also, devs who have registered on Atari site begin asking why they have heard nothing in response) This date also marks the failure of the one month required update interval per Indiegogo terms.
August 21- Facebook, Link to completely unrelated web site about a current Nolan Bushnell project. (Calls Nolan Bushnell "our founder", yet again, doing their best to take credit for the achievements of past tech leaders which they have nothing whatsoever to do with while providing no information about their own company's products or activities.)
August 22- Facebook, Link to yet another unrelated web site about the women that were integral to the company whose name they assumed from the last company or companies that bought it before them. (Detecting a pattern here.)
August 23- Facebook, Link to their November 2018 (9 month old) article with Rob Wyatt talking about democratizing the game console. (At other times, Atari insists the VCS is not a console.) WTAF?
August 26- Facebook, Link to yet another unrelated web article from LifeWire about the original 2600 which they had no involvement with.
August 27- Facebook, Link provided for third time to same old Medium post from July 19. Also, AtariSA attempts to remove the post you are reading now and ban author of said post claiming information provided is fraudulent misinformation despite content being entirely Atari's own media releases. (Unfortunate highlight of Atari's true intent to obfuscate their own misinformation campaign, and justification for author to continue updates to this post indefinitely.) Atari account removed as moderator, and content restored by legitimate topic moderator. Thanks for that. :)
August 28- Facebook, Link to another unrelated spam paragraph/article on Wired website about history of original 2600 including out of place retail affiliate link composed of only "$239" at the bottom of the paragraph linking to the new AtariVCS website.
August 29- Facebook, Preorder the Walmart-exclusive Carbon Gold (formerly Kevlar) Atari VCS All-In bundle today!
August 30- Facebook, Check out the Star Wars arcade cabinet from Arcade1up. Revealed in June with a working model, orders opened in July, shipping in November. Meanwhile, nothing new on the two year old AtariVCS project that has yet to show a working model, and hopes to ship in December or March.
September 2- Facebook, Link to still another unrelated article about the Atari logo, the real asset related to this project. Still no new information provided about product status. Last verified information provided: June 13, 2019 at "Black Box" GUI demonstration in hotel room in proximity to E3 conference. Over 2 and a half months since any mention of product has been made, other than reposts of old info. Atari still claiming all is well for December release to backers. No updates on IGG project by project owner.
September 3- Facebook, "We'd love to see an Atari VCS in your living room. Haha just kidding😅 ...unless?" Apparent tease to ask followers to post pictures of their Original Atari VCS, but comes off as a bad joke in light of their lack of information and evidence of progress. Likely just desperate for anything to post. Still nothing about the status of their product.
September 4- Facebook, "Atari VCS is not a console." (Includes picture of a console and two controllers.) Still no info about product or evidence of functional prototype to date. Smatterings of other misinformation posted to Twitter also including images of a collector's cartridge collection hinting that those games would be available.
September 5- Facebook, Look at the 3D renders for an empty plastic box for the umpteenth time again. (Did Atari try to delete this list so they could just keep saying, "pre-order today!" in the hopes nobody would notice? This is really getting weak.)
September 6- Facebook, Look at 3D renders of an empty plastic box...........again, no really.
September 9- Facebook, "We've decided to do what's called a pro gamer move and release all of your classic Atari favorites on the Atari VCS. Enjoy. " That's all. Make of it what you will, as if you have a choice.
September 10- Facebook, 3pm EST, Atari removes prior post and scrubs all comments. Prior post enraged and confused facebook fans including huge supporters who indicated they were changing their minds. Atari also scrubs select comments from prior posts and answers older questions to appear more responsive.
September 10- Facebook, 5pm EST, Link to unrelated website talking about easter eggs in products and video games. Still no evidence of working model or other tangible product information.
September 11- Facebook, Which Atari commercials from the 80's were your favorite? Also, still nothing to report about their own product which they have $4,000,000 of others people's money for. (Sigh)
September 12- Facebook, link again to 3 month old Digital Trends write up from June 13 describing Atari's lack of identity and purpose on the new Atari VCS. Mentions a "hands on experience" when nothing was written except the same talking points, and no functional demo unit was shown. They actually think this is helping. Also, in related news, Venturebeat.com releases article about the new company Atari VCS System Architect Rob Wyatt formed back in January with a new crowdfunded product in development. Neither Atari or Rob have acknowledged his continued involvement with the VCS. Does this relate to conflicting off-message flubs by Rob calling the VCS a Raspberry Pi for the living room or a democratized or retro console while Atari attempts to frame it as neither of those things?
September 13- Facebook, repost again of May 21st Medium blog post about controllers in development. Just in case you missed it in the last 4 months.
September 16- Facebook, "Are you ready for an announcement?" After predictable outrage from their remaining supporters, new pointless post is removed from the Facebook page less than an hour after being posted, presumably by the post scheduler. Also, Atari scrubs most, or all, of there prior posts with any information about the Atari VCS from Reddit after having their moderator privileges revoked for attempting to block facts from coming out about their poorly executed marketing campaign.
September 17- Facebook, The Iconic and legendary spirit of the Atari 2600 Video Computer System is reborn for gamers today, tomorrow, and beyond. To prove it, just look and these pen and pencil sketches and a swell empty plastic case! Sigh. Does anyone have some orange slices? In case anyone is keeping score, it's the same vast cacophony of nothingness on their twitter feed as well.
September 18- Facebook, Here's another look at one of our old renders again. Nice! Also, Atari starts up its own subreddit so they can post more nothing to another site while banning all but their endorsing crew who like to eat up no information and crap propaganda. That should be a hoot. First post, you guessed it..."Here's how to pre-order." In related news, Rob Wyatt, System Architect for the AtariVCS, has officially announced he is working on another project with another company.
September 19- Facebook, Here's big news...two posts today. 1. Here's our new Reddit which we created totally as a result of choosing not to moderate on the other one, and not because we couldn't delete posts. 2. Look controller renders. Also, in another effort to look like they have provided any meaningful information about their actual project, Atari decided to provide yet another rehash of their rendered and 3D printed medium blog posts on their truth managed Reddit which is posted here as yet another wheel spinning marketing item. (As if you haven't seen these mentions of renders and 3D printouts 20 times already.) Enjoy.
"Hey all! We know not everyone has time to scour all of the resources provided to stay connected with us on each social platform, so we've put together a quick, handy guide with a few of our most recent development blogs on Medium. Unlike official PR announcements, our development blogs are drafted internally and have a bit more of a personal touch — they're directly from us, after all!"
September 20- Facebook, Visit our Medium blog to hear the latest news. (Where the last thing we posted was more than two months ago, and that was about something that happened a month before that, and still didn't show proof of this thing.) Meanwhile, Atari has not confirmed or denied Rob Wyatt is with their project any longer, and Rob is undoubtedly under an NDA, so he wouldn't say either way.
September 23- Facebook, With Summer officially over, the only thing Atari has to show is a link to their website with no new information provided. This marks a full calendar quarter with nothing to show for themselves since again displaying empty 3D printed boxes in a hotel suite off the E3 conference property. The irony is that the author of this post would gladly end reporting on this reprehensible and shady hoax as it has become apparent Atari has no intention of honoring binding obligations to Indiegogo backers for substantial and truthful monthly updates, or their repeated promises for updated information by the end of Summer. These updates would have ended weeks ago were it not for their apparent heartburn with this factual information being documented here, and the resultant attempts to remove the information or bury their official removal as moderator of this topic by creating another subreddit. As a result of Atari's deliberate fraud and breach of crowdfunding contracts, as well as their ongoing efforts to remove any and all factual reporting on their misrepresentations, these updates will continue.
September 24- No new Facebook posts today, but Atari is promising via comments and other social media that an "end of summer" update is being worked on. Meanwhile, theRegister posted a new article reporting on the lack of updates and other shady activity, including attempted removal of this post. Since they're starting to duck out on Facebook, it may be necessary to begin summarizing all other Atari communications. That would probably be a greater effort than Atari is making on their box by all indications.
September 25- New Facebook post, same old renders. Nothing new to report except that the post deletions on their reddit site haven't begun as most of their customers have been predicting.
September 27- Facebook, So the outfit who can't offer any real information about production of their "retro inspired console" and nothing about games after repeated promises asks: "Happy Friday! Are you playing any retro Atari titles this weekend? If so, which ones?"
Saturday, September 28- Atari's replacement Reddit site, Here's an interesting one. As slow as Atari has been in responding to customer inquiries, it's interesting that the one thing they are quick to respond to today was a refund request. Their speedy and helpful reply. "All backer funds are locked. No refunds." Atari also indicated on this date that production has not begun yet. We assumed all that, but they've shown they are able to response in a timely fashion even on the weekend, but deleting questions and concerns is the standard practice.
Monday, September 30- Atari press release, Early Monday morning Atari releases a press statement on the web about Antstream being available on the VCS stating, "Atari VCS to Launch with Unique Version of Revolutionary Game Streaming Platform, Offering Thousands of Classic Retro Games, Including Atari’s Vast Library of Console and Arcade Titles." Antstream is a streaming game service available for a $7.99 monthly fee on virtually every connected device including PCs, most consoles, Android devices, and Amazon Fire Stick. Atari highlights the exclusive offering being the availability of 50 classic Atari games. Atari later clarified the confusing release to indicate the optional subscription service was available in addition to AtariVault. Backers currently questioning if this is the extent of the big games announcement they have been teasing all summer? Also, as almost a side note, Atari includes this at the end of their Medium blog... "Last but not least, for those of you who might miss our hardware-oriented updates, here’s a sneak peek at one of the actual Atari VCS pre-production boards, hot off the presses." The statement suggests there have been other hardware updates about electronics, which there have not. The image provided appears to show a smaller form factor board that could conceivably fit in one of their boxes. While a pre-production board may indicate progress, to be accurate and fair, their track record doesn't support calling this evidence of manufacturing until a functional board operating in their case can be shown.
Tuesday, October 1st- Facebook, (paraphrasing) Like we said yesterday, a web app will be available offering "more than 2000" retro emulated games for a monthly subscription. Still nothing on games for their actual system, or evidence of actual production of the box. Antstream is being used to distract their audience from a continued lack of progress indicators.
October 2nd- Facebook, "we've created a sleek, user-friendly, and most importantly - powerful open-source entertainment platform." Only, they haven't, and yes, that's another empty box or 3D render. I'm too tired of looking at them to tell the difference.
October 4th- Facebook, "Caption this..." Image of family setting up late 70's era Atari 800 computer posted. What it has to do with anything is anyone's guess. Meanwhile backers and followers continue asking for any indication the product is in development at all.
October 7th- Facebook, "Check out an amusing vintage Atari commercial" which has nothing to do with their company or what they're supposed to be working on, but what else is new?
October 8th- Atari's Medium Blog, Interesting day today. Atari posted what appears to be images of early tooling and molds being refined for mass case production. By their own admission, it's preliminary at this phase, and they can't claim they are in production as of today. They also displayed more misleading images of boxes powering panel lights with no power connections in the same update. This clearly demonstrates their continued effort to create appearances of more progress than really made. It's also disturbing that this update, admittedly a rare significant one, appears to be a calculated response to news reports that their System Architect has, in fact, quit and claims to not have been paid in months. They also indicate they don't have anything operational other than Linux support, which supports the fact that anything Rob Wyatt was doing is absent. Still, no functioning unit has been shown. Overall, today's news appears to be more manipulation and concrete evidence that they will not make any December release schedule.
October 18th- Updating to report that there is nothing to report, just the same old nostalgia baiting and references to other people's work. Did you really think any different?
November 28th- Thanksgiving update provided strategically by Atari in the wee hours of the morning to deliver 5 or more pages of nonsense so they could purposely bury the lead that......wait for it.........nothing will ship this year. They said a bunch of other stuff, but it was the usual promises, lies, and wishful thinking with sleaze words throughout to insure nothing constituted an actual commitment to anything. Posted images showing as many as 6 "test" cases with the crummy unfinished plastic look. These are probably the same 3D printed cases they tried to pawn off a couple months ago, painfully staged to look like a busy assembly line. No evidence of anything functional still to this day. Also in the air, talk of a new lawsuit against Atari and a possible injunction, so stay tuned to stay tuned some more.
As always, if there is any relevant and verifiable development information about Atari SA, game content, developer network or their yet unseen product that is not mentioned here, please feel free to add it via reply.
P.S. - Atari appears to be moving to the Twitter-verse for the majority of its pre-order pitches and hearkening back to the real Atari VCS. Still nothing about their own product to be seen.
Scorecard Since Shutting Down Backer Updates on IndieGoGo - July 19,2019
I pre-ordered the limited edition being sold at computeruniverse since I missed it at Bol.com but I was a bit annoyed at the possibility of the box being German only -- so I went investigating... On the page of computeruniverse, you can find the EAN number (barcode); it's 0045496472344. Same on Bol.com's page. I also looked up Birthright... It seems that local versions differ in their EAN number per country. For example, Fire Emblem Fates: Birthright on Bol.com has an EAN number of 0045496472481. The German version has an EAN number of 0045496472542, leading me to believe that the Limited Edition we're dealing with are the same, yet their regular versions are different based on the country. The one that's listed at Bol.com and notably it states at Bol.com's page that all of it is in English, leading me to believe that there is only one international, European release for the Limited Edition.Q: Does gamezone.no ship internationally? *A: Quoted from pageantfool, thank you for supplying a translation!
Additional evidence: The Limited Edition box seen in in the official video has references to... Germany (German ratings), the UK (English title), France ("Edition Limitée") so it seems to be one universal edition for all of Europe. Also notable: there seems to be no text of any kind on the map of in the art book, according to the video.
TL;DR: Probably one single version of the LE for Europe (even though it says German edition on the computeruniverse page). As we get to know more I guess we might know more.*
"KAN JEG BESTILLE TIL UTLANDET? Vi leverer pakker til hele verden. Land velges når man registrerer konto på gamezone.no. Dersom du har en allerede eksisterende konto registrert med norsk adresse, og ønsker å endre til utenlandsk adresse, ta kontakt med oss på telefon telefon 38 17 83 13. Du kan også sende oss en mail på [email protected]."A quick and dirty translation: "CAN I ORDER FROM ABROAD? We deliver packages worldwide. You choose your country when you register an account at gamezone.no. If you already have an existing account registered with a Norwegian address, and would like to change it to an address abroad, please contact us by phone or send us an email."
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Lord of the Rings Online -75% Steam
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