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Atari Arcade brings classic games to the Web with HTML5

Published on : August 31, 2012
Atari Arcade brings classic games to the Web with HTML5

By Dave Parrack

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Atari releasing its first arcade game. The name of that game was Pong, and although the gameplay consisted of nothing more than two paddles moved up and down to deflect a ball to the other side of the screen, it heralded the beginnings of a huge mainstream industry. What better way to celebrate that anniversary and the birth of the modern video game industry than by playing some Pong - and Missile Command, Centipede, and others - directly in your web browser thanks to Atari. With a little help from Microsoft.

 

The Atari Arcade has been relaunched as a free-to-play website containing a host of classic Atari arcade games. By switching the platform to HTML5, the need for any plug-ins such as Flash or Java has been removed. The games on offer can all now be played in any Web browser which supports HTML5, which includes Internet Explorer 9 (and the forthcoming IE10), and the latest versions of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. click here

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