Pong Returns : Postmortem For The Atari Pong Indie Developer Challenge

Atari announced the finalists for their Pong Developer Challenge on June 26th, and we were not included on this.   Thus, our time as part of the Atari Pong Indie Developer Challenge comes to a close.   In… Read More

Pong Developer Challenge : Reality Bites

I’ve searched for the past few days to find comments on the Atari Pong Developer Challenge, and most everything I’ve read gives us a very small chance of getting any further in the contest.    The only positive… Read More

Atari Pong Developer Challenge : 15 Semi-Finalist Videos Posted, Ours Included

Atari has posted the finalist videos for the Pong Developer Challenge, ours included.   Only 15  of 20 videos made the cut, so either some were not up to snuff, or  five of the 20 semi-finalists did not… Read More

Atari Pong Developer Challenge : Crossing The Finish Line, Dreams Intact

A couple days ago was the deadline to have our demo and video submission for the Atari Pong Developer challenge .   However, since I was travelling to San Jose teach a class on the  HTML5 Canvas at… Read More

Atari Pong Developer Challenge Inspiration: Pong In The Wild At The Redondo Beach Fun Factory

Today I took my daughter to the last remaining arcade from my youth, the Redondo Beach Fun Factory.  I wanted to give her a chance to ride some of the vintage  electro-mechanical vehicles in the establishment before they… Read More

Atari Pong Developer Challenge Diary: What The Radio Shack “TV Scoreboard” Taught Me About Game Design.

One day, back in 1978 my dad came home with this: A Radio Shack, TV Scoreboard console.   We had been begging my dad to let us play the Atari 2600 console in the TV department at Fedmart… Read More

Atari Pong Developer Challenge Inspiration Video #1

Here is a video we created to help inspire our team while we work on our entry for the semi-final round of the Atari Pong Developer Challenge.   We used a classic Atari color cycling Fuji symbol (of… Read More

Semifinals, Here We Come! Producto Studios Makes It Into The Next Round Of The Atari Pong Developer Challenge!

By Steve Fulton Atari announced the semifinalists for their Pong Developer Challenge today, and Producto/8bitrocket Studios made the cut!   Now we have to actually make the game we designed.   I can’t wait to get started!

Atari Pong Developer Challenge Semi Finalist Announcement Postponed A Week

According to Pocket Gamer, Atari is overwhelmed with entries (87 in all) so they are delaying the announcement of the semi-finalists until May 1st.   This gives me an extra week to formulate bizarre Atari dreams and worry… Read More

Death, Disappointment And Pong Dreams : The Atari Pong Developer Challenge Is Getting Into My Head

Tomorrow, Atari announces the semi-finalists in their Pong Developer Challenge.   I had planned to create a demo for the contest, but instead, got sucked into writing a design document that took me the better part of a… Read More

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