Atari prez: Apple iPhone, iPod touch, and App Store have changed the game

“Atari president Phil Harrison has said that Apple’s handheld devices and distribution service are ‘changing the way we consumer and interact with media,'” Tim Ingham reports for

“Harrison was speaking after Atari publically backed Apple’s App Store with its first two games on the service. ‘It’s very exciting to be bringing these influential and timeless games in their redesigned form to the iPhone and iPod touch, devices which are leading the global charge in innovative handheld technology and changing the way we consume and interact with media,’ he said. ‘This is the first step in bringing Atari’s wonderful heritage of games right up to date for the iPhone generation,'” Ingham reports.

Atari has brought “two classic titles to Apple’s App Store – and pledging to add more in the near future. The publisher has brought both Missile Command and Super Breakout to the service, which serves iPod and iPhone owners. Both titles retail for $4.99 each,” Ingham reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Note: In 1974, Steve Jobs worked as a technician at Atari where, among other things, he got future Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak to create a circuit board for the game “Breakout.” More info here: “Why Breakout is the iPod’s default game,” MacDailyNews, December 03, 2002.


  1. as a non-game player, I have downloaded several games on my iPhone. It was fun for awhile. But games bore me quickly.

    I am all for more games on the iPhone if it attracts a larger user base. But for me, I want more productive apps.

  2. It’s funny to see people actually complain that there are too many games on a Mac. Last week there was not enough games and that is why the Mac is no good. Who pays these ‘contributers’ to raid the Mac forums everyday?

  3. The fact is that Apple competitors “encourage” their followers to spread as much FUD and supposed dissatisfaction with the iPhone and the Mac as they have time for on sites such as these.

    Point To Ponder: Out of 100 people you might meet on the sidewalk any given Sunday, how many opinions would you listen to or value if asked?

    NONE! Same here.

  4. The Atari of today has absolutely nothing to do with the classic Atari from the ’70s and ’80s. The new Atari has been bought and sold several times, and has had a hard time bringing any products to marketplace that anyone wants. They are also just a publishing house, nothing more. They apparently own the IP to these games and the names, but they had absolutely nothing to do with creating them. The new Atari are not innovators in any way.

    Atari is dead… long live Atari!

  5. That’s right continue to play games while GW and his Wall Street high-roller buddies continue to pick our pockets by making up emergency scare tactics. Oh and by the way Iraq has WMDs and we need to nuke Iran.

    Here have a game.

  6. The next new game for the iPhone: ‘GameChanger’

    A variation of ‘Cro-Mag Rally’, the object of the game is to pick up as many new users in as short a time as possible. Being that the track is a 3D Mobius Strip, there is no finish line.

    (Incidentally, Cro-Mag Rally currently on sale for 1.99 at App Store)

  7. I am not a “gamer” but I did put solitaire and a couple of other games on my Itouch. I don’t always listen to my music until my commute going home, but I like to play a couple of games of solitaire on my break, or standing in line at the store or bank just to past the time.

  8. I’m glad to see games available on the iPhone. I love that Atari has made their old classic games available at that great iTunes App Store price. People need games on their iPhone as a distraction, just like they need music. As for productivity, I would love to see more of that too.

    As for the Mac, I would love to see more games for the Mac. Right, I’m not normally a gamer either, but I would still love to see more games for the Mac. Has anyone heard anything about Unreal Tournament 3 coming to the Mac? It was supposed to be available for the Macintosh platform earlier this year, but no.

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