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August 30, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Old school Atari games get new life on modern browsers

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Screenshot of Centipede on Atari Arcade. Photo from Microsoft.

Remember Pong? Asteriods? Centipede?

Those old-school Atari games (Pong dates back to 1972) are getting a facelift with the launch today of Atari Arcade, which features updated versions of eight classic games built for web browsers. The games were built with HTML5, multi-player capabilities, and touch features when used on modern browsers (and devices) that can handle touch.

The Atari Arcade is the result of a collaborative effort between Microsoft, Atari and Grant Skinner, a web developer who specializes in HTML5 gaming. It works on any modern browser, but, according to Microsoft, will work particularly well with Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 touch devices, since the games take advantage of multi-touch support in IE10.

In Asteroids on IE10, for example, the user’s left thumb commands the spaceship while the right thumb powers acceleration and firing.

(The classic Atari games had already existed online but were built with Flash, rather than the HTML 5 used in the new versions in the Atari Arcade.)

Here’s a video from Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team showing the Arcade in action:

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