Atari is a name with plenty of history in the world of videogames. They used to be giants in the industry, dominating the home console market in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The Atari 2600 popularised the concept of a box that plugs into your TV and plays multiple games. So the company’s troubles over the past few years have been sad to see.
Now those troubles are coming to a head. After failing to find a bidder willing to take on the whole company, Atari’s assets are set to be auctioned off this July. They’ve set minimum bids on many of their well known properties, hoping to reach a total of at least $22.2 million.
So, what’s being sold and for how much? Well, Test Drive is up for $1.5 million after a couple of console games that had a fairly invested core of fans. Roller Coaster Tycoon could be yours, if you have a spare $3.5 million to spend. The most recent Roller Coaster Tycoon game was for the DS but the genre seems ripe for mobile platforms these days.
And for those on a budget? Total Annihilation, the well respected strategy game of the late ’90s, is a steal for just $250,000. This was the first RTS to use 3D units and maps and is fondly remembered by many of us older RTS fans.
Source: WSJ (paywall)