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Game company responsible for classical game systems like the Atari 2600. Unfortunately dying over time from to hard competition from Sega and Nintendo.

Until this day games from the old Atari's get re-made into a new coat our redone.

Worst was wen Infogrames bought the name and with that thinking that people recognizing the name will associate them with long time quality. Unfortunately for them most don't fall for such a stupid idea...
"The Unreal Tournament 2003 T-shirt has Atari on the back but really is just Infogrames"
by KIlly the fox May 16, 2004
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One of the earliest game companies and top of the league in the 80's with their Atari 2600. Ever since they have been on a downward spiral, kicked out of the console market and have now sold out to French publisher Infogrames. They have now been relegated to pushing the same old, cranky Atari arcade games of 20 years ago, rather than creating some decent games.
Man: Hey, have you seen this new Atari compilation I bought for my PS2? It's so cool, it brings back so many memories of yesteryear!
Man2: Yeah, there's also the Atari Flashback, Atari TV Games, Atari Anthology, Atari Anniversary Edition, Atari Revival, Retro Atari Classics, Atari Arcade Hits...
by DCI December 16, 2004
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Originally maker of coin-op video arcades followed by home arcade games and finally 8-bit computers such as the 400 and 800. After the advent of the IBM PC clones it came out with the ST series but they failed to catch on with businesses. Kept on going strong for years in Europe (Germany in particular) but finally went out of business.
I got an Atari 800 in 1982.
by Mark Mills July 03, 2005
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A once leading and dominant (American)company of the games-industry for producing video-games consoles such as the Atari 2600, computer systems such as Atari XL/XE and Atari ST.
Atari once ruled, now it's been conquered.
by Bruce Lee March 29, 2003
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A pop punk band that hailed from Indiana. They started off punk with the album Anywhere But Here, but then moved toward mainstream. Most noted for their heartfelt lyrics about girls, they moved more mainstream with So Long Astoria in 2005. They lost that 'punk' attitude, and "matured", but after many changes they pretty much lost if not all, most of their earlier fans (especially with the new album 'welcome the night'). Since then the ataris have never been the same, however it's been stated that they are trying to go back to playing their older stuff.
The Ataris were at their best with the album Blue Skies Broken Hearts...Next 12 Exits and End is Forever.

guy 1: Are you gonna see the ataris next week?
guy 2: Nah, they're mainstream now with the song boys of summer.
guy 1: True, but they lost pretty much all their fans and they're trying to go back to their roots.
guy 2: sweet! I hope they close with san dimas highschool football rules!
guy 1: yea! i'm gonna ask kris if i could play it.
by da mannnnn November 22, 2007
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Atari describes a situation in the game of Go, when there is one stone who has only one freedom left, and therefore can be captured within the next move.
"Beginners play atari" (go proverb)
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A gamer who is stuck on old-school games, and probably has not (and will not) touch a next-gen system. Usually plays anything up to SNES/Genesis (N64/PS1 aren't quite atari level yet). If they don't have those they play emulators.
There is nothing wrong with ataris, contrary to what people say about them wanting to "relive their childhood, the freaks."

Some are ataris for the classic games.
Some are ataris for the cheesy 8-bit music.
I am an atari for the engrish.
by Meggido February 28, 2008
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