Atari giving away cool Xbox 360 Atari 2600 case mod

This week, Atari noted the 40th anniversary of Pong, which was officially released on November 29th, 1972. For many people, Pong was their first introduction to video games. The idea of a person manipulating a simple light image up and down on a TV screen to hit a constantly moving light was almost magical for that time period.

This weekend only, Atari is holding a contest on its official Facebook page to celebrate Pong's 40th birthday. The grand prize is what you see above this post. It's an Xbox 360 case made to look like the classic Atari 2600 console. It also comes with an attached LCD screen to make the Xbox 360 a little bit more portable. You have until Sunday to enter the contest.

This isn't the first time we have seen a cool case mod this year that used the Atari 2600 console as an inspiration. In September, Microsoft and Atari worked with PC maker Hard Drives Northwest to create a limited amount of Atari 2600 cases that had modern PC hardware placed inside.

Atari also announced the launch of Pong World this week, a new and free game for iOS devices. Not only is it the first all new Pong game made especially for smartphones and tablets, it also was created by a team that won Atari's Pong Indie Developer Challenge. The team, ZGames, collected $50,000 from Atari for their efforts.

As far as the game itself, Atari says, "... players choose one of many Pong paddles and battle against opponents on various themed boards, experiencing the game in either classic mode or all-new gameplay modes including Blitz and Hotseat"

Source: Atari Facebook page | Image via Atari

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That's even worse, at least link to a real one and not a distorted drawing.

The 2600 wasn't that flat, it's way too big, and the front and switch area is all wrong (not to mention the LCD). It's kind of neat for a 360 but it doesn't really look like a real 2600. Of course I realize they couldn't fit an Xbox motherboard and drive in a real Atari case and as a tribute it's pretty cool.

TRC said,

That's even worse, at least link to a real one and not a distorted drawing.

The 2600 wasn't that flat, it's way too big, and the front and switch area is all wrong (not to mention the LCD). It's kind of neat for a 360 but it doesn't really look like a real 2600. Of course I realize they couldn't fit an Xbox motherboard and drive in a real Atari case and as a tribute it's pretty cool.

Distorted drawing? Are you drunk or high or something else of that nature?

/Facepalm

Shane Nokes said,

Distorted drawing? Are you drunk or high or something else of that nature?

/Facepalm

Yes distorted. Have you ever seen a real 2600? That pic you linked with the fat front, the tiny flat switch area and the weird flattened cartridge. The photo has been distorted and it looks ridiculous.

This is an Atari 2600: http://farm3.static.flickr.com...0/3949247990_486fcf5337.jpg

Edited by Bonfire, Dec 2 2012, 4:29am :

MightyJordan said,
US only.

This is so annoying. Small companies all manage to make such things worldwide and ship to winners everywhere.
All the big companies only stick to one country.

dodgetigger said,

This is so annoying. Small companies all manage to make such things worldwide and ship to winners everywhere.
All the big companies only stick to one country.

Their stupid problem for not recognising another potential 6billion non-US customers.