Skip Some Work and Play Some Classic HTML5-Powered Atari Games In Your Browser

By Jon Partridge on at

As if you didn't need any more distractions from work with the likes of Twitter and Facebook gleaming onto office monitors around the world, you can now waste a good chunk of time playing some visually-updated classics like Asteroids, Centipede or even Pong from the comfort of your browser in the Atari Arcade.

Eight Atari classics are available in the arcade, each one updated with a fresh coat of paint and a good ol' HTML5 rejigging and is available for free right now. Partnering up with Microsoft, Atari has tablets in mind, building the arcade for Windows 8 as well as offering the Arcade ad-free with Internet Explorer. Check out the video above to take a look behind the scenes of the Arcade, as well as the collaboration between Atari and Microsoft.

The arcade itself was built up with Internet Explorer 10's touch-based interface in mind, which seems like a natural fit for many of the games, like Super Breakout for instance. The games themselves are pretty cool, but what's also great about the Arcade is that developers can make some indie games for it and make a bit of cash from ads in their games or from in-game purchases. Of course, there aren't any on there just yet having just been launched, but it does leave the gate open for a wide variety of games to come through and get some exposure and money from being on the arcade.

You can look forward to playing Pong, Asteroids, Yar’s Revenge, Combat, Missile Command, Lunar Lander, Centipede, and Super Breakout from your browser whilst you skip some work, and if you're feeling touchy, wait out for a Windows 8 tablet to press some digital buttons on the Arcade. [SlashGear]