It might be hard to believe but Blue Laws banning certain types of games still exist out there. Today comes news that Oakland, CA is finally going to remove their ban on pinball machines which was put in place back in the 30s. According to the article the ban wasn’t enforced in recent years anyways so while it may be a formality when the law isn’t enforced, it’s still nice to remove that hanging sword from over the head of bar or arcade owners. Apparently the city of Alameda, CA still has a ban officially in place for some reason. Perhaps Robert Sharpe needs to make a visit to the City Council there too (or just a letter showing that hey, no one makes 1930s style pinball machines anymore). Read more about it at SFGate.com
Just when I think I’ve heard about all of the prototype/unreleased games that Atari had been working on, something new pops up. Scott Evans posted this video to Youtube showing Atari’s Time Bomb. You move a “robot” that looks like a bulldozer, pushing bombs into the enemy base and trying to keep their bombs out of yours. It lacks some collision detection and looks like it was pretty close to finished but was ultimately pulled for whatever reason, probably an underwhelming location test.