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BANANA TIME
A PUBLICATION OF ACADEMIC COMPUTING ADVISORY COMMITTEE,
BANANA TIME IS PUBLISHED EVERY THURSDAY, FALL & SPRING.
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NAME: Atari Arcade
DESCRIPTION: Remakes of Atari Arcade Games for modern browsers
PURPOSE: Play
OS: cross-platform, cross-device, in-the-browser experience
PRICE: Free (but with ads)
SOURCE: http://www.atari.com/arcade
BANANA RATING: Five Bananas out of Five Bananas.
RATED BY: PJ Moskal, Digital Media Arts

Open Web Platform (OWP) has been making big waves in recent years and the introduction of HTML5 and CSS3 has strengthened its standing.  OWP is especially important for users of mobile devices who have missed the “in-the-browser, rich media content” traditionally delivered on desktop browsers by the Flash Player plug-in.  That’s why I was so happy to find Atari Arcade project.  It was developed with mobile browsers in mind utilizing JavaScript library called CreateJS (http://www.createjs.com).

Atari Arcade is a web app that provides a user with remakes of Atari’s classic games.  It truly feels like a regular mobile app that one would download from iTunes or Google Play and it even detects user’s phone orientation to provide the best gaming experience.  Atari classics feel at home on a mobile screen and the OWP initiative continues to enable better and more exciting content for mobile browsers.  That is to say . . . in case “PONG” doesn’t already provide enough excitement!

NOTE: I tested the app on iPhone 4S Safari, Samsung Galaxy Google Chrome, Mac OS: Firefox and Safari . . . look out Space Invaders!
-PJM

BANANA TIME is the namesake of an article by the late Donald F. Roy.  Roy said (p. 166) that his “…observations seem to support the generally accepted notion that one key source of job satisfaction lies in the informal interaction shared by members of a work group.”  Roy, D. F. (1959).  “Banana Time” Job satisfaction and informal interaction, Human Organization, 18, 158-168. A free downloadable pdf of the article appears at
http://64.6.252.14/class/377a/Readings/roy-bananatime.pdf