The battle royale genre continues to evolve with each new game developed. Most recently, Apex Legends chiseled out its own path with a free-to-play offering from Respawn Entertainment. The game features a ping system for players to mark items and communicate non-verbally. The recent Fortnite Season 8 update also included its own version of this feature. To stay up with the times, Atari too wants to jump on the bandwagon and offer its own ping in its classic title, Pong.

“We saw how games like Tetris 99 have done really well adding new features to classic titles,” said Mark from 8chan on behalf of Atari. “We would like to add this new ping feature to as many properties as possible. Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, you name it! We want to insert our ping in just about everything!”

From online to IRL

THQ Nordic has also explored this topic after it surfaced during an AMA on the popular website, 8chan. “Heck, imagine what this could do for sites like Megan’s Law. See a racist? Ping’em!” said some guy named Mark speaking on behalf of a multi-million dollar company who publishes video games and didn’t know what 8chan was.

Moar ping

Looking at the current landscape of video games, many other games could benefit from this Apex Legends ‘ping’ feature. Mahjong, BoxBoy, and Arms come to mind. And that’s only the ones off the top of my head. Imagine all of the possibilities out there!

Atari has plans to update its lineup of games in the next few months leading into E3 2019. There are 45 compilation titles planned at this point. A press release for these titles has pointed to them coming to the Atari VCS, the branded vaporware that successfully completed an Indiegogo campaign, stealing raising just over $3 million.  When asked about the console and its release, Mark stated, “Don’t forget to pre-order! We are anticipating its release whenever.”

What games would you like to see the Apex Legends ping system in? Let us know in the comments!

Note: This is a work of satire and not intended to be considered factual in any way.

Greg Bargas
A console gamer gone rogue. Collector of retro games, pun and dad joke enthusiast. My spotify playlists are out of control. Rocket League anyone?


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