Atari will move away from mobile and free-to-play games in favour of “a strong pipeline of premium games” for PC and consoles, the company announced today. A swathe of its current mobile offerings, including Atari Combat: Tank Fury and Ninja Fury, will be discontinued or sold, while “successful games with a loyal user base” will be allowed to stick around.

The first games following this model are already in development, according to Atari’s statement, and will release during the current financial year ending April 2022. No word on what they might be, but Atari “intends to leverage its catalog of 200 proprietary games,” so they’ll probably be familiar. Meanwhile, the company will exit its Atari Casino business in Africa, which specialises in gambling titles. It will also scale down its TV interests.

“Our intent with any gaming experience is to provide accessible and joyful moments of meaningful play,” Atari CEO

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Xbox Game Pass in July is set up to be another incredible month of gaming. With Microsoft Flight Simulator already confirmed to be hitting Xbox Series X on July 27, alongside The Ascent on July 29, this month is shaping up very nicely already.

Some great games already hit Game Pass in July, including Limbo and Gang Beasts, and a few more games have also now been announced for later in the month. This includes Tropico 6, UFC 4 (EA Play), Farming Simulator 19, and more. For now, here’s what to expect from Game Pass in July, alongside the very best deal on Xbox Game Pass Ultimate right now.

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ATLANTA — As the Atlanta Hawks’ season came to an end with a 118-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals, Trae Young walked off the court after the final buzzer sounded and shouted one message to the fans crowded around the tunnel next to Atlanta’s bench at State Farm Arena:

“We’ll be back.”

It was a final defiant message from Young, one of the breakout stars of these playoffs, after he finished with 14 points on 4-for-17 shooting in 40 minutes Saturday night in his return to action after sitting out Games 4 and 5 with a bone bruise in his right foot and a sprained right ankle.

“I feel like we’ll be back, and I meant it with my whole heart,” Young said.

Young, who had done no on-court work other than testing out

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The Montreal Canadiens mixed up their lineup Monday night and staved off elimination against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Trailing 3-0 in the best-of-seven Stanley Cup Final, Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme added three players, subtracted three and shuffled the top three lines.

The result: The Canadiens scored first for the first time in the series. Josh Anderson, who was moved in the line shuffles, scored twice, including in overtime, for a 3-2 Montreal victory in Game 4.

“We didn’t want to end it tonight in front of our fans,” Anderson said. “We expected to go to Tampa tomorrow. I think everybody in that locker room did, and we packed our bags this afternoon. We just had that feeling that we were going to win tonight.”

The Lightning, seeking back-to-back championships, fell to 0-5 this postseason when yielding the first goal and are 3-3 in potential clinching games. They will try to

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There’s a robust lineup of games joining PlayStation Now this month. There’s a Western epic with Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2, intense yokai action in the form of Nioh 2, while Judgment serves up a compelling psychological thriller. Enjoy cooperative hijinks with hilarious sim Moving Out, and give in to your competitive nature with both Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and Nascar Heat 5. And also welcome back the acclaimed adventure of Kratos and Aterus as God of War returns to PlayStation Now.

*Phew*. It’s an epic month. Let’s find out more about what awaits you when all these games join PlayStation Now tomorrow, July 6.

Red Dead Redemption 2

From the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a sprawling tale of life in America at the dawn of the modern age. After a robbery goes badly wrong in the western town

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LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the NBA playoffs last month. Now, the four-time NBA MVP is spending time at his son’s prep basketball games, where he caused a scene during a game on Saturday.

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James decided to interrupt the game during the final minutes to yell at the PA announcer over a comment made about his son, Bronny. The game was being played at LeBron James Arena, which is on the campus of James’ alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary’s High School. According to the broadcast, the announcer said Bronny got a foul call because he was playing in the gym with his father’s name on it, and James took offense to it.

James got up from his seat and confronted the announcer, putting a stop to the game, which

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Care and Feeding is Slate’s parenting advice column. Have a question for Care and Feeding? Submit it here or post it in the Slate Parenting Facebook group.

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My nephew Nicolas is 9 and only plays video games. He wakes up around 2:00 pm doesn’t brush his teeth or shower and begins playing games. My sister thinks our parents were ridiculously strict and doesn’t want to push her own kid at all. My husband is a pediatrician and has a suspicion that Nicolas is malnourished. I’m pissed at my sister. Her other son, my 8-year-old nephew comes over my house and LOVES the structure and steady meals. I ask my sister to send Nic but she says he doesn’t wasn’t to come over, so she never sends him. Nic says I don’t have any way to set up his games and that my TV is old

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Atari is shaking up its business strategy once again. Today the company announced that its board of directors has signed off on a new approach centered around making premium games for PCs and consoles, with reduced emphasis on mobile and free-to-play games.

“Our intent with any gaming experience is to provide accessible and joyful moments of meaningful play,” said Atari’s recently appointed CEO Wade J. Rosen.

“That’s the core of Atari and what binds our history with our future. To that end, we feel that premium gaming is better representative of this type of gaming experience and the Atari DNA.”

The company said “the competitive and marketing environment is weighing on the free-to-play business model,” but it will continue to operate successful free-to-play titles with a continuing user base.

However, free-to-play games like Roller Coaster Tycoon Stories, Crystal Castles, Castles & Catapults, Ninja

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Shigeru Miyamto and Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa

Shigeru Miyamto (L) and Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa (R)
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At Nintendo’s 81st annual general meeting of shareholders, a Q&A section allowed those present to ask all kinds of business-related questions. One, however, was so obvious I cannot believe it hasn’t been asked before: someone simply wanted to know what everyone’s favourite video games were.

Those asked included President Shuntaro Furukawa, senior executive officer Ko Shiota, Senior Managing Executive Officer Shinya Takahashi, senior executive officer Satoru Shibata and legendary designer Shigeru Miyamoto.

You’ll find their responses below. Don’t go expecting much that will shock you—there’s a lot of “well I made old Nintendo games so those” kinda replies—but Miyamoto’s in particular is pretty cool.

Furukawa: Super Mario Bros. was released when I was in junior high school, so I was right in the middle of the Famicom (NES) generation. Even today, in

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If you were drinking every time you saw a game was coming “day one to Game Pass” at the Xbox Show yesterday, you would have been under the table by the end. It’s clear that Microsoft is slamming the accelerator on Game Pass, with or without a console attached to it, and they’re going to try to not just have a large roster of old games, but continue the idea that every new first party game debuts there, and now that includes all future Bethesda games too, after the recent acquisition.

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Sony, meanwhile, has taken the opposite path. This generation they’re not only sticking with selling individual new releases as they’ve always done, not rolling them up into any sort of subscription, but also increasing the price of their PS5 games from $60 to $70, which includes some third parties as well.

It’s not ideal

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