Your childhood is dead, sort of, but only if you're over 35. Atari U.S. — the maker of such classic, first-gen games as Pong and Asteroids — has filed for bankruptcy http://now.msn.com/atari-files-for-bankruptcy I can't remember what they make...maybe that's a sign
To be honest, that's NOT the original Atari. This is Infogrames, the French company, that bought Atari, and renamed itself Atari, many years back. They also bought MicroProse, Hasbro Interactive, among other companies.
This bankruptcy will actual do the opposite. It opens the door for the original Atari owners to buy the company back. I'm not kidding. It's all part of a greater plan. Atari are more of an asset now, with the attraction of apps and retro games, than they have been in a long time.
Atari US are doing this to get away from their parent company - this the true Atari will come back alive and kicking! As someone who actually played pong in the 'service stations' in England, played most of their games and then owned an Atari ST - I'll be glad to see them re-emerge!!