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June 30, 2012

Atari's 40th anniversary

Forty years ago, Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded Atari (I can't believe I missed this on Wednesday...).

“We were going to build a driving game,” Bushnell said in a 1983 Playboy interview. “But I thought it was too big a step for him to go from not knowing what a video game was to that. So I defined the simplest game I could think of, which was a tennis game, and told him how to build it. I thought it was going to be a throwaway, but when he got it up and running, it turned out to be a hell of a lot of fun.”

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 30, 2012 08:57 AM