40 Jahre Atari

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Heute vor 40 Jahren gründeten Nolan Bushnell und Ted Dabney Atari, rippten das Spielkonzept des Tennisgames der Magnavox Odyssey-Konsole ab und entwickelten zunächst die Pong Arcade-Maschine. Nach einer Heim-Variante des Games baute man das Atari Video Computer System, das man kurze Zeit später in Atari 2600 umbenannte. Bei mir zuhause steht selbstverständlich eins und es funktioniert. Rest is History.

Geekdad hat eine nette Timeline der Atari-Milestones aus den vergangenen 40 Jahren, „Nerd-Attack!“-Autor Christian Stöcker hatte drei Tage zu früh einen Text aus spOnline, Websites die man kennen sollte sind Pong-Story.com und Atari Age (und da vor allem die Comics), unten habe ich meine drölfmillionen Atari-Postings zusammengesucht und Time.com hat ein Interview mit Gründer Noland Bushnell: Atari at 40: Catching Up with Founder Nolan Bushnell

Once upon a time, back in the 1960s, there was a videogame called Spacewar!

It was remarkably ingenious and addictive, and probably would have become a pop-culture phenomenon if it weren’t for its one downside: You could only play it on a mainframe or minicomputer, at a cost of $120,000 and up.

For that reason, Spacewar!‘s fan base consisted largely of students who were lucky enough to have access to university computer centers. Oftentimes they indulged in the game in the wee hours, when nobody was around to chastise them for wasting precious computing resources.

One of those Spacewar! enthusiasts was a University of Utah engineering student and part-time amusement-park arcade manager named Nolan Bushnell. He thought that videogames could be a big deal. “The only question,” he remembers, “was how to bring them to everyone, not just those of us who could sneak into a computer lab late at night.”

In 1971, Bushnell and partner Ted Dabney managed to turn Spacewar! into the first mass-produced video arcade game, Computer Space. It wasn’t particularly successful. Undeterred, they continued their partnership, Syzygy, by founding Atari, Inc..

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