Fifty years of Atari

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    It slipped silently by us this week, but Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney created Atari Inc on June 27, 1972. Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney created Atari Inc on June 27, 1972. The name of the company w...

    Fifty years of Atari
     
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    Ghosty Ancient Guru

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    Pong. Still good even today.
     
  3. TheDeeGee

    TheDeeGee Ancient Guru

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    What's left of Atari is far from the Atari people remember.
     
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    Horus-Anhur Ancient Guru

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    My first gaming console was an Atari Junior. I had fun at the time with it.
    I even had a school colleague that own a Lynx. It was huge and heavy, but had amazing graphics for a portable console.
    Too bad Atari is now not even a shadow of it's former self.
     
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  5. Zooke

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    Atari have provided me with some very fond memories.
    From the 2600 I got as a child in what I guess would have been Xmas 1978 because I got the Space Invaders cart too, through the years spend putting many 10p pieces into the arcade games and then owning my own Gauntlet 2 arcade machine and spending hours upon hours alone in the garage.
    Last I knew the machine was still in my parents garage, I just don't have the space for it at my place.
    I even went to the Atari UK Pac-Man competition they held, I would have ben 13 then, theres a memory I had forgotten about.
    If only I had kept all those T-shirts and merchandise I once had, although I'm not sure I'd still fit into them, my waistline is somewhat greater than the fresh faced teenager I once was.
    It's a shame the kids today miss the fun of the arcades, I cannot only remember the games but the places where those games were located; from chip shops to ice cream parlors to pubs to beach cafes to full blown arcades. I can still place the machine to the location all these years later.
    That's the strength of the influence.

    So it's a thanks to Atari from me.
     
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  6. Kaarme

    Kaarme Ancient Guru

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    I was in the Commodore/Amiga camp myself. In fact I don't really remember that many people with Atari systems. Commodore/Amiga's fate wasn't that different from Atari's, it just happened a bit later. I don't know if the reasons were the same since I'm not that familiar with the details of Atari's history. But I reckon some of the reasons must have been since in general the diversity of home computer systems was dropping extremely rapidly during the late 80's and early 90's. In the late 90's there was hardly anything left.
     
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    I can still remember the first video machine i saw at Glasgow zoo way back in the mid 70s, it was that weird tall yellow round shaped one with the black and white TV screen, i can't remember the game but i do remember it was a noisy bugger. lol
     
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    Yeah, I have an emulator for all the Atari greats ( missile command, battle zone, etc ). Its actually from XP days but it works fine on W10 compatibility mode.
    I also have a M$ office 2003 excel version of the Atari classics. Yep, a spread sheet running games.
     
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    Whoa, almost twice my age.

    I had no idea it was that old.
     
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    It's definitely a name worth remembering. Too bad that these days the company can be rather unpleasant on the videogame field.
     

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    I loved Gauntlet. I could last all day on 10p, with all characters, even on the later revision machines that took away the food. Gauntlet 2 on the other hand is a whole different kettle of fish. Ed Logg learned his lesson and on the arcade, it was so difficult. I managed level 110, on Blue Elf, after someone told me not to potion the deaths and keep their score at 2000 only. That was a brutal game. The Amiga version was my favourite because it didn't take away the food, and of course, I could play it forever.

    Sadly the later iterations of Gauntlet sucked, even the 2014 version. I mean where are the mazes? Open plan dungeons and it felt like a mini wave-based game.
     
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  12. 0blivious

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    My gaming roots:
    Atari 2600
    Atari 800
    Atari 130XE
    IBM 8086...

    Atari and Commodore (among others) were glorious back in the 80s. =D
     
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    Something else I forgot, and that was the Atari ST, which gave home users access to really powerful music making technology.
    This was an important machine at the time because of it's MIDI interface.
    With 'Cubase', pirated of course because it was such damned expensive software at the time (sorry Hilbert but in this case I feel a reference to pirated software is justified).
    My Atari ST has long gone, I have no idea where, but look what I found lying around, my old D10 that I used to use with that ST and Cubase back in the day. IMG_0679.JPG
     
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    @Zooke we all used super expensive software in the past . Hell I learn Photoshop because it was better than paint and I was 12 years old I had no business using Photoshop neither my parents brought it for me back then . :p
     

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