January 17, 2013 |
My experience over the years is that Nolan Bushnell, the guy who founded Atari and once hired Steve Jobs, doesn't talk to the press much. So when the opportunity to talk to him came up, I jumped at it. "I basically look at PR as something you do if there's an object in mind," Bushnell said during a phone interview this week. "But my ego doesn't need it. " Fair enough. But Bushnell does have an object in mind. In fact, two of them. The first is a documentary that's going to be airing on various PBS stations over the next few weeks called, "Something Ventured: Risk, Reward And The Original Venture Capitalists.
May 14, 2013 |
Now, if you promise you won't do this in front of your boss, I'll let you in on a nice video game secret today: Go to Google image search , type in "Atari Breakout," and, well, see what happens. Yes, that's right, now you can play the old arcade and Atari 2600 hit "Breakout" on your computer, with the Google images becoming the bricks you must destroy. This year is the 37th anniversary of the game, which has had many variations since its initial release, but there's still something magical in the original.
May 17, 1985
The home computer manufacturer's April withdrawal from the upcoming Summer Consumer Electronics Show had fanned speculation that the firm might be having difficulties getting its new "ST" computer to market. Sigmund Hartmann, president of the Atari software division, confirmed that Atari has rejoined the trade show and said that it has cleared FCC requirements to sell the product in the United States.
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December 22, 1987 |
Officials at Atari Corp. said Monday that they worked with federal agents on a sting operation to seize 2,000 pirated video game machines and accessories from a Canoga Park importer, the first such seizure in the United States. The target of the operation was PSD Inc., which Atari officials said was raided by federal agents Dec. 8. Federal authorities were unavailable for comment.
June 4, 1986 |
In a landmark lawsuit settlement, Atari, once the nation's leading manufacturer of video games, has agreed to distribute more than $600,000 in back pay to about 500 former employees who lost their jobs in a massive layoff in 1983. The case stemmed from Atari's announcement on Feb. 22, 1983, that it was firing 1,700 California employees and moving most of its manufacturing to Hong Kong and Taiwan to lower production costs.
August 24, 1987 |
Atari, a personal computer and video game company that has struggled to persuade retailers to sell its products, has agreed to buy the Federated Group chain of consumer electronics stores for $67.3 million in cash. The acquisition would give Atari, which has been on the mend since being discarded by Warner Communications three years ago, the Federated retail network of about 65 stores in California, Arizona, Texas and Kansas.