July 30th is Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2015! Howard was a game designer at Atari who was responsible for creating some of the 2600’s most memorable titles. All of the games Howard created that were released by Atari became million-sellers. We’re celebrating Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2015 with a rewatch of the Atari: Game Over documentary on Netflix, complete with snacks and popcorn. Included in this blog are a few bonus features and deleted scenes that didn’t make the documentary.
In late 1983, as the affects of the video game crash were taking hold, Atari was putting the final touches on a brilliant retail concept that would present Atari as a lifestyle brand and place Atari in retail locations across the continent. Called “Atari Adventure,” the stores would have been a retail experience unlike any other. Atari Adventure mixed ideas of arcades, interactive cinemas, amusement park attractions, computer learning, video game and computer stores, and world’s fair pavilions.
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell spoke at Google about his history, passions, what made things work and what didn’t. It’s a fascinating talk that’s about an hour long and well worth watching. Google has made the talk available on YouTube, and we’ve embedded the video along with stray observations.
“Great eras live forever.” We built this website with that in our hearts. When we remember Atari, often times we remember much more than games. We remember the music, the movies, the feel of the moment we lived in. We’ve created a video to express our love to something that cannot be put in words. It’s our homage to that moment, an overture that attempts to capture everything we love most about Atari and the era it defined. We love Atari, and we hope you do too.
Do you remember the time Mr. Wizard took apart an Atari computer? For whatever reason, the scene of Mr. Wizard taking apart an Atari 1200 XL, gently explaining its workings and making it all understandable, always stood out for me as one of the most memorable moments from that show.
By The Professor on August 5, 2014 Oh, how great this would have been with Jeff Bridges participating. A great video from Funny or Die! A recently unearthed Christmas classic from 1982, starring the incomparable Rip Taylor with most of your favorite Tron characters and laser bikes. The full video from Funny or Die below: […]
By DeLorean on July 30, 2014 Is July 30th marked in your calendar? It should be. July 30th is Howard Scott Warshaw Day! Not only is it HSW’s birthday, it’s a day to celebrate the works of one of Atari’s most prolific game designers. To celebrate, we’re posting a pretty great Q&A video with Howard […]
By Fard Muhammad on July 28, 2014 | Twitter | Instagram I was into Atari before it was “retro”, but after it was “cool”. In other words, when it “sucked”. Now, though, it’s considered chic or bemusing to wear old Atari logo shirts and caps as the nostalgia movement is in full force in my […]
Microsoft offered Comic Con attendees an early look at what was billed as a rough cut of Atari: Game Over, the upcoming documentary ostensibly about the fabled Atari 2600 E.T. game. Though much has been made about the unearthing of buried Atari cartridges in the New Mexico desert, it does not prove to be the film’s most prominent focus. While the burial is present throughout, the film goes on to tell a larger story of the incredible rise and fall of Atari, once the fastest growing company in American history.
By Doctor Octagon on June 24, 2014 SCORE! We’ve announced our first contest! It’s a high-score competition with three prizes up for grabs: a sealed copy of Yars’ Revenge, a sealed copy of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, both complete with a crystal clear box protector, and a third bonus prize – a new 2600-style Joystick! The […]