The Fairchild Eight

The Fairchild Eight

Led by co-founder Robert Noyce, Fairchild Semiconductor began as a start-up company whose radical innovations would help make the United States a leader in both space exploration and the personal computer revolution, changing the way the world works, plays, and communicates. Robert Noyce, nicknamed “the Mayor of Silicon Valley,” rejected the corporate hierarchy and empowered his employees. Noyce’s microchip ultimately re-shaped the future, launching the world into the Information Age. As the Fairchild Eight began to leave the company, the companies they started (often referred to as “Fairchildren”) would lead to much of the exponential growth of what would become Silicon Valley.

Retroist Rewind: Coleco Adam

Retroist Rewind: Coleco Adam

By The Professor on September 21, 2014 Welcome to another installment of a recurring feature we’re calling “Retroist Rewind”. We’ll be looking back at classic episodes from our favorite retro-themed podcast, The Retroist, talk about our favorite episodes, and discuss the show in the Forums. If you haven’t listened to The Retroist Podcast before, you’re […]

The Time Mr. Wizard Took Apart An Atari Computer

The Time Mr. Wizard Took Apart An Atari Computer

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.

The 1982 Tron Holiday Special

The 1982 Tron Holiday Special

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: […]

Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2014

Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2014

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 […]

I Was Into Atari Before It Was “Retro”, But After It was “Cool”

I Was Into Atari Before It Was “Retro”, But After It was “Cool”

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 […]

E.T. Excavation Documentary “Atari: Game Over” Debuts With Rough Cut At Comic Con 2014

E.T. Excavation Documentary “Atari: Game Over” Debuts With Rough Cut At Comic Con 2014

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.

Win A New Yars’ Revenge, New E.T. Or A New 2600 Joystick In Our First Contest!

Win A New Yars’ Revenge, New E.T. Or A New 2600 Joystick In Our First Contest!

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 […]

Retroist Rewind: Atari 7800

Retroist Rewind: Atari 7800

By The Professor on July 21, 2014 Today we begin a new monthly feature we’re calling “Retroist Rewind”. We’ll be looking back at classic episodes from our favorite retro-themed podcast, The Retroist! We’ll post a monthly “Retroist Rewind” feature to the Blog, celebrate our favorite episodes, and discuss the show in the Forums. If you […]

Too Powerful for Its Own Good, Atari Lynx Remains A Favorite 25 Years Later

Too Powerful for Its Own Good, Atari Lynx Remains A Favorite 25 Years Later

This is a great article by Jeremy Parish about the Atari Lynx, its impact in the portable wars and its legacy today. The article is well written and touches on all things Atari after Warner Communications sold Atari to Commodore founder Jack Tramiel in a fire sale. What I like most about this article is […]