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.
Those awesome people at Intellivision Productions were kind enough to send us an Intellivision Flashback system last week. Obviously, as soon as it arrived we cracked it open, sorted through our overlays, hooked it to the TV and started playing. I was going to post a full review of the Intellivision Flashback later this month, but couldn’t help posting a bunch of videos to Instagram of our friend Keith playing the Intellivision about 30 seconds after we pulled it out of the box.
“You are now cleared for departure to the 21st century!” bellowed across the speaker when first boarding Horizons, a closed attraction that once served as EPCOT’s living thesis of tomorrow. The “tomorrow” EPCOT envisioned was both ambitious and optimistic. When EPCOT Center opened on October 1st, 1982 it really was like you were experiencing the future.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]