We are back at 7800 Avenue! This is a special episode today because I have got a special Mystery Unboxing to share with you, and I’ve got a special guest with me today! I got an interesting text last week: “Something wicked this way comes to you. You may want to get the video cam ready for a box opening.” Sounds like something from Dungeons and Dragons. Or a bomb or something. So then I said “Well who is this? Who’s texting me?” and it turns out it’s Paul Westphal from Eight Bit Fix! He sent me a mystery package all the way from Portland, Oregon – and today we’re going to unbox it. I honestly do not know what this is at all, I have no idea. Maybe it’s a mini arcade cabinet? I don’t know. We’re going to open it up, and we’re going to see what is inside.
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.
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.
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.
[easy-share buttons=”facebook,twitter,google,pinterest,digg,stumbleupon,tumblr,mail,reddit,buffer” counters=0 native=”no”] 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 […]
[easy-share buttons=”facebook,twitter,google,pinterest,digg,stumbleupon,tumblr,mail,reddit,buffer” counters=0 native=”no”] 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 […]
[easy-share buttons=”facebook,twitter,google,pinterest,digg,stumbleupon,tumblr,mail,reddit,buffer” counters=0 native=”no”] By Fard Muhammad on July 1, 2014 | Twitter | Instagram On July 2, 1984, Warner Communications, after reeling from Atari, Inc.’s massive losses in 1983, sold the home console and computer divisions of the company to Commodore founder Jack Tramiel’s company called Tramel Technology Limited (or TTL). Upon receiving the […]
Atari Is Like A Ship With A Hole In The Bottom, Leaking Water, And His Job Is To Get The Ship Pointed In The Right Direction
[easy-share buttons=”facebook,twitter,google,pinterest,digg,stumbleupon,tumblr,mail,reddit,buffer” counters=0 native=”no”] By Doctor Octagon on June 11, 2014 | Opinion His name is Fred Chesnais. Currently he’s CEO and majority shareholder of what we once called Atari and their dozen or so employees that remain on the books. His strategy for making Atari relevant again: “Let other people be Atari” by licensing […]