Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2015

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Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2015

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The Professor Atari

By The Professor on July 26, 2015

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 Howard’s games that were released by Atari became million-sellers.

Howard created Yars’ Revenge, the best-selling original game on the Atari 2600. Howard also created an unreleased game called Saboteur, as well as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Atari 2600 adventure game based on the movie of the same title.

Following on the success of Raiders, Howard was hand-picked by Steven Spielberg and Atari to turn another memorable movie into a game cartridge for the Atari 2600 – E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.


Atari E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Yars' Revenge by Howard Scott Warshaw HSW

The “Yar” in Yars’ Revenge is “Ray” spelled backwards, a nod to Atari’s former CEO Ray Kassar


Zak Penn’s documentary Atari: Game Over was released last year and features Howard as a central character. The documentary takes us through the financial collapse of Atari, the development of the E.T. cartridge, the events that led to Atari’s warehouse dump in the desert, and how Howard Scott Warshaw became ensnared in the middle of the whole thing.


Howard Scott Warshaw Atari E.T. Yars' Revenge

Happy Birthday to one of the greatest


Howard’s birthday is July 30th. We’ve chosen this day every year to celebrate Howard’s creations as one of Atari’s most prolific game designers.

We’re celebrating Howard Scott Warshaw Day 2015 with a rewatch of the Atari: Game Over documentary on Netflix, complete with ’80s-style snacks and popcorn. Check out these bonus features and deleted scenes that didn’t make the documentary:


The Making of the “Atari: Game Over” Documentary with Zak Penn



Atari: Game Over Deleted Scenes “You’d Fit Right In at a Place Like That”



Atari: Game Over Deleted Scenes “The Scavengers”



Atari: Game Over Deleted Scenes “Nervous Breakdowns”



Atari: Game Over Deleted Scenes “E.T. & George”



Atari: Game Over Deleted Scenes “The Dreams of a Generation”



Interviews are shown featuring Howard, along with Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell, Warner Communications’ Manny Gerrard, Ready Player One novelist Ernest Cline, and many others involved with the excavation.



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Atari: Game Over is now showing on Showtime and is available on Netflix and iTunes.