“The fastest growing company in American history.”
When I was a kid, video games were for kids. The first home video game boom happened a little before my time, but I’m old enough that my childhood included an Atari 2600 and followed the evolution through various Segas (I was never a Nintendo guy) and Playstations, with an X-Box or two as an adult. I played the games, I loved the games and I thought I understood the impact of the games. But I have nothin’ on the band of nerds, geeks, weirdos and obsessives who make up Atari: Game Over.
In the very late 70s, but mainly in the early 80s, the Atari 2600 console was pretty much solely responsible for the popularisation of home video games. More primitive versions had existed before it, but it was the approach to game design of Atari and its programmers that made home video games a phenomenon. And while the superior graphics and technology of Sega and Nintendo would seem like the reason for Atari’s collapse, an urban legend has existed for the last 30 years that blames one game, Atari’s adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s family blockbuster, E.T: The Extra Terrestrial. (more…)