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Happy Birthday: Atari turns 40 today

By Shawn Knight · 12 replies
Jun 28, 2012
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  1. If you grew up in the 1970s or 1980s, today might very well have a special significance to you. On June 27, 1972, Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney filed incorporation papers for Atari, a move that many say single-handedly helped…

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,624   +2,363

    I had no idea that ol' Nolan came back to the fold recently. Heck I wasn't certain he was still alive! He's off-base with that whole "private Internet" comment, though: what he would've been creating was another Compuserve or GENIE..and we all know how well they fared. Only AOL and handful of dial-up BBS's remain from that epic period. And you can still log onto quite a few boards via Telnet :)
  3. Happy Birthday Atari! If only I was around in your glory days.
  4. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 8,195   +1,257

    Atari 800XL + floppy drive unit, my first "game console"
  5. Renrew

    Renrew TS Enthusiast Posts: 253   +19

    Misspent a good part of my youth playing the 2600.
  6. Ranger1st

    Ranger1st TS Evangelist Posts: 348   +124

    ?? I was doing the online game thing in 74' using a Control Data terminal and dial up to the mtl. mainframe
  7. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,094   +1,545

    Boy, that brings back some memories. I even remember the Atari TV ads. But I was a rebel even back then and bought the Intellivision over the Atari. Man I had some fun with that unit...
  8. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 3,050   +1,384

    Warner didnt know why people would want to play with people they couldnt see...

    I dont know, either. Especially now that most of these people are *****s.

    Great job atari.
  9. So this is interesting to hear for all the Jobs haters out there. We find out that Steve has also made an impact in the game industry. So we got computers and games and cartoon movies. We find out that Steve Jobs is like the Michelangelo of the 20th century. I don't get why so many hate him. Actually I do. All the jealousy. He done so much and most humans today just stagnate accomplishing nothing but over due bills. Sorta spinning their wheels if you will going nowhere anytime soon just bitching about the conditions and drowning in negativity. Everything just sucks for most. This whole planet need a conscious shift.
  10. kpo6969

    kpo6969 TS Maniac Posts: 710

    I bought the Atari 5200 when it first came out. Defender was the game I liked the most. I even had the Trackball unit also that was almost as big as the 5200 itself.
  11. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,680   +417

    Atari 800 was my first one too, no floppy drive unit though. Still have it packed up in a container with original cartridges.
  12. TJGeezer

    TJGeezer TS Enthusiast Posts: 385   +10

    My son was born in 1972 and was just old enough to agitate for an Atari when it came out. He got one for his birthday and any other presents from well-meaning relatives went right out of his awareness. For weeks after, it was 'bye 'bye kid, hope to see you soon.

    I don't know about it being another CompuServe or TheSource, good general-use consumer nets as they were, though. (GEnie was always a hassle to use... IIRC, it was mostly a business service.) A low-cost gaming console that tapped into a purpose-built phone net might have created a very large niche market for itself, given how big a hit the 2600s were. As a net, maybe no competition to the public sector version of the military-developed DARPAnet. How could it be? But as a ready-for-the-Internet, fully developed online gaming center, it could have had an enormous influence a few years later, seems to me.
  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,546   +430

    I know in the 80s, before I had a Nintendo, I had a Commodore 64 with a floppy drive, some of the games for it were C64 on one side of the floppy, Atari on the other.

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