On this day 50 years ago, Atari was incorporated by creators Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney in the state of California. While its heyday in the hardware market is long behind them, the brand is still revered by gamers of all ages.
Since I have no memories or ties to the brand and millions of other gamers do, this article will list as many Atari stories and retrospectives as I can find so enjoy and have a drink for Atari!
- The Atari brand is 50 years old today (VGC)
- Atari turns 50, and the godfather of video games talks about how to change the world (MarketWatch)
- Atari At 50: The Story Of Our Lives (Hackaday)
- Atari at 50: 5 hardware landmarks from the seminal gaming company’s history (Stuff)
- Atari is 50! (The Arcade Blogger)
- Atari, at 50, leaves a legacy of electronic imagination in visuals and sound (CDM)
Also some old links about Atari you might find interesting:
- Spawn of Atari (WIRED, 1996)
- News: Hasbro Buys Atari Games From JTS (LA Times, 1998)
- A short history of Atari (according to Tim Lenoir) (Stanford, 2000)
- Atari (2600) Game Development Still Going Strong (ExtremeTech, 2003)
- A Very Weird and Blocky Future (featuring the Atari 2600) (The Morning News, 2008)
- Art of Atari (book) (2016)
- How the Atari 2600 Led Videogaming’s Home Invasion (WIRED, 2019)
And here are some Atari commercials.