It’s been 50 years since Nolan Bushnell co-founded Atari, which brought video games to the mainstream. To celebrate, we asked Bushnell what he learned during the early years—and what we’ve lost sight of since then.
I’m too young to have experienced Atari in its heyday, so I don’t have much to add here. I am, however, fascinated by Atari’s classic computers, like the 800 or the Falcon, and remember fawning over the Jaguar before growing up and realising what a terrible console and cheap marketing trick it really was.
That being said, I still want a Jaguar.
I believe the 16 bit atari computers was during the tramiel era. bushnell sold atari in 1980 and jack bought it in 1984 if my memory serves me correct.