Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Sex, Pong, And Pioneers: What Atari Was Really Like, According To Women Who Were There

quote [ Back in 1973, Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker” was blaring from the PA in a California warehouse as two dozen women in flared jeans assembled Pong circuit boards. The smell of corned beef and marijuana wafted down the manufacturing line. Orders for Atari’s landmark table tennis video game were still pouring in on the crisp October day when Elaine Shirley first giddily entered the warehouse to join the all-woman crew of Pong cabinet-stuffers. ]

Seems relevant to your interests.

Nolan Bushnell was supposed to receive an award for developing Pong and kicking off the whole video game market, but the award has been retracted due to a #NotNolan campaign based on comments he made about the freewheeling days at Atari in the early 70's.

SFW or NSFW? That really is the whole debate in a nutshell. Marked this post NSFW just in case the discussion (or more likely, debate) veers in that direction.
[NSFW] [games] [+6 Interesting]
[by hellboy@10:53pmGMT]


yasha said @ 12:39am GMT on 14th Feb [Score:3]
i knew a guy growing up who worked at atari. he was a lead engineer on games like centipede.

he was always getting in trouble for drinking at work. like, a lot. he got sent to whatever 1970s HR was, and the woman there told him he couldn't be getting drunk at work.

so he decided to go undercover and started injecting his oranges with vodka, and then peeling and eating the oranges.

he ended up back in front of the same HR woman. when she asked "what am i supposed to do here?" he said "come drink with me tonight!"

they ended up married with babies.
HoZay said @ 2:19am GMT on 14th Feb
schmutz said @ 7:00am GMT on 14th Feb [Score:2 Interesting]
You might want to read how the #NotNolan campaign started here
mechanical contrivance said @ 2:56pm GMT on 14th Feb
Looks like an Atari logo would make a good Halloween costume.
steele said @ 5:42pm GMT on 14th Feb
Costume? ;) ;)

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