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"A3" is for Atari

  • Atari 400
  • Atari 800
  • Atari 600xl
  • Atari 800xl
  • Atari 520ST w/SF354 Floppy, SM124 Monitor
  • Atari XEGS
  • Atari 130xl
  • Atari 65xe

1972 - The Founding of Atari (June 27) Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney start their own game company, Atari Incorporated. Atari (a term from the Japanese game Go) was chosen after the first choice, "Syzygy," wasn't available.

Al Alcorn writes a video ping-pong game called Pong. Pong is playtested at a bar called Andy Capps; players love it so much that the coin box is jammed with quarters.

(November) Atari sets up assembly facilities in a former roller skating rink, hires local hippies for labor, then begins manufacturing Pong for mass distribution.

1973 Pong is an unprecedented success. Eight to ten thousand units are made, more than three times the number of a typical pinball machine at the time.

The Atari 400 & 800 models were released in January of 1979!


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