S3:E4: Atari’s Biggest Mistake Part 2: Game Player Non Expandable

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In part 2 of “Atari’s Biggest Mistake” we explore the core reasons  why Atari blundered in 1982 with their biggest releases and explore a “what if” scenario right out of The Vertical Blank.   

What really was Atari’s biggest mistake? Was it ET for the 2600, was it Pac-Man for the 2600? Was it over confidence and inexperience? Or was it some else entirely?  In this 2nd part of our brand new investigative series on the real failure of Atari, we delve deep into the exact moments that we feel turned Atari from, the fastest growing company in the world, to a failure 3 years later. 

This podcast includes never before heard interviews with Nolan Bushnell, Chris Crawford and Curt Vendel. 

Atari Business is Fun

by Marty Goldberg (Author), Curt Vendel (Author)

Arcade Perfect

by David L. Craddock  (Author), Milan Jaram (Illustrator)

Chris Crawford Interview : http://www.8bitrocket.com/2017/06/16/in-depth-interview-with-game-philosopher-king-chris-crawford/

History Of Atari Part 1 (with Nolan Bushnell Quotes): https://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/2000/the_history_of_atari_19711977.php?page=1

History Of Atari Part 2 (with Nolan Bushnell Quotes): https://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/3766/atari_the_golden_years__a_.php?page=1

Antic ET Story: https://www.atarimagazines.com/v2n4/etgame.html

Antic Podcast with Dave Comstock, programmer for E.T. Phone Home: https://ataripodcast.libsyn.com/antic-interview-316-dave-comstock-et-phone-home-superman-iii-cloak-dagger?fbclid=IwAR1PKHuEKcKRV6LhMBE6GxaMmElFu5s_eE-d1t6rZnuPt7Hx4BOCK2tj7yk

The Atari 5200 FAQ

http://www.atarihq.com/5200/5200faq/5200faq.txt

Atariprotos.com Atari 5200 Pac-Man

http://www.atariprotos.com/5200/software/pacman/pacman.htm

Atarimania.com Atari 8bit Et Phone Hone

http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-et-phone-home_1881.html

Atarimania.com Atari 8bit Pac-Man

http://www.atarimania.com/game-atari-400-800-xl-xe-pac-man_3857.html

AtariMuseum.com Atari 400 “Candy”
http://www.atarimuseum.com/computers/8BITS/400800/400/400.html

Antic Magazine December 1982

https://archive.org/details/anticdecember1982vol1no5

Electronic Games Magazine October 1982

https://archive.org/details/Electronic_Games_Volume_01_Number_08_1982-10_Reese_Communications_US/mode/2up

Electronic Games Magazine May 1984

https://archive.org/details/Electronic_Games_Volume_02_Number_12_1984-05_Reese_Communications_US/mode/2up

Antic Magazine July 1983

https://archive.org/details/1983-07-anticmagazine/mode/2up

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