Atari was a business icon in the
early eighties. It was one of the most recognised brand names
in the world, one the fastest growing companies, the company
with the most sought after engineers and programmers, the
company with the hottest products, and ultimately, the company
which had as much to do with its own downfall as the market it
helped to create.
Today, Atari is just a logo on
another companies gaming products. There are no Atari
"employees", there are no offices or manufacturing plants, just
a room somewhere with the remnants of its patents and
properties, now owned by the French software publisher
Atari spawned an entire industry,
today worth more than $15 Billion annually. It created some of
the most notable arcade games and home video game systems, it
even tried to take on IBM and Apple in the computer market.
Today, most kids haven't even heard of Atari, preferring to talk
excitedly about Mario from Nintendo, or their hopes of getting a
Sony or Microsoft games console for Christmas.
Atari is now, unfortunately, just
part of history. Atari left the scene without much fanfare,
with little or no mention of its fall in the media, and with
much of its former glory tainted by the rise of its competitors.
So, even if your first game was
played on a 2600 or a Nintendo, or your first letter was
type-written on a 40 Column TV screen or an LCD monitor, we hope
you enjoy some of the more topical articles and news clippings
we have collected for you here.