Atari, Ray Kassar and Warner

July 15, 2017

 TCW Podcast Episode 046 - Atari, Ray Kassar and Warner

 

We continue on to part three of our four part look into Atari.  We delve into Atari under the leadership of Ray Kassar.  It becomes apparent that while Ray did make mistakes the leadup to the fall of Atari cannot be entirely placed at his feet.  We also explore the role of Warner in the direction Atari took and the difficult decision on whether to concentrate on home console or PC.  We also delve into the Arcade side of things and how, while successful, they were not without their growing problems. 

 

Atari Pinball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqcDFAphThY

 

Space Invaders Atari 2600: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opru6qPsPa4

 

Atari Arcade Battlezone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymrYkbEbnEQ

 

Atari 400 and 800: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-InWwzs8Em0

 

Asteroids Arcade: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYSupJ5r2zo

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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Atari, Ventures and Acquisitions

July 1, 2017

TCW Podcast Episode 045 - Atari, Ventures and Acquisitions

 

In our second of four episodes detailing the rise and fall of the core Atari company we go over the rapid expansion of the company, and its ever increasing need for capital.  Atari had to court venture capital, and got the patronage of Don Valentine.  Later on to secure the funding needed for the VCS launch they had to be acquired by a larger company; that company was Warner Communications.  This acquisition as we start to explore was a blessing and a curse.  It ultimately led to the ouster of Nolen Bushnell, and Joe Keenan from Atari.  Now it would start a new era under the leadership of Ray Kassar.

 

Atari Arcade Tank: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OsBUzYBJgU

 

Atari Home Pong: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqBlrULrbsg

 

Atari VCS Hardware Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7n5o5Wq3q4

 

New episodes on the 1st and 15th of every month!

 

TCW Email: tcwpodcast@gmail.com 

Twitter: @tcwpodcast

Alex's Blog: http://videogamehistorian.wordpress.com

 

Intro Music: Josh Woodward - Airplane Mode -  Music - "Airplane Mode" by Josh Woodward. Free download:http://joshwoodward.com/song/AirplaneMode 

Outro Music: RolemMusic - Bacterial Love - http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rolemusic/Pop_Singles_Compilation_2014/01_rolemusic_-_bacterial_love 

Copyright: Attribution: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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