The Founding Father Returns; Nolan Bushnell is back with Atari
It cannot be disputed that Nolan Bushnell is responsible for creation of the multi-billion dollar video game industry. We are, after all, talking about the man who brought us the first coin-op arcade game in 1971, the first home video game console (Atari Pong, 1975), the first cartridge based home console (Atari 2600, 1977), the birth of the video arcade and even Chuck E. Cheese’s.
For so many, it has been a lifetime since we have heard of Nolan Bushnell’s association with the video game industry. Now, while he has simply taken a seat on the board at Atari, this is still a special moment in video game history. Even though many gamers of this generation can only identify with the name of Atari, Nolan Bushnell will be known once again after the release of the Paramount Pictures biopic on the Atari Founder played by none other than Leonardo DiCaprio.
In an exclusive interview with Gamepro, he talks about Atari then and now.
For a brief overview Nolan Bushnell’s part in the creation of the video game industry, check out ON Network’s Play Value: “The Founding Father’s”, “The Fall of Atari”, and “Nintendo vs. Atari”.