The Devil Finds Work for Idle Hands

Topics: Atari 2600, Video game console, Video game Pages: 4 (1257 words) Published: November 15, 2005
The Devil Finds Work for Idle Hands

What comes to mind when someone mentions video games? A lot of people will think of a waste of time or a device for creating lazy children. That very well may be in a lot of cases, but from a different point of view, video games have very important uses. Instead of creating lazy children, they eliminate boredom for them. We all know what types of activities children find when they are bored. There is also a huge job market in video games ranging from programming to sales. It seems they have something for everyone, and in my presentation I try to convey how the video game industry became the big dollar industry it is today.

The history really begins in 1889 when the Marufuku Company was established to manufacture and distribute Japanese playing cards. This may not seem relevant until 1951 when they change their name to Nintendo Playing Cards. Three years later, David Rosen, a US Korean War veteran, sees the popularity of coin-operated games on military bases and starts Service Games. SEGA is put on all the games using the first two letters of Service and Games.

In 1972, a computer programmer named Nolan Bushnell starts a video game company called Atari. Atari's first game release is "Pong", a very simple tennis game. Pong is a huge hit and sets up Atari for many arcade games to come. Bushnell decides to sell Atari to Warner Communications for $28 million in 1976. He remained chairman of the board. In 1977 Atari opens Pizza Time Theatre featuring robotic animals, electronic games, food, and a mascot by the name of Chuck E. Cheese. That same year Atari releases its first programmable game system, Atari 2600 for $249. 1977 seemed to be a great year for Atari, but still the very next year Bushnell leaves Atari to take over Pizza Time Theatre. Atari began to sell computers to compete with Apple that year, but everyone considered Atari as only a video game company.

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