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Inkblot: Atari Co-Founder Nolan Bushnell

By Mark Milian - 2013-01-17T17:08:30Z

Photograph by Evan-Amos

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The Magnavox Odyssey was the world's first commercially available home video game console. It came with paddle controls and a slot for swapping out a printed circuit board that unlocked different games on the system.

When Bushnell started Atari, he felt he could build a better game console.

"It was definitely an inspiration for me because I thought, 'People are having some fun with it,'" he said. "And I thought, 'Boy, that is crappy.'"

Magnavox would later sue Atari for patent infringement over "Pong," claiming the company got the idea from a game on the Odyssey. The case was settled out of court.