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Atari's Bankruptcy: Gen X Bids Pong Farewell

Atari's Bankruptcy: Gen X Bids Pong Farewell
Photograph by Joe Fox

Reading the news that Atari’s U.S. subsidiary is filing for bankruptcy was a little like hearing that Bob Hope died—in that you were surprised to discover he had been alive all that time.

Oh, Atari. Atari! Lodestar of my youth. If you’re too young to remember Atari’s heyday, back in the early 1980s, then you didn’t know that Atari was the jam. Let me put it to you this way—in ’75, two nerds named Steve went to work for Atari to develop a game called Breakout. They went on to start Apple.