In 1971, Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney founded an engineering firm, Syzygy Engineering, that designed and built Computer Space, the world's first commercially available arcade video game, for Nutting Associates. On June 27, 1972, the two incorporated Atari, Inc. and soon hired Al Alcorn as their first design engineer. Bushnell asked Alcorn to produce an arcade version of the Magnavox Odyssey's Tennis game, which would be named Pong. While Bushnell incorporated Atari in June 1972, Syzygy Company was never formally incorporated. Before Atari's incorporation, Bushnell considered various terms from the game go, eventually choosing atari, referencing a position in the game when a group of stones is imminently in danger of being taken by one's opponent. Atari was incorporated in the state of California on June 27, 1972. This version of the Atari logo mark is the inline logo with the embedded stylized 'A' icon with an authentic vintage treatment to give it plenty of retro street cred.
Tags: games, game, video-game, atari-2600, nostalgia
Long before the days of Venture Capital, Nolan Bushnell had secured a $20 million loan from Merrill Lynch using his Atari and Chuck E. Cheese stock as collateral. Unfortunately, both stock companies went into a downward slump at the same time and Merrill Lynch called the loan, forcing Nolan to close Androbot. However, he was still confident in his entrepreneurial abilities, so he then started five companies in parallel using a "business incubator" model, where each of the companies shared the same office space and administrative staff, etc. One of these five companies was Axlon Toys. Even on a shoestring budget, competing against Worlds of Wonder, who had just gone public on the New York Stock Exchange, Nolan, Andy and their small staff were really prolific in their toy innovations. They used some of the technology that they were already developing at Androbot to create such early innovative robotic toys as the popular AG Bears and Tech force Robot fighters which were quite cutting edge for their time. This vintage styled design includes the original Axlon logo with plenty of wear and tear. Pick one up and wear it to your next robotics meetup as it's always a conversation starter wioth those in the know!
Tags: technology, 80s, 1980s, gamer, pacman
Data Age was a California-based video game company that developed and published titles for the Atari 2600 platform in the mid-1980s. Among their more well-known titles were Journey Escape (a tie-in with the band Journey) and Frankenstein's Monster, both published in 1982. Data Age released fewer than a dozen games of varying quality. Frankenstein's Monster has been cited as a standout among Atari 2600 games by several game reviewers, while Sssnake and Warplock (both 1982) were included on a list of the ten worst games for the 2600. Journey Escape also received poor reviews and weak sales, despite a $4.5 million marketing campaign, which combined with heavy licensing fees and helped lead to the company's failure. Whether you're a vintage Atari aficionado or tech nerd, this vintage styled Data Age logo is a true rare bird that isn't seen very often...
Tags: geek, programmer, developer, videogame, joystick
Not every video game developed for the arcade world has come to consoles. Some have stayed in the realm of the arcade, either due to licensing, lack of interest on the home side, or they used hardware in a way that made a console translation sub-par. Celebrate the games that are arcade exclusive with this design!
Tags: gaming, video-games, video-game, videogame, gamers
Space Invaders is an arcade video game created by Tomohiro Nishikado and released in 1978. It was originally manufactured and sold by Taito in Japan, and was later licensed for production in the United States by the Midway division of Bally. Space Invaders is one of the earliest shooting games and the aim is to defeat waves of aliens with a laser cannon to earn as many points as possible. In designing the game, Nishikado drew inspiration from popular media: Breakout, The War of the Worlds, and Star Wars. To complete it, he had to design custom hardware and development tools. The Space Invaders Pixel Text design includes an authentic vintage treatment to give it plenty of vintage street cred.
Tags: japan, 80s, 70s, pinball, game
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, one of the biggest commercial failures in video gaming and often cited as one of the worst video games ever released. All of these factors have led to wide speculation that most of the 3.5 million unsold copies of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial were secretly buried in a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico then encased in concrete.
Tags: fail, humor, vintage, conspiracy-theory, game
Back in the 1980s, pastel colors were a big deal. One of the few game consoles to incorporate this fashion fad into its design was the somewhat unknown Atari XEGS. The XEGS was released in 1987 to compete with the NES juggernaut, relying on less expensive, proven hardware along with access to a massive library of games and hardware peripherals that it was compatible with thanks to it's Atari 400/800 predecessors. Those benefits weren't enough to make a dent but it did give us a very 80s design to enjoy 30 years later!
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Atari has quite the legacy of arcade games, having started off as an arcade company and producing some of the most legendary games of all time through that. This shirt celebrates that with the following games: PONG; Gotcha; Breakout; Hi-Way ; Tank 8 Asteroids Deluxe; Tempest; I, Robot; Rampart; Steel Talons
Tags: gaming, legacy, games, game, videogame