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.
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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!
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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...
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Feeling nostalgic for those days of NHL '94 but maybe you'd like to see how your present heroes would look in 16-bit? We've got you covered! 16-Bit Beer League Heroes has all your favorite players in one place here at Teepublic!
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