On June 27th, 1972, Atari was founded by a couple of guys who just wanted to play table tennis without all of that inelegant swinging of their arms. 40 years and 400 games later, Atari is celebrating its Ruby Anniversary, promising to run special events and promotions all year long. They’ve got a lot to be proud of, from providing the “video game sound effects” for nearly every TV show and movie made in the 1990s, to coining the first synonym for enjoying video games (hey you guys, let’s go play some Atari!), to indisputable classics like Pong, Breakout, Centipede, and more. E.T., not so much.
Happy birthday, Atari, you magnificent sons of guns. Let’s enjoy a look back to where it all began, and where it’s headed next:
Good times. To keep the fun rolling, Atari is running a “40 Giveaways in 4 Days” sweepstakes over on its Facebook page, and promises there’ll be more to come. Me, I’m going to get in a fight with my brother over who gets to be the three little planes in Combat. Thanks for everything, Atari!