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Old 05-26-2018, 05:25 PM   #1
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Atari Co-Founder Ted Dabney Passes Away At Age 80


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Video game pioneer and Atari co-founder Ted Dabney has passed away at age 80.

The news comes from close friend Leonard Herman.

Dabney was instrumental in the early history of Atari and video games, but is often left unsung. Originally one of the people behind Syzygy back in 1971, he helped create much of the company's early hardware, including Pong, one of the biggest games in the world. He eventually left the company under disputed circumstances, with Dabney claiming he was forced out by Bushnell and the board of directors.
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Old 05-26-2018, 05:59 PM   #2
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Beep Boop Beep Video game man

You and your creations powered and inspired my dreams, my life, and eventually my career. The first game system I owned was a Radio Shack pong rip-off before I graduated to an Atari 2600. Whatever it was that between you and Bushnell it doesn't change the sea change your work caused across the world.
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Old 05-26-2018, 06:33 PM   #3
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Too soon man, loved your uploads.
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Old 05-26-2018, 06:59 PM   #4
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How I loved my Atari 2600. So many great games. So much fun.

RIP.
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Old 05-27-2018, 01:43 AM   #5
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On a less video games related note space is another hobby of mine and this weekend Alan Bean, the 4th man to walk on the moon also passed away.

With the death of Apollo 16's John Young in January there are only 4 people alive who have walked on a celestial body outside of Earth. And they are all well into their 80s.



Godspeed Captain Bean...

Love 'em or hate 'em at least people like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are taking up the mantle of the "Moonshot" dreamers that powered things like the NASA and JPL of the 50s and 60s. We used to look to the Steve Jobs' of the worlds (thief? innovator?) and Silicon Valley to move the needle forward but there aren't many people looking at REALLY DAMN BIG IDEAS any more. Everything is so damn incremental.
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Old 05-27-2018, 06:54 AM   #6
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How I loved my Atari 2600. So many great games. So much fun.

RIP.
i remember unwrapping the VCS Christmas day with my brothers back in 1977. the competition with them over the games in Combat was fierce

from there it was on to the 800XL, 130XE, and nearly every game console through today. careers in my family were born that day.

of all the consoles i would put the Atari VCS and Intellivision as the two best. very different libraries, very different experiences, some really creative games.

hard to believe it started with Pong
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i remember unwrapping the VCS Christmas day with my brothers back in 1977. the competition with them over the games in Combat was fierce

from there it was on to the 800XL, 130XE, and nearly every game console through today. careers in my family were born that day.

of all the consoles i would put the Atari VCS and Intellivision as the two best. very different libraries, very different experiences, some really creative games.

hard to believe it started with Pong
Colecovision. no other console from the 80's actually faithfully ported arcade machines like the Coleco.
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Ted Dabney was an icon, in the same breath as Nolan Bushnell and Al Alcorn, as pioneers in the industry. Sadly, Mr. Bushnell did not give him the proper recognition during their time working together and, ultimately, they drifted apart. Throughout all of these years, not too many folks speak of Dabney's contributions to the work leading up to and in the early years of Atari. It's a shame and something that, if nothing else, everyone reading this comment should be aware of. These early pioneers are the reason the industry is what it is today - godspeed, Mr. Dabney.
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