Episode 28–The Internal Magic of the Atari 2600


 May 2015

This is the fourth episode in our coverage of the 2015 Louisville Arcade Expo and we are proud to bring you the audio (and video – check that out below) from the David Crane seminar entitled “The Internal Magic of the Atari 2600”.

During the presentation, we are treated to a history lesson like no other.  David delves into some of the history of Activision and how he and the other founding members left Atari to go into startup mode and build what would become one of the most influential companies in video gaming history.  David covers many details behind development of some of the landmark titles Activision released for the platform (like Pitfall, Pitfall II, Kaboom, Freeway, Laser Blast, Dragster and many others) and it becomes apparent that there is FAR more story than could ever hope to fit into an hours’ discussion.

The title of the seminar is well-named in that David then takes the conversation into a very technical direction and talks about the process for developing games for the Atari 2600 and speaks to many of the lessons learned and even shows some of the internal coding mechanisms that were afforded by the Atari 2600 hardware to produce such engaging games with so little hardware resources.

We at the Brokentoken Podcast, in partnership with the Louisville Arcade Expo, are proud to bring you this fantastic seminar presentation that goes where only someone like David Crane can go – into the “magic”.

If you’d like to watch the entire seminar from start-to-finish (and we highly recommend that, as some of the topics really come alive when you can see the presentation) then check out the video below and enjoy.

You can always refer back to the list below for links to the shows in the podcast feed for all of our LAX2015 coverage.

Episode 24 – Friday Night Live from the 2015 Louisville Arcade Expo
Episode 26 – Saturday Night Live from the 2015 Louisville Arcade Expo
Episode 27 – It’s Happy Hour (and then some)! – BT Happy Hour Show – Saturday Night, April 7th 2015
Episode 28 – David Crane seminar – “The Internal Magic of the Atari 2600” (audio feed) (video on YouTube – check our channel at youtube.com/brokentokenpodcast
Epiosde 29 – David Crane 1To1 interview


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