June 27th, 1972 – 35 years ago today the video arcade industry was officially born with the creation of it’s first powerhouse, Atari. Their first major success would be Pong, later followed by hits such as Asteroids, Centipede, Tempest, Missile Command, BattleZone and more. They also led the way with many innovations for the coin-op industry and while they were not the only ones to make great games, we owe it to them for paving the way for not only arcades today but all video games. It is true that they weren’t the only ones working on the concept but it is hard to say where we would be without the likes of Pong and other pioneering efforts by the great Fuji.
To celebrate, go out to an arcade if there is one near you and play some good old coin-op games. If you have an Atari of any kind, play that too. “Have you played Atari today? “
Today Atari is a mere shell of what it once was after changing hands many, many times – there is no coin-op division as what was left of that was bought up and later shut down by Midway and the console division died in 1996 with the Atari Jaguar as their last console. Now they are a software company struggling to survive in the current marketplace.
For a rundown on Atari’s coin-op history with a look at many of the great arcade titles that they brought to us over the years, check out our extensive Atari Coin-Op History page. Also check out Atarimuseum.com and Atari Explorer, both excellent resources on the history of the once great coin-op game company. Also be sure to check out our look at arcade games on the Atari Lynx and later today be looking for a classic Atari arcade review as well as some updates to our Atari history page. Long live the Fuji!
[Arcade Heroes Extensive Atari Arcade History Page]
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