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Coin-Op TV looks at a new uWink opening in Hollywood

July 4, 2008

It’s always interesting to take a look at what the founder of the video arcade industry, Nolan Bushnell is up to these days and if you have followed his latest efforts in recent years then you probably know that he has been working on a new chain of restaurants called uWink. I believe that until the new one in Hollywood opened that there was only one in existence but it appears that it has been enough of a success to warrant a second store. Coin-OP TV was there to check it out and interviewed not only Nolan but his son Brent who is the Chief Tech Officer of the company. I would like to check it out one day and maybe he’ll bring it to Utah one day as it was where he was born (and it’s where I live but then again I have no idea if he has any connections here anymore). It may not be coin-op arcades that they use as the game but it’s certainly in the same vein when it comes to out-of-home entertainment and as Nolan points out, the game industry needs more innovation and the industry he helped put together isn’t void of that observation. On one last note, Nolan is asked about his thoughts on Leonardo DiCaprio playing him in the new movie Atari.

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Leonardo DiCaprio as Nolan Bushnell in new movie called “Atari”

June 8, 2008

I have never really liked movies based upon video games – they always seem to miss the mark by a mile and end up disappointing. But it is not often that Hollywood decides to do a movie based upon game history so I guess I can give it the benefit of the doubt – for now although these types of stories are generally better fit for TV documentaries rather than movies. Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to portray Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and who is widely considered the grandfather of video games. In the pitch made to Paramount, they are going to shoot for a cross between Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Tucker for the biopic of the famous company that started it all but as to what period in Atari’s history it will cover is anyone’s guess and to how accurate it will be also will be up for debate.

As you know I hold a great respect for Atari so I really hope that they don’t botch it up although the current company that owns and uses the Atari name has done worse over the past few years (minus the Flashback 2). I’m sure we can expect to see a number of arcade games in the movie at least but just because a movie has arcades in it doesn’t automatically make it good (i.e. Joysticks).

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Leonardo DiCaprio as Nolan Bushnell in new movie called "Atari"

June 8, 2008

I have never really liked movies based upon video games – they always seem to miss the mark by a mile and end up disappointing. But it is not often that Hollywood decides to do a movie based upon game history so I guess I can give it the benefit of the doubt – for now although these types of stories are generally better fit for TV documentaries rather than movies. Leonardo DiCaprio has signed on to portray Nolan Bushnell, the founder of Atari and who is widely considered the grandfather of video games. In the pitch made to Paramount, they are going to shoot for a cross between Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Tucker for the biopic of the famous company that started it all but as to what period in Atari’s history it will cover is anyone’s guess and to how accurate it will be also will be up for debate.

As you know I hold a great respect for Atari so I really hope that they don’t botch it up although the current company that owns and uses the Atari name has done worse over the past few years (minus the Flashback 2). I’m sure we can expect to see a number of arcade games in the movie at least but just because a movie has arcades in it doesn’t automatically make it good (i.e. Joysticks).

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Happy Belated Birthday Nolan Bushnell

February 9, 2008

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I feel bad for missing this the other day but on February 5th the founder of our industry (practically the entire video game industry – yeah I know aobut Ralph Baer but Nolan is the one who really got the ball rolling) celebrated his 65th birthday. Nolan Bushnell created the very first coin-operated video game with Computer Space which was a commercial flop but paved the way for the rest of the industry as he kept his dream alive and went on to create the smash hit PONG along with the first titan of the game industry, Atari which would later create some of the most memorable classics of all time along with some great consoles such as the Atari 2600 and Atari Lynx. These days Mr. Bushnell is keeping busy with his restaurant chain called uWink, which combines gaming with eating but in a more mature venue than Chuck E. Cheese (which he also created). Mr. Bushnell was actually born in my home state Utah, although I have never been to the city he was born in (Clearfield). I have been to Lagoon Amusement park however, where Nolan worked at the time that he first came up with the idea for coin-operated video games while he  was studying at a local university. Anyways, Happy birthday Mr. Bushnell!

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