Alan Smithee

Nolan Bushnell…Back at Atari

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It was like a million voices crying out in unison, then suddenly silenced

Atari founder and Chuck E. Cheese creator, Nolan Bushnell is back. The company, in all of its infinite wisdom have decided to let the kooky old dude back onto the payroll and has made him a member of the board of directors.

This could be very bad.

If you’ve got rose-tinted glasses about this man, you need to take them off and in a hurry, because the dude is just bad news for Atari. Yes he’s the one we all have to thank for gaming as a whole with the Atari 2600, but since then…I’m hard pressed to find anything the guy’s been involved with that has been as much of a success.

It’s no secret that he hates the current state of the gaming market…even though most of us love our products we’re being given. He went so far to say that:

“Videogames today are a race to the bottom. They are pure, unadulterated trash and I’m sad for that.”

That’s not all…he’s even against the trend of social gaming that millions of us gamers subscribe to and use everyday. He’s on the record as saying:

“[Social gaming is you] sitting in a dark room in your underpants talking to thousands of people… it’s not cool.”

No Mr. Bushnell, you’re not cool. I sincerely hope that they limit the powers they give you as a member of the board of directors. You got lucky with Pong and a few other games, but this industry has no need for outdated forward thinkers whose expiration date has come and gone.

Get with the times sir, social gaming is here to stay, and the industry is still making billions upon billions of dollars each year and and is as solid as the movie industry. Your opinion might have mattered back in the 70s, but in 2010…it’s proven you don’t know jack.

Maybe you’ll think twice next time before you turn down guys who approach you with an idea, unlike how you did with Jobs and Wozniak. I don’t mean to hate on you so much, but you really should just fade away to the history books before you besmirch your name even more.

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