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  1. Have you played Atari today?

    Reversi is an old board game that dates back to the late 19th century. In the 1970s, it made a resurgence under the new name of Othello, thanks to the Japanese company Tsukada Original (see Othello (Tsukuda Original).) The license to publish the board game in the United States was granted to Mattel, who advertised the game as taking “A minute to learn, a lifetime to master.” When Mattel was in the process of developing games for the Intellivision system, they decided to publish Othello for it. However, rival company Atari licensed the name Othello for their own game system, the Atari 2600, so Mattel switched to the classic name of the game, which had never been trademarked. So Reversi (TM Mattel) became the name of the cartridge.

  2. The original Atari, Inc. was founded in 1972 by Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney. It was a pioneer in arcade games, home video game consoles, and home computers. The company’s products, such as Pong and the Atari 2600, helped define the computer entertainment industry from the 1970s to the mid 1980s.

    The Intellivision was developed by Mattel Electronics, a subsidiary of Mattel formed expressly for the development of electronic games. The console was test marketed in Fresno, California, in 1979 with a total of four games available, and was released nationwide in 1980 with a price tag of US$299 and a pack-in game: Las Vegas Poker & Blackjack. Though not the first system to challenge Atari, it was the first to pose a serious threat to Atari’s dominance. A series of advertisements featuring George Plimpton was produced that demonstrated the superiority of the Intellivision’s graphics and sound to those of the Atari 2600 using side-by-side game comparisons.
    Before the formation of Activision, software for video game consoles were published exclusively by makers of the systems for which the games were designed. For example, Atari was the only publisher of games for the Atari 2600. This was particularly galling to the developers of the games, as they received no financial rewards for games that sold well, and did not receive credit for their games. This caused several programmers to resign from their jobs. Activision became the first third-party game publisher for game consoles
    Sears also released their own versions of Atari Inc.’s games under the Tele-Games brand — often with different titles — which included the Tele-Games branded variations of text and picture labels. Three games were also produced by Atari Inc. for Sears as exclusive releases under the Tele-Games brand: Steeplechase, Stellar Track, and Submarine Commander

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