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Once Upon Atari (2003)

Story of Atari after its fall from the mouths of the people who created and escalate Atari to the top of the computer world, the video game designer and programmers.
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Jerome Domurat Jerome Domurat ... Himself (interviewee)
Tod Frye Tod Frye ... Himself (interviewee)
Rob Fulop Rob Fulop ... Himself (interviewee)
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Story of Atari after its fall from the mouths of the people who created and escalate Atari to the top of the computer world, the video game designer and programmers.

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atari | gaming | See All (2) »

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USA

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English

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10 August 2003 (USA) See more »

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Scott West Productions See more »
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Atari game programmer Howard Scott Warshaw, the director and host of Once Upon Atari, would place his initials (HSW) in the games that he made for the 2600. When Once Upon Atari was released he announced that he placed an "HSW" in the documentary. In 2003, a fan discovered that footage from three games, "Home Run Derby", "Space Invaders", and "Warlords" were seen consecutively. The first letter of those three games' titles spelled out the hidden "HSW". The fan was later featured on the documentary's web site. See more »

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Excellent documentary from Howard Scott Warshaw, creator of Yar's Revenge
12 February 2017 | by krakanovaSee all my reviews

90 mns of interviews with Atari game programmers after Atari's extreme success and failure. Rhetoric about their wages, their relationships with other programmers and the smell of marijuana smoke creeping into the office of the Director of Software. He would hold his meetings somewhere else if it was that late into the afternoon.

Tod Frye cut his head on a sprinkler when walking the walls of hallways. He had long legs.

The engineers/programmers talk about management, gameplay and how clueless marketing was. Some programmers were porting (and recreating arcade games) and some created their own games. No mention of the director's Yar's Revenge or E.T.

Looks like its shopping a potential biopic with Matt Damon and what's her fat face. Julia Stiles. She's pretty sometimes


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