And thanks to some particularly talented developers, some of that spark has already been set aflame again. So, as Atari looks toward (hopefully) another 40 years of gaming, what better way to celebrate than to look back before setting off? (And don't worry, Atari doesn't leave out its numerous sell-offs, changing of hands and that E.T. game.)
You might think you know Atari, but did you know that the late Steve Jobs of Apple fame developed the original Breakout ... and his buddy Steve Wozniak designed it? How about the fact that Atari developed and released a whopping eight home devices? There are more tidbits to dig through in the infographic below, and the video does a fine job of back-patting as well. But hey, if your game company survived 40 years of being sold and re-imagined, you'd be patting your back in public, too.