Falken's Maze: An 80s Guide to History

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Episode Summary

In this episode, we explore the seedy side of the video game business, including the rise of Atari corporation and how it helped create a work culture that so many silicon valley companies today are trying to fix.

Episode Notes

In this episode, we explore the seedy side of the video game business, including the rise of Atari corporation and how it helped create a work culture that so many silicon valley companies today are trying to fix.

This episode is the second in a three-part series. The overarching goal of this set of shows is to explore the rise of video games and to explain the impact they’ve had on the sociology of the modern world.

In Falken's Maze technologist and former international relations professor Jason Thomas explores the intersection of technology, history, and culture. Created for listeners who wistfully long for the 80s but want to understand the complexities of today, this podcast demystifies and explains the world's most compelling technologies and events through 80's movies, music, and television.

This is where history, tech, and retro pop collide.

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References:

  1. Cool Cops, Hot Show (Time Magazine, Sept. 1985)
  2. Hamster Vice
  3. Miami Vice Theme by Jan Hammer
  4. First-Hand:The Development of Pong: Early Days of Atari and the Video Game Industry by Allan Alcorn
  5. Atari Company and Its Downfall
  6. Once Upon Atari by Howard Warshaw
  7. Nolan Bushnell Interview - The Glory Days of Atari
  8. Game Developers Conference Statement on Pioneer Award
  9. Nolan Bushnell Apology
  10. Macho ‘brogrammer’ culture still nudging women out of tech (Financial Times December 2018)

Music:

Photo by Adam Birkett