The entire history of video games can be traced back to a creative genius by the name of Nolan Bushnell. In 1972, Nolan co-founded Atari, a multi-billion dollar company that changed the face of gaming forever. At the time, arcades were as popular as ever, but the market was quickly becoming saturated. Nolan wanted to break into a new demographic and had a dream of creating a gaming space dedicated entirely to kids. However, in the 1970s, families were still hesitant to introduce their children to the world of video games. Nolan knew that gaming needed a friendly face to change their hearts and minds, and thus was born Chuck E. Cheese.
Join us as we delve into the untold stories behind your favorite video games with Great Big Story’s Emmy® nominated series, 8 Bit Legacy: The Curious History of Video Games. How did a game so bad become iconic? What does it REALLY take to become a Nintendo game master? And what ever happened to the Street Fighter II champion who simply disappeared one day? Dust off your Atari—it’s game time.
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