Atari design concept sketches
The Atari design concept sketches are arranged into four series. The materials are housed in two large, flat archival document boxes.
- 1973 - 1991
- Majority of material found in 1973 - 1973
- Majority of material found in 1985 - 1985
- Majority of material found in 1987 - 1987
- Atari Games Corporation (Organization)
Conditions Governing Use
2.5 Linear Feet
In 1972, Atari released Pong, the first commercially successful video arcade game. The Pong phenomenon spawned several Atari arcade game sequels [such as Pong Doubles (1973), Quadrapong (1974), and Super Pong (1974)], in addition to numerous competitor knock-offs. Atari also produced a Home Pong console. In 1976, Bushnell sold Atari to Warner Communications. Soon after, Atari introduced a lucrative home video game console, known as the Atari 2600, on which consumers could play auxiliary game cartridges. Subsequently, Bushnell left Atari in 1978. The founder of Commodore International purchased the home computer and video game console divisions of Atari in 1984. Warner retained and renamed the coin-op division as “Atari Games,” but then sold it to Namco one year later. Several more transactions involving Atari Games occurred, though it was ultimately absorbed, and rendered defunct, by Midway Games in 2003.
The arcade coin-op division, which ran from 1972 through 1999, created dozens of well-known games, including Breakout (1976), Asteroids (1979), and Centipede (1980). This department also produced many designs for games which were halted at the prototype stage.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Touch Me, 1973
Series II: Gauntlet, 1985
Series III: Street Fighter, 1987
Series IV: Other Atari design concepts, 1973-1991
- Finding Aid to the Atari Design Concept Sketches
- Julia Novakovic
- 29 August 2013
- Description rules
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA