Atari Engineer Steve Bristow Passes Away

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The man who helped birth the Atari 2600, as well as the classic game Tank, died this past Sunday.


Steve Bristow, who was in charge of Atari's Coin-Op Division during the glory days of stand-up arcade machines, was one of the pivotal players in the era that brought arcade machines into the home. He also came up with the concept for Breakout with Atari founder Nolan Bushnell and later rose to the position of Vice-President, Engineering. News of his passing (via Gamasutra) comes Atari Inc. author Martin Goldberg, who posted in an Atari Museum Facebook group.


It is a damn shame. Back then, people made games they were passionate about and enjoyed. Smaller teams, smaller budgets, passion projects. They didn't have a lot to work with. Passion projects still happen - but the playing field was much more intimate back then.

Part of the end of an era.