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.


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