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In April 1982, Martin D. Meeker, former financial consultant to hi-tech electronics firms such as Intel and Amdahl, and five computer software engineers established Data Age, Inc. They got off to a terrific start, but Data Age’s good fortunes were short-lived… VERY short lived. Data Age made its debut at the 1982 Summer Consumer Electronics Show with 10 employees, five science-fiction games and a commitment to ship those games on October 1. Data Age met the ship date it announced at CES and accompanied its initial release with what was regarded (at the time) as “one of the most innovative point-of-purchase materials in the industry.

Called “Mindscape,” the 3 1/2 minute soundtrack, recorded on a flexible plastic disc, dramatized the sounds of Data Age’s Bugs, Sssnake, Airlock, Warplock, and Encounter at L-5 games. The disc, an audio version of the standard consumer catalog, was offered free to dealers and its customers and was the first industry-wide attempt at using the sound medium to generate buyer enthusiasm.

New Sonic!

New Sonic!

Face-swapped Pincus and Mattrick. These dudes basically have the same face and it’s kinda creeping me out.

Been cataloging my older games, and as I’ve got a handful of random burned oddities and a load of discs without their original cases, I decided to trash the cheap paper sleeves, etc and put them all in slim dvd cases. These are the cover art templates I made.

From Steve Golson’s CAX presentation, here’s General Computer Corp’s original 1981 design for Ms. Pac-Man.

From Steve Golson’s CAX presentation, here’s General Computer Corp’s original 1981 design for Ms. Pac-Man.

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In celebration of Atari’s 40th Anniversary the company is giving away all of the 100 games included in its Atari’s Greatest Hits iOS app for free. Normally available as in-app purchases at $1 each of $10 for the entire set, for today only users will be able to download Atari 2600 classics such as…

(Source: 1up.com)