October 03, 2014

Nolan Bushnell used to spend summers during high school and college working at the Lagoon Amusement Park in Utah. He’d watch as happy carnival-goers handed over their nickels and dimes for the chance to shoot water guns at targets, or throw hoops around the necks of soda pop bottles. From then on, Bushnell knew he wanted to make a living off of games.

Fast forward about a decade, and Bushnell was earning a living repairing pinball machines and working on a business idea. He and a friend were developing a new type of game, one that combined the basics of the arcade games of Bushnell’s youth with new technology of the 1970s.
That game ended up transforming what we now know as the video game industry, and their company became a huge commercial success.
Any idea what Bushnell created? Listen to the audio segment above to find out.

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