Speaking of Breakout

A coincidence apropos to this week’s biggest technology-news story:

While researching my Pilgrim book review, I discovered that the person Atari contracted to implement the first Breakout prototype in 1975 was Steve Jobs. Yes, the very same.

Naturally, he subcontracted the nitty-gritty work to his friend Steve Wozniak, and Wikipedia relates the eyebrow-raising twist ending to that story.

Somehow I had managed to be the long-time Mac-loving videogame nerd I am without knowing any of this. Frankly, I didn’t believe it when I first read it yesterday, but it seems well cited and corroborated.

So there you have it. Steve Jobs has been both crafting medium-defining technology projects and, ahem, turning absurdly high profit margins for the whole span of my life so far. I wish him all the best, and hope he finds a way to keep at it.

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