Breakout

About Atari

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I was just curious about what you did for Atari? I've heard that Steve Jobs had worked there and was using you for chip consolidation on the Breakout arcade game. I was curious if this is true and what all you did for Atari?

Woz

I did design Breakout for Atari, in very few chips. Steve got me to do it in 4 days which is unbelievable for hardware. We both stayed up all night for 4 nights in a row and barely finished it. While Steve wirewrapped my design and it's changes, I would go onto the factory floor and play all night, for free, the first driving arcade game, GRAN TRACK 10. I got so good that years later, when I'd moved to Scotts Valley, I found a pizza parlor with that game and a free pizza for a score over 36. I could easily do this and after two free pizzas they took the game out.

I worked at Hewlett Packard. I had designed my own version of Pong with very few chips and the Atari people saw it and offered me a job. But I loved HP too much.

Breakout for Atari! I used to love that game.

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Hello, I am hoping to contact Mr. Steve Wozniak. I have become interested in the history of personal computers over the last year. Did you see the TV movie PIRATES of Silicon Valley? After seeing that show, I read the book Infinite Loop, which is all about the evolution of Apple computer- very interesting story! Good thing for Steve Jobs that there was and is the WOZ! Are you interested in DVDs? Computer games? The game everyone is holding their breath for now is Quake3- Arena. The 3D videocard accelerators on the market these days are awesome. I currently have a Matrox G400 Max running on a P3-450 machine. I will probably buy an Intel Coppermine 667 next year- he he, it is the only 1990`s processor that has not ended in 0 or 6.My favorite DVD is the DTS version of Saving Private Ryan.Anyway, I was hoping that you might be an E-mail/chat pal!Please E me back! You invented super breakout for Atari! I used to love that game.The classic 1980s game I still like is Centipede.

Woz

Hi, this is Woz.

I'm interested in almost everything fun and technical, especially entertainment things like DVD's. I don't have time for all the great computer games but I have sons and I get to see them all. I play a few but I play those few for years and years. I'm hooked on Snood and Spades Deluxe right now. Occasionally I play Solitaire. I play a lot of Tetris on Gameboy and I play very well.

I'm glad to hear that you have such extremely good computer equipment. It's amazing how much a good graphics accelerator can add.

It's best not to get in a lot of email with me. Thousands have the idea. I get 200 emails or more a day and am totally consumed by it and I miss out on family time even. But I do like hearing about what people out there are doing and how they feel.