A lot of people know about Atari, the arcade games and video games company, founded in 1972. Also, a lot of people know the term “atari” from Go, meaning a group with only one liberty, in danger to be captured. There is also a simplified variation of Go, called “Atari-Go” or “Capture-Go” – one can play that online here. But not some many people know that the arcade game company borrowed the name from Go! I just found that out myself today, when I learned about this video interview of Atari founder Nolan Bushnell where he declares Go as the favorite game of his! I found also an April 2009 interview with him where he declares that Go is his favorite game in “Inc. Magazine”. And here’s a photo of Nolan Bushnell in front of a goban (the fuseki looks strange though, there is a stone on the 2nd line on the left side):
Atari founder Nolan Bushnell in front of a goban

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4 Responses to “Atari”

  1. Julio says:

    This corporate picture of him is quite famous (at least among Go players):

  2. Sorin says:

    Thanks Julio – added the reference to the photo you mentioned!

  3. Romain says:

    Well, the fuseki is very strange. Either they put stones without trying to have a realistic game (most possible) either there is something weird in the corner we cannot see (just count the stones…).

  4. Sorin says:

    Hi Romain,
    Indeed, there are several black stones missing, and the hidden corner is too small to fit them, unless there was a VERY unusual fuseki :-)