Watch the Documentary “Once Upon Atari” (2 hours)

Task: Watch the Documentary “Once Upon Atari”

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Time: 2 hours


The Atari story from start to finish is an amazing one. Particularly interesting are the stories from the early days of Atari which stem from a very free and open management style which the programmers really liked. “Once Upon Atari” is a documentary of the early days of Atari and their open culture. This is a great inside look at Atari because it features interviews with the game programmers and staff from the early days. The video is hosted by Howard Scott Warshaw who was the programmer for multiple games including Yar’s Revenge and E.T. for the 2600.


There are several ways to watch the video.

You can stream it in 720p resolution from for $5.99.

You can purchase the DVD for $29.95.

There are some short clips on YouTube if you want to give it a try before you buy.


This is so much fun to watch. It is great to get to know many of the early employees. They all look so young!

You might also want to check out the documentary “Atari: Game Over”.