Atari Co-Founder Ted Dabney Has Died

Atari Co-Founder Ted Dabney Has Died

According to Eurogamer, Dabney was diagnosed with esophageal cancer late previous year but decided not to undergo treatment after being told that he only had eight months to live. This weekend, one of the founding fathers of the company passed away.

I just got word that my friend, one of the nicest, sweetest down to earth guys I knew, Atari cofounder Ted Dabney has passed from his cancer. Dabney sold his portion of Atari ownership to Bushnell for $US250 ($331), 000.

Atari co-founder Ted Dabney died Saturday at the age of 81, after a battle with esophageal cancer, according to Eurogamer. "Your legacy will live on a long time!"

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While Ted Dabney's contributions are not always referenced as often as those by his former colleagues, his impact on building the industry that we know and love today is etched indelibly in video game history.

Born as Samuel F. "Ted" Dabney on May 15, 1937, in San Francisco, he had enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduating high school because of his interest in electronics and computer development. Their debut project, Computer Space, was also the first arcade game ever made. He eventually joined electronics company Ampex in 1961, where he would meet Bushnell in 1969. However, in 1973, despite the incredible success of Pong, Dabney left Atari, selling his entire stake in the company to Bushnell for reasons that have varied over the years. Alcorn used Dabney's video circuit concept to create the programming for the game, while Dabney constructed the coin slot mechanism portion of the cabinet. Leonard who covered the story of Dabney in the Edge magazine was the first to announce Dabney's death in a Facebook post.

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