Game over, Atari

Asteroids. Centipede. Crystal Castles. Gauntlet. Marble Madness. Missile Command. Pong. Tempest. Robotron: 2084. Star Wars.

Some of the finest arcade games ever made were created by Atari Games Corporation, the arcade division of Atari. In 1996 Midway purchased it and renamed it Midway Games West. Sadly, Midway recently decided to close down Midway Games West. Nolan Bushnell told NY Daily News:

It makes me sad. You get a strong parental feeling toward things you create. And it’s distressing when they fall to earth under somebody else.

The Atari name lives on as part of Infogrames, but the real Atari is dead. A moment of silence for our misspent youths…