Saw this link posted on twitter today
10 years of Atari Vaxmail from 1983 to 1992
There's some fascinating reading in there. Want to know how much a sound chip for arcade use cost in 1984? It's in there.
From: BEEZ::SEGHERS 23-MAR-1984 17:05
Franusic has some valid points. However, what Atari does not need right now are quitters. I've seen Atari make many mistakes and I am sure that I will see many more, but, Atari is a large corporation and it is good to remember that Large corportations may stumble, but they seldom fall.
There will be plenty of time to decide to quit if Atari really shows signs of colapsing. It is true that things are not what they used to be. Games are not as popular as before. The markets are glutted, both Consumer and Coin-op. That glutting cannot go on forever, however. There is a product lifetime which, once past, even the best products (for their time) cannot be sold. When the video game companies (Atari included) can no longer dump their excess inventories of old games (hopefully this will not take more that a year,) then new games can begin to go back on the market in a controlled fassion. When that time comes, we must be prepared with some VERY GOOD, VERY ORIGINAL products.
Entertainment is not a fad, but repetition does not make for good entertainment. The game industry must stop cloning the old games. We must come up with original concepts. It does not necessarily mean creating bold advances in technology. It means taking bold advances in our imagination. If we can achieve that, then a games sucess is assured.
Consumer SoftwareAs well as some non-gaming gemsFrom: KIM::MARGOLIN 9-AUG-1984 16:44 To: @SYS$MAIL:JUNK What's the difference between Atari and the Titanic? The Titanic had entertainment.
Well worth reading through if you have the time.From: SANDY::DAVE 2-JAN-1987 19:24:31.32
Subj: THUMBS DOWN
WELL I DECIDED TO SPLURGE FOR NEW YEARS EVE. I MADE THE RESERVATIONS MONTHS IN
ADVANCE. I CALLED AHEAD 1/2 HOUR BEFORE TO SEE IF THEY WERE BEHIND SCHEDULE.
I WAS TOLD ABOUT 10 MINUTES. SO I SHOWED UP ON TIME. I WAITED 50 MINUTES BEFORE
I LEFT. ALL I RECIEVED WAS VERY INSINCERE APOLOGIES, AND THE STATEMENT (I QUOTE)
" WELL BY THE TIME YOU GET ANY WHERE ELSE IT WILL BE JUST AS LONG A WAIT".
SO WHERE WAS THIS, YOU ASK. A DIVE CALLED "LE MOUTON NOIR"
THIS PLACE HAS GOOD FOOD, BUT I REFUSE TO WAIT FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING
REAMED OUT IN THE POCKET BOOK. GOOD FOOD DOES NOT MAKE UP FOR AN ATMOSPHERE
OF HOSTILE SNOBBERY.
P.S. THIS IS NOT A SNAP JUDGEMENT, AS ON A PREVIOUS VISIT FOR A SPECIAL
OCCASION I WAITED MORE THAN AN HOUR AFTER BEING SEATED TO RECIEVE
(AN ADMITTEDLY GOOD) DINNER.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.