1. From Yar's Revenge to ET: The Story of Howard Scott Warshaw and the Golden Age of Video Games Jeff Dwoskin 55:30

Relive the golden age of video games with Howard Scott Warshaw, a pioneer in the industry. As technology continues to revolutionize the world, take a step back to a time when the emergence of home video game consoles captivated the world. Howard played a significant role in this period as a legend of the Atari 2600, having created classic games such as Yar’s Revenge, the first movie-to-video game adaption Raiders of the Lost Ark, and the controversial ET.

My guest, Howard Scott Warshaw and I discuss:

  • Howard Scott Warshaw, the author of “Once Upon Atari: How I Made History By Killing An Industry”
  • From Hewlett Packard to Atari: Warshaw’s journey in the video game industry
  • The untold story of drugs and partying at Atari
  • Discovering the magic behind Yar’s Revenge game development
  • Collaborating with Steven Spielberg: The creation of the first movie-to-video game adaption, Raiders of the Lost Ark.
  • Why Warshaw said YES to the controversial ET Atari game when everyone else said NO
  • Inside the corporate culture of Atari during the golden age of video games
  • Paving the way for innovation in the video game industry
  • The significance of Easter eggs in video games and their origin
  • The truth behind the ET Atari game controversy and its impact on the industry
  • How the internet revolutionized video game creation and Warshaw’s legacy
  • A glimpse into the future: The upcoming Yar’s Revenge sequel
  • and SO MUCH MORE

You’re going to love my conversation with Howard Scott Warshaw

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About the book: “An intimate view into the dramatic rise and fall of the early video game industry, and how it shaped the life of one of its key players. This book offers eye-opening details and insights, delivered in a creative style that mirrors the industry it reveals. An innovative work from one of the industry’s original innovators.”

I'm a tech entrepreneur, podcaster, and professional stand-up comedian. I started my journey in the tech industry back in 1997 when I founded my own website development company, which was one of the pioneering companies in the country at the time. While working in technology, my comedic talents couldn't be contained, and I eventually took to the stage as a stand-up comedian.

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