Ted Dabney, co-founder of Atari in 1972 and co-founder of the video game industry, died on Saturday at the age of 81.
Dabney was diagnosed with esophageal cancer late last year and was told he had only eight months
Video game historian and scholar Leonard Herman told HuffPost he'd heard of Ted's death from a colleague and then Dabney's wife Carolyn Called to confirm the news and to express condolences. Herman sent the news to his Facebook followers on Saturday.
"RIP, dear friend, your legacy will last a long time!" He wrote.
Although Daby's time with Atari was short, he was very influential. He and co-founder Nolan Bushnell published in 1971 the first commercially available video game "Computer Space".
The circuit technology that Dabney developed for "Computer Space" was later used to make the hugely popular "Pong" game Key role in the history of gaming
After Atari, Dabney worked at electronics companies such as Fujitsu, Raytheon and Teledyne , When he was fed up with the industry, Dabney and his wife moved to the more natural setting of the Sierra Nevada state of Washington, where, according to an oral tradition, they owned and operated a small grocery store.
Appreciators of video The story told Dabney's achievements in social media, celebrating its continued impact.