Ted Dabney, the video game pioneer and co-founder of Atari, has passed away
Dabney was one of the people who were at the beginning of video games, which the market has now turned into a $ 137.9 billion deal Researcher Newzoo
Marty Goldberg, administrator for the Atari Museum on Facebook, wrote: "At a loss, I just learned that my friend, one of the nicest, cutest guys I knew, was Atari co-founder Ted Dabney of his cancer Thought he had a little more time, you always want someone like him to do it. "
It is not clear if Dabney was 80 years old, as some have reported, or 81, as in noted a recent Facebook post. He was a forgotten father of video games, as his co-founder Nolan Bushnell became widely known in the 1
Born in 1937 in San Francisco, California, he studied electronics in the US Marine Corps. He became an engineer and was hired by Hewlett-Packard. Dabney went to Ampex in 1961 and worked on military products. At Ampex, he met Bushnell, and they set out in 1971 to found a company called Syzygy. Their first product was Computer Space, a Space Arcade machine based on Spacewar!
The coin machine sold more than 1,000 cabinets, and Bushnell and Dabney included Syzygy as Atari, who made history with the launch of Pong in 1972. Pong became a runaway hit and established Atari as a pioneering video game company.
He continued to work with Bushnell Pizza Time Theater (the predecessor of Chuck E. Cheese), Catalyst Technologies, Syzygy Game Company and Teledyne. He eventually left the industry and managed a grocery store and then a deli.
Dabney was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in late 1917 and was given several months to live. He decided not to seek medical treatment and died on May 26th.