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Ted Dabney, Co-Founder Of Atari And Video Game Pioneer, Dies At 81

Together, he and Nolan Bushnell made games with makeshift materials that eschewed the bulky computers of the era. Their company created Pong — and their tumultuous partnership changed gaming forever.
Ted Dabney (far left) stands in front of a Pong arcade machine in 1973 with (left to right) co-founder Nolan Bushnell, head of finance Fred Marincic and the man credited with the idea for Pong, Allan Alcorn. Source: Allan Alcorn

As Samuel Dabney told it, the whole thing began with pizza parlors.

Dabney, who generally went by Ted, and Nolan Bushnell had been working together at an electronics company called Ampex back in the mid-1960s, and Bushnell had an idea for a "carnival-type pizza parlor," Dabney recalled in 2012.

"It's one of these things, you have these ideas and no way you could ever make it happen," he told the Computer History Museum. "I mean, you could barely afford the pizza, much less buy a pizza place."

Turns out he was

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