This is very interesting reading.  Someone has unearthed 10 years of Atari VAX emails that include excellent insight into the workings of the company on both a technical and social level as well as emails indicating mass layoffs and sad days ahead at the company.

 

Have a look here.

…and if you don’t follow the above link, here are some samples:

From: KIM::PETROKA 12-DEC-1983 19:41
To: @SYS$MAIL:JUNK

While we’re on the subject, I might mention that Ronald Wilson Reagan anagrams
into Insane Anglo Warlord. A public service message.

Earl
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From: KIM::CALFEE 16-DEC-1983 13:50
To: @SYS$MAIL:COINOP
Subj: Atari 800 Software Theft

It has been brought to my attention that some stolen Atari computer
software may now be residing on one or more of our VAXes.

This is intolerable.

We are a company whose existance depends on software sales, and every
ATARI game that was in a cartridge and has been put on disc and then
on the VAX is a potential leak to the outside world that can impact
sales. Any competitors’ games that might be on the system could
substantially weaken Atari’s cases against piracy in court. People
who participate in stealing software are risking their jobs and the
company’s future.

Please delete all questionable files immediately!!!

As Jed would say, Thank you or else.
Steve Calfee

From: KIM::RAY 3-AUG-1984 10:50
To: @SYS$MAIL:JUNK
Subj: Farewell

I’m sad to say that I will be leaving ATARI after 7 very enjoyable
years. I doubt that I will ever again be able to work with as many
exceptionally talented and fun people.

I wish each of you all the best wherever life takes you. To those
of you who are staying with ATARI, I wish you the best of luck in
turning this see-saw industry around.

I hope that I someday have the opportunity to work with you again.

It’s been REAL!!

Sincerely,
John Ray
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From: KIM::VICKERS 3-AUG-1984 11:00
To: @SYS$MAIL:JUNK
Subj: The “Newer” ATARI

From: KIM::DEUS 3-AUG-1984 11:35
To: @SYS$MAIL:JUNK
Subj: GOODBY AND GOODLUCK

THIS IS THE FIRST TIME AND THE LAST TIME I AM USING THE MAIL .
YES ,I HAVE FEW WORDS TO SAY.ATARI HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME AND I HAVE NO
REGRETS.IT HAS BEEN FUN WORKING WITH ALL OF YOU AND GOOD LUCK TO ALL
OF YOU WHERE EVER YOU MAY END UP.AS VERY WISE OLD TURK TOLD ME:
” THIS IS IT”
“THERE ARE NO HIDDEN MEANINGS”
” THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS ,EACH MAN MUST DO FOR HIMSELF”

I MAY BE CONTACTED AT HOME FOR THOSE WHO MAY WANT TO CHAT ABOUT
ANYTHING.MY HOME ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER IS:
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
(xxx) xxx-xxxx

SO LONG, SAM DEUS
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From: KIM::RUBIN 3-AUG-1984 12:15
To: @SYS$MAIL:ENGINEER.UAF
Subj: Garfield is in good company

Garfield may be dead…but he was seen leaving carrying a
set of golf clubs!!!!!!!!
Golf has died too!
-O-
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From: KIM::BABCOCK 3-AUG-1984 13:20
To: @SYS$MAIL:ENGINEER
Subj: One more for the road

Goodbye to all those whose lifes intersected with mine. I’ve enjoyed
working with you all these past few years. Good luck to all those
who must now carry on the tradition of Atari, “the serious funtakers.”
May we meet again in future incarnations, and may you never take any
wooden garfields.

Eddie Dean Babcock, Jr.

P.S. I’m listed in the Albaugh white pages.
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From: KIM::SINGH 3-AUG-1984 13:47
To: @SYS$MAIL:JUNK
Subj: GOODBYE TO ALL

GOODBY… TO EVERYONE … ITS BEEN GREAT WORKING HERE.
DURING MY THREE AND HALF YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT AT *ATARI* I HAVE ENJOYED THE
WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND ALL THE SPECIAL PEOPLE OUT THEIR.I FEEL FORTUNATE
TO HAVE WORKED ON THE VARIOUS COMPUTER GRAPHICS SYSTEM AT ATARI. MY FUTURE
GOALS ARE TO CONTINUE IN COMPUTER GRAPHICS,VOLUNTEER FOR SIGGRAPH, CONTINUE
WITH MY STUDIES IN PROGRAMMING AND BE A GOOD MOTHER.

AND NOW I’M GOING OUT IN THE ATARI TRADITION …. “POUR ME ANOTHER ONE PLEASE”

*****GOOD FORTUNE****
TO EVERYONE

Posted by Madaracs on July 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm
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A new arcade is opening in Jordan, Minnesota. That’s all that needs to be said.

More info at http://www.facebook.com/ZapArcade

Posted by s1500 on July 13, 2012 at 6:26 am
Posted under: Arcade & Coin-Op, General & News
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How awesome Billy Mitchell is:

Posted by Madaracs on February 28, 2012 at 4:01 pm
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Well, I went to Rusty Quarters with two friends and their kids yesterday…

On the plus side:

  • A great game selection.
  • Fun to hear the familiar sound of an arcade.
  • Patrons are friendly.
  • Owners are friendly.
  • Real Coke (and Fanta) in bottles. (Hecho in Mexico!)
  • 99% of the games were running (Tempest was down.)
  • They were very busy after a couple of hours. I assume they’ve gotten more traffic now that they’ve had an article feature them in the Strib since they’ve opened.
  • No ball pit.

Things they might need to improve:

  • Blinds. The store faces South and the sun was beating down into the game room. You couldn’t even play Rampage which was featured in their Strib article unless you wait for the sun to shift and/or set.
  • Many of the games need small repairs. About 1/2 of the games you could only use one coin slot–the other was out of order. I don’t know if it’s because they need more coin mechs or what. Also 3-4 games have serious monitor issues (blurry colors fading). They need to be capped (new capacitors) and/or adjusted. I hope that the proprietors are making this their hobby so that they can get some of the easy repairs done themselves.

On the WTF side:  (No offense to the owners, it is after all their business.)  We all agreed to go at Noon when they opened on Sunday. When we arrived at noon they were closed.  5 minutes passed… then 10.  10 minutes late is totally forgivable.   But then 20 minutes went by and luckily one of our friends was late so we were waiting anyway.  At 25 minutes after I suggested we go back to my neck of the woods and hang out at Adam’s Arcade.  As we were discussing our friend who was late showed up at 12:30 as did the proprietors.   In total we waited 35 minutes before they opened the door.  Don’t get me wrong, I was glad they finally opened.  After a brief apology of “Sorry to keep you waiting,” they were kind enough to throw in some free credits on the games for us–which was nice.  However I would think if you’re a new business and have just been featured in a newspaper article, you’d make it your responsibility as a proprietor to make sure someone is there to open up on time.  I realize it’s just two of them–but we actually saw people come and leave because it wasn’t open.

Their space is tight so it will be interesting to see if they’re able to grow out of their space or maintain their space. It was nice that when it was fully populated they were able to open the front door. Winter air makes for great natural air-conditioning. It will be interesting to see how they fare in the summer months with the AC on to keep the heat down from people and games.

To end on a positive note, it’s really nice to say we’ve got a bona fide arcade here in the Twin Cities so I hope to go back and visit a few more times in the near future. They’re really doing the city a service.  By opening up this little gem, they’re giving many new generations (that never knew what a real arcade looked like) a chance to experience it–even if it isn’t as big as the old Showbiz and Aladdin’s Castle’s of the day.

Posted by Madaracs on January 30, 2012 at 4:01 pm
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When BadBoyBill on the Hyperspin forums found out that the latest (and best one since 2, imo) Mortal Kombat was being released on home consoles only, his task was clear: design and build an arcade cabinet worthy of the name Mortal Kombat.

Taking cues from modern HD cabinet designs (specifically the design of cabinets from Global VR), he went to work. What he has created is a beautiful homage to an era long passed, when Mortal Kombat ruled the arcades with its striking cabinet designs, and bone-crushing DCS audio systems. Watch the video above for a brief tour of the cabinet, and check out his worklog on the Hyperspin forums.

Posted by Tim on July 11, 2011 at 8:43 am