The International Center for the History of Electronic Games at the Strong has acquired more than 250 original conceptual drawings of Atari arcade games produced between 1974 and 1989, museum officials said Thursday.
Museum officials said the Atari Arcade Design Collection provides a rare visual documentation of the thinking behind the design of Atari’s coin-operated games at a time when the arcade was the hub of the video game industry and Atari was the leading producer of arcade games.
The drawings provide an in-depth look at how Atari produced games such as Gauntlet, Pin Pong, the barrel and cocktail variations of Pong and the 4-player version of Football, Strong officials said.
“These drawings offer a rare look into how designers created Atari’s iconic arcade cabinets,” said ICHEG Director Jon-Paul Dyson. “Researchers will find new information about the development of these games, and the vivid visuals of these designs give them great potential for public exhibit displays.”
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