Aug 8, 2016
Mitch Balsam: NY Atari Research Lab
Mitch Balsam was hired at Atari to work as a game programmer for the Atari 2600, and worked on an unreleased game called Electric Yoyo. Later, at Atari Research in New York, he worked on more unreleased products including The Graduate, an add-on computer keyboard component for the Atari 2600; and a buildable robot toy. At Scholastic, he developed educational software titles for the Apple ][ computer.
This interview took place on April 3, 2016.
"Each game developer had a room, and the more successful ones had checks on their door, which were their royalty checks. ... So there were checks there for $200,000, $300,000."
"Yeah, it was rough. I'd still say that programming for the 2600 was probably the hardest thing I've ever done."
"We'd call California, 'Hey, are you our boss?' No. 'Are YOU our boss?' No."
The Graduate Computer:
Mitch on Twitter: https://twitter.com/mbalsam